JR wrote:Imagine if we could throw balls. Now i made a joke in the first post but this time i mean honestly. Think of how easy it is to throw a tennis ball because everyone must have thrown snow balls or other balls a lot and the motions is second nature.
I just finished listening to a computer-related podcast and one of the hosts was talking about the word "intuitive" and "instinctive." The thing is, a lot of long-time geeks think a LOT of things are "intuitive" when really what's happening is that they've built up a library of patterns and ideas and concepts that feels like intuition, but isn't.
I'd previously heard this kind of thing talked about with spies. If you're chasing someone and they leave you at a corner, is it "intuition" to know whether to go right or left, or is it an instantaneous assessment of the knowledge you have of the place, the guy you're chasing, his habits, human nature, the time of day, whether it's uphill or downhill (people tend to run downhill when trying to get away from something), etc.? It's typically the latter - not actually "intuition."
Have you seen some people throw things? There's a reason we say someone "throws like a girl." I coached my kid's softball team and after we stopped 1/3 of the girls from throwing right-handed by stepping forward with their RIGHT foot (ugh), we worked on reaching back and snapping the thumb to the ground, because most of them wanted to try to push the ball forward.
I'm not sure throwing is all that intuitive either. And 99.9% of 25-year-old males still can't throw a ball well enough to compete at even a good high school baseball team (as a pitcher).
So while I agree the basic motion might be easily learned, I'm not so sure it's quite as "easy" as you want to make it out to be. I've had more experience in baseball, but I'd put the baseball motion and the disc golf motion at almost the same level, with baseball being perhaps slightly easier (though not necessarily easier than putting in DG). Just remember to compare even levels: professional baseball (say, AA level) is like your lower tier pros (I'm guessing but maybe 990-rated players? - total guess).
And... I just realized I probably typed a bunch of off-topic crap, so kindly ignore me if you'd like.