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it makes for some good reading though
Not trolling at all. Those $5 lessons were what got me playing and winning tourneys way back in the 90s. Because of those $5 lessons I was able to beat Donny Olow AND Pete Stravopolous in a monthly while i was playing Intermediate.
Think about it. If you could get Nate Doss or Avery Jenkins to bet you $5 and kick your ass, as long as you paid attention it would be the best $5 you ever lost.
I agree...the best player in the area when I was early in my disc career was Brian Cummings...I played $2.00 rounds with quarter skins again and again until I finally learned all his tricks and turned it around...woulda been $5.00 as Xian says 'cept this started in the 80's and my 3 young kids kept me on a budget....
here is z good putting video http://vimeo.com/19847946
the rating system doesn't mean very much at all. It's kinda like a handicap in golf. I personally am starting to believe that doubles is a purer form of disc golf because it doesn't use ratings and it's almost always competitive and one of the fastest ways to get better. I wouldn't invest much in time into figuring out your rating or watching it move. Play/Love disc golf. Watch great players throw. The best things to learn early in order to establish good habits are grip, run-up, and putting motion/aiming. I wouldn't let anyone give you pointers on anything else until you feel like you have "plateau-ed" and haven't improved for 6 months.
Hmm you should definitely take pointers just be careful who you get them from.
Usually if they aren't a touring pro you're better off hitting youtube or figuring things out for yourself.
It would be nice if ratings were made official a lot more quickly. Waiting for official ratings can take months and kind of takes the usefulness and fun out of tracking your progress through pdga ratings. I'm sure there is a lot that goes into calculating official ratings and many many tournaments for the month to calculate, but there has to be a quicker more efficient way to do this.