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Kristin Tattar Makes History As First Woman to Reach 1000 PDGA Rating

By Charles McCracken

It’s finally happened – Kristin Tattar (PDGA #73986) has become the first woman to reach a PDGA rating of 1000. As of the May 14 ratings update, Tattar made a one-point jump up from 999 to 1000, setting a new record for the highest-ever rating held by a female competitor.

Tattar, who currently sits in second place in the DGPT World Standings, has already captured three wins on the 2024 DGPT season and maintains a top-five position in all but one of the seven major performance stats thus far this season. 

  • 79% Fairways Hits (1st)
  • 13% Parked (2nd)
  • 40% C1 in Regulation (3rd)
  • 63% C2 in Regulation (3rd)
  • 43% Scramble (4th)
  • 78% C1X Putting (4th)
  • 20% C2 Putting (6th)

Earlier this season, we sat down to chat with Tattar for an interview that was released in the DGN Pro exclusive monthly newsletter. We talked about her mental game, what it takes to succeed on Tour, and what advice she’d give to up-and-coming players.

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Enjoy this interview with the #1 FPO player in the World, Kristin Tattar!

— Interview by Michelle Springett, DGPT Communications Coordinator —

Can you share some of your favorite career highlights from your disc golf career so far?

Sometimes I think that just by discovering disc golf and pursuing it is a highlight by itself. But to go more specific, I would say that most memorable are probably my first Estonian Nationals win, first DGPT win in DGLO, both of my world titles and of course winning European Championships gold medal in my home country Estonia.

What are your most substantial strengths in the game, and how do you maintain and improve them? Also, what does a typical training regimen look like for you, both on and off the course?

I think my strength is to be able to use all main elements of the game pretty equally. So I think my skill is to put everything together as a whole.
Best way to maintain a skill level or to improve it, is to be part of the highest level disc golf tournaments. Even in other sports, I’m convinced that the best practice happens during competitions. There will be no perfect time to be ready, in fact, I don’t think you are ever truly ready. The best way to improve yourself is to start now and dive into cold water if necessary. That is how I´ve done it and probably keep doing it – putting myself through uncomfortable moments to get better.
During the off season I mostly direct my efforts into muscle strength and stamina training. Also trying to maintain my throwing technique with field work and putting sessions, but the main focus is not there. I will get more specific with my training as the season comes closer. During the season I mainly just play the different courses each week and feel like it is enough, so I´m not doing any extra field work or putting sessions, unless I feel that there is a need to do it.

How do you mentally prepare yourself for competitions, especially on the international stage?

I feel like I´m at a place where I don´t really have to do anything extra to be ready or go through any rituals so to speak. I think the normal state of mind would be ready for everything at anytime, so I think the important thing is to have the ability to notice if something is off, then bring it to daylight and have the knowledge or power to deal with it. I feel like this is something that I have developed over the last few years and hopefully keep getting better at.

Can you tell us about a particularly memorable or challenging course you’ve played on and what strategies you employed to navigate it successfully?

I guess tackling the courses during 2022 Worlds in Emporia. Playing between OB lines on a long and windy course has never been my favorite thing to do, plus at that time I was dealing with a pinched nerve in my elbow, which made it difficult to gain distance off the tee. So I remember I had to accept probably throwing the shortest drives, but trusting my game plan and upshots to do the work. I remember I just shifted my focus to only what I was able to do and control and what throws were available to me at that time and not pay so much attention to what I could be doing. So that really helped me to execute my game plan and eventually it brought me my first world title.

What advice would you give to aspiring disc golfers, especially those who may be facing challenges similar to the ones you faced when you started?

I think the most important thing is not to expect to do everything perfectly and get yourself ready for something, playing disc golf well is a daily process and it is with ups and downs. Your job is not to be perfect but to be able to deal with everything the game throws your way.

How do you balance your professional disc golf career with other aspects of your life?

I must admit that it has been hard being away from home for long periods. I feel like I’ve always been torn between being at home and on the road. On one hand, I would love to be there for my daughter every step of the way, but at the same time I feel responsibility to provide for my family and what better way to do it than working at your dream job. So I guess the best way to handle this is to pursue my dreams and continue to be a provider and hopefully also a positive role model, but also make sure that when I´m home, I can give my undivided attention to family time as well.

What are some of your future goals and aspirations in your disc golf career, considering all of your incredible accomplishments?

I would love to continue to open doors for women in disc golf or disc golfers in general. Coming from a small country in Europe and also being a woman in male dominated sports has not always been easy, but I feel like I have made my mark and would love to continue in being a pioneer when taking steps forward to make it a little easier for generations to come.

Can you share a funny or interesting anecdote from your time competing and traveling as a professional disc golfer with the fans?

I remember when I had just started out as a disc golfer and looking at the bigger tournaments to take part in. I was eager to play, but my rating was so low that every time I wanted to register, I had to wait for the moment when it opened up for everyone and then quickly sign up, so I wouldn´t miss out. Back in 2017 a local disc golf club Chilli Disc Golf was paying my entry fees to support me and I remember how one of their founders Silver Leetma and also my Silver were waiting for the last stage of European Open registration to open up. They had prefilled everything and waiting for the perfect moment that I wouldn´t miss out. We were all so anxious and biting our nails. But then we did it and I was able to go to my first EO in 2017. But it is so funny to think how much effort and from how many people it required so that I could get to play a major tournament.

Congrats on your recent partnership with Porsche Estonia! How do you approach sponsorship and partnerships within and out of the disc golf industry, and what do you look for in potential sponsors?

Thankfully I have a manager from late last year who has been doing all the talking on my behalf and he has been truly amazing and helpful! The way we have approached things is that we map all the potential sponsors that we feel I would align with or that would bring benefit not only to me but to the whole community.

In your opinion what sets the Estonian disc golf community apart from others worldwide?

Estonia is a very small country but we have a large disc golf community and I think it is probably one of the most popular sports there. So this is definitely something that is quite rare in the world. Also I feel like a typical Estonian is very hard working and diligent, so we try to raise the bar in everything we do – not only one the course while competing, but also for example organizing events.

How do you stay motivated and passionate about the sport, particularly during times of setbacks or challenges?

Setbacks and challenges are part of life and without them we would not be able to improve. I think hard times come to teach us and it is our job to be conscious about it and notice them. I know that while you are going through a difficult time, it probably seems eternal and painful, but when we notice this thought pattern, we’re able to experience the pain and have a knowing that this will also pass. I think this is all we can do and it is also the best way to handle it – go straight throught it. There is no way to run from the difficult times, the more we try to do it, the longer it will last.