Disc Golf as Mental Therapy

Discraft Flash Z plastic

My favorite disc of all time.

It’s been a rough day.  One of those kind of days where I just want to punch the world in the larynx.  This morning I was not cool with anyone, I might’ve even put my own mother in a head-lock (don’t worry Mom, not really I’m just trying to make a point).  You know the kind of day that I am talking about?

So rather than explode on the people around me and those that I care about, I took to the local disc golf course at Prentis Park here in Vermillion, SD.  I packed my bag with nine different maximum distance drivers.  My favorite is the Discraft Flash.  It’s nice and stable and you can throw it on any kind of line that you would like.  It flies fast and just does what you want it to.

Anyways, I took all of those discs and played 18 holes.  I threw every one of them on every hole of the course.  What I realized was is that I was able to control everything around me while I was throwing.  My power and my technique were the variables that I focused my mind on.  When I started out, I was pissed off.  And to be perfectly honest I’m still kinda angry but I feel a lot better than I did.  Just getting out there and throwing was cathartic for me.  The sun is out, the wind is low, the grass is that nice vibrant spring green, and  freshly cut.  The scenery alone was enough to generally brighten my mood a little bit.  But you know what made me feel the most relief?  Stepping up to that tee box and ripping my Flash out about 360 feet.  It’s a beautiful sight and throwing a disc farther than the length of a football field is a lot of fun to do.

Sure my arm is a limp noodle at this point.  But at least I don’t feel like punching the world in the larynx as much anymore.

So if you’re ever all bent out of shape about something, I suggest taking up disc golf and just go to the course and throw.  Throw over and over again until you get all that poison out because its not good for you. I know its not good for me.

Anyone else out there in blog-land agree with me?  Do you have any techniques for de-pissifying that you’d like to share? Please do!

And just in case you are new to the game, here is a useful YouTube video that can get you throwing farther faster.  I watch it at the beginning of every season and it always helps.



  1. Molly

    I run. The world is less annoying when I run. So I get this “disc-golf to de-pissify yourself” method. Thanks for sharing!

    • mattenosis

      Running, absolutely. That’s a great one for burning off some steam. I’m a fan of anything that makes the world less annoying. Thanks for sharing Molly.

  2. Greg

    I hear ya man…taking a much nerdier approach, I have relied on Wii frisbee golf to get past some high stress points in the last year. I am sure that getting out to a pristine SD course was at least 2…or maybe even 3 times better…so nice work at finding a positive outlet for the stress…that’s not easy to do.

    • mattenosis

      I dunno, some of those scenes on Wii frisbee golf are pretty pristine as well :). Glad some form of frisbee golf was helpful, real or simulated. So long as it serves a calming purpose, its all good! Thanks for sharing.

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