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Old 06-17-2013, 04:02 PM
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Welcome. I'm 64 and been playing about 6 months. I play about 4 days a week, I was walking every afternoon and kept seeing these kids throwing disc through the woods and thought that looks a lot more interesting than walking around the park. Had no idea it would be so challenging. I throw a ROC most of the time and can make it go right or left but not very far. Days I don't play a round, I throw in the yard trying for distance which is slow coming. I'm making some really long putts but I've always been good with the eye/hand thing but now you add a disc that don't fly straight. Anyway, just keep plugging, these kids have skills that I can't imagine yet and I enjoy just watching them tee off some time and curve it in and around trees.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:05 PM
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Fine out what's works for you to warm up before playing. Streaching, ,practice
Puttiing, ,try to fine somebody to play catch with two disc, ,less walking back and forth.
Also welcome to the game have FUN
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:09 PM
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This stuff is gold - thanks all. Voldis - I'm in your boat. Maybe I'll start a senior league :-)

BTW - it truly KILLS me to admit that "old" is something I am near. When did that happen anyway. I listen to high octane music and still feel 30! (well, a muscle in my back feels 75 at the moment).

Keep the comments coming - I actually understand THIS thread - a few others . . . not so much!

Round one I was just learning how to throw - took 6 holes, all I had was the Buzzz.

Round two (this morning) I threw too hard on the 1st couple holes but at least I understood what worked and what didn't. I threw all 4 disc just to see the differences. I can throw the Shark/Buzzz about 160 feet so I now have a base on which to improve.

The age of discovery - I hope you don't disapprove of silly newbie questions.

BTW - I'm writing a newspaper article on disc golf - info on wiki OK? I'll mention this site. I live in a small town that is voting on a 6 hole course tomorrow night. All we got room for.

I'll put the Tern away but will look for a driver I can handle.

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Old 06-17-2013, 04:15 PM
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Round two (this morning) I threw too hard on the 1st couple holes but at least I understood what worked and what didn't. I threw all 4 disc just to see the differences. I can throw the Shark/Buzzz about 160 feet so I now have a base on which to improve.
Just remember to keep it smooth. Don't try to overpower the disc. A clean smooth throw will go farther and be easier to control.

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BTW - I'm writing a newspaper article on disc golf - info on wiki OK? I'll mention this site.
There might be some misinformation on wiki. Check out the pdga website (pdga.com) as well as sites like allthingsdiscgolf.com and talkdg.com.

If you want some good history, do a search for Steady Ed Headrick. He's the one who really created this crazy sport for us.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:23 PM
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Grinder, Where are you playing? I'm guessing if you're in Columbus you're probably playing Crystal Lake Park in Beaver Dam, correct? Maybe Madison? Bird's Ruins is close, too.

There's a nice little 9 hole course about 20 minutes away from you in Horicon, WI.

As for discs, stick with your Buzz to start. She'll do you no wrong.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:29 PM
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I live in a small town that is voting on a 6 hole course tomorrow night. All we got room for.
I can email you a MS Word document that I created and presented to the Parks Board and the City Council to help get the Horicon course installed.

Direct message me if you'd like to see it.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:33 PM
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Welcome to the sport. I'm 63 this year and didn't begin playing until I was 57. I agree with the advice posted above. Look to throw your putters and mids well before progressing to faster drivers.

I warm up religiously before each round, mostly stretching exercises for arms, legs and core. The best way I've found to warm up my throwing arm is by tossing tennis balls forehand and backhand against a wall or door. Most parks have some sort of structure that'll work. I can get in 40 or 50 throws in the time it would take me to chuck a dozen field throws. Take three balls and stuff two in your pockets. That way on a bad throw or catch you don't have to run after it until all three are on the ground.

The biggest mistake I see older, first-time players make is they want to "let go" of the disc when they think it's suppose to leave their hand. To increase snap and distance, your goal is to try and NOT LET GO of the disc. Make it rip or pop out of your grip at the hit. Also, on backhand throws, it's about smooth, not hard. Pull straight, accelerate.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:43 PM
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Welcome Grinder!

I too took up this sport only recently (at age 50 in 2011), and was astonished at the difference from my circa 1977 collection of Wham-O's, but you'll quickly develop the snap to keep these from hooking over too hard. I'm sure we'll all still be able to snap a towel at a grandson's derriere when we're octogenarians, so we can backhand a disc.

Listen to folks when they recommend slower speed 'understable' discs to start, and you'll be cranking that Tern out by this time next year. For now, pick a putter that feels really comfortable for you and get two or three of them (a full set is cheaper than one round of greens fees for ball golf).

The first thing I like to do when warming up is a bunch of putting, because accuracy will win over distance all the time. Then I try to throw two or three holes with good form, not tons of power. The walk alone gets my blood flowing, and I'm generally good to start my round from there.

If anything aches, remember lots of water goes in, and ice goes on.

...and enjoy!
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:56 PM
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I started playing last July at 63. Last Saturday I won $81 in an Ace Race event with no divisions, so it's possible to be successful even with the late start (at least on a good day ).

I play four or five times a week, and have gotten into good enough shape to play five rounds a day. It takes a while. You're using muscles in a way they haven't been used before. Take your time, do a lot of field work, and stop when things start to hurt. Build up slowly.

Initially I stretch by holding a disc in both hands with my feet about should-length apart, and my knees slightly bent. Bend over and touch the ground between your feet, then touch the ground in front of one foot, then the other. I do this until my legs & back feel loose. If possible, I play about five holes for practice before getting serious; even better, playing with two throws from each position, focusing on being smooth and accurate (not trying to rip for max distance).

You'll find most disc golfers are welcoming and helpful. There will probably be a few regulars that play the same time most days. Make friends with one of these groups, don't worry about being competitive until you develop some skills. Work on approach shots and putting with accuracy, these skills will keep you in the game as you work on the form and muscle memory needed to get your drives out with the 20/30-somethings.

That said, many tournaments have age-protected Grandmaster divisions (50+) where you don't have to compete against the 500' drives of the young guns. If not Grandmaster, then Master (40+). But don't be surprised by 350' - 400' off the tee by gray-haired golfers. I'm getting close to the 350' mark and expect to hit it later this summer .

Enjoy the game!
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:58 PM
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Speed 6 Drivers would probably work great for you. The Leopard is awesome, but my favorite disc to recommend to new players is a DX Cheetah, great "stable" driver for a new arm. And you can pair that with a Gazelle/Whippet/Viper for overstable duties.

For a mid, X Comet, definitely.

And for a putter, a Vibram Summit (and eventually pair it with a VP for a deadly approach combo)
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