Gregg Barsby 2018 PDGA World Champion

We caught up with newly crowned World Champion Gregg Barsby after his dramatic win in Jeffersonville, VT at the 2018 PDGA Pro World Disc Golf Championships. He talks about preparation for Worlds, key discs in his bag, and what it took to win this hotly contested event.

Good Company

Gregg said he benefited by staying with David Wiggins and friends. “David is a good friend of mine, and the vibe there was great. Justin Anderson kept things loose and light while Matthew Karnes shared stories of his military service. Matthew talking about digging up bombs in the Middle East made me think… I am really that worried about a 30’ putt? He helped keep things in perspective.”

Overcoming Slow Starts

Worlds is grueling. Players competed in five rounds over five days and Gregg had a plan to keep his game on track when shots didn’t go as planned. “Not starting well shook me awake. I told myself to just keep playing, that I can’t change the past, and that patience paid off as eventually shots started dropping.”

Perfecting His Game

Gregg is admittedly forehand dominant, but has been working to get his backhand confidence up. “I put in some time in Europe making sure my backhand would be ready when I needed it. You have to have both shots in this game, and although I have supreme confidence in my forehand, I wanted to get my backhand confidence closer to 50/50. You want to be able to pick the best shot for the situation.” He knows that practice helped this weekend. “I just wanted to focus on throwing straight lines and hitting the spot.”

Eagle in the Clutch

If there was a go-to disc in Gregg’s bag it was his red Champion Eagle. He felt supreme confidence trust in that disc, so much that it was the disc he turned to for the final critical upshot on Hole 18 to help secure victory.

Other trusted discs were the Barsby Star Roadrunner, Star Firebird, Millennium Scorpius, his green Star Destroyer, and his blue Thunderbird. “I knew Josh would push, that he wanted it more than anyone, and that if he got too far ahead things would get much, much, harder. That Thunderbird shot was a crucial moment for me in the round.”

What’s Next

Next steps for the 2018 World Champion is to get back on tour with his travel buddy Philo Brathwaite starting with a clinic at Heckscher Forest Disc Golf Course in East Islip, New York on Tuesday 9/18 at 5pm. They are planning on playing tour stops in Delaware, New Jersey, and New Hampshire, on the way south to the USDGC.

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