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Its Thanksgiving and one of the many things I am thankful for this time of year is disc golf. A tip o’ the hat goes out to the late Ed Headrick, the Father of Disc Golf, for his contributions to our favorite sport.
Ever have a great round of disc golf and wondered who it was that made disc golf possible? Did you ever think about the effort needed to to get a course in the ground, or who maintains it? How about the last tournament you competed in, did you thank the TD for the time he/she donated so you could play? Who designed the course anyway? Take a look behind the scenes at any disc golf tournament or disc golf course to see and appreciate the effort put forth by disc golfers so that we may enjoy this great sport. Who are the people who disc golf possible?
Lots of things are changing for me and DB Free Disc Golf; I need some help keeping up the momentum. A number of people have helped me get this started and keep it going so from one of my biggest supporters, contributors, and friends Armando Lopez Jr., El Capitan, #45792:
Change is sometimes difficult to deal with especially when it comes to any technical sport such as disc golf. It often disrupts your rhythm and flow. It can make you change your approach which can be awkward or uncomfortable. For example, the wind picks up so instead of your preferred anhyzer you must throw a really over-stable hyzer.
But sometimes change is needed when things are just not going your way. Your putting is not on mark so you change your stance. You keep flipping your driver so you move to something more stable. Yet, those are the little changes we can make easily. We are frequently prepared to make this type of change but what about changing every disc in your bag and starting over? Yeah that’s what I did. See the rest of Armando’s story here.
This video comes from Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival at Blue Mountain Festival Grounds in Martinsville, VA on May 24-26, 2013. The Big Idea for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience by Explore Disc Golf was to have a beginner-friendly, yet technically challenging 3-hole course that was highly visible from both stages and the campgrounds.
The 3-hole layout of the disc golf course at Blue Mountain Festival Grounds took advantage of the rolling hillside and steep slopes to provide players with a 3-hole course that demanded a variety of different shots from the wide range of skill levels playing the course. Overall, The Mobile Disc Golf Experience was a huge success — seeing hundreds of users of the weekend both on the course and in the portable baskets in the concert grounds — as we have been asked to come back in 2014.
Look for The Mobile Disc Golf Experience at several more events in 2013, and feel free to contact us at email@example.com to bring disc golf to your next event!
I played the Auburn Am recently and had a really good time. I scored the best round of golf so far at 9 under par. I had been 9 under once before at the same course but this was by far my strongest showing at an event. I did not perform as well for the rest of the event – I was surprised how well I did in the first round and tried a little too hard to match it. Time to have two really good rounds in one event.
I really like the events hosted by the Chain Zombies in Auburn, Ca. They almost always start on time. The players meetings are no nonsense and concise. They have well organized side events like CTP’s and mini-disc-golf – though I don’t personally play them. They almost always provide lunch and this year the sandwiches were delicious and exactly what I needed. They had a couple beer options for breaks – I had one but kind of wish I hadn’t as I lost some focus and energy.
The only complaint I have is that they allowed in too many players and had two ghost groups. I can’t recall the Zombies having this all too common problem before but it was a bit of a drag. My worst hole was 16, round three, when I hit the earliest tree, careened off another tree, and got buried in thorny brambles. I had to take an unplayable lie and re-tee. I had waited at least 20 minutes to tee. There were at least 15 golfers and their caddies watching my fumble. I’m not saying the wait caused the fumble but having an audience at that moment was unpleasant.
The wait did give me a few moments to think about the topic of this blog and the opportunity to ask some of my fellow competitors what they thought about having or being a caddie. I had been thinking about this since the Master’s Cup a few weeks prior, largely because of a comment my buddy Armando made, “I’ve decided I just can’t play with a caddie.” Here are Armando’s Pros and Cons of having a caddie from the Master’s Cup Amateur Weekend in Santa Cruz:
- You are less fatigued at the end of the day but this can also be remedied if you push a cart. In my case, I only carry 16 discs, which isn’t a lot, but my energy levels were much higher at the end of days 1 & 2. Caddies can provide words of encouragement, tips, suggestions, or even help you stay loose by talking about something else. This was evident with my Dad trying to cheer me up when things headed south. He urged me to be aggressive which cost me some strokes but also gained me some as well.
See the rest of Armando’s Pros and Cons with some further thought on having and being a caddie here.
I’ve put off this post long enough; I’m slightly angry about my performance. I’m angry despite my round ratings(922,925,927) being equal to or better than my current rating of 922. I was obviously consistent – I was consistently passive, constantly afraid of the dangers, and persistently less than confident.
I have several reasons for not playing better. Mostly an injury I got the first night at my campsite. While unrolling my bed roll, I heard a loud pop from my right knee, the knee I had injured in high school and on which I had arthroscopic surgery. I was young, didn’t follow through with the physical therapy very well, and never recovered full flexibility.
There were a lot of other factors contributing to my score outside the knee: it was only my 2nd-4th rounds at the course, I played later in the afternoon than I am accustomed, I didn’t eat enough before my round, I didn’t bring enough food, I suck.
That was all B.S. I shot what I shot because that was how good I was that weekend. Sure, I have been better, but I have certainly been worse. I didn’t focus well enough. I don’t always need a reason why. I could have been better. I will be better again, hopefully, this next weekend at the Auburn AM.
Click here to read the rest of my Master’s Cup review and why I think it is better to be a bit angry rather than a bit sorry.
I have participated in several different types of competitive sporting events from road races, triathlons, mountain bike races, ball golf tournaments, tennis tournaments, and finally in disc golf tournaments. In my experience, disc golf events have the highest range of success vs. failure. I have never been in a running event that was run as poorly as some of the worst tournaments I have attended. At the same rate, I have been in disc golf tournaments that have been run with the same professionalism as the San Francisco Marathon. PDGA is in great need of consistency and oversight of its events. The PDGA is trying to address these issues and the True Amateur Initiative is one very big step in the right direction.
The PDGA has several issues to address: Player conduct, event professionalism, and amateurism. I have never competed in any other event where amateurs compete for prizes. Amateurs should compete for trophies, strive for personal accomplishments, and participate for pure enjoyment. Testing oneself in a public arena against other athletes for the joy of personal success and defeating one’s opponent has been enough for me in every other endeavor. So why do I yearn for material gain in disc golf events?
See the rest of my discussion about the True Amateur Initiative and why it is so important for the growth of disc golf and the PDGA here.
My name is Justin Weilacher and I fell in love with disc golf about 5 years ago. I had just moved to Flagstaff, Az. for work. The job didn’t work out and I found myself unemployed for about a month. During that time, I played as much disc golf as I could. I had played a few times in Gainesville, Fl. while in college with some friends. The rounds were as much about beer and friends as they were about golf. I still have a soft spot for the course there, Northside Park, and play it every chance I get. Hopefully, I can compete in an event there someday.
I was lucky that I found disc golf in Flagstaff. There are 4 quality courses within a 20 mile radius: McPherson, Northern Arizona University, Thorpe, and Snowbowl. There is so much variety at these courses: long holes, shorter technical holes, holes with elevation change – everything you need to master most aspects of disc golf. No wonder the new Tour Events Manager was part of this community.
There is also one of the best disc golf communities I’ve seen. The Flagstaff Disc Golf Club, run by a great guy named Barley, was very inviting, ran good tournies, maintained regular weekly events and encouraged new players to learn and love the sport. Their website is well maintained, consistently posts weekly league scores, and encourages communication in a very inviting community There is a wide range of skill levels and all are welcome – unlike some of the communities in California that shun new players.
After two years playing Northern California disc golf, I was unhappy with the golf scene. Some local clubs were exclusive and resentful of poor players on their courses. I witnessed rudeness and douchebaggery on a level I had not imagined. I was at the Rocklin golf course when a weekly league started and all of a sudden there was a group of 5 on every hole with no regard for the folks already playing the course. They acted like we were trespassing. No signage, no offer to play through, just a stern “this is a weekly league and this is our tee-pad.” We would have never acted this way in Flagstaff.
Soon after, I met a golfer out of the San Jose area named Armando during a PDGA event. We discovered that we had played together in some Arizona events in the Show Low area and that we shared the same feelings about etiquette. We agreed that disc golf needed a new direction, a direction to make disc golf a mainstream sport that is respected.
Read the rest of my recently updated post – thanks to your feedback – about why I started DBFreeDiscGolf here. Happy golfing and good scoring everyone.
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In a continuing effort to demonstrate the similarities of Disc Golf and Ball Golf, I have reviewed Dave Pelz’s Putting Games. In this article I interpret and adapt the putting games he suggests for ball golfers for the Disc Golfer.
Just like there are many things we can take from the financial and social success of ball golf, there are many things we can take from ball golf practice technique. There are thousands of ball golf books and billions of dollars spent on the examination of ball golf technique. There is enormous information and assistance we can glean from the mountains of research into the improvement of ball golfers.
While much of this book is not useful in a specific sense because the large difference in physical execution of the two games, there is much thematically or philosophically to be gained by using Pelz’s strategies. Most importantly, Pelz suggests that you have a marathon putting session where you identify weakness, set benchmarks, and then set goals. I’ve heard disc golfers say putting for more than half an hour is counter-productive. I can putt longer but always stop when I start loosing focus and find myself putting way to fast.
Translation of terms. Outside of putt and lay-up there are not very many specific similarities in the lingo of Disc Golf and Ball Golf. There are however one to one correspondences in the goals, obstacles, and strategies employed in the book that work well with disc golf. These distances are current for my needs but can be scaled up or down depending on what you determine to be a weakness:
- 3′ putts equivalent to 20 feet putts
- 6′ putts equivalent to 10 meter putts
- 10′-20′ putts equivalent to +50 feet putt/approach
- Breaking putts equivalent to windy putts
There are a few things that are harder to translate but can be integrated into many of the games Pelz suggests:
- Big Hyzer or AnHyzer putts
- Obstacle Avoidance
- Extreme high or low targets
Pelz’s Games adapted for Disc Golf. There are three main games that translate very well to disc golf. Each game can utilize objects to create Hyzer or AnHyzer putts and, unless you are indoors, will integrate wind. I have a 10 meter rope with marks at 5′ intervals but you can always count off steps – just be consistent. I also use both orange cones and minis depending on my location. I use 10 putters for my practice, all Voodoos or Warlocks, because that is what I putt with in events.
The Make-able Putt Game. In this game you will need up to 12 minis or cones. The more you have the patience to set up, the more practice you get. Choose 3 distances – the shortest distance you feel challenged by, a distance you make 75% of your putts, and a distance you make 30% of your putts. Right now, for me, those distances are 20′, 25′, and 10 meters. Note the wind direction and place 3 of your minis in a direct head wind at the chosen distances. Next place three in a direct tailwind. Finally, place the last six minis in between at any chosen angle. If you identify that you struggle with putts with the wind right to left, situate the markers to make you practice those putts.
Find the other games adapted for disc golf here. Happy golfing and good scoring to all.
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Disc golf tee pad construction varies from course to course — be it the preparation and installation, or the materials that make up the tee pad itself. The most common types of tee pads in disc golf are: concrete, rubber, pavers and natural. This article isn’t going to focus on the materials that comprise the tee pad, but will be taking a look at the preparation of the teeing area itself, and understanding how “pitch” can make our break the longevity of your tee pad.
“Pitch” is found in every safe hardscape installation — think of patios, walkways, gathering spaces or disc golf tee pads — yet it is almost undetectable to the human eye. “Pitch” is used to move water off the surface area of a space, as it is either a slipping hazard in the warmer months or an ice sheet when below freezing. The standard “pitch” in the landscape construction world is ¼” for every linear foot. So using a standard 5’ x 10’ tee pad as an example — the front of the tee pad should be2.5” lower than the back of the tee pad. If you wanted to get into cross “pitch,” the tee pad should “crown” in the middle — like a highway road — and sheet water off to each side. The center of the tee pad would be about 0.5” higher than the sides, but for this example, it’s not necessary to address.
Read the blog it its entirety, here.
Kids are the future of disc golf. I really wish I found disc golf at a younger age. I played 10 rounds in 1996 when I was 21 but even then I was older than many of the rising stars of disc golf. A young man I know, Sam Minges, is one of the best young golfers I’ve seen. He won the Lava Creek Classic Advanced division last weekend at 16 years of age. It was incredibly windy and very challenging but he was aggressive and confident from the beginning. Look for him playing pro in the A-tier St. Patrick’s tournament at his home course, Shady Oaks.
We have to make sure that we have a sport of integrity to hand down to our children – or our friend’s children in my case. Nothing is better than seeing kids learning to play disc golf. They enjoy the game more purely than we. Getting the disc in the basket IS winning. The social allure of the game is not required. Read the rest of this page »
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The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus will soon be the home to a nine hole disc golf course beginning in March. While Explore Disc Golf’s full blown design of the course includes 18 baskets, the University has agreed to a nine hole “pilot installation” where the committee can gauge the interest of the student body and the demands the course will put on Facilities Management. As the school year winds down in May, the committee will then meet to determine the success of the course. If the course is deemed to be a good fit, the University will grant permission for permanent tee pads and signage, in addition to looking at the next steps for installation of the back nine.
One of the main focuses of the course on UMass’ campus is education. While the course provides multiple technical shots, the primary objective was to offer a “beginner-friendly” course that acted as outdoor classroom for the surrounding schools in the area. The course will boast the opportunity to host field days for physical education classes coming from adjacent elementary schools, in addition to providing a canvas for University departments to participate in making the course a community project. Project opportunities can range from Stockbridge students identifying and expanding the University arboretum, to Green Building Technologies incorporating structures on site that will aid in the experience of the course — possibilities really are endless.
Read the blog it its entirety, here.