Under The Leg Catch

The Under The Leg is a great way to spice up your next game of catch.

There are a ton of different under the leg catches. Choose the one that fits your style the best.
Do the Under The Leg catch when a friend throws to you or by throwing to yourself. Here are a few tips:

  • Balance. For most Under The Legs, you will have to balance on one leg. You may want to practice balancing before you play to avoid embarrassing falls.
    It also helps to practice getting in and out of your catching position. Arms and legs can get tangled when the disc is flying toward you.

  • Let The Disc Fly Under Your Leg. Imagine lifting your leg to let the disc fly under it. You can reach under your leg to catch before
    the disc flies past your leg, or you can catch it after it flies under your leg.

  • Be comfortable.. Sometimes it will feel more natural to stand sideways. Sometimes you’ll want to stand facing your friend. Do what works best for you.
  • Watch the disc. Keep your eye on the disc until it hits your hand.
  • Palm up. Most under the leg catches will be low, so they will be palm-up catches.
  • Lift your other arm. Use your free arm to balance.
  • Choose The Right Throw. The best throw for an Under The Leg arrives below waist level. If the disc is too high or if it is way off target, wait for a better throw.
    Eventually you will be able to make bad throws look good by doing an Under The Leg catch off them. For now, be patient for good catching opportunities.

  • Be patient. Wait until the disc has almost reached you before getting into catching position. You may need to adjust your position, and that’s hard if you are balancing on one foot.

    Training Tip #1: Lift one leg and put your right arm under it. Hold the disc in your left hand a few inches over your right hand (reverse this if you are left-handed).
    Drop the disc and try to catch it. Try to get five catches in a row, then switch hands and catch behind the back with your left hand.

    Training Tip #2: Use the self-throw to practice the Under The Leg catch. Throw the disc up. Balance. Grab. Can you do five in a row? This video shows you how (112kb):

    Training Tip #3: Next time you play catch with friends, look for opportunities to do the catch. You may have to chase the disc down to get into position. It may take a few tries.
    You will notice more chances to try the Under The Leg if you are thinking about the catch.