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    Hello fellow disc golfers,

    I'm teaching a one hour clinic (Disc Golf 101) on the basics of disc golf for REI. I'm an amateur who's not very good. So I covet your suggestions. I'm just going for the most basic information. For complete beginners who are interested in disc golf but don't know the what, where, and (very briefly) how. So what's important? What goals should I set for my fortyish minutes of talking (leaving some time for questions)? How do I get people started without overwhelming them with tech and jargon? And of course I need some good disc golf jokes.

    Thanks in advance for anything,

    Evan

    P.S. - The clinic is free, at the downtown Portland store, on July 8th in the evening (exact time still tbd but probably 6:30pm)

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    • #3
      Most importantly, tell them to start out with putters and midranges. If they must throw drivers, lighter weights will be better for most beginners.
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      • #4
        thanks Adam

        Originally posted by Adam Schneider View Post
        Most importantly, tell them to start out with putters and midranges. If they must throw drivers, lighter weights will be better for most beginners.
        Thanks for making that point. I've only recently realized that I'm throwing discs that are too heavy and of a speed level that I can't really produce. I can throw a 170 destroyer a ways but I can throw a 165 beast further with more control.

        On that note...do you know if the distances at Timber Lin park are accurate?

        Evan

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Adam Schneider View Post
          Most importantly, tell them to start out with putters and midranges. If they must throw drivers, lighter weights will be better for most beginners.
          QFT. I'd also recommend starting out with DX plastic if they can...easier to throw and less of a hit when it's inevitably lost. Though, if going through REI, I don't even know if they sell DX....
          Untwist thine undergarments, 'tis but a Frisbee.

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          • #6
            Very cool. I taught some clinics for REI in Hillsboro and a bunch for Hillsboro Parks and Rec. I will send you a PM with my number. If you want to give me a call, I will give the rundown of what I did.

            Grow the sport!
            ďI believe I can hit 18 greens, hit every fairway, you know ó Vision 54, which means you birdie every hole, thatís in the back of my mind. I want to putt better, chip better. That day when I hit 18 greens and one putt, Iíll know Iím a complete golfer. Will that ever happen? Iím not sure, but itís possible. The 54 vision is always in the back of my mind.Ē
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sam View Post
              Very cool. I taught some clinics for REI in Hillsboro and a bunch for Hillsboro Parks and Rec. I will send you a PM with my number. If you want to give me a call, I will give the rundown of what I did.

              Grow the sport!
              Thanks Sam! Evan, for sure get ahold of Sam and he'll help you out. Carie Coleman with Stumptown is another resource as her position on the Board is Clinics. She is Carie CPink here on the forum. Good luck!

              Bob

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              • #8
                REI Portland Disc Golf 101

                Disc Golf 101 clinic is coming soon. Wednesday July 8th at 7pm at REI Portland. I'd love to meet you most excellent disc golfers. So if you get the chance come out and support/heckle me.
                Sincerely,
                Evan

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                • #9
                  The one thing I always tell people is to throw from shoulder to shoulder. So you lift the disc up flat and back by your left shoulder and you run it right under your chin without dropping your elbow. So if you go straight across under your chin and don't drop your elbow you can get a straighter throw. Once you have that down well, after a year or two, then you can drop your arm. I throw from my waist now, but if I did that when I started it would go straight up and hook 3 holes over to the left. I have taught many people to play and that is my favorite tip.

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                  • #10
                    Also if you are just starting and never really thrown a disc before then throw with 80% power at the MOST with your drives.
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                    • #11
                      Teach them to throw the disc nearly level.

                      The natural tendency for beginners is to throw the disc at a steep upward angle.

                      Its a frisbee, not a baseball, it does not fly in a nice parabola (graceful curving arc), but rather, goes farthest when thrown on a flat line.

                      As a player gets better, they will throw more "wormburners" or shots that hug the ground, than ones that rise steeply.

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                      • #12
                        Teach em to stay behind play, their minis and YOU can't break branches that are in your way.


                        OH! and Pack it in Pack it out.
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                        • #13
                          Ahh yeah, and don't forget the all important "FORE!"
                          Untwist thine undergarments, 'tis but a Frisbee.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Tim View Post
                            Ahh yeah, and don't forget the all important "FORE!"
                            Actually Tim Just because you yell FORE, It does not relieve you of the responsibility of any damage your thrown disc might cause. So Courtesy towards all park users is the number one thing Cherries need to know,
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                            • #15
                              Also never forget when giving a new disc golf a disc if it is a driver never give them overstable disc to start understable for the win for beginners
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