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had a devistating double bogey on the twisty hole 3 @drake springs today. you know, the one that tees out of the barn with two huge cedar trees about 15 feet of the pad. hit em from 15 and 5 today. While hopes of breaking the course record were tossed I learned to play a new game.
Catch up was in order and figuring out how to level my emotions after a double bogey. I remember a time when a bad hole took me out of a whole tournament.

I just couldnt get a deuce for three holes after that double bogey. A great disc golfer once told me "tom, you should just try and par the next hole after a disaster to level your emotions of". While par is a great score on any 400 and in hole, in the open division your watching the rest of the group wizz by. you can almost wave!

In a modern disc golf world where you might be trying to out score a friend on the other side of the course or maintain a player rating, these things are important. Exacting revenge on a course you absolutely hate (smyrna) or maybe wanting to show your group that your not a one pump chump.

I dont think trying new shots or discs is a good way to play after giving up. Those things are best left to a practice field with hundreds of throws. I often go to my happy place (happy gilmore) except mine is a little different. Im at the quail run playing a round with those 12 yard dogs laying in front of the basket. Theres naked women dancing on stripper poles in the barn. couple of kegs thrown in for good measure.

Lets glue this blog together, next time I have a bummer round, Im gonna think that a round is one of tens of thousands that I will have. I aint goin nowhere. I would venture to say that we will probably throw over a million shots in our life time. whats your average?



btw- with that double bogey I still finished tied with billy drake -2. My frisbee was half submerged on the last hole (in drake springs)

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Comment by Sharky on January 23, 2008 at 10:42am
Sounds like you have it figured out, just put a bad hole behind you and continiue on. When I am playing poorly maybe wild drives and especially finding ways to miss every putt rather than finding ways to make every putt I try something I call "smile therapy" I just force myself to smile and carry myself like I just canned a 40 footer, usually it works!

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