Simon Lizotte Scoring Better

Scoring Better in Disc Golf

Scoring better in disc golf, for any competitive and recreational player, is one of the hardest things in the sport to accomplish. To score better during a round consistently takes practice and mental awareness.  

How to Score Better in Disc Golf: Quick Tips

  1. Relax
  2. Play for Par
  3. Have Fun
  4. Don’t Play to Not Lose
  5. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Mental Game of Disc Golf

Really good players are consistently good. Let that sink in for a moment. Ken Climo won 12 world titles and Paul Mcbeth has won 6, while taking 2nd place 4 times. This shows a level of consistency many amateur players struggle to accomplish from one round to the next. The mental game of disc golf is crucial to understanding how to play your best every round you play. 

  1.  Understand your Expectations
    1. What’s your best round ever at this course and what’s your worst? How do you usually play at this course? Asking these questions will help you understand the upper threshold and your lower threshold for any given day. Often, players will forget the mental game of disc golf by trying to break the course record every time they play a round. 
  2. Relax
    1. Good disc golf mentality can be boiled down into one word: relax. The tighter you are, the more prone you are to mistakes. The more relaxed you are, the better your body will move. Mistakes won’t seem like such a big deal either and your scores will fluctuate less. 
  3. Practice How You Play
    1. Practicing disc golf rounds is crucial for playing your best. When practicing, consider playing scored rounds with friends to play with a level of pressure. The mental game of disc golf is filled with pressure and getting used to playing with pressure is key to relaxing and shooting lower rounds. 

Playing Bad Disc Golf

When most players play poorly, they’ll blame everything else but themselves. They didn’t get enough good tree kicks, the wind was in their face all day, the baskets let too many putts slip through the chains, and on and on and on. These types of mind games to trick yourself into thinking you’re better than the round you just played and to forget everything that happened on the course, are detrimental to progress. Playing poorly is part of the game of disc golf. It’s best to accept that you’ve played a bag round of disc golf and learn from your mistakes. The more you learn, the easier it will be to score better in disc golf!