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Field work,to me, is described as going to an open field throwing mids, drivers or putters.Going to a wooded area and throwing mids or putters around trees etc. Or putting practice in your back yard or at the course. I think field work is superior , though not as fun, for getting better if you have a plan or routine.Also think it is a more efficient use of time too.!

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Well, field work is not just in an open field. Drilling shots in an area where multiple paths can be taken, learning the nature of the disc in an open area and intense putting repetition are three areas that present potential for skill building off the course. Unfortunately for me I have no comparison, I play tournaments on courses and get to know them, for the most part my disc golf practice is 90% off the course. This whole brady bunch thing prevents me from playing tons of rounds a week.
I prefer rounds, simply because its not boring. I have messed around in a soccer field but it seems kinda pointless, I know it helps me see what Im capable of with a certain disc and it shows me what a particular disc will do but its not for me.

I prefer to play a solo round and throw multiple shots from the tee, multiple shots from my best and worst lay, and multiple shots from around the basket. A few sidearm putts, straddles, and regular to help me when I get in trouble.

This method works for me at my local course because the course is so well rounded, I end up throwing every kind of shot imaginable. This also keeps me from getting complacent and just whipping my disc around like I tend to do in a field.
Definitely doing fieldwork....it helps to have multiple identical discs......just practice with the same discs learning the different release points and the flight paths. Learn to throw different shots over and over. After about 30 minutes of practice switch it up. I use open fields for long drives, narrow windows to learn control shots, and I'll throw over the house to practice specialty shots.
I like football field work. I can use that hash marks and create "windows" to throw through. Or I make up a hole/shot and once again, use the hash marks to keep me honest. So to me, it's not just a boring open field. It's an 18 hole course created in my head.
The location where you throw is not as important as the kinds of shots and the number of shots you throw.

Some courses (at some times) are so busy all you can do is play each hole as it is set up and go on. By playing a particular hole, time after time, what you are doing is memorizing one shot (usually under the most common wind conditions experienced at that course). But the next course you play won't have that particular shot, so that shot you memorized has limited benefit.

It is far better to learn shots than it is holes. The more shots you figure out the more you can adapt to diverse situations. So if you were to learn anhyzers from 100 feet to 350 feet, you would learn at what distance you need to change from putters to mids to drivers. If the only shot you learned was Hole #3, a 220' anhyzer then when you came to a 280' uphill anny against the wind you would only be guessing.

It is easier to learn shots in practice than it is to learn them during rounds. Seldom, in rounds, do we shoot from a tee location other than the tee pads: we can but we don't. Seldom in rounds do we throw multiple shots from the same lie: we can but we don't.

Open fields are marginal practice areas because we seldom throw on holes resembling open fields. Having at least a few trees allows you aiming points and lanes.
If you really suck then I say to go out to a field with someone who knows how to help you and follow their instructions so that you can see how good technique can increase your performance. You can also practice all types of shots in an open field but that will not necessarily translate to making those shots while you are on the course. Good practice rounds at a course are very useful. In the end, good decision making must also be practiced as mental errors are the ones that kill your game.

The benefit to practicing in an open field is that you can quickly throw a lot of drives. That is something that can't be done while on the course.
I've completed so much field work it is sickening but I won't stop as I'd say it is the biggest difference in my game. I actually don't think that field practice is boring and I don't have to play any games to keep myself interested. Knowing that I'm getting more consistent and more accurate is enough to keep me going. This all translates into playing better on the course. I take stacks of the same discs and just practice the same shot over and over to instill it into muscle memory.

A lot of times I'll just practice a shot to get a good feel for it. Then I setup my basket at whatever distance I feel like and then practice accuracy. I've already seen an immense difference in my game in just less than a year's time.

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