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the long mediocre

“day to day, it’s easy to lose one’s shit over the endless sense of mediocrity, so having a healthier perspective is important.”

I’m getting better, but I still end up squatting under low canopies, climbing tree limbs, jumping into hard and tangled vines… basically making my 47yo body move and bend like I was 7.

This last weekend had a healthy dose of disc golf. Just what exactly is a “healthy dose?” Well, I’ve played disc golf four out of the last four days.

If there’s one thing I’m coming to terms with my playing it’s that I’m going to be mediocre for a long, long, long time. There’s nothing wrong with that. I’m enjoying my time with friends, getting exercise, relaxing outdoors, recreationing… all the things about disc golf that everyone who loves disc golf loves. It also means kinda loving how much my game is weak. Like… day to day, it’s easy to lose one’s shit over the endless sense of mediocrity, so having a healthier perspective is important.

I’m just getting started. If I look back ten years from now, it’s going to feel like a rapid arc of improvement. But right now in the thick of my learning and unlearning, it sometimes gets frustrating. My drives are looking better and better, but then my putts suck. My putts get better and better, and I’m driving towards trees.

Mostly, it’s just variability while I lock in form until it’s tacit and unconscious in following my best form.

It takes a while to build the habit. I gotta just keep sticking with it… and warming up with a round before playing. My Saturday game, for example, was way better on the second half than the first.

I’m not disappointed with being consistently +10-13. I’m looking forward to when my short game gets a little bit better so my whole game gets a lot better.