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franklinturnover 09-22-2013 10:25 PM

how we all play with differnt mentalities.
i imagine we all walk to the course with differnt goals and methods of attacking said course, whether that be attempt to put every shot in the basket or giving yourself the shortest possible par putt.
What has worked for you and your mentality?
sorry if this is a dead horse and i can't find the relevant thread

tu-f-o 09-22-2013 10:32 PM

depends on the hole.
But I'm sure in a tournament, you won't be as brave as you are in a casual game.

Disc Fiend 09-22-2013 10:39 PM

I play for par, and try to cash in on birdies when the opportunity arises.

BraveThrower43 09-22-2013 10:39 PM

Most of the courses I play are wooded so my game plan is to get through the early trouble and give myself a look at a putt. If I focus on hitting the first gap and trusting the disc to get up the fairway. I feel that if i get 2/3 of the way up the fairway I can get up and down. If I get a look 60' and in I am happy.

nolangherity 09-22-2013 10:48 PM

i like to play for par, and take birdie ops when they make sense.

lately ive been forcing myself to lay up for par when im buried in a bush or have no chance really, and have been saving strokes by avoiding the birdie to bogey game. if i have a decent look up to 60' im putting for chains period.

OregonDG420 09-22-2013 11:03 PM

I try and make a birdie shot on everything except super long holes

BogeyNoMore 09-22-2013 11:51 PM

BraveThrower and Disc Fiend pretty much hit my game on the head.
Most of the courses around here are pretty well wooded. I try to put my tee shots on a line that will give me the least trouble and if I hit the shot right, it'll make it past the next obstacle as well. I'm usually happy if I have a clean look at deuce, even if it's from well outside the circle. But on anything well over 300' I pretty much resign myself to a 3, so I might even throttle down off the tee and play for placement so my upshot is fairly easy, which leads to an easier putt for par. I really don't care if I have a 80' upshot or a 110' upshot. Not worth another 30' off the tee if it means I'm more likely to get into trouble.

But what tu-f-o said holds true as well:
1) It depends on the hole. Even on some pretty well wooded holes, I have what I feel are very realistic expectations of carding a two, and I'm trying to put my tee shot close enough for a gimme. Given my distance limitations, those are the birdie opportunities that are going to arise for me.
2) I tend to play safer in tournies, particularly with respect to running at the pin on long putts with rollaway potential or where there's trouble behind the pin... Lay-up and take what I can.

TheUnderdog 09-23-2013 12:12 AM

Casual play/practice are different from tourney play of course. In casual play I generally try to birdie anything I can reach and run most putts regardless of danger. I get into early trouble plenty being aggressive but I don't mind because I get practice at getting out of all kinds of situations. In tourney play I have a strategy where I decide what I'm going to do on all the holes ahead of my round. In practice i will have chosen all the holes that I will play for birdie and which holes I will play for par and generally I know which disc/shot I'm going to throw off each tee. The hard part is when it doesn't go according to plan early and I have to resist compounding my mistakes by throwing away my game plan and going for everything.

nat16dick 09-23-2013 12:43 AM

When I play casuals, I always try to focus on being consistent: hitting the fairways on wooded holes, getting straight, consistent distance on open holes, putting upshots under the basket, and hitting putts within the circle. So when I play tournaments I can feel comfortable playing for par and taking birdie opportunities when they present themselves

RUSSELL 09-23-2013 12:47 AM

my mentality is: "I can make that shot!"

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