PODCAST EP#12 – Anger on the Disc Golf Course

Episode #12: Anger

Appalachian Disc Golf and Audible



“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”

-Mark Twain


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On this podcast Zach, Tim, and I discuss whether or not displays of anger have any place on the disc golf course and whether or not it is beneficial to “let it out” or to “just move on.”


Tim – Westside Harp

Zach – Innova Colt

Pat – Discmania MD2
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Every podcast we give away a signed book to a random person who left a 5 STAR review on Amazon!

on July 15, 2015

This book is a definite must read for all disc golfers of all skill and interest levels. Zen and the Art of Disc Golf is NOT an in depth how-to for improving your focus or a tutorial on how to perform under pressure. Zen and the Art of Disc Golf is a basic foundation for internal dialogue – a place to begin a conversation with yourself about who you are on and off the course. This book’s primary goal is to encourage you to look internally, instead of externally, when shots go poorly or even when your game is going well – which is a very strong attribute to have when looking to maintain a good, healthy attitude.

I’ve recommended this book to all the guys I regularly play with and they all feel the same way. However, things really started to click when I listened to the audiobook in the car with my non-disc-golfing wife. I told her that I wanted to share the book with her and fill her in on some of the things I’ve been internalizing and thinking about because of the book. We listened to Zen and the Art of Disc Golf from beginning to end in one go and even my wife loved it. She even asked to listen to it again on the way home because she wanted to make sure she didn’t miss anything. After the second listen through with her, she began a dialogue with me that not only highlighted all the things I was taking away from the book but she also shared HER views on who I am as a disc golfer, as a father, and as a husband and how all of those things are intertwined. Sharing the ideas and concepts from Zen and the Art of Disc Golf not only reinforced what I want to work on to become the man and disc golfer I eventually want to be but also indirectly created a support structure in my wife who can help continue the conversation and encourage growth.

Ultimately, it’s not the book that has the potential to help people but the concepts and ideas. Patrick McCormick has done a wonderful job making them relatable and easy to digest without being pretentious or heady. Absolutely worth the read, but the book is only the first step. Happy throwing.



Appalachian Disc Golf and Audible

PODCAST EP#10 – See The Gap, Not The Trees (Obstacles and Adversity)

Episode #10: 

THIS EPISODE SPONSORED BY Appalachian Disc Golf and Audible



“The struggle against an obstacle inevitably propels the fighter to a new level of functioning. The extent of the struggle determines the extent of the growth. The obstacle is an advantage, not adversity. The enemy is any perception that prevents us from seeing this.”
– The Obstacle is the Way
by Ryan holiday


“As far as I know, there is no world championship of taking a nice hot shower.  There isn’t a new Olympic event that involves sleeping in on a Sunday.  No one ever challenged anyone else to see who could be more relaxed after a massage.”
by Tim Steward

“In fact, hitting a tree and finding a poor lie only makes you a better player. It forces you to play it where it lies. It forces you to develop an arsenal of shots and skills you may never develop if you did not occasionally find yourself in a bad situation. It forces you to build resilience, a characteristic that is not only imperative in disc golf but in survival as well. Next time you hit a tree right off the tee and begin to beat yourself up, remind yourself, even pros hit trees. Hitting a few trees is not what separates a recreational player from becoming a pro. What separates a pro from a rec player is what the pro does next.”

Zen & The Art of Disc Golf
by Patrick McCormick

The second component to understanding where your confidence comes from is understanding what is called “critics math”. Critics math is something that we all suffer from. It’s the mind’s screwed up way of only remembering the bad things that have happened instead of the good. The term comes from authors, actors, directors, musicians, etc…

Confidence is a Result (on critics math) – MindBodyDisc.com
by Tim Steward


I’m new to the sport, about a month in and I have a few questions that I’m wondering if you could answer.

My first question is for the Buzzz disc, should I get the Elite X plastic or the Elite Z? I was leaning more towards the Elite X 164g, but I’m not sure. It will be my first mid-range disc.

Second question, could you tell me a few situations in which certain discs should be used rather than others? I have been using only two discs, my Champion Wraith 139g driver and I just switched from a Maniac p1 171g putter to a Rhyno 169g. I really want to be good at this sport so I want to understand when certain discs should be used and when they shouldn’t be.


Tim – Dynamic Discs Trespass
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Zach – Gateway Discs Mystic
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Pat – Westside Underworld
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– Stamped Putter (Make/Model TBD)
– Numbered (First come first serve) Zen Disc Golf Bag Tag
– Zen Disc Golf Minis
– Zen Disc Golf Sticker Pack
– Zen Disc Golf Rubber “Just Throw.” Bracelet

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

5 STARS Achieving Zen in not only Disc Golf, but in work and life in general
on June 25, 2015
Format: Paperback

I was a listener to the Zen and the Art of Disc Golf podcast before I read this book, but now that I have finished it I really wish I wouldn’t have waited so long! I have been playing Disc Golf for just over a year now and have always played with people better then me and my scores usually don’t compete with theirs. Often times I found myself getting down on myself while playing. This book has changed that. It has taught me to have confidence in myself when I am playing and to recognize the positive aspects of my rounds There is so much good advice jam packed into the pages of this book. As the title of my review says this book not only helps in disc golf but life in general. I have found myself wanting to be a better employee at work, and a better dad at home since reading this book. Get this book now and read it. It will help you not only on the course, but maybe more importantly off the course. Thank you Patrick for such a great book.




PODCAST EP#9 – Disc Golf 101 (For Beginners + Intermediates) with Mind Body Disc

Episode #9: 


On this episode we get back to the basics and talk Disc Golf 101 with the Ticklish Hamster and Mind Body Disc. This podcast is super informative and has wide ranging information sure to make you say – “Huh, I didn’t know that!” no matter how many years you have been playing or what your PDGA ranking. The 3 of us even learned something on this super fun podcast!

This podcast had so much great information, I went into far greater detail on the blog post – Disc Golf 101 – The Ultimate Guide for Disc Golf Beginners.


“The future is out of your control. Enjoy what is happening right now. Do what is appropriate. What is right in the present moment and let the future be the future.”

– Brad Warner (Hardcore Zen)


5* Thanks 🙂

on June 15, 2015
The realization that Disc Golf in 80% mental & 20% physical led me to start following Zen & the art of DG on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and oh yeah, listen to a podcast or two. Being calm and taking in nature and clearing your head to make that perfect shot. Easier said than done, but Pat does a wonderful job across all forms of media inspiring you live in the moment and just throw. Thank you!
(08:30) DISC GOLF 101