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Taking a dog on the course

I have gone by myself, I have gone with friends and family, and I have gone with kids, but before now I have never gone with a dog.

I have seen people do it, I have heard about my brother-in-law taking their dog with them, and now that I have a dog I was wondering if it was time for me to take her with me.

However, I have some questions about it.  The first thing for me is, how is this not a tease? I mean, we teach our dogs to fetch.  How will they know what to do with a disc when they see their owner throw it?  In the past, when I was out on a course and someone had a dog with them, they are usually with a group of people and the dog is on a leash.  For the most part, I think someone in the group is not discing, so it isn’t a problem.  Yet, how does the dog not want to chase the disc?  Or what do you do to keep your dog from not picking up someone’s disc?

My brother-in-law had trained their Golden Retriever to actually chase after the disc and lay down next to it.  What a great concept!  To be able to have someone there that’s sole purpose is to find your disc; it would save you so much time to have a hunter dig through the woods for your disc  Or when you might have thrown a long drive and the disc is hard to spot.   Yes, the dog would have to be unleashed and there is the potential that the dog might run off or scare another player.  But I think having an animal on the hunt to find your disc would outweigh the possible problems of an unleashed dog.

This is what I wanted.

Piper looking toward the future

There she is giving us her best regal look.

I have a pit bull puppy (a bit over a year old) named Piper that finally got to take the trek out to Oshtemo township park to partake in some disc golf.  She was extremely excited about this.  But, being a puppy and a pit bull, I thought it best to keep her on the leash.  Piper loves people.  It seems like her goal is to please people…and to play.  Fetch is one of her favorite games. Which I didn’t think about at the time, but quickly realized that this might be a bit of tease for her, as she could not chase after the discs that we threw.  And my friends found out that Piper is strong, almost pulling them over and dragging them to get the disc.  I had a hard time getting her to focus on anything else, even when I gave her one of my dead discs to play with, she wanted the ones we threw.  At one point, she got a hold of my Roc and added some nice teeth marks on it…I’m hoping I can convince my wife that I need a new one 😉

My first foray into taking my dog with me has opened my eyes into what I might need to do if I want to take her again.  I’ve been now teaching her to sit and wait until I release her when we play fetch.  She has picked up on that very quick.  I think the next step will be to either ignore what I throw or to have her sit and wait next to what I have thrown.  I’m not sure if she is completely ready to be off the leash while at the course, so it might have to be the ignoring the disc part.  I might also just want to take her to the course so much that she just gets use to it.  It also probably doesn’t help that she is a puppy, and puppies like to play.  Maybe I should bring a person along that isn’t going to disc golf and instead they can focus on Piper.

What about you?  Do you have a dog?  Have you taken your dog or a friend’s dog on the course?  What did you do to not have the dog pull out a friend’s arm?

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Wolverine Cup — Day One

The weekend of August 28-29 was the inaugural weekend for the Wolverine Cup.  The plan for the weekend was to get the family together and travel the west side of Michigan to play at different Disc Golf courses and try out some different Michigan brews.  Not knowing how this weekend was going to turn out, we decided on just three of us:  Mario (my brother-in-law), Win (my father-in-law) and myself.  And we planned on trying out three courses the first day:  Kalamazoo – Oshtemo Township Park, Grand Rapids – Old Farm Park, and Big Rapids – Northend Riverside Park.  Then four courses the second day: Ludington – Mason County Park, Whitehall – Whitehall Township, Fremont – Branstrom Park, and Holland – Winstrom Preserve.  In between these courses we were going to try hitting up some Michigan breweries and try out some local beers.

This was the plan, however the execution of the plan was a little different.  I think the problem was judging driving distances and playing new courses.  As most disc golfers know, when you are trying a new course there are going to be issues.  Issues of knowing where all of the pads and baskets are, issues of finding a disc when it was tossed into the underbrush, and issues of actually finding the course.  We ran into all of these, but we learned from our mistakes.  I think the plan for next year will be to start a day earlier and possibly picking courses that are closer together.  Because the driving time is what killed our second day, where we only got to play two of the four courses we planned.

I will now go over the first day and later this week give you the second day.

It was a great weekend for disc golf and we enjoyed every minute of it.  The weather was a bit on the warm side, but we missed any of the heat by being in the car. However, there was no chance of rain and their wasn’t much wind the whole weekend.  The night before our weekend was our cousin-in-law’s wedding, in which we played the important role of setting up and taking down, which meant that we had a late night and early morning.

And it begins…

Oshtemo Township Park

I have talked in detail about this course in the past and won’t give you any detailed description about it.  I will say that it’s a great warm up for the rest of the day.  Having varied baskets, you get to practice throwing in the woods as well as long holes.   Plus, going this early meant there wasn’t very many people on the course, saving us waiting time and allowing us the chance to finish up and be on our way.

 

Oshtemo Township Park Course

Mario and Win trying to get a disc out of a tree

 

I had a bit of a rough morning, making glaring mistakes and having obvious throwing problems.  Mario gave me an Innova Reaper to try out.  This disc will naturally go left if thrown backhand, but if you hold the disc right (kinda at a 45 degree angle from the ground) you can get it to go to the right and it helps you when the course dog legs to the right.

 

Osthemo Township Park Course

Win throwing his disc near the end of the course.

 

Plus the disc flies fast and floats, giving you great distance.  I wasn’t planning on doing anything new this weekend, I wanted to go with what I knew, so backhands and overhead throws were my norm.

We did discover that to save some time we would have a spotter.  Someone to run out and watch where our discs are going.  This was really helpful at Oshtemo because the trees were thick and we had some searching issues.  But, once we got the spotter out there he was able to save us some hunting time.  And in the end this saved us at least an half an hour.

 

Oshtemo Township Park Course

Mario sinking the putt at hole 18.

 

Old Farm Park

After Oshtemo we drove up to Grand Rapids to get lunch at Founders and then go to Old Farm Park.  Founders is a pretty amazing brewery up in Grand Rapids that I highly recommend.  The sandwiches were filling and the beer great for a summer day.  As we sat outside enjoying lunch our waiter noticed the shirts I made and we talked about the weekend.  He suggested going to a different course, saying that Old Farm Park wasn’t very good or difficult.  But, having already made the shirts, the plan was set.  Sorry waiter guy.  You can’t lie on a t-shirt, I think it’s a law.

The plan was actually to pick a course that wasn’t hard.  We wanted a somewhat easy one that we could breeze through before heading up to Big Rapids.  And according to the Disc Golf Michigan book, this course was exactly what we wanted.

After playing the course, I can say that the book and waiter were correct.  It wasn’t difficult.  Most baskets were around the 200 foot mark, though not all.  The nice thing was that they were clearly labeled and there wasn’t much underbrush to cause any searching issues.  However, there were some water hazards, including a really nasty looking pond that I think had the Swamp Thing in there, and he would steal your discs because he liked to play at night.

I had a better time at this course, though some stray moments of pain and stress.  I didn’t start out strong.  The first hole is deceptively easy, with a straight shot to the basket which is on a slight hill, a bump really.  However, my disc decided to go way to the right of the basket.  But, I didn’t let this slip ruin my game.  The rest of the holes were pretty uneventful.  They are laid out in this strip of trees in the park.  I hit par on the rest of the front nine holes.

The back nine had a little more challenge, with holes 10, 11, 12 and13 all in a field.  This is where you could pull out some fire and have your disc fly.  Which I did.  Only on hole 11 my disc decided to go a little further and to the right of the basket.  I was trying out the Reaper and I guess I held it at too much of an angle.  But, I was still proud of the distance of the disc and I was able to make it back up.

 

Old Farm Park Course

Here is the "deceptive" Hole 15...

 

I should mention that through out all of this Mario and my father-in-law were doing great.  We all stayed pretty even through out the whole course.  They only had a couple of funny issues with the back nine.  On hole 14 a stream was on the left and the hole was on an incline.  Well, Mario had a nice throw, except  his disc decided to be a roller and just couldn’t make it up the hill, and rolled right back down and into the deepest part of the stream.  And then both Mario and Win had a perception problem with hole 15.  It seemed like a simple hole, the pad was on the top of a hill, the Swamp Thing’s pond was to the right and the basket was kinda on the incline of the other side of the valley.  But, from this angle you could see the basket for hole 17 on the other side of the pond.  I guess they both didn’t see the basket on the hill, but they did see the basket on the other side of the pond.  Both were freaking out on getting it over there.  I didn’t quite understand the issue and assumed they were worried the wind would push their discs into the pond.  I believe I was the first to throw and I was on target for the correct basket.  Mario and Win threw, and were on the right track for the correct one, but didn’t realize it.

 

Old Farm Park Course

Mario letting loose on hole 15, though aiming for the wrong basket...

 

They got up to do their second throws and both threw the disc at a really funny angle.  I was totally lost at this point and asked what they were doing.  I then pointed to the correct basket, which caused them to laugh and try to decide if they wanted to start that basket over again.  I guess that’s what you get for looking for a challenge and not paying attention.

Hole 17 did offer a bit of a problem, mainly because you were throwing to a basket that was in front of the pond (the one they thought you were suppose to throw to on the earlier basket).  But, no one went into the pond.  There was a couple in front of us that did make it in the pond and were trying to bargain with Swamp Thing while we finished up the course.  The whole course maybe took us two hours, if that.

Northend Riverside Park

Now we were on our way up to Big Rapids and to Northend Riverside Park.  Which is about a hour north of Grand Rapids.  We were making good time.  We would be up to Big Rapids around five, get our hotel room, find the course, play the course and do dinner around eight.  But, the heat and drive of the day was starting to wear on us.  We looked pretty tired once we got to the hotel and I could feel a headache coming on.  Probably not drinking enough water.  After dropping our stuff off at the hotel and sitting for a minute researching where the course was and where dinner was we got back on the trail.

This was Mario’s favorite course of the weekend, and I would find it difficult to disagree.  Mason County Park was pretty amazing, but the one in Big Rapids had everything you could ask for and gave you just enough challenge to make it interesting the entire time.  And the park ran along the Muskegon River, a beautiful river that a lot of the Ferris State University students use to go tubing.

Our first problem though was finding the start of the course.  The Disc Golf Michigan book pointed us to what we thought was the park that held the course.  But, after walking a mile on a path that ran parallel to the river we discovered a different park, the correct park.  So, after an all day marathon of disc golf  we walked an extra mile to try out a challenging new course.  Great way to start…

Northend River Park’s disc golf course is supposedly kept up by a disc golf pro.  And it shows.  Easily marked signs, clean baskets and pads, and some challenging baskets prove that somebody loves this course and uses it to prepare for big events.  The front nine were in mostly open spaces with some woods around the baskets, the back nine, or  what a wooden sign showed as “Anhyzer Country” was in the forest.  But in a neat forest with tall tress that really only had branches in the way.

 

Northend Riverside Park course

Here I am lining up a putt

 

We didn’t run into very many people at this course, which was fine because we did need to concentrate.  The day was catching up with us and near the end of the course we were sitting on the benches waiting our turn, instead of standing watching the others throw.  There was a nice breeze coming off the river and the sun was going down, keeping the temperature cool.

Each basket had a unique challenge, either going up a hill or going around trees.  Most of the fairways were clear.  But narrow.  You really wanted to throw straight on the majority of the baskets.

I actually did my best game of the day here.  I think it just took me a long time to warm up and knowing the day was almost done also helped.  I had some powerful throws and didn’t hit many trees.  Not saying that I didn’t hit any tree,  I definitely left my mark on a couple of trees.  But I only had one real issue, and that was overthrowing and having the disc curve the wrong way.  I think I was still getting use to the Reaper and its tendency to curve.  This caused a problem with the last basket.

The last basket of the day was challenging because it had two huge garbage trees in the way of you and the basket.  And then on the left side of the trees and basket was the road and a lot of rough.  The correct way would have been to go low and easy to the right and sink a par.  However, my disc decided to discover what the road was like.  And it was a beautiful road, so that was nice.  But, not where you want to be when you all decided to make a bet on who was going to get the car.

 

Northend Riverside Park course

A neat peace sign on the path to the end of the disc golf course

 

End of Day One

We were soaked from sweat.

And after much discussion, we decided on taking showers before going to eat.  Well, I didn’t really plan on that and only packed the bare minimum.  So, I had to wear some sweat boxers to dinner.  But, it’s cool.  I can’t smell so I was fine.

Big Rapids Brewing Company is in a restaurant called the Blue Cow.  The Blue Cow is a sort of a fancy restaurant.  Not a required dress place, but the food was upscale.  Perfect for the end of a long day.  We each tried a different beer, mine was the Strong Ale, and ate some amazing chicken.

After that was back to the hotel for a really tired game of Hearts and sleep.

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First game down

Sitting outside on the porch at Founders in Grand Rapids after are first round of disc. We played a great game at Oshtemo this morning. Well…almost a great game. I hit seven on one too many baskets to justify great. But, I am trying a new disc the Mario gave me, and it worked really well on one basket.

Our next course is Old Farm Park in Grand Rapids.  Are server here at Founders said this course is a short one.  But, this is good because we are still going up to Big Rapids to play a course and go to a brewpub. So this short course should save us from playing in the dark.

Keep following this blog to see what happen next!

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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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Monday: A crazy time for Disc Golfing in K’zoo!

Who knew that a Monday evening in Kalamazoo would be a busy time to go disc golfing?

Well guess what?  It is.

Maybe it had to do with it being a the first nice day in a while.  Or it could be the fact that it  didn’t get dark until after nine.  Or it could just be that it’s fun to go disc golfing and so people try to find time to when they can.

I found this out because I went to Oshtemo with a group of my friends Monday evening and we seemed to have to wait at every pad.  Not that it was bad waiting, we still got through each hole pretty quick (we must be getting better…) but it brings up a good question: who should you let go ahead of you when the course is busy? I think a good rule is if there are less people in their group than in yours, let them go.  Or if you are stuck searching for a disc in the woods, let the group standing at the pad looking really bored pass.  But, at some point I do think you need to draw a line in letting people pass, or you will be stuck at hole 2 letting everyone go by you and you’ll never get to disc.  I think you’ll probably have a good idea of who to let pass.  Just watch them throw.  The group might have four people and you have two, but the bigger group can get to the basket in two throws while it takes you guys four or five, let that group pass.  Because they might be waiting at the pad every time you are half way down the fairway.  That isn’t fair to that group, and it will probably only cost you five minutes.  Overall, it’s just common courtesy to not be a dick and try to hog the course.

I went with a group of five, Andy, Paul, Paul’s fiance, and Josh.   This was Josh’s second time out, and I think Paul’s fiance has only gone a couple of times.  So, it was a good mix and a fun mix.  Andy still showed us all up with his crazy left handed throw.  When he let a disc go, it would just keep going.  It was pretty impressive to watch.  Josh is getting better, understanding that the way you angle the disc before the throw controls if it’s going to go up in the sky and get pushed around by the wind or if it’s going to fly close to the ground.  Paul cracks me up with his throws.  Every time he threw the disc, he chased it like a dog after a stick.  It was helpful to have a spotter, but it was pretty funny to watch.  Plus, he throws his disc like he doesn’t care what it does.  But, amazingly enough it usually does something good.  I’ve seen that from other disc golfers.  They have no routine or steps they follow, they just get on the pad and throw.  Those guys usually have the furthest throw, so maybe that is something I should try to emulate.  Maybe not concentrating on how you hold it, how you stand, what steps to take, when to let the disc go, did you grab the right disc, are you aiming where you want, did I take enough steps, is everyone watching me, am I doing this right?!!! Maybe if you just get up there and throw it, your body will figure out all of that stuff and the disc will take care of the rest.  I’ll have to think about that, just after I line up my feet with the basket and make sure that my arm is straight.

I feel like I did a pretty good job out there.  It’s been a little while since I’ve gone out ( it was April 26, see, less than a month), but it’s not like it’s been a month or anything so I wasn’t expecting a complete loss on what I’ve gained.  It is still taking me about four or five baskets before I’m finally warmed up enough to see my improvements.  My disc is getting a little further from the pad, and a little straighter, but I am still having a hard time on the control of it.  The disc still seems to want to go up higher and get out of my hand at the wrong time.  But, I did have a nice release I think at the 6th or 7th basket.  Right before I let the disc go when I was at the pad, I thought about aiming down, and that thought helped keep the disc flat and straight for a long distance.  So, I’m pretty happy about that.  My putting has greatly improved since practicing with the practice basket.  Now, I haven’t really had a chance to get out and practice with it in the last two weeks (damn job!), but I think I did gain some experience and knowledge from the practicing I did do.  I found that I didn’t need to be right on the basket to use my putter.  In fact, I was using my putter from a further distance to the basket than I have ever done in the past.  I that really helped.  The putter is a great approach disc, so I think if you are close enough to the basket to see the links on the chains, try tossing your putter.  You might not sink the putt, but you might get right on top of the basket giving you an extremely easy putt.

One thing that I did discover that I really liked was the overhand throw.  When I was out on Monday, I did have quite a few instances of my disc finding its way into the woods.  And this being Spring after a bunch of rain, the leaves were out in force.  Hence my love of the overhand throw.  It was much much easier to just huck the disc over my head and through the top part of the trees, than trying to toss it through the trunks.  The great thing about this was that the throw usually gave me a bit of distance too.  I used my Roc for these throws.  It would cut right through the leaves, go a bit further, and then flatten out and land.  But the distance gained was enough that I never felt bad about getting in the woods.  I also tried it on the 7th or 8th hole at Oshtemo, which ever one has basically a tight shoot to go through when you are on the pad.  It wasn’t something I would try to do to replace my normal drive throw, but maybe with enough practice, it could do some damage.

I also continued my practice with my forehand throw.  Getting a little better, but nothing to really report with that one.  It still cuts way too early to the right for it to be worth anything.  But, I am still trying it and not giving it up.

Overall, it was an excellent day to be out on the course, as seen by all of the others out there too.  I still saw everyone starting from the easier pad.  I don’t know why people do that, but it can be kinda dangerous there at Oshtemo, because the harder pad is usually directly behind the easy one and can make it a challenge to a.) not hit someone up there and b.) have people try to skip you when you are twenty feet behind them standing on the pad and c.) make it hard for you on the back pad to know if anyone is up on the easy pad.  So, I’m still trying to fight that battle.

Also, I’m going to try my best to keep posting regular updates at a more timely fashion (not like posting a story on Thursday about disc golfing done on a Monday *cough* *cough*), but starting a new job and getting back into my online college courses, may make it a little tough.  But, with the summer fast approaching, I’m definitely going to be out on the course more and hopefully seeing bigger improvements, so continue to watch this blog to see how I do.

GOAL

Better Putting

Further distance with my drives

GOAL ACCOMPLISHED?

Kinda.  I did see an improvement in my putting.  Didn’t miss easy putts.  And I am getting closer to the basket in less throws, hence the easy putts.

PROBLEM

Still letting discs go at weird times.

SOLUTION

Try to hit the park again and throw my drivers.  That really seemed to help me, even if I was out there for only a half hour.

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Weekend of disc golf!

It wasn’t the best weekend here in Kalamazoo for disc golf (Friday was nice, but Saturday and Sunday was all rain), but that doesn’t mean that I couldn’t go out and half some fun!  And that is exactly what I did, I went out on Friday and Saturday.  Saturday was an adventure because it started to rain when we got to the first pad, and it didn’t let up, so we only did 9 holes 8 and 1/2 holes because we were soaked.  Friday was also an adventure because I took my friend Josh, who has never gone disc golfing before, and what’s the best way to learn but to teach, so put on my instructors cap and took Josh under my wing to be introduced to the glory that is disc golf!

FRIDAY

Josh has been wanting to go for a while, but is always busy.  So, when I got a text from him that he wanted to out to the course on Friday, I was excited!  In fact, I was so excited that I jumped in the in-laws van and picked him up as soon as he was ready.  Which, turned out to be a little bit of trouble, because I didn’t eat a snack and that hurt me a bit later on the course.  It’s cool though, because we had a great time and I think I converted him to the dark side.

For the sake of not wanting to pay a fee (talk about that soon), I took Josh over to the Oshtemo course, which is free.  It wasn’t too hot or too cold, though it wasn’t really sunny either.  But the wind wasn’t bad.  I don’t think the wind really effects that course too much, because of all of the trees, but for the sake of talking about the weather, it wasn’t that windy either.  There were quite a few people out on the course,  so for the first couple of course we had to wait at each pad, but for whatever reason, once we let this one guy past us, the waiting  cleared up.  Maybe people only did 9 holes?  Or maybe they started doing really well?  Who knows.

By the way, one thing that I want to ask is: why is it that every time I go out and there are people playing, they always throw from the closer pad?  There is usually two pads for people to start on, obviously one closer to the basket than the other one.  I always play from the one furthest from the basket, it adds a challenge and I think that is where the pros play from.  Why wimp out and play from the one that is 20 – 30 feet closer to the basket and isn’t behind some trees?  Seems like if are good at disc golf you would want that extra challenge.  I mean, I guess if you are just out there to say that you disc golf (I guess it makes you cool in some circles?  Don’t ask me.  I don’t have a huge following on this blog or see it on tv or very much on the web, so I don’t know how cool it makes you to say you disc golf), then you would probably want to play from the easiest pad just to get the game over with.  But, as someone that isn’t very good (but trying!) I hate waiting for a group of kids throwing from that pad, walk the couple of extra feet and come back here with me and see why disc golf is challenging and fun.

Anyway, it’s fun taking someone new out on the course and teaching them how to disc golf.  You have to try to teach them that throwing a disc is kinda similar to throwing a frisbee, but not really.  Josh did a pretty good job.  He did have a bit of a discus type throw.  You know,  where you curl your arm around the disc and then run up to the edge of the pad and whip your arm out.  But it worked.  It just hooked to the left quite a bit.  It was cool though to watch him realize that and see him compensate for it.  I didn’t want to over burden him with a bunch of things that I have read about disc golfing, so I would just give him small bits of advice, kinda tell him why I am doing what I am doing.  Also, the guy we let ahead of us was pretty good, so that was cool to watch and see what he did.

I believe that Josh had a great time.  He said that he can see what people do it: being out in nature, enjoying the quiet(unless I screwed up), not having to spend that much money, the calmness it usually creates (again, unless I screw up), and just the fact that you are having fun.   I believe that I will be taking him out to a course again.

SATURDAY

On Saturday I went to Robert Morris Park with my cousin-in-law’s fiancé, Nate.  Which, has gone out before, a lot, actually, so no teaching but still fun to do.  If you have been following this blog, then you know that I had a nice run in with Robert Morris Park last week involving the paying of fees.  So, this was a good test to see if it is easy to find the box you have to pay in.  I guess if you call a yellow post that looks like a cement post you use to stop people from hitting something, then I guess yes.  However, if I didn’t know I was looking for that, I wouldn’t have known that was what it was.  I would have thought it was a cement post you use to stop people from hitting something.  Anyway, we did pay the fee (which wasn’t listed anywhere near the post, we just guessed and paid a couple of bucks).  And as soon as we got out of the car, it started to rain.  And rain, and rain, and rain.  Luckily, the first nine holes are pretty much covered by trees, so it wasn’t that bad.

Nate is similar to Andy in that he throws left-handed, so it was interesting to watch.  The unique thing about Nate is that he did the majority holes overhand.  Which was surprisingly effective.  Especially for some of the really wooded holes, or when the hole dog legged to the right.  The disc would flip over and head that way.  I might have to give that a try.

I had some good holes, more than bad ones, so that means I am improving, which is great.  But, it’s hard to tell because of all of the rain, that definitely made the game(again, I don’t like calling it that, but haven’t thought of something better.  What do people say when they go golfing?) interesting.  The discs got really muddy and slippery, and made you try to aim away from the mud puddles that were forming around the baskets.  I guess that forced you to  be better at putting, because picking your putter up out of the mud is not fun.

The weirdest thing about Saturday was the fact that the 9th hole was missing a basket.  Now, I know they went through and changed the course up some time the last month, but as of two weeks ago there was a basket at the 9th hole.  However, when Nate and I stood at the top of the hill where the pad is for the 9th hole, I couldn’t see the basket.  I assumed it was down there and we threw our discs, but once down  there, the basket was no where to be found.  The couple that was playing ahead of us was also looking for the basket and they asked me if I had seen it.  I pointed to the places where the basket has been, usually past the nasty little pond that seems to suck up a lot of discs and has some mean geese protecting it, and where they had recently put it, which was currently a suspicious hole.  The hole looked pretty fresh too.  Did they plan on putting it somewhere else and then get scared off because of the rain?  I don’t know, but considering that we have to pay to play there, I would like to be able to count on baskets being at the end of each hole.

I’m not bitter or anything…

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Heading out today

Well, this was a bit unexpected, but it seems that I am going to be heading out later this afternoon to go disc golfing.  Pretty sweet!  I will be going with my friends Paul and Andy, I’m not sure where we are going, maybe Oshtemo, maybe Robert Morris.  Robert Morris can be a bit intense, there are some steep hills, and hidden baskets, but it’s a ton of fun.

I’ve gone disc golfing with Paul multiple times, but Andy I have not.  He said that he has gone before, but it’s been a long time for him, so this will be a warm up session/practice for Andy.

I’ll post the results after we get back.  But I am hoping that I can keep a par of four on each hole.

Do you enjoy taking out new disc golfers?  Any advice on it?

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