Player Profile: Jeff Nichols

Jeff Nichols
San Diego Aces 2009 Club President
PDGA# 5530
Pro Grand Master

Began Playing Disc Golf:
In 1981 I was a young man with too much time on my hands, so I joined some friends at Morley for some “Frisbee Golf”.  I was hooked instantly and started coming back every time I could.  My first aspiration to play competitively was when I saw Donny Olow park a Super Puppy on Hole 7 (now Hole 11) in its short position.  I knew at that time I wanted to play in competition.

First Disc:
First golf disc was a 100 mold Midnight Flyer.

Favorite Disc:
The one I’m going to throw next.

Favorite Drivers:
Boss, Destroyer, TL.

Favorite Midranges:
Rocs beat to various degrees, Cobra.

Favorite Putter:
Super Puppy

In My Bag:
Depends on the course.
My usual Morley bag is:
2 Champion Boss’
2 Star Destroyers
CE Firebird
Tee Bird L
Sidewinder
’02 USDGC Roc
KC Pro Roc
Champion Cobra – super straight flyer
DX Stingray
Star Gator
9x KC Pro Aviar
Super Puppy – sometimes carry one of my vintage ones, circ. 1984

Tourney wins and / or Top 5 finishes (not necessarily from Morley):
1990 San Diego Spring Fling – 4th place
2001 San Diego Open Pro Masters Champ
Santa Maria Open – 2nd place (beat Johnny Lissaman in a playoff for the 2nd place trophy)
2004 Emerald Isle Open Pro Masters Champ
2005 Emerald Isle Open Pro Masters Champ (including a course record 1051 rated round)
2005 World Masters Flying Disc Championships – 2nd Place
2009 EIEIO – 2nd place.

Favorite Disc Golf Website:
PDGA.com

Favorite Pro Player:
“The Champ” – Ken Climo
I had the pleasure to play with him on his home course in Clearwater, FL before he won his first Worlds.  I had met a lot of people who were very passionate about the game, but none more that him.  His skills and professionalism are unsurpassed.

Tips for newer players and players looking to improve:
Beginners should learn to throw a putter or midrange disc before moving on to a driver.  I see many players who think they need to throw drivers while they could probably throw just as far with a midrange disc and retain much more control.  This is a game of control first, and only after control is mastered will distance be of any benefit.

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