DGA Ambassador Team Member TJ Goodwin Bio
- Division: Men’s Am
- PDGA#: 26305
- Rating: 946
- Playing Since: 2005
- Home Town: Santa Cruz
- Home Town Course: DeLaveaga
- Most Current Player Stats – PDGA
Favorites: Gear | Courses | Tournaments
Favorite DGA Discs:
My favorite disc is the Aftershock. I can control its flight on any line and it has great glide to it as well. Although I can do more with a Squall, the consistent flight path is why I love it. If I were to play one round with only 1 disc, this is what I would choose.
Favorite DGA Apparel Item:
- Oasis Crewneck Sweatshirt
Top 5 Courses:
- Milo McIver
- Pier Park
- Zephyr Cove
- Blue Lake
Top 5 Tournaments:
- Masters Cup
- Beaver State Fling
- PDGA Worlds
- Good Neighbor Open
- Felton Freeze
Most Memorable Tournament win or moment in DG?
- Most memorable win was in 2007. I won the Masters Cup in Intermediate. All my friends were there supporting me and it was at my home course.
How do you prepare for a big event both mentally and physically?
- Field practice over another round at the local course! Field practice is so important to your growth because you simulate a shot/disc you want to work on, and repeat it 5-10 times immediately. You get direct results, and can make instant corrections.
What is your best physical tip for a disc golfer that has just started playing?
- Physically, I think that stretching is a very underrated part of people’s warm up. I find that I always feel better and more grounded by doing stretching before going out to play some pre-round holes to loosen up.
What is your best mental tip for a disc golfer that has just started playing?
- Best mental tip? Learn to let go of the last shot, good or bad, so you can stay within your game. When you are throwing well, you can try to do too much. When you have bad shots, you force shots to make up for it. The only throw that matters is your next one.I have certain goals for each event that help me focus on my next shot – No OBs and No doubles. Bogies are going to happen, so I don’t worry about the pressure of a bogie free round. You must be prepared to take your medicine without it affecting you mentally, but you better minimize the damage in the process. Also, I always try to remember, it’s better than being at work!