The sport of golf holds many similarities to disc golf within the psychological and technique arenas. It’s possible you’ll not love golf, you might not watch golf, however you actually can grow to be a greater disc golfer by studying how golf professionals assault the golf course. On this first article of a doubtlessly long-running collection on disc golf classes from golf, we take a fast take a look at the 2020 Masters.
Even if you happen to don’t play or watch golf, you seemingly perceive the similarities to disc golf. You most likely have additionally heard of Tiger Woods and perceive that he’s arguably the most effective participant within the recreation’s lengthy historical past. The Masters match is one among 4 “majors” for the game and is hosted at a really prestigious location that extends the lore much more.
Setting the Stage
The 2020 Masters introduced us a beautiful instance for disc golf. Tiger was largely out of competition in his quest to win his sixth Masters when he got here to the twelfth tee at 3-under par. The twelfth is a considerably iconic par 3 and at 155 yards it isn’t notably lengthy for a tour participant, nevertheless it tends to be a troublesome gap to birdie.
Tiger proceeded to drop his tee shot into the creek in entrance of the inexperienced, took a drop, hit a brief wedge shot into the water, took a drop, hit his wedge into a clumsy lie within the again bunker, hit the sand shot over the inexperienced into the water, took a drop within the bunker, hit that onto the inexperienced and two putted for a ten. Sure, arguably the most effective golfer of all time took 10 photographs to get residence on a brief par 3.
What on earth can we be taught from such a horrible show of golf? I guess many people may’ve made a 3 there with our discs! Let me present you what Tiger did on the ultimate 6 holes, and keep in mind that he was out of competition for the match (be aware that golf makes use of crimson numbers to indicate “underneath par”):
So, after taking an embarrassing 10 on the twelfth gap, Tiger went out and birdied 5 of his remaining six holes. And that’s the lesson, you must make birdies to erase the reminiscence of a nasty gap. Okay, that’s not the lesson in any respect.
What Tiger did was present us all learn how to reply and react to some dangerous throws and some unfortunate outcomes. You progress on. Get mad, get indignant, and recover from it instantly. Erase the brief time period reminiscence and simply transfer alongside.
What he didn’t do was throw a tantrum, throw a membership, pout, or level fingers. What number of occasions does your disc get a nasty bounce otherwise you chain out a brief putt, otherwise you simply don’t throw the place you need and also you reply by shedding your composure or giving up in your spherical solely? His stage of self-control is one thing for us all to be taught from. To not point out he clearly used that unfavorable vitality to drive his superb end.
And I like the quote he gave in an interview whereas reflecting on his spherical:
This sport is terribly lonely generally. It’s important to battle it. Nobody goes to carry you off the mound [as in baseball] or name in a sub. It’s important to battle by it. That’s what makes this recreation so distinctive and so troublesome mentally.
Tiger Woods, post-round interview, 2020 Masters
Take into consideration that. Disc golf, particularly in match play, is simply the identical.
It’s as much as you the way you reply to unfortunate occasions, poor efficiency, and actually anything. However know this, the elite professionals dig deep and use the unlucky occasion as gasoline to grow to be even higher.
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