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i have been playing for what will be five years at the end of 2009. My game has steadily improved for most of that time. recently i have stagnated in my development. i wasnt able to play any tournaments this year, and really dont plan on it for next year. i know this may contribute to my plateau. i still manage to get out and play a lot- 133 rounds so far this year on varying courses and a wide selection played regularly.

So i decided to start over--by working on the fundamentals. To start this process i have been practicing my putting more. This morning i went to a local short moderately wooded course and played the entire round with just my buzz and magnet. i was able to shoot -2. last time i played the course i shot even with all of my discs.

So the reason i post is to hear some suggestions on putting all the pieces back together and improving.

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Actually I am doing the exact same thing. After 2 years of playing inconsistent golf, I'm starting over with just my aviars and rocs. I will slowly add the rest of the discs I am used to playing with as I meet goals I set for myself.
practice some of your worst shots as much as you can.
First things first, get rid of that magnet! JK JK. Just remember not to do what you usually do when you are doing something you are unsure of. Catch yourself and remember you are starting over and trying new things.
Joal,
You have already written off the 2010 tournament season!! Unless you have a major injury it sounds a bit premature.

If you want to move to the next level why not take the opposite approach and play a bunch of events this year? There are almost 3 months left in '09. A hot showing next weekend might catapult your confidence and motivation.

Waiting until you are playing well before entering a tournament is backwards. You play tournaments in order to become good.
Amen! I've played in about 16 sanctioned tourneys so far this year and plan on playing as many more as I can. Still no victories, but SIGNIFICANT improvement!
I do agree that playing tournaments will make me a better player. i started playing tournaments in 07, and played in quite a few in 08. i dont want to make any excuses regarding tournament play--it just simply comes down to not a lot of free weekends. not playing in tournaments is not a decision i made based upon my performance--Since my last tournament in 08 my game has improved. i just feel that overall my game has hit a plateau--hence the idea of starting over.
So after hearing some reminder responses to play in tournies--i will try to keep my mind open as to the 2010 season--

However, all this being said, i feel i can still improve my game by playing and practicing without the tournament aspect. this is what i am working on now--trying to make things simple and natural.

Practicing this game and all its aspects is inherently fun to me--it is no chore.
I too have revamped my entire game, I have been playing since 2001 and thought that my game was fairly good, that is until i started playing with our local pro named Keith and he pointed out that with proper technique I could consistantly drive further. I have to admit the prospect of driving 450+ was enough to make me act, so this year we decided to rip my game down and rebuild it. We started by getting rid of some wasted movment in my X-step as well as changing my entire putting game (most painfull/frustrating part). Next Keith emptied out my entire bag except 2 mids, and 3 drivers, (I use to cary a lot of disc, I came from the mind set of a disc for every situation) and explained that when I could throw these the "right way" I could have more. By the end I was left with no run up, it was more of a super slow X (but can still throw over 350 without much effort). The payoff has been my putting, which has started coming full circle and I think that for the first time in over 2 years it is actually improving. Its been very time consuming and at times hard to do but if you stick with it the pay off is worth it. The hardest part for me was being beat by my little brother that barley can drive 300, but when you chang every thing its the same as starting over, your score will first take a huge hit but sooner or latter you will recover and like I said its well worth the work!
I found myself carrying 12-13 discs, which i can throw ok, but i had too many options. i plan on slowly reworking my bag. i like the idea of 3 drivers. overstable, slightly overstable and stable.
Distance is another thing that has plateau'd as well. Consistently i get about 310'-330'. Where i need to improve is consistently breaking 350'. I can do it, i have done it--its just finding the small pieces that will make it more effective. One thing i have found that i will be working on more is planting with my heel instead of the ball of my foot to get distance. In the next few weeks as part of my rebuilding process--i will be heading to a local field to pummel drives. I start a year off with lots of practice to get back in the swing of things.
"I too have revamped my entire game, I have been playing since 2001 and thought that my game was fairly good, that is until i started playing with our local pro named Keith and he pointed out that with proper technique I could consistantly drive further. I have to admit the prospect of driving 450+ was enough to make me act, so this year we decided to rip my game down and rebuild it. We started by getting rid of some wasted movment in my X-step as well as changing my entire putting game (most painfull/frustrating part). Next Keith emptied out my entire bag except 2 mids, and 3 drivers, (I use to cary a lot of disc, I came from the mind set of a disc for every situation) and explained that when I could throw these the "right way" I could have more. By the end I was left with no run up, it was more of a super slow X (but can still throw over 350 without much effort). The payoff has been my putting, which has started coming full circle and I think that for the first time in over 2 years it is actually improving. Its been very time consuming and at times hard to do but if you stick with it the pay off is worth it. The hardest part for me was being beat by my little brother that barley can drive 300, but when you chang every thing its the same as starting over, your score will first take a huge hit but sooner or latter you will recover and like I said its well worth the work!"

What was the philosophy of emptying your bag for only a few discs? Also, what was it that he did to help you with your runup, steps, and putting?
By emptying out my bag it forced me to get to know my disc better I use to be from the school of thought that I had a disc for every shot, instead of having the ability to throw one disc a lot of different ways. As soon as I emptied out the bag I found that I thought much less about the shots, and that I just let it rip which resulted were fewer strokes. As we all know the last thing you want to do is be hashing out your throw as your actually throwing it, the more committed to the throw you are the better the results.

As far as my run up and steps, when I first started playing I developed a little hop step on my first step that I used to keep me in time, needless to say it was wasted movement and resulted in having to start off the pad most of the time in order to keep from a foot fault. We simply eliminated this step, then shortened up my entire x-step so that it is four basic steps; Right foot first, left foot behind, right foot planted, and follow through with the left. Since I had been doing the other steps for every it was very had for me to see when I was doing them wrong as they felt right to me, so Keith would play a few rounds with me and tell me each time I was not using the proper technique. At first its very upsetting as almost every time it was wrong, but over a month or so I started picking up the right moves.

And now for putting, what can I say, it was all wrong before. No center core for balance, which results in no distance, and absolutely no confidence as a result. If I couldn't get withing 10-15 I had it in my head that I was taking an extra stroke. Keith worked with me to find a stance that developed my balance and was till comfortable enough for me to use. We also worked on becoming proficient on straddle putts as well as traditional putting, since I encounter more than one type of shot, I need different options in my bag. The main thing on my putting was my gaining the core to snap the putter out there 60+ feet on a straight line, then gaining the confidence to do so without thinking I was going to end up 15 feet past. Putting is never been a strength for me, I usually rely on my mid game to make up for this, but since working with Keith I feel that I can make a clench putt if needed.
Sometimes taking a couple weeks off and not even touching a disc helps. You seem to forget all the stupid stuff you were doing without even realizing it. Try different grips, see if it improves your distance. Video your tee-box drives and study your motion and look for room for improvement. Any of these will help.
my putting has improved a lot lately-- i switched my main putter to a soft challenger. whether it is the putter or the technique i cant say, but the switch has added some confidence. i had been putting with a soft magnet for about two years. i still carry the soft magnet and use it for upshots since i am so familiar with the disc. i have also been using the soft magnet for anhyzer putts around obstacles.

taking some time off may be a good idea--with the weather getting cold here in michigan i typically slow down on the amount of golf i play. i have found in the past that playing 5 rounds a week will diminish my distance a little since the arm becomes weaker.

casual rounds since i have been reworking my game have been some good, some not good. --

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