Hey all, been lurking here for about a week and decided to finally start commenting.
A brief but probably all-too-familiar history of my disc hucking:
I started playing disc golf with frisbees around 1980. Hooked immediately, we used trees, mailboxes, stop signs, etc. as pins instead of baskets. I got into freestyle a bit in the late '80s, learning to spin the disc on finger and do lots of tricks. This is where my brother and I honed our ability to control frisbees quite well, just throwing back and forth on the street, throwing shots at the craziest angles while trying to get the disc catcher to not have to move an inch to snag the disc (my short approach game is considerably better than all other aspects of my current game because of this). Got into Ultimate briefly in the mid-'90s and started throwing 175-G ult discs exclusively. Took the ult discs out to disc golf courses either created by me (or my brother) or at local college. I didn't even SEE my first true golf disc until 1999 and had (have) a lot of difficulty making transition from ult disc to golf disc. So, unless I was impeded by a tree or whatever, I continued to use ult discs on these courses.
Over time, I have learned to start throwing golf discs but I (and my brother) both feel that we would be better disc golfers if we had never picked up a frisbee. We're quite disillusioned at the ability of those who've been playing for a month to outdistance us. Oh yeah, and I putt anhyzer with my body turned perpendicular to the pin. Looking down a putt with my body facing the pin just still feels wrong. I assume that is going to have to change, right? I'm honestly asking: is there ONE SINGLE good player out there who putts anhyzer with his body not facing the pin? I honestly don't know.
I started working nights in 2008 and didn't play on a course for several years, finally getting out there about a month ago. I shot +6 for 18 at Cane Creek in Cookeville, TN my first round out. So the state of my game is this:
Driving - decent/good on the accuracy part, just godawful on distance.
Long approach/midrange - if I can get it there with my Stingray or Roc, I'm pretty good. Definitely a strong point of my game.
Short approach - strongest part of game. My ability to save par from anywhere is what is keeping my score from being higher.
Putting - I think I'm a good putter considering how far I can throw the disc but compared to good players I'm below average.
So my biggest problems are lack of distance and inabililty to get anything but understable discs to fly reasonably straight. Also, I seem to throw my stingray about as far as any understable max or fairway driver I've ever tried, including the vulcan, mamba, sidewinder, roadrunner, etc.
Sorry to ramble, but somebody said they wanted to hear stories.....that's mine.