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Cale Leiviska: Young Gun, page 3, continued from page 2


prep and gear

DGM: Give us a sense of how you prepare for a big tournament. Are you out at practicing with an eye toward the fundamentals? Are you thinking of the specific shots you might need to do well on the course you're going to play?

Minnesota's Cale Leiviska

"It does take some time to be able to compete with the top players, but as long as you are having fun and improving with every shot, your time on the course will be worthwhile."

CL: I prepare for any tournament by just staying loose. As long as I feel comfortable and confident out there, the game will just fall into place. It definitely helps to have a good feel for the course you are going to play but I have played many of the tournaments this year without even seeing the courses beforehand and still done pretty well. I guess it is just seeing the shot you have in front of you and committing to it.

DGM: What are you throwing these days? What are your top disc choices, and why?

CL: All I have ever thrown is Discraft discs and they seem to keep getting better. The Z predator is my main driver. It is very stable and so reliable that you can really lay into it and know that it will come back hyzer for you. In any given round I usually throw more midranges than drivers though.

The Drone is my favorite midrange because it has a lot of the predator tendencies in stability but it is a slow flying disc that really seems to never go to far past a hole. The Buzzz is still a favorite of mine as well for the straighter midrange shots and almost any anhyzer shot I have. It holds the best lines of any disc I have thrown. I putt with hard stable challengers because I can putt them hard and they go dead straight and stick.


Most fun wins

DGM: What sorts of advice do you have for the up-and-coming players?

CL: I see a lot of players getting down on themselves. This game is fun and if you are not having any while playing, you most likely will not be improving. It does take some time to be able to compete with the top players, but as long as you are having fun and improving with every shot, your time on the course will be worthwhile.

Also, notice that every top players game looks different from others. i.e. putting styles, driving distances, etc. Find what works for you and harness that style and keep striving to improve. Don't be too proud to take advice. But most importantly, have fun playing this wonderful game. A little quote from a book I just read by Kahlil Gibran; "work is love made visible, if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate and take alms of those who work with joy. For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger."


 


Get more disc golf tips from Cale Leiviska on his Team Discraft page, and don't miss the companion video to this story.

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