Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hockey And Disc Golf? Let's Learn More About DD Team Member Casey DeSmith


You may remember a picture that went viral a few months ago within the disc golf world, as Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith was seen with a disc golf basket on his helmet. Although he’s only been throwing discs for about three years, his love for the sport grew instantly and was so strong that he just had to represent it on the ice.


Casey is now a part of the Dynamic Discs family and we spent some time getting to know a little more about his disc golf game, what he loves to throw and where, and how disc golf has helped him on the ice.

An Instant Obsession

Disc golf fans everywhere can thank Casey’s Uncle Matt for introducing him to the sport, as a YouTube video search gone wrong brought about a pretty incredible set of events. While searching online for something related to mini golf, Uncle Matt came across disc golf and thought it looked fun. He paid Casey a visit and the two of them, along with Casey’s dad, went out to purchase a few discs.

“From the moment I first tried it, I thought ‘I need to be good at this.’ It was the perfect sport for me. We played four rounds in one weekend,” Casey shared. Like so many others, the disc golf bug hit him hard and fast. This love for the game is what led him to include a disc golf basket on his helmet, and once that news spread across the internet, he started fielding calls from disc golf companies who wanted to sponsor him.

The Disc Golf Link

It’s obvious that DeSmith is a natural athlete, but how does he manage to stay sharp on the ice and also keep his disc golf skills in check? His goal during 2018 was to play at least one event, which he did at the Pittsburgh Flying Disc Open and placed 35th out of 48 in the Open field. In 2019, he hopes to work a few more tournaments into his schedule.

Casey notes there’s a mental edge that disc golf has provided him, one that he finds himself turning to when on the ice, “When I go out and play disc golf if I’m playing poorly, managing frustration and staying focused is important. It’s the same concept where if a goal or two goes in, how do you not let it get out of control?”

What’s Next?

When he’s not playing hockey, Casey loves to visit Maple Hill, Salmon Falls DGC in his hometown of Rochester, New Hampshire, and Moraine State Park in Portersville, PA. You can find him almost always bagging his three favorite discs: the Enforcer, an EMAC Truth, and the Warden. With an upcoming wedding in the summer of 2019 and a busy training schedule with the Penguins, you can bet that Casey will still be out on the course improving upon his disc golf skills.

So far it’s been awesome to have him as a part of the DD family, especially since his love for the game is so apparent, “[Getting sponsored] was very unexpected. I didn’t put the disc golf basket on my mask to try to get sponsored, I just love the sport and wanted people to know about it.” Thanks for spreading the disc golf love Casey and we look forward to seeing what 2019 brings!
Friday, December 7, 2018

Then Vs Now: How Technology Has Shaped Disc Golf As We Know It


Depending on your age, this article may mean different things to you. Players who read this and are still in high school only know about the world of live tournament broadcasting and being able to interact with your favorite players on social media while more experienced lovers of the game remember when tutorials on YouTube weren’t even a thing.

The ways in which technology has shaped us as a whole are pretty incredible, but even when you zoom in and look at disc golf specifically, the resources we have now have played a major role in the development of the sport. Don’t think so? Let’s look at just a few examples.

Better Event Promotion

Back in the 1970s, disc golf tournaments were advertised through paper flyers and word of mouth. That’s it - no social media channels to post on and no way to text all of your friends about the next big event. Back then, it was crucial for disc golf clubs to have impeccable communication not only within their own group but with neighboring associations as well.

Anyone who has run an event in recent years knows that the tools of online promotion, registration, and the dissemination of schedules are pretty easy compared to how it used to be. Not only can we offer tournaments with greater frequency, but we’re also able to more easily team up with sponsors to make sure they’re a success.

Changing Your Game

Imagine how good of a disc golfer you’d be in 2019 if there was no such thing as the internet. The discs you purchase would be solely based off of word of mouth opinions, and the ways in which you play would be strongly influenced by those around you. There’s something to be said for the simplicity of a time gone by, but how much better could pros back in the day have become if they would’ve had more tech?

Nowadays, a brand new disc golfer has almost too much information at their disposal. From a plethora of disc reviews to countless videos demonstrating various forms and techniques, anyone can pick up the sport easily and have a decent amount of success.

The Ultimate In Enjoyment

How did players learn about new courses in their area and beyond back before the internet days? You guessed it - word of mouth once again. Three hours away from you, lovers of the sport may have been working to install several new layouts and you’d never know unless you hopped in the car and went for a drive. Those interested in watching bigger events had to either visit the tournament in person or simply hear about it from friends.

With the implementation of tools like UDisc and additional course review websites, you can learn specifics about courses that are thousands of miles away. Let’s not overlook the importance of both live and post-produced tournament coverage as well, a feature that’s really helped to push the sport in front of more eyes than ever before.

When you think about it, the spirit behind disc golf has pretty much stayed the same over the last several decades, but the ways in which we engage with it are so different now. Is it better? Do these tools really help us? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Plan For Your Holiday Season With Dynamic Discs


We can’t believe it’s that time again - it seems as if the moment Halloween decorations come down, holiday decor is already up! Some wait until after Thanksgiving to deck their halls, but there’s no denying that savvy shoppers are already starting to think about their gift list. If you procrastinated last year or simply had no idea what to buy some of your closest friends, we have a few ideas for you.

Last year we featured a lot of smaller items that you can buy as stocking stuffers, including minis, apparel, and gift cards for those who are slightly pickier. This year, we’re focusing solely on plastic as we have some pretty unique options for the disc golfers in your life.

Taking Custom To A New Level

While this probably toes the line between an appropriate holiday gift and something that’s awesome for your next tournament, we figure it’s worth mentioning nonetheless. After all, when you understand how much time and energy goes into running an event, anything that others can do to help is like a gift in and of itself.

Dynamic Discs recently announced on our Facebook page the new Custom Run program, which allows you to take your tournament discs to another level. This program is designed to better support your event or even a personal business by helping you to create and promote a unique new product. This allows your local disc golf scene to better market your brand through the design of really awesome discs. If you’re interested in the Custom Run program, and perhaps want to give the gift of discs to your loved ones, contact us on Facebook.

Your Face… On A Disc

Have you ever wondered how so many people seem to throw DD plastic that has some crazy stuff on it? Whether it’s a picture of someone’s face, a beloved pet, or just a super cool design, our DyeMax program has been able to help you express yourself through your discs for years. While we have come up with some really cool designs that are ready to purchase, we also encourage you to design something that’s all your own.

In most instances, our team can convert your image on to a disc in as little as 48 business hours, but we don’t advise that you wait until the last minute to place your order either. Shopping on December 23rd isn’t great for anyone, right? It pays to plan ahead, so make sure to carefully read all of the requirements before placing your DyeMax order.

Discs for the holidays is always a good idea, and whether you’re in need of a gag gift for a white elephant exchange or you want to design something that’s meaningful for your special someone, both of our custom programs are ready to make your dreams a reality. Don’t forget to buy a little something for yourself as well, and make sure to check out everything in the Dynamic Discs store for additional gift ideas!