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Friday Minute Clinic - Falling Putts in Disc Golf

Posted by Grant on 2/4/2011 to Friday Minute Clinic
Hey America, how's that winter storm treating you?  Local schools here in Fort Worth have been closed since Tuesday due to very icy roads...and as I write this, we're getting blanketed with big, fluffy flakes of snow...headed toward 5 inches since yesterday.  It's cold!!!  Especially for a Southerner!

Ok, today's Minute Clinic is about Falling Putts.  You know who you are (most of the time) and you know what you do!  We want to help!  First off, for those that don't know or didn't realize, a falling putt is when you do NOT demonstrate balance inside the putting the circle.  The putting circle is 10 meters or 32 feet 10 inches.  Inside this circle, you MUST fully demonstrate balance behind your lie when you putt.  That means after you release the putter, no part of your body can land in front of your lie (or mini-marker) period.  It's not good enough to simply tap your foot down behind your lie as your momentum takes you toward the basket.  Same thing if you happen to be kneeling when you putt...if you land in push-up position, you've fallen on the putt.

What happens if I "fall" when I putt?

First, your card will issue a warning and you must re-putt.  Anything after that counts as a penalty stroke so it can really add up if you have built in this bad habit to your game.

Watch the video to for a few quick tips on how to eliminate falling putts from your disc golf game!



See ya on the course...after it warms up...

-Grant

Friday Minute Clinic - Backpack Straps for Disc Golf Bags

Posted by Grant on 1/28/2011 to Friday Minute Clinic
Happy Friday everyone!  Hope your week didn't drag on like mine did.  I need some serious R&R this weekend...including some time out on the course.  Disc Golf is often the release I need from a tough day/week/whatever. 

Our next installment of the Friday Minute Clinic focuses on backpack straps for your bag, how they can make things easier out on the course, as well as a demonstration of how to attach the straps to your bag. 

Gear used in the video:

Fade Gear Tourney Bag and Fade Gear WeatherGuard Straps


Have a great weekend and see ya on the course!

-Grant

Friday Minute Clinic - Putting Idea for Disc Golf

Posted by Grant on 1/21/2011 to Friday Minute Clinic
TGIF!  Hope you disc golf crazies are having a great week.  I know I'm looking forward to the weekend.  Wallace and I have made a commitment to each other to practice our putting everyday so we're ready for the SADC Ice Bowl coming up in a month.  I'm looking forward to it, it's byop (bring your own partner) so the Stanley twins are bringing each other.

Disc Golf Station Friday Minute Clinic:

Check out the video for a nifty little idea to help you practice your putting for disc golf.



Hope you liked it.  It's a great time saver, a lot more fun than putting at a basket, and a nice break from the routine of just you and the basket.

Until next time...

See ya on the course,

Grant

Fun practice idea and an ace!

Posted by Grant on 1/19/2011 to Disc Golf Courses

Monday, I went to Haslet Community Park for some disc golf practice and hopefully an ace.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day turned out to be that perfect, sunny, chilly-but-not-cold day.  It was around 55°F and beautiful with strong winds out of the south.

 

My wife and 8-month old accompanied me.  The 9-hole course at Haslet is gem.  It’s perfect for mid-range and putting practice so I decided to try a new practice idea.  So here it is:

 

My practice idea:

 

Choose a mid-range and putter combo and make them go head-to-head with as many other combos as you like.  For me, I chose the following combos from my bag and extra discs at home:

 

Mid/Putter:

 

Discraft ESP Zone (technically a putter) / Gateway SSS Voodoo

Discraft Z Wasp / Discraft Pro-D Banger

Discraft ESP Meteor / Discraft Pro-D Banger

Gateway E Warrior / Gateway SS Wizard

Ching Oracle / Discraft Pro-D Ringer

Discraft Z Stalker (technically a fairway driver) / Gateway SSS Voodoo

Lightning #3 Hyzer / Discwing Crosshair

 

So which combo do you think would win?  (Bearing in mind that most holes are between 180 and 220 ft)  I had my money on the Zone/Voodoo Combo because I love the Zone for these types of shots and in the wind I trust the hyzer line with an overstable disc.

 

Before, I get to the results….the best part was on Hole 7, I tagged an ace with the #3 Hyzer.

 
#3 Hyzer Ace!
 

It was a soft but tight hyzer line that went in!  I’ve replayed the shot over in my head a hundred times since and it still excites me.  Some people are all down on aces and think they are overrated…whatever!  Getting a hole-in-one is thrilling everytime whether I threw it or not.

 

Well, here were the results for the 9-hole par 27:

 

  1. Meteor/ Banger - 22
  2. #3 Hyzer / Crosshair – 23
  3. Stalker / Voodoo – 24
  4. Warrior / Wizard – 24
  5. Zone / Voodoo - 25
  6. Wasp / Banger – 26
  7. Oracle / Ringer – 26 (Only 4 of the round was on the last hole and was because of a dinked 10 ft putt…I was almost more mad about this than I was excited about the ace…almost)

 

This was a lot of fun, low pressure on my mental game.  I got an ace out of the deal and I found that I can throw my Meteor, an understable mid, in the wind a lot better than I thought.

 

So my advice to you is this:  go find the shortest, easiest course around and make your mid/putter combos battle it out for your bag!

 

See ya on the course,

 

Grant

9 Ways to Get Your Disc Out of a Tree

Posted by Disc Golf Station on 1/13/2011 to Frisbee Golf

Knock your Disc down with a Softball



Knock it down with a softball




Knock your Disc down with a Big Rock



Throw a Big Rock





Use Reverse Psychology



Use Reverse Psychology




Climb Tree


Climb tree



Have your Friend Climb



Have your friend climb





Use Telekinesis to knock down your disc


Use Telekinesis

Use Telekinesis




Knock it down with Another Disc




Knock it down with another disc




Wait for a Storm to knock it down


Wait for a Storm

Wait for a storm




Eat a Leaf



Eat a leaf
 
THE END