The strong benefits from disc golf to my mental and physical health were evident. I started losing weight and my stress level dropped. Before I knew it, I was playing 3-5 hours of disc golf a day and loving every minute of it. The sport was growing at tremendously fast speeds at that time, with new local courses being installed rapidly and it only helped to spur me to play more and more.
I went on that way playing everyday until sometime during 2007 I tore the rhomboid muscle in my shoulder. Though I had lost over 30 pounds playing golf at that point, I hadn't been training my body in any other way besides walking the course and throwing discs. Despite seeking treatment and taking several 2 month breaks to let my injury recover, my shoulder would have no more and continued to be a problem until finally in 2009 I decided to take a 6-9 month break and let it heal.
When Spring of 2010 rolled around I decided I was determined to exercise for the right to play golf and not have golf be my primary exercise. So, I started working out regularly and confined myself to one round a week.
Flash forward to today, I'm playing more and more again and I'm also training harder than ever before. I do aerobic workouts 3-5 times a week and strength training 3 days a week. I golf almost everyday but try to take at least 2 days off a week for recovery.
Now that we've got that under our belt I can talk about something more interesting to me, the drivers in my golf bag and why they are there.
Firebird - Champion, 175 grams: The piggy. This is the most overstable and reliable disc in my bag. Used extensively for upshots, forehand air and roller shots, backhand flex and hyzer shots, overhand shots and anything that needs to skip. I like it in champion because it takes a pretty serious beating from the overhand shots and rollers. I also feel like champion is the best rolling plastic because it should bend less when it impacts the ground.
Destroyer - Star, 171-175 grams: The distance driver. I use this disc for long backhand hyzers, annhyzers, straight wooded shots with a low ceiling and flex shots. I would like to say I have a bunch of these in different stages of wear but it's not true. Most of the destroyers I have are still pretty stable to overstable and I cannot make any of them flip up from a hyzer angle. I've had a couple beat in ones in the past but I lost them both. I throw the destroyer because it feels like the most reliable wide rimmed disc to me and it holds the lines I throw it on. I don't have to compromise too much control for the extra distance this disc gives me.
Sidewinder - Champion, 175 grams: The flipper. This disc gets utilized for rollers and backhand turnover drives over 350'. Sidewinders are great because out of the box they behave like a well loved and seasoned driver. Besides a few mutants ones I have encountered I have no probablem turning these discs up from a hyzer the day I buy them. One of the things I like about the sidewinder is that the wing is not too wide and it is still relatively fast. I feel like it's easier to throw controlled shots with a smaller wing and when I'm throwing turnovers and rollers I need all of the control I can get. Again, I feel champion plastic is better for rolling.
Teebird - Champion, 175 grams: The control driver. This disc gets utilized for backhand hyzers, annhyzers and flip shots out to 350'. It is the most controllable driver I have ever thrown and it holds the lines I put it on. I like how I can make it finish left when I need it to but it will also finish straight or to the right if required. I usually carry these in at least two stages of wear, one that is beat in and one closer to new. The new ones are awesome for holding hyzers and the beat up ones will flip up from a hyzer and run straight for days. I like these in champion plastic because they put in a ton of work and champion seems to be slightly more resilient to tree hits than star.
It's taken me a lot of trial and error to come up with this list but it seems to cover all of my needs while not over cluttering my bag. I really don't believe in carrying discs that overlap as it just adds confusion when selecting your shot.
Finally, I'll top this first blog off with a video of me driving at Rooster Rock last weekend. I'm working on pivoting on my heel to help promote my follow through and good rotation. I threw this one nose up but it still landed within 60' of the hole. Thanks to my lovely wife and partner in crime, Amanda for filming.
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