Forehand Approach Shots

Here we look at the Forehand Approach shots for the 30-60m range. Just a short sharp flick of the wrist is all that’s needed for pin point accurate approach shots. Like with the backhand, we look at straight, hyzer and an-hyzer lines.

Forehand Grip

The middle finger against the inside rim with support from the index finger next to it or more central in a ‘V’ sign. Thumb rests on top of the disc opposite the fingers.

Forehand Approach Shots(Straight)

Most players choose to throw a forehand approach as a rescue shot from the trees or from a restricted stance. The straight flight may flex to the left then back to the right, so this may be the optimum shot selection for a tight wooded fairway that matches this shape. It’s also a handy choice when you need the shot finish with a fade around an obstacle or into a sloping green.

Stand facing the target and hold the disc out to the right, level with the ground. Flex the knees and feel the weight evenly distributed on each leg.


Keep your elbow close to the body as you load your weight to the heal of your right side and take the disc back with a twist in the upper body and a coil of the wrist.


Lead with the elbow to drive the wrist through and allow the hand to follow naturally and then releasing the disc with a short, snap. The timing kicks in perfectly if you can get the weight onto the ball of your right foot at the exact point of release.

Follow through with a spiderman like action in the hand, pointing at the target.


Forehand Approach Shots (Hyzer)

Just like with the backhand hyzer (skip curve), hitting the hyzer lines with the forehand is great for controlled distance, giving the chains a run and curving around obstacles. Providing you can execute the throw reliably, for greens that slope from right to left the forehand hyzer is often the percentage shot over the backhand as it will give greater accuracy for the landing spot and it will also tend to come to rest closer to where it lands due to the backspin.

Just like the set up for the straight shot, but with the disc angled as shown and with a slight lean over to the throwing side.