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Indoor putting league

Indoor putting league

Last night (January 4th), the Thumb Area Disc Golf Club (TADGC) and the Heart of the Thumb Disc Golf Club (HOTTDGC) held their first indoor putting league at the Marlette Disc Golf Course.

15 people showed.   The format for our league was based on the Perfect Putt 360 app (http://perfectputt360.com/).  We set up five baskets, one at each of the five distances in the app.   

We threw in a twist though.  At the beginning of each round, a dice was rolled.   If the dice rolled was a 1 thu 5, the basket at that station was replaced with an MVP Black Hole Precision Basket (MVP Disc Sports) just to give it a twist.   

Overall, the event was a huge success and it has generated a lot of interest that hopefully translates into more coming out to play.   

I don't want to reveal the twist for next week, but it will be something that could be actually experienced on the course.   

Have a great day people!   Rock on and keep those discs a flying!

Getting to know MVP Discs: 23MM Distance Driver - Catalyst

Getting to know MVP Discs:   23MM Distance Driver - Catalyst

The last disc in the 23MM Distance Driver class is the Catalyst.  

Catalyst is an understable high speed distance driver.
The Catalyst is a perfect starter for big distance. Its stability profile lends itself to being incredibly useful even when underpowered. Catalyst is similar to a longer Wave. High power throwers will be able to control rollers, sky anhyzers, and tight turns, while average to low power players will get easy distance with great glide, and a power responsive amount of turn-to-straight. The Catalyst is molded with the same core and nice even dome as the Octane, yielding extra glide for maximum distance shots.
Catalyst Model Specs
Class: 23mm Distance Driver
Weights: 164g - 175g
Diameter: 21.1cm
Rim width: 23mm
PDGA max weight: 175.1g
After reviewing the inbounds disc golf, I was unable to pick a disc that I felt was comparable to the Catalyst.
The Catalyst, although understable, has a relatively straight flight path.   During the spin, it does turn to the right and during the fade it returns to the left.   

Getting to know MVP Discs: 23MM Distance Driver - Octane

Getting to know MVP Discs:   23MM Distance Driver - Octane

Continuing on with the 23MM Distance Driver Class, today it's the Octane's turn.   The Octane is a stable-understable driver that's definitely worth having in your bag.  

Octane falls in the general stability lineage of Switch, Amp, Inertia, and Wave, with a slow-turning profile that holds long and straight until its fade finish. The 23mm Octane is designed to be relatively less understable than its 21.5mm counterpart Wave. Average throwers should see straight flights with a bit of shallow turn, while power throwers will be able to hyzerflip for max distance and tailwind lines.

Based on the Octane's flight profile, a couple of discs you can compare it to would be the Crank by Discraft and Innova's TeeDevil.   All three have similar slow-turning profiles holding long and straight until the fade at the end.  To view a side by side view of the three, visit http://www.inboundsdiscgolf.com/content/?page_id=431&id=LR066674431831022986113777921OO and see for yourself.

But, the only way to know for sure is to pick up an Octane and throw it!   I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

Getting to know MVP Discs: 23MM Distance Driver - Nitro

Getting to know MVP Discs:   23MM Distance Driver - Nitro
The Nitro is a high speed stable-overstable distance driver.
Nitro falls in the general stability lineage of Servo, Volt, Tesla, and Photon, with a turn-resistant profile that covers ground and guarantees a fade finish. Average throwers may need lighter weights or headwinds to achieve what little turn is offered by Nitro, while power throwers will find a workable and responsive shallow turn.
Nitro Model Specs
Class: 23mm Distance Driver
Weights: 164g - 175g
Diameter: 21.1cm
Rim width: 23mm
PDGA max weight: 176g
The Nitro has a very demanding high speed requirement and rim width, but if fully powered its dome will provide excellent glide and cover massive distance.

Power throwers will be able to activate a flight extending shallow turnover, while average throwers may only see this in a headwind. With its high speed requirement and stable-overstable nature at full speed, many players may find the Nitro to be a suitable max distance overstable driver.
To learn more about the Nitro and other MVP Products, visit their page at http://mvpdiscsports.com/disc-golf-disc-models/nitro-disc-golf-distance-driver/
A good comparison to the Nitro's flight path is the Innova Destroyer and the Dynamic Discs Trespass.   
But the only way to know for sure if the Nitro is for you is to buy yourself one and take it out for a test!

Getting to know MVP Discs: 23MM Distance Driver - Energy

Getting to know MVP Discs:   23MM Distance Driver - Energy
The Energy is a demanding overstable high-speed distance driver.
Energy is designed to resist power and headwind. It will handle the hardest throws into the hardest winds and yield predictable golf flights. As the overstable bookend to the 23mm class, Energy shares its core and shallow dome with the Nitro. When you're going for max distance above all, added dome and glide is useful -- with the superb line-holding properties of GYRO™, the Energy is able to take advantage of this glide without sacrificing its wind resistance.
Energy Model Specs
Class: 23mm Distance Driver
Weights: 164g - 175g
Diameter: 21.1cm
PDGA max weight: 175.1g
The Energy is fast and overstable -- simply put, it takes a lot of energy to get this disc moving.

Power throwers will find it reliable into headwinds with a long straight flight before fading. Average power throwers will find significantly shorter lines from the Energy, and it may better suit a utility role such as skip shots and headwind spikes.
A good equivalent would be the energy flies like a faster monster or XXX.

Word of the day..

Word of the day..

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take a lesson with Scott Stokely, PDGA #3140.   I was excited to meet him, to get a chance to pick his brain, and most importantly, find ways to improve my game.

We started working on my backhand first, the only throw that's in my arsenal.   He watched me throw and then pointed out some area I needed improvement in.   We also had a chance to start to develop my forehand but I will take another lesson from him before I move on to other throws.

His lesson was clear, sometimes to the point where I was "okay, I got it, stand up straight!" but Scott pounded it into my head like a good instructor does.   Overall, the experience was a great one and I plan on taking more lessons from him in the future.

Since the lesson, I've had a few chances to throw, mostly because winter decided to finally show up here in Michigan and well, I've had a lot of work to do and it didn't help that I got sick.   But, I am getting off topic.   

Today it dawned on me the one word Scott and I didn't discuss, and it's the word that best describes how I feel about my game now.   That word is confidence.   

I did throw a few days ago in my back yard and I took a picture of my walking trails of retrieving my discs.   I sent it to Scott and pointed out to him why two went to the left and one went way to the right.   His response was something along the lines of it's good that I know why those throws were off.

His last words to me gave me a ton of confidence, I now feel that when I throw, I'll know what I'm doing wrong and be able to make adjustments to correct it.   Don't get me wrong, my game has a long way to go before I'll be satisfied, if ever.   But for now, I'll take my new confidence in my game!   

If you are interested in a video lesson from Scott Stokely, you can contact him and I'm sure he'll gladly give you the details and work with you.   You can reach Scott at sostokely@gmail.com

Merry Christmas everyone!

Let it snow let it snow let it snow...

Let it snow let it snow let it snow...

Sunday, December 11th was my first time ever playing disc golf in the snow and I gotta tell you, I had a blast!

I admit, I do miss playing with short sleeved shirt and shorts, but there was just something magical about the snow.  

It was a challenge to find the discs and I learned quickly what the tell tale signs were on where a disc landed.   And, of course, my white discs stayed in my bag.   In hind site I'm not sure why I even had them, I should've known better.

Staying warm wasn't an issue for me.   I was like an ogre and had layers.   I was pretty warm and even ended up sweating.  

My biggest problem was my footwear.   They did not get a grip on the tee pad.   I had to really do my steps slowly and deliberately to avoid slipping and falling.   So, new shoes are on the way.

So, this rookie got out there and had a good time.   That means you old pros shouldn't have a problem either.   

Hope to see you on the course soon!   Rock on everybody!

Winter Disc Golfing

Winter Disc Golfing

This is my first winter playing disc golf.   I don't like it!   The days are too short and maybe it's because I haven't played long enough but I don't like glow golf.   Before you try to burn me at the stake, at least let me finish my thoughts.

Since my disc golf career is still in its infancy, I am not the most accurate thrower.   Sometimes the disc goes where I want it to, but other times it goes in odd directions and even sometimes in directions that defies physics.   So, putting glow tape on my discs and or LED lights only add to my frustration of wondering where my disc went to this time.

With the days getting shorter, I have less playing time with daylight.   So, I try to do indoor activities when the sun is sleeping and try to get out and throw when the sun shines.   

But, the end is near!   In 19 days it'll be the winter solstice!  Which means in less than 3 weeks, the days will start getting longer again!   So, my positive attitude will return and I will anxiously await the arrival of Spring!

Several friends have told me that the more I play in the winter, the better I will be when Spring arrives.   I've heard various explanations as to why and I'm willing to accept every one of the reasons.   I know when Spring arrives, I will be playing better!

So, another post without a purpose to my ramblings.   But hey, my store is so new, I will be shocked if anyone is even reading my blog yet!

Rock on People!

Working with new manufacturers

Working with new manufacturers

I'm excited for the things to come here at www.disc-ount.com, home of the daily disc deal!

I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Lex, the new putter coming out from the Disc King!

In addition, I've been in contact with other manufacturers about selling their products and it's looking promising!

In the meantime, like all of you, I've been enjoying the warm weather and throwing as often as I can!

Have a great day!

Your favorite disc

Your favorite disc

So, if someone asks you what's your favorite disc, how do you respond?   Do you go into great detail about the manufacturer, specific disc, weight, color, etc?   Or do you generalize it?   

Me, I start off by saying the Signal is my favorite disc.   If that gets more questions then I go into more details.   I know for me the signal is extremely comfortable to throw and I have a tendency to get the best results out of it.

If I had a play a course with just one disc, it would be the signal.   What about you?   Do you have just one disc that you would play a course with?

Tomorrow will bring another Daily Disc-ount and maybe it'll be your favorite disc or soon to be favorite.   If you are guessing tomorrow's disc is going to be the signal, you are wrong.   I don't want to spoil it for you but I will say that it's an MVP.

 

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