Yesterday was my first “official” day of practicing disc golf. You may ask yourself, how do you practice disc golf? Wouldn’t it just be easier to go out on the course every day? The answer to that is, probably. The best way to practice would be just to do it. But, I’m sure any master of their craft would tell you that you should probably break the craft into pieces and do each piece until you get it right. So, if I would like to be a master, I should break the craft of disc golf up into pieces. The pieces? Putting and the drive.
I have read from multiple places that putting is the most important part of disc golf. I’m sure it’s the same way for regular golf as well. The skill of being able to hit the chains on the basket from 20 feet away is something you wish you had when you are standing there staring at that basket. Getting the disc in from that distance would save you a throw and give you some bragging rights 🙂 I think that most people can throw a disc far, but it takes some skill to not have to get your disc a foot from the basket to putt. So, you practice throwing your putter into that basket. I don’t have a practice basket, but I should be borrowing one soon from Paul, so I won’t go into that practice yet. But, I can cover the drive part.
If you have been following this blog, you know that I am having a problem with letting go of my disc too soon. For whatever reason, my hand just lets go and the disc hooks to the left a lot sooner than I want it to. I can usually get warmed up and by the end of the course I’ll have more control over my grasp, but by that point the game is over and I am way over par. So, until I get that basket, I want to practice on my drive and I want to know where I am putting my disc. If I want the disc to go straight, I want to have the confidence of knowing that the disc is going straight. That’s the same for if I want it to go left or right.
Yesterday I went to the park with my discs and started throwing them. There was a clear mark for my “tee” and there was a tree pretty far out in the distance that I aimed for. I threw all of them, even my chipped Beast (I have pro beast too). I have never done that before, so it was interesting to see where all of the discs would end up. My practice was two-fold, I was able to test where my discs would fly and I was able to practice my control. I found that my Pro Beast would go the furthest and that my Roc and Leopard would go the next furthest. Now, I could go into a lot of detail about the plastic and the differences between Pro and DX, but I’ll save that for later. Right now I just want to say that it was great to see what would fly, where they would end up, and if I had the control to put them where I want. Near the end I started to have that control, but I think I need a lot more practice.
Any practice advice? Do you have a favorite disc that you use?