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3 Man Drill – Marking & Faking

One of the best drills I’ve done is called the 3 Man Drill. Basically, it involves one throw, one marker, one catcher and one disc. The flow of the drills works as follows: mark, throw, go. As you’ll see in the video below, it’s all about the thrower trying to fake out the marker, and the marker trying to prevent the thrower from getting a clean throw off.

In my experience with this drill, I find that it’s much tougher in the drill to get a throw off than it is in a real game – which is good. I find that because you’re so focused on the thrower in this drill and you don’t have to worry about what is happening behind you on the field, you have the ability to really stop the thrower from getting a good throw off.

I would recommend doing this drill for a few minutes and then switch up the order of rotation so you get to mark/throw against someone else. If you do this drill intensely, it can actually be a pretty good workout for your legs and your cardio.

You can modify this drill as well, and you can do it with 4 people and then you would simply have 3 people in a triangle and run it the same as with 3 – mark, throw, go. Also, you can add restrictions for the thrower like no upside down throws, no throws that have too much curve on them, and instead of having a stall count of 10, you can reduce it to 5 so the thrower has to practice getting of the disc more quickly.

This is a great drill for getting warmed up before a game or a practice as well. Enjoy!

5 thoughts on “3 Man Drill – Marking & Faking”

  1. Hey Rob,

    What is the best way to beat a much taller player? I'm still a bit of a new player, so I have a lot of trouble with this drill (especially when they take a few steps back with their arms extended).

  2. This is a situation I don't see with many people. I am a left handed backhand thrower but i right handed forehand thrower. I have a decent backhand with my right hand but nothing that I would depend on for a contested throw. Are there certain fakes or techniques that could be used to utilize the opposite hands?

  3. Jay,

    When it comes to beating a taller player, I find that you need to really practice your head fakes and getting your mark moving side to side. Since a taller mark will have the reach advantage, if you don't get them moving side to side then they can just stand in front of you and make it difficult for you to throw. I would also say that depending on the mark, if you can throw close to their body then it will eliminate their reach advantage and will make it more difficult for them to stop your throws.

    But I would start by working on a head/shoulder fake to try and get them moving so you can quickly get a throw off instead of your mark just standing in front of you and not having them bite on any of your fakes.


  4. Steve,

    I've actually met quite a few people who ave the same issue you do and for this, you'll have a lot of problems once the other team realizes that and starts forcing you right-handed backhand.

    I would recommend that you keep your right handed forehand and learn how to throw a right handed backhand since I generally find it easier to learn how to throw a backhand.

    Also, another issue you'll find throwing with 2 different hands is that once you choose a hand with which to throw, then you will also choose your pivot accordingly. This means that you can't switch from a leftie backhand to a rightie flick since you will be pivoting on the wrong foot.

    So, fakes aside, I would start learning how to throw a right handed backhand right away and stop throwing your leftie backhand (unless you want to use it to break your mark once in a while. I strongly believe that if you have a strong throw from both sides of your body that you don't need to throw anything else – but it's always nice to have them just in case 😉

    Let me know if that answered your question.


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