Monthly Archives: July 2010

Another day in the sticky woods

The last couple of weeks it’s been really hot here in Michigan, if you haven’t noticed.  And humid.  And the combination of these two make it a great time when going disc golfing….

So, I went out to Osthemo with some friends last week and we got to climb through the heavy air to throw some disc.  It actually wasn’t that bad, though we all pretty much had to have a second set of clothes to wear after finishing the 18 holes.  Also, as fair warning to anyone going out there, it’s mosquito season and they are out in force.  It did rain earlier that day, so that might have been the reason for the humidity and the mosquito assault, but on the positive side, it kept the place pretty much open for us to go through it with out waiting or letting anyone pass.

We had a group of four, me, Josh, Paul and Lara (actually five, but Josh’s girlfriend Brandy came along to cheer us on).   I have gone with all of them before, and in fact have mentioned them previously, so I won’t go into much detail about them.  We all had a really good time out there and actually all did well.  I think Josh has only gone a handful of times and most of those with me, but I could see improvement in  his game.  And I think he is for me, what most friends of disc golfers are, a person to use those discs in your bag that you never use.  You know what I am talking about.  You buy a new disc and use it on every basket for a couple of months, and then you buy another one and that first disc gets relegated to the bag, just like those old toys in Toy Story.  But, when you have a friend tag along with you, you  have an excuse to bust out that disc and hand it to them.  Which, in the long run gives you a reason for owning so many discs and one of those big bags to carry them all in.  Because you have friends.

No scores were kept, mainly because I really need to warm up and get ready for my big Michigan tour, but also because we were just out there to have fun.  Though, having gone to Osthemo many times, I sort of have a feel when it’s a good day and when it’s a bad day.  This was a good day.  Not for my forehand throw, but my backhand and overhand throw rocked.  I used the overhand throw a lot, mostly because the leaves were out in force, really making it a narrow passage from the start of the pad.    It was easier to slice through this by doing the overhand, then trying to get the backhand around the trees.  I feel confident that this is going to be one of my go-tos from now on.  My backhand really helped once on the fairway, and usually placed me next to the basket for an easy putt.

And my putts.

Oh man, those really made me happy.  At almost every basket the putter was attracted to the chains.  It helped that I was close enough to the basket to have the easy putts.  But, there are no easy putts.  Meaning that the practice and the mantras have paid off.  I think there was maybe two putts that were a bit embarrassing, but the rest of them totally made up for it.

I actually felt really good about my whole game.  I only had a tough time on a couple of the holes.  And only almost lost a disc once.  Though it turns out the disc was not in the woods at all, but just on the outside of the woods.  I did over estimate some of my throws, but, a guy can dream right?  I do have one confession to make…I only did one forehand throw this time.  I know, I know.  I said I was going to do it more and try to get better at it.  But, the one time I did it, it slammed into the trunk of a tree, on the sixth pad.  It was nasty, and I didn’t want to do that again.  Sorry.  I’ll be better next time, I promise…maybe.

Overall, it was a great time.  It’s always a great time.  Even on my worst days and I’m cursing all of the discs I own, I still love it out there.

GOAL

Reach par, improve drives

GOAL ACCOMPLISHED?

I’m not sure on the par part.  But, the drives all seemed to have improved.  Except the forehand, that one has not improved.  Not at all.  Nope.

PROBLEM

Just not working on it.  I can’t get better at something when I don’t use.

SOLUTION

I have to come up with some sort of system forcing me to throw it forehand.  Hmm….I’m sure there is some sort of harness that can do this…

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Hey that looks familiar…

My father-in-law opened up the Kalamazoo Gazette yesterday (it was actually last Thursday the 15th, the power went out and I haven’t had a chance to get back to this post) and was flipping through it when he showed me their weekly kids section.  And what should be on the cover and the main focus of that kids section?  Disc Golf!

The whole pull-out kids section (I can’t remember what the name of that section is) is focused on what disc golf is and how to play it.  Basically talking about how great it is, how easy it is for kids to do it, and how it’s an easy way to get kids to go outside…wait this sounds familiar.  Didn’t I write about this, at least twice?   Yes.  Yes I did.  (Here and here)

I think it’s great that they are promoting disc golf and kids.  The section did a nice job covering the history of disc golf and making it look like a great time for you to take your kid out there.  I don’t think there is much more for me to say, except that if you are sitting there, with your kids running around driving you crazy, maybe you should take them out to the park and throw some discs!  It’ll be a couple of hours of your day, which isn’t bad, but you could be introducing your kid to a great sport and showing them there is something cheap and easy to do outside.

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Okay, so that’s it?

I asked people on the 2nd to help me come up with names for the Michigan Disc Golf tour that I am going on at the end of August.  And all I got was a couple of names…lame.

It’s cool though, the names I got were pretty good.  So, I’m going to make a little poll and see if we get any votes on them.  Just to remind you, I’m going to take this name and put it on some t-shirts I’m making for my brother-in-law and my father-in-law to wear while we tour some West Michigan Disc Golf courses and breweries.

Whatever title wins will get the person who suggested it a free disc.  I’ll take more names if you have any.  I’m going to shorten up the voting just for the sake of giving myself some time to create the shirts.  So, ten days.  Voting will close on Friday the 30th.  Vote away!

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Naming the tour

As some of you may know, I am going on a tour of some west coast Michigan disc golf course with my father-in-law and brother-in-law.  This is something we have wanted to do for quite some time, and when I picked up the “Disc Golf Michigan” book, it became a reality.  Over father’s day weekend the three of us sat over the book and mapped out the courses we want to see and play.  Now that it’s planned the next steps for me including creating an awesome t-shirt, practice, and telling you guys about the courses we are going to hit.  But, before I come up with the shirt I have one problem, I need to name the tour.

It’s got to have a cool name that can possible carry over for a number of years.  It’s also got to be something not boring.  I mean come on, this is going to be pretty sweet, so it’s got to have a name to fit the sweetness of the weekend.  Finally, it also has to make sense.

Here are the quick details of the weekend:  eight courses on the west side of Michigan, we are all family, we plan on hitting up some local breweries to try to some rockin’ beer, and it’s a weekend.

This is where you guys come in.  I need your help with the name.  Give me some suggestions and we can vote on the one we like.  If it gets picked, I will buy you a disc!  Come on, a free disc!  Just for naming a family tour!  Post it on here, and it needs to be soon, so let’s say I need something by the 19th of July.

Let’s see what you got.

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