Malachi Arzola

Team FlighTowel - Malachi Arzola

 

Name:

Malachi Arzola

Nickname:

Ma-La-Chee

PDGA Number:

98803

Division:

JR

How long have you been playing disc golf?

Just over 30 months

How did you get your start in disc golf?

I saw people playing it when we were at the park. One of the guys noticed i was looking and invited me to throw a few. It was fun so we went and got our own and I was hooked!

What do you love most about the sport?

I love that this sport allows me to travel around and meet new people.

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

I love the fact that people treat each other like family. When I first started I had people giving me discs and making sure to help correct my form. What other sports are out there where people just pass equipment around to each other all the time? It is such a great game that everyone wants to help everyone else be a part of.

How do you approach a new course?

I compare the holes on that course to holes I have played before and try to adjust off of that. I look at it and think how it looks like a similar hole and try to mirror a shot I have made before. If I luck out and see some people on the course I try and join in on their group. Locals always have the best lines to take.

What motivates you to continually improve your game?

The thing that drives me to get better is the thrill I feel when I drain a long putt or throw a long drive it’s unlike any other sport. I want to play at a higher level someday. Touring pro hopefully. It will take an incredible amount of work and I’ve got a good start being young with time to work at it.

What do you do to stay focused playing in tourneys?

Instead of looking at a tournament as one event I look at it as 36. Depending on how many rounds it is. Each hole is a new battle to win. Win the most battles and the war is yours! If you lose a hole you have time to fix it and move on. Try not to let one not so good shot ruin your chances at your goal.

What’s your most memorable win?

2019 Music City Open, it was my first A tier win. We have went twice and i took second the first year. I worked hard on my shots that i felt were weaker and went back with more types of shots to help. It was a hard win that came down to the last round. The first two holes of the last round I gave up my lead by not getting the birdies the other players got. I had to focus and work hard for the rest of it to earn the win.

What’s your most memorable disc golf moment?

Getting my first ever ace while playing in a tournament. The Frostbite Open in Opelika Alabama, Hole #5. I earned just over $340 for hitting my first ace. The thrill of the ace would have been enough, but if you give me money for doing it then it’s that much better!

What are your top three favorite discs?

? My top 3 favorite discs are the Dynamic Discs Raider, Emac Truth, and the best putter ever made the Judge.

What are your top three courses you have played?

are Flyboy Aviation, Cedar Hill, and Emporia Country Club.

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

DeLaveaga, just because of the challenge the course provides.

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

My disc golf hero is Eric McCabe, even though now he doesn’t play many tournaments he still does a ton to help grow the sport. I hope to continue to travel and play the courses that he is helping to put up.

Whats in the bag?

My Drivers include: 1 warhorse, 1 recoil, 4 raiders, and 1 king. The fairway drivers in my bag are: 1 felon, 1 explorer, and 1 maverick. My mids are: 1 justice, 1 verdict, 3 Emac truths, 1 gatekeeper, 1 warship, and 1 suspect. The putters that are in my bag are: 1 zombie, and 3 judges.

What non-disc golf hobbies do you have?

When I’m not on the course or practicing I’m most likely playing Xbox or hanging out with friends. Airsoft has become a new thing i like. The thrill of the hunt as someone is hunting you is wild and fun.

Any superstitions you have before or during a round?

I wash my discs off before every tournament to make them look good if that counts. No real superstitions i can think of!

What does #NoBadRounds mean to you?

To me is finding something positive out of every round you play even if you had one bad shot remember the other good shots so you replicate the good shots and not focus on the bad moment.

What do you love most about your FlighTowel?

I love that I can warm up before a round without having to run and track down discs. I can casually take swings while holding a conversation with someone just to get my arm warm.

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