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Old 07-29-2016, 03:38 PM
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Default Will I ever learn to throw a driver ?

As I begin my 6th week of DG, I am wondering how long it took other players to 'grow' into their drivers? I am an older player with a weak throw. I doubt I will ever exceed 300' (except for freak throws) so I am concentrating on accuracy over distance. I only throw 8 discs regularly, all slow and light (150g or less), though I have others in heavier weights for experimentation, windy days, or future growth. I get in field practice every two or three days and course play every week or two.

After averaging 25 measured throws with each of my eight primary learning discs, it seems that I am carrying 6-7 too many. I putt with the Colt 80% of the time.

Drivers: Valkyrie 177', Tee-Bird 172', Leopard 191'
Mids: Cobra 181', Shark 175'
P&A: Colt 185', Aviar 166', Birdie 154'

My drivers require much more open space for me to land them near my target. Mids and P&A are low, straight, and true.

My question is how long did it take you to learn throw higher speed discs as far and as accurately as low speed ones? And what helped most? (especially from older players)

Also, any comments on disc selection are encouraged.

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Old 07-29-2016, 07:18 PM
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For your sixth week of play, you have far too many discs. I recommend when playing rounds, you carry only the Leopard and the Colt. The Valk is far too fast for you, the Teebird is too fast and overstable. The Shark and Cobra really aren't needed until you can get longer drives and have need of discs between your Leopard and Colt.

For reference, I'm an old guy. I've been playing for a long time. I chose the nuclear option on my driving form about a year and a half ago--started over from scratch. Right now, I can throw longer than I was able to thirty years ago--improved form does a lot for distance, even when aging muscles are involved.

I won't say there's a quick way to get more distance. I can say you can certainly get to where you can throw farther than 300'. Go read on the Technique & Strategy board. HUB and SW and the guys provide a lot of good instruction.
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Old 07-29-2016, 08:43 PM
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I would recommend only throwing one of the mid ranges, I would throw the Shark out of what you have, and the putter. Basically a throwing disc and a putting disc and that's it. Work up to "drivers". Most people go too quickly to drivers because that's what's being marketed as "distance" when in actuality newer players, and low power players need to throw mids and putters. Remember 30 years ago "putters" were considered "drivers", Good job on keeping the weight down in the 150 class this will help you add speed to your throw and ultimately distance over a heavy weight disc. A lot of people throw discs that are too heavy for them because 'pro's throw heavy weight discs and they are pro's so they know what's best for me' or simple peer pressure or shaming users who use light discs. I recently switched to all 150's and I can throw well over 300 feet. It took me seriously about five years to throw 250 feet so keep working at it and it will come.
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Old 07-29-2016, 09:19 PM
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Hey you're in Maple Valley, right? You play White River or Fenwick? Just curious I'm rarely that far South.
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:07 PM
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sillybizz - White River a few times, once for score. Great place, friendly locals, good shot diversity, and not too long to intimidate newbies. Plus, Tom (CD at WR) is helping us build Gaffney's Grove in my hometown. http://www.maplevalleywa.gov/departm...sc-golf-course

Fenwick is wicked difficult for a guy with one good hip like me. Too many goat trails and any rain makes it even more difficult. Good technical course for young legs.

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Old 07-30-2016, 05:49 AM
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sillybizz - White River a few times, once for score. Great place, friendly locals, good shot diversity, and not too long to intimidate newbies. Plus, Tom (CD at WR) is helping us build Gaffney's Grove in my hometown. http://www.maplevalleywa.gov/departm...sc-golf-course

Fenwick is wicked difficult for a guy with one good hip like me. Too many goat trails and any rain makes it even more difficult. Good technical course for young legs.

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Oh sweet! Is there a time table for baskets at the new course? I would love to help put in some baskets oh yeah and play the course too!
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Old 07-30-2016, 07:07 AM
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I was throwing 9 speed drivers right away, didn't even touch a mid or putter for like a couple of years. I was **** at first but basically it just comes down to repetition till you crush those discs. Just go out with a driver and a putter and get your training in. Don't worry about distance just throw 70-80% of power and get the accuracy going. Once I learned to dial down power and focus on form in the early days the discs start flying perfectly. LOL now years later I'm going 100% power and now realize why I suck with certain discs. I'm gonna have to rock that 70% power again.
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Saying your drivers require open space tells me you are throwing them on some serious curvy lines to compensate for not being able to throw them straight. That's a good sign that you're not using them properly and better off without them.

Tossing a Birdie 150' tells me you have the potential to throw farther, but you need to work on form as the faster discs are more sensitive.
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Old 07-30-2016, 08:54 AM
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I'm 51 and am a newbie playing pretty obsessively for a year. I couldn't throw drivers worth $hit for several months, and concentrated on form and technique with my mids (was actually afraid of drivers, a little). eventually I started trying drivers on occasion, and slowly threw them with more confidence and accuracy. I'm still not at the 300' mark, but my shots with both mids and drivers have improved dramatically. hucking mids a TON got me there. I still have an unhealthy crush on mids and general, but fairway drivers are getting used WAY more than they were even a few months ago.
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TAFL - When playing rounds, I usually only throw the Leo on really open fairways (20-25%), otherwise it is the Shark on every tee or long approach. It seems to have an uncanny ability to avoid trees. I added the Birdie because two holes at my local course have serious consequences if you throw pin high (a cliff and then a raging river if 20' past the basket). Bought the Colt on a lark and immediately fell in lust with it. I made more putts with it than all my other discs combined and short approaches felt easy.

sillybizz - The arborist marked and felled the few trees that were removed earlier this month. The excess foliage and underbrush are being removed as I type. Front nine are completed, back nine next work party. Concrete tee pads should go in late August/early September. Baskets in late September. Hoping for an early October Grand Opening. It will be a short, tight, heavily wooded course with a bit of elevation. Plays right into my weak, wimpy throws.

demon102 - Interesting approach, but I don't want to wait a couple of years to improve. Not sure how years many of decent throwing I have left, but I am looking for more rapid improvement. I'm 56 , RHBH (for now, until I learn a RHFH) and have no cartilage left in my right hip , though otherwise healthy and whole. Some throws just won't ever be in my bag of tricks.

INTP - Spot on. Mids and putter go straight and true. Drivers tend to wander and I rarely throw them except for practice.

zontar - I always play alone and throw my mids for record, but occasionally toss a driver as a 'provisional' just to see what happens. So far, I am usually disappointed.

Thank You All For Helping. I am grateful.

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