Disc Golf Beginners Guide Days 16-18 Shot Selection

We continue with the Beginners 30 Day Plan To Disc Golf. So in days 16-18 you need to focus on : Shot Selection

Shot selection is key in disc golf, as it allows you to navigate the course in the most efficient way possible. As you start learning how to make strategic shot selections, here are some tips:

Analyze the course and plan your shots before each throw. Before each shot, take a moment to analyze the course and plan your shot accordingly. Consider factors such as wind conditions, obstacles, and your own personal strengths and weaknesses. Look at the shape and elevation of the fairway and green. Identify any obstacles like trees, bushes, water hazards, etc. that you need to avoid.

Choose the right disc for each shot. Pick a disc that matches the shape and distance you need for that particular shot. Overstable discs are good for fighting wind and carving shots around obstacles. Understable discs are better for straight, gentle shots. Midrange discs are accurate for shorter approaches.

Play conservatively at first. When starting out, it’s better to make safer shot selections to avoid penalties and stay in bounds. As you gain more experience, you can attempt more risky, technical shots.

Learn from each throw. Pay attention to how your discs fly and what shots work for you. Over time, you’ll learn the capabilities of each disc in your bag so you can confidently select the right one for each scenario.

Practice different shots. Spend time at a field working on various shot shapes – hyzer, anhyzer, flex shots, rollers, etc. The more shots you can execute, the more options you’ll have on the course.

Thinking through each shot strategically will lower your scores and make you a better disc golfer. With practice, shot selection will become second nature.


Shots To Focus On

Here are some key shots beginners should focus on over days 16-18:

  • Backhand drive: This is the most common and fundamental shot in disc golf. Spend time practicing driving off the tee with a backhand throw. Work on gripping the disc properly and releasing it with smooth acceleration. Focus on consistency and controlled distance.
  • Forehand drive: The forehand drive is a useful alternative to backhand, especially for sharp left turns. Practice gripping the disc firmly with your fingers and flicking your wrist on release. Start close to the basket and work on control.
  • Putting: Dedicate time each day to practice putting from circles 1, 2 and 3. Make sure you have a solid, repeatable stance and motion. Aim small and develop touch for short putts.
  • Upshot: Approaches from 100-200 ft are called “upshots”. Work on straight, stable midrange discs for these. Control and finesse is key, not distance. Focus on landing the upshot close to the basket.
  • Hyzer and anhyzer: Learn how to manipulate angle of release for hyzer (disc fades left) and anhyzer (fades right) shots. Use these to shape shots around obstacles.
  • Flex shots: A flex shot starts right or left then flips back the other way. They’re very useful for navigating tricky lines.

Practice those fundamental shots repeatedly over days 16-18. You’ll gain consistency, touch and control. Those skills will transfer directly to smarter shot selection on the course.