Hi DGR people! I'm very impressed with the forums, having discovered them recently. I'm beginning serious work to change my game, starting with putting about a month ago. Now comes the drive...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt6fjEtBDCY
220fps at 240p. My camera can't do any better, sorry!
This is my story...
I'm in NewZealand and I've been disc golfing since 1989, in 1994 I destroyed my left ankle - with almost no flexion possible. I can't even get my left knee over my big toe, that's how restricted I am. and I also have a destroyed left elbow, with only 15 degrees of rotation possible. Fortunately, the elbow doesn't prevent me throwing. I often suffer extreme pain in my ankle, and that is why I tend to throw very flat footed. It's my intention to get up on my toes more. On a good day, I can *almost* run, or jog far enough to get across a road.
My legs and body have not moved fast or quickly since my ankle injury (going down a 30 metre cliff piloting a tandem paraglider, but that's another story) and it will take me quite some time and effort to begin training my lower body to move quickly, and lightly again.
Prior to my injury I was the course record holder at Queenstown Gardens, NZ, with a 13 under par, on the old object course. I managed to somehow take out the Queenstown Open in 1997, and didn't win again at all until this year, taking out the South Island Champs, Masters Division in Wanaka, against a small field, in extreme wind conditions. I only won that because I played smart, using the experience I gained after many many months of intentionally playing in horrendous wind in Queenstown in the late 90s.
That win, and the fantastic Lismore Park (Wanaka) course, has caused me to rediscover my love (Ok, obsession) for Disc Golf. In 2008 I developed Calcitis in my right Supra Spinatus shoulder tendon, and the pain caused me to basically give up golf. In 2010 I had shoulder surgery (100,000 kilometre rebuild
) which fixed me up a treat, but I somehow didn't get my Disc Golf passion back.
Now I am 47 years old, and partially crippled, but I am determined to get my big, open drives out beyond 500 feet. My existing record is about 130 metres (430 feet) using a helix throw, downwind with my Dragon. Without making an S curve working, I max out at about 100 metres currently (330 feet).
I never developed even a walk-up until 1987 world champ Peter Bowie taught me to perform one in 1997, spending a week with him in Christchurch.
I am extremely serious in my quest: this time next year, playing in the Masters, I want to be in the top group, at our National Championships. I plan to do that by putting my way onto the top card. I have my basket set up in the back yard, and am making great progress, after trying almost every kind of putting style out there, I have built up my own unique style, combining many aspects of other great putting techniques.
I fully understand that it's drive for show and putt for dough, but I am currently in the process of attempting to get our city council to allow me to convert an earthquake-destroyed ball golf course, into a Disc Golf course. Have a look at the teaser video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzgCSpG_bg4
And the course, walk-around here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR9P7IIOy1c
The provisional plan for an 18-basket course involves separate championship tees, for many holes, with a casual play length of over 1,800 metres, (6000 feet) and the champ course being at least 2,500 metres (8100 feet). This is considerably longer than any course I regularly play, and the open nature of most drives here behooves me to extend my range substantially, if I want to have any chance at all of getting low scores at the new course, and having a run at the current crop of top players in my country.
My advantages are that I am not working at all (Made a huge bundle on stock) and I can easily devote 2-4 hours every day to the task of improving. I am extremely motivated, and not without some vestige of physical talent. I was a ski instructor for over a decade, and take instruction well. Due to my injuries, I am far more in tune with what my body tells me than I was when I was in peak physical form - I could run up a 500-metre tall hill carrying 20KG on my back and had a resting heart rate of just 38!
To develop a perfectly straight pull through, I have connected 4-metres of light-weight bungy to the rim of an old driver, and use it to confirm and adjust myself: getting great visual feedback, from four different height attachment points.
Any assistance you kind folk can offer me in my quest to take the National Masters title, and push the Open players hard, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!