Tip #3 Don’t get your disc stuck in the top of a pine tree (the story of 3 rocks, a basketball, and a lot of sticks)

The other day Jon and I went to Prairie Center Park to play a relaxing round of Disc Golf. The thing about Prairie Center is that there are a ton of pine trees everywhere — the kind of pine trees that discs like to get stuck in. Because of this issue Jon and I generally carry a rock in our bags to throw into the trees to retrieve the disc.

On hole four there are a couple of tall pine trees and a small gap to get through so I have been aiming towards the top of the trees in order to give myself the largest hole possible. This time I threw my new Innova Beast directly into the top of the tree on the left and wouldn’t you know it, it settled into the branches just like it was hitting the chains and falling into the basket. The disk was about 35-40 feet up in the tree and could hardly be seen. So Jon pulled out his trusty rock and I went in search of one (I had recently decided that I wasn’t going to carry one anymore) and not finding one I went back. Jon decided he would go look for a rock in another area while I threw the rock for a while. Not too long after he left I threw the rock and it didn’t come back down! Now we were without any rocks so I found a long branch and threw it up at the tree – it got stuck. There was also a Gatorade bottle sitting under that tree and it had a little bit of Gatorade left in it so I threw that until it too stayed up there. Not learning I threw a few more sticks up and each one lodged itself in the tree branches. Then Jon came back with a piece of cement he found on hole eighteen and we threw that for a while. Most of the time we hit branches right around the disc but couldn’t get it to move. I ended up finding another rock and we threw both rocks for about 15 minutes without any luck. I decided we needed something bigger so I scoured a nearby wooded area for some large object. What I found was a partially inflated basketball. It was not a full-sized basketball but was just the right size for me to toss it like a baseball.

At this point Jon and I were taking turns tossing the two rocks and the basketball. We hit the disc and moved it at one point but it hung on tenaciously. Soon thereafter we got another rock and the basketball stuck in the tree. I, believing that the basketball was our best hope for hitting the disc spent an inordinate amount of time throwing our remaining rock at the basketball. When I finally got the ball back we resumed trying to hit the disc. I didn’t hit the disc again with the ball but I did knock the the second lost rock out of the tree, and soon after got the basketball stuck in the tree again.

In the end Jon hit the disc with his rock, it came down and we got the basketball and returned it to its original place. The moral of the story is: don’t get your disc stuck in a pine tree!

So what adventures have you had in disc golf?

Tip #2 Learning to throw

This last Tuesday I had the opportunity to play the Prairie Center Park Course here in Olathe, KS. While I was playing I caught up with Dave, who is from the Kansas City, MO side and just picked up disc golf this summer because his daughter taught him the basics. He got the bug, and even though she is off at college now he still goes out to play.
By now you might be wondering what that has to do with learning how to throw. Well as Dave and I were playing he began to ask me about how I throw. That gave me the idea to try to write it down and put it on my site so that anyone who happens along looking for information about how to throw just might get something useful out of it. This is a much bigger subject than what I cover below so this time I’m just going to focus on three general throwing tips and leave the specific techniques up to you. Next time I will talk more about specifics of my throw.

1. Don’t try to throw it hard.
Most people’s inclination is to try to throw the disc as hard as they can. I can tell you that the harder I try to throw the worse I do.
2. Practice
It is important to take some time to practice your throw. Find an open field somewhere and practice throwing until you feel comfortable and confident.
3. Relax
Try to be as relaxed as you can when throwing.

I set a new personal best and Prairie Center Park Disc Golf Course

A friend and I went to Prairie Center Park disc golf course on saturday. It started out as one of those up and down rounds: I birdied hole 1, bogeyed hole 2, pared hole 3, etc. I didn’t completely realize that I was having a good round until hole 16 where I was -1 with two fairly tough holes left. Now hole 17 I can generally par unless I get stuck in the pine trees on the right, but hole 18 usually adds a couple of strokes (every time I see the narrow corridor between the trees to the basket I see it as a challenge that I can’t resist). Well, I pared 17 as usual and got lucky enough to bogey 18 for a final round of even. Even is the goal I set for myself at the beginning of the summer and I finally made it.
As I have said before, I am a big fan of setting goals. It seems to work out well for me on the disc golf course.