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I'm not talking about the 'adding insult to injury' kind of double
whammy, like a putt cutting through the chains, spitting out the back,
then landing on an edge and rolling 50 feet away. That sucks, to be
sure, but when it happens, it happens. I'm talking about shot making
strategy, where you plot out exactly what kind of shot you're planning
to throw, with which disc, and how hard/soft/low/high, etc.

Sometimes, when we're thinking about our upcoming shot, we come up with an
imperative that rises above everything else in our minds. For instance,
we think "I need to do this to make sure I turn my disc over on this shot," or "I need to do this
to make sure I clear that hazard." This kind of analysis is good, but
when it isn't organized thought where a clear and detailed plan emerges,
problems arise. Sometimes, instead of having a concrete idea of what we
want to do, we let vague ideas marinate together right up until the disc
is released. The result is what I call the disc golf double-whammy.
Here's a good example that I've experienced many times:

I'm on the tee of a hole that is slightly uphill, with a dogleg to the left.
Think DeLa hole 18 in the short left position. Being left-handed, I want
to throw a backhand shot that turns over nearly the entire time. I
consider the fact that uphill throws are harder to turn over, how long
the hole is, and the placement of the trees. I know I have several ways
to make a disc turn over more; I can throw it harder, put more spin on
the disc, make the angle of release more exaggerated, make the flight
path lower, or any combination of the four. The problem arises when I
don't have a clear idea of which of these elements I want to use to
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