The next few posts will be about the mental game and specific shots during a round. First-the straight up bad shot.

Here is interesting driving phenomenon: have you ever noticed the people who frequently drive erratically seem to lose their disc more easily than good players who only occasionally throw bad shots? You would think the consistently bad driver would actually be skillful in finding their disc, because s/he has more practice in locating their disc off course, but it doesn’t seem to work that way. One reason for this is not that the disc is so difficult it find, but that the person who threw turns off his/her mind when a bad shot leaves their hand.

This "turning off" a bad shot is an example of the defense mechanism of denial. The disc golfer doesn’t like what is happening, and, because s/he feels physically incapable of doing anything about the situation, their only recourse is to do something mentally. So s/he turns their mind off the disc, denying its existence in the same way, perhaps, that the player felt the disc denied his/her wishes. Consequently, their knowledge of where the disc finished is very often less accurate that that of the other players in the group who are only casually watching him/her throw. Also implicit in this experience is the desire not to find the disc at all, because its position might be so deplorable that the next shot would nearly be unplayable. It is humiliating enough to have already thrown one bad shot. Going on now to an impossible or embarrassing lie would add further insult to already serious injury.

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