Behind the Throw - Cameron Paulsen

Behind the Throw - Cameron Paulsen - Flippy Disc Golf Apparel

How did you first get introduced to disc golf, and what was it about the game that captivated you? Feel free to share something unique about your life and connect it to Disc Golf.

Cameron: My youth group leader Dan invited me out to play back years ago while I was in middle school. I think I was 14 or 15 and didn’t know how to really throw at all! I would play maybe once or twice a year back then, so that dx Valkyrie was doing so much work for my forehand. I didn’t really catch onto disc golf in a big way until August 2020 when I got invited out to leagues and started to learn the backhand in October of that year and then I was like “OH THATS HOW THEY DO IT!” From that day on I just fell in love with throwing putters, learning how to throw, and the art of just how a disc can shape so many shots. Just don’t ask me how many Lunas I own now because of my love for the game haha!

Share your favorite disc golf course that you’ve played and a favorite course that you’d still love to visit.

Cameron: My favorite course is Foxdale in Addison Illinois! Helped get to redesign some of the holes out there, helped raise money for Teepads instead of these mud pits we used to throw from, and I love it to death. I want to visit Maple Hill one day very badly. So many iconic shots to be had there!

For newcomers to disc golf, what's one technical tip or aspect of play you think is undervalued but can make a big difference in their game?

Cameron: Learn how to use the hola hoop method! If you are throwing learn to keep the disc on the same angle like a hola hoop would spin. A hola hoop spins because of the perfect rotation, in the same way if you learn to spin a disc with perfect rotation it’ll be smoother and farther!

Can you recall a particularly challenging course or hole that you've played and how you navigated it? What made it stand out?

Cameron: Northwoods Black! It really made you have to plan every shot, what angle the disc landed at, and was overall the best course I’ve played because it makes you use every aspect of your game.

Disc golfers often have a favorite disc in their bag. Which is yours, and why does it hold that special place for you?

Cameron: The Luna! Throw with it, putt with it, and fall in love. Nothing can replace the Luna in my bag.

Disc golf, like many sports, has a community aspect to it. Can you share a memorable moment or story that stemmed from your involvement with the Flippy Disc Golf community?

Cameron: I think again the moment creating that shirt for my late little sister was the moment that really made me feel cared for and loved by the whole community.

How do you prepare for a big tournament or match? Are there any specific routines, mental exercises, or physical training regimens you follow?

Cameron: I mean gotta practice the putter shots, get some putts in, maybe a couple of putts that I would normally think I’d be in just to test myself out there like putts from a knee, and then just get out there!

Are there any disc golfers or athletes in general who have inspired your journey or whom you look up to? Why?

Cameron: I have watched a lot of disc golfers and the ones that stand out to me are Brodie and Ezra. They are really nice to meet in person, very knowledgeable about the game, and are just fun people! If I had to pick someone I focus my mentality off of it’s Joe Burrow. He just is calm, cool, and collected every moment he plays and with such confidence.

With the growth and evolution of disc golf, where do you see the sport in the next 5-10 years? And what role do you think platforms like Flippy Disc Golf will play in that future?

Cameron: Disc golf is on track to be a little more main stream. Maybe every major in the future can be televised and the pro tour will stand well going forward. In local communities I think people will be a lot more open to disc golfers and these events going on!

Outside of the technical aspects, what's the most valuable life lesson disc golf has taught you?

Cameron: Disc golf has taught me that the only person you have to beat is yourself. You can’t go out there and blame anyone else for how you played, so it’s more of how do I improve then so and so gave me a bad pass so I missed the 3 pointer. I think in life it’s easy to say it’s someone else’s fault for why I come up short, when in reality it’s how hard you can push yourself and that you need to propel yourself forward to get better. No one else can live your life, so live it to the fullest and don’t blame others for what you need to do.

What’s the very worst score you’ve ever recorded, and on what hole?

Cameron: Kress Creek hole 8 comes to mind recently. Not the worst score ever, but I had gotten 7 out of the first 8 holes we played at league that day coming up to that hole. I proceed to take a 9 and go from -6 to E in two holes costing my chance to win. Dumb OB!!!

To keep up with Cameron's exciting journey on the course and his love for the game, follow him on Instagram @thefrisbeedude. Stay tuned for more incredible stories from the outstanding amassadors of Team Flippy! 

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