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Old 12-29-2014, 09:45 PM
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Default Realistic expectations for over 50 crowd

Been playing a few years and have greatly improved my form since I began, but, I noticed I've hit a plateau with my drives at 320-350'. I'm happy with my mid and putter distance improvements (putters to 230"+, mids 260-280' depending on disc).

I've tried lighter discs and all the other suggestions out there and what I'm wondering is, for those of you who started discing late in life and are no longer as flexible as an 18 yr old, how far do you actually drive?

The older guys around me just play for fun and don't seem all that concerned with improving, they throw a Beast 250' and their fine with that, I however am not.

What's a realistic expectation?
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:19 PM
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You and I throw the same distances. Without finding some flexibility somehow, I don't know where more consistent distance will come from. I turn 54 on Sunday. I'm thinking the slide back will soon be reality. Injuries are starting to pile up and aren't completely healing anymore.
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:21 PM
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Your realistic distance has peaked. I know a couple guys in the 55 range who used to throw 450-475 ft with cyclones and xl back in the day and now they are lucky to hit 350 with blizzard discs. They still kill it with superior putting and deadly upshots and letting everyone else screw up.
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:24 PM
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By the way, I've found a group of grandmaster aged guys that consistently hit 300+. They don't throw their putters and mids nearly as far as I do, but they come close with their wide rimmed drivers and Valks.

It's hard to get "old dogs" to play putter only or mid/putter only rounds.
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:28 PM
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Your realistic distance has peaked. I know a couple guys in the 55 range who used to throw 450-475 ft with cyclones and xl back in the day and now they are lucky to hit 350 with blizzard discs. They still kill it with superior putting and deadly upshots and letting everyone else screw up.
I agree. I smashed my pinky and I don't think I'll ever throw over 350 again. The bones were crushed and they aren't going to heal. The three finger grip isn't as good as a power grip. I've found about 275 throwing forehand lately. I think I might get a little more out of it.
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:32 PM
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Your realistic distance has peaked. I know a couple guys in the 55 range who used to throw 450-475 ft with cyclones and xl back in the day and now they are lucky to hit 350 with blizzard discs. They still kill it with superior putting and deadly upshots and letting everyone else screw up.
This is what I thought. Damn, wish I would have started younger.

Best part of my game is 200' and in. I guess birdie putts on 400' holes will just be a dream. Oh well.
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Kind of funny the different brand of golf played by masters. They don't read this garbage on here about "I can throw my putter x ft or my midrange x ft". Even the longest armed masters guys I know who throw in the 425 range still are throwing mids on shots of 150 ft often. I know one guy who only throws a z xs, star sidewinder and classic roc, 3 discs, throwing 350 ft max and is still rated 950-960 in his mid 50s
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This is what I thought. Damn, wish I would have started younger.

Best part of my game is 200' and in. I guess birdie putts on 400' holes will just be a dream. Oh well.
Learn to throw rollers, these masters guys can all throw backhand rollers well over 400 ft
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:40 PM
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Learn to throw rollers, these masters guys can all throw backhand rollers well over 400 ft

Yeah, I've been practicing them a lot recently.

For what it's worth, if I'm 150' away and can use it, my approach disc is a Suspect, not a putter.
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The realistic expectation is an individual matter. I'm 56, have been playing almost 20 years, don't throw that far, and have lost considerable distance since I was 40. But I know people over 50 who throw much farther, both lifelong players and players who took up disc golf about 5 years ago. Everyone's different.

One thing I recall from when my game was ascending, that I'd plateau for a while and then ratchet up to a new level, fairly quickly, and plateau there.
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