Hi, my name is Aaron.
I've been playing disc golf for the last 6 years or so. I started when I was almost 28 years old and, like most things you start when you're not in your teens, there is a bit of a learning curve. One of my best friends dragged me out to the course. I was under the impression this was no more of a sport than marbles, or lawn darts, at this point. I told him I would beat him, as I did at most sports.
Well, after losing 18-0 in skins,
I realized there was a bit more to this sport than met the eye.
Naturally, as competitive people are, I wanted to keep playing, because I couldn't bare the thought of not being better than my friend at a sport. Although I only played with my buddy once every few weeks, I finally decided to purchase more than my one disc (a champion spider) and try to really improve my game.
I had only ever seen one course and my goal was to shoot under course par (probably a blue level 58, though many local amateurs could shoot below a 50 without any trouble at all), in addition to beating my buddy.
By the time I was 30, I was playing with the locals, learned my humble place in this sport, and had the bug to improve. At my first tournament, I played in intermediate and averaged 850 rated rounds. I watched tons of videos, and honestly believed I was working on improving my game diligently. As with anything not completely focused, I had mixed results. Through sheer volume of playing more and with better players, I improved.
In 2013, I started playing more tournaments and really showed my capricious nature.
I shot a career high 1011 rated round and started feeling much more competitive in nature.
In 2014, besides a couple bad tournaments, I pushed my average tournament round to around 940, and won my first tournament in advanced!
Though I played much less in 2015 and had a bad showing, I knew that I could make 2016 the year that I pushed myself to make actionable all of the techniques and practices I have helped others find over the past couple of years.
I love this sport, and when I'm not working in the hospitality industry, or singing (choir boy nerd alert!), I am hanging out with my beautiful wife, and probably thinking about disc golf or camping in some way. I look forward to sharing my insights and and journey with you. 2016 will be a big year for disc golf and for me.
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