Want to add some spice to your disc golf game? Learn how to throw the anhyzer shot like a pro! Our step-by-step guide will have you bending your discs around obstacles and scoring big in no time. Start shaping your shots today!
If you’ve read our “how to throw the hyzer disc golf shot” article you will no doubt see a lot of similarities in these two techniques. However, the nuances of each are worthy of a “bite size” post along with a couple of disc suggestions that handle this throw well.
To understand the answer of how to throw the AnHyzer you’ll need to know a couple of things. In this article we cover what is the AnHyzer, what are a few recommended best discs to use throwing the AnHyzer, and last, the technique itself.
Throwing AnHyzer in Disc Golf
The straightforward answer for how to throw the AnHyzer disc golf shot is to angle the disc outside lip up and keep the arm above the shoulder while following through on the Hyzer line.
This throw is typically used off the tee and is perfect for situations where the disc should fly away from your front side and arc back to the basket.
However, this not so simple technique can take a lot of practice to master, and often has players frustrated when first starting out. Below we provide a few quick tips to get you started and improve your AnHyzer throw.
So, What is an AnHyzer Throw?
The AnHyzer derives its name from H.R. “Fling” Hyzer, who was a disc sports guru back when disc golf was in its early stages. It refers to the angle of the disc, but could also be used interchangeably with the overall throw itself.
Now, I won’t go into the physics of how a spinning object thrown with velocity reacts to wind resistance and stays “afloat”. It has something to do with what is known as Bernoulli’s equation (google it to your heart’s desire). You can also read a nice dissertation here if you really want to understand the mathematics behind a frisbee flying through the air: The Aerodynamics of Frisbee Flight.
But, for our purposes we just need to understand that every disk behaves differently in the air. Having an understandable disc can make all the difference in learning and using the AnHyzer throw to your advantage…
Best Discs for Throwing the AnHyzer
All discs listed below are in no particular order or rating. They each have been selected due to their unique quality for being able to throw the AnHyzer but also because they are great beginner discs. Make no mistake though, experienced players and even pro’s still use these discs. Basically, we’re providing you with a nice “can’t go wrong” list for practicing and throwing the AnHyzer. Enjoy!
- Infinite Discs Sphinx – (9, 6, -3, 1)
We featured the Sphinx in our how to throw the hyzer article as well, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it makes it to the AnHyzer list. It’s one of the more popular beginner discs made by Infinite discs.
It’s designed to give the beginner a maximum amount of distance and perform well as an AnHyzer or Hyzer throwing disc. It’s rating shows it doesn’t fade much, giving you a lot of extra distance. However, with a turn of -3 it might become a bit of a roller.
Much like the Valkyrie you will need to put some power and speed behind it to perform as expected. For me, it’s a toss up between the two. I have the Valkyrie and my friend has the Sphinx. We often swap them out to see if one is a whole lot different and then proceed to debate over a beverage or two. However, this disc is worth having and will certainly remain in your bag for years to come. Pick up an Infinite Discs Sphinx today!
Check out this video review by Infinite Discs:
- Innova Beast – (10, 5, -2, 2)
The Beast touts a wide rim, giving new players and experienced alike a boost to some power. Although known for having a predictable flight path this disc will have no problem “hooking” for you and giving some turn at the end. Really fun disc to keep on hand when nothing else is going well or you have just come from a regular frisbee feel. That being said, give this disc a shot when practicing your Anhyzer and Hyzer distance drive shots. I would be amiss to say that some don’t get much out of this disc…and while I would agree that my driving ability with this disc is not as good as what it should be, that probably has more to do with my ability then the disc itself. Where I like to use this disc is in the farther fairway shots. You can pick one up and see for yourself here: Innova Beast.
- Latitude 64 Fuse – (5, 6, -1, 0)
The Fuse might be one of the most versatile mid-range disc out there. It holds its line and can be used in multiple situations. Latitude describes the Fuse as a disc that “will hold long Anhyzer curves with a minimal fade at the end”. The diameter and height of the disc are a little larger than the average. Overall, this is another great disc for the beginner to intermediate player to start adding to their bag. Pick one up here: InfiniteDiscs.com
The Subtle Art of Throwing the AnHyzer
The technique for throwing an AnHyzer is similar to that of the hyzer, but it’s done at a different angle. The AnHyzer throw will be thrown at a 30-45 degree angle, which will send it down and to your left or right depending on if you are left-handed or right-handed.
The main difference between this throw and the hyzer is that with this one, you want to make sure your arm is angled upward through the throwing motion, whereas with the hyzer we keep the arm lower than the shoulder. This will cause it to fly out in the direction of your backside ever so slightly, straighten out (hopefully), and then curve back to the basket. (see our article on throwing the hyzer here)
Try keeping the disc and arm angled above your shoulder throughout the entire motion of the throw. I like to think of throwing the AnHyzer as a way to go over obstacles…as if someone was trying to grab or take the disc out of my hand and I am playing keep away.
Aim the disc slightly off the path of the basket, trusting the disc to come back on the AnHyzer line. FYI, aim is best achieved by adjusting one’s feet direction, as true with most sports. Angle your feet off to the side a bit from the line of direction.
Check out this great explanation of the AnHyzer throw here from DGA:
Shaping Your Shot Just Got Easier…
The AnHyzer shot is one worth going to field and practicing a bit before taking out on the course. Overtime you might find it to be a utility shot but eventually you will see it as something used during every game. While the list of disc options is short, if your interested in some more discs check out our best discs for beginners list.
Also, be sure to read our Hyzer article that includes more discs perfect for shaping your shots no matter the angle. Hopefully you get the idea of throwing the AnHyzer and are ready to go outside and practice. It should be noted that even though many players like to use this technique off the tee, you may not see as much distance with it at first compared to other types of throws…however, it can also be effective in the mid-range game as well.
Until Next Time…