As an intermediate disc golfer, I am wondering what everyone would say their greatest tip would be, whether it is about driving longer/straighter, putting more accurate, or just a general tip about the game.
My biggest tip is, to quote Allen Iverson (while with the Philadelphia 76ers):
"If Coach tells you that I missed PRACTICE, then that's that. I may have missed one PRACTICE this year but if somebody says he missed one PRACTICE of all the PRACTICEs this year, then that's enough to get a whole lot started. I told Coach Brown that you don't have to give the people of Philadelphia a reason to think about trading me or anything like that. If you trade somebody, you trade them to make the team better...simple as that. I'm cool with that. I'm all about that. The people in Philadelphia deserve to have a winner. It's simple as that. It goes further than that ... If I can't PRACTICE, I can't PRACTICE. It is as simple as that. It ain't about that at all. It's easy to sum it up if you're just talking about PRACTICE. We're sitting here, and I'm supposed to be the franchise player, and we're talking about PRACTICE. I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about PRACTICE, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we're talking about PRACTICE. Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it's my last but we're talking about PRACTICE man. How silly is that? ... Now I know that I'm supposed to lead by example and all that but I'm not shoving that aside like it don't mean anything. I know it's important, I honestly do but we're talking about PRATICE. We're talking about PRACTICE man. We're talking about PRACTICE. We're talking about PRACTICE. We're not talking about the game. We're talking about PRACTICE. When you come to the arena, and you see me play, you've seen me play right, you've seen me give everything I've got, but we're talking about PRACTICE right now. ... Hey I hear you, it's funny to me too, hey it's strange to me too but we're talking about PRACTICE man, we're not even talking about the game, when it actually matters, we're talking about PRACTICE ... How the hell can I make my teammates better by PRACTICING?"
And to quote Larry Brown (his coach at the time):
"He said "PRACTICE" more times than he's actually PRACTICEd."
So, what is my biggest tip? Don't be A.I. Get out and PRACTICE.
I too am an intermediate player that is about to be an advanced player. The reasoning for this is two very simple tips: Get better at putting, and experiment with different putting styles. I tried the stradle put and literally took 3-4 shots off per round almost over night. The other thing that has helped me is getting a super-consistent driving form. I can only throw about 330' but I can do it with a very accurate line. I've been beating guys with big arms simply because I can place my drive on tight holes.
My advice would be to play conservatively when you are in a tournament. Meaning that you lay up the 40 footer that you may have a chance at missing. Don't take risky shots to shave points off of your score.
Taking one's own advice----difficulty rating (impossible)
One of the best things you can do to improve your game is to play with some really good golfers. Just observing someones game can teach a ton about the game, plus it's going to open your options and let you become more versatile.. And don't be afraid to ask, us dgolfers are almost always willing to give some advice. I am blessed to live in one of the top disc golf areas in the U.S. and seeing Climo on the course is a daily thing. So if you get the opportunity to play with some better people don't pass it up.. I think it will really turn your game on, it has for mine! Good luck and keep dgolfin
I read this thread yesterday morning before I went to a Maryland Monthly series tourny. I payed close attention to the putting and when to go for it and when to lay up advise. I ended up winning the Int. Division. Thanks to all who have posted and remember to Play for fun.
See ya all out on the Course.
If your a backhand righty thrower...work on developing your forehand shot.
too many times I see people try a backhand shot that they cant get to turn right at the end where a nice forehand shot would have been just the trick.
i have been playing disc golf since the early 80's and have played with thousands of players,watched good .average and new players and found that now matter how you play,you will play better golf if you can throw a bad shot and not get mad,keep your cool,love to. play the game,and you will score better
glad this was brought back up top.
something else I heard awhile back and try to do is immediately after a shot start thinking about the next shot. what line are you going to take? what disc? pull that disc out as your walking up and start to visualize the shot before you are even standing there.
something Ive started to do that helps also is if I am laying up.. to try and think about what side of the basket I want my disc to be on. especially if its windy. I don't know about y'all..but I seem to putt better downhill or with the wind at my back. so I try and avoid a lay-up that puts me with an uphill putt or against the wind.
funny how a little thing like thinking about that and being able to follow thru can shave a few strokes off your game.
something I try and do is also never forget that you can get better. you can always learn something new if you dont get too full of yourself. one way to do that is help someone else. and then ask someone better than you for some tips or to play a round together.
once you think your done learning..its over.
Eric I agree that it is important to consider placement before you throw, now I just need to get my disc to land where i pictured.....
Uphill putts are difficult............I always hated them and found it hard to feel comfortable when my lead foot was higher than my back foot. My center of gravity was off, I was missing most of my putts 20' and out.......Now I use a straddle putt in these situations and am seeing a great improvement.