, 2022-07-26 02:00:00,
Checking in with Eagle.
July 26, 2022 by Darren LeMay in Interview with comments
Eagle McMahon just won his second Major Championship in a duel with Paul McBeth at The Beast in Nokia, Finland. We caught up with Eagle about his victory.
Ultiworld Disc Golf: Was it noticeably different on the course compared to years past, as far as people cheering for you compared to McBeth? Not saying they were all for you or even majority in your favor, but on the broadcast it felt like you had as many fans as anyone has had there vs McBeth.
Eagle: I was honestly surprised by how many fans I had out there. Especially the kids, I signed so many autographs after the round. They were all yelling “Eaglé, Eaglé” . It honestly felt like I had as many people cheering for me as McBeth. I’ve made a pretty sizable impact here in Europe over the years, I felt a ton of love and support.
Any idea how many left handed shots you threw in total over the tournament? Also noticed you throwing the post round merch from the stage all left handed and even a lefty sidearm, is that in the works as well?
I threw four lefty shots during the tournament and two more during the Presidents Cup. All off the tee on hole 2. There were a few other holes that I wanted to give the lefty a try, but in the moment found it easier to shape the backhand turnover and be a lot more confident in. When I’m back home I play mostly lefty, but with thousands of people watching it can get pretty nervy. Playing the one lefty hole under par for the event with just one lackluster OB shot, I proved that I have the potential to improve that shot even further.
As far as forehand lefty, it’s not really a thing yet. I have gradually incorporated it into my practice so at some point you may see it in a tournament round.
While on the subject, was that the forehand plan going in, to throw absolutely none? Or did you have a “break glass in case of emergency” plan? Are you planning to wait to throw forehand for a certain timetable going forward and was that solidified with the overall performance this week?
Yes, the plan was absolutely no forehands. I got stem cell therapy in June — I feel a lot of improvement in my shoulder, but there is still some instability there…especially with that shot motion. I didn’t even want to risk it at any point. Fortunately, I put myself in great positions and never needed it.
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