Final Round Radio #5 – Michael Johansen

Cast and MJ

Cast and MJMichael Johansen (PDGA #20300 : 1026 Rated) is one of the most well liked disc golfers in the world. The Final Round Radio crew in Charlotte, NC brought him in for a fun and entertaining podcast where the main talking point was “The Mental Game” of the sport. We’ve never seen MJ get flustered or mad on the course and it’s something that we all inspire to become.

Listen to the episode HERE by downloading it or streaming it. Or if you prefer, search on iTunes for Final Round Radio and subscribe! Catch up on all our other episodes at www.finalroundradio.com!

Also, listen in and check out Final Round Radio on Facebook for a chance to win that sweet signed disc by MJ and the crew from Episode 5!

 

 

In The Bag section is live at Mind Body Disc

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Oddly enough, what’s in my bag isn’t a part of this section…. Yet.

I have a sickness.  That sickness goes by the name disc golf.  I just can’t seem to get enough.  One of the most remarkable symptoms of this illness is the complete obsession with discs.  More specifically than that, I am completely obsessed with what discs different people carry and why.

I have watched more in the bag videos than I care to admit in public.  I’ve tried in countless ways to dissect how to build the perfect bag.  In my 10+ years of playing, I’ve reset my lineup of discs hundreds if not thousands of times.  As part of my preparation for the GBO, I’m currently trying to finalize my lineup so I can get on with practicing with it.  More on that in another post.

As part of that preparation, I’ve been watching and rewatching a ton of pro in the bag videos. Since I was spending an obscene amount of time doing this anyway, I figured I’d gather all of the most useful videos I could find in one place.  Enter the newest section on the Mind Body Disc blog, our Pro ITB section.  Now a permanent part of our menu, served fresh to you today!

Check out the intro article here.

Or, jump straight into the rabbit hole here.

Click, watch, loose track of time, and enjoy!!!

Oh, and if you notice that I’ve missed any that should be included, please let me know and I’ll get them added right away!

Another Week, Another Lesson Learned

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GBO misc

If you’ve been following along on the Mind Body Disc blog, you know that I’m a month into preparation for the 2015 Glass Blown Open.  Every week I try to look back and pull out the most meaningful lesson I’ve learned.  This week is no different.

This week I had a realization that put a lot of my past challenges in perspective.  I’ve never had a lot of success playing in tournaments.  There are a lot of reasons for that and I’ve discussed more than a few of them on the blog.  There’s the lack of taking them seriously, the lack of committed practice, the lack of preparation, and a ton of other things.

This week, though, I really think I’ve identified one of the main culprits.  I’m a tinkerer.  I’m always reading too may blogs, watching too many YouTube videos, and asking for too much advice.  None of those things are bad in and of themselves.  I recommend them all if you are trying to get better (if you want to save yourself a ton of time, just read the Heavy Disc blog, he’s the man when it comes to form breakdown).

Right now, though, I’m not trying to get better.  I’m trying to get consistent.  There’s a huge difference.  Any of you out there working on your game should definitely try to figure out which of those two you are trying to achieve.  This week I really started to focus on the fact that my primary goal preparing for the GBO is consistency.

Turns out there are some huge benefits to that.  When you stop trying to constantly change things, a whole new world of possibilities opens up.  Read about some of them over on the Mind Body Disc blog!

Disc Golf Answer Man Ep 065

Prime Starter Set

Tyler Searle has filled us in on the schedule for the 2 Disc Challenge Tour so check out the flyer to see if he will be in your area. Don’t worry though, he will be making more trips throughout the 2015 season. Be sure to contact him at Tyler@DynamicDiscs.com if you are interested in having a 2 Disc Challenge near your area and he will see what he can do. We also have another segment from Tim at MindBodyDisc.com.

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Photo from ValarieJenkins.com

Valarie Jenkins is our special guest interview for this episode. Valarie Jenkins is a 3x time World Champion, 29x National Tour Champion, and a 14x Major Champion.

One subject that Valarie writes about on her blog, DiscGolf4Women.com, is called Yoga For Disc Golf where she gives helpful instructions on ways to train and cross train for Disc Golf. We will be interviewing Valarie about some of the techniques she recommends for training.

Prime-starter-set-cadetAccording to Dynamic Discs, Prime has an incredible feel and excellent grip even when the weather compromises your hold on your favorite disc. These are all secondary benefits to this incredible line of discs. Our guiding intention was to bring a product to market that was affordable for beginners looking to test the waters. We truly endeavor to grow the sport. Putting Prime discs in beginners’ hands will be a great way to do that.

Win a Prime Starter Set:

Go to the Disc Golf Answer Man Facebook Group and look for the post about this episode. Leave a comment that says, “I want to try Prime!”. Next week Eric and Bobby will randomly select a winner and ship them a Prime Disc Golf Starter Set.

Thanks for listening and remember to go to iTunes and Stitcher to rate and review the show. It really helps us know how we are doing. 

Your Weekly Tip and Motivation

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Photo May 09, 11 42 03 AM

Zig Ziglar used to say that motivation is a lot like bathing.  It doesn’t last, so we recommend it every day.  If you follow us over on Twitter, we try to get you a daily dose to start every morning the right way.  If every day is too much (not talking about bathing, please still do that every day!), then once a week over on the Mind Body Disc blog we give you a short article that will get you pumped up for the week.  Check out this week’s post here!

We not only want you to sharpen your mind each week, but we also want you to get a little bit better at disc golf too.  Every Monday we put up a quick post aimed at helping you improve your game.  This week’s post will hopefully help you with your putting.  Check that out here!

Thanks for checking us out here on Talk Disc Golf.  We appreciate you sharing even a small bit of your disc golf time with us.  Hopefully you are becoming a better disc golfer because of it!

Why Do We Fall?

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GBO misc

If you’ve been following along over on the Mind Body Disc blog, you know I’m now a month into my preparation to play in the 13th annual Glass Blown Open disc golf tournament.  Along with daily updates on FaceBook, I’ve also been posting up weekly updates on the blog.

This week I’m reminded of one of my all time favorite fictional characters, Batman.  A single exchange between Bruce Wayne and his father encapsulates the entire Batman saga…

“Why do we fall, Bruce?”

“So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”

This week saw my first pothole on the road to the GBO.  But everyone hits potholes (especially if you live in Illinois like I do).  It’s whether we decide to keep on driving or to swerve into a tree that separates the winners from the losers.  Step on over to the Mind Body Disc blog and let’s compare potholes, shall we?

Saucer Shuffle has launched!

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This is the moment that you’ve been waiting for, even if you didn’t know you were waiting for it. Saucer Shuffle has launched! The website is up and running and hosting auctions as you read this.Saucer Shuffle Screenshot

We’d love for you to come and join us. Bid on discs, post your own disc golf equipment for auction or just browse around and tell your friends. In fact, until February 15th every auction you post and every item you win gets you an entry into a drawing for a free GripEQ A14 Tour Bag.

So come take a tour, browse the auctions, create an account or read about our launch experience.

Ledgestone Edition Titanium Fundraiser Discs

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Ledgestone Open Limited Edition Discraft Discs

You’ve probably heard a little bit about the 2015 Ledgestone Insurance Open presented by Discraft going down August 21-23 in the Greater Peoria Area, Illinois. Tournament Director Nate Heinold has already been quoted saying this tournament will have a minimum of $35,000 added cash. This would make the 2015 LIO the “richest” NT event in the  history of disc golf. All this excitement, and registration doesn’t even open for another six weeks.

We here at Infinite Discs are thrilled about this event and all that it means the sport of disc golf. How are tournaments like LIO able to add this kind of cash? Sponsorship.

Today we are excited to announce Infinite Discs as an Elite Sponsor of the 2015 Ledgestone Insurance Open presented by Discraft. We are so happy to be able to play a small part in making this one of the best disc golf events ever. So what does this mean for you?

This sponsorship makes Infinite Discs an exclusive dealer of LIO limited edition discs! Today we received hundreds of some of the sickest limited run Discraft discs we have ever seen. And there are more coming!

The first batch consists of Discraft’s Banger GT, Comet, Flick, and Zone.

What makes these discs so special? Can you say, “Titanium Plastic?” That’s right, all 4 disc molds have never been available in Titanium until now, and chances are that they will never be available in Titanium again. These collectible discs are available in Discrafts traditional bar stamp in a variety of popular foils including flag, jelly bean, and camo. Grab yours while they are still available, because these beauties are not going to last long!

…get more details at the Infinite Discs Blog

It’s A Big Week At Mind Body Disc!!!

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Photo Jan 04, 5 12 11 PM

Some big things are happening over at the Mind Body Disc camp!!!

It might be super cold and snowy outside for most of you, but that doesn’t mean there is a lack of hot disc golf related action going down right here on the interwebs! This has been an incredibly eventful week here at Mind Body Disc and I’m anxious to share with our fans both new and old.

First is a Talk Disc Golf exclusive! That’s right, you get the scoop here before anyone else. @mindbodydisc hit 1000 followers over on Instagram this week and I’m having my biggest giveaway yet. I’ll announce what I’m giving away this weekend, but until then head on over for some sweet disc golf pics and make sure to follow so you qualify for the giveaway!

This week also saw some of our regular weekly content get a record number of hits.

For our Just the Tip post this week, we talked about one of the best ways to save strokes when playing in the trees.

For our Wisdom Wednesday post we addressed who you should be comparing yourself to as you strive for excellence on the disc golf course and in life.

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Last, but most certainly not least, I am proud to announce that I will occasionally be contributing to the Disc Golf Answer Man podcast!  You should already be a regular listener to this valuable weekly disc golf resource, but if not there’s no time like the present to start.  I’ll be bringing you some tips and techniques to help you stay mentally sharp on the course and think your way to better scores!  The first episode with yours truly airs today!  A big dose of gratitude to Bobby Brown and Eric McCabe for allowing me to be a part of their show!

Thanks to everyone who has followed, liked, and otherwise shown your support for what I’m trying to do at Mind Body Disc.  I’m every grateful to you all for allowing me to try to make even a small difference in your life!

Explore Disc Golf’s 2014 Year-In-Review newsletter

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Peabody

City officials join the mayor of Peabody during the Ribbon Cutting of Explore Disc Golf’s 9-hole course design in conjunction with the construction of a detention basin.

As much of January is spent finalizing new contracts and conducting site consultations in the snow, we wanted to take a moment to look back on a busy 2014 through our Year-In-Review. Some interesting facts about our past year include:

  1. Designing 5 permanent courses;
  2. Installing 15 courses while traveling over 8,000 miles with The Mobile Disc Golf Experience where our firm most notably designed courses for Dave Matthews Band and Live Nation Entertainment;
  3. Sending rental equipment to churches, schools, company picnics and camps from coast to coast.

All said, it was a fun year for Explore Disc Golf and we feel very blessed to do what we do!

Read our newsletter in its entirety.

Disc Golf Answer Man Ep 064

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Prime-Banner

We are excited to discuss a new base line plastic from Dynamic Discs and Latitude 64º. Dynamic Discs has the Prime plastic and Latitude 64º has Retro plastic. This plastic is designed for the person that just discovered disc golf but does not want to invest a lot of money in new discs.

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We have a new segment we are adding to the show called, Mind over plastic with Mind Body Discs. MindBodyDisc.com is a blog where Tim takes a unique approach to improving in talking disc golf. Let us know in the comments if you like this new addition to the podcast.

Ping Disc Kickstarter

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I’ve only supported two previous Kickstarter campaigns, but when I came across the Ping: Trackable Disc Golf Kickstarter campaign yesterday, I couldn’t resist supporting it.

Chris Martin and the crew at Tobu Discs have created the world’s first disc golf disc tracking system. Besides creating the Ping disc, they also created a smartphone app that can help you locate your discs as well as record your game statistics.

Go to Summit Disc Golf to learn more about this exciting and innovative Kickstarter campaign geared towards disc golfers.

 

How do we grow the game inclusively?

Prodigy Par 2

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Over the weekend, I attended a Prodigy Par 2 event at Church Park in Sublimity, OR. Roger Stephen from Tiger Discs in Salem put on a terrific event that sold out pretty quickly in late December. As I mention on my Grow the Game page, these promotional disc golf events are fantastic ways to help grow the sport. I’ve played in two of these events now and while I enjoyed them very much, I also noticed something largely missing from these events: women and youth.

Head on over to Summit Disc Golf to read on and take part in the conversation.

Dynamic Discs TV Episode 04

Dynamic Discs TV

In this episode of Dynamic Discs TV 2010 Pro World Champion Eric McCabe demonstrates on simple putting practice setup that you can use during the cold winter months, some pros discuss the grips they use for drives and putting and why, Dixon Jowers talks about the benefits of using Fluid plastic when it is cold outside, Bobby Brown reviews the Dynamic Discs Cadet bag, and also interviews Team Dynamic Discs members Chris Eads and Andrea Meyers.

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Scott Stokely is Back!!!

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Scott Stokely on life, Disc Golf, and Fly High Discs

It ceratinly looks like the stars are aligning for Scott Stokely, Scott Stokely was largely absent from the disc golf scene until recently. He announced his return to the disc golf tour for 2015 on my facebook Page. He has been through the ringer and back and now he is going to tell you what the deal is with his life, his love for disc golf, and his new line of discs at FlyHighDiscs.com. He is also in a new relationship! You can see pictures of His and Her blue hair dye jobs on his wall.

Want to see what Scott is up to?

Then READ ON at Disc Golf Addiction.