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How to improve your disc golf game without going insane

It isn't as easy as it looks!
It isn't as easy as it looks!
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Too many beginners stop playing disc golf out of frustration without really knowing that improvement is right around the corner.

Many people who are new to the sport of disc golf might watch a more experienced player effortlessly throw a disc and think to themselves, "I can do that!" And of course they can, but what they do not realize is that players who make it look easy did not start out at that level. A solid player of the game has probably logged in hours upon hours of practice.

So when the beginner disc golfer throws a disc on a course for the first time and it fades into the rough or hits a tree, they can be easily discouraged. What is even more difficult to deal with are the hazards of the course, such as poison oak (thankfully we are free of that in Central Oregon!), mosquitoes, trees, and of course losing discs.

Here are some tips for those of your who are starting out and do not want to be one of those beginners who is Gung Ho! but give up after a less than ideal first day at that course.

  1. Play with disc golfers who are better than you. More advanced players will give you tips on how to improve your form, your distance, etc. if you ask them. If you do not know anyone who has been playing for a while, it is easy to join up with them on the course if you are polite and ask to tag along. Disc golfers are notoriously polite and helpful.
  2. Do not expect to conquer the course on your first day, or for that matter your first month or two. The more you play a course, the better you will become, but you have to be patient as your skill levels rise.
  3. Go to a large open field and practice throwing. You will want to have a driver disc or a mid range disc to do this. Try starting out with backhand throws and make a note of how far you are throwing. Try and throw a little bit farther each time you go. Here is nice link to tell you about form and what you are doing wrong.
  4. Practice your putts. You can do this anywhere with make-shift targets such as trees or some kind of elevated target. Do not be too worried about your form starting out. What you need to worry about is consistency. Start five feet from the target and do not move back until you can hit the target every time. Then move to ten feet, fifteen feet, etc. Too many beginners think they should practice further away, but will miss the close putts that they do not practice.
  5. Be patient. Your game will improve so long as you practice and realize that you will get better. Do not expect to have a great game when you start out. As a matter of fact, do not even keep score your first few times out. A very high score (which is a bad thing) will make a beginner lose hope and give up. Just go out there and have fun and everything else will follow.

Good luck to you out there and have a blast!


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