Christine is part of the Dayton Disc Golf Association and has been touring for three years. She is an Innova sponsored player and bags 12 molds.
Her greatest disc golf achievement was in 2017 when she won the United States Women’s Championship by 9 strokes in the FA1 division.
Her favorite course is a tie between Major Park in Madisonville, KY and WR Jackson at the IDGC in Georgia.
Name: Christine Jennings
Country: United States
Home Course: Belmont in Dayton, Ohio
Local Club: Dayton Disc Golf Association
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How did you get into disc golf and how long have you been playing?
A friend of mine introduced me about three years ago. I got hooked FAST and dove right into tournaments the next year. This next season will be my third year of tournament play.
What is your dominant hand?
Are you Backhand or forehand dominate?
What was the first disc you threw and where is it now?
I’m pretty sure it was a DX Archangel… and it’s probably lost in the woods or in some body of water.
You’re on the first hole at your local course, what disc do you reach for?
It’s a little 260 foot straight shot. There is an old shed on the left that obstructs a lot of shots. The right side has a lower ceiling making a huge hyzer impossible. I typically go for a Star TL, just to hang it a little right and low.
What is your favourite course and why?
My favorite course so far is a tie between Major Park in Madisonville, KY and WR Jackson at the IDGC in Georgia. Mahr Park is a HUGE wide open course with some mature trees, water hazards and elevation. I love to be able to air my arm out on every shot there.
WR Jackson is a pristine, long wooded course with beautiful fairways that you have to stay on for good opportunities. Definitely not a deuce or die, and I love it.
Your disc golf bag catches on fire. You can only save 3 discs, What are those discs and why?
1- PFN Star Sidewinder for sure. This disc was given to me broken in, and it’s only gotten flippier. I learned to throw hyzer flips with this disc and it has changed my game. I can maneuver it to do anything I need. It’s a must have.
2- 161 Star Shryke that has been in my bag for about a year now. It’s super beat in and it’s very understable. It’s definitely my go to for maximum distance shots.
3- DX Aviar is one I’ve bagged for some time. It’s a thrower, and it’s fairly broken in. I use it for tons of upshots, especially turnovers. A fresh one just doesn’t quite fly the same.
What is your favourite disc and why?
My favorite disc is my PFN Star Sidewinder. It’s seasoned well and carves thru wooded fairways beautifully. I use it for a plethora of shots across the board; hyzer flips, big turnovers and my go to roller disc.
What is your favourite throw to play during a round of disc golf?
I absolutely love turnover shots. I think they are so cool to watch and the angles are touchy, but fun. Oddly, if I have a clear option of a hyzer or an anhyzer in a fairway, I would probably take the anhyzer more often.
Are you part of a league, if so what is your handicap?
I am a part of the Dayton Disc Golf Association which is a great group of hard working individuals. I was on the board last year to try and be more active in the community. However, I just recently resigned my position due to my touring schedule interfering and not being able to put in my full attention.
I am also a part of an amazing group called the Dayton Ladies League! My good friend Stephanie Penrod started this league about two years ago. She has had such focus to grow the group from the beginning. We’ve had upwards of twenty women per night at these league nights and it’s been amazing to watch this group grow. I can’t wait to see how much more we can grow it!
How many times a week do you get to play or do field work?
I try to be productive with discs in some way daily. I play tons of causal rounds, more than I probably should. I don’t have tons of challenging courses in my area, so I typically consider my rounds in wide open courses as field work. My home course doesn’t have many obstacles, so I throw multiple shots off of every tee to gain repetition and try new shots out.
Otherwise I try to putt as much as possible. I have a basket at home, plus Hazy Shade Disc Golf Shop in Dayton has an amazing indoor facility where there is a putting room and a driving room. I frequent there in the winter for practice.
The discs that you regularly bag are they all one manufacturer or a mix bag?
As an Innova sponsored player, most of my bag consists of their plastic. I do bag a few Discmania discs as well.
My main molds would consist of:
X Line P2s
C Line MD4
What is your pre round routine?
I like to make sure I am well nourished before any round. I drink a protein shake to keep me full so I’m not hungry and unfocused.
I like to warm my arm up with some mid range throws and putter shots and will work my way up to more powerful drives.
I save putting reps for last so it can be fresh when I step onto the course for my round.
Do you have any superstitions or quirks when on the course. Such as flipping your disc or special hat?
I am slightly superstitious about my mini. I’ve had the same pink Hazy Shade mini for the whole 2018 season and it’s been thru my ups and downs. I would probably panic if I ever lost it.
I don’t think I have any quirks, so please tell me if you see anything. Haha
What do you love about disc golf?
I love the relationships that are built. Since my beginning, people have been nothing but helpful and sweet so I try to do the same and give back. Being able to travel for events has been amazing and I’ve met tons of people from different places. We’re all out there for one purpose and it’s because we all love the sport. Even though you may be competing against each other, the camaraderie is indescribable.
What part of disc golf do you find the most challenging?
Mental game is definitely the most challenging. No matter how much you practice and get those lines down or get those putts honed in, if you can’t translate that in a tournament setting then it doesn’t matter.
I’m a believer of keeping a smile on my face no matter what. Of course things don’t go my way sometimes, but at the end of the day we are all out there doing what we love. So keeping that in consideration, I move on to my next shot to re focus and get my head back in it.
What has been your greatest achievement to date in disc golf?
I would say my greatest achievement to date would be winning the United States Women’s Championship in FA1 in 2017.
It was my first Major, and I honestly was just hoping to be in top 5. As the rounds went on, I kept finding myself on the lead card. It tested my mental abilities as I knew it was a tight race. I just stuck to my game plan, and I ended up winning by 9 strokes.