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!
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Disc Series: Putters For Newer Players

Knowing which discs to throw is one of the more common challenges that newer disc golfers encounter. Rather than going through the trial and error of buying new plastic and seeing if you like it, we’ve put together a guide that clues you into the best discs for those with developing skill sets.

Our first post in this series focused on the fairway drivers that will best suit players with a slower arm speed or those who are still refining their form. Next, we tackled midrange options and discovered the best discs for executing a straight shot at your target. In this final post, putters are the name of the game.

For most players, their putter selection can be a little more flexible unless they have a trusted disc or two that’s been in rotation for years. Let’s check out three different putters to see which one might best suit your game!

Dynamic Discs Warden

A popular option among pro and casual players alike, the Warden offers an easy release design and will fly dead straight into the heart of the chains. After the success of the Judge, DD created the Warden as a beadless option that offers a ton of glide and a very comfortable fit in nearly anyone’s hand.

Try using a few Wardens in your bag and see how they work for you with varying levels of wear. You might find that this disc becomes a trusted approach tool as well as your go-to putter.

Westside Crown

If you prefer a beaded putter and the Warden just isn’t your cup of tea, try the Crown by Westside Discs. Crafted to bring consistency to your putting routine, you’ll find that this disc holds whatever line you put it on during even the most challenging approach shots. Another putter with a good amount of glide, you can depend on the Crown to help you sink putts with ease.

Latitude 64 Ruby

Our third featured putter is one that’s specifically designed for beginners, children, and players who haven’t quite broken the 300’ mark off the tee box just yet. The Ruby comes in lightweight versions as low as 150g, so even if it’s your first time on the course you’ll be able to find success.

The Ruby allows players with smaller hands to grip the disc with ease and has a neutral flight that lets you experiment with different lines. This disc is also offered as part of a beginner set and will be a welcome addition to anyone’s bag.

Now that you’ve learned about some of the best options for newer players, it’s time to go shopping! Experiment with all three of our recommendations for drivers, midrange discs, and putters to see which combination of discs best suits your game. As you grow in your skills and confidence, you will find that these discs will still hold a place in your bag, yet they just might be used for other types of shots.

Which putter discs are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

Improve Your Golf Game In 2 Minutes

We aren’t making major promises here, but we can tell you that the more time you spend learning about how to improve your form, the better your chances of executing on the course. Whether you prefer to practice in a field or on your favorite 18 hole layout, these videos will still come in handy.

First, Danny talks to us a bit about the difference between strength training and focusing more on your technique and skills. With the increased involvement of personal trainers in the disc golf world, it makes sense that this would come up for players. Obviously being in shape makes a huge difference when it comes to your success on the course, but engaging in physical fitness activities can look different depending on what you like to do. Check out his full explanation here.

Next, we uncover some secrets about angle control during the release of your disc. Think about the type of shot you want to execute and the disc you’re using. Depending on those variables, the angle you opt for could play a huge role or not quite as much of one as you may think. Danny explains it all in this video.

Ok, perhaps you aren’t throwing 1050-rated rounds after those two videos, but at least you have a bit more knowledge when it comes to your game.
Monday, May 21, 2018

The DD Women's Series - Part 2: Where Zoe Spreads The Love To Disc Golfing Women

When you think of women who are making a difference in the sport of disc golf, several prominent names come to mind, including Zoe Andyke. In Part 1 of our DD Women’s Series, we discovered how Zoe got started teaching disc golf and how she’s been able to educate and empower women in the sport.

The truth of the matter is, Andyke is so involved in numerous groups and organizations across the US that we couldn’t fit it all into one blog post! Part 2 is here to further explore where Zoe has made an impact on the growth of women’s disc golf and what may be in store for the future!

Born To Teach

Even before Zoe was laser-focused on teaching women about the sport of disc golf, she found that her own growth as a player naturally drew attention from others. “It started happening early in my professional career where amateur women wanted help with attitude, with sportsmanlike conduct, and just [asking to be] educated about the real rules of the game,” she said. Zoe found that this attraction to helping other ladies in the sport naturally unfolded into some of the activities she’s been hosting for many years.

One such instance is the putting leagues that she runs in Oregon. While they aren’t dedicated to women only, she consistently sees between 5 and 15 women each week. 2018 marks her fifth season of running multiple leagues in both Albany and Eugene, OR along with the help of her touring partner and fellow DD team member Dustin Keegan.

Creating Effective Clinics

The ability to be a touring player not only serves Zoe well regarding her own personal game, but it allows her the chance to teach other women outside of Oregon. This year marks her sixth annual visit to the Daisy Chains Women’s Global Event held in Watsonville, CA. Taking place the weekend before the Masters Cup, it fits in nicely with her schedule and allows her the chance to host a women’s clinic.

“Each year I change up who my co-clinicians are for the clinic, and this year Dustin and I are on Team Disc Golf Strong. I’m one-upping my game, and Seth [Munsey] is going to come and will do a demonstration of our standard performance,” Andyke said excitedly. The Daisy Chains group of ladies are known for being incredibly active in the sport and it’s a natural fit for Zoe to be involved.

She’s also planning on executing her 4th annual clinic just before the Beaver State Fling in June. Working with the Women of DGOD in Portland, she’s had over 70 women attend in past years. “One of the best ways I can locally service players is through my national outreach and friendships in the pro division. I learned so quickly and got so good due to watching others that were better than me, so for me to bring the highest level of female disc golf to the ladies of Oregon is one of my biggest gifts,” Zoe said.

It sounds like Andyke has some exciting events on the horizon outside of her standard touring schedule, so be sure to attend one of her clinics if you’re in the area. Check back with us for Part 3 of this series, where we explore some of the mind-body elements that have helped Zoe to find success.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Disc Series: Fairway Drivers For Newer Players

Zoe Andyke teaching at a disc golf clinic

One of the biggest challenges when first starting to play disc golf is knowing what discs to throw. More often than not, you got into the sport because a friend, co-worker, or family member encouraged you to do so (or dragged you on the course against your will!). After a round or two, you fell in love, but knowing what discs will best suit your new skill set can leave players at a loss.

Thankfully, there are a ton of options within the our line-up. Between Dynamic Discs, Westside, and Latitude 64 molds, there is literally something for everyone. Today we’re going to take a look at fairway drivers - one of the essential tools for any budding player. When you first start disc golfing, there’s a good chance that you don’t have a ton of arm speed or power, and it can take some time to master your form as well.

Which discs work best in this scenario? Let’s take a look!

Latitude 64 River Pro

One of the slowest fairway drivers we have to offer, the River is a great choice for players who have less power. Rather than depending on your disc to launch itself down the fairway, the River offers an immense amount of glide, allowing you to put your full power into your drive and letting the disc do the rest.

The River Pro brings a ton of control as well, so you don’t have to worry about not knowing what your disc is about to do. Add to that its ability to stand up to windier weather and you have yourself a versatile choice all around.

Westside Discs Underworld

Literally designed for new players to find success on the tee box, the Underworld by Westside is the perfect option when you’re just starting out. We highly recommend it to be your very first fairway driver - it’s just that easy to use. Many times a beginning disc golfer will find frustration as their disc hyzers out to the left well before they want it to, but with the Underworld you won’t have that issue.

Dynamic Discs Witness

You don’t have to be athletic at all to enjoy disc golf, but sometimes this lack of experience can result in a lower arm speed. While it’s something you can learn to improve upon over time, it can sometimes frustrate players when they first start out.

If this sounds like you, the DD Witness will change your game. Like the River, the Witness offers a great deal of glide to help you get maximum distance off the box, and with an understable flight path you can depend on your disc to do the work for you.

The last time you took a new player out to the course, which discs did you hand them? Was it one of the three we’ve listed above or did you find that another mold was more successful? Let us know in the comments below what you think is the best fairway driver for someone who is just learning the game.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Don't Miss Your Chance To Win In This Year's Match Play

Registration has just opened up for the 2018 Match Play World Championships presented by OGIO, and we couldn’t be more excited to run this awesome event over the next few months. New to match play but want to get in on the fun? Here’s a quick run-down:

Divided into 4 rounds plus a semi-final and final match, up to 64 players across the nation will compete for huge prizes as well as some sweet bragging rights. We’re looking to see the sport’s top players take part in this event as they integrate it into their current tour schedule.

We’ve partnered with UDisc to bring you a bracketed system that allows you to see who’s coming out on top after each round, and players themselves just might use social media to promote and live broadcast their match.

Payouts in this year’s match play are enormous, with first place receiving $15,000. In total, $37,000 will be handed out among the top 8 players, ensuring that these extra competitions are well worth it!

For more info, visit the Match Play World Championships website here and check out our recent broadcast with Bobby and Doug highlighting some important updates.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The DD Women's Series - Part 1: How Zoe Andyke Promotes Women's Disc Golf

Take one look at Zoe Andyke and you’d think disc golf was in her blood. She’s earned 27 career wins to date and tours the country spreading her enthusiasm about the sport while performing at an impressive level. When she’s not on the road, she’s working on the non-profit she founded, Universal Play Disc Golf, which teaches school-aged children the essential skills needed to play disc golf.

But even beyond this long list of accomplishments, Andyke is well-known for her efforts in promoting disc golf to women. Let’s take a brief look at how she’s made an impact for women across the country.

In A State Far, Far Away....

A native Oregonian with a passion for physical education, Zoe didn’t necessarily have her sights set on teaching women disc golf across the country when she first started out. Working with teen girls at a boarding school, however, gave her insight into how she could relate the knowledge she has to a group of women:

“It was a treatment based academy, so not only did I have control of their PE curriculum, but I had to fill their weekend and evening time with outdoor activities and education. We completed wilderness survival, built shelters outdoors, and on the side, I was an Oregon disc golfer on the weekends,” said Andyke.

Eventually, she moved to Alaska to pursue other opportunities, but disc golf came with her. Just before leaving in 2011, she taught her first women’s clinic. With 32 ladies in attendance in Anchorage, she told the group that she didn’t know where her teaching was going, but she knew she was on to something good.

Getting Involved Everywhere

When you talk to Zoe about all the places she’s involved in teaching disc golf to women, it can make your head spin. 2013 saw the development of Portland-based club Women of Disc Golf or Die (Women of DGOD), and together with the founders Zoe offered merchandise, training, and offered to be the club pro. During that year she also went on tour and continued to teach. “At each stop, I wanted to teach a clinic during the event and had about a 70% success rate with that. They were donation based and I was always advertising and aiming at women,” Andyke explained.

Continuing her momentum, she partnered with Huk Lab the following year to create Flight School. The idea took off with the intention of hosting women-only disc golf classes, and as Zoe continued to see success the branding also took off with Nate Sexton providing a male-oriented version. From joining clubs across the nation to becoming involved in classes held during well-known tournaments, Zoe is a teaching force to be reckoned with!

She has a huge mission on her mind, explaining: “The 92% men to 8% female PDGA stats seem to stay stagnant, even with women’s tournaments popping up everywhere. When you look at the rate of the men’s growth - we just can’t keep up with that.” Yet with Zoe’s skills and natural talent for teaching, she’s hoping to change that.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our DD Women’s Series where we explore more about how Zoe is impacting the sport of disc golf and encouraging women worldwide.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Fix Your Off Axis Torque With Tips From Danny Lindahl

We’ve all done it a time or two, and for some players, it becomes a major issue that costs them distance on their drives. That’s right, we’re talking about off axis torque and how this wobble can be corrected with a few simple tips.

  • Focus on getting a lot of spin on your disc, as this is the number one reason why you tend to see discs wobble in mid-flight. Adjusting where you place your hand and how you pull through on your drive will help quite a bit.
  • Forehand players who are troubled with their torque might be rolling their wrist too much when they release their disc. By adjusting your grip and keeping your thumb on the top of the disc for your entire drive, you’ll find that you can execute a much more stable shot.
  • As you’ve heard countless times, your follow through is crucial to your game. It also helps to eliminate off axis torque as well, assuming you stay in line with the type of shot you’re throwing.
For helpful demonstrations of these tips, watch Danny’s full video here. If you have questions that you want answered, head over to today!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Foot Faults And The 2018 PDGA Rule Change

What comes to mind when you hear the words “foot fault”? For those of you who watched coverage from this year’s Memorial, you were probably instantly taken back to hole 11 at Vista del Camino. After his tee shot, Ricky Wysocki stepped up to his lie and threw a smooth forehand line that appeared to be fairly routine.

Yet moments after his release, fellow cardmate Nikko Locastro insisted that Wysocki did not stand within the regulated lie area and called a foot fault on him. None of the other players on the card could confirm or deny the allegation, so the group continued to play as normal.

Why did Nikko think Ricky was out of line and how does the new PDGA rule change play into this event? Let’s look at foot faults in general and then perhaps you can decide for yourself what actually happened in Arizona.

A Flexible Zone

In years past, the PDGA Official Rules of Disc Golf stated that you must have at least one of your supporting points both in contact with and behind your lie when throwing a disc. The exact verbiage, taken from the 2013 booklet, is as follows:

“When the disc is released, a player must: (1) Have at least one supporting point that is in contact with the lie; and, (2) Have no supporting point in contact with the marker disc or any object (including the playing surface) closer to the target than the rear edge of the marker disc.”

This means that until 2018, all shots thrown behind a mini marker ended with a player’s foot directly behind the lie - not six inches behind, and obviously not in front.

How It’s Changed

Unless you live in a cave, you’ve heard that the PDGA changed the rules regarding your lie in 2018. Instead of having your foot in contact with the lie, you now have a zone to utilize. Measuring 20cm by 30cm, basically a standard size of printing paper, this area is considered to be the legal place where your supporting point must be.

What does that mean? It gives players more wiggle room in all directions when setting up their shot. As long as a portion of your foot is within that zone when you release your disc, you’re good to go. While this rule change makes it easier for players who are learning how to judge their footwork appropriately, it has the potential to create more confusion.

Now that you’re fully aware of the new rule change, apply it to the situation in Arizona. Wysocki was exercising his right to use any part of his 20cm by 30cm zone, and it’s clear that his foot was not directly behind his lie upon release. Yet from where Locastro was standing, he judged that Ricky’s foot was more than 30cm behind his lie and thus called the foot fault. See the issue? Giving more room to throw may actually make it harder to judge whether a player was using the correct footing.

Do you think Wysocki foot faulted on hole 11 or was he within his designated area? How do you feel about the rule change as a whole? We’d love to know your thoughts!