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56 minutes ago, Nugget said:

So how do I get better at throwing a disc?  I have poor distance and I'm  probably gripping the discs incorrectly and too tightly.  I will have a cut on my finger by the 8th hole.

This is super basic, but Nate Sexton is a great person to listen to.  https://youtu.be/T7Buk1Hn8jM

If this is too simple, here is another one with five great tips:

https://youtu.be/7JpY1m9vx2A

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Thinking of starting next year. Will start at a local practice range. Looks like about 100' between most of the baskets. Any specific disc recommendations for the practice range?

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28 minutes ago, brun said:

Thinking of starting next year. Will start at a local practice range. Looks like about 100' between most of the baskets. Any specific disc recommendations for the practice range?

If that's what you start on, just get a putter and work on your form. Once you are comfortable, get a mid-range and work from there. There are several putters to choose from, probably doesn't matter much if you are just starting out. I personally use a Dynamic Discs Judge, but that's not really an endorsement since I put for sh!t.

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20 hours ago, Bamboo Bill said:

I thought the production values were better than expected. I really enjoyed it.

I wonder if the difficulty of that course would freak out the novice viewer though. It looks impossible on screen.

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On 11/25/2020 at 3:22 PM, shades said:

Any recs for how someone in the Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley area could get started? Good places to practice?

My suggestion would be to install the Udisc app on your phone. A wealth of info is available on there. Will show you local courses, and most will have reviews which should tell you if they're what you're looking for.

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On 10/29/2020 at 5:25 AM, Battersbox said:

So the Covid era has led me to the disc golf world, and I have to say it's been a great outlet in so many ways. Great exercise and a perfect way to get outside while social distancing. 

The people I've interacted with so far have been fantastic. There is a definite sub-culture of disc golfers who are 99% welcoming and chill about the sport. Demographically it definitely skews young, but feeling like the old man on the course hasn't dampened my enthusiasm at all.

I play probably 5 times a week beginning in mid-July. I've become more and more interested in the sport as the months progress, from the history of it to the current tour and prominent players. I find myself watching YouTube videos constantly, both instructional and recordings of tour events. I also have visited about a dozen courses in my immediate area and am excited to visit courses farther afield at the first opportunity.

I was stunned to not find a disc golf thread on these forums. 

Any other enthusiasts from the FBG realm? What do you throw? Where do you play?

Because they are all high on the reefer? ;)

This is something I wanted to try more with the son.  How much is a decent beginner set of discs? 

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13 minutes ago, KarmaPolice said:

Because they are all high on the reefer? ;)

This is something I wanted to try more with the son.  How much is a decent beginner set of discs? 

A neighbor just picked one up that included a bag for about $25

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4 hours ago, KarmaPolice said:

Because they are all high on the reefer? ;)

This is something I wanted to try more with the son.  How much is a decent beginner set of discs? 

In the before-times, I'm told you could find nearly anything for a good price at your local Play-It-Again sports, but that isn't the case lately, at least around me. Facebook has several disc-trading/selling groups that are worth a look if you want to keep your investment down.

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I was -1, but it's a very easy course. Top performer in all divisions was -9 I believe. I was pleased to be under par and to get an official rating. Playing another on the 19th, praying the weather holds up. It's a lot of fun. 

Hoping 2021 brings some normalcy and the opportunity to hit some new courses regionally and enter events.

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9 hours ago, urbanhack said:

Wow.  McBeth signs 10 year deal for $10 million with Discraft. 

I saw that. It's awesome. He truly is amazing.

Hopefully some others get nice paydays as well.

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Wife and I bought some discs and played on a date recently. Brought wine in yeti bottles. Super fun. 

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2 hours ago, belljr said:

Does this use a hcp system?

And are though both vanity cappers and sandbaggers?

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5 hours ago, urbanhack said:

Playing in my first tournament two weeks from tomorrow!

Excellent, good luck. It's a lot of fun.

I'm hoping to get out there tomorrow morning for the first time in about 6 weeks. Hoping the snow is down enough not to swallow discs.

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13 hours ago, Battersbox said:

Excellent, good luck. It's a lot of fun.

I'm hoping to get out there tomorrow morning for the first time in about 6 weeks. Hoping the snow is down enough not to swallow discs.

Tape a ribbon to a couple of your discs in case it is still  deep enough to lose them.

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Trying to get into this. I enjoy it but am terrible so far. I’m guessing the advice to start with a putter is probably something I should listen to as keeping my form so that I can replicate my throws and make the disc do what I want is a huge problem so far.

What weights are you guys generally throwing? I have about 6 discs but I think I may have gotten some bad advice on weights. I was basically told “get heavy weights”. So most of my discs right now are in the 173-177 range. It seemed logical at the time because my 158g Leopard was getting carried all over by the wind. But I think it was an overcompensation and I may be overthrowing now. 

Played a pretty open course yesterday with really long baskets and a decent amount of wind. Ended up playing more side to side than lengthwise. Seemed like either I tried to compensate for the wind and my disc ended uo straight instead, or I tried to throw straight and my disc simply never turned over and sailed way left. Eventually called it quits when it became clear I was going to lose a disc playing the way i was playing, lol.

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On 11/4/2020 at 5:04 PM, jhib said:

All those athletic achievements sound impressive, but still pale in comparison to leaping 20+ feet from boulder to boulder as a kid.

 

OMG

:jawdrop:

 

Forgot about that.

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On 10/30/2020 at 7:51 AM, Worm said:

I'm slacking. Family life and back/knee issues have taken their toll on my playing time.

But remember when we went out to celebrate my birthday and I got my 2nd ace ever? Good times.

Man, I only have front knees. It must be quit an advantage to be phyically gifted with back knees too.

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12 hours ago, GroveDiesel said:

Trying to get into this. I enjoy it but am terrible so far. I’m guessing the advice to start with a putter is probably something I should listen to as keeping my form so that I can replicate my throws and make the disc do what I want is a huge problem so far.

What weights are you guys generally throwing? I have about 6 discs but I think I may have gotten some bad advice on weights. I was basically told “get heavy weights”. So most of my discs right now are in the 173-177 range. It seemed logical at the time because my 158g Leopard was getting carried all over by the wind. But I think it was an overcompensation and I may be overthrowing now. 

Played a pretty open course yesterday with really long baskets and a decent amount of wind. Ended up playing more side to side than lengthwise. Seemed like either I tried to compensate for the wind and my disc ended uo straight instead, or I tried to throw straight and my disc simply never turned over and sailed way left. Eventually called it quits when it became clear I was going to lose a disc playing the way i was playing, lol.

Stay with it. I've found most people get to a fairly competent level pretty quickly. I'd say between myself and my core group I play with we were all meaningfully better than when we began after going out only 4-5 times. Then we all plateaued and the improvement was much more gradual.

I generally can throw lighter discs farther, but of course the wind dictates which disc I'll pull from the bag. It's a constant judgement call which really is risk/reward. Wind direction matters too of course. If it's a headwind or cross wind, heavier weights and more overstable discs usually perform better. With a tail wind you can sometimes get away with staying light.

If the wind is up at all, I try to only throw discs over 170g, but if it's calm I love reaching for a couple of distance drivers I have that are 156g. 

I'd say for anything inside 150 feet or so, weights aren't really an issue and I just throw what feels comfortable. 

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The addiction to this sport has not waned at all, and I'm still thrilled to go out every time.

Played 3 full rounds on long courses both Friday and yesterday and it was a blast. Make you feel like a kid again trying to sneak in those last few holes before it gets too dark to see.

Such a phenomenal way to get exercise as well. Down 30 pounds since I started (walked 9 miles Friday and 11 Saturday, as an example). I've never been into working out/exercising much, I tend to get bored pretty quickly. What a blessing it is to finally find something to do which is pure fun and great exercise at the same time.

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21 hours ago, GroveDiesel said:

Trying to get into this. I enjoy it but am terrible so far. I’m guessing the advice to start with a putter is probably something I should listen to as keeping my form so that I can replicate my throws and make the disc do what I want is a huge problem so far.

What weights are you guys generally throwing? I have about 6 discs but I think I may have gotten some bad advice on weights. I was basically told “get heavy weights”. So most of my discs right now are in the 173-177 range. It seemed logical at the time because my 158g Leopard was getting carried all over by the wind. But I think it was an overcompensation and I may be overthrowing now. 

Played a pretty open course yesterday with really long baskets and a decent amount of wind. Ended up playing more side to side than lengthwise. Seemed like either I tried to compensate for the wind and my disc ended uo straight instead, or I tried to throw straight and my disc simply never turned over and sailed way left. Eventually called it quits when it became clear I was going to lose a disc playing the way i was playing, lol.

Nobody is a natural at this sport.  And unfortunately most of the how-to is online.  Although you will find the community pretty passionate about helping others.  9 times out of 10 if you see someone who knows what they’re doing they will give you tips if you ask.  Meanwhile, I really enjoyed these videos when I was first learning.  
 

https://www.innovadiscs.com/home/disc-golf-faq/flight-ratings-system/

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