But there IS such a thing as a bad second throw..
I'm the king of 'bad' first throws.
I have squatted out drives that would make 'Steady Ed' spin in his grave.
I have hit trees right off the teepads so many times that I felt like adding buzzsaw blades to some of my discs to cut them down out of the way.
I have thrown discs right into the ground in front of me, and watched them roll back around and land close enough to leap from the teepad upon and stamp it out of existence in rage and shame.
I have done all these things and then... THEN... followed up with the Throw That Counts.
I have blogged before about how important every step is in getting your disc into the basket. Typically, you have three chances to do this: the drive, the mid-range shot, and the putt. Each one is important. However, the percentage of the importance of each throw is constantly in flux, and depends on what you have already done - or what you have yet to do.
Most 'bad' first throws are going to get you somewhere, and it is this somewhere that at the very least puts you hopefully close(r) to the pin. This is when you need to capitalize with The Second Throw. It is at these moments that the second throw becomes the single most important throw you can make on this hole to par it. And it always will, because it always has to follow the first throw.
I have saved my score so many times with the Throw That Counts that I tend to not get so worked up about the opening drive (to risk sounding like football). Yeah, I might spit out an epithet or three, but hey... when the chips are down it is quite possible to stay in the game. So, whenever a disc golfing companion throws a bad Arbor Day shot I always say "There's no such thing as a bad first throw!" (although sometimes I get glares of derision for it... :-)
But it's true. Unless you're a top notch player whose accuracy is unchallenged, there is the Great Unknown in front of you on every tee-off: Where will the disc go? But once you've put your disc somewhere, you now have two things - closer to the pin, and how far you have to go for what is hopefully a much simpler shot to make, the stakes NOW being higher.
Par or bogey?
The second throw counts much more.