Lennox DGC revisited

Today is the day after a major winter storm here in Des Moines, Iowa where I have been the past few days. With the storm over and 5 inches of fresh, fluffy snow being shaped into drifts by the wind, I was ready to play some disc golf. I prepared 4 discs for this excursion by duct taping a yard of ribbon to the central underside of the disc. I have heard that the ribbon can help you find your discs, but the tape and ribbon are not PDGA legal.

Pink ribbons in place, I am ready to play.

Pink ribbons in place, I am ready to play.

I headed out to the Lennox DGC because it is a fun course and close to where I am staying. It was 6 degrees Fahrenheit with a strong wind when I stepped up to the tee to throw my first drive into the wind with a ribbon outfitted, 174 gram groove, and it was understable (I have never had a groove behave understable)! Regis, the dog, normally could care less about discs, but the sound of the ribbon was very interesting to

There is a bright yellow buzzz under the snow here, but only the pink ribbon is visible.

There is a bright yellow buzzz under the snow here, but only the pink ribbon is visible.

Regis. I think the ribbon, while very festive, had a cost of distance on my throws. However, I was able to find my discs easily because of the ribbon. I think I would use it again.

It is interesting to play in the wind and snow. The drive on # 4 plays along the road and was with the wind. I am always terrified that an errant shot into a busy road will cause a 50-car pile up and several

You can see the blue groove and pink ribbon out on the wind-shaped Iowa tundra...

You can see the blue groove and pink ribbon out on the wind-shaped Iowa snowscape…

deaths and as the emergency response people are extricating the injured from the wreckage I have to ask them exactly where my disc landed so I can play the correct lie… so I threw low and away from the road with an overstable fairway driver only to watch the wind hurl the disc down into the snow. With this in mind I threw my drive on #5 high across the wind TOWARD the road (after waiting for a gap in traffic) planning on the wind to push my drive toward the basket. Son-of-

At least I got this drive right!

At least I got this drive right!

a-gun! I got it right! I sure like it when good shots happen. Playing in the woods at Harrison Road Disc Golf Course, when you have a crazy idea about how to throw you should forget it. At Harrison Road crazy gets you into more trouble – play it safe. Full disclosure requires me to tell you that I still did not get the birdie. The wind pushed my put low and it hit the rim of the basket – ZERO birdies in 18 holes of disc golf here. But I really enjoy this windy, open course, the funky baskets, and the unaesthetic landscaping, Perhaps my favorite hole is #2, it is a downhill drive in small ‘U’ shaped drainage across the prevailing winds. The successful throw is fast and low on the side snow is accumulating and hoping that your disc has enough low speed fade to cross the drainage to the wind blasted side without gaining height- I expect that the wind would take your disc quite a distance if it got the chance. The drive seems simple enough, but I have yet to have a good one here – maybe next time I come I will be able to feel my fingers and it won’t be so windy…

You can't see it in the picture, but there are big differences in the wind pattern depending on which side and how high you are in this drainage.

You can’t see it in the picture, but there are big differences in the wind pattern depending on which side and how high you are in this drainage.

PDGA rule #802.04: throwing from a stance

On Sunday, 20 October 2013, a new putting style emerged that allows maximum body

The 'new style' putt in use on hole 14 at Harrison Road. Photo by Charlie Jahr

The ‘new style’ putt in use on hole 14 at Harrison Road. Photo by Charlie Jahr

extension to the basket. This putting style requires a tricky approach shot, where the disc is lands near two trees that you can wedge your back foot in. Once the back foot is securely wedged between the trees, the golfer can lean as near to the basket as body and arm length allow. This is a stable body position that allows plenty of time to assess the shot at complete extension eliminating those ‘oops’ putts. It is a little more difficult to generate power from the full extension, but the ‘finger push’ technique, once practiced sufficiently, will generate sufficient spin and propulsion. This is a legal putt! The PDGA rules are below – check it out yourself:

802.04 Throwing from a Stance

  1. A player must choose the stance that will result in the least movement of any part of any obstacle that is a permanent or integral part of the course. Once a legal stance is taken, the player may not move an obstacle in any way in order to make room for a throwing motion. It is legal for a player’s throwing motion to cause incidental movement of an obstacle.
  2. When the disc is released, a player must:
    1. Have at least one supporting point that is in contact with the lie; and,
    2. Have no supporting point in contact with the marker disc or any object (including the playing surface) closer to the target than the rear edge of the marker disc; and,
    3. Have all supporting points in-bounds.
  3. Supporting point contact with or beyond the marker disc is permitted after the disc is released, except when putting.
  4. Putting: Any throw from within 10 meters of the target, as measured from the rear of the marker disc to the base of the target, is a putt. Supporting point contact closer to the target than the rear edge of the marker disc after the disc has been released is a stance violation. The player must demonstrate full control of balance before advancing toward the target.