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I'm one of those golfers whose big head gets in the way of my game sometimes. I'm 40-50 foot out, thinking "I've got this putt." Within the last couple of years, I've learned that maybe that's not the best way; although, I'm a superb putter, taught by some of the best in the midwest. I like to impress the boys with my mad puttin skillz.

About 3 years ago, I went to play one of my favorite tournys in Herrington, KS. Until this point, I was the best girl golfer around these parts, without much competition. On this particular day, though, we had a few women show up; I can't remember exactly how many, I was just excited to play with some other girls. One lady stepped up to the tee on the first hole & parked it with a flick shot (I throw RHBH & have always had trouble flickin). I was smitten, thought I was gonna have to get my game on. After we talked for awhile, I realized she was still a noob & it wasn't all the challenge I thought it would be; of course, we still had a great time. She was the first one to point out how competitive I am; guess my true colors were shinin through.

Less than a year later, this same woman was hanging with me, and soon after, she was beating me every time we played; now she's gone Pro- something I've been striving to do since 2005. It sucked for me, having to watch her game grow & progress so quickly,when I'd been working on my game for years. I soon realized the problem: consistency. She has a super safe, lay it up, get the par type of game. I, on the other hand, am a "go for it" type. I'm often runnin for birdies, but writing 4's (or worse) on the scorecard:(

I can't say I've put a lot of effort into breaking away from my competitive nature so far. Acknowledging the problem is the first step, right? I'm thinking the time is at hand. Is there a "lay it up" support group?

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Comment by Chainz-4-Brainz on May 29, 2009 at 10:05pm
Funny. Usually when I'm 40-50 ft out, I'm thinking "here goes nothin'"...
Comment by Duh on May 29, 2009 at 5:29pm
Princess lay-up, that's funny. I'll have to share that one with my son; he's a huge Star Wars fan.

Mark, you're right & I've been adding this up for most of this year; getting 3s will take my game up a notch. I don't make those long putts as much when I'm playing in a tourny; I make a good Duh-bles partner tho.
Comment by Joe Graham on May 29, 2009 at 5:17pm
Play for score, not glory. Lay up for the three, don't test yourself with 30 foot comebackers for par. This is an important tournament lesson all noobs need to learn. Scoreboard Baby!! You need to develop a floater up shot that stops fast and is chain high. Save the line drive putts for your confidence gimme range when you have to Bang Chains. I used to see ams up shot with drivers and mids and they all fall off to the side. Then when they use putters, at least the disc goes straight and has a chance to Bang!! Good luck, and good scores!!
Comment by Disc Player Sports on May 29, 2009 at 4:39pm
Do you want to be known as Princess 'Lay-Up?"
That's a bad joke.
Lay up it you are way ahead in score or don't feel confident that you won't make the 'comeback putt.'
I know that I can make a 20' comeback putt....
Comment by Pop Arounleut on May 29, 2009 at 4:19pm
I am the worst about this too...there's nothing more frustrating than 3 putting for a bogey...Blah!!!
Comment by Jamie 'gr8rocshot' Ruane on May 29, 2009 at 3:22pm
Good Blog...your opening up here. lol!
What you need, is something half way....safe...but had a chance.
Comment by Duh on May 29, 2009 at 2:17pm
Is that his official nickname now? We coulde make him an Indian style name: floats putts with foot in mouth
Comment by spiderwoman on May 29, 2009 at 12:01pm
"Foot in his mouth" Tom is gold from 30 with a floater putt. looks like a slow pitch softball, but it works.
Comment by Duh on May 29, 2009 at 11:55am
I put with an Omega & have a Rhyno for back-up. Floaters could work for me, I'll try it. My putts are usually hard line drives, especially if its windy. I'll occassionally pull out a hyzer putt.

Kile, I'm still workin on my big guns; been thinkin about gettin one of those snap bands. I'll be parkin em soon tho-LOL! Can't wait to see you next weekend!
Comment by Steve Belliveau on May 29, 2009 at 11:27am
My pro buddies hound me viciously when I lay up.I was forced to develop a "floater run". If my miss stays with-in sixteen I'm ok.If its windy or the area around the pin has O.B. I switch from my trusted Omega(aviar) to the slowest disc on the planet a Rhyno.Its often said pros run everything,ams. lay up.I'm not sure if thats true nationwide,but in Fl.it appears to be.

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