bongo wrote:Hi everyone,
I've just taken up Disc Golf and have stumbled across this site which looks like a great resource to me. I've had a browse around but couldn't find a topic like this - apologies if I missed one.
My question is if you were a complete beginner where would you start?
I see lots of great techniques on here but I'm really not sure which to start on first and the best way to build up a decent technique.
The best starting place is on a disc golf course, not on the internet. Find the best players you can at the course and ask them for basic advice and lessons. Don't be shy, most good players are happy to help and take it as a compliment to be asked to help. Just before they start and just after they come off the course are good times to ask them for help. There is no one teacher or technique which works best for everyone so be prepared to try out lots of things and find what works for you. Watch what they do and try to mimic how they do it. Don't concentrate on how far the good players throw and watching their discs in flight. Instead watch their form and what each part of bodies do as they throw.
Try throwing a disc with every grip and motion you can think of. Watch what happens and remember what works and how it works and, of course, what doesn't work. Spend time off the course trying out shots. Always aim at something, a tree of a trash can or a spot. Golf is ultimately a game of control and just throwing hard is of little value.
Once you have figured out some basic throws and techniques come back to internet to learn more. Start with videos. Videos are much easier to understand than written explanations. Go to youtube.com and watch a bunch of them, keeping a skeptical eye. Not all advice is good advice and not all advice, even if from accomplished Pros will work for you, especially when you are a beginner.
You should acquire at least 4 discs to start learning with: a putter, a midrange, an understable driver and an overstable driver. Each of these discs will do very different things, which you need to learn how to control. The starting point for control is to be able to throw each our your discs flat and straight at the beginning of their flights, even if they veer off toward the end. Eventually you may be able to make them go flat and straight for much longer ways.
Good players throw flat and smooth and balanced. Power will come with time and practice. Work on throwing flat and smooth and balanced. You will learn direction and power over time. Direction and power come with practice.
Surprisingly, the hardest shots to learn are not the far shots, it is the short ones. Putting is the most important skill in the game, so find a practice putting basket and spend time there.