Friday, July 13, 2018

Our Guide To Playing Smart In The Summer Heat

Most disc golfers will argue that playing in the sunshine is better than any other weather, but the summer heat tends to bring some downsides along with it. Depending on where you live in the country, you may have to battle with intense humidity or temperatures that frequently top 100 degrees.

How can you cope with summer heat while still enjoying a ton of disc golf? We’ve compiled a quick guide to playing in warmer weather with tips that are straightforward and easy to follow.

Gear Up

A huge part of being able to play comfortably in warm weather is making sure you have the right tools. Naturally, you’ll break a sweat at some point during a round of 18 holes, so it’s important that you wear a short-sleeved shirt and shorts. Most people opt for a dri-fit style shirt that wicks away sweat and moisture and helps to keep you cool. Shorts that are comfortable and move with you are essential.

It’s not just our foreheads or underarms that sweat during a hot round of disc golf as even our palms can suffer from excess moisture. This wetness can seriously impact your ability to grip a disc, so we like to use birdie bags. Our own Sportsacks offer absorbead technology to keep your hands dry no matter what.

Drink Up!

Having enough water with you to last through an entire round is critical, especially if you’re playing in hot weather in the middle of the day. We don’t often realize it but our bodies can dehydrate incredibly quickly. However, our level of hydration can have an accumulation effect, so rather than simply waiting to drink up while you play, it’s helpful to start drinking more water in the days leading up to a tournament.

Sports drinks are often marketed as the best solution for hydration while you’re active, but ultimately water is your best bet for staying healthy without adding extra junk to your system. Try using an insulated water bottle to keep your water cool all round long.

Extra Advice

If you just have to get a round in but it’s looking like the weather is going to be super hot, try playing earlier in the day before things really heat up. Even if it’s in the 70’s in the early morning hours that’s certainly better than sweating in 100-degree weather. Playing later in the day can also be a smart idea, and often meshes well with people’s work schedules.

Snacks are a must no matter what the weather is like, but during the summer be sure to pack enough food even if you’re only headed to the course for a few hours. Grab your cooler, bring a full lunch to eat in between rounds, and keep yourself nourished so that you can battle the fatigue that the heat naturally brings.

Playing disc golf during the summertime can be amazing or difficult depending on how you prepare for a casual round or tournament play, and everyone will be affected differently by hot weather. What are some of your favorite ways to combat the heat? Let us know below.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Did Someone Say Ace? Now You Can Earn Money Along With Your Hole In One

The elusive disc golf ace - it’s something that all players strive for, and when you hit your first one it feels oh so good. Some people seem to be naturally lucky when it comes to a hole in one and rack up ace after ace like it’s no big deal. Others play multiple rounds per week for years before they ever hit chains on the first try.

While the traditions around hitting an ace vary depending on the part of the country you’re in, we want to discuss some general guidelines and stipulations that come with getting an ace, whether it’s during a casual round or tournament play. Plus, you can even earn money from your ace - keep reading to find out how!

You’ve Hit An Ace - Now What?

That moment of hearing chains when you’re standing on the tee box is nothing short of a miracle, and even if you’ve hit dozens of aces throughout your disc golf career, it’s always a great feeling. Once you’ve retrieved your disc and relished in the glory, what do you do next?

Again, some parts of the nation do different things but what we commonly see is that anyone who witnesses an ace pulls out a Sharpie and signs the ace disc. You can include your PDGA number if you have one or even write a fun little message on it. More often than not, people like to hang their ace discs at home and it’s cool to see one on the wall with a bunch of signatures.

What shouldn’t you do? Out of respect for the course and other players, you should never sign any part of the basket. The same thing goes for the tee sign, a bench, or anything else out there. Keep your penmanship limited to the disc and only the disc.

All About The Money

You can’t hit the proverbial disc golf jackpot without making some cash, right? In most instances, those who witness an ace will pay the player $1 or sometimes even $5. If you’re competing in a tournament or weekly and paid into the ace pot, you could also earn some hefty cash.

Another great way to make some real money with an ace is by playing in an event that’s participating in the $5K/$10K Grow Disc Golf Ace Challenge. In short, tournament directors can choose a specific hole on the course and designate it as the ace hole. They’ll film each shot thrown, and if you hit an ace on that specific hole you can win up to $10,000! For a complete outline of the details, including the benefits of participating and how to set everything up so that the aces count, visit our Grow Disc Golf site.

Hitting an ace is always a day to remember, and sometimes the ways they happen can be a bit unexpected or even pretty funny. Stay tuned for another blog highlighting some of the most memorable aces thrown or seen by members of the DD team.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Beat In Discs - What's The Big Deal?

There’s nothing like the feeling of a brand new disc in your hand. While we may not like to admit it, many of us carry a new piece of plastic around the house with us or hold it in one hand while driving. Somehow holding, and dare we say caressing, a new disc gives us a sense of joy like nothing else.

But as we use these precious discs on the course, they end up getting their fair share of dings, scrapes, and scuffs. Instead of becoming dismayed about tarnishing the perfect look of a new disc, seasoned players are thrilled to be able to “beat in” their discs. What exactly does this mean and why should you get excited about it?

Defining The Term

In the sport of disc golf, you hear people talk about a “beat in” disc as well as the activity of “beating in” a disc. Shouldn’t our discs be ready to fly straight out of the gate? Why does this extra step have to occur?

It’s not something you have to go out of your way to do unless you really want to, as your disc will naturally get “beat in” as you play. This means that every time your disc hits a tree, the chains, or lands on the ground, it’s getting more and more beat up. This will happen in varying time frames depending on the type of plastic you’re throwing, but with consistent use, nearly all discs will eventually reach this stage.

Why It Matters

As a disc becomes “beat in,” it will actually start to fly differently. While some new players might think this may not be beneficial, as it means you have to adjust your shots with the new flight of the disc, it actually provides a benefit to your game as a whole.

Pro players love their seasoned discs because they’ve learned exactly how it will fly and what lines they need to put them on to get the results they’re looking for. Depending on the type of discs you’re throwing, you may find that its flight pattern tends to be more overstable or understable, and soon enough it becomes a tool that you can rely on time and time again.

Eventually, after years of use, a disc can actually become too “beat in” and therefore doesn’t have the same place in your bag like it used to. These ultra seasoned discs can be used for other types of shots, or you can choose to retire the disc from your lineup. Ultimately that choice is yours, but there’s a good bet that you’ll get in countless rounds before your disc reaches this stage.

Avid disc golfers will often have multiple discs of the same mold in their bags that are at varying levels of wear, so as you move through each disc and progress it down the path of being “beat in,” you’ll always have something that’s not quite as seasoned to turn to. Newer players may get overwhelmed by this process, but once you have it dialed in, you’ll notice that there’s more to your game than just the plastic and mold you throw.

Share with us in the comments below what your process is for “beating in” a disc and how important you think it is to one’s overall game!
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Learning From The Pros - Field Work With Eric Oakley

Field work can be an indispensable part of your disc golf game, allowing you to throw shots over and over again until you figure out what feels just right. It’s a great way to learn new discs as well and is generally recommended by most of the top pros out there.

But what exactly does field work look like for a professional disc golfer? We got a sneak peek at some of the things Eric Oakley works on when he has field time available during his busy schedule. Let’s take a look at three specific types of shots:


Most importantly, Eric notes that we have to trust that we’ve chosen the right kind of disc for this shot. By allowing our disc to be released on a true hyzer line, it gives our disc the chance to pop up and flip, therefore doing what it’s designed to do.

Check out the discs that he recommends for a hyzer-flip!

Skip Shots

An important tool in your game, a skip shot can help you to navigate a tricky situation. A key element in executing a great skip shot is ensuring you put enough spin on your disc, allowing the motion of your disc to work against the ground and create that skip you’re looking for.

Here’s what Eric focuses on when throwing a skip shot!


Great for shaping shots and using the fairway to your advantage, an anhyzer can be tricky to master at first. Beginners will get more distance when throwing an anhyzer, and experienced players will rely on this type of shot for a variety of situations.

Get the lowdown on how you can best throw an anhyzer!
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

In The Bag With Chris Clemons

As the highest rated lefty disc golfer in the world, Chris Clemons must be doing something right. New to the DD team in 2018, Chris has naturally gravitated to our lineup of plastic and wanted to share with us what’s in his bag for this season. Let’s take a peek!

Putters And Mids

  • Chris’ very first putter order from Dynamic Discs way back when included a Judge, and it’s still the mold he prefers today. He loves how great they feel in his hand and he wouldn’t throw anything else.
  • The BT Medium Harp is his go-to midrange disc, offering him a point and shoot option for forehand and backhand shots.


  • Called his “staple” disc, the Lucid Felon gives Chris the confidence to execute a variety of shots. 
  • Clemons’ forehand game is strong with his Latitude 64 Gold Stiletto, holding up in the wind with no problem whatsoever. Looking for huge skips? This disc will be your new favorite.

Miscellaneous Items

  • Along with food and his girlfriend’s lip gloss, Chris keeps a DD wristband attached to his bag.

Want to know more about what Chris keeps in his bag? Watch his full video here. If you’re a big fan of his game, you can purchase one of Chris’ tour fundraiser discs here.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

How Can You Achieve The Perfect Drive?

It’s a concept that’s discussed in all areas of life far beyond just disc golf. Obtaining perfection is a goal that many have, yet few actually achieve. Yet when it comes to our disc golf game, there seems to be an obsession with “the perfect shot.”

The question is asked often at pro clinics: “How can I throw the perfect drive?” The answer given is nearly always the same, in that it takes a great amount of practice and dedication before having the skill set to execute these seemingly unattainable shots. But rather than working ourselves to the bone to reach perfection, perhaps there’s a deeper lesson to be learned.

Working Hard For It

We’ll guarantee you one thing - Paige Pierce did not have perfect form three years after she played her first round of disc golf. It’s a safe bet that most of the sport’s top professionals didn’t reach the ability to throw a perfect drive until they’d logged countless hours on the course and on a practice field.

Even now at the highest levels of disc golf, few players would probably say they have perfected their game. However, whether you’re a casual player or you have your eye on reaching greater heights, there’s no reason that you can’t put the time and energy into trying to execute perfection. After all, without setting high goals, it’s harder to make progress.

What Is Perfection?

In addition to focusing on the mechanics of your drive and making sure you’re dialing in your body movements as best as you can, it might be beneficial to take a moment and think about what “the perfect drive” actually means to you. Although very few people gain the skill sets needed to throw perfectly, even then they don’t throw a perfect shot every single time.

Does your definition of perfection mean that you hit your line every time the disc leaves your hand? Is a perfect drive one that reaches 500 feet consistently? Or what about a perfect drive being defined as a shot that impresses anyone who is watching?

Since we all have different meanings behind the word perfect, it’s nearly impossible for a professional player to tell you the secret sauce behind a perfect drive. What’s perfect for them may not be ideal for you.

So, What Next?

Perhaps one of the best things we can do as disc golfers is remove the word “perfect” from our vocabularies. After all, the whole idea of playing this wonderful sport is based around your own personal improvement and always doing your best, rather than hitting some vague goal of what “a perfect drive” might be.

We’d love to know your take on how to achieve perfection, whether it’s with our driving or our putting skills, or even our mental game. Given enough time, energy, and dedication is perfection attainable? Are we hindering ourselves as athletes by aiming for perfection which is rarely achieved and means something different for everyone? Tell us what “the perfect drive” means to you and how you’d go about accomplishing it in the comments below.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Disc Series: Midrange Discs For Newer Players

If you’re just joining us on this blog series, we’ve been reviewing the best discs for newer players. Our last post focused on the fairway drivers that will give you speed and consistency when you have slower arm speed or not a ton of power. Now we’re focusing on the midrange options available to players who need a disc they can rely on for upshots and shorter holes.

Honing in your midrange game is essential to shaving strokes off your score - even if you throw an errant tee shot and aren’t great at putting, a developed upshot can help correct your mistake and put you right under the basket for a drop-in. Here’s a look at some of the best discs for your bag.

Westside Harp

If this disc ever went out of production there would be rioting in the streets, it’s just that popular! Crafted to be a very reliable midrange, it stands up to wind with ease and will make you look like a pro no matter what your skill level.

As if you needed more convincing, the Westside Harp is a favorite of 2x World Champion Ricky Wysocki. We’ve even created a special edition Burst version that allows you to use the same tools that the pros use for success.

Latitude 64 Compass

Are you looking for a super straight midrange that you can depend on time and time again? The Compass by Latitude 64 will quickly become your go-to approach disc based on the way it flies and how it feels. Designed to comfortably fit in nearly anyone’s hand, it allows you to grip it in a natural way.

Whether you’re looking to throw a hyzer, anhyzer, or a straight line directly at the basket, the Compass will fly exactly how you want. Shorter holes may even inspire you to throw this disc off the tee box for increased accuracy.

Dynamic Discs EMAC Truth

A favorite of both professional and casual players alike, the EMAC Truth by DD has a depth unlike any other midrange out there. We like to think that this piece of plastic reminds you of what disc golf is all about - watching your disc soar through the air in perfect flight. Ask any pro out there what midrange they’d count on when the stakes are high, and they’ll tell you the Truth.

Not a pro player? That’s ok, as the Truth is easy to throw no matter your skill level. Add it to your bag and get to know this EMAC version as your scores drop lower than ever. Used by Paige Pierce, you can throw your own version commemorating her 100th PDGA win.

Midrange discs are essential for anyone’s disc golf game, whether you’ve just started playing or are a seasoned professional. Which discs do you rely on when you need to throw a shot that requires an immense amount of accuracy? Let us know what your favorite midrange is in the comments below!
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Disc Overload - What Do You Do With Too Much Plastic?

Some might argue that there’s no such thing as too much plastic, but there does get to be a point in every disc golfer’s lifetime where you just have more discs than you know what to do with. Whether it’s an issue of storage space or your significant other telling you that you’ve become a hoarder, you might find that you need a solution for all of your stuff.

What options do you have? According to a recent poll we conducted in the Disc Golf Answer Man Facebook page, there are a number of ways to handle disc overload. Let’s explore some of the more popular solutions:

  • Keep them: If you just can’t part with any of your plastic, keeping them is a logical conclusion. But where? Those who are limited on space or just have too many discs to manage can take advantage of our plastic storage bins that hold up to 40 discs depending on the type. They stack easily and are great for traveling too, so you’ll always have your beloved plastic within arm's reach.
  • Give them away: Players who have more backups than one individual will ever need may consider simply giving away some of their discs. Newer players really appreciate when a friend or even a total stranger wants to give them a few discs as it spreads the love of the sport to others. What a great way to show how awesome and supportive the disc golf community really is!
  • Trade them in: Whether you visit a store that sells discs or you simply meet up with your friends for a round, why not trade your surplus plastic for something you’ll actually throw? There’s a good chance that over the years you’ve collected discs from players packs that you’ll just never use, so perhaps someone else will and you can get your hands on a mold you really like.
  • Sell them: If your significant other doesn’t understand your obsession with disc golf, this might be their number one choice. In all honesty, if you just have so many discs that you don’t know what to do with them, selling some might be a good option. Try visiting a local sports store to see if they have a buying program or post your discs online for a wider reach.
  • Hang them: Many players we know have a sort of disc golf shrine, where their ace discs, as well as special stamps, end up on the wall instead of in their bag. This option might be nice if you have a lot of discs that really mean something to you on a personal level, and of course, if you have enough wall space.

What do you do when you have a disc overload situation? Are one of the five above options your default, or do you have another creative idea? Share with us in the comments below how you handle having too much plastic - that is if you think there’s ever such a thing.
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.