Wisdom Wednesday – Be a Good Traveler

Did you just master disc golf?!?!

“I’m the perfect disc golfer. I’ve learned all I ever need to know about disc golf and have nothing left to add to my vast knowledge of the sport. When it comes to putting plastic discs into baskets surrounded by chains, I’m the undisputed master! Kneel before Zod!!!”

Kneel before Zod
The original General Zod from Superman ii will be making a come back in the new Batman V Superman movie!

As much as I’d like to be able to say all that, it’s just never going to happen. (although I have been known to yell out that last part every now and again). I’ll never master disc golf.

If you have dreams of someday reaching that level of skill at disc golf, I’ve got some bad news for you. It’s just never going to happen. Don’t be mad, I’m just the messenger. Facts are facts. You’ll never master the sport.

Despite what some people proclaim on disc golf forums, Reddit, and Face Book, no one has reached, or ever will reach, that level. No one.

[tweetthis]#Discgolf, it takes minutes to learn and a lifetime to realize you’ll never master it.[/tweetthis]

This is where the wise statement below from Lao Tzu comes in. As travelers on the road that is disc golf, we must first realize there is no destination. We will never “arrive”.

Instead, we have to understand that it’s the trip itself that contains all the fun. It’s the daily struggle to get better. It’s the regular rounds with friends. It’s the awe of the occassional perfect throw. Those are the joys of our sport.

You'll never master disc golf

For those that can wrap their heads around this concept, life is a lot more fun. They stop beating themselve up when things don’t go exactly as intended. They understand that each throw is one more step along the road.

For those that can’t, both disc golf and life can get pretty frustrating.

So, if you miss a putt, don’t sweat it, that’s one more step. If you shank a drive, yep, just another step. Find yourself in the bushes? Your moving a couple more steps on down that road.

Just remember to enjoy it every step of the way.

Oh, and if you get an ace that helps you win a match and crush your friend’s hopes and dreams of beating you that round? Turn, look at them, and yell…



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8 thoughts on “Wisdom Wednesday – Be a Good Traveler”

  1. Hey Tim!!!.Love the variety, you inspire us to improvement, and also to relax and enjoy nature and the journey . last Saturday I played what is THE most challenging course for me in Tulsa, Black Hawk. All most all technical woods. I reconfirmed that I only play ot in Winter, Lost my favorite driver out of bounds for 40 minutes, lost it three mote times and found, Been scratching chigger bites all week!! But the first time to play in about six mouths, I played so well, it was totally worth it. I made the most pars ever, several for the first time. I continue to replay THE day over and over as I scratch my chigger bits!!!LOL

    • That’s really great to hear you played well! I love days like that. They are what keep me coming back over and over again! Good luck with those bites, I know from experience they are no fun!

  2. Tim,

    Thanks for all the wisdom and encouragement your blog has provided for everyone reading and listening to your perfectly calming voice on the Disk Golf Answer Man. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to play a round with you at Lemon Lake one day and buy you a non-alcoholic beverage from the disc shop. 🙂

    Take Care and God Bless,

    • That would be cool Chad. I love Lemon Lake, especially gold and silver. I plan on hitting it up at least once this fall. I haven’t photographed it when it’s in color and I’m guessing it’s spectacular! I’ll drop you a line when I’m going and we can play!

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