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Working from "the hit" backwards.

Hit a new personal best distance today! I think I found what “clicked” a few weeks ago. I started from the hit backward today and slowly added the rest of the drive technique.

I used only my distance drivers in sets of 3.



3 drives working with backswing only

3 drives using one step and the backswing

3 drives using the full run up.



With this method it was easier for me to see where the errors were being introduced and allowed me to back up and correct them… Continue

Added by Calico Jack on March 15, 2009 at 8:18pm — 2 Comments

New Personal Best Distance!

I hit a new personal best distance milestone 2/10/2009. I had 7 Orcs out in the field (I’ll resist the cheesy Lord of The Rings reference) and by the end of the day I had each one of them consistently going past 300’. Up till now I could only hit it occasionally and the furthest one on the day was approximately 347’.

Pretty stoked at the moment! :)

Added by Calico Jack on February 12, 2009 at 12:15am — 2 Comments

Disc Golf + MicroBrew = Zion!

Check this out!

http://www.avbc.com/tour/discgolf.html

In Boonville CA there is a brewery with an 18 hole disc golf course, complete with tours and tasting room.

Can I get an AMEN!?

Added by Calico Jack on January 29, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Thunderbird Paseo Park, Glendale AZ

Played Thunderbird yesterday a course I had played about 18 months ago and haven't played since. It was greatly encouraging to see the difference in my score (11 strokes) since the last time I played it.



Thunderbird is in a largely dry wash basin so it's very open and many of the holes are less than 300 feet. Even with little terrain and natural obstacles to work with the course designers did a good job making it a challenge. Many of the baskets are placed on either side of the wash… Continue

Added by Calico Jack on January 26, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Flagstaff in January

I was in Flagstaff a week or so ago and threw my first round in the snow. It wasn't long before I was singing the "Wish I had a sidearm blues."



Thorpe Park is a great course I recommend it to anyone who finds themselves in the area. I definitely want to go back in better weather. If you look at the pics I posted you can see somehow the tee boxes were largely clear. I dunno tee box elves? Whatever caused the tee boxes to be clear for the… Continue

Added by Calico Jack on January 25, 2009 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

First round of 2009 = 4 under!

My first round of 2009 was at Hunter Park, Tulsa. I shot 4 down! My best finish on any course ever! Before today I was averaging 3 or 4 over.

Here's hoping the great end of 2008 and the great start to 2009 continues in the same fashion. :)

Added by Calico Jack on January 2, 2009 at 8:28pm — 3 Comments

Aces and Eights

It took me two years to get my first ace and I got it on my home course at Rio Don Do, hole # 10. Then about 5 weeks later aced hole number 8 on the beaver course, Cedar Hill outside of Dallas. Sweet little skip shot near the pond.

Great way to end the year!

Added by Calico Jack on January 2, 2009 at 8:23pm — No Comments

Video and PBRs

I've just about finished the Shunga video and I should have it up tomorrow... still trying to work out some kinks.



Went to McClelland Park, Joplin today.

I got four new PBRs (as Kris calls them) on 3, 6, 12 and 14. All four I drove further today than ever before.



So I'm sitting here with my 4 Pabst Blue Ribbons to accompany my 4 Personal Best Records. :)

Even with the windy conditions it turned out to be a pretty good… Continue

Added by Calico Jack on November 5, 2008 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

I love my TeeBird!!!

Tonight I went to the final league night of the season. On hole 26 I had a 250 foot blind approach down a hill and when I lofted out my TeeBird, it swung out gently and the next thing I heard was chains. It was agonizing to wait for the others to play their shots before I could run up to see if it stuck and there she was just hanging in the chains!

Gotta love the TeeBird for those fairway drives!

Added by Calico Jack on October 28, 2008 at 9:59pm — 6 Comments

I'd like to say it's over but actually it's just beginning: Week 4 Discraft Confidence Putting

I finished my 4 weeks last week (this post is late, busy 'n all that) and I'm unquestionably more confident than when I started.



My thanks goes out to Mark Ellis and Discraft for publishing such a great lesson on putting.

Also to all my buddies (Team Rio Don Do) who have practiced with me.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq_bh_GtjtQ



I've found my form, I've found and addressed a ton of issues with my… Continue

Added by Calico Jack on October 8, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Week 3: Discraft Putting Program

Week 3 ended yesterday and I'm still putting 30 minutes a day.



Even after throwing nearly 100 holes last weekend I still made time. Progress has been great! I started 3 weeks ago only 5 steps away from the basket and now 3 weeks later I'm feeling confident from 8 steps away. Not HUGE gains but undeniable, consistent, DAILY progress toward a goal.



What's the goal? Anything better than 50% from 10 meters. I want to know when I'm inside the circle, I can step up and… Continue

Added by Calico Jack on September 23, 2008 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Did my putting last week

2 weeks into the Confidence Putting program and I'm sticking with it. Even went to an all weekend music festival (video and pics forthcoming) and still managed to get my practice in!

We played Whisky Golf which... doesn't really need an explanation now does it?

Added by Calico Jack on September 15, 2008 at 10:59am — No Comments

Discraft Confidence Putting

So I watched the Discraft Confidence Putting video and I just completed my first week of practice. Two fifteen minute sessions twice a day, every day.



1 week down 3 to go. The 30 day period will end right before the 4 States Open in Joplin. From what I took away from the video the idea is to *make* putts for a distance where you *know* you can make putts. So I started from 5 steps away from the basket. The first session I doinked 3 in 15 minutes so the next day I stepped back to 6… Continue

Added by Calico Jack on September 7, 2008 at 3:11pm — 2 Comments

2nd Annual Little Big Show In Neosho

Went out to Neosho for the 2nd iteration of the Little Big Show. Last year I won the novice division but this year I felt I should step up to Intermediate.



We had good weather most of the day, it threatened to rain on us a few times but never did. The wind picked up a few times but didn’t last. However, there is a train track, (you can reach out and touch it on hole 14) that runs next to the course and there must be some god awful city ordinance that insists the engineers lay on the… Continue

Added by Calico Jack on August 25, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Summer Sizzle, Joplin MO June 28 2008

Small club tourney, we have 4 Intermediate players show up and I placed 3rd. I was leading by 2 strokes with 10 holes left then I gave up 7 strokes in the last 10 holes... totally fell apart. The wind and rain persisted all day and at a couple points it was hard to spot the disc in the air. Typically I play well in bad weather and I had most of the day until the end where I simply ran outta gas.



Overall it was a fun afternoon in the wind and the rain with some guys I enjoy throwing… Continue

Added by Calico Jack on June 30, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Glass Blown Open

Took a trip up to Emporia Kansas for the 6th Annual Glass Blown Open.



Nice town, good people, GREAT course!



I met quite a few cool people there, bought a few discs, found and returned a few, fed a few to the Creek Monster (old Champion Valk and a BRAND NEW custom Dynamic Discs Orc.)



I had some really good shots and a metric ton of bad ones. I think I took a 6 or 7 every time on hole 2 of the Yellow Course. Never played Jones Park (Yellow or Silver) and they both… Continue

Added by Calico Jack on May 1, 2008 at 10:45am — No Comments

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