Sunday, June 30, 2013

Hiestand Park

Played Hiestand Park in Madison for the 1st time at a real Disc Golf course.  Beaver Dam is nice but a bad throw will not get you in trouble (behind a large number of trees, sideways on a hill and so forth).  I loved it.

Tossed a 67 but a little course knowledge will help for next time.  Wish I had more distance on my drives but it'll come I hope.

I parked in that parking lot on the wrong side of the course but I think I'll always park there - a little more exercise and I can warm up throwing across the soccer fields. 

I also need a bag as I purchased another putter so I have three to practice with now.   Looking into buy a Wolf for a backhand anhyzer throw I needed on one hole.   I think this is how people accumulate disc's.  By having a hole or situation that did not have an appropriate disc (like I can do what the disc is made for LOL).

Loving it!! 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Things I learned today - round 3

Played my 3rd round this morning at Crystal Lake Park in Beaver Dam and this time to get used to longer holes, I played from the white tees which are 854 feet longer and have some trickery.

Before I played took 50 practice putts from 12 and 18 feet and another 50 after the round.  While my results putting were unspectacular I did learn a few things.  You know like when you let go and your hand does something it works.  For me it's more of a level thing.  I also want to buy 2 more "like" putters so I don't have to walk up after every two throws to get my practice putters.

A few other things I learned was just like ball golf, you can HIT the hole or basket but that does not necessarily me you will get the shot (3 times that happened - AAARG!).   And just like ball golf putting counts a LOT.

I also learned that on a short 160 foot shot with nothing but trees on the eight side I can easily flip my Leopard left to right 200+ feet  OOPS  Maybe when I play that hole I'll use my Buzzz or Shark. 

Something I also have seen a lot are studs playing from the back tees throwing forehand who totally suck at it.  Are they posers?  They have a bag of disc, and wind up for a 314 foot shot and the disc goes 170 feet WAY to the left, then the next dude flips the disc a solid 100 feet.  Maybe they were trying to show off.  I suppose seeing an old dude practicing putting I looked intimidating - I mean who practices anyway unless they are really good!  LOL 

OH - I also learned that trees suck in disc golf just like ball golf. I suppose trees would suck in the NFL if there were trees on the field. All I know is I had some wonderful backhand shots that went screaming off my wrist and came to a dead stop and tumbled straight down after 100 feet.  DAMN YOU TREE 

ANYWAY - I had a 61 playing from the back tees.  Which from what I read on DGCR forums would be a rating of about 846.  Of course this is just a raw meaningless number but it's like a handicap in ball golf (a 1000 would be considered a scratch golfer).

So in my first and only three 18 hole games   761, 851, 846 with actual scores of 66, 57, 61.  All on a short easier 4680 foot course.     

The thing I'm learning as I play is how to play the wind.  Not sure what to do in a tail wind or what kind of disc I should throw.  I'll have to ask someone.    

Maybe I'll try Hiestand Park in Madison next (I only play courses with Mach 3 baskets LOL)

Have a great day!  Rod 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

No golf today - floods!

I guess if I was a real man I would be golfing in flood but . . . . I don't want to lose my new disc!!

My wife (DJ) and I went to Glide in Madison so she could get her first two discs and I wanted my first fairway driver.

DJ had a list of perhaps 10 disc's she was looking for (she did research!!!) and Mike helped a ton.  She settled on a 150g Avair P&G putter and a mid range Comet.

Avair P&G putter 246' -5%,22%,17%

Mid-range Comet 284'.-36%,23%,13%

And I purchased a fairway 168g Pro Leopard

fairway Leopard 321'-40%,20%,20%
All three are good beginner disc for people that can't throw.

So no disc golf this morning and we shall see about ball golf later today.

I took my new disc to Firemans Park and tossed all of my disc  for a while and they pretty much all random with random distances but compared to two weeks ago there is a lot of progress.   I would love to get 5 putters and practice putting more. I would also love to get a basket.   I had heard that some Costco's had very good baskets but not ours.

I'm hoping to get a fairway JLS from a guy I met on Disc Golf Course Review (DGCR) a great forum.  Not that I need it but sooner or later I'll actually be able to tell the difference in disc so if this will only cost me a 6-pack of real good home brew . . . . . .

fairway JSL  3600', 35%,37%,2%
Notice most beginner disc try to go more right - that is because for a beginner we can not get it NOT to go left so newbie discs are made to try to correct that a little.

Also note - I added some of my favorite sites on the left for learning and I'll keep adding more as I find useful ones.    There are a ton of Youtube videos but some are not so awesome.

One guy was teaching me how to putt but then said he was a horrible putter . . . so the ones listed I think are good for my kind of game.



Monday, June 24, 2013

The Obession Begins

This is a personal journal of my adventures into disc golf, a young guys sport I believe, OR, a young at heart sport.   I'll give MY personal thoughts and opinions and if anybody reads this and has other points I would LOVE to hear them.  I'm soaking up as much knowledge as I can.  

I won't give a lot of boring background on how I got into this sport.  I think I'll resort to flashbacks.

I will say that it all started when Joey Miller an Eagle Scout started to look into a disc golf course for our small town (Columbus) in Wisconsin.  I was on the Parks and Rec department board and wanted to help.

A guy from Madison came up and we walked around Firemans Park setting up a proposed course.  Only enough for 6 permanent holes with room for 3 temps.

I'm 59 and through a zillion Frisbee's 30 years ago doing tricks and was pretty darn good and this brought back a lot of memories.  SO -I immediately, without having a clue what I was doing, purchased three disks, a putter, a mid range and a driver. 

Fast forward a month later and I am completely obsessed! I'm reading charts on different disc and thinking about the game 24/7.

But it was not until just yesterday when I felt a "I can do this" moment.  When my grip settled on a Three Finger Grip instead of a Frisbee grip and  I automatically gained 25 feet with that one tweak.

You see throwing a disc is NOT at all like  Frisbee.  They are smaller and heavier and are designed and shaped for control, speed, and accuracy.   I won't go into all the details  YET.  But will mention numbers that you should know about if you are just getting into the sport like I am.

These numbers come from inbounds Disc Golf 

Below is my Avair P&G putter and it's rated numbers are this

'246, -5%, 22%, 17%

What this tells me IN THEORY, is that a GOOD player can throw this 246 feet
It's high speed turn will go 5% to the RIGHT  (the "-" is meaningful)
As the spin slows it will go the the LEFT 22%
And over all it should end up 17% to the left

Avair P&G 246', -5%, 22%,17%

Every disk is different and your results may and will vary wildly. 

For instance - when I started, I HOPED I could get this putter to go 150 feet and my flight path was nothing at all like the above.   Also I have read that a disc will change through it's life as it bangs into trees and so forth.

Going LEFT is called overstable, going RIGHT is understable.

ANYWAY - yesterday I went to Crystal Lake Park in Beaver Dam WI and played my very first 18 holes where I was counting every stroke (?? is that the correct term?).  I warmed up a little and took off.

I pared the 1st couple holes and was moving along nicely with 3s and 4s and was content.

But then on the 11th hole something happened that change my "content" mood.   I snapped my backhand throw and my Shark went sailing long (for me about 70% as long ) and straight and did exactly what it was suppose to do.

Shark 283' -5%, 40%, 35%
WOW - that felt great leaving my hand. THAT is what a good shot feels like.  The timing was good and everything clicked.

Of course my next throw was wet and the disc slipped and went 50 feet but my next tee shot landed 8 feet away from the basket at 206 feet.  I missed the 8 foot put - FUCK, but was still happy (the wind was in my face and the shot sailed).

Leopard 321' -40%, 20%, -20%
The rest of that 18 was a learning curve about wind and what it does but the disc, leaving my hand after a xross step just felt right.    I talked to a couple guys that were ahead of me who had bags full of discs (looked like mostly drivers) and as I was leaving I did some putter practice.

BUT WHY STOP THERE!   I played another 18 and this time I cut 9 strokes off my score for a 57 which is on 5.18 strokes above the average for DGCR players.

I still need a lot of work putting and will look at more youtube videos.       

I'm taking my wife to buy her first two discs tonight and am looking to buy a Leopard as my first fairway driver.

SO - that's my story so far.

BTW - I'm a Fine Art Photographer (galleries, art fairs and 3x7 foot canvas creations and so forth) and think I'll make a line of disc golf artsy images.

I'll have more of this adventure coming up. Youcan always contact me at

See ya