JR wrote:But what's up with not talking to the British guru(s)? You're bound to meet each other at some competition.
There are hardly any!!! Derek Robins is a friend and the local pro and top player in the UK, he has no idea how to explain anything, he just throws! (I don't think he would be too insulted to read that
) Thats the problem with most of the top players here they can throw but don't necessarily know the mechanics or be able to see what someone else is doing wrong. Some of the advice I have heard at times from the top guys is quite frankly terrible and just wrong, the amount that tell me more spin = less stability frightens me. There are some of the London guys that are good and I will hopefully be picking some brains at the next comp of a couple of guys in particular, Bruce who sometimes posts on here is very good at explaining things, definitely the best I have spoken to - one half hour session has completely changed my apporach game and knocked loads of shots off each round. The problem is I so very rarely get to see them that I develop bad habits in between whilst trying stuff out by myself. Normally at comps I don't like messing aruond with my form as I'm a massive confidence/feel player If I change one thing and dont feel comfortable it can unravel my entire game.
The difference in knowledge bases in countries can be seen quite clearly. We have a couple of brothers over here who have now been playing for a couple of years, both are in fairness naturally athletic, both though were trained in Sweden, 6 months after picking up a disc one of them came third overall in his first British Tour event (playing int am which he won by about 50 shots!) It was an outstanding achievement and one that I don't think has been replicated by anyone picking up a disc in the UK and being trained here. I've been coaching new people at our course using the techniques picked up from this website (don't worry its more do as I say rather than do as I do!) and the improvements in the first few months of our new players compared to those that have learnt themselves is huge, I just need someone over here that can analyse me as I throw and help me put the theory into practice in my own game again, I'm hoping some of the Londoners that read this will take it as their cue to call
I unfortunately had to bail on the British Open this year through lack of funds which was a great shame, would have been great to have played.