The last couple of weeks have been pretty quiet for me on the disc golf side of my life. I haven’t played a full round in a while. Other things have taken priority over hitting the course lately. It’s also been really hot. I caught a snippet of the local weatherman the other day saying how temps were ten degrees above normal averages for this time of year. That has made it less appealing to getting out as well.
What I have been doing in the meantime is going to the newest course in Tupelo, MS, Music Bend, during my lunch break and playing a few holes. It starts out being fairly open, but by hole 6, you are in the woods, and stay there for the rest of the round. Being the newest course, it still has its rough patches, but those are being taken care of as needed. It has become one of the favorites in the area, due to requiring precise line and a variety of shots.
Recognizing a Need
Those requirements left me working on one hole in particular. Hole 2 is a 262 foot par 3. Not long at all. A putter shot for many. I’ve been using various discs on the hole since the course opened. Lately, my Dynamic Discs Lucid Truth has been my go to on this hole. I get just enough turn, then the perfect amount of fade. However, there is one last evergreen tree or bush that gives trouble on either side of the gap just before the basket. You can’t see if from the following picture, but from the tee, it looks hard enough.
I have had tons of trouble on this particular hole. Discs thrown through the air end up slamming into branches, then cratering into the dirt. I just don’t have the power to get a forehand really high to avoid the branches and tree tops. I certainly can’t throw an anny backhand up and over the trees. So I am left with two options on this hole.
First, a forehand that rides low and hugs the corner tree to the right of the tee. It’s a high risk shot. Release early and I slam into the trees to the right of the tee, and almost guarantee at least a 4 on the scorecard. Release late, and I hit the trees directly in front of the tee about 75 feet down the fairway. One can still make a par from there, but only with a very good upshot.
Second, I can throw a forehand roller. I’ve never been particularly good at rollers. They usually don’t stand up right and curl sharply one way or the other. So, I played this hole twice the other day, throwing multiple tee shots to see what I could do. My forehands kept hitting trees. Commencing with the rollers, the first few weren’t good. I finally managed to get one down that made it to within 50 feet of the basket. I made par on that shot, bogey or worse on the rest that I played out.
Needs Some Work
My roller game is poor. I know that, the scorecard knows that, and now you know that. Right. What to do? Get out and work on it. I plan on doing so much more as the temps trend down. Getting out of the office during lunch gives me quality time to practice that I wouldn’t normally get. I won’t spend all of my time working on rollers. If anything, I will hit them hard at least once a week.
Using different disc during this practice will be interesting as well. The Lucid Truth I was using the other day gave me some good results. I have several fairway drivers in my bag that I could try out for this role, since the sharper edge may help gain more distance. I’ll have to play around with the drivers. Each time in the past that I’ve attempted to use a driver for a roller, it went poorly. Here’s hoping for better results.
The Next Step
Field work, practice rounds, putting sessions. Any disc golfer who wants to get better does these at least a little bit. Forehands, Backhands, Rollers, Thumbers, etc. You’ll see many of these shots when you’re playing, and be amazed at how the disc can travel down the fairway using each method. I don’t pretend to be a good player. My PDGA league rounds speak to that in volumes.
I do think that I have taken a step towards lower scores. Finding a shot that works for me is important. The same hole I have practiced the roller on, I watched Robby Harris throw a sky anhyzer to within 25 feet of the basket. I can’t do that, but now I know I can at least get within range to run a putt. Not everyday will be working on rollers or putting, though I plan on putting a lot more with the release of two putting apps for Android. More on that in a bit.
I’ve watched enough disc golf on Youtube to come to the conclusion that my game is only my game. I have to play to my strengths and avoid my weaknesses. The latter will occur more than the former, but I’m ok with that. I’ll miss putts, shank drives, and throw from the left side of the fairway to the right side. As long as I don’t become the guy you hate playing with, it’ll be ok. It might just take a little longer to finish the round.
My 5 Week Plan
On Disc Golf Answer Man Episode 137, Bobby and Eric speak with Chris Zagone about the app Perfect Putt 360. A disc golf putting game, I’ve been anticipating its arrival to Android for a while now. By coincidence, a fellow TDGA club member just released another putting app to the Google Play store called Pure Putt 11. Each have their own strengths and weaknesses, and I plan to give each a good run to see how they stack up against each other.
It’ll take a while to test each app out sufficiently, thus the 5 week plan. I’ll spend at least one day a week with each app. One has a few more options for play, so one will be chosen as the guinea pig game. Choosing ways to keep putting practice fun is always hard. Now we all have two more options to chose from.