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Old 08-02-2013, 11:06 AM
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Sudden increase in drive distance has caused me a problem.

I just recently spent a few weeks just doing field practice and working on my form. This paid off greatly, as I've gone from lousy 220ft drives to easy 350+ drives.

This has caused me a huge problem though; lost discs! I've played four games this week with this new distance, and I have lost 3 discs!

#1 a long bomb over a hill on an overgrown hole, where I couldn't see where the disc landed.

#2 a long approach shot with a putter that skipped off the top of the basket and went into the water.

#3 a long drive down a hill that went just slightly too far to the right and went off a cliff into a nasty drainage pool.

I know with #2 I should have dialed it back a bit and went for the safer upshot landing it in front of the basket, but on the other two what should I have done?

The problem is that until now at least #1 and 2 would have been way out of my range... I would have landed both in the fairway where I could easily see them land and had no problem, except that I'd have to throw a couple more times to get to the basket.

Do you guys who have the distance dial it back on some holes in favor of safer shots, or go all out every time even though you risk losing discs?

I'm really upset at the moment as it's like $40 worth of plastic just gone in a few days (my wife is pissed and she doesn't even know about the latest one!) How do you cope with losing discs? Is it normal to lose more as your distance increases?

Thanks for any advice!

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Old 08-02-2013, 11:10 AM
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If you can't handle losing a $15+ disc then I'd suggest playing with cheaper plastic discs on blind throws or just playing it safe until you are comfortable with your accuracy.

That or playing with people so on those types of holes you can have a spotter.

Just use common sense.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:13 AM
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Do you guys who have the distance dial it back on some holes in favor of safer shots, or go all out every time even though you risk losing discs?

I'm really upset at the moment as it's like $40 worth of plastic just gone in a few days (my wife is pissed and she doesn't even know about the latest one!) How do you cope with losing discs? Is it normal to lose more as your distance increases?

Thanks for any advice!

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You don't really ever want to be going "all out," but I see your point.
I would recommend discing down to prevent yourself from overthrowing the hole. If you have discs in multiple speeds, you can generally throw with the same effort but yield different distances. This may be easier than working on throwing the same disc but with different power levels.
Field practice where you pick some arbitrary targets could definitely help you understand your own power levels better, too.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:14 AM
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I use really bright discs. Absolutely no tie dye, purple, black, or blue. I also use more stable plastic when going off the fairway may result in lost discs.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:16 AM
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You know what I hate....losing discs in a practice field that shouldn't be hard to find. Or some old guy gets out of his car and steals my discs!
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:17 AM
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Physical part of your game seems to be in great shape, now it's time to work on the mental aspect. Knowing when to disc wayyyy down, when to lay up, etc, etc. Like others have said, play smarter and things will take care of itself.

Congrats on the new found d. It's a great feeling to get over the 300ft mark on a regular basis!
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:25 AM
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You know what I hate....losing discs in a practice field that shouldn't be hard to find. Or some old guy gets out of his car and steals my discs!
Today, same game I drove hole 6 using my Buzzz. It lands right by the basket / sculpture. As I'm walking down a group of runners happens to go by the basket. One of them pointed at the disc, and another grabbed it and continued on his run. I shouted "MIIIIIINEEE!" and thankfully he dropped it. I'm a big fat guy, I never would've caught him.

Pic from hole #6 tee pad at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock Tx:
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:30 AM
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Thanks guys. I think I need to learn to dial it back a bit at least until I'm more accurate on dangerous holes. I'm going to have to figure out some kind of target for accuracy. Right now I'm using the goals at the soccer field I throw at.

I've attached a pic of the cesspool that my Zombee landed in today, out of bounds on hole 7 at Mae Simmons park. In the pic you can see someone else's orange disc that they lost there, and while looking for my Zombee I saw another one but that water is just too nasty for me to go into. When I was younger I would've jumped right in, but now I'm in my 30's... that's a big old pond of nope.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:37 AM
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Nice. Better have your Tetanus, Hepatitis A, etc. all up to date before wading into that lovely body of water(??)...
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:40 AM
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You know what I hate....losing discs in a practice field that shouldn't be hard to find. Or some old guy gets out of his car and steals my discs!
Right, like you get home, check the bag, and see 1 missing, think for a second, and can remember exactly where it is, but you just left it sitting there. That's what makes me nuts. I have to be careful of this one playing a practice round where I'm throwing multiples on the course.
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