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So yesterday, I snuck out before I had to teach voice lessons to figure out this game. Headed out to Montiel around noon, and when I got there, there was one other person on the course. Started throwing discs and low and behold, they actually went somewhere. What?!? No, I didn't eat Wheaties, or have hypnosis. Somehow, all the stuff I have been worrying about, completely obsessing (as in, "how can you ever play this if you can't throw") over just melted away.
I looked over my shoulder to see if there was a hidden camera. Was it some kind of prank? No camera. Just me. And guess what? I could throw! And mostly, the disc actually went in the general vicinity of it's intent. Amazing.
So I played nine holes. I replaced all the 6s, 7s and 8s on the holes with 3, 4 and 5s! I even threw a disc so far that on a couple of occasions, I actually lost the disc.To many of you out there, I am sure it is more a nuisance than anything else, but to me, it was a good as an ace would be to you. Actually throwing a disc out of sight..and forward, to boot!! OMG!
I don't know how it happened, but I am glad that it did. Went back to the first tee after I was done and took every disc I had out of the bag and pounded them off the tee. And guess what? Instead of going about 25 feet, the discs FLEW off my hand and of the eight I threw, all but 2 made it to the ditch just before the basket on one! (I have no clue how far that is. Never entertained the possibility I would see it on my first shot).
So, now, I guess I am not going to quit. Funny how that works. I think that if I played the Ice Bowl today I would not be the one to come in dead last.--I would have to give up the award. And as my current short term goal is not to be the worst player in the field, I feel good about that. Of course my subsequent goals have a little more positive mojo than this one. My current motto is: Don't suck. I don't think I suck at this game anymore. In fact, it was kind of fun.
Let's see if I can find some of the same success on the other golf course today. Girl Golf. (aka Ladies' day at San Luis Rey). Have outfit, ready to play!

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Comment by DEVO on March 7, 2008 at 2:07pm
Monica - you will do as well at disc golf as you do with ball golf; when you've played as LONG at disc golf as you have at ball golf!! (- = In the meantime, establish good habits and good form and practice, peactice, practice! You have quite a support group, so go have fun!!
Comment by Jamie 'gr8rocshot' Ruane on March 6, 2008 at 10:09pm
Your more than welcome....love to help...if I can.
Comment by Jamie 'gr8rocshot' Ruane on March 6, 2008 at 3:34pm
...and I should have added....follow thru, once your disc has left your hand your arm should still be moving into the 'back swing'....all in one smooth motion.
Comment by Rhett "in SoCal" Stroh on March 6, 2008 at 1:37pm
Nice goin', girl! I'm glad you've been sticking with it. We need more chick golfers.

Nice blogging, too.
Comment by Jamie 'gr8rocshot' Ruane on March 6, 2008 at 11:12am
That is an great story... I tell new players all the time that it will click...and when it does, look out and keep an eye on it, lol

You probably noticed that your shoulder is turning away from the target more...your arm, in the back swing is a little straighter...your grip is a little firmer.
Definitly get with some more experienced players, learn about the different types of discs. The weights, how they fly in different types of wind conditions and direction...the wind or knowing what to throw in it...is another key to your personal success Good luck!!!... and keep us posted on your progress!!!
Comment by Rizbee on March 6, 2008 at 10:16am
You're gonna kill when we hold the combo ball golf/disc golf tourney at Emerald Isle! I'm so happy for you!!

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