Swing an Axe to Improve Your Stroke?

Disc golf is all about control and concentration. If you see the path, understand the distance, feel the wind, but lose focus, you’ll miss your shot.

Much like club and ball golf, and even sports like basketball, muscle control and memory are very important. Training the right muscle groups can help with your stroke and overall game.

And, much like basketball, while you can practice the movement like a free throw, you can also work to improve your the efficiency of your stroke by appropriately building up your physic.

Target the Right Muscle Groups

Every sport has a certain set of muscles that get most of the work. With disc golf, you end up using your arms and shoulders a lot. However, that doesn’t mean it’s all about having big guns.

What we want to really work on are our shoulders (deltoids), and our back (traps and lats). These muscle groups greatly assist with helping control the consistency of your stroke. Strengthening them also helps to ensure you don’t fade later on in the course and make mistakes due to fatigue.

Choose the Right Exercises

The key to the right build for disc golf is to not to try and stack muscle like a bodybuilder, but to instead add some lean mass to your frame. That means stay away from the power squats and never ending bicep curls.

The type of exercises we’re looking for are functional weight and movement exercises.

An absolutely terrific yet somewhat unconventional workout for helping out your disc golf game is one that you can do outdoors like when you’re flipping discs. You can actually hit all the above mentioned muscle group targets by swinging an axe.

There are lots of different kinds of axes, but what you’re looking for in order to get the right type of swing is a maul.

Mauls have a heavy axe head and are used for splitting logs. This overhead swing, though different that the forward motion in disc golf, targets the exacts muscles you’re aiming for. The wight of the head also helps give you a bit of a cardio workout as well if you keep up a good pace.

Other Exercises to Try

There are plenty of other exercise you can do without the worry of bulking up, since that extra bulk might actually hinder your performance. Some others include:

  • swimming
  • push ups
  • pull ups
  • yoga
  • racket sports

You can probably think of some others as well, especially if you get creative. The main idea though is to work those shoulder and back muscles without getting too big.

Round Up

Disc gold can be purely fun, extremely competitive, or a mix of both. It’s whatever you want it to be. But, if you’re at all into the competition of it, you cannot neglect the physical side of the game.

Swinging a maul is just one of the more fun ways to help train the right muscles without fear of over doing it. It’s also a way to avoid the indoors, which is something you might appreciate as a disc golfer.

 

3 Killer Disc Golf Courses in Michigan

Besides being one of the more beautiful states in the USA, Michigan has something else going for it. It has some of the best disc golf courses in the country. Here are 3 of the best and often top-rated disc golf course you’ll want to visit on your next trip to Michigan. Oh, and did I forget to mention, they aren’t just rated highly for the state, but for the whole country!

Flip City in Shelby

There’s not much to not like about maybe the best course for disc flingers in all of the 50 states. Flip City is just awesome.

Started as a 4,000 foot long course in 1980, it has since grown to almost double that! With over 2 dozen holes, this course will keep you busy for hours.

It’s also extremely beautiful, especially if you catch it right at the end of spring before the temperatures get a little too hot for some of us, or right in the beginning of autumn, which is just about perfect both whether and scenery-wise.

The website doesn’t have much info, nor imagery, but if you want to visit it anyway for the sake of getting some contact info, here it is: http://www.flipcitygolf.com

Bluegill Disc Gold in Wayland

Another Michigan DG legend, Bluegill Disc Golf is a must-play course. It’s a solid 18 holes, so it’s worth the drive if you don’t happen to live of be staying right next door.

But, slow down before you plan you trip. The owner, Ken Gill, only allows guests when invited. Yes, it’s sad that one the best and most beautiful courses is invite only, but that also helps keep it in great condition.

Due to this being a private course, I couldn’t really find a website for it, which makes sense. But I like to show off websites since this too is a site. The best I could do in this instance if a Facebook page for the course: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bluegill-Disc-Golf/336750559727666

Kensington Metropark in Milford

The Kensington Metropark features a 27 hole disc golf course. It’s called the Black Locust. There are daily passes for $3 or annual passes for $55. It’s bit less naturally beautiful than the other two, but it’s still a great course.

There are tons of activities right around the course, which makes this a great weekend activity. It’s open from early morning to 10PM at night, but it’s not lit, so keep that in mind for evening games in early spring and later fall.

For more info and directions you can visit the Metropark site here: http://www.metroparks.com/parks/kensington-metropark/kensington-metropark-activities/#7

Round Up

There are plenty of other great DG courses in Michigan, and across the rest of the USA as well, but these three are almost always included in people’s top 10’s list. If you’re a big DG fan, make sure to take a trip to MI to check them out. It’s worth the effort.

What is Disc Golf?

The game we love around here is disc golf. It’s game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s not a hard game to understand (click here for the rules), but like the golf you play with a ball and club, it takes time to master.

However, instead of just reading about disc golf, seeing it will help you understand the game much faster.

As you can see, while it might look like a simple game at first, there’s a lot that goes into it.

The beauty is you can play as casually or seriously as you want. For example, here’s a couple playing a casual round.

And here’s a round of championship level disc golf.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s even disc golf trick shots!

So there you have it. What is disc golf? It’s a fantastic game that can be played with friend, family, casually, competitively, and any other way you can think of.