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Old 01-02-2009, 06:04 PM
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I'm 49. I used to play Ball Golf and was a legit 1-3 handicap, not bad but compared to the really good guys I sucked.

I found Disc Golf this year and play mostly on a really tight, wooded, technical course.

I'm playing mostly with a couple of Buzzz and a couple of putters and scoring in the mid to low 60's. I'm still developing my drive so I'm relatively short but I can throw it far enough to handle most courses that aren't super long. I had some Ultimate experience so I can throw a disc backhand and sidearm and throw Hyzers and Anhyzers.

I watch group after group of expert level players throw as hard as they can off of every tee. Then I hear them at the putting area discuss their poor scores.

So here's the question:

Do you need to throw with power always to develop enough confidence to eventually bust out some low scores?

Or is this like Ball Golf where everybody tries to hit it long and very few people can?

Just curious,

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Old 01-02-2009, 06:41 PM
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My $.02...I believe the phrase "drive for show, putt for dough" applies to both ball golf and disc golf. Getting big distance is a plus, but I've always felt that accuracy, consistency, and a good short game will help you more when it comes to lowering your score. I don't have a big arm like a lot of other open players, but I feel that my short game is pretty solid and I've never had much of a problem being consistent out on the course...which is what allows me to be at least somewhat competitive with my peers. It also helps to be well-rounded and be comfortable throwing many different types of throws (including those trick shots that a lot of people think you'll never actually use in a round).
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Old 01-02-2009, 07:20 PM
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I can't drive more than 300ft so I have really worked on my short and approach game to make up for it. Just make sure you have a good putter and work on you second shots and your putts. A big arm does not always get a big score.
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Old 01-02-2009, 07:29 PM
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I agree with Rusty 100% on this.
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Old 01-02-2009, 07:56 PM
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i dont have a big arm either, so i just play short courses.

easy solution to the problem
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300 feet is a surprisingly long way. I suspect few people actually throw that far consistently. I appreciate the replies. I'm loving this but it's just like ball golf in that when you have a truly bad putting day you might as well pack it in!

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Old 01-02-2009, 08:06 PM
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The 1000' holes are what seperate the men from the boys. Even if you throw 300' it will take 4 good throws before you can start putting.
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I believe accuracy is the deciding factor in disc golf. (the second shot).
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I'm playing mostly with a couple of Buzzz and a couple of putters
Z
you may consider investing in a long distance driver because if you can learn to throw that consistant you will get more distance than with your Buzzz
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a long drive is huge, but if you cant putt then youre screwed. so accuracy is better to have.
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