I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Abraham Lincoln didn’t play disc golf. I haven’t done any research or anything, but I’m going to make that call anyway. Despite this fact, his advice here applies incredibly well to our sport.
How many times do you step up to a shot and think, “wow, I hate this shot”? For me, that’s every time I step up to a shot that is best served by a forehand. It used to be every putt outside of 10 feet.
I say “used to be” because I no longer hate putting. I actually kind of like it now. I no longer dread landing 25-35 feet from the basket. It used to be that I had to throw my approaches within 10 feet if I wanted any chance of being up and down. Not any more.
Why? Because this past winter I spent a lot of time making my enemy my friend. Daily putting practice and tens of thousands of putts turned something I hated into something I like. Now I need to do the same thing for my forehand.
How about you? What shots do you hate? What shots do you dread having to make out there on the course? What shots need to become your friend instead of your enemy? Let’s take it a couple steps further. Any discs that are your enemy? How about holes? Courses?
No matter what you find yourself in an adversarial relationship with, in disc golf or in life, making those things your friends is often the best solution. It can be a painful process, but I promise that it’s worth it. So does Abe and we all know he doesn’t lie.
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