Derek Fahs

Name

Derek Fahs

Nickname

Dfly

PDGA Number

92224

Division

AM

How long have you been playing disc golf?

6 Years

How did you get your start in disc golf?

I first found out about disc golf when I was 13-14 while at a friends house. The Hunt family, though I didn't know it at the time, was hugely invested in the disc golf lifestyle. They had an 18 hole course at their house! My first time seeing people play the sport was pretty mesmerizing as a young boy. I thought, how can they throw these odd shaped saucers so far?? So I went home and told my dad about this awesome thing and tried to describe the target. "It's like an upside down birdcage, or birdfeeder, something like that." We ended up making something that resembled a basket. Unfortunately it turned out to be kind of a fad at that age and other hobbies and being a kid kept me occupied until I rediscovered it in my early 20's.

What do you love most about the sport?

I love the camaraderie and community. I've met so many great people playing this sport. I love how I can be competing with 3 other people on a card and we're all rooting each other on and praising each others shots. You don't find that type of genuine sportsmanship in most sports. I also enjoy nature and physics. There's just something about nailing the perfect line and watching this object that's become an extension of you going exactly where you wanted it to go. Such a fantastic feeling!

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

I've played many sports over the years and I can say, disc golf is more of a personal sport. Yes we all share the experience with each other and when competing we are trying to beat the rest of the field but ultimately our personal experience is what defines the sport for us. When competing I'm largely trying to beat myself, make smarter plays, not let nerves effect my shot, not let that last bad throw ruin my round. It can easily get in your head. I think that's what I like about it.

How do you approach a new course?

It really depends on the type of play. If it's casual I'm going for the most obvious lines and committing to them. I usually play more aggressive because in my head I know I can achieve the line I want (doesn't always mean I actually do haha) For competitive play on a new course I generally throw slower discs. I might throw a midrange more often then I would normally. Accuracy and placement become very important. I rely on my putting a lot more too. I play much more conservative and prepare myself mentally to play "golf" instead of running everything. You never know what kind of trouble you might get into on an unfamiliar course.

What motivates you to continually improve your game?

I'm a perfectionist :D Really though, I've always been the type that if I invest my time and energy into something, I want to be as good at it as I can be. If I'm playing bad, I like to try and understand why I'm playing bad, if I'm playing good, same thing. I think my curiosity and "how can I fix it" attitude allows me to really hone in on my game and gives me constant motivation to be better.

What do you do to stay focused playing in tourneys?

Too focused can be a bad thing so I try not to focus too much. I like to take in the surroundings, listen to nature and try and maintain a peaceful worry-free mindset. The more relaxed I am the better I play usually.

What’s your most memorable win?

My first sanctioned tournament ever, I was playing Am3 at a course I was pretty familiar with. The whole experience was just amazing. I was playing really well at first but started to get the tourney nerves. I just remember my heart beating out my chest on every putt. It was god-awful at the time but man did I enjoy it. I ended up coming in 3rd and I was over the moon. Not even a win but the first time I felt like a winner!

What’s your most memorable disc golf moment?

It would have to be taking a road trip to Am Worlds. I wasn't even a competitor then but the whole thing just resonated with me. The atmosphere was electric. You knew everyone you saw had the same passion you do for the sport. The excitement of it all was very memorable.

What are your top three favorite discs?

Envy, Axis, Panic

What are your top three courses you have played?

Cam 2, Deerfield, Century Park

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

Maple Hill :)

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

I've had many influencers and people I've looked up to over the years. The first will always be Ken Climo. You could just tell this guy was doing things people have never dreamed of. His throws are incredible to watch.

What's in the bag?

Ion, Pilot, Envy, Stabilizer, Axis, Pyro, Virus, Resistor, Volt, Fireball, Wave, Mayhem, Panic

What non-disc golf hobbies do you have?

I play guitar, draw, and have a love for sports cars :)

Any superstitions you have before or during a round?

Never start a round with angry thoughts in your head. Always cheer on your competitors.

What does #NoBadRounds mean to you?

It means you can always take away something positive from every round, even if you weren't playing well that day.

What do you love most about your FlighTowel?

I just LOVE my FlighTowel. Not only has it been the best warmup tool I've ever owned, it's saved me strokes during rounds. If my timing is off I'll just get my FlighTowel out and see what I need to tweak.

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