Friday, March 15, 2019

Behind The Scenes Of Sponsorship - Let's Meet DD's Very Own Derek Savory

As the years go by, disc golf is becoming a sport that’s more and more reliant on financial partnerships. Whether it takes money to get trophies made for a tournament or it’s a professional touring player who could benefit from help with entry fees or gas money, there’s no denying that having the support of others can go a long way. While it doesn’t have to be scary or difficult to ask for sponsorship, there’s certainly a process that’s involved to make sure all factors are considered.

When it comes to partnering with Dynamic Discs, there’s a good chance that you’ve chatted with our Sponsorship Coordinator Derek Savory. He’s been a part of our team for a little over two years and works hard to make sure that disc golfers locally and nationwide have the support they need. Let’s take some time to learn a little more about him!

Why DD?

While it’s the dream job of many, working at Dynamic Discs isn’t a given for all disc golfers. For Derek, it makes sense that he would join our team as he explained, “If you're a disc golfer that just moved 1200 miles halfway across the country from Upstate NY to Emporia, KS, is there really any other place you'd rather work?” Savory’s job is multifaceted, and while he has touched the lives of many, he has a humble attitude toward his work.

Like most of us here, he sees his position as one that allows him to interact with the greater disc golf family across the nation. Thanks to Derek, events from coast to coast are run in a more professional manner and players are able to fulfill their dreams of attending events that otherwise may have been out of reach.

Behind The Scenes

Savory doesn’t just grow the sport 40 hours per week, as he’s actively involved in the disc golf scenes of Emporia and back home in New York. He clued us into just a few ways that he and DD work toward hosting awesome events nationwide:

“I stay pretty busy hosting numerous events each year. Hops N Hyzers is a doubles league held during the offseason that teams up with our local brewpub, Radius Brewing Company, to keep people playing in the winter months. Lyme Warrior Open is an event that we're able to bring a little awareness to Lyme Disease in disc golf and play the infamous Jones Gold. Shenanigans at Shorewinds is an event my wife and I host in NY each summer that gives us an excuse to visit family and friends.”

Despite the cold weather that Derek often sees in both locations, he doesn’t let it stop him from getting out there and playing with friends for fun or in a tournament setting. He notes that his coldest round was during a -13 degree day, proving that he has a true love for the sport! The next time you’re curious to see how Dynamic Discs can potentially turn your disc golf dreams into reality, reach out to Derek to learn more about how we can help.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

An Impressive Year For The Winter Marksman League

By all intents and purposes, winter is over and so is the 2018-2019 Winter Marksman League. While it’s not always easy to be able to practice putt during the offseason, competing in this event gave tons of players around the globe the chance to keep their skills fresh over the last few months. Some decided to join a local league simply for the fun of it while others wanted to truly sharpen their putting ability and make an attempt at winning some awesome prizes.

In years past, we’ve seen that many participants were able to improve their putting over the course of six weeks, but now that we’ve partnered with UDisc the numbers we’re able to pull are even more incredible. Let’s take a peek at some of the highlights from this past season.

Excitement Abounds

There’s a funny correlation when looking at some of the participants across the world, as leagues that racked up a lot of points tended to be the ones who dealt with massive amounts of inclement weather. After all, if you’re in Southern California and you can still putt outside, the chances of you engaging in a Winter Marksman League may be slightly less. Over the last three months, here were the top 10 states/regions that had the most people attend:

  1. Michigan
  2. Ohio
  3. Connecticut
  4. North Carolina
  5. Washington
  6. North Dakota
  7. Wyoming
  8. Minnesota
  9. Missouri
  10. Alabama
Just slightly lower on the list was Iceland and, of course, Alaska.

Who’s Got The Putts?

When viewing individual player statistics and putts as a whole, it’s pretty shocking to see just how many times a disc catching chains was actually logged. Of the 892,035 putting attempts within the Winter Marksman League, 45% of them, or 403,753 were made. Is that higher or lower than you would’ve guessed?

Some of the individuals who came out this season were likely just starting, and we applaud them for taking their passion for disc golf to the next level. Balancing out the field were some incredibly accurate players, and we can’t not mention the top three individuals who led the field on the Marksman baskets:

  • Troy, part of the Discgust league, had an 80% accuracy rate over six weeks
  • Oskar Persson, a member of the Discsport Winter Marksman League and part of the Latitude 64 team, pulled off a 73% accuracy rate
  • Caleb, another Discgust player, also found success 73% of the time
  • Rounding out the three-way tie at 73% was Ian from the Central CT Putting League

We’re All Winners

While the intention of the Winter Marksman League is for players to enjoy disc golf during the winter months, there’s still an element of competition as well. When examining the Global Standings, there was one person who racked up the most points - Latitude 64’s James Proctor. Here’s what he had to say about the event:

“I personally had a great time. I enjoyed how every week was the same but played differently. It was always a competition with myself to beat my previous scores. I also thought it was unique how you could compare your personal and league scores with others all over the world. This was my first season playing the putting league but it definitely won’t be my last!”

The disc golf season will no doubt fly by once again this year, so as the weather begins to get cooler in a handful of months, keep your eyes open for information on the 2019-2020 Winter Marksman League!
Monday, March 11, 2019

Weather Woes - How To Successfully Navigate A New Season

As the years go by it seems that the disc golf offseason is becoming shorter and shorter. While some players don’t necessarily observe this several month time period and instead prefer to play all year long, winter weather does hinder others from getting much time out on the course. With the 2019 season in full swing, we’ve already seen multiple reports on social media of some of the top touring pros reacting to such a major temperature change during their time in Arizona compared to colder days back home.

You don’t have to be on tour to encounter these issues however, as Mother Nature has seemed to have a mind of her own as of late. So how exactly should you transition from cold and snowy days to ones full of sunshine? Let’s cover some of the basics.

Put It On, Take It Off

Those who live in colder areas of the nation are no strangers to layering up before playing a round of disc golf. Even though our bodies do naturally warm up as our day goes on, there’s a good chance that you’ll still be left wearing just as much clothing as when you started. However, as the season gradually transitions into spring, planning ahead will be more and more vital.

Make sure to include enough layers in your outfit so that you’ll both be warm enough should it not reach the highs you were expecting or in the event things do heat up, you’ll be able to take off a jacket or pair of thermal pants in order to be a bit more comfortable. There’s nothing worse than playing when you’re too hot or too cold, even if it’s just for some casual fun.

Assess Your Bag

We talk about one’s bag a lot, and for good reason - without the proper tools, there’s no way you’re going to execute the type of round you’re after. More experienced players, and particularly those who live in colder climates, are well-versed in knowing how discs fly in winter weather and are adequately prepared. Not only might you throw different molds depending on the condition of the course, but you’ll most certainly be using different plastics as the weather gets warmer.

Now is the ideal time to make these adjustments and start to phase out your discs that are intended for snowy conditions. If a trip to your local sporting goods store to purchase some newer items for springtime is required, so be it. As with any transitionary period, take time to look at all of your gear, including your shoes and bag, to see if you can go another season without having to purchase new items.

Some of you might still have to endure another few weeks of knee-high snow, and for that, we’re truly sorry. However, if you’re stuck inside and can’t get out to play, what better time to get ready for warmer days? It’ll happen before you know it and you won’t want to be caught unprepared. What things are most important to you when moving out of the offseason and into warmer weather? Let us know below!
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Is This The Best Disc Golf Ace Story You've Ever Read?

Last summer we took some time to highlight a few amazing aces that have been gathered by the DD team over the years. Some were funny and some were inspirational, but none quite set the stage like this one. This ace story by Tero Tommola was so beautifully crafted that we just had to share the whole thing with you:

“I had only gotten very short aces before this one, and only a rare few of them. The longest one could not have been longer than 160 feet or so. None in a tournament either, and still no tournament ace - just recreational aces.

It was the early summer of 2015 and the Finnish weather can be fickle, so as soon as it wasn't raining I decided to head to a brand new 9-hole course that had been opened on a nearby ball golf course, in conjunction with their 9-hole everyman ball golf course. Groups teeing off could have both ball golfers and disc golfers, which I thought was awesome, but I wasn't sure how it would actually work.

The prospect of playing a few rounds and enjoying a burger and beer at the high-end clubhouse mid-rounds sounded very enticing so I packed my bag and off I went. I played two rounds first, 9+9, and got to play alone - no discers and no ballers there other than me. After the rounds, I went for the burger. It was something I had not experienced before - to be able to have a quality burger and a nice glass of cold beer after a round, and then just go for a new round after the break. Just step out of the clubhouse and you were almost to tee 1.

I started getting very tired while eating and was already considering leaving after the meal when the caddie master walked up and politely asked if she could have a moment of my time. Equally politely I agreed and we chatted a moment about the course. I told her it was very well thought out and that I was pleasantly surprised. She, in turn, revealed to me that a disc golfer had actually been called in to create the course. We chatted for a while more and then she left.

I finished my burger and was getting my stuff to head home when she walked over again and said that the designer of the disc golf course was on his way to the course. She said he had asked if I wanted to play a few rounds with him. That changed my mood immediately and I agreed. I was still tired, but I wanted the chance to meet the guy who designed the course.

He arrived shortly and off we went. The round wasn't good for me, I was that tired. I kept the complaints to myself and just told him all the things I liked about the course. We finished the round and he asked me if I would join him for one more. I was on the fence, and considered just saying no for the longest time, but decided that I probably would not come to visit that often (the course is an hour drive away, and I had free to play courses closer), so why not?

We walked to the first tee and he threw his shot on the 345 foot slightly downhill hole, where the basket sits behind the trees on the left - basically a blind hyzer shot. It flew nicely and skipped somewhere close to the basket. I applauded his shot, and grabbed my Sorcerer (back then I bagged Sorcerers) and tried to throw it smoothly on a low line similar to his. I succeeded too, or so I thought before I saw it start to fade too soon. It did clear the corner of the trees, but it still looked bad. I thought ‘it's gonna leave me at least a 60-foot putt’, so I just turned around to get another disc for a mulligan, not waiting to see the rest of the flight.

And that's when it happened. The sweet sound of chains. I stopped in my tracks, looked at him, he looked at me and we both were just stunned. I said ‘it can't be in... it was too short’, and he agreed, but took a few steps to the side where he could see the basket and confirmed it was in.

That was it - my first good distance ace, and seeing as the course was just opened, most probably the first ace on that course also. And with the creator of the course present! Felt good. Felt great. Still does when I think of it. The rest of the round wasn't as good, but that mattered not. I had a big boy ace.”

How’s that for inspirational? Disc golf season is finally upon us and now’s the time to get an ace! Whether it’s your first one or something truly special like Tero’s, an ace is always a huge milestone in one’s disc golf career!
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Dynamic Discs Month In Review - February 2019

Dynamic Discs employees and fans are often asked, “Which of your discs are the most popular?” We tend to think that we know the answers, but some of our ideas may or may not be biased depending on our personal favorites. It’s time to put all that speculation to rest with some COLD, HARD FACTS. It’s time for the Dynamic Discs Month In Review.

Some discs may appear twice or more because of different plastic types. Here are February's top sellers:

  1. Opto Recoil
  2. Opto Pioneer
  3. Special Edition Gatekeeper - only available at Buyback locations until 4/5/19
  4. Special Edition Classic Guard - only available at Buyback locations until 4/5/19
  5. Prime Burst Deputy
  6. Fuzion Raider - Team Trilogy
  7. Prime Burst Judge
  8. Fuzion EMAC Truth
  9. Lucid Air Sheriff
  10. Opto Ballista Pro
  11. Prime Burst Warden
  12. Lucid EMAC Truth
  13. Origio Burst Maiden
  14. Opto Bolt
  15. Classic Blend Burst Judge
  16. Lucid Maverick
  17. VIP Underworld
  18. Classic Blend Burst Warden
  19. Lucid Trespass
  20. BT Hard Moonshine Harp

New releases rule the day (I mean, month) and claim 5 of the top 6 spots. The Recoil and Pioneer retain their momentum and the top two spots. Paige Pierce is a huge fan of both the Gatekeeper and the Deputy, as she carries multiple Prime Burst Deputies for putting and throwing, and the Gatekeeper has already made her bag for 2019. The Guard is sure to please fans of deep dish putters with its clean release and stable flight. Even with a release limited to Team Trilogy, the Raider debuts at the 6th spot, and I have a feeling we’ll see it rise up the list and retain a top spot for many months to come. Spoiler alert - it’s good. It’s really good. Once again, multiple Judges and Wardens make the list as #teamputter fans continue to show their loyalties. It’s likely that the EMAC Truth will never leave the list, and it joins the Gatekeeper as the only two midranges on the list for February. Slower arms had a field day and bought up Lucid Air Sheriffs and Opto Bolts in droves, and their consistent-flying relatives, the Trespass and Ballista Pro, hold their top 20 positions. Westside putters are getting a lot of love lately as the Harp climbs into the top 20, and the Maiden drops from 5th to 13th but stays on the list. Last but not least, understable fairways retain a presence with the Lucid Maverick and VIP Underworld.

Thanks for joining us in looking at a snapshot of our best sellers. Which discs are you surprised to see off the list? Leave a comment below, and let us know why your favorite disc should make March's Month In Review!
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Dynamic Discs Month In Review - January 2019

Dynamic Discs employees and fans are often asked, “Which of your discs are the most popular?” We tend to think that we know the answers, but some of our ideas may or may not be biased depending on our personal favorites. It’s time to put all that speculation to rest with some COLD, HARD FACTS. It’s time for the Dynamic Discs Month In Review.

Some discs may appear twice or more because of different plastic types. Here are January’s top sellers:

  1. Special Edition Pioneer - only available at Buyback locations until 3/15/19
  2. Special Edition Recoil - only available at Buyback locations until 3/15/19
  3. Prime Burst Judge
  4. Classic Blend Burst Judge
  5. Origio Burst Maiden
  6. Opto Ballista Pro
  7. Opto River
  8. Classic Blend Burst Warden
  9. Opto Beetle
  10. Lucid Patrol
  11. Lucid Trespass
  12. Lucid Maverick
  13. Lucid Felon
  14. Prime Burst Deputy
  15. Zero Hard Burst Dagger
  16. Lucid Escape
  17. Prime Burst Warden
  18. Lucid EMAC Truth
  19. Prime Burst EMAC Truth
  20. Lucid Air Sheriff

January was a big month for the Latitude 64 new releases, the Pioneer and Recoil. The Pioneer fits that overstable fairway driver slot that everyone needs, and the Recoil has a promising, slightly overstable flight. No surprises for the Judge as it occupies the next two spots in Prime Burst and Classic Blend Burst. The Maiden has made quite a splash over the last several weeks, as players are enjoying the neutral flight and shallow profile. The Ballista Pro made it into bags of all skill levels last year, and it doesn’t seem to have slowed down. Some “older” discs are holding their spots well: River, Trespass, Felon, Escape, and EMAC Truth. I (Robert) am clearly happy to see the Warden claim two spots on the list (#teamwarden) alongside a couple of popular putters - the Deputy and the Dagger. The Maverick continues to find utility in players’ bags, and the Patrol retains its popularity with newer players. Last but not least, the Opto Beetle is a fantastic catch and super slow approach disc, and the Air Sheriff is sure to add distance to plenty of drives, including Bobby’s (if you watched the new release livestream).

Thanks for joining us in looking at a snapshot of our best sellers. Which discs are you surprised to see off the list? Leave a comment below, and let us know why your favorite disc should make February’s Month In Review!
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

What's The One Thing You Can't Survive Tour Without?

Depending on who you are, you may have a very different answer to this question than the next disc golfer. Some might say their bag is priority #1 while others rely on a comfortable pair of shoes or enough money to be able to stay on the road all season long. While all of these answers are true, there’s an issue that needs to be tackled that many people don’t often consider to be a big deal - as Philip Seymour Hoffman said it best in Twister, “food.”

Let’s face it - sure, you can’t play in a tournament if you don’t have your discs, but you won’t be playing to your highest potential if you aren’t eating properly either. It’s far too easy to succumb to fast food and ready-to-go options while on the road, but after a while, it will certainly take a toll on your body. How can you make sure to stay properly fueled while traveling to a new place every few days?

General Meals

There’s an interesting mindset that people get into when they’re on the road, where even if they’re touring and trying to make disc golf their career, it can still feel a little bit like a vacation. This often equates to splurging on fancy dinners and getting the chance to socialize with friends that you haven’t seen since last Fall. More often than not, that may involve a few drinks along with food that may not always be the most healthy.

Even if it’s a few days before a tournament or you have a week off between events, the food you eat now does stick with you. Despite the fact that it eventually travels out of your system, the nutrients or lack thereof that you consume will play a large role in how you perform. Even more importantly are the things you eat on the day of an event, as you’ll be putting your mind and body to the test.

Focus on filling foods and snacks that offer a high nutrient value - despite the fact that convenient items like granola bars and the like are great for putting into a bag, they are often filled with sugar and don’t keep you satiated. As always, plenty of water is also key no matter what the temperature is like.

Prepping Like A Pro

There are so many things to figure out while on tour, and taking the time to consider how you eat may not be at the top of the list. However, with a bit of planning and some creative thinking, you can ensure that you stay healthy all season long. Buy items in bulk and package them yourself into smaller portions - foods like nuts, dried fruit, and crunchy vegetables like carrots can make a long drive go by that much quicker.

Depending on your lodging arrangements, it might be easy to grocery shop and meal plan for an entire week or you could have to come up with food on the fly. If the latter is your reality, look for places that offer fresh ingredients and focus on well-rounded foods rather than greasy or heavy cuisine. Some stops on the tour are going to be more challenging than others in this regard, but as long as you have your eye on your health the rest will follow!
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

2019 Season Prep - Overhauling Your Bag

Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

We are so close to the official start of the 2019 season we can barely stand it, and in some parts of the country, players have already attended several tournaments and are well into the swing of things. If you’re still taking some time to prepare for the coming year and want to get the most out of your days as possible, you may be considering the discs in your bag.

It doesn’t matter if you had a great year and are in love with each and every piece of plastic or if you’re ready to give your entire bag away and start over - taking the time to critically evaluate your discs will put you in the best position possible for a great season.

Is It The Disc?

Sometimes we purchase a new disc and have nothing but big dreams for her. Maybe you just know that you’ll throw your farthest drive yet or you can finally dial in your circle 2 putting, but whatever the case may be, you treat that mold like it’s a new baby. As time goes on, maybe that choice didn’t work out so well and you find yourself reaching for other options instead.

It’s important to really examine if the problem is the disc or perhaps your expectations for it. Take all of your discs out of your bag and spend time evaluating if each one will really meet your needs. You might be surprised to learn that you had too many for one type of shot and not enough for another, or you could give another chance to a mold that you gave up on long ago.

After The Purge

We know, it can be scary to try new things, but after you’ve addressed your current setup and decided where to make changes, there’s a good chance that you’ll need to buy a few new discs to round out your bag. While it’s an exciting idea, it can also be scary - what if you once again buy something that doesn’t work out? Is it a waste of time and money?

Not with the Dynamic Discs Buyback Retailer Program, a system we’ve put in place to ensure you end up with the right discs for you. First, simply find a retailer near you that participates in the Buyback option then head over and shop to your heart’s content. Take your time really holding and feeling each disc, and once you’re ready, make your purchase.

After giving the disc a good college try, you might decide that it just doesn’t meet your needs. Within 14 days of your purchase, bring it back with your receipt and select another disc instead. Now, you don’t have to wait until the offseason to go through your bag, purge what doesn’t work, and make a mad dash to fill in the gaps before your first tournament.

We want your disc shopping experience to be just as enjoyable as your time on the course, so make sure to hang on to your receipts and give your discs a try before the 14 days is up!
Monday, February 4, 2019

The 2019 US Amateur Match Play Championships - Here's What You Need To Know

The Dynamic Discs and Latitude 64 family is excited to bring you another year of awesome competition across the nation with the United States Amateur Match Play Championships. We had such a great turnout over the course of 2018 and can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store. By partnering with UDisc, we’re able to help facilitate both singles and doubles matches across the US and culminate the event in Emporia to crown a winner.

If you’re new to the USAMPC, we’re here to give you a rundown on how you can play, how you can host your own event, and update you on some exciting changes for this year!

Hosting A Bracket

Individuals who are interested in running an event in their area can apply to host a bracket. Once your application has been accepted, you can begin to promote your bracket and get up to 16 players registered. We make it easy by offering a complete TD package and have added an extra bonus this year - local and state TDs have the option to purchase up to 16 unreleased Latitude 64 Moonshine Keystones at $10 a piece.

So much of the success of these brackets comes from the individual TDs, so making sure you have the time and organizational skills to host multiple matches is key. You have the option of fitting everything into one weekend or can stretch it out over the course of one month. Managing sign-ups is even easier now as players can register directly on UDisc as well.

Your Chance To Win

 There is an amazing wealth of disc golf talent across the United States, and the USAMPC gives players the opportunity to really show their stuff. As an added incentive to put your all into these events, we’ve made some changes on the player side for 2019. Now, competitors who win their local bracket but do not win their state bracket will have the opportunity to come to Emporia! State bracket winners now walk away with double the winnings with $1,000 in DD store credit instead of $500 cash like last year.

Keep in mind that the spirit of this system is to encourage and promote the amateur players in our sport, so you must have a rating of 969 or below to be eligible. Players without a PDGA number or ones with expired memberships are still eligible as well. As bracket applications begin to get approved, you’ll soon start to see a list of places where you can compete. Some players prefer to stay close to home initially while others are so excited that they’ll travel across their state just to play!

There is a lot more information related to the United States Amateur Match Play Championships, so for a complete list of rules, FAQs, and more tidbits of data, visit We can’t wait to see who comes away as the winner this year - remember, they’ll receive the baskets and tee signs for an eighteen-hole disc golf course and $6,000 worth of discs and apparel at the Dynamic Discs Retail store!
Friday, February 1, 2019

Is She DD's Friendliest Face? Touching Base With Jackie Morris

Most occupations require a ton of work behind the scenes that many people don’t see, but for Jackie Morris, her job is pretty much a dream come true. One of the Customer Service Specialists (UPDATE: Jackie is now the Emporia store Manager) at Dynamic Discs, Jackie’s been a staple in Emporia for nearly four years. Without her dedication, willingness to help out, and her awesome personality, we don’t know what we’d do!

In this second installment of our DD employee series, we’re going to take a closer look at how Jackie ended up working in disc golf, what she does on a daily basis, and learn about what some might call a secret disc golf weapon that she relies on.

An Unusual Path

It’s a fair assumption that most employees at Dynamic Discs were super obsessed with the sport before they got hired on with us, but for Morris, it was actually the opposite. DD graphic designer Jacob Torkelson has been friends with Jackie for years and texted her when there was a job opening. Jackie explains:

“I knew nothing about disc golf when I started working at DD and I was eager to learn! I'm kind of a nerd and love learning. Anyway, the other graphic designer Kevin, who is also one of my best friends, took me out to Jones West and had me throw a disc off the first tee pad. He said he was surprised with how well I threw. Spoiler, he asked me to throw again and the second shot was so much worse - your typical newbie shot. I continued playing with Kevin and Jacob through the summer, and even got the courage to go out by myself!”

As is common with most new players, Jackie quickly fell in love with disc golf and now plays casually and competitively in Emporia. She’s an active member of the Emporia Ladies League and often gets to exercise her incredible skill set. Remember the secret weapon we mentioned earlier? Morris is ambidextrous and can often be seen switching up her throwing arm throughout the course of a round.

How Can She Help?

If you’ve ordered items from us in the past, there’s a good chance that you’ve communicated with Jackie before. She makes it her goal to answer any customer question, no matter how big or small, because she knows that she’s truly making a difference. “I get to be a customer service rep for a disc golf company and, because I have this position, I'd like to think I make a positive impact in the lives of disc golf players around the world,” she said.

Jackie is a true team player and does so much more at DD than you’d imagine: “Every day is filled with emails, phone calls, and live chats from our customers and I have the opportunity to help them find solutions. On top of customer service, I handle our warranty claims and coordinate volunteers for events such as the GBO.” Noting that working at Dynamic Discs is just like being a part of a family, she loves that she has the opportunity to make a true impact in the sport.

Thank you for being a part of the DD team Jackie!