Hyzer vs Anhyzer: Everything You Need To Know

When you’re new to disc golf, it’s common to hear jargon that is unique to the sport. These are words and phrases that you probably never heard before but need to become familiar with, as they are essential for disc golfers like yourself. Two of these terms are hyzer vs. anhyzer – two terminologies important for learning if you want to improve your throwing skills and technique.

But what do hyzer and anhyzer actually mean, and why are they so important to disc golf? What sets these two related terms apart? I will answer all of these questions in this article. We will discuss the importance of hyzer and anhyzer in relation to the throwing technique of every disc golfer.

Hyzer vs. Anhyzer: What is the Difference?

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Hyzer and anhyzer are the two types of release angles when throwing a disc in disc golf. The difference between hyzer and anhyzer is how the player releases the disc at an angle. A hyzer throw happens when the top of the disc faces away from the thrower, while anhyzer is when the top of the disc faces toward the thrower upon release. Remember that ultimately, it all comes down to what kind of angle you want your discs to be released at!

There are many misconceptions where players think that hyzer and anhyzer affect how the discs fly after leaving the thrower’s hand. While it’s true that the discs will fly specific ways after being thrown with a hyzer or anhyzer throw, these flight characteristics are also influenced by other factors such as the type of disc and wind speed. So, always remember that when throwing a disc, hyzer or anhyzer only refers to the angle of your release and nothing else.

What is a hyzer in disc golf?

A hyzer is a type of throw in which the edge of the disc is released downwards. Whether you are throwing a backhand or forehand, the outside edge is always released by the thrower downwards. A regular hyzer shot should be part of everyone’s bag, as it can save you some strokes during your game. Mastering hyzer shots will also open up lines that were not possible before; such as going over trees quickly.

Learning different types of hyzer throws will help you in various game situations. Let’s take the example of a hyzer flip – this is when you release the disc at an outward angle down, causing it to flip up to flat or maybe even right (because the disc is unstable). When playing on tight courses, this type of throw can be beneficial to get tunnel shots or maximize distance by flipping the disc with a hyzer.

A ‘spike hyzer’ is when you throw the disc at a really high angle using an overstable disc. The point of this throw is to make it stay on its original course while still going down quickly. A hyzer release can also be used for utility throws- like when you need to get around trees or other obstacles. In these cases, you would use an overstable disc and give it a low hyzer line so that it skips to the left and ends up close to the basket.

How to throw a hyzer flip in disc golf

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Step 1

Start with your weight balanced evenly on both feet. Your dominant foot should be positioned slightly behind the center of your body, and your non-dominant foot should be positioned slightly ahead. 

Step 2

Cock your arm back so that the disc is positioned behind your head. At this point, your weight should be shifted onto your back foot. 

Step 3

As you begin to unleash the disc, shift your weight forward onto your front foot and snap your wrists so that the disc spins rapidly. 

Step 4

The discs will usually flap once or twice before it starts to head toward the target. Depending on how much power you put behind the throw, the disc will either make a sharp turn or slowly fade to the left or right before heading toward the basket.    

What is an anhyzer in disc golf?

Throwing an Anhyzer is the complete opposite of a hyzer. Instead of releasing the disc at an angle downwards, you release it upwards. This results in a flight pattern that is entirely different from a hyzer. When throwing a regular anhyzer shot, you will need to use a disc that is unstable to stable so that when you throw it, it will hold its line all the way until the end.

Anhyzer releases are best for flex shots. By using an overstable disc, you put it out on the anhyzer line, and it will even itself back out to flat and finish left with an overstable finish. Flex shots give accuracy as well as distance when working your way around trees or any other obstacles in your path.

Rollers are great tools to have in your bag and can come in handy during specific game situations. When throwing a roller, you want to create a hard angle by leaning back slightly. The disc will pop up flat or roll down once released, giving you the maximum distance possible. A forehand is the best method for throwing a roller because it helps land the disc at the desired angle.

With some practice, anyone can learn how to throw anhyzer. You simply lean back while maintaining your balance. It is essential that you keep the same angle and then pull through; if you do this correctly, you will eventually hit the line of throws that you are aiming for. However, make sure to have the right angle before releasing the discus.

How to throw an anhyzer flip in disc golf

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The anhyzer flip is a disc golf technique that is used to make the disc travel from right to left (for righties) and is helpful for avoiding obstacles. It can be a difficult shot to master, but once you get the hang of it, it will become one of your go-to shots. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1

The first step is to choose the right disc. Select discs with a lot of glide and less fade. This will help the disc stay on its anhyzer line. Some good discs for this shot are the Innova Roc or the Latitude 64 River. 

Step 2

Once you have selected your disc, it’s time to grip it. For an anhyzer flip, you will want to use a power grip. This grip is similar to how you would grip a frisbee. Place your thumb on top of the disc at about the 3 o’clock position and your index finger at about the 9 o’clock position. Your other fingers should lightly rest on the underside of the disc. 

Step 3

Now that you have chosen your disc and figured out your grip, it’s time to find your target line. Pick a spot on the ground that is level with where you want your disc to land. Once you have found your target, focus on keeping your eye on that spot as you throw the disc.

Wrapping Up The Difference Between Hyzer vs Anhyzer

Learning the difference between hyzer and anhyzer can be difficult for beginners, but it’s important to take the time to learn. Here are some tips:

  • The side of the disc that is facing down will determine the direction of flight.
  • If the top of the disc is facing away from you, then it has a hyzer angle.
  • If the top of the disc is facing towards you, then it has an anhyzer angle.

By understanding the hyzer and anhyzer release angles, you’re one step closer to sounding like an experienced disc golfer yourself! But more importantly, you will improve your throwing technique. These concepts are just some of the many aspects that every disc golfer needs to learn in order to refine their skills.