Blogging is not my bag, baby.

As with every other blog I’ve created in my life, I lost touch with this one for a while. So, let’s try and catch it up.

First off, I think my driving form is developing nicely and I can throw with some degree of confidence that my shot is going as I think it should. My drives are getting longer and flying more stable and my discs are somewhat flying as the numbers would predict.

Putting, on the other hand, is not so great. In my back-asswards approach to learning this sport, I need to work on putting. Right now I’ve come rest on Aviars as my putters, but I’ve far from tried what’s out there and look forward to testing some others. In the meantime, my Aviars and my skillshot will be my path towards better putting.

Looking back at my last post, I had lost my Mako and Trak, and Mako has since made it back. The Trak is hopefully in the mail, since a guy in Sacramento found it, but that remains to be seen. I’ve also lost a Buzzz, that was returned this past weekend, and an MVP Axis which still lives in the murk at LV in the big lake on hole #1.

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Now, I have added the above to my bag plus a secondhand Champion Leopard and Valkyrie. Mostly, fairway drivers as I try to incrementally increase the difficulty of the discs I throw.

First, let’s talk about Dynamic Disc’s Witness in Lucid plastic. This disc is wonderful! It’s touted as an understandable fairway driver, but I have yet to see a real right turn out it. Two factors are likely causing this, 1. is the heavy winds we’ve had recently, and 2. I’m not throwing as hard when I’m actually playing a round, but, I actually am liking the way it flies given those two factors. It flies wonderfully straight and drops with a slight fade at the end. It even flew a nice path on a hole that I can never throw that we’ll, and it glides for days. In a couple of cases I actually overthrew the hole with enough distance to be out of my putting range. I rarely overthrow. Update: The wind, stabilizes the disc.

The Teebird, I’ll need to work with some to see how it fits into my game. I will say the GStar plastic is incredibly flexible.

That concludes the post I started several days ago.

I will say today, 5 April, I shot a +10 at LV. While that’s not exactly a great score, it’s my personal best score. The wind apparently affects my game a ridiculous amount.

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Thinning The Bag

Tax season is upon us, and I’m awaiting my return so that I can buy new discs, of course. As if in preparation for this magical influx of money, my last rounds of disc golf helped me thin my bag out a little.

Looking back at my “Rain, rain, go away” post, it rained pretty much non-stop since that point and I haven’t had the chance to put in some work on the course. With that in mind, I finally make it out to my favorite course, because it’s my only course, and throw a couple rounds. It’s my first day back and it’s windy as hell, so naturally, this round did not start out so well. Hole 6 claimed my Vibram Trak, luckily I was playing the round with one our local pond divers, so that one may find its way back. Unfortunately, on my second round through the water hazards the much larger lake claimed my Echo Star Mako, I don’t think they do a lot of wading in the big lake, so it may be lost forever. I’m not too dismayed, though, as lost discs and returned money will fill in the gaps!

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This shot on hole 18 made my day, parked on the drive with my DGA Hurricane. Nice birdie!

Rain, rain, go away.

So. Much. RAIN.

Missed playing last Saturday because my wife had to work. It rained on Sunday. I played a quick 8 holes on lunch, on Tuesday, I think. It’s been raining ever since and is expected to rain through Monday. It better fucking rain through Monday, if it’s gonna ruin my weekend, it had better make sure Monday’s training is rained out, as well.

Confidence Boost

Hit the new and improved Lagoon Valley Park this past Saturday, again, and played a whopping 34 holes and came out with all my discs, AGAIN!

Played the front 9 around the water hazard and managed to park hole 4 for the second week in a row. Throws are getting much better, slightly more accurate, with added distance. Hole 4 is a shorter hole, my favorite throw of the day was on 14, not sure of its distance, but put the drive within 15 ft of the hole. Used my Lace as a test on the second time playing 14 and it worked out in my favor. Dropped the putt for a birdie (full disclosure: it was a second attempt as I missed the first shot with the Aviar, made it with the Wizard).

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The picture of the Lace near the basket.

Now to just keep developing my form so those throws with my distance drivers get better, and better. I’m ready to play my next rounds!

Milestone!

Today I took on Lagoon Valley Park all by my lonesome and it was a good day. Played a round and a half with zero lost discs and two birdies on the day. One disc was nearly lost to the pond because wind flipped it back, but luckily it landed right on the edge of the water where I could reach.

I also learned on Saturday that I’m capable of throwing in the 300-350 ft range, I just need an unrestricted field to throw on. Now I just need to translate that into the playing field.

Slow Week

Haven’t gotten any rounds in recently :-(. The weekend weather was bad on Saturday and Sunday I went to Six Flags. Hopefully I’ll get some play in this weekend and the holiday on Monday.

Long road ahead…

Played a couple of rounds at the dreaded Lagoon Valley Park, today. Dreaded because I lose a disc there every time, and today was no exception.  The difference today was that I lost a disc that I could consider a “burner” disc (DX Shark), I still have another Shark to replace it. My throwing is a lot better, even had the confidence to play the water hazard holes. I would have been well over par if I was keeping score, but I just play for fun.

It was cool to learn today that there is an old guy that wades the water hazard and pulls out discs and sells them. Closest thing I’ll get to a local shop around here. Also, I learned that he actually calls the numbers on the discs he finds, so I may get that Shark back, yet. He had some different discs, not just innovas and he trades as well. Overall had a fun day on the course, hoping for many more to come.