James Conrad

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james conrad

IN THE BAG

DISTANCE

Destroyer

Star Destroyer

My go-to disc when I need a lot of distance and reasonable control
Boss

Star Boss

For maximum distance
Thunderbird

Champion Thunderbird

Use these when I need great control without sacrificing much distance
Firebird

Glow Champion Firebird

Overstable utility driver for dealing with severe wind, skip shots, etc.

FAIRWAY

TeeBird

Star TeeBird

One of my favorite discs ever! Use these for everything
Leopard3

Glow Champion Leopard3

Very nice controllable disc, excellent for woods golf

MID-RANGE

Roc

KC Pro Roc

Extremely versatile mid range disc
Gator

Champion Gator

Mid range version of the Firebird, very useful

PUTT & APPROACH

JK Aviar

Pro JK Aviar

My #1 favorite disc! Always enjoyed putting with soft putters, and they can even handle a lot of power when thrown. I rarely use anything else inside of 300'

PLAYER INFO

BIO

Division: MPO

PDGA#: 17295

Rating: 1033

Career Wins: 28

Career Earnings: $78,448.05

Height: 6'3"

Wingspan: 6'4"

Dominant Hand: Right

Longest Measured Throw: 565'

Year Born: 1990

Hometown: Blacksburg, VA

Titles

2016 Tennessee State Champion, 2016 Charlie Vettiner Open Champion, 2016 Disc Golf Pro Tour Rookie of the Year

Q&A

Memorable Win:

2016 Tennessee State Championships - This was my first win at an A-tier and will definitely stand out in my memory for a long time! The quality of the competition and the nerves associated with a final 9 and a decent sized gallery were definitely testing. I was thrilled to finish strong and come out on top!

Advice:

For new players: I recommend starting with slower discs and learning to throw those well before worrying about distance or even throwing drivers. Even just playing catch with a putter can be a huge help! As far as form, work from the ground up. Solid foot work, followed by incorporating the hips and shoulders will make the process of gaining distance and control much easier! For players with strong mechanics: Taking your game to the next level is absolutely a mental battle. Everyone has room for improvement in this regard, but I have the most success when I am able to stay present on the course and shift my focus inwards. There is a fine balance to be found between trusting your gut and analyzing what is the smartest throw to attempt. It is important to make smart decisions, but most of the time whatever option you feel most confident in will yield the best results.

Goals:

Short Term: I hope to have a successful year on tour in 2017! I look forward to the chance to travel farther and compete in more big events than I ever have before! I am looking for success at these events but I also hope to help spread the joy of disc golf to as many people as I can and to help others grow. Long Term: I want to prove myself at the highest caliber of the game for years to come! Beyond that I hope to continue to get more and more involved with disc golf. I am excited thinking about the future of disc golf and I want to use any influence I may have to promote, grow, and shed a positive light on our sport!

Additional Comments:

Hobbies outside of disc golf that help promote presence, awareness, focus, etc. can translate well and be great practice for the mental side of golf. My personal favorites are juggling and yoga!

REVIEWS

Thunderbird

When I need great control without sacrificing much distance

Gator

Mid range version of the Firebird, very useful

JK Aviar

My #1 favorite disc! Always enjoyed putting with soft putters, and they can even handle a lot of power when thrown. I rarely use anything else inside of 300'

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