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I'm relatively new to disc golf. I started playing at the very end of last year casually and am just now getting into it more seriously. I entered my first tournament this summer and ended up winning. Granted it was only the beginners division but I am proud of it none the less. As much as I love disc golf I have a few other hobbies that I love just as much.

I go to the gym to lift weights at least three times a week and go to my judo class four times a week. I've been fairly successful in my judo career as well going to nationals when I was 17. I love to be active and fit, it makes me feel better. The problem with all of this is that more times then not I'm sore. After lifting my muscles are sore for a few days after. After Judo my muscles and joints are all sore and strained. I can't help but think this is affecting my performance in disc golf. Judo will mostly make your back and your core muscles sore. These are all the muscles I use to throw discs. I took a break from judo and lifting one week and saw my disc golf scores fall by about ten strokes per round.

Most of the time this soreness doesn't bother me in my every day life but with something that takes the synchronization of every muscle in your body like throwing a golf disc it seems to inhibit me. Have any of you had any similar problems? What did you do to deal with them?

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Comment by Chainz-4-Brainz on June 10, 2009 at 10:44pm
I consider a hobby as anything you do merely for enjoyment. The only way I could see someone having too many hobbies is if they were neglecting things that "needed" to be done in favor of doing things they "wanted" to do. Even then, there's debate on whether or not they had too many hobbies, or just askewed priorities...
Comment by mark ellis on June 10, 2009 at 4:04pm
To plagiarize a famous line: Disc Golf is a jealous mistress.

Judozuna, disc golf is your hobby, the other stuff is just cross training to help disc golf (and beat people up if needed :) ). Your body will adapt to whatever your habits are. I go straight from my gym workouts to the golf course and I'm old. The stronger and more limber and more balanced you are, the better shape you are in, the better you can play the game as well as avoid or recover from injury.

You are doing the right things in terms of conditioning. Carry on. Play with good players and always try to throw with good form and don't worry about the rest.

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