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How Seppo Paju Throws 650ft+

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Seppo Paju has discovered the secret to throwing far. We’ll explore why he’s able, and compare that to other pros like Calvin Heimburg, Drew Gibson, and Garrett Gurthie.

This channel is dedicated to breaking down great shots of your favorite pros from Professional Disc Golf Tournaments. We try to take advantage of slow motion and various angles when possible.

Here, we focus on Seppo Paju and what makes him able to throw for distance. The highlight is throwing his Prodigy 400G D2 from Round 1 of the 2019 Challenge at Goat Hill Park in Oceanside, California. The shot where he throws 659 feet is from Hole 16 at Goat Hill Park.

Seppo grew up in Finland and is currently sponsored by Prodigy Discs. In 2014 he founded Prodigy Disc Europe with his siblings. He has been competing in disc golf since 2008. He is famous in Finland and is gaining increasing popularity amongst disc golf fans in North America as well.

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00:00 Intro
00:42 Seppo’s Background
01:09 Using the Legs for Power
03:17 659 ft Throw
03:36 Throw High for Distance?
05:49 End Screen

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Date: July 4, 2022

48 thoughts on “How Seppo Paju Throws 650ft+

  1. i feel it shouldnt be THIS fucking hard to throw farther. i cant wrap my head around how god damn hard it is to increase distance. i cant improve for the life of me and gave up on it. i have too many other hobbies with the amount of time and shit it takes. insain

  2. Sorry, but here you present a lot of cliches and don't actually explain how Seppo throws far, or what anyone can do to emulate his distance. He throws far because:
    A) He turns his left foot to point at the ground with extreme speed once it is off the ground. This rotates his torso. Torso rotation speed is what dictates distance.
    B) He jams his left knee in tightly behind his front knee body to increase his rotation speed.
    C) He delays his body rotation by building up torsional tension within it by separating the rotation of his hips from the rotation of his shoulders. Just like Eagle McMahon. It is a very athletic movement.
    D) His right shoulder is locked up tight, and he performs classic Spin & Throw form, with zero shoulder opening.
    E) With his shoulder locked at 90-degrees, his shoulders whip the disc, as the right shoulder moves backwards relative to the target once the right shoulder rotates beyond the Line Of Play. This creates a powerful whipping motion which allows for far throws. You can't operate a whip unless the whip gets moved backwards against it's direction of travel.

    Additionally, Seppo could throw a lot further with better plant leg timing. He should be extending his plant leg straight during the smash, just as Drew Gibson does. The leg extension protects the knee from injury, creates a straight pole to rotate on, increases pressure on the ground when it is needed most, increases hip rotation rate by moving the right hip backwards in the same direction is the hips are turning, AND releases pressure on the ground once the leg extension is complete – allowing the plant foot to disengage from the ground, so the player can rotate on their heel.

    There are no real secrets here. Anyone can learn good Spin & Throw form here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RQtZooOuTI&list=PLMqSI7O1pzezEVc-aeL9yCGDHED7Cq9A0

  3. Natalie Ryan is a mega talent. Like how often do we see an FPO player go from shooting around 870's to 980 tourneys in under 2 years? I can't believe this is not talked about more, this crusher is beyond Catrina and Paige in terms of raw skill trajectory. She's also probably the biggest distance thrower or soon to be in FPO.

    We're witnessing the soon to be GOAT, easily. Raw talent, none of which we've seen in FPO yet.

  4. That’s not really a Crow Hop Sepo does. Feet don’t Cross on a true Crow Hop.
    Sepo uses sort of a short and quick X Step that is sort of a combination of an X Step and a Crow Hop.
    Bryce Harper uses a true Criw Hop. Notice how Bryce Harper’s feet do not cross each other.

  5. Compare this to the fastest throwers in the world – javelin throwers. They build up speed and do a final hop in the end to get as much energy as possible from planting the front foot hard.

  6. Man, I can't wait to see the Euro players and US players competing more frequently. Folks like Seppo, Lauri L, Vaino M, and all of the awesome female Euro players (Kristin T esp) are amazing.

  7. 3:203:25 time frame, maybe a minor point, but that's not really a "high hyzer". I'd call that more like an "anhyzer flex shot". He may have released it from the hand on a slight hyzer angle or flat, but the high speed throw combined with that disc maybe being a bit more understable (at least at his arm speed) turned it over to the right which is an anhyzer angle. Because he put it up high, then it "flexed out" and finished with the fade back left at the end to get max distance.

  8. So does that rotational speed help prevent the disc from stalling out toward the end of the flight? It seems that most of the pro's shots land at speed whereas most of the amateur shots, (and all of my own distance shots), I see in my local club and tournaments really stall out at then end of the flight.

  9. The run-up and crow-hop are about lowering your center of gravity and then pushing down against the ground to increase your traction while your legs/hips/upper body unwind. To understand why it's necessary, just stand on dirt surface, legs apart, wind up your body to throw without really bending your knees much (think "stand tall"), and then unwind (like you're throwing a backhand) as hard as you can. Notice your feet will slide around. Now do the same, but this time bend your knees and push off the back foot as you unwind. Notice there's a more direct transfer of energy from your feet though your body to your arm without the feet sliding as much.
    The run-up and crow hop is an extension of this. Instead of just bending your knees and pushing up against your own stationary inertia, you jump up a little bit, and then as you come down and let your knees bend you push even harder into the ground against that downward momentum for even more traction.

    The problem I have with the hop is that it tends to mess up the angle of my swing. When I push down to arrest the downward movement of my body after the hop, my extended arm continues on downward a little bit causing the backswing to be lower, and thus the release angle to be higher. In other words, I launch the disc at the sky. I'm getting longer drives right now by slowing down my run-up and just using a longer final step so feet are wider apart and that also helps with traction while unwinding.

  10. I absolutely love the explanation of power being drawn from the connection between the legs and ground. This is the perfect way to describe proper upward energy transfer through the body.

  11. I think it’s really interesting that seppo is one of the farthest throwers, but doesn’t use a straight reach back, as in his arm never fully extends at each back; he’s talked about it at length.

  12. You do realize seppo throws probably more stand stills than almost any other player I’ve ever seen. I think seppo is amazing but i don’t see his distance throws as what i find impressive about his game. He is king of the Forrest for a reason. His accuracy with stand still mid and putter shots is incredible

  13. Hi! your videos are always incredible, but can I make one suggestion? you should edit your voice-over's EQ. Older people may not be able to hear it, but there is a REALLY high pitched ringing noise in the background of all of your voice-overs. younger people like me have a hard time watching your videos because of that ringing noise. I hope it is an easy fix!

  14. Yeah he threw 659 but 250 of that was on a major decline. Even commentaries said if you can get it to the 400 ish mark and crest the drop off you'll add major distance to your tee. On that hole. Put him on flat ground and let's see him pump a 650ft drive.

  15. Great video. Twice you called his drive "Hyzer" when he was actually throwing "Anhyzer" on that high angle. Just helps to have your terminology correct when you are doing instructional videos. Overall a great analysis though. You got my subscription many videos ago.

  16. I have been reading the comments and no one has been stating the obvious so allow me. It would appear that the farthest throwers are using a crow hop and not an x-step.Just to be sure I checked that old video of Dave Wiggins jr distance demo and sure enough, no x-step.

  17. The thing you talked about when seppo uses his legs is called a “brace”. His rear leg pushes to create power, while his front leg is stationary once planted, creating the pivot point his body will use to rotate around. Paul Mcbeth has an extremely similar brace once both feet are set in place for the throw.

  18. Great content I enjoyed!
    It's the Archer not the arrows but the Archer made those arrows the bow and knows how to use what he had made it's the connection between the Archer and arrow same with the disc he knows his disc so well he can throw them with full confidence because he knows that disc and he knows himself but if you made a bad arrow or if you don't know how your disc will fly it's the Archer not the arrows learn your discs at every power and every angle if you can do it all again with wind even better but if we have an arrow that's 90° turn in it it'll shoot but it won't go far remember what discs you feel best about and search for discs simalier to the once you know maybe try that 90° arrow (tilt) youd be surprised what anyone can do!
    Care about you all in the disc golf community enjoy every moment out there and off the course!

  19. I would say from a regular run up vs a big distance run up. I use the hop in big distance run up. Excited to see how adding it in my “walk” up control distance

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