Matthew Byrd
Team Tribe

Disc Golf Career

Started Disc Golf in 2019

How did you discover Disc Golf?

I was in pretty poor shape. Suffering with PTSD and social anxiety. A friend told me we were getting this new thing installed at a city park called \"Disc golf\" and I should check it out. I sat down that night and watched it on youtube till the wee hours of the AM, and had a starter pack there as fast as Amazon could get it. Here I am going on 5 years later, played 18 events last year and want to do more this year!

What is your proudest Disc Golf moment?

The first ace. Took almost 4 years, but when it finally happened, the feeling was the purest joy I had felt in years.

What are your practice routines?

As an older player, I limit fieldwork and putting to about 30 minutes tops. Physical ailments mean that if I am throwing for extended periods, I find my form deteriorates rapidly. But I try to work on drives first, then standstill, and finish with putting.

What is your go-to tip for beginners?

Practice the pause. While I am 100% in favor of full compliance with 30 seconds, if you find the round is slipping away, step away from your card or the tee-box if you are playing alone, and make yourself refocus.

Favourite Disc

Plastic Type: Glow
Comment: "I can make the Kotuku do almost anything as long as I do my part and throw it on the correct angle. And it flies almost as far as most of my fairway drivers."

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Player Stats

PDGA Number 125716

Highest Rating 800

Primary Throwing Hand Right

The hardest gap to master on any course is the 6\" between your ears.
Favourite Disc Golf Quote

Matthew Byrd, Born 1973