RJ Lacelle  › Motor City Chain Gang   January 26, 2013 at 2:40am

I'm new to tourneys and all that.The march mudfest will be my first one and I have no idea what division to place myself in. Any info on how to place myself in a division would be awesome.

doug granby   January 25, 2013 at 4:49pm

first i ask 3 questions how far do you throw? what is the average distance you make all your putts consecutively? How is your constancy in throwing.

Mark Stephens   January 25, 2013 at 4:51pm

The best thing is to talk with the TD and give them an HONEST assessment of your play on the course where the event is being played in. I say honest as most people tend to give TDs score that may have mulligans in use, VERY lax rules, and such. They then end up playing in a division too high for their actual play. Congrats on your first steps to tournament play!

doug granby   January 25, 2013 at 4:51pm

I started in am3 it is a B-teir so after this event you will be rated by pdga unless you dont get your pdga number which i would recommend you do. so after you get rated it places you were you should be Kinda lol

doug granby   January 25, 2013 at 4:53pm

most people Ive talked to start in AM4 in a sanctioned event. non sanctioned event AM3. this is all just my opinion

RJ Lacelle   January 25, 2013 at 4:56pm

being modest, I dunno my actualy throw distance. I can throw over a football field but its hard to calculate the exact distance. I have all my shots down (Backhand, forehand, thumber etc.) for the most part, and I can nail puts usually from about 20 - 25 feet. Thank you to both of you for the quick responses.

Chris Leo   January 25, 2013 at 5:14pm

I responded VIA PM RJ. Sorry I'm at work and wasn't as prompt as I would of liked. Thanks Mark and Doug!

Nick Oliver   January 25, 2013 at 5:17pm

Distance is irrelevant imo. If your new and not a whiz Am 4 when possible, 3 when not. Play the Chain Gangs spring tournament, everyone is friendly and helpful. Play with some vets before to learn etiquette and rules, and go to the PDGA site and read as well. Are you in the east side? I live by Cant ... more

RJ Lacelle   January 25, 2013 at 5:27pm

Nick, You're just a short trip down 696 for me. I live in chesterfiel, just north of 23 mile on gratiot. I'm always willing to play if i have the free time so i'd love to go out for a round or two.

Nick Oliver   January 25, 2013 at 5:31pm

Cool. I have some friends on that side of town on here that play a ton. I'll connect you guys. And when I say that throwing distance is irrelevant I don't mean it doesn't matter because someone who can throw 400 feet like your profile says it's going to do much better in am 4 and maybe even am 3, but what is more important is how accurate you are with your distance.

Nick Oliver   January 25, 2013 at 5:33pm

Doug makes some great points.

RJ Lacelle   January 25, 2013 at 5:34pm

Again I'm terrible with modesty. The only disc I for sure know I'm accurate with is the nuke. I'm either still learning the ins and outs of my other ones, or haven't had them for lnog enough. Both my nukes are exactly one year old tomorrow (happy bday to them) so they're just starting to break in and really give me some great stuff.