Friday, March 27, 2020

DGAM 308 AASS



It's the After After Show Show. We talk a little bit about what we have been up to during this time of working from home.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Par - Disc Golf Hot Takes



We have Danny and Anthony joining us for our Disc Golf Hot Takes.

This week Danny gives us a suggestion on pars.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

DGAM 308 Let's talk some disc golf

Bobby and Robert are recording from home again with Eric calling in.

Thank you for continuing to send in your questions and listening.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Team Series Discs: A Deeper Look - Lucid-X Felon, Lucid-X Sheriff, Lucid-X Maverick, and Lucid-X EMAC Truth

The last set of Lucid-X Team Series discs are releasing on dynamicdiscs.com and local retailers on March 26, and we've saved some fantastic discs for this release. Let's take a closer look at these upcoming new releases!

If you've seen the UDisc commercial that features some of disc golf's well-known personalities included in the app as givers of advice to the app's users, you might be familiar with the phrase, "Felons are awesome!" It's also entirely possible that you've heard Eric Oakley say these exact words on a different video, Instagram story, or in person. There may be no greater champion for a particular disc than Eric Oakley is for the Felon. He bags at least 5 Felons at all times, and the Lucid-X Felon only enables him to carry more. The added stability from the Lucid-X makes the Felon even more of a workhorse in the wind and makes flex shots that much more likely to fade. If you agree that "Felons are awesome!" consider picking up a few!

The 2018 FPO World Champion, Paige Shue, loves crushing distance drivers and controlling her flights with a consistent, flat release. One of the keys to her world championship was her control of those high-speed drivers and keeping them in bounds at important times. After choosing the Lucid-X Getaway for her Team Series disc last year, Paige wanted to put her name on something with a little
bit more speed for 2020. The Sheriff is one of the farthest flying discs in the Dynamic Discs lineup, and the added stability from the Lucid-X plastic makes it more versatile for players with a little bit more arm speed. Most of these came out with a little bit flatter top, so they feel extremely comfortable for both backhands and forehands. If you're ready to try out a new bomber, the Lucid-X Sheriff is ready to bomb!

Zach Melton is known for several things. 1. His hair. 2. His beard. 3. His sense of humor. (Which really isn't that funny if you think about it.) (Just kidding, Zach is very funny.) 4. Carving lines through trees in the woods. We can only really make a disc to help with one of those things, so we think that the Lucid-X Maverick is a great choice for Zach. The
Maverick is an extremely throwable fairway driver that tends toward the understable side when thrown with some power. The Lucid-X Maverick gives power throwers a straighter version of the Maverick, and it gives those with slightly slower arm speeds an extremely straight fairway driver with minimal fade. The Lucid-X Maverick is worth trying for players of all skill levels!

2010 World Champion, Eric McCabe, has had his name on several discs, but there is one that he always talks about the most - the one that has his name IN it: the EMAC Truth. The EMAC is unlike any other midrange on the market, featuring glide that rivals a fairway driver and neutral stability that's hard to replicate. Lucid-X EMAC Truths have been produced in small batches in the past, but this release is one of the first on a larger scale. The Lucid-X plastic made these discs mold up with a little more dome than normal, and as a result, they are more resistant to turn and have a bit more late fade. If you're looking for an EMAC Truth to fill the straight-to-overstable slot in your bag, the Lucid-X version is worth a try!

Eric Oakley - Putting Routine


The question of the month for our touring players is about their putting routine.

Be sure to follow Eric Oakley on Instagram @theericoakley
Check Dynamic Discs or your favorite retailer for the Lucid-X Felon.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

After After Show Show - Brodie Smith's influence on disc golf



In this After After Show Show we discuss Brodie Smith's impact on view counts for 2020 WACO.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Disc Golf Answer Man

By: Robert McCall


Each Tuesday, Bobby (Coooooooool Daddy Slick Breeze) Brown, Eric (eMac) McCabe, and I, Robert (different nickname every week) McCall take to the live airspace on Disc Golf Answer Man to tackle listener-submitted questions. Most of the questions revolve around disc golf, but we also answer the occasional non-disc golf question about The Office, our favorite taco place, the fabled Torchy’s Tacos, or life in general. Occasionally, we have special guests stop by, and they bring new insights every time. We’ll do our best to stay on disc golf questions for this first time.

Disclaimer: These questions and answers will be edited for clarity (and to make us all appear much smarter).

Flagstick in the Way?

Bobby: This is a rules question. “When playing a 1000-foot hole at a golf course, an OB golf green was located about 150-200 feet in front of the basket. I played a low forehand over the green, knowing that if I hit the green, I would skip across. My only concern was the flagstick. Could I have had someone remove the flag from the golf hole? Had I clipped it or squared it up, it would have put a real damper on a great shot.”

Robert: Good question; no rules searching needed - I know the answer to this one, because I’ve seen it happen, and it really sucks when you hit the flag on a golf green. If an obstacle is in front of your lie and no part of it extends through your lie, you can’t move it. It’s kind of like if a trash can is out there on the course, and it’s in between you and the basket; you can’t move it. Same with a golf flag. The only way that you can move an obstacle is if part of it is on top of or crossing through your lie - then you can move it if it is dead and unattached. If there was a golf flag laying on top of your disc, you could move that out of the way. If it’s on the golf green in front of you, can’t touch it. Sorry, man.

Disc Differences

Speakpipe: “Hey, Bobby, Robert, Eric, and any other disc golf luminaries who might be there, this is Matt from Salem, Oregon. I just had a quick question about the flight charts from Trilogy and the actual disc molds. When I look at something like the eMac Truth, the Compass, and the Sling, they’re all within the same speed group, relative stability, and have some differences in turn and glide. I wondered if there are a lot of different characteristics that you can tweak in a mold? Are there infinite variabilities, or are there really just a few characteristics to change and they could make radically different results in the flight path from that? Obviously, the way people throw makes a difference, too. Anyway, I appreciate what you guys do; thanks for keeping it real!”
Bobby Brown

Bobby
: From talking to Tomas (Ekstrom, Latitude 64’s disc designer) a while back, when I first started doing all this, I asked him a very similar question: “Wouldn’t you run out of discs to make?” According to him, there are infinite possibilities, because the slightest change here, the
slightest dome here, the slightest bead here makes a difference in the flight. You’ll have some discs that fly similarly, but for whatever reason, one might feel better in the hand for Robert than it does for me. He may be okay with a wider rim, but I don’t love wide rims on drivers. When you get into midranges, one might be a bigger diameter than the other, but they have similar flights. Even though it may seem like discs are the exact same, you have to take feel into account, because different players prefer different things in the discs that they carry.

Shot Choice in the Woods

Bobby: Here’s a good one - “Hey DGAM crew, one of the courses in my hometown is heavily wooded. I’ve noticed that understable discs with a backhand tend to work better than overstable discs. However, is the backhand the best type of shot to throw in thick woods? Is one type of throw objectively better for wooded courses, or should you just go with what you know? Thanks everyone; have a peachy day!”

Eric: I think forehands actually work really well in the woods. It’s because you can see the gap that you’re hitting; you never have your back toward the gap. But it just depends on the course - I’ve played many, many wooded courses that were very righty-friendly and the backhand was the best shot for most of those holes. I’ve also played courses that were the exact opposite, where lefties or forehand players had an advantage. That said, I think you see a lot more people throwing forehands accurately through the woods, because you’re open to the gap and can visualize the shot a bit easier.

Robert: Yeah, you never have to take your eyes off of your target, and that can be a big deal. I would say, though, just because that’s true of a forehand doesn’t mean that’s necessarily what you need to throw. If Eric and I are playing a course in the woods, we’re probably not throwing a bunch of forehands if we have to hit a tight gap. Most of the time, we’d be throwing backhands, because that’s the shot we’re better at throwing.

Why Don’t Touring Professionals Want to Play Practice Rounds with Locals or Amateurs?

Bobby: Tom says, “Hey, Disc Golf Answer Man, there have a few times when a handful of pros have been in town, and I’ve reached out to them to play a casual round, and they either don’t answer or say they can’t make it. I’m by no means taking it personally, but I just want to know if pros just prefer not to play casual rounds with non-pro players just for fun.”

Eric: I think a lot of it is not that they don’t like casual rounds or don’t like you, but a lot of times, if they’re just passing through town, they often want to just keep passing through or play a round to get out of the car, relax, and be alone for a little while; they can have some time when they don’t have to be “on”. Don’t take it personally; these touring players and guys and gals just like anyone and need their space occasionally. I know that it’s tough when we’re traveling across the country and want to stop to play a round somewhere, we’ll typically want to fly through the round to just get back on the road. I think it all boils down to not having to be “on” so to speak, and wanting to get through a quick round and move on. Everyone isn’t necessarily like that, and I’m not like that all the time, and I enjoy having a local to guide me every now and then, especially if it’s a course I’ve never played before. For example, when we drove through and played Harmony Bends, I would have loved to have a local there to play with, because we threw to the wrong basket on numerous occasions.
Robert McCall & Eric McCabe

Robert: Alright, here it is: I’m going to keep it real. When it comes to us and playing with people here in town, sometimes it just doesn’t work for us, and it’s just because of our schedule; we’re just not able to do it. But when it comes to the touring professionals and they’re coming through your town, sometimes, one of the reasons that I think touring pros don’t play rounds with non-touring players is because of the speed of play. They know that if they go play with a touring pro, they’ll all be finding the same spots in the fairway and throwing many of the same lines, but if they’re playing with non-touring players, they might be looking for lost discs or waiting for players that play a little more slowly. That might not be bad if they’re not preparing for a tournament, but if they are, every practice day is very important to them, so that might be one reason that they might not want to play a casual round with a lot of people. Having a local guide is usually pretty fun and helpful, but sometimes, they prefer to focus up and move at a slightly quicker pace.

Can You Bag Both a Harp and a Slammer?

Bobby: Another question. I was actually curious about this as well. “Hey Disc Golf Answer Man, can you explain the difference between the Slammer and the Harp? I see that they are both overstable putters, but is there enough of a difference to bag them both without overlap?” What do you guys think?

Eric: I would think that there is enough, but they are pretty close to each other. It kind of depends on what you’re using that disc for. They’re both kind of geared as putters, but I don’t really know anyone that putts with either one of them unless it’s super windy. They are great approach discs, like putt and approach style discs. I think that, depending on the plastic, the Harp is going to be slightly more overstable, but having that said, I have a Lucid Slammer in my bag that is crazy overstable. I think they’re pretty close to each other, and for me, I don’t see a purpose in bagging both. Now, the Harp is maybe a better forehand approach disc… but I don’t do that, so there’s no purpose for me to have that in my bag right now.


That’s all for this issue! As you can see, there are plenty of questions to explore and different ways to look at them. Keep sending in those questions, and we’ll keep answering them. We might even dive into some of our other favorite topics next time - The Office, Torchy’s Tacos, Star Wars… the list goes on and on. Join us again next issue!

On The Call - Colton Montgomery WACO 2020



This episode of On the Call features Waco Annual Charity Open champion, Colten Montgomery. Colten and Robert discuss Colten's mentality after an incredibly hot start to his first round followed by some struggles, then they dive into his new cell phone strategy for the second and final round. Colten has such an interesting take on the mental side of disc golf, and he's got the skills to match!

Give the episode a listen and follow Colten on Instagram at @cmonty35876.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Disc Golf Hot Takes - Disc Golf Honors



Bobby gives his thoughts on Disc Golf Honors.

PDGA Rule reference - 802.02 Order of Play

Disc Golf Hot Takes is a show is produced with the purpose of attracting attention to a particular subject and perhaps cause controversy. Please keep in mind that we argue certain points for fun and do not necessarily agree with the Disc Golf Hot Take.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

DGAM 307 from a remote location



COVID-19 guidance has some of us working from home at Dynamic Discs. Bobby and Robert meet up at Robert's home to make sure we bring you the Disc Golf Answer Man.

Let's answer some disc golf questions.

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