Category: Learn

 Question from Karen:

How far should a women’s grandmaster be able to throw? I took a lesson from a male pro, who thought I should easily be able to throw 200 ft, and was disappointed that I didn’t get there during the lesson. I noticed that during worlds, the long distance drive for a women’s grandmaster was 189 ft. It seems like unless the conditions for the contest were really extreme, then someone who’s nonathletic probably shouldn’t expect to throw that far. So, from your experience, what should I expect?

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Here are a few of my putting tips that I use when I step behind the mini and gaze into those shiny chains…

1. Focus- Instead of focusing on the basket as a whole, focus on an area of links that you want to hit. This will narrow your focus and allow you to more accurate hit your intended goal.

2. Repeat your Mantra- I always have some sort of mantra that I say to myself as I am focusing on my putt. I relate it to what I am having trouble with to try and tell myself to remember. I stick to one simple saying like “reach” or “aim high”, or even “give it your all, Val!”

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(This article appeared in the Summer 2014 issue #22 of the DiscGolfer Magazine)

With our sport growing at such a rapid rate, more than ever people are wanting to learn about this great sport. With that, avid Disc Golfers also want to teach others and continue to grow this sport’s popularity in their area. While there is plenty of information on the internet teaching players how to play Disc Golf, there is little providing information on how to teach the basics of the game to others. Let’s change that!

Many believe that they aren’t experienced enough to teach others Disc Golf, but with the true basic knowledge of throwing technique and some good practice routines we can all give new players the tools they need to start playing.

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Question from Andrea:

I feel like a beginner, though I have been playing for a few years, and have been given lots of advice. I have two toddlers, so I mostly just throw in the back yard (we have one long 300 foot-long field). One thing I keep getting told is to not do a run up (or X-step) until I have some consistency with aim. I feel like I have enough consistency with approach discs, though throwing drivers is still a lost cause (I can’t put enough power on them to control them consistently). When would you recommend a person start incorporating a run-up or X-step? Is there some way for me to gauge when I reach that point in the learning curve? Because I am beginning to feel that no one is going to walk up to me some day and say, “I think you should try the X-step now”.

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