Conner Williams

Team FlighTowel - Conner Williams

Name

Conner Williams

PDGA Number

103206

Division

AM

How long have you been playing disc golf?

3 years

How did you get your start in disc golf?

I started playing disc golf like most people: a couple friends took me to the course to play. Admittedly, I did not enjoy disc golf at first because I couldn't get the disc to do what I wanted. To be fair, my first disc was a max weight Star Monster, a terrible choice for a beginner. But once I learned how to manipulate angles (and found other discs, of course), I was hooked.

What do you love most about the sport?

I love being outside. Disc golf has allowed motivated me to find and explore new areas in my local community/region to play and has inspired me to travel to different states and countries. Whether it's in a forest, a desert, or on the side of a mountain, I love being outside playing disc golf.

What motivates you to continually improve your game?

I love competition. I've been involved in competitive sports since I was a kid, all the way from T-Ball up to college football. I love practicing and seeing my abilities improve over time. When I became confident enough to use my forehand in competitive situations, it felt so good to know that all the work I had put in had helped. And to be completely honest, I love to win. I want to always play to the best of my abilities and give myself a chance to win.

What do you do to stay focused playing in tourneys?

One of the biggest breakthroughs for me has been the implementation of positive self-talk. If you've ever played on my card before, you might have caught me talking to myself as some point during the round. Positive self-talk is a psychological tactic that has been proven to help with confidence and self-esteem. I say out loud to myself things like "I will hit this gap," "I will commit to this putt," and "I am a good disc golfer." I've found that it really helps me step back, slow down, and believe in myself a little bit more.

What’s your most memorable win?

My most memorable win was the 2018 Lucky Huck 4 at Camp Taloali DGC in Stayton, OR. I finished at 21-under-par through 54 holes and won the MA1 division by 9 strokes. I even beat the entire pro field as well. My first round was the first 1000+ rated round I had ever thrown, a 71 (-12) through 27 holes. Everything seemed to go my way that day. My putter was hot, the tree kicks were generous, and I was pinpoint accurate off the tee. I recognized from an early point that I was playing hot and let myself continue to do so. It's very easy to get into your own head when you're shooting hot, and the worst thing you can do, in my opinion, is to start thinking about it too much. Don't think about your birdie streak or hitting the next putt, just let the game come to you. As the great sports psychologist, Dr. Bob Rotella said, you have to stay out of your own way.

What’s your most memorable disc golf moment?

My most memorable disc golf moment was a doubles round with my best friend during summer 2018 at Champoeg State Park near Newberg, OR. We couldn't compete for the payout since it was a random doubles league, but we could compete for the ace pot. I rang it up halfway through the round and won $135, then took us out for dinner and brews after the round to celebrate. We played very well that day, and our playing styles complemented each other beautifully.

What are your top three favorite discs?

1. Teebird. I firmly believe it is one of the best discs ever made.

2. Roc. There's little that this disc can't do.

3. Firebird. Reliable backhand or forehand.

What are your top three courses you have played?

1. La Mirada in Anaheim, CA

2. Milo McIver in Estacada, OR

3. Camp Sekani in Spokane, WA

If you could play any course in the world, which would it be?

The Beast in Nokia, Finland

Who is your disc golf hero, and how were you influenced be him or her?

It has to be Paul McBeth. When I first started playing, I discovered the McBeth "documentary" on YouTube titled "The Greatness." I really admire Paul's attitude towards competition in general and how he plays the game.

Whats in the bag?

Distance Drivers: Star Destroyer (5-6), Pro Wraith (1) Control/Utility Drivers: Champion Thunderbird (1-2), Color Glow Firebird (2), Star Monster (1) Fairway Drivers: Star Teebird (2), Champion Leopard3 (1) Midranges: Color Glow MD3 (1-2), GStar Roc3 (1), DX Glow Roc (2), Champion RocX3 (1), Champion Glow Gator (1) Putters: JK Aviar (3-4), ZFlx Zone (1), S-Line P2 (1)

Any superstitions you have before or during a round?

I always eat a giant salad the night before a tournament. I did it before my win at the Lucky Huck 4, and I'm now convinced that it helps me play better.

What does #NoBadRounds mean to you?

For those of us that are hyper-competitive, it can sometimes be difficult to remember that we play disc golf because it is fun. We've all felt the opposite at some point, so #NoBadRounds is, to me, a conscious reminder that every round I play is a blessing. I get to be outside, enjoy the company, and watch frisbees fly through the air.

What do you love most about your FlighTowel?

I absolutely love warming up with my FlighTowel. I'm someone who likes to break a sweat and be extra warm before trying to rip a disc as hard as I can. My FlighTowel plays an integral role in my warmup routine.

Facebook Link

https://www.facebook.com/frisbeeconner

Instagram Link

https://www.instagram.com/cwdisc

Twitter Link

https://twitter.com/connerjwilliams

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