Night Flight presented by Explore Disc Golf is born!
We are so unbelievably excited to showcase our newest offering, Night Flight! After years of planning, Explore Disc Golf unveiled this night time disc golf course at The Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA to the 20,000 patrons in attendance with the help of their friends at SJP Productions. Night Flight was brought to life on 3 holes of The Mobile Disc Golf Experience on a highly visible piece of land adjacent to the main walkway between the amphitheater and water park. The course was open from 8:00am until 2:00am and saw over 1,000 users throughout the weekend!
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What a huge day for disc golf this Saturday, August the 16th was!
My family was perched on the edge of our seats as we watched live the finish of the PDGA World Championships Open Division. Along with the “throngs” of people in the gallery (to quote “Crazy” John Brooks in his commentary on the event) and the approximately 3,000 people watching online, we gazed in nerve-racking amazement to watch the five hole playoff round between Paul McBeth and Ricky Wysocki. Of course we cheered for McBeth as he capitalized on Wysocki’s 2nd throw mistake (it hit a tree maybe 20 feet in front of him) to become a three time in a row World Champion!
A few hours before McBeth took his win in Oregon, a considerably lesser known and considerably less skilled disc golf player took a win in Azle, Texas…me.
Discraft Ace Race, Azle, TX
My kids and I played in a Discraft Ace Race Tournament held at Ash Creek Park in Azle, Texas along with 20 to 30 other players. Colette (mom) has been suffering from a knee injury for four weeks now (she had joint fluid removed, but it is still far from healed). So, she was unable to play.
The tournament was hosted by The Disc Shop in Fort Worth, and they did a good job for only their second tournament to host (they only opened their doors this March 2014). Go check out their store if you are in the Fort Worth area. (http://www.thediscshopfw.net/)…
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Oddly enough, my back injury was one of the best things that could have happened to my disc golf game. I threw from a stand still for 2 straight years. Partly because I was still finishing up my recovery. Partly because I was scared to death of having to go through all that pain and struggle again. I’m pretty confident in saying that learning to throw from a stand still is the single biggest thing a disc golfer can do to improve their game as a whole. Only being able to throw with no steps or run up meant that all I could work on other than putting was my disc golf up shot technique.
In any given round, a minimum of half of my throws are with no x step. While I use the stand still on every type of throw and with every type of disc, it’s most valuable on approaches from about 250′ and in. Get me within that range with a putter in my hand and it’s by far the most confident I ever am on the disc golf course.
I had arrived at the local football field about 2 hours earlier. Joining me that day was a bag full of 20 distance drivers. I was on a mission. I was not going home until either my arm fell off or I broke 360 feet. I didn’t just want to break 360′ once, I wanted to be able to do it at will. What’s special about 360′? It’s the distance from the back of one end zone to the back of the other. It’s an arbitrary distance, but one I hadn’t been able to throw on purpose. It represented breaking a plateau I’d been on for some while. 330′ was doable on command. That extra 30′, though, was giving me fits.
Throw after throw after throw I eyeballed the far goal post. I threw as hard as I could. I threw on every line I could think of. My wrist was sore. I had two blisters on my throwing hand. My right lat was killing me. My shoulder felt like it was on fire. But I’m a stubborn SOB and I refused to give up until I achieved my goal.
I got there before my arm fell off! Find out how at Mind Body Disc.
Recently, ball golf courses have been adding disc golf holes in order to help keep smaller courses open. This is the best possible situation for the growth of disc golf.
I often discuss the positive aspects of ball golf courses and clubs. I don’t see any reason why we can’t go to manicured courses with clubhouses and pro-shops too. There are several ways disc golf is superior to ball golf and there are many ways disc golf can help ball golf. Disc Golf and ball golf are becoming partners.
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The second round on Sunday started at 1:40. The first round had gone really well. For the first time in recent memory, I was going into the second round in the lead. The guys in advanced masters are always great competition. Sunday was no different. That made things that much more exciting for me. I wasn’t winning because my competition was playing poorly. I was playing some of the best disc golf that I’ve ever played in a tourney. I had played really well on Saturday too. While I was very happy with my Saturday performance (I cashed and took a CTP), Sunday was shaping up to be something special.
I dream about playing well in tournaments. They have always been a challenge for me. For 10 years, they have been a string of mostly disappointing performances. It’s always seemed that no matter how well my practice rounds and field work go leading up to an event, I could never pull it together in competition. Taking my practice performance and translating that to a tournament has been the single biggest challenge I’ve faced playing disc golf. It drives me absolutely crazy. It’s even caused me to consider not playing anymore on several occasions.
Unfortunately, today would turn out to be no different. I failed to execute once again. But this time I extracted an incredibly important lesson. For the first time ever, I now know why I don’t play as well in tournaments as I do in practice. To find out why, read the rest at Mind Body Disc!
One of my favorite things about big tournaments is a nice size flymart. There’s nothing quite like getting to browse and fondle rows and rows of new plastic. For me, I much prefer buying discs when I can pick them up and check them out first. If you already have a good stack of back ups for what you already throw, the problem becomes, what to buy?
Last week, I wrote a post about why it’s important not only not to bash a particular disc maker, but also why it’s important to keep an open mind and try new stuff from new companies. That left the question of what discs one might want to try.
On Friday, we posted the first half of a list of discs that are worth at least a throw or two on your part. We didn’t want to keep you waiting too long for the second half of that list. So for your Monday reading and on line shopping enjoyment, here it is.
Episode 14 is here!! This show was broadcast live on our YouTube, check out the video here: Link to video .
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The City of Roses, Stumptown, Rip City, PDX, Disc City…these are just a few of the nicknames for the great city of Portland, Oregon. OK fine, you busted us. Disc City isn’t one of the nicknames, but maybe it should be. Portland and the Stumptown Disc Golf Club have a long history of success in the disc golf world and we couldn’t be more excited about what is about to begin, the 2014 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships presented by Keen!
That’s right folks, it’s Pro Worlds time and it’s shaping up to be one of the biggest and baddest events in the history of the sport. Portland and the surrounding area is basically one giant disc golf mecca. In a 50 mile radius there are 40+ courses, many of which are installed in parks so beautiful that they’d be worth visiting with or without the course. Add to that a Pacific Northwest climate that allows for year-round disc golf and it’s no mystery as to why the sport has seen such success in this area.
Last week, I wrote a post outlining my top ten reasons no one should ever bash another company’s discs. It is currently my most read post with over 2900 views so far. I got some great feedback both here on the blog as well as back channel. First, thanks to everyone who took the time to read that post and pass it along to friends. Second, thanks for the mostly positive and supportive feedback. Seems like we have all run into the jerk that I described in that post.
I was also encouraged to see how many people out there throw a mixed bag. There was a time, not too long ago, where that didn’t happen on the scale that it does today. While a lot of disc golfers still stick to just one company or family of companies (in the spirit of full disclosure I’m of one of them, but more on that in another post), more and more people are dipping their toe into the really rewarding waters of new plastic.
I have a sickness. I have an unexplainable need to buy and try almost every new disc that comes out. That includes all plastic variations, all new rim configurations, and even new runs of discs that I hear fly different than previous ones. I love new plastic. I love throwing new molds. I love feeling the plastic and blends that the newer companies are putting out there. Like I said, I have a sickness.
That said, I thought I’d share a list of discs you might like to try. This isn’t a disc review article. I really don’t ever intend on doing in depth disc reviews. It’s just a list of discs that I’ve tried and thought were exceptional. I think all of the companies deserve a try and I think they all make at least a few really great discs. If just one person finds a new disc that saves them strokes, it will have been worth the time it took to write this! Without further blabbering on my part, here is part one…..
Your buddy takes you out to a disc golf course, hands you a disc and tells you to throw it towards the basket and to get it there in as few throws as possible. Pretty simple, right?
You continue playing your round and your buddy says, “that’s an unplayable lie,” or “watch out for the mando,” or even “oops, that was a falling putt.” Now you’re stuck wondering “what in the world is this guy talking about? I just thought I was just throwing a Frisbee at a basket.”
In this article I discuss a few of the more common rules that beginners may not know. This is not a complete list of rules. To see a more complete list go to our Recreational Rules page or to http://www.pdga.com/rules/official-rules-disc-golf for the tournament rules. Some of the rules discussed here, like “falling putt,” are really more of a concern in tournament play, however I feel it is important to develop good habits and an understanding of the rules from the start so when you do decide to play in tournaments you won’t get penalized, or embarrassed.
Disc Golf Rules – Learning The Hard Way
I remember when I first started playing disc golf. I had no clue what the rules were other than it was like ball golf and I was supposed to make the disc in the basket in as few throws as I could. Furthermore, even though my husband, Troy, and son had been playing recreationally for one and a half years before my daughter and I started playing, they didn’t really have a good enough grasp on the rules themselves….
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Since its debut in September 2012, the inbounds Disc Golf inFlight Guide has become the industry standard for viewing disc flight paths. No other disc flight resource comes close to the number of discs or quality of data. Used by both players, retailers, and manufacturers (including Dynamic Discs, HyzerBomb, Infinite Discs, and Millennium), the inFlight Guide is the top ranked disc flight tool using Google’s web search and is the only hard copy disc flight resource available, with thousands of books in circulation.
I have a hard time finding satisfying reviews of disc golf gear. Even disc reviews, which there are an abundance of, seem lacking in most cases. I’m sitting here trying to decide whether or not I should spend my hard earned money on something, and the reviews just aren’t helping. So, time to start writing reviews that I would want to read.
What does that mean? It means reviews with no BS. In other words… I bought it. I own it. I’ve used it enough to tell you about it.
With that said, on to the first Mind Body Disc No BS Product Review. The Disc Gator.
The manufacturer’s website describes the Disc Gator as, “The most versatile disc golf retriever on the market.” Um, no. A trained monkey would by far be the most versatile. Technically you can buy one, which makes it “on the market”. How cool would that be? I desperately want a disc retrieving monkey! Since most of us can’t get a trained monkey, we are left picking between two other animals. The Golden Retriever and the Disc Gator. Between those two, the claim is accurate.
If the weather is as good for the rest of the weekend as it was today here at the Fort Steilacoom Open, we’ll be more than satisfied. The 2014 PDGA National Tour has been plagued by horrendous conditions all year outside of the “Steady” Ed Memorial Masters Cup in Santa Cruz, and we’re always happy to see sunshine and calm conditions even at the cost of an occasional and short-lived light drizzle or two. After all, we’re only a few miles south of Seattle, one of the rainiest cities in the country. Today was the only day of the event where two full rounds were to be played, and we’re glad we got through it without any major issues.
The women played their first round this morning on the moderately open and easy to navigate Southeast course followed by a second round on the tight and treacherous Northwest course. The holes on the Southeast course can be a bit deceiving, especially the longer ones. Placement off the tee is often crucial, meaning those that miss their lines will suffer the consequences on a seemingly open fairway.