Young guns Gagan Chatha and Peter Yu have brought something fun to the Vancouver Nighthawks this year; the return of the high release throw, usually a flick. This throw can be risky to use but if you have control over it and deploy it at the right time and place it is almost indefensible.

In last weekend’s loss to the Portland Stags in Vancouver, Peter Yu twice passed for goals with a high release flick, earning him Major League Ultimate’s Innova Pulsar Throw of the Week Award.

“I like using the high release flick because it is easier to put out into space with good float than a regular IO flick,” says Yu.

“The strength of a high release flick is that most marks are not expecting it so it is easy to get off. When conditions are windy, however, it is difficult to get enough spin to make the high release flick a stable throw.”

‘I usually use my high release flick strictly from near the end zone for a quick break-force goal. It can be a risky throw because if I rush my throw mechanics, it comes out haphazardly, so I keep the throws short.”

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You can buy tickets to watch Yu and his Nighthawks teammates at their next home game against the Seattle Rainmakers, which will be played at the University of British Columbia’s Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday, June 7 at 7 p.m.

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