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Team Discraft's Adam Olsen

Adam Olsen / Team Discraft NAME: Adam Olsen  
HOMETOWN: Cedar Rapids, IA
PDGA #: 26100
BORN: 1979
day gig: Craft beer salesman, co-owner of Titan Disc Golf Shop
disc cred:
  • Played in 26 states
  • 261 PDGA tournaments
  • 55 career wins
  • Team Discraft member since 2005
    There are many. I've traveled all over the place, met good people, experienced ups and downs and have seen great things in the disc golf world.

    Adam's Disc Golf Tips
    Practice in the Wind
    Adam Olsen / Team Discraft Try not to go out on just the nice sunny days. Practicing in windy conditions gives you a better idea how to putt and the different angles you need on your disc for each direction the wind is blowing. Practicing in the wind also gives you a chance to learn how your discs fly and also how to trust your discs. When the conditions are windy I try to 'club up'. For example: on a calm day with a straight 275-foot shot I would probably throw a Buzzz. But with a moderate to strong head wind and the exact same shot I would probably throw a Predator. In this situation I don't have to throw the disc as hard and I know that a Predator will fight through the wind, giving it a straight flight, and it is a very predictable disc.

    Always Learn, Always Grow
    Recently I have begun to throw forehand. This has never been a strong point for me but after seeing the advantages of throwing forehand I realized I had to learn it. I started by throwing touch shots and as I began feeling comfortable with that I completely stopped throwing backhand for a month or so to just practice. I started out with several grips and realized I like having two fingers under the rim and can get the most distance out of it. I think this part of my game still needs work but now when I am on the Tee pad I don't question whether I can execute the forehand throw if that's what I need to throw.

    Play Positive, Play the Course
    I see new players easily getting down on themselves and getting frustrated. This took me some time to learn and is still a learning process. Take the time to watch, read, and listen to other pro's and how they handle situations. Best advise I still have had is play the course not who your competitors. Don't worry about who you are playing against. Focus on what is in front of you and execute.

    Course Comments
    West Lake Park
    Davenport, IA
    One of the hardest courses there is and if it's windy it is incredibly challenging.
    Wildcat Bluff
    Urbana, IA
    You have to see it to believe it. Amazing and if you're driving through east Iowa it's a must stop
    Pickard Park
    Indianola, IA
    Pickard is well maintained and every shot is required. There are rolling hills I like everything the course has to offer.
    Maple Hill
    Leicester, MA
    When I was learning to play disc golf I watched the MSDGC videos constantly. This was a hole other world for me and I loved the idea of competing after college. I was then able to play it in 2008. The course was everything I thought it would be and had a great experience.
    Warren, VT
    This was the first true mountain course I played back in 2008. There is tons of elevation and long mountain shots. Vermont is also a very cool state to check out and travel.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Drivers
    Disc Comments
    Z Force
    (max wt)
    I've been carrying the Force since early 2008. It's a staple in my bag and I carry 3 of them. From overstable to a really beat up that I use for hyzer flip up shots and rollers. The Force is one of the most used discs in my bag.
    Z Crank
    (165 - 174)
    I carry a brand new one which is straight but goes the farthest in my bag. I have a beat up Crank as well in which I use for rollers and tailwind shots.
    (165 - 174)
    The OS is one of my favorite discs. I have three of them. One is brand new and incredibly overstable. The second is seasoned some but is still trustworthy in the wind or guided. The 3rd OS is 165 grams and is beat up. I can do almost any shot with this disc. I love throwing the OS for forehand shots as well.
    Z Predator
    (max wt)
    I carry two Preds. One brand new for hyzers and headwind. The other is slightly used and straighter. I use the Pred for shots around 300-350 feet. Been in the bag since I joined the team in 2005.
    Z Avenger
    (max wt)
    Another long time staple in my bag and a favorite. It is my go to fairway driver and I carry 3 of them. I used the Avenger for flat hyzers, turnover shots and rollers.
    Z Tracker
    (max wt)
    The Tracker is a really good fairway driver. It has less stability then an Avenger and is slower. I use two for straight tunnel shots, turnovers and rollers. It too has been in my bag for awhile now.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Midrange
    Disc Comments
    Z Buzzz
    (max wt)
    Love the Buzzz! It is my favorite midrange and probably my most liked disc ever. I carry three flat Buzzz's. It is great in the woods and has a lot of glide and carry. Seasoned Buzzz's are great because they hold the flight for a long time and once they start to turn late, there is nothing better. In my opinion of the all time great discs.
    Z Buzzz OS
    (max wt)
    Very predictable and flies like a super overstable Buzzz. Awesome addition to the Discraft line up.
    FLX Drone
    (max wt)
    Short and incredibly overstable midrange. I don't use it a lot but when I do it is for hard hyzers and strong head winds. Drone is usually thrown for shots around 225-275 feet."
    Z Buzzz SS
    (max wt)
    It's straight right out of the box and trustworthy.
    Z Meteor
    (max wt)
    I put the Meteor in last season after a buddy of mine was telling me often I need to try it out. Thrown with hyzer, the Meteor will stand up go straight for a long time and then turn late. It has taken me a little time to learn but has found a permanent place in my bag.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Putt and Approach
    Disc Comments
    D Challenger
    (max wt)
    I carry four Challengers: two for throwing and two for putting. I've carried the Challenger since 2004 and the only putter I care for. It has great glide and I have made good shots and putts with it over the years.
    Z Zone
    (max wt)
    I preach the Zone to everyone. It has a small diameter, it's got a low profile, stable and is very forgiving. When brand new it is stable and good for windy days and hyzers. Once they get beat up they are fantastic. The Zone is a disc I see many Iowan's and midwesterners throwing today. I have two Zones in the bag.

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