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Rastnav 07-22-2020 09:46 PM

When to change tees?
I’m assuming the answers to this question will be, like everything else in disc golf, highly variable. ;)

I shot a 5 down from the rec tees at my home course, Leigh Farm Park, today. Afterwards I was making some improvements to the tee signs and happened to strike up a conversation with another player finishing his round and I mentioned that I was still a beginner, had only played 4 or 5 months. When we got to talking about how things went today and he heard my score he said I “wasn’t a beginner anymore”. He was mostly just making small talk, but it got me thinking.

When is the “best” time to switch tees? I’m not yet consistently scoring rounds that would be higher than 900 rated (the limit for Rec level in tournaments) at that course (as estimated by DGCR), but I have done it a couple of times. Do I wait until I can consistently do it?

Obviously, I can do whatever I want, but I could also be throwing 15 speed drivers if I wanted, and I’m pretty sure people would be happy to opine that I was doing my game development no favors.

So, just curious what are people’s thoughts are on tee selection?

DavidSauls 07-22-2020 10:05 PM

I'm not sure how useful the guidance you may get is, because everyone's course experience is different---the short tees on one course may equate to the long tees on another, and many courses don't have short & long tees, at all.

My suggestion would be to try both sets out, and play whichever you enjoy more. Or mix it up (shorts on odd-numbered holes, longs on evens, and vice versa).

R-Ogre 07-22-2020 10:13 PM

When you find yourself mechanically making the same throws with the same discs on your normal set of tees, mix it up. It might help your game and it will definitely up your enjoyment, even if you have frustrating games on the harder tees.

And yeah as stated above, mix it up. Alternate tees or play all the “hardest” or all the “easiest” or switch on the back 9 or do all of it.

Monocacy 07-22-2020 10:21 PM

For me the most interesting tee or basket is the one that is a multiple of my throwing distance under the circumstances. Sometimes that will be the long tee, sometimes the short tee.

If the most likely outcome is drive, short pitch-up, drop in putt, that is probably a boring hole. Shorter (chance for birdie) or longer (requiring two good throws) will be more interesting.

I frequently mix and match tees and baskets for maximum enjoyment.

BogeyNoMore 07-22-2020 10:28 PM

Completely agree with everything the last three posters said. Use the tees that help you keep it fresh, interesting, and most of all, YOUR definition of enjoyable. Switch things up as you see fit based on your mood that day.

I've played rounds where I started on the shorts, and switched to the longs because I was throwing well that day. :)
I've also done the opposite. :(.....:)

Rastnav 07-22-2020 10:42 PM

Man, those ideas are so antithetical to how I normally approach things. I like some sort of baseline for comparison, if that makes any sense. Tough if you are just making up your own course.

Disc golf is just ... different. Round peg, meet square hole. :D

glassila 07-22-2020 10:55 PM

Continuing to play the course rec tees (188 feet average) will absolutely stifle your development.
It looks like the course has a lot of tee and basket options. Time to move on.

discerdoo 07-22-2020 10:58 PM

Play a round on longs without worrying about score or even necessarily progress. Analyze the holes and just try to make some shots. Keep score next time you play it.

rocthecourse 07-22-2020 11:23 PM

My first rounds of disc golf were played from the long tees. The longer the holes the more times you get to throw your discs.

Armus Patheticus 07-22-2020 11:49 PM

I can't imagine playing a course more than once and not trying multiple tee positions. From the time I started playing I always played the longest tees first, then shorter if/when I got the opportunity. Sometimes it's fun to play multiple rounds concurrently.

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