Prodiscus Sparta Review from DG Weekly

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This week I reviewed the newest putter from Prodiscus, the Sparta. The Sparta is talked about as the “understable compliment to the Jokeri.” While the Sparta compliments the Jokeri extremely well, I would not call it understable by any means. It is a very straight flying putter with extremely minimal fade.

Prodiscus is still, in North America, a relatively unknown disc manufacturer from Finland. Featuring some of the grippiest, and most durable plastic on the market I think it is only a matter of time before Prodiscus really gains some popularity in the United States.

Thanks everyone for watching, hope you enjoy the review!

Remember Why You Play

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Have you ever put a ton of effort into preparing for something and then had it not work out?

Maybe it was blanking on a test you crammed for.  Maybe it was forgetting your lines in a play.  Maybe it was striking out in the bottom of the 9th when your team really needed you.  No matter what it was, most of us have been there.

It’s bad enough that it happens in the first place, but our sometimes uncontrollable monkey brains can’t leave it alone.  We then have to go through the aftermath.  We get down on ourselves.  We doubt ourselves.  We second guess why we were even trying to begin with.  Many people have quit all together after a game day choke.

Why does this happen?  I don’t claim to know all of the reasons, but I can certainly point out a big one.  Pressure.  The interesting thing about pressure is that most of it is self induced.  In my case, that is especially true.

Find out what you can do about it over at the Mind Body Disc blog!

Course clearing begins at Camp Laughing Waters in Pennsylvania

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Explore Disc Golf was on site at Camp Laughing Waters in eastern Pennsylvania this week to oversee the Rough Cut of the beginner friendly 9-hole course, and to continue site analysis and begin course routing of the advanced 9-hole course on the other side of the property. This project is moving along quickly with a June deadline for both courses to be open, as the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania funnel roughly 500 girls per weekend through the camp starting in early May. Both courses will soon be open, in addition to two practice baskets and 150 custom stamped discs available for use any time of the day!

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Clearing begins on the 240′ dogleg right 2nd hole on the beginner friendly course!

As you could imagine, the two courses are going to be vastly different. The beginner friendly course will be an enjoyable, relatively flat layout that focuses on visibility to the surrounding context while connecting users to significant specimen plantings, the new on-site ropes course and historic on-site buildings. The advanced course on the other side of the river will put a premium on shot placement, with a series of “turtleback greens” and “postage stamp” landing areas throughout the design layout. This course will only be roughly 250′ longer than the beginner friendly course, but will feature dozens of towering specimen trees, views of the river, and undulating topography that demands precision every step of the way.

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Innova Pro Matt Dollar’s Top Ten Georgia Courses

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Pulled from Dogleg JT’s recent “Matt Dollar’s Georgia Top Ten” post on DoglegDiscGolf.com.

Next time you guys are ever in the Southeast area–more specifically Georgia–you should hit up one of these courses below! These are Georgia native/Innova Pro (#26045) Matt Dollar’s top ten disc golf courses in the state of Georgia.

Read the full post only at DoglegDiscGolf.com.

Dollar’s Top 10 Georgia courses and the reasons.

10. Bowden Golf Course – Macon.
It’s like no other course in Ga. You really feel like you’re in Texas. It’s hot as hades and is filled with sand, CACTI, lizards, and lots of things that poke you. I don’t ever play great there, but it’s a sick course.

09. Tom Triplett – Savannah.
With at least 2 or 3 tee pads on every hole, you have unlimited options at TTP. Hole 4 from Gold might be the best Par 5 in GA.

08. Redan – God’s Country.
This John David design is amazing. The course itself is only on about 15 acres. Some of the good old school long pins aren’t there anymore, and the key holders seem to favor the shorties. Redan is still awesome, and with PNUT raising funds for new pins, it has me excited to see some of those great pins back in the future.

07. Lake Russell – Elberton.
The other John David old school designed course on my list. Par 3 golf at it’s best. Most courses this old are getting easier with age, but LR is the exception. It keeps getting tighter and the areas that used to be tall grass back in the day are now small forests…

Continued over at DoglegDiscGolf.com.

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100 Putts for 100 Days

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Pulled from Dogleg Tricia’s “100 Putts for 100 Days Challenge” post on DoglegDiscGolf.com.

IMG_1497-225x300…If you ask any golfer what the weakest part of their game is, most will say putting. Putting is the most important part of the game, because it is how you actually close out a hole. It’s importance is also overlooked by a lot of players. It’s fun to go rip drives and see how far you can get a disc to fly, but standing 10-30 feet from the basket and repeatedly throw at it is less appealing. The most important part of putting is confidence. When you walk up to your lie and look at the basket, you have to believe you are going to make the putt. If you don’t, you’ve missed it before the disc even left your hand. Practicing putting will not only increase your putting skill, but confidence in yourself…(continued).

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Taking the Field Out of Field Work

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Field Work

When interviewers ask Simon Lizotte how he learned to throw as far as he does, his answer is daily field work.  When Paul McBeth makes a video on how he practices, he shows you his field work.  When people write in to the Disc Golf Answer Man podcast and ask how to get better, you can bet that Eric McCabe will recommend field work.  There’s only one problem with those recommendations…

Field work is stunningly boring.

That’s right, I said it.  Most of you were thinking it, don’t lie.  Look, if field work were as fun as playing rounds, we would all do a lot more of it.  Bottom line is that when faced with spending our free time playing rounds or chasing our discs around a football or soccer field, most of us choose to hit the course every time.

So what is a disc golfer in need of improvement (and isn’t that all of us?) to do?  Find out over at the Mind Body Disc blog.

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Disc Golf Spring Training

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Glorious spring is finally here!!!!  We’ve all been there.  We have the day off of work or school.  The weather is nice.  The ground has dried out.  It’s that perfect first real day of spring goodness outside.  We grab our bag of discs, dust them off, and head out to the local course with our buddies intent on playing until our arms fall off.  Oh what a glorious and wonderful day that is!

The next day, though.  Oh that next day.  For the disc golfer who hibernated for the winter, it’s a painful day.  Muscles ache.  It’s hard to walk.  It’s tough getting out of bed.  It’s on this day that we pay the price for being sedentary and not throwing a disc all winter.  If you’re really unlucky, you are now starting off your season injured.

So, how do we start our season off in a way that that helps prevent injury and also helps to ensure a long and healthy disc golf season?  Find out about disc golf spring training over at the Mind Body Disc blog!

Explore Disc Golf’s Rental Program is great for spring and summer programs!

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Spring and summer are right around the corner so we are taking a moment to bring attention to our Rental Program for schools, businesses, park and rec departments and even the private sector. Over the past three years, Explore Disc Golf has sent baskets and discs to everything from large company picnics and bachelor parties, to 4-H camps, weddings and dozens of schools! While our “standard” rental is for two weeks, we also offer one month, three month, one semester, or one year rentals.

We are also happy to consider custom durations, as our Rental Program is a wonderful way to ease into disc golf at your location while this activity may still be in the “proof of concept” phase for many. Each rental is completely customizable, as we offer multiple levels of basket rentals, disc quantities and even a 200+ page physical education curriculum with lesson plans and much more. Please contact us for pricing, and bring disc golf to your school, park and rec system, company outing or private event in 2015!

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Give Yourself a Disc Golf Deadline

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Up until now, I’ve always practiced for the nebulous goal of “getting better”.  That’s about as motivating as eating broccoli because it’s good for you (that stuff is awful, just awful).  Sure, I’ve always wanted to play disc golf at a higher level than I do.  But that want alone is too easily overpowered by a warm bed and a snooze button.

I’m guessing a lot of you can relate.  “I’ll get to it tomorrow” is a commonly heard expression when it comes to self discipline of any kind.  It’s not until that easy out is taken away that we start to see real success.  We tend to work better under pressure.  We tend to be more effective when is accountability and a deadline involved in our goals.

Have you had trouble sticking to a practice plan?  Have you had issues following through on your commitments to get better at disc golf?  Do you find yourself playing rounds instead of practicing putting?  This week we explore one possible way to fix all that and stick to your practice plans.

Check it out over at the Mind Body Disc blog!

State of Disc Golf: What is in OUR bags? | Infinite Discs Blog

STATE OF DISC GOLF: WHAT IS IN OUR BAGS?

What is in OUR bags?

In the past few blog posts concerning the State of Disc Golf Survey, we have established that Innova is the most popular manufacturer in the disc golf world. It was chosen as the favorite brand in every demographic. However, even though Innova led all other manufacturers in popularity, according to our survey, less than 4% of us throw exclusively Innova. As we all know from interacting with other disc golfers, even though we may favor one brand, most of use throw discs from a variety of manufacturers. This blog will explore the variety of brands we throw and give us a good snapshot of what is in our bags.

 

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First let’s look at the popularity of the brands that are in our bags. The survey didn’t ask how many discs we had of each brand ­— that would have been too time consuming. It simply asked which brands could be found in our bags. Not surprisingly, the brand that most of us throw is Innova, with 87% of us keeping at least one of their discs in our bag. The next most popular brand is Discraft at 69%. Latitude 64 has 42% of respondents throwing their brand. Dynamic Discs is the fourth most popular disc in our bags at 35%. Rounding out the top five was Prodigy at 28%. Westside, Gateway, and MVP were just a couple of percentage points behind Prodigy, sitting at 26%, 24%, and 23% respectively.

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Course Correction

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How many old farts out there can name the movie?

Pop quiz hot shot.

You are playing in a tournament.  Your last four putts have hit the front of the basket instead of going in.  That includes one 10 foot “tap in gimme” putt.  What do you do?

You are playing in a doubles round on a wooded course.  Your last 3 tunnel shots have been shanked right and into the woods. You are stepping up to tee off on yet another tunnel shot.  What do you do?  WHAT DO YOU DO?!?!?!?!?

These are situations that most of us have experienced at one time or another.  If you’ve been playing any length of time, it’s probably happened to you a lot.  You go out with the best of intentions to play a solid round only to find that one part of your game is unexplainably broken.  The worst part is you can’t seem to fix it.

The first step to fixing the problem is knowing what it really is.  How do you figure that out?  Find out over on the Mind Body Disc blog.

While you’re there, don’t forget to check out our weekly tip and get your weekly dose of disc golf motivation!

Ernie the First Tee Tree – Episode 4 | Infinite Discs Blog

Ernie the First Tee Tree

Ernie the First Tee Tree

Ernie the First Tee Tree – Episode 4 | Infinite Discs Blog.

Do our Demographics Affect Our Choice of Discs?

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State of Disc Golf 2015: Do Our Demographics Affect Our Choice of Brands?

In a previous blog discussing the results of the 2015 State of Disc Golf survey, we focused on which disc golf brands we like the most and how that has changed from last year. (If you missed it, click HERE) This blog will look at who we are and whether that affects what brands we throw.

Who are we?

According to the survey, we are male (94%), live in California (7%), are 30-35 years old (23%), consider ourselves Intermediate disc golfers (45%), have been playing for 5-9 years (25%), played 10-15 different courses in 2014 (29%) and have a Bachelor’s Degree (35%). Half of us are currently married, while 43% have never been married.

We also belong to disc golf clubs (57%), own either 21-30 discs or 41-60 discs (tied at 14%), bought 10-14 new discs last year (18%), lost 1-3 discs (48%), chose disc golf as a favorite sport to play (85%), and football as a favorite sport to follow (35%. Disc golf was second at 27%).
After examining all the demographic statistics, we wanted to see if there were trends based on certain aspects of the demographics. For example, does the age of the respondent affect which brand they consider their favorite? Or the skill level? Or the education?

We considered most the attributes of the average survey respondent, listed above, and compared them to the overall list of favorite discs. And, spoiler alert, the results were kind of boring. Regardless of the demographic, nearly all of the results were within a point or two of the overall favorites. There were only a few exceptions, and even those were not extremely far from the overall numbers. They are worth mentioning, though, because of possible long-term ramifications.

Just to recap the previous blog, the top six favorite brands were: Innova (48%), Discraft (12%), Latitude 64 (10%), Dynamic Discs (6%), and MVP and Prodigy tied at 5%.

Disc golf experience

The first question we looked at was “When did you start playing disc golf?” We wanted to see if the length of time we have been playing had any effect on which brands we preferred. The biggest variation from the average results occurred among players who have only been playing a year or less. This was not a large sample size, representing only about 1.5% of the total respondents, so the overall significance of the results carry less weight. Still, this will be an interesting group to watch over the next couple of years. Players from this experience group still chose Innova as their favorite brand, but by a much smaller margin. Only 31% of respondents in this group picked Innova as their favorite, compared to 48% overall. Discraft and Latitude 64 results stayed close to the same as the total results. MVP, Dynamic Discs, Axiom, and Discmania all bumped up several percentage points (see chart for numbers).

Near the other end of the experience spectrum were those who have been playing between 35-44 years. This group made up 3.2% of the respondents. Among them, 42% listed Innova as their favorite, while 15% of them chose Discraft, 3% more than overall. MVP, Dynamic Discs, and Prodigy all held 8% of the vote in this group, which represented an increase for all three brands. Westside was consistent with their overall score.

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The Quest, A Disc Golf Parable

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“Alex was pretty sure he was going to lose a couple of toes after this.  The cold had crept through his clothing and into his bones days ago.  At first it was uncomfortable.  Then it was painful.  Now he was just numb.  He was glad the pain was gone, but he was coming to grips with the prospect that the lack of feeling in his extremities was a sign of something terrible to come.

For now he was just concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other, fully committed to completing his mission.  The thought of turning back was a luxury he couldn’t allow himself.  He had passed the point of no return days ago.  There was no way in hell that he would come this far just to back out.”

And now for something completely different over at the Mind Body Disc blog.  I love books that teach with parables, so a while back when this one popped in my had, I had to write it down.  Find out about the quest that Alex has set out on.  Is it one that you or someone you know has taken too?

Check out our first piece of disc golf fiction over on the Mind Body Disc blog!