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Seems like after about a month of play I have hit a wall, I have read that this happens but I guess that this is the first time that I have ever noticed it in the time I have been playing. The more that I read about this happening the more that I have come to the conclusion that the only way to get through this is just keep playing. I am expecting that after what ever length of time that it takes to get past this "slump" I will make a step to being a better player with more control and better accuracy...at least that is what I am PRAYING for.

Funny how the hardest part of fighting this new part of my game has been the mental strain on me. Once I noticed that this was happening to my game, it consumed almost all of my focus. While this was happening my game seemed to get worse, and the more I tried to focus on this phenomena the worse my game got. I got into a practice of "over concentration" on every shot I made, which of course just makes things go even more wrong and raises your awareness of the issue which makes you concentrate more. Do you see a pattern forming here?

I noticed that the only time my game was even close to "par" was when it was very casual and I was around people that I know care about my game and want to see me exceed and I was comfortable around. In other words when I didn't care how I shot was when my game was spot on. Taking this to mind I starting playing with a different attitude as soon I walked on the course. I believe this on its own has made me a better player but I still have not made the step up this natural evolutionary ladder in my game. I am confident that it will happen, but when this will take place is still a mystery to me. But my love of the game will keep me moving forward and striving to be the best player I can be.

I have always told people that are just starting to play or to people who are interested in the sport and are just asking questions about it. I think of it often now when I am playing poorly and I am going to close this post with it. I believe that it captures the real reason we play TO HAVE FUN!

"Playing disc golf is a easy thing to get into, all it takes is a few disc, a cold beer and a sense of humor, and no matter what NEVER lose your sense of humor."

Jack Davis
Fellow disc golfer

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Comment by Nascar Dave on January 8, 2009 at 10:36am
1. Don't forget the beer on the way to the course.
2. Throw as many twos as possible.
3. Three good friends to golf with, perfect card.
4. The number of beers to get relaxed and just not care about your score.
5. The number of holes it seems to take to get the body loose.
6. Oh, to hell with this, drink beer, play golf, have fun.
Comment by eric beich on January 5, 2009 at 9:33am
keep on keeping on brother !!
Comment by John Hodgkins on January 5, 2009 at 1:52am
Well said, both of you!

I don't have a lot of room to talk, I've only been playing for 4 months (In month 5 now) but I hit that wall with my drives. I only throw 250' but I throw fairly accurately (all 10 of my drives land within 25 feet of each other). I putt really well and my mid game is above average!

For the last 2 weeks I've been working with a couple of guys that could easily be pro. They have been giving me little tips. How to do a proper X step, arm position and other little things. I went out and played today (I've only been playing once a week or so) and my playing partner swears that my my average drive is up to 280 to 300. We'll see though.

I have found that because I play outside of my comfort range most of the time (Playing tourneys and the like) that I think I have a leg up. I think in sports one of the worst things you can do is get complacent with ideas like "I can par my local course every time I play it" if you aren't at the same time playing challenging courses that push your game along..
Comment by DC ( DISCFUNCTIONAL CHRIS ) on January 4, 2009 at 1:15pm
oh yeh jack, the dreaded wall, everyone hits a slump or a point they were feel they cant seem to improve, then BAM ! you figure something out, or someone shows you a new tech niche, or a new disc comes your way that just makes your game better, personally focus for me is a huge part of my game that needs improving, especially in the putting department, like yourself, sometimes i find the harder i focus the worse i play, but on the the hand there are days i should definitely be focusing more, maybe thinking my shot threw more, or the ole soon as i take my shot and the disc leaves my hand and starts going bad and i think to myself dangit ! why didn't i use a different disc or throw it at a different angle, these are things personally i am going to try to work on in the next year.

so jack as you as you said, friends and a sense of humor are important to keep the sport fun, being able to laugh at yourself and your friends when bad throws are made is half the fun of being out there, oh yeh....i make my friends laugh....ALLOT !!

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