DGA ProLine Team Member D.J. Ellis Bio
- Division: Pro Masters
- PDGA#: 59696
- Rating: 973
- Playing Since: 2012
- Home Town: Fresno, CA
- Home Town Course: Woodward Legacy Disc Golf Course
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- Favorite DGA Disc: SP Breaker
The DGA sparkle plastic is eye candy. I love the bright, transparent colors and sparkle flakes throughout. I grab the SP Breaker for the majority of my upshots, especially in the wind. The discs flat profile feels great in my hand and the bottom bead locks solidly into my forehand grip. I can rely on its straight flight with predictable fade at the end…right to the basket every time.
- Favorite DGA Apparel Item: DGA Flexfit Hat
Top 5 Courses:
- DeLaveaga DGC (Santa Cruz, CA)
- Waller Park DGC (Santa Maria, CA)
- New Hogan Lake -East & West Courses (Valley Springs, Ca)
- Bijou DGC (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
- “Steady” Ed Memorial Master’s Cup
- End of the Trail Classic
- King of the Lake
- Central Valley Series (CVS)
- CenCal Series
Most Memorable Tournament win or moment in DG?
- My most memorable tournament win was winning the 2014 “Steady” Ed Memorial Masters Cup (Advanced Masters Division). The few and only times I played DeLaveaga prior to the tournament, the course tore me up. Going in to the first round, however, I was confident and focused. I ended up shooting the “hot” round of the day, and the highest rated round (1014) for me at that time. The following two days I was able to maintain my lead and ended up securing the win by 16 strokes. It was my last Advanced Masters tournament and where I was “encouraged” to move up to Pro Masters.
What is your best physical tip for a disc golfer that has just started playing?
What helped me most when I was just beginning is getting together with more advanced players in a large field to throw multiple types of discs that they were willing to let me try out. From there I was able to establish what weight and flight characteristics felt right to me at that time. It wasn’t until I started to feel limited by that disc that I started to add other discs to my arsenal that offered varying degrees of stability.
What is your best mental tip for a disc golfer that has just started playing?
How do you prepare for a big event both mentally and physically?
For me, preparing for a big event may start several weeks to a month prior to the event. I spend lots of time practicing. This, to me, is much more important than playing casual rounds.
Mentally, during practice and my round, I try to stay confident, keep my mind clear and not let my nerves get the best of me. Before each throw, I spend a few moments visualizing the flight of the disc, how each shot will turn out, and where the disc will land. Visualizing my putt is even more critical. For that, I’ll consider the wind and it’s effect, then “see” a path to an individual link within the chains.
Physically, repetition is key. I’ll spend time on the course and in an open field throwing the same type of disc over and over and over again. The more I become comfortable knowing exactly what each disc will do under various conditions, the more confident I am on the course. Putting practice is crucial too, and where I spend most of my time days before the event.