The mind dictates a large percentage of performance, there is no way around it. How does Ricky Wysocki putt so well? His mind. He mentally had the drive and determination to clock in the hours of practice, the mental focus in practice and competition, and built up a massive amount of confidence in his putting ability. What makes Paul Mcbeth a player to be feared on the course, even from the 4th card? His fierce competitiveness and will to win. I'd compare it to the great Michael Jordan.
I was doing some holiday shopping on Amazon and ran across this product. If you struggle with tennis or golf elbow, this product is for you! A lot of elbow pain comes from muscle tightness in the forearm. This is why a lot of people with tennis elbow wear a brace on their forearm. The brace places pressure on the forearm muscles and that in return relieves the muscle pull on the elbow.
While a brace works to relieve the pain while wearing it, it doesn't work on fixing the real issue. Massage/myofascial release targeting the pressure points in the forearm will produce lasting results. I've personally suffered from tennis elbow from playing a lot of disc golf. My solution would be to put pressure on the tight spot (trigger point) on my forearm then flex the elbow back and forth. This product is another excellent way to reduce muscle tightness and ultimately elbow pain.
Grip strength plays an important role in a disc golfer’s game. It is often an overlooked when developing strength and power. Usually the most you’ll hear about grip is the advice to grip it harder so that the disc rips out of your hand. Rarely, if ever, will you hear advice on how to improve your grip strength. As other areas of a thrower’s game improve, so should grip strength. If left underdeveloped, it may become the weak link in the kinetic chain. The priority in a strength program should be improving the big movers and major muscles that produce most of the power. Supplementing grip strength exercises into a fitness program is easy and important.
With tournament season winding down for most competitive disc golfers, it’s time to start transitioning into the off-season. The body has taken a beating from long tournament days, league rounds, casual rounds, and field practice. Consistency is key. Consistency is key for everything. You will hear it a lot. Putting practice, workout program, stretching, all requires consistency. For those looking to improve their game during the off-season and start next year’s season strong, keep reading.
If you're a student of the game, you'll know that a lot of distance of a throw comes from the back leg. While there aren't many studies out there specifically for disc golf, knowledge can be pulled from other rotational sports. They have similarities in the muscles they use and the importance of strength, flexibility, stability, and mobility for power, strength, and velocity.
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While this isn't exactly fitness related, I wanted to talk about a important piece of equipment for a disc golfer. Carrying your discs in a good disc golf bag or cart will save your shoulders, back, and legs from a lot of stress during a disc golf round. Less stress during a round equates to better endurance and have that fresh feeling later in a round. It can make or break a important round. This is even more apparent during a tournament that has multiple rounds on the same day.
Below I have come up with a list of some of my recommendations. It is good, if you choose to buy a cart (some carts require a bag), to also have a bag for courses that are not cart friendly. My best recommendation for bags are ones with a backpack design. I included disc golf backpack straps for those who do not wish to buy a backpack and but want the dispersed weight on their shoulders.
Disc golf bags
Disc golf carts
Disc golf, like other rotational sports such as golf and baseball, consists of a majority of one-sided repetitive movements. Because of this, asymmetrical muscle development occurs. Muscles used for a right handed backhand thrower will increase in strength while the opposite side of muscles that would be used for a left handed thrower will remain the same.
While some asymmetry in the human body is normal, it can also increase the risk of injury and pain. To lower this risk and increase overall strength of the body work developing strength on the opposite side of the body. Including some throws with your opposite arm during warm-up is one easy way to incorporate some strength. And you never know when using your opposite throwing arm may come in use for getting out of trouble.
Another effective way to fight asymmetry is to include strength training into your disc golf game. Especially in the off-season. It is a great time to work on both sides. One of the best types of exercises for this are medicine ball throws. They mimic throwing motion and can be done with both sides of the body. Be sure to check the med-ball exercises here to learn more about these exercises. When incorporating these exercises, focus on developing power through your legs, having a tight stable core, rotating the core and shoulders simultaneously, and finishing with your arms. Do the same amount of reps and sets with both sides of the body.