Discraft Ringer and Ringer GT Review

Discraft Ringer and Ringer GT Review

Discraft’s Ringer, originally released in Pro-D, has now been released in the adjusted Ringer GT mold available in Jawbreaker and Soft-X plastics.  We’ve been testing the Ringer for some time and Discraft just recently sent us a Ringer GT in both plastics to review.  Both molds left our ears ringing with confidence from the number of chain hits.  
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DiscStore Monthly Box Plus Giveaway

DiscStore Monthly Box Plus Giveaway

DiscStore’s first DiscMember monthly disc golf subscription boxes are out!  We’ve seen a few monthly curation boxes in the past that were appealing but haven’t stayed around for long.  However, DiscStore’s DiscMember subscription has a few unique features that promise to keep it going for the long term.  DiscStore sent us a box so we could show you what to expect, keep reading for information on subscription specials and details on how you can win a FREE box from DiscStore! 

DiscStore Monthly Subscription

First, here’s what to expect inside the DiscMember disc golf subscription box:

  • A new release or one of a kind disc.  July’s box includes a first run Prodigy X5.
  • Assorted disc golf apparel or accessory.  This month was a Grow the Sport Dry Fit, next month is a mystery Dry Fit polo!
  • Disc golf accessory such as the T-Rex mini marker from this box or a mini can topper in next month’s box.
  • Disc golf sticker

Full details can be found on the disc golf monthly subscription page.  Other benefits include a personal discount code to get 10% off orders at DiscStore, free shipping on your orders, $10 giftcard for referring friends, and a few others.  This is all at $24.99.  There’s still time to get your July box if you haven’t yet, and if you mention ““Puttheads” in the comments you’ll receive a $10 giftcard to DiscStore!  August’s box will be shipping out in a month and the upcoming apparel and accessories have been announced through next year. 

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Posted by Disc Golf Puttheads on Monday, July 3, 2017

DiscStore Disc Golf Box Giveaway

Are you ready to win a DiscStore DiscMember box of your own?  Just head over to our social channels and follow Disc Golf Puttheads and DiscStore then find the giveaway post and do these things!

Facebook – Follow DiscStore and Disc Golf Puttheads, like the post, comment with a disc golf item or disc that you’d like to see in a box.

Instagram – Follow DiscStore and Disc Golf Puttheads, like the post, tag 3 friends.

Twitter – Follow DiscStore and Disc Golf Puttheads, like and retweet.

One entry per person per social platform.  Winner will be chosen randomly from all valid entries on Wednesday of next week and will receive one free box.

Good luck and happy throwing!

https://www.discmember.com/products/disc-golf-monthly-subscription

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DGPH Custom Hot Stamped Putters

DGPH Custom Hot Stamped Putters

Custom stamped Disc Golf Puttheads putters are now available!

We’ve just launched the store with a selection of Prime Judges and Classic Slammers so you can have your own!  These are fundraiser discs and all proceeds will go directly into keeping the site up and running and ensuring the podcast lives on.  Supply of discs for our first fundraiser is limited so grab the one you want quickly!

All good fundraisers come with a few exciting incentives, so with each order we’re including the following:

  • A DGPH sticker
  • A thank-you note personally signed
  • Your name mentioned on the next podcast as a supporter (if desired) 
  • One entry to win a random disc from Rodney or Chris’ personal collection

At the end of July we’ll pick two names out all the people who placed orders and each winner will be sent one disc from either Chris or Rodney with a short story of its history. 

Wait, there’s one more perk!  Anyone who invests in a DGPH Slammer and posts an image on socials with us tagged will have a chance to be quoted in our upcoming Slammer review.  We’ll choose a random winner from all entries whenever our Slammer review is complete and ask you for your opinion to add to the article.

Prime Judges are $15 and Classic Slammers are $17.  Shipping for each disc is $4 and unfortunately we are unable to ship outside of the US for this fundraiser, but we’ll research options for the future. 

Here’s our store link: http://dgputtheads.com/store

Thank you all so much for your support, we couldn’t do this without you!

Chris & Rodney

The DG Puttheads

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9 Things I’ve Learned By Not Playing Disc Golf

9 Things I’ve Learned By Not Playing Disc Golf

I haven’t played disc golf frequently for the past year and a half.  Some you already know that I have been working on my Master’s degree, which unfortunately takes priority over disc golf.  I am, however, fortunate enough to have a field behind my office to throw discs during my lunch hour.  While getting back to field work after taking weeks off at a time, I have recognized a few patterns and learned a few important lessons about my game.  Hopefully some of these disc golf insights can help you also.

Inconsistency Makes Improvement Difficult

Let’s start with a simple concept.  Inconsistency in almost any aspect of life is rarely conducive for improvement and his includes your disc golf game.  Inconsistent disc golfing has hampered my ability to improve and my overall disc golf skills have not improved significantly over the past year and a half. If I want to get better, I need to get out and disc golf more consistently.  My post graduation plan includes more disc golf!

Fundamentals Can Save Your Game

I have had to prioritize which aspects of my game to work on in my limited time on the course.  As a result I have lost some distance and don’t have all the shots I used to.  Regardless of this, my scores have not decreased significantly.  The reason is because my fundamentals are strong and I have maintained consistency.  I predict that I’ll begin improving again once school is out and I can play more often.

important disc golf fundementals

Your Body Changes

Each time I throw after taking time off, I notice that my form has changed.  Some of this is due to muscle memory loss, but a lot of it is from my body changing.  Gaining or losing weight, sustaining or recovering from injury, flexibility and muscular balance all affect your form.  The longer you stay off the course, the more your body changes and you may need to adjust your form when you grab your disc again.

Disc Golf Requires Muscles You Rarely Use

To be fair I have know this for a long time.  Still, sore back and arm muscles remind me of this every time I hit the course after a hiatus.  I run and lift weights frequently but nothing hits my disc golf muscles like playing disc golf.   

I Have Bad Habits

We all have bad habits in our form.  In some cases we are aware of them and other cases we are not.  I have found that taking time off can help break me of some of those bad habits and allow me to work on purifying my form.  Unfortunately you may also be likely to forget some of the good habits that are difficult to maintain, but let’s go glass-half-full here.  The important thing is for you to identify what has changed in your form and rebuild with the proper technique.

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Knowledge Is Powerful

While away from the course, I have read many disc golf articles and watched a number of videos.  The extra time I have spent researching about technique and strategy has taught me many things I would not have discovered on the course myself.  I also rediscovered lessons that I had learned years ago.  Now I have a list of form items to work on with my newly purified form and I have new strategies to improve my game.  Knowledge has the potential to propel my game beyond what it has ever been.  Of course knowing these things is only the start and I will need to execute properly when I return to the course.

New Discs are Motivating

Let’s be honest, I really don’t need more discs.  But sometimes when I haven’t been to the course in a while picking up a new disc can keep my excitement level high.  Just having a new disc arrive at my door gets me thinking about throwing and can encourage me to get in a field testing session during lunch.  Even though a field session isn’t an 18 hole round, it’s still disc golf.

Old Reliable Discs are Important

Reliable disc discraft crushWe’ve always preached and intimate knowledge of your discs.  This is even more important after you’ve taken time off and are returning to the disc golf course.  If you have a few reliable discs that you’ve thrown for many years then leaning more heavily on those discs can help you get back into your groove.  Knowing how your old faithful discs should feel in your and how they should fly will provide indications of how your throw is working.  Plus a little added consistency can go a long ways.

Disc Golf Makes Me Feel Good

Seems pretty obvious right?  Well here’s what I mean.  I don’t just feel good when I am on the course and it’s not just a matter of having fun to reduce stress.  I know an awful lot about disc golf and I love talking about discs and strategy. When I participate in something that I know and love so much, it improves my overall confidence.  I carry this confidence with me through the rest of my life and there is a noticeable difference from when I play disc golf and when I don’t.  Disc golf is a staple in my life.

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Discraft Mini Disc Round

Discraft Mini Disc Round

Have you thrown any of the Discraft mini disc series yet?  Stop what you’re doing, get a mini, and go throw.  These mini discs are serious fun on the course and add a new element of challenge to disc golf.  Discraft has sent us a number of mini discs of the past month and we recently took 8 out to the course and recorded our round, you can see the video below.

Here’s what we threw:

  • Mini Buzzz
  • Mini Buzzz (Big Z)
  • Mini Nuke (Big Z)
  • Mini Undertaker (Big Z)
  • Mini Crank (Big Z)
  • Mini Comet (Big Z)
  • Mini Challenger (Jawbreaker)
  • Mini Zone (Jawbreaker)

We were amazed at the stability of these mini discs.  You may expect them to turn out of control, but they actually fly like lightweight full-sized discs of the same mold!  The do of course have a propensity to lift when thrown hard and frequently drop through the chains and cage, but you’ll be amazed by the glide.

See available Discraft Mini Discs and get your own now!

Here’s our Discraft Mini Discs Only video from the lakeside course at Kenwood Heritage Park in Cadillac, Michigan over Memorial Day Weekend:

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In The Bag With Disc Golf Chris

In The Bag With Disc Golf Chris

A number of you have recently requested that Rodney and I record In the Bag disc golf videos.  We review putters and talk about discs constantly, but we haven’t given you a good feel of our bag build-out.  Both of us have been adjusting our bags since last season, but we’re finally in a place where we’re essentially set for the 2017 season.  This is my In the Bag video.

We’re giving you three options:  You can watch on YouTube, listen on the Just Throw Podcast or meet up with us at Burchfield Park and see my bag in person!

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Discraft Machete Review

Discraft Machete Review

The Discraft Machete is designed to provide consistency and confidence in all situations.  It does the job well.  The Machete is an overstable distance driver that will cut your score no matter the weather conditions.  Discraft sent us a Machete to test and review and we quickly concluded that it lives up to its name.
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Disc Golf Course Design: Inscribing Lifestyle into Underutilized Landscapes

Disc Golf Course Design: Inscribing Lifestyle into Underutilized Landscapes

There is no argument that disc golf is increasing at an unprecedented rate. New courses are constantly in development and Steven Dodge even predicts that disc golf will be considered ‘conventional golf’ in the 2020’s. The question then begs, with the quick increase in courses and relatively short existence to study courses and their layout, have we been optimally designing the courses?

Clearly there are amazing success stories such as Flip City in Michigan which I had the pleasure to visit this past summer. Then there are the stories of less than successful courses such as Polliwog Park which was closed for lack of safety. There are, of course, design experts who have created amazing layouts, but what happens when we can’t (reach important stakeholders early in the process? Can we improve even more on the expert designs? And most importantly, how can a course be designed that will encourage disc golfers of all types will want to return to and play over and over again?  Master course designer John Houck talks about the importance of “replayability” over the years and is currently seeking alliances with licensed landscape architects to bolster the legitimacy of projects with land managers.

Michael Plansky has a few ideas. In fact, he wrote an entire Master’s thesis on designing disc golf courses by taking advantage of land that is not used to its full capacity. He published this work into a book called ‘Disc Golf Course Design: Inscribing Lifestyle into Underutilized Landscapes’. He provided us with a copy of the book to read and review and we were amazed by the toughness of the study and the depth of history provided.

Here’s the catch, Michael steps away from only designing through experience and empirical knowledge of what disc golfers like. In true academic fashion, Michael takes a multidisciplinary approach including theory from environmental design, sociology, athletics, and statistics among others. You may ask why this matters. This matters because disc golf is not just a game, disc golf is a way of life, a “lifestyle sport” if you will, and the reasons that we love disc golf transcend boundaries of play into large life themes.

disc golf leisure and playThe book begins with a history of disc golf which allows you to understand the evolution into the game we have today. There are many commonalities between this chapter and The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf, but of course there are many unique pieces. One outstanding ability Michael has is flowing sections of writing together not only so they feel natural, but to add value into the lesson. Chapter 2 delves into the psychology behind play and leisure activities and builds upon the history of disc golf that had been presented earlier. The concepts of leisure, along with with its history, have a large impact on how we respond to a disc golf course. This is built upon by introducing landscape architecture and urban design theory. This is where Michael begins to hint at how we can view course design in a larger scope than disc golf alone.

A crucial aspect of Michael’s study is researching why disc golfers enjoy disc golf. This may seem trivial, but it’s not; every disc golfer loves disc golf for different reasons and those reasons manifest themselves within the courses themselves. Michael spent time at four disc golf courses near Los Angeles, conducted the surveys himself, and analyzed the results. I’ll let you read the book yourself to get the details, but a number of themes emerged and the prominent themes differed between courses.Attraction to disc golf

Michael concludes the book with a chapter that makes specific recommendations on course design. Again, I’m not going to give away his secrets, but the recommendations cover optimal course distributions, landscape characteristics, cultural development, and course features. Combine these recommendations with the course routing categories that he provides at the beginning of the book, and you’ve got a number of seriously powerful ideas that may help your course become a gold standard.

disc golf course routing layoutsThe book is loaded with visuals to help present the ideas in each section. As you have seen above, the visuals range from rough sketches, to tables and comprehensive diagrams. Not only does this give an academic work a nice feel, but it allows you to truly comprehend the information that he describes. And in case you’re the type of person that wants to see every detail, there is a full resource section in the back that contains all the data, surveys, references and more!

This book is a serious disc golf course design book. It holds an enormous amount of knowledge and value for anyone who is excited about course design. Even if you’re not into course design, you stand to gain incredible insight from the concepts that have been presented. I’ve mentioned before, both in this article and in past content, I believe that disc golf needs a higher amount of comprehensive studies and data to flourish and the process and conclusions that Michael Plansky has presented in ‘Disc Golf Course Design: Inscribing Lifestyle into Underutilized Landscapes’ are shining examples.

‘Disc Golf Course Design: Inscribing Lifestyle into Underutilized Landscapes’ is available here on Amazon.

 

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