Mark Ellis wrote:I may be in the minority here but my opinion is you should be learning how to throw high speed drivers right now.
How many years does a child need to practice crawling before he starts walking? How many years does he need to practice walking before he starts running? How much worse does a person run if they started running early in life?
If you look at the top Pros, most of them learned the game very quickly and were competing as a Pro within a year of starting tournaments, often within a year of first throwing a golf disc. Do you really think these players would be better today if they spent their first year in the game throwing only putters? Then the next year throwing only mids? Then the next year throwing narrow rimmed drivers? In fact, can anyone name a single accomplished player who avoided drivers on purpose?
There is nothing magical about throwing drivers or throwing wide rimmed drivers or throwing overstable drivers. Every golf disc has a flight pattern which needs to be learned in order to control and to maximize distance. The sooner you start the sooner you will figure it out.
Even a raw beginner is ready to have a bag with putters and mids and a variety of drivers in it. Try to make every disc go flat and straight. As you practice you will learn to make adjustments. If a player has terrible form and poor skills and no control then try dialing back as needed, or better yet get a basic lesson from a good player. Otherwise have fun and try anything you get your hands on.
Go throw a Nuke. It won't bite. Oh, and start throwing forehand and thumbers and rollers and off-hands. They won't bite either. Just because they don't work easily at first is no reason to avoid them. The process of becoming good is one of continuous adjustment and consistent practice.
Either that or come back in a couple years and tell me how good you are at throwing putters.
Frank Delicious wrote:and now we know the secret to your power. You are more machine than bear!
Mark Ellis wrote:Most sins can be erased with a blunt edged disc.
Wyno wrote:Wether there's a right answer or not depends on the question, there are lots of questions flying around here but most are not explicitly stated... I'll state another one:
Mark, even though there's a lot of advice to disc down, that's not the same as advice to never in any situations throw faster discs. I'm sure you realize this and only exaggerate for effect. Even so I have to ask you: have you seriously never given advice about disc selection? Don't you believe that learning may be aided by focusing on a disc that, for instance, reveals some type of flaw that you would like to correct, or makes some feeilng that is desirable more obvious (like the feeling of the hammer-pound/disc pivot)? I mean, almost all of the big D team talks about limiting disc choice in some form in their advice-sections... (slower/easier/understable discs while learning).
Point being: everyone agrees that feeling trumps every other factor in a throw. Many people (me included) believe that consciously fostering an effecient technique is beneficial in attaining, supporting and keeping this feeling. Don't you? If you follow your own argument; why bother talking bout throwing at all? Just throw, and in a year you'll know if you're going to be a pro...
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