The Mobile Disc Golf Experience’s 3-week run was one for the books!
We are just getting settled back here at home base in western Massachusetts after a 3-week run that took The Mobile Disc Golf Experience over 2,500 miles to events in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Illinois earlier this month. We installed one 3-hole course and two 6-hole courses during the stretch and saw thousands of rounds played on our Mobile layouts. A great time was has by all!
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I went from the proud owner of a BowFlex to the not so proud owner of the world’s most expensive clothes rack. You’d think I would learn my lesson, but over the next 20 or so years after that, I bounced back and forth between gym memberships and home equipment. Always looking for the perfect thing that would whip me into shape and keep me feeling good. You see, I hate working out, but I love having worked out. It’s one of life’s cruel tests of will.
In that time, I’ve had two different BowFlex machines (hey, they came out with a new improved version!), a Nordic Track, a rowing machine, a Smith machine, a power rack, 2 full sets of free weights, resistance bands, and more DVDs and workout books than I care to admit to buying. In between those were memberships to at least 4 different health clubs. For the last 12 years, I’ve been lucky enough to work somewhere that has an incredible on site gym that’s free to use. But even at the low low price of free, I’ve only used it off and on.
Armed with the knowledge gained over 20 years of pain and bad decisions, I decided about a year ago to build yet another home gym. This time, it would be one I actually used and stuck with. I had my “why” of wanting to train specifically for disc golf (and I’m more committed to that every day), and I had all those years of experience doing it the wrong way. Here at the Mind Body Disc blog, we’re going to lay out the disc golf home gym the same way I built it, and started to use it. One small step at a time.
How do you practice your drives? Do you even throw drives outside of playing a round of disc golf?
I’ll admit that the idea of going to a field and throwing 20 or so discs in the same direction and then picking up all those discs and doing the same thing again 4 or 5 times is not nearly as appealing as a round of disc golf. In fact, that is why I do not do it as often as I should. However, if we really want to improve our drives it is a necessary exercise.
Furthermore, we want our practice to build good habits and good mechanics not reinforce poor technique. Therefore, a component of our practice should include some way to gauge our form. In addition, the goal of our driving practice should include more than just throwing discs far.
I am going to share with you how I am currently practicing drives, and give you my thoughts on how you can make the experience more productive than just “throwing discs in a field.” Also, I am going to suggest a way to make the experience more fun.
Open Field and Cones
First, you have to find a large open field. If you have access to a high school football field that you can use you are golden, as long as you do not throw over 360 feet (the end zones are each 30 feet in case you did not know). However, in my town every football field comes with a fence and a padlock. I’ve seen too many episodes of America’s Funniest Home Videos of poor fools hanging upside down from their shorts to give climbing the fence a try. So, we use a large open field (which happens to be next to the football field).
Assuming you do not have an accessible football field with every yard conveniently marked, you have to come up with a way to measure distance. To mark distance I use a 50 foot rope and several of those cheap orange cones. The 50 foot rope will make laying out the cones quick. Plus, 50 feet of rope left in your car’s trunk at all times can come in handy often…
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The Green Mountain Championship’s debut in 2013 was an event to remember. As a B-Tier with $4000 added cash, Smugglers’ Notch Resort and Brewster Ridge Disc Golf provided not only a tournament that had touring pros buzzing, but complemented the play on the course with music and Vermont craft beer in a beautiful mountain resort setting. 2014 has brought the return of this event, but this year, it’s bigger and better. The field has doubled to 144, the added cash has doubled to $8,000, and Prodigy Disc has jumped in to support it as the title sponsor.
For most of the formative years of disc golf, tournament directors were challenged to attract spectators and fans to their events, so that sponsors could be convinced our sport had a significant following. These days, however, with the ballooning number of media outlets and distribution platforms, disc golf has been able to flip the script. Now, instead of the challenge being to bring fans to the disc golf tournament, the latest media technologies have allowed us to take the tournament to disc golf fans. And that is no more apparent than with this month’s broadcasting of the 2014 PDGA Professional World Championships TV show on 26 regional sports affiliates around the world.
I’ve played with more people this year who have absolutely lost it in tournaments than in my previous 10 years of tourney play combined. I’ve seen more bag kicking, swearing, fit throwing, chair hucking, tree branch breaking, bush kicking, and intentional disc tacoing than I ever thought possible. Just last weekend, I saw a guy throw an astoundingly good round for 16 holes and turn into a tantrum throwing 3 year old for the last two. It was uncomfortable at best.
What the hell are these people doing slamming their chair on the ground in the middle of a tournament? Why would anyone kick their bag 20 yards spewing discs all over the place? Why would someone taco their own disc and then chuck it into the nearest pond? What is wrong with some people?!?!
Sometimes all it takes to snap out of these outbursts is a bit of perspective. This week, I got a healthy dose of that perspective. Read the rest at Mind Body Disc.
How would you like to have your artwork as the main logo for the 2015 PDGA Pro World Championships? Here’s your chance! Submissions are due by September 26th. Details in the story below.
The Summer of 2014 has been great. It was filled with new comers to our sport and those who have been playing for a while. Whether you are young or old playing our sport, new or a veteran of this beloved game.. DiscTroy brings back his popular blog post to let you know and remember… the “Top 10 Things That Disc Golfers Do (that really ANNOY other disc golfers)“
Take a moment and read what it’s all about… did you make the list or know someone who did?
(We look forward to your comments and share it with your friends who may need a “hit”)
What does the approach of Autumn mean to you? To my family the cooler weather means it is the perfect time for camping. And what activity goes great with camping? Why disc golf of course!
In this article I’ll share with you some easy ways to incorporate disc golf in to your camping outing. I will also share with you some of my own camping tips coming from over 10 years of regular camping experience.
Both of my kiddos have been involved in some scouting organization since they were very young. We camped as a family when they were even younger. My wife was even more in to camping than I when she was young, and she speaks fondly of her memories of the big (and heavy) canvas tent and latter the pop-tent trailer.
A weekend camping trip is a great way to make some lasting family memories. Even camping trips soured by rain, too many forgotten items, or a car breakdown, are more memorable than most weekends spent at home.
One item that has accompanied us on many camping trips in the past few years is my portable disc golf basket, the Innova Discatcher Traveler Disc Golf Basket, plus 12 to 15 disc golf discs. I have brought that basket with me to large group gatherings and on solo family outings.
As we all know a disc golf course is a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Well, if you have a portable disc golf basket the “disc golf course” can come with you. At a recent all family campout with my daughter’s Troop, I set up a 9-hole disc golf course with just the one basket.
Basically, all I did was set the basket in the middle of an open field that was surrounded by trees and tall bushes. I then walked around the basket in a 125 foot to 200 foot radius and chose 9 points to be the tee positions. Hole one was a narrow alley for the first 50 feet. The next hole had a tree used as a mandatory. We had to throw to the right side of that tree. You get the idea.
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Please enjoy Pure Hyzer Productions second release from Hanging Oaks Disc Golf Course in Penn Valley, Ca. Paavo is joined by Pro Shaun Long for the commentary of this fun North Valley Series Tournament.
Paavo and Shaun do a really good job showing this course’s unique style. The video really captures the incredibly tight lines off the tee pad that are a signature of this course.
I enjoyed the commentary from one of the pros on the final card. It is not often you get to hear what was going on during a tournament from one of the professional competitor’s perspective.
Personally, this was the first time Penn did not crush me and I was able to throw a 941 and 946 round. Erased some bad memories from the NorCal finals a few years ago.
Enjoy this video and keep an eye out for coverage of the Mama Bears Event.
The 2014 Ledgestone Insurance Open presented by ABC Discs is shaping up to be one of the biggest disc golf events of the year. It will take place September 12th, 13th and 14th in Peoria, IL and in terms of the pro payout, it will be the largest in Illinois’ history.
“It’s been such a great season on the national level, from the amazing finish at the Maple Hill Open to the playoff at the Pro World’s between Ricky Wysocki #38008 and Paul McBeth #27523. People are antsy to get out and watch the action in their own backyard,” said Tournament Director Nate Heinold#49340, who also happens to be the Vice President of the title sponsor, Ledgestone Insurance. The tournament is only in its 4th year, and it’s already scheduled to be a part of the PDGA National Tour Elite Series for the 2015 season. An astonishing $12,000 will be added to the pro purse and Heinold expects the first prize payout in the Open division to be a whopping $3,000!
ROCHESTER, NY – In 1974, Jim Palmeri #23 created and ran one of the most important events in the history of disc golf, the American Flying Disc Open. That was 40 years ago, and we’re all still here in Rochester playing the same tournament, although with a slightly different name. What’s even better, Palmeri is still here as well, still competing and doing what he loves. Now referred to as the Rochester Flying Disc Open, the RFDO is arguably the longest running event in disc golf’s short history. It’s a fitting event for the finale of the 2014 PDGA National Tour Elite Series as we draw nearer and nearer to the end of one of the most incredible years of disc golf the world has ever seen.
ROCHESTER, NY – Just because it’s moving day doesn’t mean there has to be a lot of movement. That was certainly the case today during Round 3 of the 2014 Rochester Flying Disc Open. This could perhaps be a result of Parma’s course design, a fantastic layout where players need to hit precise and accurate lines using virtually every type of throw in disc golf to succeed.