Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ep 187 Disc Golf Answer Man

On this episode, we welcome special guest, Denise Cameron and discuss why pros can throw much farther, how to create a career in disc golf, some tips on how you should practice, and much more.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ep 186 Disc Golf Answer Man

In this episode of the Disc Golf Answer Man we discuss what we think are the best shapes for teepads, do you really need a floating disc, what are some of the best snacks to take on the course, and much more.

New Disc Golf Answer Man Episode
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Quick Tip: Field Work

Hey guys, I'm Robert McCall, and I'm the Dynamic Discs Team Manager. Each week, I like to share a quick tip I've learned over the years.

This week's quick tip: Field Work

Fun fact for the day/forever: disc golf can be frustrating sometimes. For me, there are a few different types of frustration on the course, and each one affects me differently. Some days, I'm executing the shots and putts I want to, but the drives are getting awful kicks and the putts are getting spit out or cutting through. It's difficult to be really upset on those days because I'm doing my job and just getting unlucky in places. However, my more frustrating days come when I'm not executing shots, missing putts low, or losing confidence. Those rounds have little to do with luck and more to do with preparation and mental toughness. Both are frustrating, but I have more I can learn from the latter.

Disc golf is so multifaceted that almost every part of your game can feel perfect, but if one portion isn't just right, everything else seems to crumble with it. I've been struggling with this lately, personally. Pros and teachers always emphasize the importance of the short game, upshots, and putting, as they're considered difficult and important for scoring well. I've been pretty consistent at executing in those areas, but I've had a difficult time throwing accurate distance shots to give myself opportunities to score. I'm not failing to get opportunities to score because of bad kicks or bad luck, but rather because of imperfect tee shots that find decent spots instead of scoring spots.

When my game (or your game) feels like this, it's time for field work. Field work accomplishes a couple of important things for your game: it increases consistency in your release points and angles, and it allows you to watch your discs fly on lines that you're not accustomed to seeing. When doing field work, you can practice more throws in a shorter period of time, making it one of the most effective practice methods we currently have!

Here are a couple of field work tips:

1. If you're working on consistency and trusting your discs, use the actual discs that make up your bag. If you're working on release points or angles, use the discs in your bag along with others you'd like to test.

2. Make every throw count. Be intentional about all of your mechanics, and pay attention to the results of each throw. If you're working out hitches or unnecessary motions in your form, don't worry that the shots don't look just right or go where you want, but take note of the results so that you can adjust accordingly.

3. Throw your discs on different lines than you typically do. Try your Enforcer on a spike anhyzer, or throw your eMac Truth on a huge hyzer. Try your Escape on a roller line. When you throw your discs in an open field with no restrictions, it's easier to learn what's possible from the discs you currently use.

4. Split your field work into two sessions: open/experimental and target practice. The portion of throwing all discs on all angles falls into the open session, but I think it's important to aim and achieve specific, useful-for-the-course shots in the target practice section.

Next time you are having trouble controlling your throws or angles, give intentional field work a try. You'll likely learn something new about your discs or your form, and you'll get good practice in a condensed period of time.

How do you practice field work? Do you have methods that work well for keeping it interesting and getting past plateaus? I'd love to hear and discuss them with you! Please feel free to submit a question to the Disc Golf Answer Man podcast or reach out to me via my social media links below. See you next week!
Monday, September 11, 2017

Emporia: The Disc Golf Vacation Destination

Die-hard disc golf fans have probably scouted out courses near their annual family reunion, or maybe you’ve intentionally taken a long weekend to go play a new course a few hours from your home. But have any of you ever taken a vacation to a destination over 600 miles away just to play disc golf?

Jeremy Rusco recently met a fun couple, David and Christina, at the weekly Dynamic Discs bag tag match, and learned that they had traveled from Illinois just to check out the golf in Emporia. Our Midwest hub of disc golf is far more popular than many people might realize, as David and Christina told us a little bit about their visit and the courses they played.

Why Vacation In Emporia?

As long-time DD fans, David and Christina spent Memorial Day weekend in St. Louis and just couldn’t help but travel a little further to Emporia to see what the disc golf scene was like. They spent a handful of days playing the local courses, arranged to get a tour of the DD warehouse, and even checked out some of the other attractions the town has to offer.

Their initial thoughts? “[It’s] unlike any other place - you can tell disc golf is completely ingrained into the community. They’re so welcoming to people coming to town and playing the courses and hanging out,” shared David. We’ve always heard from GBO participants about a similar type of experience, but knowing that out-of-towners have this same observation during any time of the year is a testament to how much Emporians really love our disc golfers.

Courses And Attractions

Not wanting to waste a moment of their visit, both David and Christina hit up the courses that we locals all know and love, including Peter Pan, Country Club, Jones East and West, Olpe Lake, Hammond, and a few others. A little intimidated by long holes and challenging layouts, Christina said their first visit to Peter Pan had an unexpected surprise:

“The very first course we went to was Peter Pan, [and we] accidentally joined in their weekly league! [We] got in the middle of their group but they didn’t even care. They were super encouraging.”

David ended up playing on Jeremy’s card during the bag tag round, as Christina walked Starlin and took in the experience of local Emporia golf. The next day landed them a tour of the warehouse where they even recognized a few people from the previous night’s event. As a souvenir, they were both really excited to get a personalized DyeMax disc at the conclusion of the tour.

What else did they do while in Emporia? They raved about Radius Brewing, and also had some great eats at J’s Carry Out and Bobby D’s BBQ. On one of their more low-key days, David and Christina ventured to Twin Rivers Winery where, you guessed it, the employees there had some great recommendations for courses to play in the area. The All Veteran’s Memorial and the David Traylor Zoo also topped their list of fun non-disc golf activities.

The Underlying Message

It sounds like they had an awesome time visiting Emporia and seeing how great our disc golf community is, and it further plants the seed in our minds that more people do this than we probably even know about. Disc golf is crucial to the lifeblood of our town, as tons of people come from all over the country and infuse our community with extra revenue and the spirit of the sport we love.

Isn’t it about time that every town embrace their disc golf roots and have it become a more integral part of their community? We think so.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ep 185 Disc Golf Answer Man

On this episode of the Disc Golf Answer Man we discuss body conditioning for disc golf, how many different molds should one have in their bag, focusing on that next shot, and much more.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Quick Tip: Mental Focus

Hey guys, my name is Robert McCall. I’m the Team Manager for Dynamic Discs, and I’ve been playing disc golf for around 10 years. I’ve played with players from all over the world, and I’ve been doing my best to learn from as many of them as possible. In the Quick Tip series, I’m going to share something I’ve learned over the years from a combination of personal experience and expertise from other players.

This week’s Quick Tip: Mental Focus

When you play rounds of disc golf, especially on a long, elevated course, do you find that your legs feel like jello for your last few holes? Do you leave putts short and fail to commit to your angle and speed on your drives? Considering the type of course you played that day, no one would be surprised to hear that anyone wore themselves out and didn't quite have the steam to finish the round well. On the opposite end of the course spectrum, especially during tournament rounds, have you experienced the same short-putting, angle-missing, non-committing dreary finish to the round? By all logic, the shorter course shouldn't tire you out nearly as much, but people often fall prey to end-of-round poor play on all types of courses.

Disc golfers train to battle physical fatigue through field work and constant practice, but we rarely pay much attention to physical fatigue's less obvious, sinister sibling: mental fatigue. If you're like me and your mind tends to race, you likely spend a lot of time between shots thinking about what your upcoming lie might look like, what you could have done differently on the tee, your last putt that just spit out, or myriad other concerns about your round. By the time you reach the end of your round, you've worried about everything that you could, and your last 15 footer on 18 feels impossible to make.

Sports psychologists and coaches obsess over mental focus, as a person's ability to focus intently on their task is directly correlated to their ability to perform that task consistently. Eager to learn more about the mental side of disc golf, I've read several golf books on mental toughness and mental tools that top mental coaches teach. If you haven't taken some time to read books like these, I'd greatly recommend checking out books like Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella or Fearless Golf by Dr. Gio Valiante.

I've gleaned a lot of useful tools for my mental game from these and other books, but I'd like to recommend one practice to you: Focus intensely on your shot for the 20-30 seconds that it takes to plan, visualize, and execute it, then let your mind rest. In between shots, I do my best to think about anything but disc golf, like a song that's been in my head, chatting with other competitors, or observing nature around me. By doing so, I'll ideally only focus intensely for 25-40 minutes of each round instead of the actual 3-4 hours the round lasts. When I'm playing well and aware that I'm executing this strategy well, I can feel a real difference in my mental fatigue and capacity at the end of each round, which is especially helpful for longer rounds and two-round days.

If you're having trouble focusing at the end of rounds or find that you're worn out mentally before it seems like you should, give this strategy a try. It's tough the first few times, because you're accustomed to thinking about disc golf exclusively, but I've had my most positive results when I've limited my disc golf thoughts to the few seconds right before throwing and while throwing. After you throw, it's almost a relaxing feeling to allow your focus to widen.

What mental focus strategies do you use on the course? I'd love to hear from you! Feel free submit a question to the Disc Golf Answer Man podcast or Anchor app or contact me via my social media links below. See you next week!
Friday, September 1, 2017

Out of Production


Keeping up with the growing demands to provide quality discs to the passionate disc golfer has proven to be a constant challenge. Many of you probably read the article about Keeping Up With Growth earlier in the year, and that was to address our challenges with keeping discs in stock on a regular basis. If you take a look at the order form today, I’m confident that you will see an order form that looks much different than it did earlier in the year with the increased availability of our most popular items. We have worked hard to improve our availability but still face constant challenges to keep up with the overwhelming growth and demand for our products.

In order to provide the best selection possible throughout the year, we have made the decision that it will be necessary to move a few more items to the out of production category to make room for the increased 2018 lineup. For the upcoming season, Dynamic Discs, Latitude 64, and Westside Discs will no longer produce a few different plastic types so that we can focus on providing you with what is in the highest demand. For the remainder of 2017 and through 2018, the following plastic types will no longer be produced:

- Fluid/Frost/Elasto
- Classic Super Soft/Megasoft
- Fluid Moonshine/Frost Moonshine/Elasto Moonshine

Special limited runs could be a possibility on a very rare occasion, but I would not expect that we will be able to facilitate anything in the upcoming years. It is important to remember that many of these items are still available and can still be purchased until they are sold out.

Jeremy Rusco
Owner & Founder
Dynamic Discs
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Quick Tip: Disc Choice

Hey guys, my name is Robert McCall. I’m the Team Manager for Dynamic Discs, and I’ve been playing disc golf for around 10 years. I’ve played with players from all over the world, and I’ve been doing my best to learn from as many of them as possible. In the Quick Tip series, I’m going to share something I’ve learned over the years from a combination of personal experience and expertise from other players.

This week's Quick Tip: Disc Choice on the Course

How is your bag set up? Do you have one disc or group of discs that can perform several types of flights? Or are your discs so perfectly organized that you have one disc for 250' shots and a different disc for 280' shots?

I've heard tall tales of people who knew the distances of their discs down to a few feet, but even those people often encounter disc choice dilemmas on the course. Disc golf is drastically different from golf in this way - golfers know the distance of their clubs down to a few yards, but disc golfers must contend with different obstacles on the course that force us to consider factors beyond distance alone. For example, here in Emporia, hole 2 on Jones East provides a perfect example of a hole that can be attacked with multiple types of discs. Hole 2 is around 300', slightly uphill, with one large cedar tree to the right and a couple of smaller trees between the tee and the basket. Most disc golfers can reach this pin with a midrange, fairway driver, or distance driver, and with a variety of shot shapes. How do you choose the best disc and line for the hole?

Here are the factors everyone should consider when facing a hole that's in between disc speeds and distances for you:

1. Ceiling

Are there trees or branches that force you to throw a lower line than you'd like to? If so, faster, slightly understable discs are great for throwing lower lines with greater distance potential. On lower ceiling shots, I like to throw the Dynamic Discs Biofuzion Trespass. The Trespass has good glide and responds well to a smooth release, so it's great for slight hyzer flips that get to flat and can remain lower to the ground.

2. Wind speed and direction

Every disc golfer's first time playing in the wind is an eye-opener. All of your discs that typically finish left are now traveling straighter, your shots with a higher release tend to fly farther off line than normal, and your tailwind shots slam down quickly and rob you of distance. In general, if I'm throwing into a headwind, I'm stepping up the speed and stability of my disc while maintaining the same 80% release. I really like the Dynamic Discs Enforcer for headwind shots because they still want to finish left, even when they face a stiff headwind. Tailwinds are the opposite - I like slightly slower discs and less stability. I'll often choose a Dynamic Discs Escape in a tailwind, because it wants to stay in the air and doesn't deviate much off of a straight line for me.

3. Slope and surface of the landing area

If you're throwing on to a severe slope, discs have more potential to roll away. As a general rule, matching the landing angle of the disc to the slope of the hill decreases roll aways. Conversely, if you're throwing to a slope angled high left to low right, throwing a right hand backhand on a spike hyzer angle that lands perpendicular to the slope is likely to cause a roll away. Another factor to consider is thickness of the grass and/or other landing surface. A disc finishing on hyzer is likely to skip on shorter grass or dirt, but won't travel much past its initial point of contact in thick grass.

4. Which disc/shot shape do you feel most comfortable throwing?

On a hole like hole 2 on Jones East with few obstacles, you should probably throw your most consistent angle and disc, because if you feel more comfortable over the shot, you'll be more likely to execute the shot. Most of the time, I throw a Dynamic Discs Lucid Criminal on hole 2 with a 30-40 degree hyzer. The hyzer release is very comfortable for me, and the overstable Criminal just wants to get to the ground and stick, which makes it a perfect choice for pinpoint hyzers and approaches.

Once you've considered all these factors, the most important part follows: commit to the shot. In general, I like throwing my most predictable disc on my most predictable angle. If I can throw a Warden, I will - I like the flights that I can achieve with the Warden, and it's very forgiving if I miss the angle or line by a few degrees. That's what I like, but what works for you? I'd love to hear back on your experience with disc and shot selection. We'd love to hear from you on the Disc Golf Answer Man podcast or Facebook page, or you can reach me via my social media links below. See you next week!

Robert McCall
Dynamic Discs
Team Manager

Ep 184 Disc Golf Answer Man

In this episode we discuss we discuss the Dynamic Discs Deputy and when it will be available, our thoughts on throwing multiples of the same mold, how do you bounce back after a bad putt, and much more. 

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Have You Tried A Trilogy Challenge Yet?

Regular competitors and casual players alike can agree on one thing when it comes to disc golf - summertime is an amazing time to play the game we love. If you're traveling around the country or are just looking for more events to play in around your local area, have you considered playing in a Trilogy Challenge?

Run by local players, not Dynamic Discs, these events are one-day tournaments that give players the opportunity to get their hands on exclusive discs and the chance to compete in a low-key and fun round. The format can vary, with some people preferring to host flex starts, shotgun starts, or even doubles.

Putting on a Trilogy Challenge is super easy - all you have to do is visit this link and fill in a few pieces of key information. We send you everything you need for a successful event, including sweet players packs with three discs, a t-shirt, mini, and more.

Looking to play in a Trilogy Challenge to test your skills or just get the chance to throw some of our newest plastic? You can find a full list of registered events here, and remember that they run through October so there's plenty of time left this summer season!