Craig Compton

Craig Compton

Name

Craig Compton

PDGA Number

86782

Division

AM

How long have you been playing disc golf?

Since 2015

How did you get your start in disc golf?

A couple buddies had been playing for a while, and honestly I made fun of them for the longest time. Until one day they got me out on the course, and I was instantly hooked. I loved the game from day 1. Unfortunately after that first year, I didn't play too much until about 2015, and have been playing ever since.

What do you love most about the sport?

1. The cost 2. Getting outdoors 3. Traveling to different courses 4. The family atmosphere amongst players

What makes disc golf better than the other sports you have played?

Honestly I love being outside and going for hikes/walks. The fact that disc golf allows me to do that, and have a challenge while doing so, is the number one thing I love. I also love the competition. Since high school I have really missed competitive sports. Disc golf allows that outlet, as well as allowing me to close out the world for a few hours while I go play.

How do you approach a new course?

I LOVE finding new courses. My wife and I are big campers, and every camping trip we plan, we look for courses nearby. Usually that involves me taking a simplified bag, and often times just a mid range and a putter. Slow and smooth is the key when learning the ins and outs of a new course.

What motivates you to continually improve your game?

There is always someone better. That's all the motivation I need. I would love to be the best local player. Theres definitely a lot of work to do to accomplish that, but that's what motivates me every day to meet new people, and challenge my game.

What do you do to stay focused playing in tourneys?

This is a big work in progress for me. The mental side of things have always been an issue in my game. My first tournament was in 2016, and I absolutely tanked due to not being mentally stable. Since then, I took three years off from playing tournaments, and came back this season, once I felt like I had a better grip on things. The biggest thing I honestly focus on now is my newborn daughter. I actually have a bag tag with her picture on it, and every time I want to slam a disc into my bag, or be upset about something, I see that picture and it helps me to remember there are way more important things in life than a single round of disc golf.

What’s your most memorable win?

Still searching for that...

What’s your most memorable disc golf moment?

One of the first times I was out playing with a group of friends, I threw in from about 125' out. I'll never forget that moment and the feeling I got as I watched my white Innova DX Wolf track right to the basket and smash the chains.

What are your top three favorite discs?

Currently my three favorite discs are as follows... 1. Luna 2. Mantis 3. Wasp

What are your top three courses you have played?

1. Winthrop University-Rock Hill, SC 2. Deerfield Park(Deerfield and Wildwood)-Mt. Pleasant, MI 3. Flip City Disc Golf Park-Shelby, MI

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

For some reason I have always wanted to play Fountain Hills. Although I would probably lose all my discs in the pond haha!

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

Honestly my friends Torrey and Dan are probably my biggest disc golf "heroes". They are the two guys that introduced me to the sport, and really ignited the flame for me. I could talk disc with those guys all day every day. Not to mention the countless rounds we have played and thousands of shots we've thrown together.

Whats in the bag?

I have always been a big Discraft guy since I live in Michigan. I'm really glad to see them finally getting the recognition they have deserved all these years. Z Machette Z Raptor Big Z Vulture ESP Vulture Ti Undertaker Big Z Undertaker Ti Mantis Z Mantis Big Z Mantis Big Z Heat Z FLX Heat Z SOL ESP Buzzz Z Buzzz Z Wasp Big Z Zone Soft Magnet Prototype Luna First Run Luna First Run Luna

What non-disc golf hobbies do you have?

Hanging out with my family. Hunting. Fishing. Coaching high school basketball.

Any superstitions you have before or during a round?

Not necessarily. Mainly just try to take a deep breath before my first throw, and completely clear my head and focus only on the shot.

What does #NoBadRounds mean to you?

To me, that means more of a focus thing. Like I said earlier, I have been putting a big focus on the mental side of things, and playing my game. If I can do that every round, I consider it a good round. Where I rank and my score will all fall into place. I focus on playing my game, and having fun, and let the other scores work themselves out.

What do you love most about your FlighTowel?

I love that my FlighTowel was handmade by and awesome couple, who runs a kick butt small business. There hasn't been a single tournament since getting my FlighTowel that I haven't been asked about it. I love that it's a discussion starter and allows me to help grow the brand, and grow the sport.

 

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