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Specific marking instruction [message #137822] Thu, 21 November 2013 14:29
johnnybansfield
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Registered: August 2013
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Throughout my 6-year ultimate career I have never seen or heard anyone teach certain key specifics about marking, so I'll address them right now. It would seem that the players that have developed good marks did so through trial and error.

The worst mistake that I often see in players is to have a upright stance. An upright stance causes limited lateral mobility due to such a high center of gravity. Here's an example:

http://www.ultiphotos.com/usau/sectionals/2013/capital/mens/ sat/r1/h73de758b#h73de758b


To fix this, decrease the angle at your waist, like this:

http://www.ultiphotos.com/usau/champs/2013/mens/a/rv/ts/h2fb 31bd5#h2fb31bd5

Not only do you become more mobile with a lower center of gravity, but when you bend forward, a greater distance is created from the most forward and the most rear parts of your body. This results in the thrower you're marking having to throw past a further distance before the disc is past the most rear part of the your body. That kind of mark gives you more of a chance to get a block after the initial release of the disc, or even cause the thrower to holster the throw. You can contrast this with an upright marking stance, where it doesn't take much to get the disc past the entirety of the marker's body.

Another even more common problem I see is markers having their arms too high and outstretched, as shown in this example:

http://www.ultiphotos.com/usau/champs/2013/mens/c/dw/is/h164 ccd08#h164ccd08

I love it when I'm marked like this. The high outstretched arms create a nice large gap between the arms and the legs, which is so attractive to throw into. Good breaks are usually thrown through this area, as opposed to being thrown laterally past the hand/arm. This susceptibility can be minimized by lowering the arms and lessening the angle between your forearm and upper arm, almost exactly like this:

http://www.ultiphotos.com/usau/champs/2013/mens/a/rv/ts/h2fb 31bd5#h2fb31bd5

I've heard some say to put your hand/arm in the way of the shown throw, but I've come to realize that the throw doesn't come off straight forward from that position. It almost always comes off lower than the shown throw (with the exception of high releases). To stop this, I like to keep my hand/arm half a foot below the shown throw so when the throw actually comes, my hand/arm is right down there to meet it when it inevitably comes down.
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