Friday, August 17, 2018

The DD Women's Series - Part 4: The Future Is Bright For Cynthia Ricciotti


When you’re only a teen and yet you’re already sponsored by a major disc golf company and you have more wins under your belt than most adults, the sky’s the limit. At least that’s the case for Cynthia Ricciotti - we’ve focused this Women’s Series on the Missouri native who is so passionate about disc golf that it nearly puts the rest of us to shame.

Cynthia is about to enter her sophomore year of high school, and we’ve learned about her practice routines, how she balances school and disc golf, and what got her into the sport to begin with. Now it’s time for the all-important question - what’s next?

Moving On Up

Before Cynthia can even think about college (after all she does have three more years in high school), the next logical step for her in her disc golf career is when to move up and compete in the women’s open division. While she’s had a huge amount of success so far, the leap to pro is a big one.

“I think I’ll know when to move up to pro. As my ratings improve and when I start winning more I’ll move up to pro to see what it’s like. I’m close to being able to play in [the pro division]. Since I’m so young I want to keep grinding on the game and making sure I have all the bases covered before I make such a big leap.”

That calculated level of thinking is exactly how she’s attained so much success already, as she takes the time to make sure her priorities are straight and she’s making good decisions along the way.

College Or Tour?

Young disc golfers always have a crossroads in front of them once they are finished with high school. Do you start college and continue to play local events, traveling only when you can? Or do you forgo the traditional route and embark on tour like we’ve seen several other young players do?

Cynthia has always excelled in school, and explains her viewpoint: “I was a good student and had all the honors before I even knew about disc golf. I had dreams of going to college and doing well, but I want to go to college somewhere warm all year long so I can continue to play. As of right now, I plan to do college and hopefully tour when the time comes.”

Ricciotti is incredibly talented, and she plans on honing in her skills while furthering her education, giving her the best chances to do whatever she pleases as an adult. Thankfully, disc golf has already taught her some important skills: “The sport has really taught me time management - getting my homework done at school or in downtime during the day so I can go play disc golf at night. It’s taught me responsibility about my time and school.”

We are so pleased to have Cynthia as a part of the Dynamic Discs team. She is a true inspiration for younger players who aspire to grow their skills and her drive to accomplish everything she sets her mind to is something that even adults can look up to. Thank you Cynthia for sharing your story with us!
Thursday, August 16, 2018

A True Ambassador Of The Sport - Chatting With DD Team Member A Ray


“[It’s] one of the greatest unexpected blessings in my life,” says A Ray of his sponsorship by Dynamic Discs. One of the original team members back from 2013, this Texas native is always seen with a big smile on his face and a feeling of gratitude in his heart. Active in his local disc golf scene as well as making appearances as larger scale events, A Ray is a true ambassador not only for DD but for the sport as a whole.

Disc Golf And Family

With 22 career wins under his belt, you would think this 940-rated player is constantly on the course working on his game. While A Ray does certainly get his disc time, he’s also a devoted man in other areas of his life. When not on the course, he spends time with his wife, grandkids, and loves to play board games.

After retiring from a career in public education that spanned 30 years, he recently took a position as a traveling HR professional, giving him the flexibility he needs to keep his disc golf skills sharp.

A Ray’s Go-Tos

We always love to know which molds our team players gravitate toward, as everyone has their own unique skill set that lends itself to various discs. For A Ray, he was able to narrow his favorites down to three:

“Anyone who knows me knows I am gonna say the Warden! Best putter ever made, bar none - great for putting and great for throwing. Then I’d probably go with my old standbys, the EMAC Truth, a very versatile midrange, and the Escape, a very versatile fairway driver.”

Not only does A Ray have specific discs he favors, but there are events each year that really catch his eye. He was very excited about this year’s Am Worlds and had the goal of placing within the top 10 in his division. The Amateur Masters 50+ competitors put up a good fight, and while he didn’t reach his ultimate goal, A Ray still had a great performance, tying for 22nd out of 108 in his field.

He also raves about the Piney Woods Open in Tyler, Texas, saying that event boasts the three best courses in the entire state! This A-tier set in October features tons of local talent spread across more than a dozen divisions.

For The Love Of The Game

“My biggest accomplishment this year is increasing the reach of the people who are taking disc golf lessons locally,” says A Ray when asked about his 2018 season thus far. Not only does he focus on the sport at a grassroots level, but as a DD team member, he understands the value he brings to disc golf on a larger scale.

Learning a lot from World Champions and top professionals, he knows that he’s with good company: “The DD team is a true family looking out for one another.” We love having A Ray as a part of the Dynamic Discs team and wish him luck during the rest of the season!
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Jonathan Ray wins Long Drive Competition at 2018 Masters Worlds



Jonathan Ray gets to live the life most disc golfers only dream of doing, traveling and working for disc golf. Jonathan has been traveling the country in his Dynamic Discs RV setting up his moving disc golf pro shop at big events. Although he does not get to play as often as he'd like, from time to time he makes sure to fit in some tournament play. This year the PDGA Masters Worlds was in Kansas City which gave Jonathan the opportunity to compete.

At the time of this article, the competition had just started, but he had already garnered a world title, Long Drive Champion at 2018 Masters Worlds. We asked Jonathan a few questions about his winning throw at this year's field events.

Dynamic Discs: How long have you been playing disc golf?

Jonathan: I started playing disc golf in 2010 recreationally and my competitive nature quickly pushed me into tournament play. I’ve been traveling the country in one of the DD RV’s competing and bringing the DD love to the lower 48 states for the last 4 years.

Dynamic Discs: What disc did you throw and did you only throw one mold?

Jonathan: I threw 2 Enforcers and 3 Ballista Pros in the competition.

Dynamic Discs: Why did you pick that disc(s)?

Jonathan: This competition requires not only distance but accuracy as well. I chose my enforcers for their stability at high speeds to make sure I got some qualifying throws in bounds before I went for the big shots. The Ballista Pro is what I typically use for raw distance but they can be a little more touchy when thrown hard but have unparalleled glide for a high-speed driver.

Dynamic Discs: What were the wind conditions and did that cause you to make any adjustments to your normal throwing?

Jonathan: I got to warm up a little to test the wind and it was an odd right to left crosswind. I wasn’t able to throw hyzer flips because the crosswind would push them down too quickly so I went with my more overstable discs and threw more straight line flex shots.

Dynamic Discs: You get 5 tries right, which one got the most distance?&nbsp

Jonathan: My 3rd throw was the one that won it for me with my Ballista Pro at 501 feet. I had two safe throws in bounds at about 475 feet and then started pressing with the last three. I was trying to hit the 600 mark with my last two but the crosswind wasn’t letting them come out of the turn with that much spin on them.

Dynamic Discs: Did you throw at the beginning of the day or toward the end, after throwing your furthest throw, how confident were you that it had a chance to win?

Jonathan: I threw as soon as we were able at 11 am. I wanted to get out and get a practice round in at Waterworks that afternoon so it made sense to go early.
I honestly didn’t think that distance would win. I had thrown much further warming up with a slight tailwind. The crosswind forced me to adjust and lower my expectations.  I anticipated needing 550 feet to win and left feeling like that wouldn’t hold up.

Dynamic Discs: What advice do you have for players that are running to achieve maximum distance?

Jonathan: The best advice I can give players trying to gain distance is to focus on your core strength and legs. That’s where your power is coming from. Create torque from your lower body.  Don’t try and throw harder, try and throw efficiently using your bigger muscle groups. Smooth is fast and fast is far!

Congrats to Jonathan Ray on his world title!
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Paige Beat Ricky In Finland - Find Out How Here!



Ok, we should clarify and set the stage a little bit to more fully explain the situation. During the last day of competition at the Tyyni, we headed to a school in Finland to do a disc golf clinic. It’s an incredible opportunity to not only get the chance to play in other countries but being able to have our pro players share their knowledge with kids is a true gift.
The Prime Burst Gavel was the star of the show for a bit as we threw some lighter weight discs to see who could come closest to our “pin” - it was clear from the start who was actually out on the road playing for a living and who doesn’t spend enough time on the disc golf course.
We tried throwing five putters into a basket at once to see how many we could land, and once again the pros got more love than some of the team members who gave it their best shot. Oh, and we can’t forget about the fact that Paige did, in fact, beat Ricky - at a CTP throw.
More than anything else, this video will give you a good laugh and let you see some of the beautiful scenery that Finland has to offer. Take a work break and go watch it now!
Monday, August 13, 2018

Your First Golf Disc

The team at Dynamic Discs is committed to growing the sport of disc golf in every way we can, and as the host of this year’s Junior World Championships, we took our mission of growing the sport even further. All competitors in the event received a free disc with the stamp “My First Golf Disc” on it.

The challenge was simple: find a friend back home who has never played before and hand them this disc before taking them out to play. Even better, we encouraged kids to take a photo of this special moment and submit it to us at growdiscgolf.com.

Not only are we super excited that kids across the nation will be receiving their very first discs, but we’ve decided to take it one step further and offer store credit for online purchases over the next 10 weeks. Bobby explains all of the details in this quick video.

Do you remember your first disc? What was it and who gave it to you? Share your stories with us about how disc golf was introduced to you and how you’ve shared the sport with others.
Friday, August 10, 2018

The DD Women's Series - Part 3: Cynthia Gets A Sponsorship!

Getting sponsored to play disc golf is perhaps one of the top priorities of many players out there, and even if you aren’t actively searching for this type of support, at the very least you could say it would be a dream come true!

Now imagine getting sponsored before you even got your driver’s license - for Cynthia Ricciotti, that’s exactly what happened. We’ve learned about her passion for the game and how she stays sharp on the course and excels in school during our first two parts of this DD Women’s Series, and now it’s time to learn how she became aligned with the DD Team.

Putting In The Work

Cynthia played a lot of disc golf before even thinking about becoming a sponsored player, as the bug bit her and she fell for the sport hard and fast. As a lifelong athlete, she finally felt as if she had found the sport that she could grasp onto and actually have a shot at, unlike her previous love of gymnastics.

“Middle school is when you start school sports and having disc golf in my life I knew that I probably couldn’t play school sports because that took a lot of time. At the time I was a gymnast - I was full on into it. I did about two to three years of gymnastics while being a disc golfer, but the turning point for me was a really bad strain in the tendons in my elbow. I basically had to pick one sport or the other. I gave up gymnastics for disc golf, knowing there would be a better future and better chances for success.”

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

With this renewed focus on disc golf, Ricciotti wanted to put it all on the line to become the best player she could be. She shared with us that she had actually been looking for a sponsorship for years prior to joining the DD family and that it was a long road to get where she is now. After the 2017 GBO, she was fortunate enough to play in the Champs Vs. Chumps and gained a lot of attention because of how far she could throw.

Realizing that Dynamic Discs would be a great fit for her, she decided to go for it. “I sent in an application and actually got rejected. I wasn’t expecting much to come from it but I sent one anyway,” she said. However, with patience on her side, Cynthia once again got her chance.

After attending a Luck of the Draw Doubles event and once again showing the DD team her incredible skills, she was approached by Robert McCall to talk about her future. 2018 marks Cynthia’s first year on the team, and she’s already seeing a major difference: “Knowing that I have that kind of support going into a tournament helps with my mental game.”

So what’s in store for Cynthia? She does have three years left in high school, but beyond that, the sky's the limit. Make sure to join us for Part 4 to learn more about her plans for the future.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Check Out The Finals At The United States Amateur Matchplay Championships!


We’ve had such a great time hosting the US Amateur Matchplay Championships this year, as it’s an exciting way for players across the nation to compete for a pretty sweet prize and, of course, huge bragging rights.

Our highlight video shows Matt Whitlock from South Carolina and Jacob Dills from Oregon battle it out for this year’s win. Here are some highlights if you can’t watch the whole video right now:

  • Both players had to contend with OB at Peter Pan Park and the stress of shot for shot play, and while some shots may not have ended up exactly like they wanted, both played incredibly well
  • The mental aspect of the game really came into focus as the players could control the pressure they put on the other with each shot and putt
  • After 10 holes, Whitlock was at +3 for the round with Dills shooting an even par

Did the tides turn on the back nine for Matt or did Jacob continue his lead? You’ll have to watch the video to find out who took home 18 Veteran baskets and discs for life!

If you’re interested in getting in on the action, we still have our doubles brackets happening. Visit DiscGolfMatchPlay.com to sign up today!
Monday, August 6, 2018

Our Great Team Ace Stories Continue


Some might call it perfection while others just think it’s really cool, but no matter how you define a disc golf ace, there’s always something special in the air when it happens. For some, our aces happen at almost inopportune times, while others find that even if nothing incredibly crazy or amazing occurs, simply that feeling of your disc hitting chains is enough to make your day.

Players in the DD family have shared so many great ace stories with us that we just had to write another blog post about it, so let’s check out a few anecdotes that highlight all the ways that making a hole in one matter:

Peter McBride:

“I was at Whistler’s Bend near Roseburg, OR for a doubles event last week. Before our morning round on Saturday, I warmed up slowly. I like to loosen up before I throw any shots. I step up to hole one, a 250 foot fairly wide open shot and throw my Retro Anchor. It tracks to the basket and hits the pole low. Next, I step up with my sparkle glow EMac Truth and hit dead center. It smashes the chains and the pole ejects it onto the ground.

At this point, Nate Sexton, who was putting on hole one, tells me to stop throwing. He yells, ‘Hey Pete! Stop throwing. Save it for the tournament.’ I laugh and turn around to grab my other Anchor. I wanted to keep warming up since those were the only two shots I've thrown. I throw my Anchor a little wider since it's more overstable and it hits left side chains and falls out. Nate and a few onlookers give a disappointed yell. I continue to warm up, buzzing off of those three shots I just threw. Once our tee time rolls around I give hole one a good run but just miss drawing metal.”


Eric McCabe:

“I have had plenty of memorable aces, but one, in particular, seems to stand out above the rest.
In the summer of 2014, Bobby Brown and I traveled to SkellefteĆ„, Sweden for some promotional videos. While there we participated in a tournament called The 81 Hole Challenge. That’s right - 81 holes in one day! This seems impossible to accomplish, but with 20 hours a day of sunlight, anything’s possible!

I mentioned to Bobby how cool it would be to have a Swedish ace on our visit, so this was my opportunity! I played pretty well throughout the event maintaining a decent sized lead the majority of the tournament. However, on my 81st hole, I turned to my group and said, ‘Well, this is my last shot at a Swedish ace!’ I was mostly joking but low and behold my Truth found the chains and came to rest in the bottom of the bucket! While there was no ace pot, it was still to this day my most memorable shot, which honestly says a lot, because I’ve been fortunate enough to hit a couple $1000+ aces in my career.”

Tina Stanaitis:

“I don't have a crazy good story but I did make 1 ace in all of my 8-9 years! It was about 200 feet and I had a supergroup of about 8 people with me who all signed my disc and I made like $40 bucks from them!”

Do you have a crazy ace story? Share it with us in the comments below!
Friday, August 3, 2018

The DD Women's Series - Part 2: How Cynthia Balances School And Disc Golf

Think back to your high school days - for some, it may not have been that long ago, but for others, it probably feels like an eternity. One thing is consistent for most people, however, and it’s the feeling that being a high school student is a full-time job.

Now imagine that you want to play disc golf 24/7 and hone in your skills with the goal of being one of the top players in your area and perhaps even in the nation. Does that feel like a full-time job? We’d guess it does.

For Cynthia Ricciotti, you could say that she’s balancing two full-time jobs and doing exceptionally well at both of them. In this second part of our DD Women’s Series, we’ll learn a little more about how Cynthia masters everything she puts her mind to.

Keeping A Schedule

If you want to do well at something you can’t just sporadically spend time on it. When it comes to bettering her skills, Cynthia spends a set time each week practicing while also making sure her schoolwork is up to date. “I try to practice as much as I can, at least 4 or 5 times a week if it’s not super hot or super cold. I get in a good balance of playing courses, doing field work, and putting practice - I try to get all the stuff into the week. I’m a really good student so school always mainly comes first, and if I have a ton of homework I’ll skip practice,” she shared.

With her dad as her coach, Ricciotti knows that the time she puts into practice directly translates into her success on the course. Yet there’s another element to her life that blends school and disc golf in a pretty unique way.

Bringing Disc Golf To The Town

“At my high school, I’m part of an advanced education program. I take advanced seminars and it’s all centered around project-based learning. You pick something that you’re passionate about, and my thing was disc golf,” Cynthia explained. This program required her to develop a community project, and her idea was to install a disc golf course at her school:

“My freshman year project was working with the principal and the school to get a 9-hole beginner course on the school property. Unfortunately, the city owns the land and they are planning to put a park there. I’ll need to wait for them to develop the park before they start talking about logistics. I have 3 more years to get that done. That’s my biggest way of trying to give back.”

It’s this attitude of community and giving back that has made Cynthia such an incredible role model not only for the juniors in her area but for all players across the nation. Her determination and commitment to getting good grades while also shredding the disc golf course is something to really admire. It just might even inspire some of us adults to get a little more involved!

Make sure to check back in with us and read the upcoming Part 3 in Cynthia’s blog series, where she’ll explain how she got a sponsorship as a junior player.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Focusing On The Family - We Get To Know DD Team Member Brandon Ray Watson

At the young age of 22, Brandon Ray Watson first found out about disc golf from his longtime best friend. After playing a few rounds and instantly becoming hooked as so many of us do, he wanted to make up for lost time. “I was disappointed that it took me 22 years before I threw my first disc and I wanted to find a way to increase exposure for the sport so others didn’t miss the early start in the sport that I did,” said Watson, and that started him on the path to where he is today.

Every member of the Dynamic Discs team is like family to us, and we wanted to learn a little more about Brandon and see how his love of disc golf has influenced his family.

Excitement In 2018

Brandon has had an impressive year so far, starting off the season with a doubles win at the 31st Annual Big Freeze in Milwaukee, WI. He and partner Andrew Schultz took down some of the best players in the area to bring home their first title in the open division at this event. “In June I was able to TD the 2018 Pickle Open sponsored by Dynamic Discs as my 4th year as tournament director of the event. I had a ton of support from our Sheboygan Eagles DGC members and we hosted 163 competitors,” Watson said.

His son Aviar
The fun continues as Brandon and his seven-year-old son Aviar traveled to Emporia for their first Junior Worlds event. Disc golf is an activity that they enjoy as a way to further their strong father-son bond.

His Go-To Discs

We posed to Brandon the all-important question - if you could only choose three discs to play with ever again, which ones would they be and why? Here’s what he had to say:

“The DD Blend Judge offers the versatility of a great disc for putts/approaches but is also a very true flying and comfortable disc for me off the tee. The DD Lucid Felon would be another disc I can’t imagine ever not having in my bag. Its stability and consistency make it great for backhand or forehand and in moderate to heavy winds. The Felon is easily a favorite and most used mold in my bag. Lastly, I would say the Latitude 64 Ballista Pro is hands down the furthest flying driver I’ve thrown and is stable enough to power up, but not too overstable that you can easily control your drive. The speed and amount of fade fit my game very well and allows for very predictable shots.”

An Incredible Mindset

Perhaps one of the most impressive things about Watson is his humble attitude and commitment to his responsibilities. “I consider being part of the Dynamic Discs family as my biggest accomplishment in my disc golf career,” he says wholeheartedly. “I learned early as a father with a career that becoming a touring pro was not an option. I have to miss events I’d like to play or leagues I’d like to be a part of for both my son’s activities as well as for business travel, but disc golf will always be there.”

Brandon is an incredible ambassador, not only for DD but for the sport of disc golf as a whole. Thank you for bringing a focus on the family and showing the world how amazing our sport is!
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Disc Golf And Travel - Tips For Summer Success


With a handful of the sport’s top players headed to Europe for a stint of tournaments and promotional events, it got us thinking about the idea of taking advantage of summer weather and using it to get a little disc golf travel under our belts.

If you have the vacation time from work and the go-ahead from your significant other, which is often the hardest piece of the puzzle, where would you visit to play some of the best disc golf of your life? While the destinations might change, there are a few things you have to consider when it comes to summertime travel.

Jet Lag And Time Zones


We don’t all have the time or money to fly to Europe for the summer, but who says you can’t hop on a plane and end up hours away in a place that’s filled with courses? If you have a hard time sleeping on a plane or can’t seem to get used to time zone changes, make sure to allow time in your schedule to adjust.

Shorter trips might make you want to jam each and every day full of disc golf fun, but give yourself a bit of a buffer on either end to give your body time to catch up. Spend your first day resting and maybe exploring a bit instead of fitting in 3 rounds before the sun goes down. On the same note, don’t land back home late Sunday night and expect to be ready for work the next day.

To Carry On Or To Check?


Even if you aren’t going anywhere that requires competitive play, the whole point of your journey is to play some disc golf, so you’d be in big trouble if the airlines lost your bag. Most touring players that we talk to prefer to carry on their disc golf bag as it contains some of their most prized possessions in the world.

Think about it - can you replace those jeans you bought recently or buy a new toothbrush once you’ve landed at your destination? For sure. Are you able to easily replace your beat in first run fairway driver that Eric McCabe signed six years ago? Not so much.

Make The Most Of It


Let’s be honest - most of us don’t draw the appeal that Paige Pierce or Ricky Wysocki do when traveling to other parts of the world to play disc golf. We’re lucky if someone even recognizes us outside of our own state most of the time. Although you’re not looking for fame or fortune on this trip, it doesn’t hurt to network a bit.

Before you leave, reach out to the disc golf clubs in the area you’re visiting and find out when their weekly events are. See if you can volunteer to be someone’s caddy at a tournament, or try setting up a group of locals to play with you and show you the ropes. As we all know, the disc golf community is large and strong, so reaching out to others will probably result in some unexpectedly great opportunities.

Are you headed anywhere fun for a disc golf trip this summer? Share with us your plans or fill us in on your dream trip in the comments below.