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i thought about this when i was on the course 2day... i seen a new player making the same mistake i made early in my playin days.. the ol' under the arm shot. so i asked if i could show him a thing or 2 and he gladly listened and watched as i demonstrated the cross step and pull technique most of us use. all i could think of was "I wish someone woulda helped me a lot sooner than they did." but this guy i'm bad with names and forgot it almost instantly but had only been playing for about a week or so and i feel like it's our responsibility as experienced players 2 help out the newbies. we want this sport 2 grow and for the whole world 2 know that this is the greatest sport in the world. so take a few seconds and show a new face a shot or 2 or invite them 2 play a round with u and your group.it don't matter if your a am player or a course pro if your reading this you love this game and know atleast the fundamentals. so pass on what knowledge you can... and keep em on the fairways

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Comment by Evan Taylor on February 7, 2009 at 8:05pm
^^^^^^^^^^^^ Trout's my apprentice. 2 months and he already shoots PAR rounds. I love teaching people to play disc golf. $5 a round, and in those two hours your game will improve by leaps and bounds. :)
Comment by T-rout on February 7, 2009 at 3:44am
I agree with helping out the new guy and I'm coming from the new guy's perspective. I started this great sport less than two months ago and have gone through a TON of changes. I started with a stationary throw from the tee, moved to a two-step, now a cross step. I just started stepping into my non-tee, non-putts. I'm on my third or forth, and seemingly best putting style. In two months, I'm feeling very comfortable with my style, but I've also had the luxury of playing with two really great players that are amazing teachers. Put it this way, their advice have me thinking, its ok, but I could have shot better than a plus one on that front nine before the pouring rain ended my day.
So yeah, help the new guy, and newbies, LISTEN!
Comment by John Sturtevant on January 29, 2009 at 8:52pm
I made it a priority to play with better players when I first started. I only remember getting one tip from one of the bigger armed players in our area. He was trying to get me to do a cross step as I throw stationary with the classic pull. Didn't have much control, but on better shots I could throw '50 further. I decided to go back to my stationary style and work on that until I get really comfortable, then work on a cross step. Mostly I just watch other players for new things to try.

I still find it hard sometimes to ask for tips, and other newbies probably do to, and if you don't feel comfortable giving advice at least ask them if they want to tag along. That way they can still learn but not be as awkward about it.

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