All of the meaningful physical activity is strictly driven within the player and their ability to throw the disc. Even when you’re playing a “head-to-head” match, only through what you do with your disc can influence the play of an opponent. And when you’re involved with the disc, you must turn off all other functions of your personality. For these few moments you must shut yourself off from the rest of the world and become totally preoccupied with the disc and its position on the course relative to the hole. What you actually do with that disc depends totally on your own capabilities. You have no coach, no one to interfere with your opponent’s throw, no teammates to help. All decisions are solely your responsibility.
However, once you’ve made the physical commitment and thrown your shot, you’re free to relax and enjoy the company of your companions- and you make a big mistake if you don’t “hang out” with people on the course.
Most great players recognize the intervals between shots as periods of relief, when they can clear their minds of tension and other distracting influences. It allows players to recover from the intensity of that brief but lonely experience on the tee pad. Of course, no disc golfer can be totally free of some subconscious thoughts concerning the tactics of the game. But, if the person is wise, in the intervals of relief between shots they will turn off that internal monologue with as much deliberation as they turn it on when they step on the tee pad.
Unfortunately, achieving this flexibility demands a mental discipline difficult for many players to attain. Some seem to fear losing touch with that enraged inner monologue, and their excursions onto the total social side of the game are at best tentative. They appear grumpy, moody, antisocial, giving the impression that the intervals between shots are wasted time. They would do better to utilize these respites by recognizing that the ability to tune in one world and tune out another actually increases the intensity of their mental concentration when they need it most.
Adapted for Disc from D. Morley