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:

Hyzer-Flips

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!

Anhyzers

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.

Drivers

  • 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.