Normally I would be playing league today, but with the covid-19 situation, all sanctioned leagues and tournaments have been canceled through the end of April. I decided to try and keep some resemblance of a routine and played two scoring rounds.
The weather was nice with some wind here and there.
My form has been going through some tweaks lately. I recorded one or two drives from each hole on AWOL to see how my form was when I had to throw a disc golf line. It was very similar to my field practice drives… which isn’t a good thing.
I will tweak one thing for a bit, but not enough to make it stick. I think I continue to do this with so many things that it’s no wonder my drives can be so inconsistent.
Also, the weather is warming up and that will be affecting the flight of the discs a bit.
It’s time for the Farragut Quad Course Challenge. I was going to take this on Wednesday, but I decided to do some formwork on the course… plus it was windy. The coronavirus has been ramping up big changes for everyone across the world.
On the golf side, first all sanctioned events were canceled until the end of March. This would have affected two league rounds that are new to the area. Secondly, the PDGA did the same through April and one of the local park departments did the same for one of the parks we use through May 20th.
In the big picture, these aren’t that big of a deal… but in my little disc golf world, it’s a big letdown to all the time and work that has been put in. On one hand, it gives me more time to work on my game, which needs help… but I will also miss competing against some of my new friends in the disc golf community. Either way, it was definitely on my mind.
Overall, it was a beautiful day to play disc golf with the sun out, partly cloudly, and very little wind. I wish I was in a better state of mind to take advantage of this and score better rounds. I haven’t checked my previous challenges, but this might be the worst one overall.
Little Black Bear
Well, it wasn’t my worst, but it should have been better than the previous challenge, especially given the amount of time between the two. Maybe I need to do these more often to give me more opportunities so one “not so great day” doesn’t represent 6 months of practice.
With the bad weather, I decided to switch days since Friday is going to be snowing! I started off with my usual warm-up, which I may need to change back to putting and then throwing some drives separately. I then played AWOL and again… decided to play another round of AWOL with both rounds being scored.
I was glad to play the second round and get my short term confidence a little higher. A few things that I realized, but will probably forget…
I don’t need to reach back as far on lower power drives, but I still need to rotate my shoulders.
I told myself this during holes 7 & 8 on round two and it helped me to reduce those holes by 3 strokes, but I had a chance to save two more with better putts.
I need to continually keep my form cues in my mind. They are reminders of what I want to do and being able to experience what I am doing during my throw instead of going into autopilot mode.
Paige Pierce putts from the knee from time to time to keep her putting position similar to a normal putt. With the baby trees, it will be helpful to get more comfortable with putting from the knee.
The wind is picking up and after my not so stellar round or two on Monday, I decided to play Corbin again to get more practice.
The wind was definitely on the high side as you can see on the bottom of the scorecards. It was nice to practice in conditions closer to what it should be like on Saturday… though it’s going to be very cold as well.
But on the other hand, the wind is constantly changing and the three drives I had on hole 12 demonstrate this very well. One went where I thought it would go and landed close enough to the basket, the second one didn’t do what I wanted and landed in the fairway of hole 8. The third shot [with a different disc and line] ended up to the right of the basket.
The first sanctioned league in the area is happening this Saturday at Corbin Park. I haven’t played there in a while because the lack of snow is drawing me to Farragut. The weather was nice and the wind was low. I have played the course enough that I don’t really need to “practice” it, so I ended up playing three scored rounds.
Maybe I need more practice than I thought. I tend to have a hard time adjusting from longer courses to Corbin. Maybe I need a couple of more rounds just to get back into the Corbin mindset. Another issue may be that I get a bit lazy with my form because I can reach any hole here because they aren’t that far. This leads to inaccurate throws, which will definitely hurt my scorecard.
I just “bought” some new disc with some scrips I received from a recent tournament. I picked up a Westside Harp, Kastaplast Lots, and a Kastaplast Grym. I decided to do a practice round at Cherry Hill, then score a round.