I want to be able to continue to walk upright. Sounds reasonable, right? I think that is something that most of us want. It’s also something most of us take for granted until the ability to walk upright is taken from us. I’ve been there and trust me, you want no part of it.
I ended up throwing from a stand still for almost 2 years. That’s how long it took to fully recover and heal properly. During that time, I came to fully embrace the importance of making regular training a part of my life. Not just for the health benefits, but for the major leaps it helped me to achieve in my game.
Here’s the top 10 things strength training did for my disc golf game. I’m sure it would do the same for yours.
- I haven’t been injured in 3 years. I used to get hurt all the time. Training has completely exorcised the Derrick Rose from my body.
- My distance has improved. Strength alone will not improve distance. Balance, flexibility, coordination, and control of your body do improve distance. All of these things come directly from a solid strength training program. Think gymnast strength. Power and speed delivered fluidly. I can think of no better description for a proper throw.
- My straddle putt improved. The first time I had to straddle out from a tree after coming back from my inuries was an eye opener. I was able to get way out from the tree, squat way down, and feel stable and in control. The squats and deadlifts I had been doing paid huge dividends here.
- My accuracy improved. The stable base that was helping my straddle putt was also providing a stable base for all types of throws. Accuracy stems in part from having absolute control over what your body is doing. That control starts in your legs, core, and posterior chain primarily.
- A stable base and balanced muscle development led to better posture. Lifting has me standing up straighter, not slouched with rounded shoulders. I’ve found I have a lot more control over all of my shots from drives to putts when I stand up straighter, shoulders back, head up.
- I have better control and coordination. Each of my days in the gym in the off season starts with a big compound lift. To do these correctly and without injury, your entire body has to work together. This is a great way to train your CNS (central nervous system). Throwing a disc is a big, compound movement. It incorporates the entire body just like the lifts do.
- I am better able to stick to my practice regimen. I practice a lot now. I didn’t used to. It’s amazing how much the discipline involved in training regularly has transferred to every other area of my life. I don’t skip training or practice any more.
- I don’t get fatigued any more. 3, 4, 5 rounds in a day and more are no problem. At 43 I’m confident I can keep up with anyone.
- I don’t need to lug a stool around any more. Aside from the fact that disc golf stools are HORRIBLE for your back, I no longer feel the need to sit down all the time. It’s pretty nice hitting the last holes of a tournament knowing you have more gas in the tank than anyone else there.
- I can now throw my putter 800 feet… Not really, but I needed a #10 and this is the internet. Can’t everyone on the interwebs throw 800 feet with a putter?