Here is a general question for you old pros out there.
I have been playing disc golf at least twice a week over the last few weeks, and have gotten quite a bit better. I know which discs I want to use for different holes, and my putting is amazingly more accurate. Prior to the last few months I would go out and play with friends maybe 6-10 times a year, but I have stepped up the frequency lately as I have decided to make this my outdoor sport of choice.
With that said my drives are still horribly inconsistent. There are two main parts to that drive that I am working on.
The first is consistent release. I am getting to where maybe every 3 holes it goes squirrely on me and I am tossing it into the woods, or WAY off to the right. Usually this happens when I am trying to go further, and tend to have too much of a death grip on the disc.
The second part is distance. I am 6'5" with decent muscularity to me, but I only throw about 250-300 (with the long range drivers...) so I definitely need to work on my form. I am working on finding some people to go throw with in my area who are known for their distance, and hopefully that will help me get some pointers on my form.
The main question I had here though is:
How long did it take you to get into a comfortable groove with your driving? And once you got it down have you been able to keep it pretty consistent or do find you have to really focus on all the small bits of your throw to keep it going the way you want?
I am sure my lack of focus plays a big part in my inconsistency. I need to run through a mental check list before each throw most times or I just go out there, wing it, and then curse my self for not taking my time :)
As I have learned with other sports a lot of this seems like it just needs to be repetition to get the muscle memory going, but I wanted to get some input on ways others might have sped up the process, or how they practiced to get it ingrained in their systems (IE throwing out in a field).
Leave some pointers or stories of your worst newbie drives in the comments!