Tuesday, June 19, 2018

We Check Out The Musket - The 2018 Trilogy Challenge Driver

It's that time again... that's right, it's Trilogy Challenge time! The 2018 Trilogy Challenge season is almost upon us, so we wanted to give you a heads up and take a peek at the three discs that will be included in this year's events.

In later posts, we'll get into more detail about the Maiden, this year's putter, and the Patrol, the 2018 midrange, but today we're getting an in-depth look at the Musket. A Latitude64 fairway driver, the Musket will be a great addition to anyone's bag.

When you have two minutes to spare, watch this video of Robert and Bobby throwing the Musket. It gives you a great idea how this disc will fly for you if you're a casual player or if your skills are at a professional level.

Here's the basics:

  • As a speed 10 disc, the Musket has a comfortable profile without feeling like the rim is overly wide
  • You'll get a nice amount of distance with a bit of fade if you're a casual player
  • Pros will find the Musket has a slight turn to the right and holds your line incredibly well
Stay tuned to learn more about the other two discs in our 2018 Trilogy Challenge, and visit the Trilogy Challenge website to find an event near you!
Sunday, June 17, 2018

It's Almost Summer - How Do Your Disc Golf Habits Change?

Depending on what part of the US you live in, you may have been experiencing nice weather for months already, or nature may just now be showing you the first signs of sunshine. Either way, now that daylight savings time has happened and the first day of summer is only moments away, it’s often considered prime disc golf time for most.

But what exactly does that look like? It certainly varies depending on your specific lifestyle, and factors like your job, living situation, relationship status, and more can affect how often you are able to get out and play a round. Let’s look at some of the ways you can get creative and change up your disc golf habits.

Take Advantage Of Warmer Mornings

Die-hard disc golf lovers will often wake up early and put in some time around a basket before heading off to work. Unfortunately, when this happens during colder months, it requires bundling up in tons of layers and freezing your face off while you attempt to sink putts. Some of us are fortunate enough to have a basement or garage to use, but that limits the ability to practice upshots and drives.

Now that the weather is heating up it means that mornings aren’t nearly as chilly. You could get up with the sun and, depending on what time you have to be at work, comfortably practice your game. If it’s a weekend or a day off, these warmer temperatures mean you can hit the course that much sooner in the day and may allow you to squeeze in an extra round before calling it good.

Let There Be Light

This is an obvious one, but daylight savings time has a huge effect on a disc golfer’s life. In most places in the nation, you can gain an extra 3+ hours of sunlight when you compare the dead of winter to the middle of summer, and that means a lot of extra golf each day. Get off work at 5? Head home for dinner then take the family out to the course for a fun and casual round.

Speaking of kids, with school almost out you’re given a great opportunity to keep your little ones active and engaged during the summer. Play catch with a putter in your backyard, take them with you to your local weekly, or even let them caddy for you during a tournament if they’re old enough. Without having to worry about nightly homework and perhaps giving a little more leeway to the idea of bedtime, you can fully immerse your children in the sport that you love.

Fairweather disc golfers rejoice! Summer is almost here and it’s time to dust off your bags, shine up your discs, and put on your favorite DD gear. For those of you who have been playing all year long, at least you don’t have to put up with snow and rain for the next few months. How do your disc golf habits change during summer? Let us know in the comments below.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Honoring The Juniors On Our Team - We Get To Know DD Player Anna Bankus

When you head out to your local course or play a tournament somewhere new, you often end up chatting with others about when they started playing disc golf. More often than not, you’ll hear that people didn’t really start playing until adulthood, with some becoming introduced to the sport by their own children.

Imagine what it would be like to have known about and played disc golf all of your life! For DD team member Anna Bankus, that’s her reality. We recently chatted with the 12-year-old sponsored player to learn more about what it’s like to be surrounded by so much support while competing in a sport that she loves.

Growing Up With Disc Golf

When was the last time you’ve seen a very young child on the disc golf course with their parents? While it happens from time to time, infants and disc golf don’t often mix. Yet for Bankus, her experience is quite different. “I've always had an interest in disc golf ever since I was going to the course in my stroller with my parents, grandparents, and brother,” said Anna.

Although we weren’t there, we can imagine that the Bankus family tradition included regular outings to the course, so for Anna, disc golf was just another thing they did. Some families play board games, others BBQ in the backyard every weekend, but Anna and her family disc golf!

Having the support of her family has been instrumental in Anna’s disc golf success, and the ability for her to travel to some of the nation’s larger events only solidifies her talents and connection with the DD team. When reflecting on last year’s performances, she had a number of highlights come to mind:

“Having Zach Melton and Paige Pierce caddy for me at the 2017 Amateur and Junior Worlds. Meeting a lot of my teammates at Worlds and at other tournaments throughout the season. Playing a round with Eric McCabe at the Dynamic Discs Pocono Experience.”

Those events would be the highlight of anyone’s career!

Balancing It All

As a 12-year-old athlete, it’s important that Anna stays dedicated to her schoolwork while still making time for disc golf. She loves to read and really enjoys learning, and also noted that she has a strong interest in photography. Perhaps when she’s not on the course she could become one of our sport’s photographers someday?

Anna’s main focus for 2018 is Junior Worlds, taking place in Emporia, Kansas. She’s hoping to get in a lot of practice time before then as she’s looking to add distance to her game. However, with 7 career wins to date, we’re guessing that she can already outdrive a ton of people in her division. Bankus continues to hone her skills and said that she loves throwing 50 to 100-foot upshots with her Marshal.

“I'm proud to be on Team DD and belong to such an amazing disc golf family,” Anna explained and having that level of support really makes all the difference for young and growing players. Good luck at Junior Worlds Anna!

Are you someone trying to break above that 900/925 rating threshold?

If you are someone trying to break above that 900/925 rating threshold, you are the primary audience for this article. Guessing there are more players in this category than those who can bomb w/ratings near 1000. Huge key point first: You must know one’s arm strength before you can recommend (or seek recommendations for) discs for specific throws, otherwise such article may not help you. About my arm strength: At 56 years old, my average long drive (no wind) is around 340 feet, mid-range 270 feet, and putters up to 230 feet. If your arm strength is anywhere near mine (+ or – 40 feet), and you’re hovering just below that 900 rating, please read on…

Wanted to personally share which four (4) discs I have found most helpful to my game, in hopes that it will help anyone else, discs which helped me stay above that 925 rating and keep it going; my MVD's (Most Valuable Discs). I’d suggest giving these discs their chance to help improve your personal game:

Latitude 64 Havoc or Air Havoc – Yes, I can pump my Air King & Destiny about 340 feet. But for me, the Havoc (a little shorter at 320 feet) provides more accuracy (i.e. slightly more stable than my Air King) and a dependable flight that will not easily flip on me, and it can withstand a moderate headwind. The shape of its edge feels perfect for my hand. Consistency & accuracy is much more important than the extra 20 feet I might achieve by throwing hard as I can with the highest speed disc. The Havoc is the driver that lands me in the fairway the most often of any disc I possess. I save strokes by purposely strategizing for the safer drive to set up the approach.

 Dynamic Discs EMac Truth – Extremely versatile & solid mid-range that, again, provides one of the most consistent flight paths (i.e. I know exactly how it will fly). It will not flip on me but I can certainly manipulate it to achieve that “S” shot when needed, and it will fight moderate headwinds. Unpredictability is rarely an issue. I love the grip too, and I would have to admit I’ve thrown way fewer bad shots with the EMac Truth compared to my other mid-ranges.

Westside Discs Tursas – What a straight mid-range disc and boy can it hold an anhyzer line well. On wooded courses with tight lines, this disc is pure gold. Nobody needs to hit a Home Run on every shot while playing difficult holes, so use the Tursas to keep your disc in play and thus improve your overall score in the end. If you’ve never tried this disc, you are in for a pleasant surprise.

Dynamic Discs Warden – Putting practice is a must, keep several Wardens in your stash, and practice more! Never seen as much consistency when thrown hard (or softly) and putting on my intended line. In sticking with this disc, and learning it, my putting has improved significantly over the last few years. Love its surface texture, and overall I’m highly satisfied w/ the results.

Again, this article is primarily for those who are trying to break into the 900’s and perhaps a bit higher. And as for my all-time #1 tip for breaking & staying above that 900 barrier? Practice the short game at least 2/3rds of your total practice time. Just do it. Although many people can drive a greater distance than I do, it has been the short game that allows me to still shoot the better score. Now get out there, Be Dynamic, and make a difference in your game!

Dave Muntean
Monday, June 4, 2018

The DD Women's Series - Part 4: Zoe's Method Of Reaching Peak Performance

The time, dedication, and persistence needed to become a top disc golf athlete really takes something, and we’ve seen that DD team member Zoe Andyke checks off all of those boxes and more. From learning about how she’s been involved in teaching women across the nation to understanding how her viewpoints on disc golf and life seamlessly intertwine, she’s an inspiring person to look up to no matter where you’re at in your game.

Zoe is a firm believer in taking good care of your body - in fact, the word “good” permeates her motto: “Look good, feel good, play good, be good.” When it comes to health and nutrition, she has her plan dialed in and has found a way to thrive both on and off tour. Let’s take a look at her guiding principles in this final installment of Zoe’s DD Women’s Series.

You Are What You Eat

You won’t catch Zoe with her hands in the cookie jar all too often, as she takes a bold stance on junk food: “I’m a firm believer that fake sugar and corn starches are ruining people’s lives and bodies. I’m at an absolute zero tolerance for fake sugar. I think that’s important for people who are athletic or not athletically focused, from cancer to general health, sugar shouldn’t be a part of your diet.”

When you think about what it takes to play tournaments weekend in and weekend out while competing against the best in the world, there’s really no room for foods that don’t serve your nutritional needs. Alongside her commitment to keeping the bad stuff out, Zoe focuses on filling her plate with dark greens and purples, and integrates fresh items into her salads, smoothies, and meals. Add in at least 70 ounces of water a day and she’s set!

Working It

We previously touched on Zoe’s athletic routine in Part 3 of this series, but it’s worth noting in a little more detail. Despite spending countless hours on the course each week, the disc golf Andyke plays doesn’t really count as exercise for her. “I think a lot of people use disc golf as their main form of basic exercise. I think that’s good and it’s one of the intended uses. At the level I’m playing, my cardio and practice putting/driving have to be separate than my playing on the course.”

With a commitment to get in some form of cardio at least 5 days per week, Zoe is able to keep her body in shape and can handle those days when she might have to play 36 holes on a Saturday.

We can’t forget about the human element here either, where one’s spirit also affects performance both on and off the course: “If I was as good at life as I am at golf, I’d be a professional at life. Breaking my golf game down to the absolute basics is the way that I’ve become so adept at some of the most mastered detailed skills.”

No matter what stage in life you’re at - a new disc golfer looking to learn the basics or you’re a touring pro who needs a little encouragement - the things we’ve learned from Zoe Andyke are applicable across the board. Thank you Zoe for being such an incredible ambassador for our sport!
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Team Dynamic Discs Interview with Chris Clemons

Chris Clemons had played many sports before discovering disc golf. Although Chris has been playing since 2005 it was not until 2011 that he registered with PDGA so that he could start playing in sanctioned events. His love for competition and exploring the country led him to decide to play full-time. Listen to learn more about this leftie's motivation for playing and how he adjusts to playing on right-hand favored courses.

Chris is working on a disc golf book and his question to you is what topics would you like to see covered in the book. Leave your question in the comments below.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

How Do You Handle A Lost Disc?

We often enact some pretty funny situations in our Disc Golf Is Life videos, but more than likely you’ve experienced the same things we portray on camera. In our latest clip, we see Robert lose one of his trusted discs off the tee pad. After a long and sad day, he prints up and distributes “Lost Disc” signs throughout his community in the hopes that his beloved plastic will come back to him.

While you can get a laugh by watching the full video here, it touches on an important topic within the disc golf community. Nearly every player out there has lost their favorite disc at one point in time, and people seem to be pretty split into two camps: search for half an hour no matter what in an attempt to recover your disc, or let it go and simply do without.

Ultimately it depends on your level of play and how seasoned your disc was. If you finally have something dialed in and then instantly lose it, you may want to make every effort to recover it. However, if you’re a pro player and have nearly unlimited access to plastic, saving your time and buying a new one may be a smarter option.

How do you handle losing a disc? Do your friends hate you for always making them look with you through tall grass and thorny bushes? Or, do you let your disc go and hope someone will find it and call you? Share your lost disc philosophy with us below!

Monday, May 28, 2018

The DD Women's Series - Part 3: Andyke's Secret To Staying Healthy On The Road

Whether you’re a touring pro who spends months away from home or you’re teaching disc golf clinics in your home state, or if you’re Zoe Andyke you do both, it can be a challenge to keep your mind and body ready to perform at all times. In this installment of our DD Women’s Series, we’re going to be let in on the secrets for success when it comes to staying fit, eating right, and how to balance the pressure of it all.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned so far from Zoe in our first two blog posts, it’s just how dedicated she is to growing disc golf. Her efforts to teach women and children across the nation no doubt take a toll from time to time, because after all, she’s only human. Let’s find out about Zoe’s perspective on maintaining your health.

Health Is Hard

There are no two ways about it - staying healthy is tough for anyone, and just because Zoe is a top-level athlete who travels each year, it doesn’t mean she’s above getting sick. Her mindset around the foods she eats and the exercise she gets in aside from disc golf is perhaps one of the more important facets of her overall success:

“It’s harder [when you’re on tour] to get into a healthy eating routine. [It’s] hard period whether it’s food or exercise just because a regular schedule doesn’t exist. You need to be flexible to change it or to give yourself the grace to put it to the next meal or save the activity for later. The way that you win or actually get something crossed off the list is not having negative pressure or feeling bad about not getting something done the way you wanted it.”

Does that mean you can make excuses left and right and put off your health for another day? No way! Andyke makes sure she eats right and engages in cardio five days a week regardless of her disc golf schedule.

A Positive Mindset

Anyone who has met Zoe can instantly see what a ray of sunshine she is. You’d be hard-pressed to see her in a bad mood and this positive energy carries over to her performance on the disc golf course. What’s her secret?

“Golf is life - life is golf. It helps me in a spiritual way of keeping the pressures light and positive and not having a negative reaction when things don’t go my way. It’s really important - every morning I say my 4 thank you’s before I even get out of bed. In my life routine, being gracious in the morning starts me off optimistic and ready for any opportunity. In golf, I try to bring that over into my game - trying to be thankful or point out what I liked about every shot.”

The aspect of having a strong mental game is so commonly talked about that sometimes as players we forget to focus on all of the ways we can be positive, both on and off the course. This element is a huge part of who Zoe is, not only as a professional disc golfer but as a friend and teacher.

Want to know more about how Andyke’s routines fit into the life of a touring pro? Check out our fourth and final part of this series to learn what Zoe eats, drinks, and how she sets herself up for success each tour season!
Friday, May 25, 2018

Excitement Builds In Emporia For The 2018 PDGA Junior Worlds

It’s a busy year for disc golf lovers in Emporia, as we’ve just barely wrapped up the 2018 Glass Blown Open and are instantly met with our next big event - the 2018 PDGA Junior Worlds. Taking place July 11th through the 14th, young players from across the globe will compete on a handful of different courses to see who is the best in their division.

Not much different than other major PDGA events, Junior Worlds boasts fun events leading up to and during the tournament including a large flymart and local Emporia attractions that are great for the whole family. Let’s get a snapshot of what it takes to participate in this prestigious event!

Invitation Only

Junior players aren’t cut any slack just because they're younger, as the PDGA sets out specific requirements that define who is eligible to participate in the Worlds competition. Individuals must maintain an amateur status by accepting merchandise instead of cash at any event they compete in, and must also be 18 or under. Anyone turning 19 during 2018 is not eligible to compete in this junior event.

If you want to play in Junior Worlds then there’s a good chance that you’ve been honing your skills all season long and have acquired enough points to qualify. Depending on the division you play in, you’ll have to earn anywhere from 2 to 200 points in order to receive an invite. After those who have been invited have registered to play, the PDGA will open up registration to any junior player who meets the above criteria.

A Look At The Event

Emporia is a great place to host large disc golf tournaments as the sheer number and quality of courses in the area offer players a variety of challenges. Depending on the division, participants will find themselves competing at Jones East and Jones West, as well as Emporia Country Club, Peter Pan Park, Hammond Park, and Flint Hills Technical College.

If you think that champions aren’t made at the PDGA Junior Worlds, think again, as the event has traveled throughout the country over the last handful of years and has produced some amazing winners. Nate Sexton, Ricky Wysocki, Nate Doss, Paige Bjerkaas, and Valarie Jenkins have all taken home their titles as former World Champions to go on and do some pretty amazing things in their disc golf careers.

There’s still time to make your plans to visit Emporia this year with your young players, but be sure to make arrangements soon before accommodations are sold out. For a handy map showing you the lay of the land, click here. Stay tuned for our announcements letting you know when registration opens up for various players, and encourage your kids to play in one of the most anticipated events of the season!
Thursday, May 24, 2018

A Disc Golf Journey In The Making - We Get To Know DD Team Member Danny Lindahl

You may have seen Danny Lindahl’s face on your computer screen or heard his voice on a YouTube video, but did you know that he’s now a full-fledged member of the Dynamic Discs team? Signing on with us in 2017, Danny has made a name for himself with his instructional videos offering tips to pro and beginning players alike.

In this installment of our look at the DD team, we wanted to give you a glimpse into Danny’s background in disc golf and what he’s focusing on in 2018.

Playing On A Local Level

Danny first started playing disc golf a handful of years ago and didn’t compete in his first tournament until 2014. Since then he’s carded 6 career wins and states that he’s completely hooked on the sport. His addition to the DD team last year was just the icing on the cake: “Everyone always says it’s like being part of a family, and they’re 100% correct. Being on the team means I have access to the knowledge that the more experienced players have and are happy to share. We all work together to make sure everyone is the best they can be,” he said.

While he travels to tournaments and works diligently to create a plethora of videos in conjunction with DD, Lindahl also plays regularly with his local friends. His advice if you are looking to get more involved with your local disc golf community? “Facebook is huge in the disc golf community. Find the local clubs page and post whenever you’re heading out. I’ll get off work at 2, post that I’ll be at the course at 3, and 3-4 people will meet me there. Lots of people work weird hours and are just looking for someone to throw with.”

Improving His Game

It’s one thing to help others with their game, but for Danny, he’s equally looking forward to working on his own set of skills. Some things, however, he has dialed in, including his ability to play on wooded layouts. His favorite shot to throw? “EMAC Truth - dead straight.  I play in the woods a lot and anything from 300-350’ I am confident I can hit with that disc.  It’s so easy to get it to fly straight and it goes so far once I’ve set it on its line.”

Noting that he’s always been “too skinny” to play other sports, Danny relies on his incredible endurance to get through long rounds of golf. His goal for this season is to work on his “consistency putting and controlling my angles better off the tee. I’m doing better hitting lines lately but controlling my release angle has been a struggle.”

Here’s a fun fact if you see Lindahl on the course this year - he’s nearly fluent in Spanish, so be sure to give him a warm “hola” when you see him! The team at Dynamic Discs is so thrilled to have Danny on our team this year and we are excited to see how the rest of his season shapes up!