Jan 17 2008, 11:44 PM
i am playing a tournament this weekend at a brand new course. other than trying to get in as many holes in before it starts, is there a general way approach it?

Jan 17 2008, 11:57 PM
Play safe. Don't try what the other guy is doing if you don't feel comfortable with that shot. just play your game and Course Management!

Jan 18 2008, 12:22 AM
Keep it simple. Example, everyone is taking a big hyzer to get to the basket, and u know u can get a reasonable distance shot going straight at it, esp. if u dont have the power for a big hyzer. So, just take the straight shot, and lay up, and then put it in for par unless you have an awesome mid game, or are really good at jump putts.

Jan 18 2008, 01:16 AM
my advice; balls to the wall.

Jan 18 2008, 01:19 AM
i have been playing about a year and a half. so i usually take more risks than i probably should.

Jan 18 2008, 01:22 AM
Just take the most obvious shot unless your with a group of locals and they take a different route.........I play my best golf blind because I dont try to do too much..........I just step to the tee...Check out the hole and throw the most obvious shot............Other than that I say follow the locals if you have the shot they are taking in your bag!!!


Jan 18 2008, 01:29 AM
this will be this course's first event, so it will be new for everyone but for a handful or so of people. i do thrown some discraft, a FLX buzzz, buzzz-gt, and a x storm.


Jan 18 2008, 01:54 AM
this will be this course's first event, so it will be new for everyone but for a handful or so of people. i do thrown some discraft, a FLX buzzz, buzzz-gt, and a x storm.


and a esp wasp

Jan 18 2008, 11:27 AM
Then just stick to shots you know and throw the most obvious routes........Its Easiest way to stay out of trouble

Jan 18 2008, 11:31 AM
my advice; balls to the wall.


Jan 18 2008, 01:48 PM
I play better when I havent seen the course and I cant seem to figure out why that happens.

Jan 18 2008, 03:16 PM
I do the same thing and can't figure it out either....I think the play it safe game has alot to do with it. I have a blind tourney this weekend we'll see how it goes.....ball golf course should be a treat!

The best advise I have gotten from traveling is remember that all your shots from your home course will work here too you just have to decide when to throw what...I guess that pretty much always applies :p

Like your tourney only a handfull of people have seen the course we are playing so we are all handicapped the same....all I can say is I am going to be there EARLY to scope it out :D

Good Luck

Jan 18 2008, 04:24 PM
when I play a new course I try to compare each hole to another hole that I'm already familiar with. Tell yourself, hey this looks like #7 at my home course, then approach it the same way with the same disc with confidence.

Jan 18 2008, 08:45 PM
I also try to compare the courses to the ones I play here in BG, and it helps me with disc selection which in turn tells how what kind of shot I need to take.

Jan 18 2008, 09:31 PM
Throw 2 drives, 5 approaches and 10 putts on the tough holes...

Get the speedbumps down and you can drive faster! :cool:

Of course I suck...

Jan 18 2008, 11:26 PM
a little snow is in forecast, that should add to the fun.

Jan 19 2008, 03:22 AM
If you have time, walk the holes backwards...from pin to tee. This gives a different perspective of how the trees/branches are actually situated. How many times have we all thrown what appears to be a great shot that gets knocked down by an 'invisible' branch OR thought that we'd surely get around a tree only to find the perspective totally different once we get there?

Another idea with the above is to take a driver or a dependable midrange and chuck it from the pin toward the tee...just to gain more of a feel for the distance.

What gets my goat is when I arrive at a 'new' course/tourney (late :mad:) and I HAVE to play the course blind...and there are no tee signs, no distances...no nothing to gauge with. These are the times I REALLY wish I had done the above.

Jan 19 2008, 10:15 PM
i didn't do all that well, but then i wasn't alone when it came to that. i would say the course is still in its rough draft shape but i be ok after some more trimming.

Jan 20 2008, 09:57 PM
Show up a day early and play a round or two with a local.

If there is a doubles the day before the event, play it. Chances are you will get a pactice round and local info at the same time. In my experience, more locals play those rounds than out of towners.

Jan 21 2008, 12:59 AM
not of a lot of "locals" have played it. the course was started in october and just rough finished before yesterday.

Jan 21 2008, 01:22 PM
my advice; balls to the wall.

second ;)

Jan 21 2008, 06:01 PM
carlton always recommends (and i think i agree with him) attempting to get the birdie holes grooved as that is the easiest place to gain/lose strokes.

Jan 22 2008, 12:21 AM
If there are any must get birdie holes, practice those in the morning before the round. Do some field work--hyzer, straight, anhyzer, with what's in your bag--especially with putters as they will give you immediate feedback about your technique especially what you are doing with your wrist.

Jan 25 2008, 03:26 AM
probably my main thing is not picking the right disc and which style to throw (backhand, sidearm, etc.) like a course i am playing on saturday. i have played it several times, including three times this week. there are two holes that i still mess up. i either turnover a teerex sidearm or shank a roc.

Feb 02 2008, 12:25 AM
check out a firebird for that sidearm and you'll do just fine.

Feb 17 2008, 05:06 PM
i have thrown firebirds. they tend to drop fast at the end of their flight.

Feb 20 2008, 12:13 PM
Playing smart, very smart. If its a new course there are two ways to approach it: 1. Tournament play, 2. Casual play

1. Tourny play: This is where you take shots that are high percentage for you. Take risks only when you have an out, or there are not O.B.'s to worry about. Tourny play is where practicing like your in a tourny all the time pays off. Players need to remain calm and relaxed, but also focused when needed.

2. Casual play: When playing a new course casually all bets are off, unless its for money. If its not for money try anything and everything in your arsenal to get towards the basket easier. However, these shots you use should not be new to you, unless you play the same hole over and over at a course.

When playing new courses there is no right way to play it, just your way. Play what makes you comfortable. Most of the time when you play new courses you are either in a tourny or on vacation...if you're playing tournys...you know you need practice to be able to make the shots....if on vacation (road trip) compete with yourself. I've found i lose focus when playing new courses, be sure to have fun but stay focused so you play well and thus making the vacation better as well.