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Old 12-21-2019, 01:19 AM
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Vitals:
Years playing/experience: roughly 6 years
Right/left-handed/ambidextrous: right-handed
Throwing Style: 60%-RHFH, 40%-RHBH
Golf Distance (avg/max') FH: Pig: 250/275'; OLF: 340/375'; XCaliber: 375/400'
BH: Omega: 250/275'; Roc: 275/300'; OLF: 330/375';
Age: 32
Sex: M
Injuries/handicaps?: Nothing major
Other sport proficiencies?: Lacrosse, Hockey
Additional Information:
What do you like/dislike about your current bag?: I am quite happy with how my bag is set up going into 2020. If I can continue to stretch out my BH distance I may add in a Wraith again. Also, I'll probably get a few Roadrunners again at some point to better compare with my JLS. If decent Sentinels prove too hard to track down I may replace them with Champ/Star Rancho Rocs. Otherwise, I don't see myself changing much about my bag this season, minor tweaks only.

Specific areas of desired feedback: This is mostly a thread where I can track what I've been throwing throughout the year like a journal, but any feedback is appreciated.
Immediate and long-term goals:
-Consistently throw 400' with accuracy both FH and BH.
-Throw an average of 50-100 Putts per day on my practice basket for the year.
-Throw more field sessions, at least once per month to work on form.
-Finally learn to throw BH rollers.
-Beat in some more Rocs for backups.
-Continue to develop a stronger mental game. Learn to limit negative thoughts and emotions while playing.
-Read each of the Bob Rotella books on golf at least once this year. Write affirmations.
-Renew PDGA membership, win a tournament playing MA1, and finish the year with a 940+ rating.

ITBs from Previous Years:
2019
2018
2017
2016

Bag:
Putters:
1x Polecat- Finesse upshots, patent pending and other awkward lies
3x Omega- Main putter, BH driving putter, most BH upshots
2x Pig- FH driving putter and upshots
Midrange:
4x Roc- Workhorse midrange, from fresh KC to Flippy DX(#2-#5 Rocs)
1x Sentinel- Headwind midrange shots, low ceilings (overstable), faster and more OS than a Roc
Drivers:
2x JLS- Tailwind driver, hyzerflips BH and FH, low ceilings (understable), late turning shots
4x OLF- Workhorse control driver BH and FH
3x Firebird- Utility, FH placement shots, headwinds, skip shots, FH rollers,
2x Xcal- Distance FH

This setup is what I would likely carry for a tournament at this point in time. I'll be heading down to Austin for the holidays and will probably be taking a different travel bag with me. We are driving this time around so I may just bring the Octothorpe and full setup along instead. It would be cool to try and play Roy G with my entire bag available. Either way, will be fun to finish 2019 playing some Texas courses and come back home for a fresh start in 2020.
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Old 12-21-2019, 10:53 AM
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Vitals:
Years playing/experience: roughly 6 years
Right/left-handed/ambidextrous: right-handed
Throwing Style: 60%-RHFH, 40%-RHBH
Golf Distance (avg/max') FH: Pig: 250/275'; OLF: 340/375'; XCaliber: 375/400'
BH: Omega: 250/275'; Roc: 275/300'; OLF: 330/375';
Age: 32
Sex: M
Injuries/handicaps?: Nothing major
Other sport proficiencies?: Lacrosse, Hockey
Additional Information:
What do you like/dislike about your current bag?: I am quite happy with how my bag is set up going into 2020. If I can continue to stretch out my BH distance I may add in a Wraith again. Also, I'll probably get a few Roadrunners again at some point to better compare with my JLS. If decent Sentinels prove too hard to track down I may replace them with Champ/Star Rancho Rocs. Otherwise, I don't see myself changing much about my bag this season, minor tweaks only.

Specific areas of desired feedback: This is mostly a thread where I can track what I've been throwing throughout the year like a journal, but any feedback is appreciated.
Immediate and long-term goals:
-Consistently throw 400' with accuracy both FH and BH.
-Throw an average of 50-100 Putts per day on my practice basket for the year.
-Throw more field sessions, at least once per month to work on form.
-Finally learn to throw BH rollers.
-Beat in some more Rocs for backups.
-Continue to develop a stronger mental game. Learn to limit negative thoughts and emotions while playing.
-Read each of the Bob Rotella books on golf at least once this year. Write affirmations.
-Renew PDGA membership, win a tournament playing MA1, and finish the year with a 940+ rating.

ITBs from Previous Years:
2019
2018
2017
2016

Bag:
Putters:
1x Polecat- Finesse upshots, patent pending and other awkward lies
3x Omega- Main putter, BH driving putter, most BH upshots
2x Pig- FH driving putter and upshots
Midrange:
4x Roc- Workhorse midrange, from fresh KC to Flippy DX(#2-#5 Rocs)
1x Sentinel- Headwind midrange shots, low ceilings (overstable), faster and more OS than a Roc
Drivers:
2x JLS- Tailwind driver, hyzerflips BH and FH, low ceilings (understable), late turning shots
4x OLF- Workhorse control driver BH and FH
3x Firebird- Utility, FH placement shots, headwinds, skip shots, FH rollers,
2x Xcal- Distance FH

This setup is what I would likely carry for a tournament at this point in time. I'll be heading down to Austin for the holidays and will probably be taking a different travel bag with me. We are driving this time around so I may just bring the Octothorpe and full setup along instead. It would be cool to try and play Roy G with my entire bag available. Either way, will be fun to finish 2019 playing some Texas courses and come back home for a fresh start in 2020.
My question is do you actually put the number on the roc to remember
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Old 12-21-2019, 11:20 AM
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My question is do you actually put the number on the roc to remember
Nah they are easy to tell apart
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Old 01-01-2020, 06:00 PM
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Bag Since Last Update (5 rounds):

1x Polecat (XT)- 3 throws.
3x Omega (DT, Super Soft, & Gummy Quantum)- 147 total throws (133 putts).
2x Pig (R-Pro & Pro)- 38 throws.
3x Roc (DX & KC Pro)- 12 throws.
1x Sentinel (Quantum)- 2 throws.
3x JLS (no run MJLS, no run Quantum, & 1.3 Sirius)- 7 throws.
4x OLF (1.1 SOLF, 1.1 MOLF, & 1.3 MOLF)- 16 throws.
3x Firebird (Champion & Color Glow Champ)- 29 throws.
2x Xcal (PFN Star)- 15 throws.

Since I drove on down to Austin this holiday season, I was able to bring my whole bag, minus Sentinels. I didn't have any backups other than the two I bag until going to Disc Nation while out there, and didn't want to lose one. The couple of Brinster Sentinels I picked up are very nice, and I'll enjoy working them into my bag straight away this offseason. I was able to bag a couple new courses out there (Steeplechase Shorts and Flat Creek Winery Longs) and shot under par on both which was nice. Flat Creek was a fantastic! I really should have shot from the longs on Steeplechase for a better challenge, as the Blue pads looked like a fun layout. These type of courses with multiple par 4 holes are easily my favorite as they usually require more strategy to score well. I played that first/last tag match of the year and for once played a decent round instead of completely crapping the bed. So that was a pleasant change from that past couple of years.
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Old 01-14-2020, 01:54 AM
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Bag Since Last Update (3 rounds):

1x Polecat (R-Pro)- 5 throws.
3x Omega (DT, Super Soft, & Gummy Quantum)- 89 total throws (81 putts).
2x Pig (R-Pro & Pro)- 29 throws.
3x Roc (DX & KC Pro)- 3 throws.
2x Sentinel (Brinster & Sanny Q)- 3 throws.
2x JLS (no run MJLS & 1.3 Sirius)- 5 throws.
4x OLF (1.1 SOLF, 1.1 MOLF, & 1.3 MOLF)- 7 throws.
3x Firebird (Champion & Color Glow Champ)- 21 throws.
1x Xcal (PFN Star)- 3 throws.

Windy conditions recently mean that I have leaned on my Firebirds and Pigs to do the heavy lifting. One tags match recently was bad enough to where many holes I ended up putting with a Pig to cut the head and crosswinds. I have an unsanctioned doubles event coming up this Saturday, and will be playing with one of my good friends. It will have one round of best shot doubles and another of singles combining scores for both teammates. Definitely looking forward to this one, should be a good time.
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i love how you track the throws

i wish i had a tracker on each disc the number of throws and or total feet traveled the disc has seen
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i love how you track the throws

i wish i had a tracker on each disc the number of throws and or total feet traveled the disc has seen
It would be interesting to see how far in distance travelled some of the older discs would have. There’s probably a few in there with several miles on them.

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Old 01-16-2020, 09:21 AM
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It would be interesting to see how far in distance travelled some of the older discs would have. There’s probably a few in there with several miles on them.
same here i have a few long time in the bag favorites that i lean on

i bet i have miles on them too and probably over 1000 tree hits each

one days well be able to pull data like this

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I played in an unsanctioned doubles event on Saturday, my buddy and I took second in the AM division (event was split into am and pro pools each with 9-10 teams). We really choked during the first round which was a modified alternate shot format, and could have easily kept pace with the team that eventually won. We were paired together for the first round, and they had us by two strokes with two holes left to play in the first round. We turned two straightforward birdie looks on 17 and 18 into stupid bogeys while the other group got par on both. Thankfully we played much better in the best shot round and came back from last card to get 2nd, we just shot ourselves in the foot too many times in that first round.

I did add one beat Pro Wraith for the event, which I only threw once. I still don't feel like my BH is strong enough to warrant permanently adding a Wraith again, as I could have easily gotten an OLF to where I threw my Wraith. The OLF typically flies within 10-20' of a Wraith in terms of distance so there is really no reason to add one at this point in time. Once I can consistently get 400' BH, the Wraith will be a useful addition but until then I can just throw my Orions. I'd rather disc down and keep in the fairway, 10-20' is nothing.
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Bag Since Last Update (5 rounds):

1x Polecat (R-Pro)- 6 throws.
3x Omega (DT, Super Soft, & Gummy Quantum)- 153 total throws (129 putts).
2x Pig (R-Pro & Pro)- 35 throws.
3x Roc (DX & KC Pro)- 7 throws.
2x Sentinel (Brinster & Sanny Q)- 3 throws.
2x JLS (no run MJLS & 1.3 Sirius)- 10 throws.
4x OLF (1.1 SOLF, 1.1 MOLF, & 1.3 MOLF)- 13 throws.
3x Firebird (Champion & Color Glow Champ)- 27 throws.
1x Xcal (PFN Star)- 7 throws.

One trend so far this year with my game is that my worst rounds have been much better, while I haven't thrown many great rounds. I have yet to finish over par on any course in the state thus far in 2020, but only have one round, where I really put up a good score at the end. I really hope that I can continue this trend of raising the floor of my game, even if my ceiling is essentially the same. If I can stop having catastrophic rounds and actually develop some more consistency that would be a great result for the new year.

This past week I read Putting Out of Your Mind by Bob Rotella this past week, which was a fantastic decision. I really can get too negative about my putting if things are not going well during a round. This usually prevents me from putting well once I get into that funk. However, I had a 100% inside circle 1 my second round after finishing the book. So if I can keep applying what I have learned, it will continue to help. While I don't expect to be perfect on the greens every round, the change in mentality was a huge help. Instead of dreading a tester putt for birdie or to save par, I was excited for the challenge and it really made a big difference. Hopefully I can stay disciplined and improve my mental approach to improve my putting.

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