I’m always surprised by the number of people I run into who don’t play solo rounds. Not only do they not play solo rounds, they would rather not play at all than play by themselves. I just don’t get that.
Sure, it’s fun to play with your friends. It’s fun to play in tournaments and leagues. The social aspect of disc golf is one of its biggest attractors. All that said, if you don’t play solo rounds, you are seriously missing out.
There’s a special kind of peace that you get from being on your own on the disc golf course. In today’s noisy world, true peace and quiet are incredibly hard to come by. Being alone out on the course, especially early in the morning before any other groups are out there, is one of the places to really get away.
Once you’ve played a few holes, your mind will typically start to slow down. The act of playing, and the pace at which you can go when alone, serves as a kind of zen meditation mantra. It has a clearing and calming effect on the mind and the soul. It allows you to either focus intently on anything you wish, or completely zone out and escape from the world for a time.
It’s also a way to allow your normally busy subconscious, always inundated with the hustle and bustle of life around you, to be put to better use than screening out the usual noise that comes with everyday existence. It allows you to think clearly for a change. It allows you to simply be, alone with yourself and your thoughts. Solitude can be a beautiful thing.
For me, time almost stands still when I’m playing by myself. I do it a lot and it’s some of the most cherished time I have. I highly recommend it. You will be surprised at the effect on the rest of your day. It brings a peace and a calm that you can carry with you for a while. Next time your friends aren’t up for a round, head out by yourself and enjoy the experience!
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