I took home 1st in my third event this year! If I really take a step back and look at the last 6 months, they’ve been full of success and many things I had not thought possible yet. I feel like when you’re in the middle of all the craziness, you can forget how many amazing things are actually going on!
This week specifically there’s a TON of chaos, but I like it that way. I have about 500 projects I’m in the middle of, but they’re all exciting and wonderful and I feel like I am making a difference in the world (the disc golf one anyhow) and that is what really matters to me. I started a few projects/concepts to give back to my fellow ladies in the sport in hopes to grow it and improve it for everyone’s future here. I’ve tackled a bunch of pieces of my business that have been on my “to do” list for over a year. And most excitingly, I believe I’ve nailed down my future home on the road a fully self-contained motor home. And by future, I may very well mean this week...whale see what happens, fingers crossed. There of course has been a lot of turmoil as well but I feel so incredibly strong pushing the bad from my mind more often than not. My GREAT days hugely outweigh my tough ones and it’s only going to get better.
As for golf, I want to talk about a part of my game that I discovered this weekend. Golf has felt amazing recently. My putts have been going in, my drives are further than ever and accurate (thank you DDx) and I’ve been shooting my personal course records in most of my rounds all while feeling easy.
I made a post a few weeks ago about my decision to move up to Open next month and I mentioned that watching the pro women’s concentration made me realize how quickly I throw and how little time I take for each shot. I went into this weekend’s tournament thinking about that. “If I take my time on each shot and give it my all, I will play better.” I was wrong. Round one started and I was trying to focus so hard! That was a terrible decision.
I played my entire first round feeling very competitive, and trying to focus on each and every shot. Well, I think I just don’t don’t function like that. I’m more of a Cam Todd than a Philo, and that’s okay. Everyone has their own golf style and maybe someday I will be the type that can easily focus and take their time but there is so much crap running around in my brain right now, it’s much better for me to walk up to my lie and think “oh sweet, I totally know how to throw frisbees…*toss*” move on.
I walked away from the first round shooting an 813 rated round...yikes...and it certainly felt like it, and I had a bad attitude. I took a few minutes by myself afterwards and tried to figure out what went wrong. I realized that I need to keep playing for the fun, keep playing with a casual mindset, let every missed putt go, forget every OB stroke and move on, smile, skip, and love your frisbees.
My second round I approached this way and shot 9 strokes better, had a great time and ended up winning by 3 when I started behind the lead by 8. It’s alllllllll mental!
You all probably know I very recently came out of a 2 month slump of bad golf and negative thinking, and now I’m back in love with disc golf, BUT, that is still a new feeling. I need to be careful about how competitive I am being because it’ll suck the fun RIGHT BACK OUT without me even noticing and that is not okay with me. I am in no place to push myself too hard during a tournament. I know there is a tricky balance to still enjoy it while competing and the FUN aspect of disc golf is 9,000 times more important to me than winning. I think we need a reminder of that sometimes. Not everyone is the same, but allow yourself to find what works for you and most importantly, don’t be so damn hard on yourself when you’re struggling!
In other news, I picked up a sponsorship from our local Salem, OR disc golf shop - Tiger Discs! Roger has supported Whale Sacs over the last 2 years and asked me to join the team. I have the opportunity to do some clinics for the ladies in the area and have his support for my tour! Thanks again Roger for having me!
-A weekend off?!?!?!
-Huk For Independance - North Plains, OR
-AM WORLDS/Tina gets to spend her birthday with her family for the first time in 3 years!!!!!!!!
Plug: If you have a moment to check out the Whale Sacs site, I did some construction and just put up a bunch of new inventory, I promise it’s all cute!
Life is good, even when it’s hard.
Love your frisbees and keep your chins up,
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