I was in the Windy City this weekend and got to hit a nice little 9-hole course with the family.
This puts my weekly disc golfing count to two. I”m hoping to be able to head out this weekend, I need to warm up for the big West Michigan Disc Golf tour (trying to think of a name).
My wife and I were in Chicago visiting some friends and then heading over to her sisters for Father’s Day. While there, the boys all went over to Oak Brook Park to try out a course I’ve only been to in the dead of winter. It was a lot different with out the snow but with leaves on the trees. Being a 9-hole course it was perfect for the young ones and easy for us to leave early when it was time to start the BBQ. The nice thing is that it wasn’t that easy of a course. There were a lot varied holes, from some that were open to others in the trees, there was also a challenging one that had an out-of-bounds area. I know that most courses have those areas, but this one was in a spot that forced you to ride the edge of the trees until you got to the basket. Our first time around, my disc didn’t listen to me and it went straight into that area, but I made the stroke up by getting to the basket on the next throw. The length of the holes weren’t short either, I believe the last hole reaches around 350 – 400 feet, with a little rain run-off running through the middle of it. I think if you are in the Chicago area, and you have some time to kill, look it up.
As for my game… I did shorten up my warm up time, and usually did one over our par(which was three, for the kids it was four) on the majority of the holes. But, the warm up time was horrible. I have no excuse for it (though I am sure I could come up with quite a few of them…), I just wasn’t doing what I should. On hole two and hole six (the second time around) particularly. Both of those were pretty embarrassing. So, I should probably share them with you so that I can see what I did and hopefully correct it in the future.
They weren’t horrible, it’s not like my pants fell down or I couldn’t hold my bowels anymore, but in the world of disc golfing they weren’t great.
On hole two, about five feet to the right of the pad is this pretty nasty bush/tree thing that pretty much morphs into a mini forest that follows along with the hole. Anyway, it should be easy to stay on the fairway, there is nothing directly in front of the pad. But, I decided for some random reason that I wanted a challenge, so I threw my driver directly into the that nasty bush. STRAIGHT INTO IT. I had to basically embark on an expedition into the woods to find the disc, and then come up with some sort of trick to get it out, because the limbs and branches above me created a better ceiling than being in a house. By the way, I’m looking to coming up with a saw blade that you attach to a disc to help you get out of a wooded area, anyone interested in helping me with this? I had to bowl the disc out and start from there.
On hole six it wasn’t anything as drastic as that, but just basic crappiness on the throws and where they ended up. This hole had a giant pine tree near the beginning of the hole and then the fairway was sorta like an ink spot with random bulges of tall grass and trees. So, you really want to keep your disc straight, otherwise you end up in some bad spots. Which is what happened to me. First I did an overhand throw from the pad and it landed right in front of the pine tree, meaning I had to find my way around it. Which I tried to do, yet the pine tree had some hands on it and it grabbed my disc and put it on the other side of the tree. Again, not helpful. The next throw ended up where I didn’t want it to, a result of letting the disc go too early, and I had to find my way out of a secret grotto that was no where near the basket. Even the kids were staying in the fairway or landing in idea spots for some great shots.
Those were the really memorable shots from the weekend. I only tried my forehand throw once, and that didn’t do anything special. However, I did use my overhand throw a lot more, with pretty good results. I’m happy to say that those throws got just as far as my father-in-law’s throws. I think they could go further, but it’s a good start. My putting was a bit better this time around. I was pulling off some of the average distance putts, meaning that they weren’t crazy putts, but the type of putts I should be getting. This is good, because you don’t want to waste a stroke on a putt that should make it in. And this also meant that a lot of my mid range throws were doing better, at least in the point that they were getting closer to the basket. I still think I could improve the mid-range throws. I’m still letting go at random times.
Another thing that I’m not sure I mentioned yet on this blog, is the choice of disc. I do think there is some importance in what disc you pick for your throw. I know earlier I mentioned my practice of going to the park and throwing my discs around, but I don’t think I went into detail about which disc did what. I’m not sure if I’m at the exact point of being able to tell you which disc is best for you, but I’m getting close to the point of knowing why I pick certain discs. For instance, I know that my Leopard and Shark will go really straight if I throw it right. There is no fade with them, basically they will go where I point them, while others will fade left or right.
So, overall it was a great day out there and I think if I go out this weekend, I’m sure I will see some improvement. Any advice on picking the right disc for the right throw?
Reach that par
Improve my throws (forehand, backhand, overhand)
Yes and no. I did get close to par and the majority of holes, and my overhand throw is improving. However, I’m not sure my backhand or forehand throw has seen much improvement in the last couple of weeks.
Again, being scared of trying to do a throw. I think especially when going with a group of people, I get nervous and fall back on what I know. When, I really should just be trying new things because nothing is riding on this. And trying the new things obviously will mean improvement.
Not being scared and just forcing myself to try and try and try. Only way to do it. Force myself to do six holes all right handed, and then the next time, nine holes (unless it just doesn’t make sense to do that).