How long had you played before your first par round?

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Re: How long had you played before your first par round?

Postby Beetard » Sat May 30, 2009 8:55 pm

Made a course par in a couple months

Made par playing all 3's- 'bout a year

Regularly shoot under par- still workin on it.
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Re: How long had you played before your first par round?

Postby Banzai » Sun May 31, 2009 5:29 am

I shot my first par round within a few months. But it's kind of irrelevant to your skill level. Some courses are just easy to shoot par and under. And some are really hard. The real thing to do is look at the course SSA and see how you're shooting relative to that.
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Re: How long had you played before your first par round?

Postby Chuck Kennedy » Sun May 31, 2009 5:41 am

The real question is how long until you shot your first 1000 rated round... 8)
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Re: How long had you played before your first par round?

Postby gratefuldisc » Sun May 31, 2009 9:17 am

Banzai wrote:The real thing to do is look at the course SSA and see how you're shooting relative to that.


SSA??
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Re: How long had you played before your first par round?

Postby inthedrift » Sun May 31, 2009 12:16 pm

SSA = Suggested Scoring Average (right guys?)

This is the score for an individual course that a 1000 rated player would shoot on average. It takes into account the scores of any PDGA member with a rating that has played the course, as well as the performances of players relative to each other on given days (to account for varying conditions). I think I've got it right...
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Re: How long had you played before your first par round?

Postby Cali » Sun May 31, 2009 3:34 pm

Took me about a year playing with the pars posted and around 2-3 playing pro par(all 3s).
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Re: How long had you played before your first par round?

Postby gratefuldisc » Sun May 31, 2009 4:33 pm

inthedrift wrote:SSA = Suggested Scoring Average (right guys?)

This is the score for an individual course that a 1000 rated player would shoot on average. It takes into account the scores of any PDGA member with a rating that has played the course, as well as the performances of players relative to each other on given days (to account for varying conditions). I think I've got it right...


I see, and where can you find that info? pdga site?
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Re: How long had you played before your first par round?

Postby freeus » Sun May 31, 2009 5:27 pm

I see, and where can you find that info? pdga site?


http://www.pdga.com/course-ratings-by-course

The real question is how long until you shot your first 1000 rated round... 8)


Would back-to-back 500 rated rounds count? :mrgreen:
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Re: How long had you played before your first par round?

Postby JHern » Sun May 31, 2009 6:50 pm

After about 2 years, and now realizing a dramatic improvement in my putting game (I'm hitting 90% within 10 m, 50% within 15 m), I'm almost down to par regularly on some of the more challenging courses around NorCal. Yet I almost always make mistakes that lead to several bogies, and so I always need several birdies to balance them out.

My drives have been improving slowly but surely with time. There is no hole I've seen that I can't par, although longer holes require a very good upshot to lay up safe because my distance is still not much better than 320' max (including the skip). But putting has been everything in improving my scores.

Basic message: Practice putting. A lot. That is your fastest route to par.

I've been working my forehand game again, and forcing myself to drive forehand on every hole makes for good practice and learning to better shape lines. But it hurts my tally. Yesterday I had 5 bogies but only 2 birdies at my 18-hole home course (Shady Oaks, Orangevale, CA, SSA~51, par=54), but if I had been able to drive several of those holes backhand I would have had only 1 or 2 bogies (I badly shanked several forehand drives, but saved by very good backhand upshots usually with my trusty Classic Roc). Winners of the St Patrick's classic tournaments at this course are typically shooting -7 or so under par...I've got a lot of work to do to get to that point!
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Re: How long had you played before your first par round?

Postby Beetard » Sun May 31, 2009 8:37 pm

You've got a really good forehand throw, keep at it.

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Re: How long had you played before your first par round?

Postby nohr » Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:27 am

I started playing disc golf back in 1999. I don't remember how long it took me to shoot even at a course. I kind of took a break for a couple years and just recently got back into Disc Golf hardcore earlier this year. It took me a couple months to shoot my first even par round.

One huge thing you have to take into consideration is how hard your course is. IMO if you are playing a wooded course or one with some serious length too it shoot even par is hard. One of my favorite courses in Cedar Rapids is Legion. There are several holes that if you mess up off the tee then you are going to have a hard time getting 3's.

Putting is huge. If you can get your confidence up that you will hit all your puts inside 15-20 feet it makes it alot easier. I would think this would shave 5-6 strokes off your game if you could hit every putt inside that range.
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Re: How long had you played before your first par round?

Postby Acer1 » Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:50 am

freeus wrote:Title says it all. I am coming up on my 2nd DG anniversary and to date my best round of 18 on any course is +4. My goal is to have at least one at-par or better round this year.

How long after you started playing was it before you threw your very first at-par round of 18? Also, how difficult was the course you did it on?


i have gotten below par on every course i've played at. infact on my home course we play all par 3's and i've gotten as good as 10 under (was kind of on that game). That bieng said it took me a couple months to get the hang of the game and duece some holes

maybe the courses are easier in my area?
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Re: How long had you played before your first par round?

Postby Seneca_22 » Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:54 am

Bout a year and a half for me. I've only had ONE bogey free round so far, and that was when we played a one disc challenge from the rec tees. Wait, I take that back, my best round was -6 and was bogey free.
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Re: How long had you played before your first par round?

Postby Redisculous » Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:18 am

I started playing in august of last year. They shut down my "home" course for the winter, but practiced all winter long at a local pitch 'n put. A month after they reopened my home course for the summer I shot an even round. I guess that makes it 9 months.
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Re: How long had you played before your first par round?

Postby freeus » Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:43 pm

Playing time is limited these days but I finally did it...shot under par on a legit course. :mrgreen: -2 at Cherry Hill, Coeur d'Alene ID. First time playing that course. Pleased am I.
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