The schedule for 2015 PDGA Majors, National Tour Events, and United States A-Tiers is now available. PDGA State Coordinators may now start accepting requests for approval of dates for B-Tier and C-Tier events. The 2015 Sanctioning Form has now been enabled so Tournament Directors for approved 2015 A, B, & C-Tiers may submit their sanctioning.
Pretty regularly, when I talk to people about my disc golf home gym, people automatically assume that I’m equating muscle size to disc golf skill. Someone always wants to chime in with, “I’m skinny as heck and I can throw 500 feet!”. That’s usually someone on line so there’s a 95% chance they can’t break 300′, but the comment is a consistent and repeated one.
Aside from being a lazy person’s excuse for not working out, there’s actually some validity to it. Plenty of “skinny” people who have never worked out or trained before can throw far. Will Shusterick can throw really far. Simon Lizotte can throw obscene distances. Simon won the USDGC distance competition by almost 90 feet. I could be wrong, but he doesn’t look like he hits the gym much, if ever.
Let’s look at Mr. Lizotte to see if there might be something we can do while training to closer approach his inhuman distance. Why is that little guy able to throw the disc so far? The answer is twofold. Timing and technique. While you can work on both on the practice field, you can also work on one of them in the gym.
To find out how, we have to look at other sports that require things similar to disc golf. We need to look at a sport that requires the athlete to generate power with their feet and core, transferring that up through their body, down their arm, and have it result in a massive amount of speed and power delivered accurately by the hand. Combat sports require all of that. A fighter’s speed and power comes from timing and technique. Like disc golf, that timing and technique starts with the feet and works up from there. What’s a primary way that boxers and MMA fighters work on their speed, footwork, and timing? Is it something that we disc golfers can take advantage of too?
It’s been a while since I’ve posted over here at TalkDG, because I lost my login and blah, blah, lazy man.
A quick recap because I’ve been blogging up a storm:
Why We Brace – Talking all about generating some movement that does something for you.
The Magellan – A quick video review of the $30 disc golf bag from Academy Sports.
Rebuilding Ian – I spent some time with my buddy Ian to help him shore up his backhand.
There’s more in there, but let’s not blather on too much!
While most Athenians will be recovering from a sugary Halloween hangover or involved in the big Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville next weekend, over 70 disc golfers – including U.S. and World Champions – will descend on 73 acres of county-owned property off Nowhere Road for two days of slinging plastic on a grueling temporary course aptly named, “The Crucible.”
The 37th annual waterloo disc golf classic is in the history books again and here are the pictures to prove it
DiscTroy spent his long hours in Austin, TX this past weekend supporting his clubs 37th annual disc golf classic benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charity of Central Texas…
.. yes, 37th!
His blog post will come later, but here are the pictures for now. 180 players, 2 courses, 100% historical fun for a great cause.
Interview with Pro Disc Golfer Johne mcCray
Interview with Pro Disc Golfer Johne McCray-podcast
On this episode we talk with Pro Disc Golfer Johne McCray. The Disc Golf Guy and I talk with Johne about his “it’s about time tour” for 2014, get into his bag, answer listeners questions plus talk about the exciting last round of the USDGC!!
Dogleg Tricia posted an article up on the blog earlier last week for Putter BeadZ!
Snippet from Tricia’s post:
So how do you practice? I tried a few methods, and what seems to work best for me is starting close, and gradually moving back. I used to take a measuring reel out and put flags down at certain distances, and putt inside the circle. This was a pain doing it every time I went out, and when I wanted to move the basket to a different location. My yard has some hills and different terrain, so it’s great for practicing uphill and downhill putts.
|Do you practice putting in your yard and find yourself constantly looking for sticks, rocks or mini flags to stick in the ground to measure off your distances? If so, you need to pick up these cool PutterBeadZ to do the job!»Read Dogleg Tricia’s full post “Gear Review: Putter Beadz” here!
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I was sent this video earlier last week and it struck something with me being the dog-lover that I am. So I wanted to share “Fred the Disc Golf Dog” with you guys. This video was shot at Hornings Hideout DGC in Portland, Oregon by a cinematographer duo called Chibi Moku. Chibi Moku travels the country in an RV and films their crazy adventures. Check it out only on DoglegDiscGolf.com.
Watch it now, “Fred the Disc Golf Dog”
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How easy is it for a youth in an apartment to carry an Innova Disc Catcher on his bike to a local park? If you fly frequently for business and would like to practice putting wouldn’t you love to have a practice target that could fit in your suitcase?
These problems, as well as others, are what Jeff Gradinger hopes to solve with the dgNOMAD Ultralite Disc Golf Target. The target weighs only 2 ½ pounds and folds down to a compact size of 3 inches in diameter by 24 inches in length making it very portable.
The target was originally designed for a Cub Scout Pack so the young boys could easily carry it around on a campout. If you are familiar with setting up a modern tent you will recognize the technology employed in the creation of this lightweight target. The frame is composed of “fiberglass and anodized aluminum tubes” with bungee cords running through each tube just like those of tent poles. Thus the target is collapsible but all the pieces stay held together by the bungee cords.
What you get…
The Ultralite Disc Golf Target comes in a sturdy canvas bag with a draw string. The bag includes instructions, the target, a mini disc, a couple heavy duty rubber bands (like those folks are wearing on their wrists), and a stake with a pull cord.
The chains are “UV resistant polyethylene plastic.” In the standard package the chains come in the colors of red, blue, yellow, orange, white, magenta, and silver. Just one color can be ordered or you can mix and match the colors of the chains. Just a note: there is no basket on this target. It only has the chains and the pole.
The “Glow” package includes NITE CHAINS, which reflect UV light for night disc golf, and a UV LED blacklight with a mounting stake…
To read the rest of this article, go to: http://discgolffamily.com/dgnomad-ultralite-target-review/
In our last post, we made the recommendation that to play more disc golf while the days are getting shorter, you should try out some glow rounds. First of all, we are not recommending you play on courses that don’t allow you out there after dark. There’s a lot of reasons you should stay off the course when it’s officially closed. If you want to go out and try some glow, reach out to your local disc golf club. They will know where you can play. You should be a member anyway, so while you’re at it, join your local club too! There are quite a few courses out there that are open after dark. Especially once the time change hits.
Aside from making sure you are playing in an appropriate place, there are a few other things we’ve picked up over the years that help make for a more enjoyable round of glow golf. If you are going to head out and play after dark, we’ve put together a short list of things that might help you make the most of it.
Story written by our friends at the Infinite Discs Blog.
PDGA Disc Approval Rate
As disc golf becomes undeniably more popular, more discs enter the disc golf scene, vying for space in disc golfers bags. These facts about how many discs are being approved today, vs just 10 years ago may blow your mind.
1964 – 1987 Disc Approval Numbers
According to the list of PDGA approved discs (found here), the first approved disc was in 1964. That disc was named, according to the sheet “Professional” and was made by Wham-O / DTW. Twenty three years later, at the end of 1987 that number had grown to 71 approved discs.
Now is the time to book Explore Disc Golf for a consultation on your property!
Fall is officially upon us and that means two things: leaves are falling and our daily consultation services are in high demand! While we receive phone calls throughout the year, we tend to schedule the majority of our consultations in the fall, winter and spring as these times of year provide the best value to the customer and better visibility conditions for our staff. Consultations are the first step in course design, but providing this service in the summer is extremely difficult as the thick vegetation limits our ability to take inventory of the entire site.
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I am not looking forward to November 2. Not at all. What’s special about November 2, you might ask? In my mind, that’s the real end of summer. It’s been fall on the calendar for almost a month now, but on November 2, we go from long, beautiful days spent outside to living in a cave.
November 2 is when we change our clocks. It’s the official day that we give in to the fact that the days are noticeably shorter. So noticeably shorter that most of the nation tries to alter time itself to try and squeeze out an extra hour of daylight each day. It’s one last desperate step we take before we enter the dark that is winter. For many of us, that means it’s the time of year where we get up in the dark, go to work in the dark, miss the entire day while at work, and go home in the dark.
How do you get as much disc golf as possible in before the days get too short and too cold? There’s a few things you can do, so I thought I’d put together a short list.
Episode 16 is here!!
We had Gregg Barsby on the show with us this time and we had a blast. Thanks again to Gregg for being awesome and helping us deliver the content to you guys!
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