PODCAST EP#26 – PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT (WITH DAVID TUCKER)

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Episode #26 -practice makes permanent (with david tucker)

Todays podcast is brought to you by some of our amazing and generous podcast contributors:

Scott Comeaux – Florida
Melissa Martin – Ohio
Royal Daniel – Texas
Todd Sisco – Kansas
Jeremy Ziakis – Kentucky

DISCS & ZEN –

In Zen & The Art Of Disc Golf, I talked at great length about how your disc golf bag can be seen as a metaphor for all the baggage that you carry around with you from day to day and how if you do not place your bag on the ground (“dropping your baggage”) you severely decrease your accuracy and ability to achieve your goals.

Today, I would like to talk to you about what we place in our bags and how we hold onto discs and equipment that serve no other purpose than to “fill out our bags.” It’s very interesting to meet and talk to so many new players who begin playing disc golf and starting with the same habits. I believe a psychologist could make a reasonable study of disc golfers to extrapolate trends in human behavior. We often talk about how newer players tend to buy high speed drivers in hopes that the numbers on the disc alone will put our tee shots where we want them in the fairway with little attention paid to our throwing technique, but another habit that we have is being pack rats or maybe “bag rats” would be a better term.

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practice makes permanent –  with david tucker

Dave is a 36 year old husband, father, and novice disc golfer with a burning passion for growing the sport of Disc Golf.  He has a new YouTube Channel that caters to new, novice, and or beginner disc golfers.  He makes videos that answer the question we all have as newcomers to the sport.
Dave started a Facebook group called Big Daddy Disc Golf, and it’s for people like him whom are over weight.  While being a place to share healthy tips, ideas, and progress into living life more abundantly, it’s also a wonderful way to introduce this sport as a fun and healthy way to get activity into lives of those courageous individuals who are looking for a lifestyle change.

Dave’s YouTube Channel – Tuck4s1

Dave’s Facebook Group – Big Daddy Disc Golf

Disc Golf Lessons With Philo Brathwaite – teamphilo.com

Blenders Sunglasses – Use TUCK4s1 for 30% off!

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DAVID – UP CART $89

PAT – KNIGHT  MAGIC BOX II $32.99

 

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BLACK ZOMBIE – CHAINSAW

on April 26, 2016
If you love disc golf, and even if you don’t but are searching for a new insight on life, read this book.

JOIN MIND BODY DISC IN DONATING TO  ST. JUDE!

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Every little bit counts, please give what you can. Together we can make a difference.

Remember, kids are the future of our sport. And for many kids, St. Jude is the key to their future.

How your donation helps:

  • Thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
  • St. Jude will continue to improve the treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through its groundbreaking research.

HELP US KEEP GOING AND GROWING!

Funny thing about podcasting… Success costs money. As we continue to reach record numbers of listeners the costs rise with syndication, web development, and GIVEAWAYS, I am constantly plagued with the question, how can I keep the podcast self-sustaining.

The answer: $1. That’s it.

If you love the ZEN DISC GOLF PODCAST, please consider donating as little as $1 a month and help keep this show alive, going and growing.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

By supporting, you will be entered to win a $20 gift card from Infinite Discs. You will get one entry per donated dollar per month (i.e. Putter level =1 entry per month, Distance driver level = 3 entries per month). Cancel anytime!

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PODCAST EP#25 – Yoga & The Art Of Disc Golf (With Megan Nance and Garin Wootton)

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Episode #25 – Yoga & The Art Of Disc Golf (With Megan Nance and Garin Wootton)

 

Todays podcast is brought to you by some of our amazing and generous podcast contributors:

Kevin Kugler – Wisconsin
Adam Kubiak – Pennsylvania
Adam Gowland – Ontario, Canada
Jørn Idar Kvig – Oslo, Norway
Christoffer Pettersen – Kristiansand, Norway

DISCS & ZEN – FROM THE DISCS PERSPECTIVE

I was playing a doubles round with some friends of mine the other day when we got to hole number 8 at Newport News disc golf course and I had a new revelation.

Most of  this group are players I have recently introduced to the game and even though they had played the course several times from the short tees had never played from the long tees. We decided to try the long tees for some added variation and also decided that doubles would be a good starting point for playing a slightly longer course.

We paired up stronger players with weaker players to ensure some balance in the game and everyone was playing extremely well. I fully believe that switching up the tees, baskets, or even the course is a great way to step outside of the box and really see what you can do. For some reason, forcing yourself outside of routine seems to help you break out of complacency and help to influence the mindfulness and focus that disc golfers need to play well.

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YOGA & THE ART OF DISC GOLF

Disc Golf Yoga – Pre-round warmup from Youngblood Productions on Vimeo.

MEGAN NANCE

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Megan Nance is a health and fitness coach, helping people start their fitness journeys and providing the tools to be successful. Using an online platform, she helps people find fitness and nutrition programs that will work for their lifestyle, and connects them with support and accountability. Megan is a  certified yoga teacher and has a passion for sharing the physical and mental benefits of yoga with others.  Her husband has shared his love of disc golf with her and as a certified yoga instructor, has developed a customized yoga practice for disc golfers. She lives with her husband and daughter in Austin, TX.

GARIN WOOTTEN

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“I have been playing disc golf since the early 1990s.  I played throughout college and post college.  I fell in love with sport and would play as much as I could back in the day.  Now I’ve got 3 kids and work quite a bit so finding time to play is not as easy.  I used to play many tournaments every year, but now I may pick 3 or 4 events each year.  I don’t play many courses even casually due to time constraints, but will still do field work and putt in my backyard to keep my skill set sharpened.  I have grown to really love field work, especially once I got into yoga. Yoga helps physically, but my mental focus is undeniably better with yoga training.  This can be said on and off the course.

Since I still wanted to be involved and even give back to a sport that I loved playing, I started a company called Black Zombie disc golf in 2013.  It was easier to work on my laptop and develop all these ideas to ‘color’ the sport I love.  I instantly had aspirations to be BZ of DG  much like Op was to surfing.  I have never surfed in my life, but i’ve had Op wallets, shirts, shorts, and more.  I look back at Op and they were able to capture the spirit of the ocean waves.  I wanted to capture the spirit of the outdoors as it applies to disc golf.  The image of intensity and accomplishment via the flight of a disc driven by a player.  Black Zombie has been nicknamed BZ for obvious reasons, but more importantly the idea of being ‘busy’ outside is my focus.  I try to motivate people to get off couch and get outside and what better vehicle than disc golf.  I think disc golf was lacking, and still lacking more brands that inspire people outside of disc golf to take another look all while keeping disc golfers excited and engaged through cool graphics and positive energy.

BZ has gotten very popular and the idea we are the disc golf infection has totally been embraced.  As us disc golfers know, disc golf is a sport that is infectious as we begin to play more and understand the flight of the disc against the elements.

I have been doing yoga for over 10yrs myself.  I really stepped up my yoga when my mother was diagnosed with cancer.  To counter my stress levels I was able to increase my yoga in reflection to my stress.  I whole heartedly feel that yoga was the best ‘medicine’ during this time before  my mother passed from the cancer treatments.  Cancer treatments and their effects on the elderly is a whole other soap box i’ve gotten on, but that is for another discussion.  Between the FDA, big pharma, and the profit digging on our elders is disgusting.  But, that was my stress and yoga was an amazing natural remedy.

For BZ, we are an apparel line first, but have designed our first putter with Gateway Disc Sports.  It was a 4month process last year and our putter, the Chainsaw, was approved January 2016.  You can add our website www.blackzombie.com so you or others can check out what we have to offer.  We launched our website recently and are still adding march we have.”

-GARIN WOOTTEN

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GARIN – Chainsaw Putter

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MEGAN – http://www.megnancehealthandfitness.com

CHRIS – QUEST TURBO PUTTER

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TIM – INFINITE DISCS APP

PAT – INFINITE DISCS LARGE BAG

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The Infinite Discs Large Disc Golf Bag is the perfect bag for disc golfers who have a lot of discs, and like to carry around some accessories with them, but don’t want to spend a fortune. This bag is made with premium 1680D fabric and quality YKK zippers.

Bag Features

  • Holds 18 – 22 Discs
  • Easy Access Putter Pocket that holds 2 discs
  • Large storage pockets on both sides
  • 2 large water bottle holders
  • Scorecard Pocket
  • Mini Pocket
  • Small Accessory Pocket
  • 3 Pencil Holders
  • Scorecard Pocket
  • Compatible with all major backpack style bag straps.

 

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VIBRAM – ONYX

on April 21, 2016
I have nothing but glorious praise for this book. I personally have the audio book and have purchased a copy for my brother. This is something that any one into the disc golf scene must read. It not only helped me on the course but off as well. I am the unfortunate bearer of a short fuse, and it can be a problem. The teachings in this book have gotten me to lengthen that fuse and even eliminate things that would otherwise light it. This holds true on the course as well as off as I find myself consciously calming myself whenever the need arises. If I had a physical copy of this book, it would be filled with highlights and dog ears with the amount of times that I have revisited chapters just to reaffirm the lessons. Combined with the podcast, Patrick McCormick has created a zen philosophy that I can understand and bring into my life.

JOIN MIND BODY DISC IN DONATING TO  ST. JUDE!

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Every little bit counts, please give what you can. Together we can make a difference.

Remember, kids are the future of our sport. And for many kids, St. Jude is the key to their future.

How your donation helps:

  • Thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
  • St. Jude will continue to improve the treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through its groundbreaking research.

HELP US KEEP GOING AND GROWING!

Funny thing about podcasting… Success costs money. As we continue to reach record numbers of listeners the costs rise with syndication, web development, and GIVEAWAYS, I am constantly plagued with the question, how can I keep the podcast self-sustaining.

The answer: $1. That’s it.

If you love the ZEN DISC GOLF PODCAST, please consider donating as little as $1 a month and help keep this show alive, going and growing.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

By supporting, you will be entered to win a $20 gift card from Infinite Discs. You will get one entry per donated dollar per month (i.e. Putter level =1 entry per month, Distance driver level = 3 entries per month). Cancel anytime!

Unknown$1 per month – Putter Level Unknown $2 per month – Mid-range LevelUnknown $3 per month – Distance Driver Level

ZDGP24 – Contemplating Nothing (But Disc Golf) With David Mawr

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Episode #24 – Contemplating Nothing (But Disc Golf) With David Mawr

Todays podcast is brought to you by some of our amazing and generous podcast contributors:

Joel Bautista
Sam Dickinson
Seth Jensen
Benjamin Wonders
Roger Crain

DISCS & ZEN

In Zen & The Art Of Disc Golf, I coined a simple phrase that we also end every podcast with which is “Most Importantly, Just Throw,” but I have never really delved into attempting to describe what I mean when I say this, mostly because I want it to mean what you need it to mean. Whatever the meaning you need to derive from it in the moment you are in.

In some instances it could mean simply – Just get out and play! Stop reading about it, stop listening to us talk about it! Just get out there and play. Of course, selfishly, it is not my wish that you disconnect from the podcast or my writing entirely but that chances are if you are reading or listening then you love this game and the hardest part of playing disc golf for most people is to simply drop what you are doing and play disc golf! Now, of course most of us can’t play disc golf all day and night, at work, while driving a car or riding on an airplane, so reading books, blogs, and listening to podcasts is a close substitution because through media it connects you to other like minded players out there at least mentally. But reading, listening to podcasts, and watching youtube videos about becoming a better player will never be a substitute for playing the game.

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DAVID MAWR

David Mawr is a former school teacher and newer to the game of disc golf, but his love for the game as already grown into an addiction that has led he and his wife on a journey to sell all their things and backpack Colorado and Kansas, playing every course and tournament he can along the way. His effort is partially to meet and learn from as many people as he can but also help get disc golf into local schools. He will be documenting his trip on his blog and through his YouTube channel.

David, sounds like one of our long lost brothers and was a perfect fit for the cast. During the episode he opens up about some of his own adversities that he feels disc golf has become the perfect medicine for.

David mentions the following links in our interview

DGnomad – Portable Disc Golf Targets

David’s Go Fund Me – Disc Golf In School

Steve Harvery – Jumping To Success

PRODUCT REVIEWS

TIM – DIRT BAG BY DYNAMIC DISCS
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CHRIS – NITE IZE LED DISCS
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PAT – WESTSIDE SEER
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PODCAST GIVEWAWAY

Every podcast we give away an item to a random person who has left a 5 STAR review on Amazon or iTunes!

 

GIFTCARD GIVEWAWAY

Every month we give away a $20 gift card to one of our amazing podcast contributors.

This month’s gift card goes to Dustin DeMatteo!

JOIN MIND BODY DISC IN DONATING TO  ST. JUDE!

events.stjude.org/mindbodydisc

Every little bit counts, please give what you can. Together we can make a difference.

Remember, kids are the future of our sport. And for many kids, St. Jude is the key to their future.

How your donation helps:

  • Thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
  • St. Jude will continue to improve the treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through its groundbreaking research.

 

HELP US KEEP GOING AND GROWING!

Funny thing about podcasting… Success costs money. As we continue to reach record numbers of listeners the costs rise with syndication, web development, and GIVEAWAYS, I am constantly plagued with the question, how can I keep the podcast self-sustaining.

The answer: $1. That’s it.

If you love the ZEN DISC GOLF PODCAST, please consider donating as little as $1 a month and help keep this show alive, going and growing.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

By supporting, you will be entered to win a $20 gift card from Infinite Discs. You will get one entry per donated dollar per month (i.e. Putter level =1 entry per month, Distance driver level = 3 entries per month). Cancel anytime!

Unknown$1 per month – Putter Level Unknown $2 per month – Mid-range LevelUnknown $3 per month – Distance Driver Level

PODCAST EP#23 – How We Will Grow The Sport (W/ John Heaton – Event Chair St. Jude Invitational)

 ZEN DISC GOLF PODCAST EPISODE 23

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Episode #23 – HOW WE WILL GROW THE SPORT (W/ JOHN HEATON – EVENT CHAIR ST. JUDE INVITATIONAL)

 

DISCS & ZEN

HOW WE WILL GROW THE SPORT

Today I would like to talk to you about how we are going to grow the sport of Disc Golf. But first I want to talk to you about something I call investments in the spirit. I first mentioned this term investments in the spirit in my book Zen and the Art of Disc Golf. And I identified this concept is any activity that you do that only require small amounts of your time or resources in which you give to others and eventually will come back to you in much larger amounts then you initially gave.
I want you to picture yourself as a vessel that holds all the good things that want out of life. This vessel grows as you receive more and more of the good stuff. I’m talking about love, affection, friendship, wisdom, but also success and money as well.  There is room for all of this good stuff in your vessel. Until it gets full.

JOHN HEATON

John is a player, an inventor and innovator, an entrepreneur, and a DG philanthropist who has a DEDICATION to growing our wonderful sport.

John’s bio:

I grew up in a small town in Northern IL; Seneca.

I’ve been a Frisbee fanatic since the 5th grade; freestyle and then some ultimate in college.

In 1984, right out of college, I moved to Kansas City.  I played serious club ultimate for years, which was on and off throughout my disc golf career.

In the summer of 1987 I was told of a “disc golf course” in town.  I went there (Swope Park) and was immediately hooked.

I went on to become the PDGA Rookie of the Year in 1988.

I’ve played in hundreds of tournaments. No 1st in majors but some good finishes.

25 years in medical / surgical device & equipment sales, marketing & product development.

I’ve traveled a lot for work, which has allowed me to play well over 600 courses.

I am now trying to use my product development experience to create some helpful devices for disc golf.

Founded Whirld Sports LLC in 2010

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As for the St. Jude effort … I had read some time ago, a bit of history on the PGA and how involvement with charity was one of the things that were attributed to the explosive growth experienced in the PGA Tour from the 70’s through the 90’s.  That stuck with me.  Then in 2012, Dana Vicich went to PDGA worlds and used his disc golf as a means to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  Both his aunt and mother had gone through battles with cancer.

His raising nearly $5000 was the trigger for me to realize that our sport could become a powerhouse for charity and that just as it help the PGA, it could significantly impact the growth and trajectory of disc golf.   Dana and I did a lot of scheming and plotting as to how we might make something significant happen.  We didn’t really get much more than a plan developed but then I received a call from a long time friend, Crazy John Brooks.  He mentioned that the wife of a friend of his was now working with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and had contact him to discuss how disc golf might become involved in helping St. Jude.  As it turns out, Brian Graham, at the PDGA, had just been given the green light by the PDGA Board to seek out a national charity partner that the PDGA could support.   It was all a bit of divine providence, if you ask me.  Well, long story short, things came together very quickly.   Annabelle Udo-O’Malley at St. Jude, Dana Vicich, Crazy John, Brian Graham, and I, along with others, put together the plan that lead to the Inaugural St. Jude Disc Golf Charity Invitational.  The epic location of Bayonet Golf Course was chosen and the rest is history.

All in all, it amounted to about 200 disc golfers becoming actively involved in fundraising.  Through their efforts, we raised over $225,000.  My sincere belief is that if we got more disc golfers involved in this effort we could raise millions of dollars.  If we did that, disc golf would be on the evening news, ESPN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, etc, etc.  The story of disc golfers raising money to help kids faced with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, is so compelling, the news would reverberate like nothing disc golf has ever done before.

All we need to do is to get more disc golfers involved in the fund raising effort.

 

Making the Whirld Better,

John Heaton
Event Chair
St. Jude Disc Golf Charity Invitational

Chief Executive Officer
Whirld Sports LLC
john@whirldsports.com
(PDGA # 4409)

 

Try the Scepter use discount code: MBD10 on WhirldSports.com

PRODUCT REVIEWS

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TIM –

PAT – Bug Spray.

JOIN MIND BODY DISC IN DONATING TO  ST. JUDE!

events.stjude.org/mindbodydisc

Every little bit counts, please give what you can. Together we can make a difference.

Remember, kids are the future of our sport. And for many kids, St. Jude is the key to their future.

How your donation helps:

  • Thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
  • St. Jude will continue to improve the treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through its groundbreaking research.

SIGNED BOOK GIVEWAWAY

Every podcast we give away a signed book to a random person who left a 5 STAR review on Amazon! 

on March 22, 2016
Changed my whole game and even my mood at work. Amazing book read then reread.

 

HELP US KEEP GOING AND GROWING!

Funny thing about podcasting… Success costs money. As we continue to reach record numbers of listeners the costs rise with syndication, web development, and GIVEAWAYS, I am constantly plagued with the question, how can I keep the podcast self-sustaining.

The answer: $1. That’s it.

If you love the ZEN DISC GOLF PODCAST, please consider donating as little as $1 a month and help keep this show alive, going and growing.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

Once we receive 50 supporters monthly, by supporting, you will be entered to win a $20 gift card from Infinite Discs. You will get one entry per donated dollar per month (i.e. Putter level =1 entry per month, Distance driver level = 3 entries per month). Cancel anytime!

Unknown$1 per month – Putter Level Unknown $2 per month – Mid-range LevelUnknown $3 per month – Distance Driver Level

PODCAST EP#22 – Disc Golf Fitness Training

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Episode #22 – Disc Golf Fitness Training

 

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS – ON SELF-IMAGE

It happens all the time. You go out to the course and start off strong, birdying 3-4-5 holes on the front 9 and feeling great about it. Then you turn to your buddy and say one of the following:
  • “Man, i’m doing great – watch the back 9 just destroy me!”
  • “I never play this well, I hope I can keep it up.”
  • “4 down on the first 9 that means I have 4 bogies waiting for me on the back nine.”
Then what happens? You make it reality. You turn around and do exactly what you have said – bogeying  enough holes on the back nine to even out your score to match your expectations of yourself. Why does this alway seem to happen?

Let me put it simply: You can never win against the limiting beliefs you hold to be true. No matter who you are, a brand new player on the course or Paul McBeth – you have a self-image within your mind that is so ingrained in your beliefs and it can either take you into endless heights or hold you back unnecessarily. If you have mentally placed a glass ceiling on your score, rest assure your attitude, focus, and body will follow the instructions you continually give to it via your self-image.

We all step on our favorite courses knowing what we normally shoot. Some players use this as a benchmark to improve. Other players allow it to be the score that defines them – i.e. no matter how well they play on the front half, they will make it up on the back.

Now there are two different ways we mentally encode our limitations. First, internally – This is the mode of the pessimist, the player that believes no matter what they do some universal power will destroy it anyway. Then, there is the player or person who allows other people to define their self-image. This person believes and internalizes the vision other people have of them. Both ultimately involve your mind (your brain) accepting a limiting ideas as fact and therefore making them irrefutable.

Let me give you a personal real world example – 20 years ago when I was in grade school, I knew what was an acceptable report card to bring home to my parents to escape punishment. I knew that I was always to have all A’s and B’s, and I was allowed 1 C if I had an extra A to bring it back up. Guess what every report card I brought home looked like? Thats right 2 A’s, 3 B’s, and 1 C – every grading period. Coincidence? Years later in college – the only expectation I had was to do my best. There was a reason I was an all A college student and somewhat of a slacker high school student. I let someone else set my limitations and I lived up to them.

The message here is that every single one of us has a self-image and every single one of us has limits we believe exist. But what I want you to do is examine your limitations and what is holding you back on the disc golf course and in life. It can take a long time to let go of long held beliefs but the brain was designed to do it. You CAN change your mind about you. Think of your potential if you made the determination to blow past glass ceilings and strive to give your all you have to your passions. Think collectively about a nation or a world that would commit to not believing that our past failures or events do not anchor our futures. Think about it!

And thats another tool for your Disc Golf Bag.

DISC GOLF FITNESS TRAINING

Both Tim and Chris have written excellent articles on fitness. Check them out here –

Body Training section of Mind Body Disc by Tim Steward

Yoga For Disc Golf on DGputtheads by Rodney Lane


Core Performance Golf – Recommended by Tim Steward

CHECK OUT WHAT WE ARE THROWING!

CHRIS – KASTAPLAST KAXE
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TIM – LATITUDE 64 COMPASS
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PAT – DISCMANIA MD1
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JOIN MIND BODY DISC IN DONATING TO  ST. JUDE!

events.stjude.org/mindbodydisc

Every little bit counts, please give what you can. Together we can make a difference.

Remember, kids are the future of our sport. And for many kids, St. Jude is the key to their future.

How your donation helps:

  • Thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
  • St. Jude will continue to improve the treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through its groundbreaking research.

SIGNED BOOK GIVEWAWAY

Every podcast we give away a signed book to a random person who left a 5 STAR review on Amazon! 

By Tony S. on March 12, 2016

Excellent read for anyone looking to try to possibly calm their mental game down some, or even if you’re already at the chill mental game. A lot of what is said in this book does not only apply towards disc golf, but applies to just about anything you wish it to. There are a lot of things in life that all comes down to how you approach it mentally, some things are easier than others. This book will help you learn the better ways to approach it.

I not only bought this book for my wife and I at Christmas time, but I also bought a copy for our good friends that did have some anger issues on the course. Since giving it to them as a gift, I have seen their game improve and their overall attitudes when not everything is going to plan. It is a short read if you read it in one sitting, but it is best enjoyed a chapter at a time with breaks to contemplate what you have read and really take it in.

PODCAST GIVEAWAY

Every podcast we give away a mixed bag item to a random person who left a 5 STAR review for the podcast on iTunes! If you are TUCKFORCE1,  contact us for your goods!

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GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

March’s $20 gift card goes to Roger Cain! Congratulations, Roger!

For information on winning next months gift card, see below!

HELP US KEEP GOING AND GROWING!

Funny thing about podcasting… Success costs money. As we continue to reach record numbers of listeners the costs rise with syndication, web development, and GIVEAWAYS, I am constantly plagued with the question, how can I keep the podcast self-sustaining.

The answer: $1. That’s it.

If you love the ZEN DISC GOLF PODCAST, please consider donating as little as $1 a month and help keep this show alive, going and growing.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

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PODCAST EP#21 – Grip It, Rip it

 

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Episode #21 – Grip It, Rip It

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS – A BASKET IS A GOAL, THE TEEPAD IS THE FIRST STEP

I was out on the course this week and I stepped out onto a teepad and noticed something that I may have noticed many times but only recently started paying attention to. There is often a gap between simply noticing something and paying attention it- that gap is called mindfulness.

A teepad is usually a concrete or rubber rectangle that only instructs us in one way: stand here for your first throw. Usually the first thing we do on the teepad is look for the disc catcher to guide us in which direction to throw our disc. Without being able to visualize the catcher, we could arguably throw our disc in any direction we choose in a 360 degree radius. But we don’t. Because we always take that first step in visualizing that basket. We do this 18+ holes a round and overtime we play 100s and sometimes 1000s of holes a year. But do we do this off the course?

You see, a basket represents a goal. A teepad represents taking that first step in reaching that goal. The disc you choose, the grip you use, the throw you make are all for the most part being planned on that tee pad. In mere seconds, you have visualized a goal, taken your first step to reach that goal, and made a plan to get there. This is one of the many ways disc golf is just like life.

We do it round after round, but do we do it at home or work? Or do we merely step on our teepads of life and throw whatever or however we we feel in that moment, many times in the opposite direction of our basket, our goal? Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? But this is what we do when have not identified our goals, what we want from life, and a plan to achieve them.

A wise man once stated “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail” This quote has been attributed to many people over the years from Ben Franklin to Winston Churchill. And all that means is MANY great men know the truth – to win at life you need to see a goal, have a plan, and take steps to achieve it.

Very often we all have great ideas and most of us have unlimited wants. But as soon as we have that great idea our brain and sometimes our peers want to tell us all the reasons we can’t have it. “It’s too hard, I don’t have the time, I don’t have the knowledge, I don’t want to make a sacrifice.” I’m hear to tell you that if you are alive all you have is time! The things you own, you can’t take with you. Death can be considered the end of your time. If you are alive – time is all you have! It’s yours. You just have to budget it like you would your checking account. What do you want to spend it on? That’s your goal. Planning and taking action is disc golf. It is life.

That’s another tool for your bag!

GRIP IT, RIP IT

 

Both Tim and Chris have written excellent articles on grip. Check them out here –

Get a grip! – 3 Ways to Increase Your Disc Golf Grip Strength – Mind Body Disc

Building Your Putter Comfort – DG Puttheads

Putting With Finger On Rim – DG Puttheads

OUR VARIOUS DISC GOLF GRIP STYLES

TIM’s DRIVING GRIP

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TIM’S PUTTING GRIP

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CHRIS’ DRIVER GRIP

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CHRIS’ SECONDARY DRIVER GRIP

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CHRIS’ APPROACH GRIP

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PAT’S DRIVER GRIP

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PAT’S FLICK (FOREHAND) GRIP

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PAT’S PUTTER GRIP

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SIGNED BOOK GIVEWAWAY

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By Ross Holt on January 23, 2016
Very mind opening and is definitely going to change my thought process on and off the tee, got to go throw

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HELP US KEEP GOING AND GROWING!

Funny thing about podcasting… Success costs money. As we continue to reach record numbers of listeners the costs rise with syndication, web development, and GIVEAWAYS, I am constantly plagued with the question, how can I keep the podcast self-sustaining.

The answer: $1. That’s it.

If you love the ZEN DISC GOLF PODCAST, please consider donating as little as $1 a month and help keep this show alive, going and growing.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

Once we receive 50 supporters monthly, by supporting, you will be entered to win a $20 gift card from Infinite Discs. You will get one entry per donated dollar per month (i.e. Putter level =1 entry per month, Distance driver level = 3 entries per month). Cancel anytime!

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PODCAST EP#20 – Windy Weather Play

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Episode #20 – Windy Weather Play

 

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS – VISUALIZATION

If you have read my book, Zen & The Art of Disc Golf, then you know the value that I personally place in both meditation and visualization as tools for you to use in order to both play better and inject positivity and success into your life.

Visualization in sports has been scientifically proven to improve athletic ability and has shown to produce approximately 7x the improvement that can be achieved if an athlete only practices physically, proving (once again), that success truly begins in the mind.

There are several types of visualization that I recommend using when gearing up for your next tournament, practice round, or for your own general improvement in the sport. The first two types of visualization should occur before ever hitting the course. The first is micro-visualization: visualizing individual shots to improve your overall ability on the course and by this I mean visualizing over and over yourself making putt after putt. The second is macro-visualization: visualizing your entire round, shot for shot from hole 1 to hole 18.

If you think this sounds a little “woo woo”, then consider this: for decades olympic athletes have been trained to utilize visualization to help win them the gold.

Nicole Detling, a sports psychologist with the United States Olympic team, states: “The more an athlete can image the entire package, the better it’s going to be.”

If you do a little research, you will also find that many Pro Disc Golfers also utilize visualization to dramitically improve their game.

Disc Golf World Champion, Avery Jenkins, has been quoted saying: “It has proved successful when I could already picture the disc going into the basket moments before actually making that putt, when you can envision it happening, it will happen.”

If visualization is good enough for gold winning olympians and Pro Disc Golfers alike, I recommend taking the idea seriously.

The last type of visualization I recommends takes place on the course. You should take a few seconds before throwing every shot to view in your mind the flight path and the landing of your disc where you need it to be.

Use these tips, and I guarantee you lower your scores.

Last food for thought – If visualization works this well in sports, imagine what it can do for you in your life. Take time before heading out each day to visualize how you want your day to go. See yourself succeeding in all your endeavors, and don’t worry as much about the “how”. The act of doing this daily opens mental doors that with time which will show you the “how”.

Another tool to throw in your bag.

WINDY WEATHER PLAY

 

Both Tim and Chris have written excellent articles on Windy Weather Play. Check them out here –

Discs Mentioned In The Podcast –
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“The World is a fast disc. It’s thin and it’s sharp so it cuts through the wind a little bit better than a slower, fatter disc, so it gives you more distance potential… I can throw the world further into the head wind than I can throw my other discs normally, because I know how to use the wind instead of trying to fight it.”
CHRIS – DISCRAFT CRUSH
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“The Crush performs really well in a head wind and a left-right crosswind.”
CHRIS – INNOVA X-CALIBER
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“I can throw the X-caliber pretty straight but it is very versatile towards the end of the flight. If I get a pretty good gust, it will turn a little bit but it will come back.”
CHRIS – INNOVA VIPER
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“I will typically take out something that doesn’t glide in a tail wind like an Innova Viper. Keep it low and throw down the fairway”

WHAT ARE YOU THROWING?

TIM – MILLINNEIUM POLARIS LS
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“I recommend this disc for beginners. It’s pretty stable, it holds pretty much any line you put on it. It has a decent amount of glide and is super controllable. If your looking for 1 fairway driver to carry that will serve you in most situations, the POLARIS LS is a great choice for that.”

CHRIS – ELEMENT DISCS IRIDIUM
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“It’s an versatile putter with a fairly low glide. It’s a slower disc that doesn’t like a ton of torque, but it is wonderful for approaches. It has a predictable fade at the end and handles the wind fairly well.”

PAT – INNOVA VALKRYIE
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“The Valkyrie is a pretty straight flying discs. It’s one of those discs you can shot shape and get it to do what you need it to do. Great disc to learn on. Great disc for kids a lot like the leopard.”

SIGNED BOOK GIVEWAWAY

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on January 19, 2016
I first heard about the book after seeing the Zen Disc Golf social media posts. I then started listening to the podcast. Finally buying the book and reading it reinforced all of the points that were talked about on the podcast. It helped me to change my thinking when on the course. I no longer get angry when I have a bad throw. I can laugh it off and focus on my next shot. Keeping a positive attitude and mindset is critical to succeeding in disc golf and life, and this book helps both.

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HELP US KEEP GOING AND GROWING!

Funny thing about podcasting… Success costs money. As we continue to reach record numbers of listeners the costs rise with syndication, web development, and GIVEAWAYS, I am constantly plagued with the question, how can I keep the podcast self-sustaining.

The answer: $1. That’s it.

If you love the ZEN DISC GOLF PODCAST, please consider donating as little as $1 a month and help keep this show alive, going and growing.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

Once we receive 50 supporters monthly, by supporting, you will be entered to win a $20 gift card from Infinite Discs. You will get one entry per donated dollar per month (i.e. Putter level =1 entry per month, Distance driver level = 3 entries per month). Cancel anytime!

Unknown$1 per month – Putter Level Unknown $2 per month – Mid-range LevelUnknown $3 per month – Distance Driver Level