Post by Ron Pittman on May 16, 2012 16:18:23 GMT -5
If this isn't a current topic for you --- maybe it could/should be.
Keith and Matt have been talking a good bit about field work to improve your game; especially after their sessions with Climo and Feldberg.
From Keith," Dave said that 70-80% of his practice is on a field". He pointed out that "practicing" on an existing course doesn't always help you discover/improve what; A. YOU can do and B. What your DISCS will do. Makes sense.
Matt's take-away was -- what other sport spends most of its practice time in a "scrimmage"? He equated practicing on a course with just that -- a scrimmage. Fundamentals and individual elements of execution are more important.
What are your thoughts?
Have you found a good field?
What do you practice? What is your routine?
Thoughts on some club type gatherings to work on fundamentals?
Post by Ron Pittman on May 16, 2012 20:51:23 GMT -5
Hmm... I thinks I found a field.
That big space at Crockett across the creek from Hole 6. Park in the lot behind #2, walk across the bridge, and look to the right.
At least 300' wide and over 600' long. Flat and mowed every week. There is even afternoon shade to throw from.
I may give it a whirl tomorrow. Thinking about taking my measure wheel and marking off every 50'. Might even mark with orange paint. We can hide some red flags in the woods, and put them out/take them up each time. Look down the center for the marks. I will label every 100'.
I see the what, but no when. Got a remedy for that?
Sort of a "whenever". Matt, Keith, and I set it up today. It seems to be a great field. (except for rollers/ grass is a little chunky).
Go down the path below the pavilion at #2, cross the bridge. Look for the field to the right. If you look at the tree line closest to the path -- you will find an orange paint line in the center of the filed.. There are "x's" in the ground in a straight line towards the only tree on the other side of the field.
We have marked every 50 feet out to 400. If you look in the woods behind the orange tee line there is a stack of red flags hidden in the woods. You can use them to flag the 50' marks. Just put them back after you finish.
Matt, Keith, and I worked for about 30 minutes before we played. Good stuff.
It is much more fun with a group, so plan ahead if you want to go --- and invite some others. I know I will.
one thought. (and I know it sorta goes against the whole idea of just "field" work)
Take a portable basket, set it out at 300FT Take 5 drivers. you know, the ones that you don't really trust quite yet, and 5 mids, a mix of the ones you trust and newer ones, and 5 putters, your go to ones of course.
take your five drives.....walk out 100 to 150 feet...take your five mids....then go up and approach/putt from the five discs furthest from the basket.
Its all still field work...and practice of all 3 aspects of the game without the pressures of a competitive round.
I like the idea of still having a target to shoot at visually for at least a reference point and the 5 discs wont fatigue you as you'll have many breaks to walk back and forth.
I use the football fields at Jim Warren Park for field practice on a somewhat regular basis. The one at the west end of the park has no gates so is open year-round. The goalposts are there to use for a target area . . . throwing from outside one endzone, it's 360ft to the other end, with most of it clearly measured and marked. I like that you can practice throwing into the wind, then walk down, pick up your discs, and throw with the wind at your back without changing your visual target area.
One thing to keep in mind - I never get sore after a round or two of golf, but I can get sore pretty quick with field practice. In a round of golf, it may take 2-3 hours to throw 18 drives, and with rest in between each. On the field, you can launch those eighteen drives in five minutes. I take a minute between each throw (spending that time thinking about why my previous throw did what it did), and also try to keep my throw count at about 80-100 for each outing (take 15-16 discs onto the field with me and limit myself to three sets of throws from each end.)