Perhaps you want to play a little disc golf?

2014-04-27 17.14.44-1I was skeptical when I bought the Wham-o Mini Disc Golf Set, but for less than $20 how wrong could I be? I have now bought 2 more as gifts. In my opinion this is perhaps the greatest disc golf value out there.

Our main hall presents a very narrow tunnel shot (especially if you play the walls as OB) to make it even sicker play from the back of the den into the front foyer. A tight hyzer-flip that stays low is required here.

The kitchen has two doorways. Throw a RHBH anhyzer into the kitchen from the dining room, and get it to fade back left to go through the door into the hall and then hit the blind basket in the hall!

Playing up and down the stairs can be challenging and is a real equalizer…

Amazingly, this seems to be well-tolerated by my beautiful spouse. I don’t throw commercial minis in the house because they are denser and fly more like projectiles – much better for backyard use. The Wham-o minis that come with the set are very light and fun to throw. They hold hyzer and anhyzer lines well – a long straight shot was difficult, until I discovered that the discs hyzer-flipped so well. I am certain that some very interesting throw scenarios could be made with these light-weight discs and some large indoor fans. One month into playing around with the Wham-o mini set, I have yet to break anything and the walls look no worse for wear and tear. Of course, the basket and discs are in great shape too and look like new.

I don’t think that throwing minis at a mini basket will shave strokes off your full-size game. It is just good fun and may help develop your sense of fun such that you enjoy you enjoy your full-size game more.

And where else will you get 6 discs and a basket for less than $20???

Martin DIsc Golf Club Newsletter 2.2

Disc Logo colorMARTIN DISC GOLF CLUB        newsletter 2.2

Hey club! So far it has been an eventful 2014! Together we can do great things. Please send newsletter fodder to: martindiscgolfclub@yahoo.com.

CALENDAR

29 April – Evening League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

6 May– Evening League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

13 May– Evening League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

20 May– Evening League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

27 May– Evening League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

7 June– Evening League at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course @ 6 pm.

 

The most ambitious project yet: landings and path to travel from the #4 tee pad to the fairway.

The most ambitious project yet: landings and path to travel from the #4 tee pad to the fairway.

 Course Improvements

Much of the reason Charlie started the Martin Disc Golf Club was to advocate and care for the Harrison Road Disc Golf Course. So far we have accomplished much in the way of course of improvements, but as you can tell from the piles of wood chips and railroad ties staged on the course – there is much more to do! Expect to have the opportunity to attend a three hour ‘MULCH PARTY’ in the very near future.

 

2014 tag design22014 Bag Tag Challenge

This writer had big fun during the 2013 bag tag challenge. I started with tag #9 after the kick-off tournament. My lowest tag was #22 and I ended with #6 – not too shabby. The 2014 tag challenge will be bigger and better! If you like competing in disc golf, then you’ll enjoy competing in bag tag challenge matches. Bag tags are a way to compete with single players or within groups. It’s pretty simple … best score for the round wins the lowest bag tag within the competition (complete rules are posted on our Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MartinTNdgClub/). The goal in bag tag challenges is to work your way up to the #1 tag!

Bag tags look spiffy hanging from your disc golf bag or backpack and identify you as a part of the Martin Disc Golf Club.  The best part is you get all this swagger and also support your local disc golf club for only $7!

BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE!!!

There will be monthly weekend bag tag tournaments for you to play in and a weekday evening league (currently Tuesday @ 6:00 pm).  Bag tag players will have contact info to arrange 1 on 1 challenges with other players.

AND, I am pretty certain that a Martin Disc Golf Club Bag Tag proudly displayed from your bag or backpack actually makes you more attractive to potential mates!!!

Bag tags will first be available at Tuesday League or a weekend tournament when they first come in. Next couple of weeks. After the low numbers have been distributed on the field of valor, you may purchase tags from the club and begin your 2014 bag tag challenge

 

vbbVibram Birdie Bash

The Harrison Road Vibram Birdie Bash was big fun! We altered the course, and had an excellent day of bashing birdies. The photo at right shows the winners: Charlie Jahr and Colin Tindall. Colin also won the spirit award because he was awesome! We hope to do this again next year – look for it!

 

 

 

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Huck Freely (the newsletter editor) has set up a blog. It covers stuff that the newsletter and Facebook do not. It also provides an online home for the newsletter and other such things. If you have not been, you can visit at: https://www.martindiscgolfclub.wordpress.com. Once there, you can subscribe and be emailed updates when new postings occur.

The Woodchip Fairy pays a visit to Harrison Road

When it comes to course maintenance, most disc golfers have strong opinions. These opinions are usually voiced as:”they should do something about that…” or “somebody should trim that…”. Course maintenance is difficult for a single disc golfer to accomplish: it often is large in scale, requires money & time, and sometimes specialized knowledge. Additionally, what one golfer sees as maintenance, another may see as vandalism. I hope everyone out there picks up litter on the course when they see it, but no lone disc golfer should ever pick up a chain saw and carve that “killer hyzer line” out of the woods or remove that gosh-darn mando tree that messes up my good drives.

The Harrison Road Course is lucky, because it has been getting regular visits from the Woodchip Fairy, and some serious course erosion/safety issues are getting dealt with. Our local Rural King store believes in the Woodchip Fairy and has donated some tools, Weakley County Fence has donated railroad ties, Weakley County Municipal Electric System has donated wood chips, and the City of Martin Parks Department has provided rebar stakes.

 

The first project: a safe walkway to travel from the #1 tee pad to the fairway.

The first project: a safe walkway to travel from the #1 tee pad to the fairway.

All good little disc golfers believe in the Woodchip Fairy and lie snug in their beds dreaming of the wonderful course improvements the Woodchip Fairy will bring. The rub is that the Woodchip Fairy doesn’t visit if you are not worthy. The Woodchip Fairy’s cousin, the Tooth Fairy, requires that you place a tooth (from out of your mouth, not someone else’s) under your pillow in order to secure a visit. The Woodchip Fairy requires that you

The most ambitious project yet: landings and path to travel from the #4 tee pad to the fairway.

The most ambitious project yet: landings and path to travel from the #4 tee pad to the fairway.

pick up shovels, rakes, and other such tools and move dirt, railroad ties and the like (after getting permission from the city). If you do this, the Woodchip Fairy will bring wonderful new improvements to your course!

This is Charlie. He is the disc golfer in Martin who believes the strongest in the Woodchip Fairy and actually claims to have seen the Woodchip Fairy near the #4 basket. In this photo Charlie is posing with the second basket he actually managed to get a disc into, that is why he is holding up two fingers... you just have to believe.

This is Charlie. He is the disc golfer in Martin who believes the strongest in the Woodchip Fairy and actually claims to have seen the Woodchip Fairy near the #4 basket. Charlie also likes to pose next to baskets holding discs…

 

Wildflower Mecca

At the Harrison Road Disc Golf Course people often complain about the tall ‘rough’ 2014-04-17 14.38.43adjacent to the fairways. I agree that 5-10 minutes spent looking for a disc that is 10′ from the mowed fairway area can seem pointless, but it could be worse. Last week I had the pleasure of playing the Earl G. Williamson Park Disc Golf Course in beautiful Oil City, LA. The Earl G. Williamson Park Disc Golf course takes the ‘tall rough’ a step further: the entire course is in a ‘wildflower area’ where it appears they don’t mow at all. There are some awesome wildflowers on the course, when I was there the Sisyrinchium was in bloom everywhere.

The difficulty started on my first drive: an anhyser shot to avoid an OB fence that landed within 20 feet of the basket and took 10 minutes to find in knee deep grass. Holes # 2 & 3 had even taller grass and also had disc finding problems. Even the more technical holes in the open woods (holes # 3-6) had tall grasses and required a little bit of disc searching. I didn’t lose any discs and I did have fun – it was somewhat surreal playing disc golf in a sea of waist deep grass.

This course works because there are no blind shots, so you can watch your disc pretty well. It was different to throw where discs could not skip or roll. I was also surprised at the lack of ticks, likely due to the abundance of fire ants.

Back to the sandlot

Throwing a forehand shot is something I avoid: I just don’t like to waste a stroke. I had some down time between appointments, so I went out to a park to practice throwing forehand shots. The only dry ground was covered in baseball fields, and as I approached the diamonds there was a sign saying that unauthorized use was trespassing, so I called the parks department and became an authorized user. Easy breezy.

As I stepped up to the plate, I decided to aim for a sign on the center-field fence that said: “185”. Imagine my surprise that I actually hit the sign a few times… I also found that my current forehand throwing style is best suited to lightweight, slightly understable fairway drivers at the “185” distance. After ~120 shots I felt I knew some things about my forehand game that I didn’t know before.

2014-03-26 09.48.20A couple weeks later I was in the woods on #17 at Harrison Road and there was no good RHBH shot. I grabbed a 126 gram Lightning #2 Helix and sent a forehand shot up the fairway that erased the bad lie of my drive and put me back in the hunt for par. I need to practice forehand more, but time has been limited and I would rather play than practice, even though practice has the potential to make a huge difference in how I play.

I won’t say the sandlot turned my weakness into power, but I do feel more confidence in my forehand shots now and confidence means I will use the shot more. Practice may not make perfect, but it does offer an opportunity to focus. In a short time, I threw a several month supply of forehand shots – how cool is that?