plex wrote:I'm an advanced player, been playing in tournaments and leagues for a while now, always placing 2rd or better lately but... i cant get to a point of consistency that i want to be at to play in and win higher level events besides local tourneys and leagues.
I have just been playing A LOT of rounds lately thinking that will just naturally make me more consistent over time and it seems like either my putting is on and my drives are average, but usually my driving is amazing and my putting is trash. I have my own high quality basket in my backyard and practice putting 4 times a week on it usually for around 15-30 minutes outside of playing rounds every day after work.
What can i do to become so consistent that i can place the disc EXACTLY where i want every time, whether it be putting or driving?
Everyone reaches plateaus. Making the next jump becomes increasingly harder the better you become. Imagine being a 1010 rated player and trying to get to the 1030's. Worse, imagine being 1030 and desiring 1060, a level no one has attained (as an average, not an individual round).
The answer to whether plex (or any of us) can make the next jump probably comes down to will power and natural talent. As plex is still an amateur and his biggest weakness is putting, if he continues to practice putting he will surely improve. I can say this with certainty because as the former worlds worst putter (or so close to it the distinction is irrelevant) I know the long term benefit of practice putting. More on that below.
No one knows where their upper limits lie until they are in an inescapable decline due to age, injury or loss of hope. But never underestimate the long term benefits of diligent practice. Motivation is the most important factor in success, easily eclipsing talent.
If plex commits to practice putting he will improve. Here is a short cut. When you practice, do it without expectation of immediate payoff. Don't practice today to putt better this weekend. That just messes with your head. Just putt to get better eventually and commit to the practice. Work on both mechanics as well pressure. So invent games and compete with yourself and others. Make putts from every angle and obstacle and wind and footing and distance. Make putts count with prizes or penalties. Make your practice more challenging than anything you face in a tournament round. In the long run this will pay off. You already know this in your heart.
The process of getting better is not just about changing from poor to good or from good to great. It is about changing by coming closer to the line, closer to the height, the speed and the angle. Getting better is about missing by less when you miss. When you miss by less some days your misses no longer miss, they barely go in. When these days happen they boost your confidence and you jump a level. Now your bad days are no longer as bad and your good days are better than they ever were-your whole level raises.
Will you ever become error free? No. Nor do you need to because nobody else is error free either. You have no right to beat someone who works harder than you, has greater talent and handles pressure better. But some days you will because luck factors in. Besides no one wears a label describing what their true skill is. Or their potential.