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Approaching the end of my first year disc golfing, I have enjoyed playing immensely. I love taking time to read and watch as much instructional material as possible, as well as developing a regular practice regimen. I have a large group of personal friends that play with me, but I would really like to expand my horizons and play with other people.
How competent should a player be before attempting to compete in leagues and tourneys, and how do you find and get involved in them?
How competent ?
The question should be how confident are you with yourself?
Everyone should join a local league.
Learn the basics etc.
Everyone when ready should play in local tournies.
Start out as "Rec" and work your way up.
The best way to learn is to play with better players.
I started competing after 3 months of playing.
Get involved w/ your local leagues asap! This has helped my game immensely. Usually leagues are based on handicap so everyone has a chance to win the league. You can start playing in tourneys whenever you would like. Just play in recreation div to start and enjoy, while learning the rules! It's all only going to add to your dg experience so just get out there. :)
Thanks, guys. Where are the best places to lo find out about local leagues? For any local guys, I am from the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area.
I played in my first tournament a week after throwing my first golf disc. I sucked. Everybody sucks when they start. How much you suck is not as important as how fast you get better.
Living in Michigan there are tournaments every weekend and a myriad of leagues, even in the Winter. Independence Lake Park (Whitmore Lake) has noon doubles every Saturday. Kensington ( Milford) has 10:30 Doubles every Sunday. The discgolfscene.com website lists lots of leagues. mdgo.org lists michigan tournaments.
Your buddies may be fun to play with but playing with tournament players will make you much better-and faster than any other way.
Thanks for the recommendation to visit Disc Golf Scene. I'd never scene that before and it has quite a tidy list.
For tournament info go to the pdga website/ events. they will have listings of sanctioned events coming up and results from previous events
Go out and play a league immediately. Leagues welcome newcomers and it is a great way to get better. I can't tell you how many times I have seen an up and coming player who wasn't that good starting out in league only to learn very quickly and start winning. Also league players can be a great information source for you. You will learn by doing and seeing other players and how they throw.
If you feel like competing in a tournament then go for it. Brush up on the rules first. And remember that all players are competing against the course. Tournaments can be great fun and also a great learning experience. Get your feet wet. The only pressure is the pressure that you put on yourself. Once again you will learn a great deal.
Have Confidence in your Abilities !! Practice until you are comfortable with yourself !!!
i played my firt tourney this past spring. i played in the am1 division. i got my ass handed to me, but i had a great time and kept my attitude up. I got lots of great advice and got to see some good golf. i think i learnd more in that weekend than i did in the past 2 years of plaing.
My thinking is I would rather play with a less skilled player with a good attitude than a good player with a bad attitude. This is not my day job so I want to have fun.
I am just starting to compete after playing for about 8 months. The BEST thing I did for my game was start hanging around the guys that Are GOOD, as in WAY better than me, and that do compete. The help they offer is priceless. My game started to improve Immediately. Now, I keep up with them sometimes. I came across a local Pro that I was lucky enough to get in a few rounds with, also. Having him volunteer what I am doing wrong, BUT, also what I am doing WELL gave me a Great platform to improve on! AND, his stories about playing with the touring pros like Feldberg, Doss, Locastro, etc, are freekin Hilarious. Helped me keep my mind off of throwing a bad shot and on having Fun instead. :)