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Scott Family Disc Golf – Clinic Review
Girl Scouts – Hornet’s Nest Council – Charlotte, NC
Fabulous Female Disc Golf
Reedy Creek Park, Saturday May 18th, 10 am.
Instructor: Debbie Scott, local pro disc golfer (and former girl scout)
What a fantastic day for disc golf! The weather was great and so was the participation in this year’s Girl Scout Disc Golf day! There were 10 young ladies and 2 adults eager to learn how to play this sport.
We began with an introduction myself and the sport. We then grabbed our discs and headed over to the practice basket. When teaching this sport I teach the shots in opposite order that they are thrown. I teach putting first, then approaching, followed by driving. Sometimes we don’t even get to driving. I want a firm foundation set on the putt and approach.
I had the girls surround the basket and step out to about 10 feet away. I demonstrated the proper grip and stance then we all practiced putting for a couple rounds. It didn’t take long for the girls to successfully putt at 10-15 feet away. At this point we marked our easy circle around the basket (15 ft.) and headed to about 60 feet away to work on approaching to our easy circle. We marked our easy circle so that we have a very clear target to aim at when approaching. If you can make it in the circle you have a very good chance at putting out on the first try.
I had the girls line up about 60 feet away from the basket. I demonstrated the grip, the stance and throwing motion of the approach shot. I had each girl throw one at a time so I could help each one specifically. We all threw several times from that point, then we backed up to about 100 feet. After a few rounds the girls were getting more and more shots into the easy circle!
Time to take what we learned from the field and apply it to the course. I split the group up into two and half went with my husband, who taught me how to play disc golf over 18 years ago, and the other half I took. We played ‘best shot’ with the 5 girls on holes 1-4 of Reedy Creek disc golf course. That was a lot of fun and it kept the girls in the fairway most of the time. By the time we got to the third hole the girl’s shots were all quite accurate and several were picking up some good distance.
By the end of the session they were asking me where they can get discs and where else could they play. It is so thrilling for me to see the excitement come to life in a person once they get a good feel for this sport. Several of the girls displayed a natural ability for disc golf and I hope they seek it out further. As always, I love sharing this sport with others! The more youth we can get it now, the stronger this sport will become.
I am very excited to announce the product endorcement of Isotonix Champion Blend Plus. I was first introduced to the company, Isotonix when I took a weight loss class (Transition Lifestyle System) a couple of years ago. I lost over 30 lbs and started to take their multi-vitamins. I told them (jokingly) that when I go pro they should sponsor me. In 2012, Isotonix introduced Champion Blend Plus to the world and I am their disc golfer. Carmello Anthony (NBA basketball player)publically endorces the product too. It is a special blend for athletes. Go to www.discgolfchampionblend.com for all the details. I have been taking this product for awhile now and love the results!
Now that is how you start off a World Championship! Mark Huether and I won the World Amateur Mixed Doubles Title. There were 36 teams competing at Hornet’s Nest park. Mark and I worked really well together and are very excited to be crowned World Champs!
“A Woman’s Trek to PRO,” that has been my title or main reason for writing in Talkdiscgolf.com. I have updated you on my events and what I’ve learned from each disc golf outing. I also do write ups on all my events in my family’s disc golf website (www.scottfamilydiscgolf.com) It’s easy to track what I’ve done based on my results.
So where am I at on my journey to PRO? Am I ready to move up? What about the World Tournament, being held in my hometown of Charlotte?
The answer is YES… I am ready to move up! No matter the result of how I do at the World tournament, I am going to transition into Pro – Open Women! My first big Pro event will be The 2012 U.S. Woman’s National Tournament to be held in Huntsville, AL in September.
This has been an amazing advanced amateur year, hopefully crowning at Worlds in a few days. I have learned so much about myself and my game, it truly is incredible. If you look at the tournament results, I’ve won all my events this year with the exception of two and I came in second by only 1 stroke at each of them. But it’s not about the results to me. It’s what I’ve learned from each tournament that makes me better and propels me even further the next time I play.
There are a few things I would like to share that have been important revelations to me during this past year’s journey. I derive a lot of confidence about my round by how I putt, so I have developed a very good approach game to lay me as close to the basket as possible. If all my putts are within 15 feet I am going to have a positive round. I can confidently drive, approach and putt the whole time. Being confident & positive during a round is critical!
I have taken a lot of time to get to know what each of my discs will do. I don’t try to force myself to do something I know I can’t, I stick to my game with the skills I have. Knowing which disc does what for each situation I am in is so valuable. I know my discs and game so well now, that walking up to a shot I already know what I’m going to throw and how. That’s awesome. This takes a lot of practice and patience to get to this level.
There are a few things I want to share that I had to learn the hard way. Make sure you get plenty of rest while during a tournament, no heavy drinking, don’t eat anything that will upset your stomach and make sure you drink plenty of water. Have fun after the tournament, not before or during. I have friends I’m excited to see and be with when I travel for tournaments, but I have to be careful not to ruin my game by what I do with them. Take care of your body and you will stay strong throughout the whole tournament. There’s nothing like having the lead the whole time, then in the final round your body starts to shut down because you didn’t take care of it the night before and you lose.
I hope that these tips help you in your game and quest to be a better disc golfer. They certainly have been very valuable to me. I am excited about what’s ahead of me in my new journey in the PRO division. I have a lot more to work on and I look forward to playing with the pro ladies!
The World tournament is coming up in a few days and I am so excited to be finishing up my amateur journey here. What a blessing it’s been for me to have the World tournament here in my hometown. I have course trained all of my courses so much that I know what I need to throw on each drive & approach. I have tackled my trouble spots and hopefully have multiple solutions to each possible throw. My father will be my caddy for Worlds and I have trained with him some too. It’s also been an honor of mine to serve as the social media person for the World tournament. Being on the local organizing committee and helping to plan this great event and relaying information out to the public has been a lot of fun. All of us in Charlotte will be looking forward to great tournament and then some much needed rest afterwards.
I welcome you to keep up with me on my family’s website: www.scottfamilydiscgolf.com and here at Talkdiscgolf.com. I also want to thank my sponsor, Essential Discs who have been with me since I was an intermediate player. You can find them online at www.essentialdiscs.com and if you use my name ‘Debbie’ in the coupon code, you’ll get 10% off their already great prices on discs and gear.
But most importantly – Get out and throw!! ~Debbie Scott
I am so excited about the Clash, my first real big tournament of the year. There are 9 advanced ladies that I had the honor of being a part of. They are all great, so I knew going into this one that I had to shoot great and stay strong all the way through. I got to play with Rachael Hudson and Michelle Horn the first round, then moved to the lead card and played with Sara Nicholson, Sue Smith & Heather Damron for round 2. I stayed on the lead card for the last two rounds along with Sara N., Heather D. and Michelle Horn.
Round 1 was at Nevin disc golf course and it is one of the most challenging courses in Charlotte. It is very long and heavily wooded. Overall I did well on this course. I had a couple holes I wish I could redo, but that’s okay. I shot a 73, which put me in 2nd place, out of 1st by 3. Trees happened, especially hole #5, where I couldn’t seem to find the fairway. My putting and approaching were both good. My round rating was 889, so that was a good start. I did get a birdie on hole 11. And I had a great card: Michelle Horn and Racheal Hudson.
Round 2 was at Hornet’s Nest, my home course. This started off on a very bad note. We are supposed to have 1 hour for lunch between rounds and it was not, so Stephanie Miller and I have to run (with all our gear) to our holes which were as far away as possible to start. We barely make it, but now I am totally whipped before I start. It took me two holes to settle down. But once I did, I did well. I shot a 65, rated 902 round, the best in adv. women. I got a birdie on hole 9. I was on the lead card and played with Sara, Sue and Heather. We had a rain delay for about 30 min, but were able to finish the course out before dark. So after Hornet’s Nest I was tied for 1st place with Sara Nicholson.