Disc Golf Catch-All

Aye, definitely in the cards. I just wanted to go cheap to start so that my wife didn't kill me.

Thats the way to do it. The cheap plastic is great for starters because its a low buy in to see if you like the game & it gives you an idea on what types of discs you like. I was more talking about down the line if you start to really get into it.

Yarr. On that note, I just got back from an enjoyable round at what is apparently one of the seminal Dayton courses, Belmont. Really fun course, very open compared to the other course, which was entirely in the woods, or nearly so. Need to spend some time just driving, as I tend to fade left a *lot*. Might have to drag my kids to a soccer field or something to fetch discs for me

The Teebird is an overstable disc so it will have a bit of fade. Try driving with the Roc or putter and work on keeping the throw level (instead of an upward angle) as the disc will generate lift on its own. The soccer field is a good idea, just remember to stretch first. I know first hand it can be a bit embarrassing telling people that you hurt your back "frolfing".

If you want the disc to stay straight longer and maybe even fade right a touch, you could try throwing a sidewinder and I believe a valkyrie, although i might be mistaken on the second. That of course being for a backhand thrower.

Chabuda wrote:

If you want the disc to stay straight longer and maybe even fade right a touch, you could try throwing a sidewinder and I believe a valkyrie, although i might be mistaken on the second. That of course being for a backhand thrower.

A local place makes this chart. The Sidewinder and Valk are very similar.

If you match discs to your arm speed you will get their proper flight characteristics. Understable discs will fly straiter with less fade but tend to turn over in the wind. I find the Leopard a great disc to lend to my friends when they first start.

Understable drivers are awesome.
But as you're new, I'd say throw the roc and the putter.
I still use mids on a lot of holes. They can fly far, just make sure you aren't asking them to fly wrong :).

Finally got out to play my first round... well, 2 rounds. I played the 9-hole Phillips Park course posted earlier. Seemed like a pretty reasonable course, I'd agree with the approx. 2-3 disc rating on DGCR. Boy can it get ugly when a disc starts to roll down hill on you. As for my play, I came in at +7 from the red tees with only the putter and +11 from the whites with mid/putter. I'm not exactly sure how to determine when I'm putting vs. when I'm making an approach shot (on longer holes it was definitely approach) but is it generally considered a putt once you are within 30 ft?

I'll have to get out in the field and work on some consistency with my throwing. There were some throws that were obvious strong arms and some that were obviously effortless, and correctly thrown (albeit right into a tree 20 feet away). I'm probably going to head over to the 18-hole course at Schenley and play around there tomorrow. I wish it were a little cooler, but at least it's not raining!

10m out is the circle, once within you must maintain balance after your throw.

I threw my first Ace. Cass Benton Disc Golf course in Michigan. The 1st hole and my first throw of the day. A 197ft thumber that curved around a tree and dropped right into the basket.

Just came in to brag. Alright, see ya!

skeletonframes wrote:

I threw my first Ace. Cass Benton Disc Golf course in Michigan. The 1st hole and my first throw of the day. A 197ft thumber that curved around a tree and dropped right into the basket.

Just came in to brag. Alright, see ya! :)

Congrats!!

I just got back from a 10 day Vacation where Jake and I stopped at 3 courses (I do not have links... but somewhere in Northern Ohio, New York, and Maine) and played some rounds. I downloaded a sweet app for my phone that pointed out courses along the way. When we needed to stretch or were getting tired, we would play a round!

We've got a trip planned to cross the state and play at Flip City, next month. It's regarded as the best course in the country. I'm not really all that good, but at least I can go and take in the scenery. If I happen to get a good throw or two... bonus.

skeletonframes wrote:

I threw my first Ace. Cass Benton Disc Golf course in Michigan. The 1st hole and my first throw of the day. A 197ft thumber that curved around a tree and dropped right into the basket.

Just came in to brag. Alright, see ya! :)

Congrats on the ace!

I actually got surprisingly close from the short tees at my local course. I missed, but at least my wife was there to witness it if I had made it.

Thanks guys.

Luckily, I had quite a few strangers watching because it was the first hole. I even looked cool later, as someone who saw it walked past me and asked if I'd gotten any more. The dudes around me started askin about it and then I threw a disc off the tee that bounced up and hit the rim of the basket. I felt like a god. Unfortunately, that is the height of my disc golf career, so far.

Well, until we go to Flip City. Supposedly it's a beautiful course. Design and scenery.

Let me know when you plan on going to Flip City...I live in a suburb of Detroit and there are a few of us who disc at least once a week. We venture out to Cass a few times during the year as well. Let me know, and congrats on the ace.

skeletonframes wrote:

I threw my first Ace. Cass Benton Disc Golf course in Michigan. The 1st hole and my first throw of the day. A 197ft thumber that curved around a tree and dropped right into the basket.

Just came in to brag. Alright, see ya! :)

Nice Job! I have come close with a couple bounce outs but am still in the hunt for my first ace.

Cheeto,

Is that app you were talkin about called Discasaurus? I use that for scores and courses and like it quite a bit. Always interested in other apps to check out, too.

There is a web app at www.flightanalyzer.com that lets you see/compare the flight paths of discs. It is missing a bit of models, but has a good selection otherwise.

Chabuda,

It looks like Flip City will have to wait for another time. We were going to go on a buddy's birthday, September 1st. Unfortunately, we just found out that Michigan State Championships are there that weekend.

I'll be playing in my first tournament this weekend at Knob Hill near Pittsburgh (for those familiar with the course or interested in searching on DGCR). I've been playing in a weekly league and have been slowly working my way towards throwing par on that course. I've played Knob Hill a few times and it's been a little rough, but it was expected.

Anyone have any tourny experience and advice? My main goal is to have fun and try to beat my previous scores at the course.

In no particular order:

Bring water + snacks.
Have fun.
Take it easy.
Relax and have fun.

I haven't played a tourny(although I really would like to), but that seems to be the consensus from the other places I read of DG.

In other news, I got to play a round the other day; I feel like I'm doing much better than when I got going, and have managed to figure a few things out that I was really hosing up before. Now I'm getting the new disc itch pretty hard, as there were a few shots on the course I played that were rough with my current bag.

Tourny number one is done. It went pretty much as expected, with me floundering. First round was a little rough for me, my ground started on the 16th which begins a three hole stretch that I am not too fond of and don't play particularly well on. First nine pretty much consisted of me shanking drives and missing putts. The next nine were a little better as I settled down, but I ended up finished with a 72. That put me square at the bottom of MA2.

The second round went much MUCH better. I was quite relaxed (didn't have any expectations of placing) and I was just enjoying the ride. I finished up round two with a 60! An 12 stroke improvement over the morning and 11 stroke improvement over my best at this course.

It was a pretty good time even though I finished at the bottom of MA2. I got to play with some nice people and the rain held off so I didn't get wet either. I would have liked to have watched some of the pros play, but you can't really participate and be a spectator at a disc golf tournament.

That sounds like a fun time. I really need to get back out there. My disc golf outings have really taken a hit between rain, social events, and Ultimate. Its almost been 3 weeks!

If it makes you feel better, I haven't played in about 4.5 months except for a round or two here or there.
And I'm supposed to be leading the disc golf charge at pencon. Yelp.

You gotta get out there and hit some chains. You're going to start losing arm speed!

boogle wrote:

If it makes you feel better, I haven't played in about 4.5 months except for a round or two here or there.
And I'm supposed to be leading the disc golf charge at pencon. Yelp.

Any idea on what course you guys were going to play? Can't really make it to PenCon proper, but I'd be willing to make the drive to throw a round or two if there aren't objections.

AnimeJ wrote:
boogle wrote:

If it makes you feel better, I haven't played in about 4.5 months except for a round or two here or there.
And I'm supposed to be leading the disc golf charge at pencon. Yelp.

Any idea on what course you guys were going to play? Can't really make it to PenCon proper, but I'd be willing to make the drive to throw a round or two if there aren't objections.

Hocking Hills, but I'm also bringing my basket so we can tool around the castle throwing.

Hit my first ace yesterday on hole 9 at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh. A group of 5 was letting me play through, which I always appreciate, but it makes me nervous and I tend to rush so that I don't slow their play. Regarless, my drive went up between the two center most trees and gently hyzered right into the basket (which isn't visible in the pic and isn't visible from the center of the pad). Fortunately, I poked my head to the left just in time to see it hit and the 5 guys were there to witness the shot. Felt awesome!

And the rest of my round was not particularly good, but I could have lost every one of my discs (except for the ace disc) and not a single shat would have been given.

Holy crap! That was you on reddit! How do you like the Buzz, by the way?

Yep, I've finally got something to brag about on the interwebs. I actually almost forgot to post here.

I love the Buzzz! It works great for me on 225'-275' straight to slight dogleg left holes and upshots. If I throw it flat it goes straight with a little fade at the end, put a little hyzer on it and it just holds to the left but not too far left. Plus, it's really comfortable in my hand. I consider it, the Discmania Jackal and Gateway SuperSoft Magic my go-to three disc minimalist bag.

Magics and Buzzzes? We would get along sir.
Try a Buzzz SS if you get a chance. Its a little less stable, so its nice for easy anhyzers or flex shots.
Dammit I need to play more. I mean it never even gets really cold here.

I will eventually try a Buzzz SS, but for now my dinged up X Comet works for anhyzers.