Archive for month: July, 2014

WE’RE ONLIIINNNEEEEE!!!!!

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A New Lesson

Last weekend I played the best three consecutive tournament rounds of my life. On Saturday, I played West Thompson at 15 under for the event, posting a 1001 rated -7 first round and a 1016 rated -8 second round. I was able to fend off a great competitor and even greater player in Bobby Cowperthwait to take the West Thompson win. To date, it’s my best win as a professional disc golfer.

I went into Sunday’s Newton Hill Open feeling full of confidence but very tired. I couldn’t believe just how big of an impact the stressful ending of the West T tournament had on my body. My hip, lower and upper back and my calves were extremely sore. I’m no super athlete but I never get that sore from disc golf. There’s something about throwing while under great pressure that can impact your body in a serious way. Despite the soreness, I managed to put up the hot round in the morning at Newton Hill. I came out of the gates with a 1024 rated 48 which according to course par is -10 but what most people would more appropriately call a 7 under (due to some soft par fours). I was a little surprised that I had put together such a great round but the way in which it happened didn’t seem so great. I started on hole 17 which I was a little disappointed to miss the birdie on but from there I went hot. My scores from hole 18 to hole 6 went: 2, 2, 2, 3, 2, 2, 2. Seeing as how I’m no Kyle Moriarty I didn’t park hole 3 and had to live with a 3 on it. I maintained throughout the rest of the course, missing two inside the circle putts to land at a 48. I say it didn’t feel great because after 8 holes I was already at the 6 under (everything as threes) 48 mark. Towards the end of the 1st round I started growing fatigued and had some grip issues. I was scrambled well though and avoided any harm.

Enter the second round. Can we say Jekyll and Hyde? Oof. If I thought I was sore in the morning, I felt like an OLD man. The 3+ hour 1st round had taken so much out of me and I didn’t properly reestablish my composure for the second round. Mentally I was worn very thin from the battle the day before, from the 1st round grind and from the heat. I rather not go into detail about just how awful I played in the 2nd round but I wound up with an atrocious, embarrassing, 855 rated 65. OUCH! I will very briefly explain my major in-round mistake. I broke down my stretch from 18-6 in the 1st round, in the second I started on 1 and scored like this: 4, 3, 3, 4, 3, 4. Three over as opposed to 5 under on the same stretch in the 1st round. I couldn’t help but compare my two rounds (TERRIBLE) and know that I was a whopping 8 strokes off my first round pace. Not only was I physically beat but I began to beat myself down mentally as well. There was no way I could maintain and it wasn’t long before I had lost all confidence in my throws and couldn’t gain any traction despite great support from my card mates.

If you read all that to get to the lesson, kudos. I learned this weekend that although lunch break is a break, you NEED to be realistic about what you need. After the 1st round I needed two things, energy and to work out the grip/confidence issues I could forecast for the second round. What did I do? I got food (smart move) drank a beer (no problem there) and laid down. TERRIBLE. I was exhausted and I embraced the exhaustion, letting it take control as opposed to wiping it out with a chemical ridden, evil, 5 hour energy or by going and doing 100 jumping jacks. I also neglected to get out on the course and throw. I needed to work on my grip going into the second round and I didn’t. Guess what? It showed. I learned that you need to be honest with yourself. If I was in good shape during break, I easily could have taken it easy, shmoozed, etc.. I wasn’t though and I didn’t act like a professional by doing what I needed to. I also had never been in that position before, never before had I shot three consecutive 1000+ rated rounds, so I’m being easy on myself despite the stupidity I displayed. Next time I plan to stay mentally acute, put together 4 in a row and hopefully have two titles to show for a weekend of work. Next time…