Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Nose Angle, Prototype Discs in Tournaments, and more on Disc Golf Answer Man #302


Questions we answered on this episode:

I've been playing for a little bit under a year and when I first started, I would throw mostly nose up. I worked hard on fixing that and now the majority of the time I throw nose down. My issue now is that I tend to release most of my throws with a low angle of trajectory (closer to the ground vs up to the sky). They tend to not go above 8-10 feet off the ground but when I watch pros they seem to throw really high into the sky and still manage to get really good distance. Would their throws be further if they threw them with a lower trajectory? Or is the slightly raised trajectory needed for further distance? What are the pros and cons for different angles of trajectory?

Been using a prototype putter for a few weeks now. The disc was approved by the PDGA this week. Will I be able to use my prototypes in a sanctioned tournament or do I have to purchase and use the actual named disc once they become available for purchase?

Hi DGAMily FAMily! Recently, my daughter was in a local b tier tourney. Lots of pros showed up and it was a huge event (230+ entries). Issues started to arise from the first email from the TD. Had issues with Caddy books, typos on rules in the book, and even issues with the payouts! My question: does the pdga accept feedback in regards to TDs? Are they certain guidlines a TD is to follow or is it a free for all? The easy answer would be to just keep an eye out for this guys tourneys and not play them. What are your thoughts?

I've been playing disc golf for a little under a year, and my game is progressing nicely (thanks to you guys). One thing I've been having issues with is judging the distance-to-basket, during disc selection. Do any of you use (or recommend) rangefinders during a round, or do most people simply "feel" the distance through experience?

Hey guys, I had a quick question about the lucid x tour series discs. What qualifies a Dynamic Discs team member to be able to have a tour series disc in the lucid x plastic? Does a player have to play really well in tournaments or something like that? One of the main players that made me think this was Chris Clemons. Is there not a specific disc he would want in the lucid x plastic or does he just not have the opportunity right now to have a tour series disc? Just curious because if he had a tour series disc I would buy like 5 of them because he is my favorite player.

I am starting a new job at a higher elevation (4500 ish) area and want to keep playing. I play an occasional tournament at lower elevation (300 ft.). I am still pretty new. Throwing fairway drivers around 300 ft. Should i build a different bag for higher elevation and a separate for lower? How much of a difference will this elevation affect my discs?

My question is in regards to putting stance. In preparation to make the jump to advanced this next season, I have spent the off-season really trying to get consistent 35-50ft putts. In doing so, I realized that I really like the way step putting feels. Obviously, I can't step putt in the circle but I wanted to try and recreate that as best as I could for my C1 putting. This caused me to look at a staggered stance with my left foot forward rather than the traditional right foot forward. I have been putting with it for a month-ish now and l love it, hitting around 90% of my c1 putts in casual rounds! Is there a reason why most right-handed players go right foot forward? I know comfort is the first answer that comes to mind but is that the only reason?

I was just watching USDGC Final Round first hole on Jomez and Nate Sexton has a putt from OB. In the commentary he says he wishes he could have taken a knee to make the putt but there was thorns on the ground. Could he have put a towel or a pad on the ground to alleviate the thorns or is this against the rules?

Hey DGAM crew! Love the podcast and am learning lots from listening to older episodes. I am a fairly new player (started in October) and am having trouble with tunnel holes.

I was wondering what you aim for on these type of holes. Do you focus on the basket or at the initial gap. With the Snowy weather here is Nova Scotia I haven't had a chance to go practice but was wondering what you guys think I should work on.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

GROW THE SPORT - Tag Matches

By: Doug Bjerkaas


I learned how to play disc golf in Abilene, Texas. I was lucky enough to have been introduced to the sport by some locals who were heavily involved in the local disc golf scene. After three weeks of playing, I came out for my first “mini” event. “Minis” cost $5 to play, and I had my choice between signing up for the amateur pool or a pro pool. The amateur pool played for discs, and the pro pool played for money. I initially spent several months donating $5 each week towards plastic for the other amateurs who were winning. I did finally start to win some plastic, and eventually, I ended up playing for cash with the pros. While this progression was very instrumental in me growing into the disc golfer I am today, it sure had a cost. While I like “pay to play” leagues like the “minis” I played in Abilene, it was in Denver that I discovered “tag matches” and have ever since advocated that they are perfect for growing the sport!

What is a tag match?

Tag matches are simple. Players show up on a given time and day and give their tags to what we called the “tag master” in Denver. Sometimes called “bag tags”, these are made out of leather, metal, wood, or plastic, and are individually numbered from 1 to however many tags are made. The tag master would then randomly shuffle the tags and assign the players starting hole numbers for a shotgun start. At the conclusion of the match, the best score would be given the lowest tag. The next best score gets the next lowest tag, and so on until the worst score gets the highest numbered tag. There was no cost to play in these matches other than the initial expense to purchase the tag. Typically, an optional ace pot was added for those who wanted to throw in a buck or two.

I love this model because there is no financial decision for a player to make as to whether they play or not. They can show up with their tag, throw it into the mix, and experience a competitive round with others. My kids learned so much about disc golf by playing in competitive groups for tags as they grew up in the sport. Some weeks, they would be paired up with a local pro, and other weeks, they played against novice players who were just starting. At the end of the day, though, they could see success or failure depending on what tag they left with. I can remember my kids being ecstatic to get a two-digit tag after a match at Exposition Park in Denver when they initially arrived with a three-digit tag. It was a great way for them to see improvement as they played in a competitive environment. Growing the sport with low cost competitive options is a great way to groom folks who may someday play in competitive, PDGA-sanctioned tournaments!

Tags as a fundraiser

My first recollection of tags goes all the way back to around 2000. A new course was going into South Fort Worth at Z Boaz Park. According to local John Maiuro, Brian Mace brought the idea of tags back from Northwoods, Wisconsin, where he had seen them used as a fundraiser. Players paid a certain fee for the tag, they played for tags when they wanted to compete against each other, and money could be raised for a cause. Maiuro mentioned that when the idea was brought to south Fort Worth, almost 300 tags were sold at $20 each, and people played for them as often as they could. John, who worked for Xerox at the time, was able to make the tags for next to nothing. Close to $5,000.00 was raised to help further develop the course!

History of disc golf bag tags

While my personal recollection of tag play only went back to the Z Boaz tags in Fort Worth, Brian Mace remembers seeing them first in Wisconsin. Mace credits Terry Miller with first turning him onto the idea back when he was touring in Wisconsin. Terry had many fond memories of several Wisconsin events connected to the tags that local disc golfers were playing for in the early 2000s. In fact, the entire state has had year-long tag challenges resulting in state winners each year. As much as he wished he could, Miller could not take credit for the idea.

Terry had picked up the idea from the Club Dead Disc Golf Club in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I spoke with Scott Wilson from the Club Dead Disc Golf Club, and he reminisced fondly on the first tags that his club produced. Scott loved that the tags they made were one more “excuse for competition”. However, Wilson also could not claim the idea as his original. His first tag actually came from the Grand Rapids Dogs of Disc club.

Scott referred me to Derek Strang who told me that the early “dog-bone” tags from this old school Michigan disc golf club likely started sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s! He was not aware of another club inspiring the idea. In a time period when tournaments were few and far between, playing
for tags in Grand Rapids allowed folks “bragging rights for the week”. While my quest for the starting point for disc golf bag tags may not have lead me to the exact starting point for tags, it was interesting to find that Grand Rapids, Michigan could be the starting point. If anyone reading has an early story on disc golf bag tags that predates the dog-bones played for in Grand Rapids, please let me know your story (doug@dynamicdiscs.com).

Grooming future TDs through tags

The Mile High Disc Golf Club in Denver has scheduled and run tag matches throughout the Front Range of Colorado for many years. I personally got my first taste of running events by serving as the tag master for Tuesday night tags at Expo Park for three or four years. This experience of gathering tags, randomly assigning groups, and then distributing tags at the end of the night was a great springboard to eventually helping with sanctioned events, running sanctioned events on my own, and eventually being afforded the opportunity to TD the PDGA World Championships! Disc golf needs to keep growing. Not only does it need to grow in number of players but also in number of qualified folks that can organize and run events. Starting out being a “tag master” might just be the best first step! I know several seasoned TDs in the Colorado disc golf community that also got their start running tag matches.

Building community through tags

One of my favorite benefits to tags is the visible connection it creates between disc golfers in the area or region in which they play. Typically, tags are attached to disc golf bags or carts and can be seen by others on the golf course. Maiuro fondly recalls being able to see the “bumblebee” Z Boaz tags from across the course when someone had one on their bag. These “bumblebees” also indicated that the tag was a low number. The yellow and black tags were the first tags produced for Z Boaz. As the numbers grew, the tag colors changed.

There is certainly a connection that disc golfers make with each other. Having a visual indicator of belonging to a group of disc golfers has a benefit in starting a conversation with someone new on the course. I cannot tell you how many new people I have met in Emporia over the last three years through having an “Emporia Knows Disc Golf” tag.

Bag tags have also allowed me the opportunity to start a conversation about competitive disc golf with a local that does not have a tag. Several folks have asked about tags that are hanging on my cart, and it has given me a perfect opportunity to invite someone to a tag match. These players are often surprised that there something so accessible for new disc golfers to participate in, and it is awesome to be able to briefly explain what it is and invite them to our next match. In Emporia our tags cost $5, which basically covers the cost of the tag. Our goal has not been to raise funds (which is not necessarily a bad thing for all clubs) but to simply create another competitive way to play that is easy for a new player to jump in.

Get a tag and go play!

There are several ways to grow disc golf, and playing or running tags is one of many. I challenge every disc golfer to find some new folks and get them playing. If they get that itch for a more organized and competitive version of our sport, invite them to a tag match! If you are in a community that does not have a regular tag match…get out and start one.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Dynamic Discs Month In Review - January 2020

Dynamic Discs employees and fans are often asked, “Which of your discs are the most popular?” We tend to think that we know the answers, but some of our ideas may or may not be biased depending on our personal favorites. It’s time to put all that speculation to rest with some COLD, HARD FACTS. It’s time for the Dynamic Discs Month In Review.

Some discs may appear twice or more because of different plastic types. Here are December's top sellers:

  1. Opto Glimmer Diamond
  2. Lucid Raider
  3. Zero Medium Keystone
  4. Zero Hard Keystone
  5. Lucid EMAC Truth
  6. Classic Blend Burst Judge
  7. Lucid Maverick
  8. Prime Burst EMAC Truth
  9. Prime Burst Judge
  10. Opto River
  11. Prime Judge
  12. Lucid Trespass
  13. Opto Ballista Pro
  14. Opto Explorer
  15. Fuzion Raider
  16. Opto Diamond 170+g Carat
  17. Opto Fuse
  18. Opto Diamond
  19. VIP Harp
  20. Prime Warden


The Diamond has always been one of our best sellers because of its appeal to newer players and players with slower arms, but in January, the Diamond claimed THREE spots in the Top 20! The Glimmer Diamond came out looking fantastic, but we shouldn’t overlook the usefulness of the 170+ version for players beyond the beginner level. After the Diamond claimed the throne, the Raider hung around for the 2nd and 15th spots, making a splash in lots of players’ bags. Putters hold several spots again, as the Keystone, Judge, Harp, and Warden make January’s list. The Explorer makes the list again, and people love it for that dependable, straight flight with a subtle finish. A standout newcomer to the list, the Opto Fuse is an easy-to-control midrange that deserves a shot in your bag! Last but not least - would we even have a Top 20 list without the EMAC Truth?! Doubt it.

Thanks for joining us in looking at a snapshot of our best sellers. Which discs are you surprised to see off the list? Leave a comment below, and let us know why your favorite disc should make February’s Month in Review!
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Primary putting style, Dynamic Discs on Twitch, and more disc golf questions on DGAM Ep 301


Questions from this episode:


What is the relationship between distance and how high the disc is thrown, and how does the stability come into play? For the sake of the question let's assume discs are thrown flat or on a hyzerflip.

Hello there DGAM, I'm from the north of Sweden where we have long and dark winters and short but blissful discgolf seasons. I want to know how I could recruit more players to the sport, even though the actual discgolf courses only are pleasant to play at during the "warmer" half of the year. And how can I help maintaining peoples interest during the off-season? 

I’ve been playing disc golf for about 2 years now. I would say my biggest struggle in the game (as many others) is putting. I am a spin putter and some days my putts will be on and there will be times where I just get the yips. I try to slow down and really focus but sometimes the yips for me are inevitable. Anyone have any tips?

I’m looking for a trilogy replacement for the Innova  pig. I have found one Pig, in particular, that is puddle top and I utilize it on just about every hole. All other pigs I’ve come across are domey. So I’m looking for a trilogy mold that is very flat to puddle top, has a similar feel to Innovas R-Pro plastic and I prefer the thumbtack that the pig offers. I like Harps but they don’t seem to be as beefy on the rim as the pig. I also tried the Slammer and it just didn’t have a similar feel

What are some gift ideas if I want to purchase a gift for my husband for Valentines Day, but I feel like he has a lot of disc golf stuff already? Any disc golf accessories that are neat but not necessarily something everyone would have?

Hello Bobby Cool Daddy Slick Breeze, Robert I wear a wig McCall, and Emac, fake course designer who is actually a spy.  All shots at Robert aside, we all like you man, I have a real question today.  I have seen Paul McBeth's gym with baskets and nets, and I was wondering if you guys could recommend a net for throwing discs into.  Second question.  What do the different levels of your teams mean?  Also you guys need to head to Freedom Park in Valdosta, Georgia.  It's a great place to play a round.

I was just watching champs vs Chumps and youtube decided to give me a ball golf commercial where a guy at a golf shop helped guy select the best driver for him using some technology to measuring his swing, angle, speed, etc. He was able to help the guy get a lot of extra distance on his drives. Do you think disc golf shops will ever do this type of thing to help people select the best driver for them? 


I started playing about 8 months ago and am really loving the sport. When I first started playing I would putt almost exclusively with a straddle putt and continued to do so for many months. However, within the last couple months I've started experimenting with different putting styles. I've found the nose up spin putt style, similiar to Simon Lizotte's, to feel more natural. So for the last 2 months I've been working on and putting with that. The question I have for you is that although the spin putt is more comfortable for me I still find that I am more consistent with the straddle putt. Given this information which form should I work on and use as my primary putting style? Should I stick with what is most consistent or should I change to what feels natural?

You can listen to the episode below, or if you'd rather watch the episode you can do so on our YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/4jCR4kkcwKc