Robbie Crawford

Robbie Crawford
Name Robbie Crawford
Nickname Leroy!
PDGA Number 128799
Division AM
How long have you been playing disc golf? 9 Years! Started in 2012!
How did you get your start in disc golf? I came from a long background in ultimate, and my oldest brother found out about it at college. He invited me to come up and join him one day at his school, and I used an ultimate frisbee during the round. I instantly fell in love and bought a starter pack the moment I got home! It's been my favorite hobby ever since!
What do you love most about the sport? I love the community. It's a sport where you can be incredibly social without ever having to feel super intense competitive vibes. It's always you versus the course at the end of the day, and so every opportunity to meet new players and get to know them is a phenomenal experience. There is also nothing like watching someone sink a long putt and watching the fireworks in their eyes!!
What makes disc golf better than the other sports you have played? Growing up it was always team sports for me, and I rarely played something that was individually focused. When I found disc golf, it allowed me to set personal goals because that was the only way to get better. I also played for around seven years before I learned you could change literally anything about your form to get better. It's been a fantastic journey these last few years knowing that the slightest changes have the biggest impact! As an analytical person there is always something more to study about the game!!
How do you approach a new course? Whenever I approach a new course my goal is immediately to play for par. Courses are unforgiving and never give you back strokes, they only take more away. When playing new courses I want to play conservative while also being well aware of what my limits are. That's not saying I won't run putts or try to go for certain lines, but knowing what you can and can't do with your bag makes any course attackable no matter how many times you've played it!
What motivates you to continually improve your game? What motivates me the most is the community around me. If I improve then it allows me to share the lessons I've learned along the way with others to help them break past plateaus they might find themselves trapped in.
What do you do to stay focused playing in tourneys? Dancing. When I first watched Chris Dickerson play with his Airpod in, I thought, what a bummer for everyone on the card with him. Then I realized it keeps him out of his head during the shots and allows him to actually connect with his cardmates even move. I have a 36 hour long playlist I listen to in one headphone, and I dance before I throw my shots. It helps calm my nerves and gets me out of my own way!
What’s your most memorable win? Honestly, my most memorable win was the first sanctioned tournament I ever played in! It was a little C-Tier that was part of a larger A-Tier in the area. I was with two friends while playing, and it was their first tournament as well. We had a blast, and I just felt loose during the whole event. Sure enough, at the end of the day I came out on top and thought, winning feels pretty great!!
What’s your most memorable disc golf moment? My highlight came at a tournament about 3 and half hours away from my house. I was in Carrolton, GA at a C-Tier after putting together a decent performance. Nothing spectacular, but nothing to hang my head at either. There was a group of people standing talking near me, and I asked them how they did. Each of them said it was their first tournament, and that one of their buddies had actually won the Rec division! They asked if I would take a picture when he got back from claiming his trophy, and of course I agreed to. Now I had a mask on because, pandemic, but keeping my distance as much as possible I waited for their friend to return. They got ready, and I said “Get ready, everyone say, Let’s Get some Birdies!!” Which is similar to the phrase I close out my Youtube videos with. The guy who had won stopped me after the photo and asked, “Are you Robbie Crawford? I’ve watched all of your videos, and I used tons of your tips today!” That’s what disc golf is all about, helping out the family. It didn’t matter what I shot that day, because I felt like a 2000 rated player for being able to help out a new disc golfer with their first tournament experience.
What are your top three favorite discs? AviarX3, Bounty, and the Wraith!
What are your top three courses you have played? This is probably the toughest question here, because I have loved so many courses I've played. Top of the list would be The Compound in Griffin, GA. Second would be Inverness Disc Golf Course in Birmingham, AL. Third would be Trace Golds at Trace State Park in Belden, MS.
If you could play any course in the world, which would it be? Lake Eureka is a dream course to go play. That bomb over the water to get things started just seems like such a fun experience, and it holds so many sweet shots. I'm not sure my plastic wants to experience that course, but I'm sure we'd have a good time!
Who is your disc golf hero, and how were you influenced be him or her? Calvin Heimburg. I've modeled a lot of my game after him both mentally and physically. His style is incredible to watch, and he makes it look almost effortless. The mental side of things when it comes to his level headed approach, makes me believe there are few others who can match his mental game out on the course!
Whats in the bag? I'm carrying a mixed bag in 2021 with mostly Innova and Dynamic Discs. I putt with Wardens and approach with Pigs. For mid ranges I'm a big fan of the EMac Truth and the Bounty. My fairways have a ton of variance with a Felon, H1V2, SPZ3, Stag, and a Vandal! I close things out in the driver category with two Wraiths and five Destroyers! Of course, I keep my Flightowel in the bag as well to keep myself nice and loose before and during the round!
What non-disc golf hobbies do you have? I love to play board games with friends and family, as well as just spend a lot of time hanging out with people. I'm about as extroverted as they come, and so if there are people there you'll usually be able to convince me to go!!
Any superstitions you have before or during a round? I always start every tournament round with Katy Perry's "Never Really Over." For some reason that was the song I sunk my first 10 putts in a row from 30 ft to and I associate it with stellar performances. Haha, confidence is key right?
What does #NoBadRounds mean to you? There's always something to learn, and there is no way you can ever have a bad round unless you make yourself. Whether you're crushing putts 10 feet and in, you had a fantastic teeshot on hole 4, or something else. The bogey train is powered by our negative thoughts, and it's up to us to keep that thing in the station!!!
What do you love most about your FlighTowel? What do I NOT love about my FlighTowel?? The towel itself is as soft and lovely as they could make a towel. If you took a slice of a cloud in heaven, I'm pretty confident that's the supplier at FlighTowel. The fob is genius, and it's my favorite tool for getting my arm ready and loose for rounds. Even better are days where my hopes get high to go play and the sky opens up. I can still stand in my foyer and get some reps in with my FlighTowel without worrying I'm going to mess something up in my form!
Is there anything else you would like to add to your Team FlighTowel profile? I would love to share my youtube channel link if at all possible. I love helping new players grow and improve, as well as hopefully bringing some laughs along the way!!
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