I know I have a lot to learn in this sport. I have only been playing for just over a year. As I've said before, I am greatful for all those who have given me advice on the game whether it be one little tip or a lot of tips/ lessons. I in no way could list all the names of people both back in Toledo and out here in MN that have helped me to improve. This sport is truly a great sport, and especially as a woman. Since there aren't a ton of us females, all the guys WANT to see the few that are around succeed. I, for one, love playing with people that are much better than myself because that does help a lot in learning the game.
Anyhow, on to what I intended to write about. THE dreaded mental game. I battle the most with my mental game. For instance, I won my division at an NT, the Minnesota Majestic. However, I would say my mental game was far from being worthy of a gold star or whatever you prefer. I played GREAT rounds for having played only a year. I shot 899, 845, and 913 rated rounds at fairly tough courses. Rating wise, for me, I played excellent rounds. I played too many mind games with myself.
A lot of it, for me, stems from my years playing competitive soccer. I played for 15 years, including 2 years of college soccer. I knew the game so well, that if I missed a pass or screwed up something so small I would lose sleep over it. I HAD to quit before the game destroyed me. I was already letting it control me. I still love the sport and want to coach, but I have absolutely no desire to play competitively anymore. I even was offered a spot on the team out here at my new school, and I told the coach what I just stated above. I'm getting to that point with disc golf. I tell myself over and over again that I have only played for a year. I know full well that I won't make perfect shots every single time. I know there is lots of room for improvement which means I shank a few here and there or throw wormburners or... you name it, I'm capable of it. However, for some reason I still have it in my head that I should be way better than I am. I screw up a shot, and in turn screw up the rest of the round. Maybe I even play horrible the rest of the week. I don't do well with moving on from mistakes. On very rare occasions, I can screw up a shot and bounce right back on the next. That's probably about one percent of the time.
I've read "Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect" and intend to go get a copy of Zen Golf. However, I think I've drilled too many years of bad habits with the mental game into my head. Try and try again, I can't seem to work it out. Ever since I started playing, I knew that was what needed more work than anything else. It still does. I was so frustrated with me play today and my play the last few weeks that I've debated many times to just take a month off from disc so that maybe I'll learn to appreciate it more which would in turn possibly help the mental game. If I keep playing the head games much longer I will have to quit before I let it destroy me like I did soccer. If you read all of this, congrats. I'm super impressed. If you have ANYTHING that you have used or heard of working to help with the mental game, PLEASE let me know. I don't want to have to quit another thing I love so much simply because I let my mental game destroy me.