Not that I was expecting any less. But come on, I’m sure you have siblings and sometimes you have disagreements. And when you haven’t done something with a group, you are not sure how it’s going to go, and when you are doing something for the first time with family, well, you never can tell what is going to happen.
My family isn’t crazy…well, no crazier than any other family. So, I wasn’t expecting us to kill each other. Actually, it was a ton of fun and I hope that we keep this up. The only thing was that my sister didn’t get to come out with us. I guess there was some miss-communication. But, it’s all good.
We went to Cold Brook Park, which is near Galesburg. It’s a big course–24 holes. But, they are all pretty short holes. I think the biggest one that I found was like 400 feet. Not that that’s a bad thing. It has a lot of trees, so I can imagine that is why they are short holes. The holes are all marked and have nice pads. I guess they do a lot of tournaments there. I have gone to this course once before. I remember liking it, and I wasn’t disappointed this time around either. Just because the holes are short it doesn’t mean they aren’t difficult. A lot of the holes are on hills and dog leg to the right. Plus, like I said there were those damn trees. Always in just the right spot too. Right when you think you have a great throw going for you, BAM! right into the trunk of a tree. Yet it didn’t hold me back. I actually did a pretty good job.
I should tell you that I didn’t disc my normal way. I believe I have stated somewhere in this blog that I usually go for a par four. But, my brother usually does a par three. So, for the sake of a challenge, I went for the par three. It was a fun challenge. I only hit par two times, but I did hit four the majority of the time. Doing that helped me reach one of my goals of this blog, hitting par. I feel really good about that. I threw pretty strong, my putts were some what on and I did hit some trees, but I never went deep into the garbage, in fact I stayed really close to the fairway on each hole.
Since there were a ton of trees, I decided this would be a good opportunity to try my right hand (or forehand) throw more. One or two of the throws rocked, it wrapped around the trees and went where I wanted it. But, the majority of the right handed throws still cut way too early. The other throw I tried a bit more was the over hand throw. Which was a great idea for Cold Brook. My brothers both use that throw quite a bit. In fact, I got some good advice about that throw. By putting one of your fingers inside the disc and another one on the edge of the disc, and not throwing it like a baseball, but more like a flick above your head, you can get some great distance. This throw will usually flatten out and go more toward the right. If you want to get it to go straight and maybe a bit to the right, aim the inside of the disc toward your head, with the thumb on the inside. This throw will cause your disc to almost do a S and land straight from where you are standing. I’ll have to try it a bit more to get use to it, but they both did it and it went a lot further than expected.
My brother, Jay has gone disc golfing for years. But, this was the first time that I went with him. I wasn’t sure what his style on the course was going to be like, maybe he does things a little differently than I usually do with my father-in-law or my friends. The par three thing was one, but I didn’t know his thoughts on throwing, letting people pass, the extra curricular activities that usually happen on the course, as well as other things. But, for the most part he was right inline with me. Which was great, because having two different worlds collide might not lead to a good disc golf game. It is nice to have a different view on the game and to try things a little different. I learned some things, like I said, and I also got to see how someone else throws and putts. I think that is the best thing you can do when trying to learn something, watch how others do it. You can see things they might do wrong, and you can see things that they did right. I’m not in the position to critique just yet, but at least I have the ability to see what I might have done differently.
We had a great time out on the course, and I’m pretty sure we will do it again. I’m still trying to figure out how to fit in my disc golfing with my new job and with my classes starting up again (getting my second bachelor’s degree), so I’m hoping that if I make this a routine I’ll be able to fit in with my schedule. Any advice on how you keep disc golfing in your life?
Learn new throwing techniques
I think I accomplished the second goal. I learned a bit more on the overhand throw. I also think I did pretty good at reaching par (at least my version of par and not my brothers)
Still had a couple of wacky backhand throws. Still need to practice that. Also, my putting seemed to lack a little this weekend. I missed some pretty easy putts, at least I thought should have been easy.
I need to practice putting again. Plain and simple. But, I need to find a time to do that. Also, should probably continue work on my forehand throw.