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Current mood: accomplished
This game of Disc Golf is one that you have to remember the things you do right instead of the things you do wrong. You can beat yourself up about the game pretty easily, so you have to keep the field positive. Last night was a good example. I took off on the Back course at Oakland with Rob and Rusty unsure what to expect but knowing that my average isn't what it could or should be. After par on the first 5 holes I was feeling pretty good and putting pretty solid. Hole 5 which never fails to leave me guessing turned out to be the usual bogey, but 7 which is usually a bogey as well amazingly enough ended up in par. Hole 9 was a birdie to take me back to even for the round which where I ended up.
Now knowing that the best on the back course for me is -1, and that even was a score that I hadn't achieved in a while, I had to smile as I walked up from the 18th hole. It's rounds like that one that give you a boost of confidence on a certain course and convince you that you are doing the right thing by just simply playing smart golf. It took me a while to get to that point. When you throw with a bunch of crushers you find yourself taking chances just trying to keep up. Playing for par and letting the birdies come on their own is the only way to go. I used to take a lot of chances with different throws and I paid dearly for them with multiple bogey's. Every now and then you just make bad judgements or the disc just slips away from you. What you do after that will dictate what comes next. You can either beat yourself up about the previous throw or do the smart thing and forget about it and concentrate on what you are going to do next to correct the error. Approach shots to me are the most important shot to know because they can get you out of a lot of trouble, and if it's good enough you may even escape having to putt for the most part, which is always a blessing lol. I guess what I'm trying to say is if you stay within yourself, and eliminate your distractions by focusing on each hole individually you will play better. If you try to think to far ahead of yourself every hole has the potential to be a bogey. Lots of players are ahead of themselves during a round, but keeping what is directly in front of you as your focus to me is a much better plan. Worry about that one or two holes ahead when you reach them, and keep the field clear. You will reduce your errors and improve your score much more effectively.
After a round eliminate the bad throws you had and focus on the good ones and your confidence will stay high. I'm not saying not to pay attention to the bad shots but to keep them in your mind is somewhat distructive. Analyze them and think about what you can do to change the outcome and then just go on. It is the little victory's we get that lead to consistancy overall. You don't learn this game over night, it takes time and lots of practice. There will be those days where it seems nothing is going right, but that happens in every sport, it's called a slump (duh). Just work through them and you will come back stronger and better than before.