Things You Oughta Know… Part 2!

As promised, here is the second half of “Things You Oughta Know.” In this post, I’m going to discuss helpful websites and tutorial videos. My hope is that if you have any questions that I cannot answer, you can still find the answer elsewhere.

With that said, let’s do this thing!

Helpful Videos

When I began disc golfing, I transitioned from years of Ultimate Frisbee, in which I threw mainly forehand passes. So when I started disc golf, I was still in the habit of forehand throws. But I sucked. And no matter how much I practiced, my forehand never got better. It was suggested to me that I tried backhand throws (which is the most common throw among discers). I did, but I didn’t do well. I was referred to a few instructional videos that REALLY taught me a lot.

Discmania Golf Discs puts out a bunch of instructional videos and tip videos that are seriously useful! Even now, I still go back and watch them for pick-me-ups.

This video if my favorite and most viewed. I learn something new from it every time I watch it.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChdB7pMrMUpJJfXsNd4zF0A

All of the videos on their channel are really great, and you should definitely check them out!!!

Helpful Websites

It may be obvious by now from all of my links to it in previous posts, but I friggin’ LOVE DiscGolfCenter.com. They give you every brand, every disc, and every detail. You like a certain brand? Well, they give you every statistic you need to know what disc is best for you. They also sell accessories. I have bought all of my discs from here. LOVE IT.

For you lady discers out there, join DOLLS! Disc on! Ladies League.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Disc.On.Ladies.League/
Their mission is to get more females involved in the great sport. You can connect with other girls who love the sport just like you. Makes you feel included and a little more confident in your game (especially if you’re used to throwing with a guys).

And finally…

SportDiscs.com Misprints.
Here, they sell perfectly fine discs that have a blemish in the stamp or was misprinted. The discs are all brand new and absolutely nothing is wrong with the manufacturing except the stamp on top. They sell these discs super cheap.
You can get a 10 pack for $50. They’ll send you 10 miscellaneous discs all of similar plastic type. Then you get to test a bunch of different types of discs. And if you don’t like some of them, you can resell them online. It’s a win-win-win situation. You get nice discs for cheap, get to try a bunch of different types of discs, and can potentially make money off of them. How can you go wrong?!

 

I really hope that this has been useful!

Can’t wait to see you again soon!

 

Things You Oughta Know… Part 1

So, today I wanted to focus on a few sites and brands you should know about as a disc golfer. First, I’ll focus on certain brand discs and why they’re good. and, then, in another post, I’ll focus on some websites and videos that are really helpful.

Ok, let’s just get right into it. These are the best disc brands (in my humble opinion) and why. Starting with the most popular…

Innova
Now, a lot of people tend to say that Innova discs are bad because they produce so many discs that not all of them are quality discs. But, I tend to disagree. Yes, it is true that they’re the only brand sold in places like Walmart and Sports Authority, and not really the best quality. But that’s because they only sell they’re cheaper plastics, and the only people buying from those stores are beginners and players who don’t really care, just want something fun to do.
That said, the better plastics — Champion, Echo Star, StarLite, GStar, and Star — fly really well straight out of the box. And in time, they wear in, naturally adjusting to you personally and get gradually more and more dependable to more you throw it.

Learn more here.

My Innova gear.

My Innova

Personally, my favorite disc to throw is the Champion Valkyrie. Champion plastic is reasonably priced and flies really well. Unlike lesser plastics — DX, R-Pro, and Pro — it is very stable and reliable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latitude 64º

If you’re in the market of a really great mid-range, I absolutely recommend a disc from Latitude 64º.

Their mid-ranges are built to be great for those with a powerful arm and, likewise, controlled by those with less power. Most Latitude 64º discs are manufactured to have a lot of glide power. So, even if you, as a thrower, don’t have the power to throw far distances, the glide of the disc will carry it and keep it in flight longer, giving you that extra distance to approach the basket.

www.latitude64.se

www.latitude64.se

Putters

If you prefer firmer-plastic putters, I highly recommend the Evo Wizard made by Gateway Discs. It is a wonderful approach disc and will hold any line you throw it in with minimal turn and fade.

Now, if you prefer softer, gummier plastic putters, then I recommend (and I’ve mentioned this disc before) the Super Stupid Soft Wizard, also made by Gateway Discs. The softer plastic will grab onto the chains and stick in the basket instead of bouncing off, which happens a lot with firmer plastics.

Gateway Discs make really amazing putters.

But, I would ALSO recommend the Soft Challenger made by Discraft. I recently picked this one up and have been absolutely loving it. It’s a softer plastic, making it stick to the chains, yet firm enough that it holds its line during an approach.

Left: Evo Wizard Right: Discraft Soft Challenger

Left: Evo Wizard
Right: Discraft Soft Challenger

Now, I throw these two mainly. I use my Evo for longer approaches, and then once in the circle, I use the Challenger.

Nothing is more satisfying than hearing the chains rattle, am I right?

Hope you found this helpful!!

See you next week with Part 2 of this post!

 

Playing in the Snow

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As the weather gets colder and the snow deepens, a lot of disc golfers will scurry away from the course and wait until the weather is warmer and the ice has thawed.

But then there are the discers in my family.

My brother and I tend to not care what the weather is like when it comes to disc golf. Single digit temperatures? Few inches of snow? That won’t stop us.

The cold weather adds a challenge to the game. Not to mention, finding courses that keep baskets up year round is a little difficult. Thankfully, there a few within reasonable driving distance near us.

If you’re just as crazy as we are, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Bundle Up!
Stay warm at all costs. Wear layers. But it’s also imperative to maintain full mobility. Too many thick layers will change your range of mobility and adds more of an obstacle while throwing. I tend to wear a light sweatshirt and a fleece jacket over that with leggings under sweatpants. I still layer up, but I don’t use a thick sweatshirt or thick jacket, that way I can still move with ease.

Still a little cold, but at least I can move!

Still a little cold, but at least I can move!

EXTRA TIP: A pair of finger-less gloves are perfect for throwing. It allows your to still grip your disc firmly, and then while you’re hiking between throws, they keep your  fingers warm!

www.totes-isotoner.com

www.totes-isotoner.com

Putter
It’s also wise to use a gummier putting disc instead of the firmer type. The icy air makes it harder for discs to cling to the chains, and gummy discs will definitely help with that.
EXTRA TIP: I recommend a Super Stupid Soft Wizard made by Gateway Discs.

 

Don’t let a little snow ruin your game. Just think of how great you’ll be when the snow thaws and everyone else is playing because you will have had an entire 3 to 4 months of practice. Remember to stay warm and have a great time!

Snowy Valkyrie

See you soon!

Forest Frustration

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Alright. Today’s gonna be a little different. Today I need to vent.

Last weekend, my friend took me to a new course. Ever been to Valley View Park in New Berlin, WI? Well, it’s a fantastic disc golf course! It’s 18 holes and all the holes are within my range, meaning they’re a little shorter. What makes the course interesting/ exciting is that about half of the holes are located within the forest, giving the course a little more of a challenge.

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Heavily wooded course

Here’s where my frustration comes in.

See, I’m used to more open courses, like the ones in Wales, WI; Sussex, WI; and Delafield, WI. At these, the courses are open, allowing me to utilize more area for my throws. I mainly use Innova Valkyries and, when I throw, I tend to throw wide and let the disc cut back into the center – the hyzer shot.

The issue with this is when I get to a hole in the woods, I ALWAYS HIT TREES! It is the single most frustrating thing ever. The people I disc with, who are, admittedly, WAY better than me, tell me to throw flat and correct my form, and when I do what they say, I still end up hitting trees.  When I was at Valley View, I was hitting tree after tree. I got so frustrated I actually stopped throwing for a few holes. I had to calm myself and divert my mind before I could resume. And after I did that, my game improved. Not that much, but enough to keep myself content.

My friend doing A LOT better than me at this point in the game.

My friend doing A LOT better than me at this point in the game.

Anyway, I wanted to write this entry because I wanted to remind all of you to keep the faith. Sometimes, we have shitty games. If you’re like me, you’ll often have a week or month of shitty games. It’s hella frustrating. But if you keep at it, work on perfecting your form, you WILL bet better. That sounds so cheesy, but it’s true.

It’s getting cold out! Who here doesn’t give a damn about the weather and keeps disc golfing anyway? I know I’m still planning on discing throughout winter!

See ya’ll soon.

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Make It Soar

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Hey Discers!

If you’re anything like me, then you understand the struggle of throwing a disc and ending up in the bushes. What makes it even more frustrating is the fact that you’ve thrown that disc dozens of times and it’s completely unpredictable. If this is the case, there are two issues here: Your form, and not understanding how the disc will fly.

Today, we’re going to focus on making understanding how discs fly. This will help you determine how to throw it, and help you predict how it will fly and where it will land.

Flight Rating System

That’s right. The Flight Rating System (FRS) is used to help discers determine how their disc will fly. On most discs, the FRS can be found on the bottom of the front of the disc. The FRS is divded into four main categories: Speed, Glide, Turn, Fade.

Speed

Speed is the ability for a disc to slice through the air. Speed is ranked 1 through 13; lower numbers are slower, higher numbers are much faster. To throw a slow disc, you need a lot of power and might in your form in order for it to go farther, and it is near impossible to make the disc go past the basket. Faster discs are easier to throw and will go farther into the wind with less effort.

Glide

Discs with higher glide are better for newer players because glide is the disc’s ability to stay aloft in flight. Higher glide will give the disc more distance. Glide is rated 1 to 7.

Turn

Turn predicts the disc’s tendency for banking to the right or turning over. The ratings are +1 to -5. +1 is the most unlikely to turn over, whereas -5 will turn the hardest.

Fade

Fade describes the disc’s habit for hooking to the left after a turn. It is ranked from 0 to 5. 0 will remain straight and true to the path the disc is taking; 5 will hook the hardest. So, if you have a disc that turns with a -5, the best way to correct the sharp turn is with a fade of 5.

 

Champion Valkyrie

On this disc, the FRS is represented by the four numbers: 9 for speed, 4 for glide, -2 for turn, 2 for fade. We can tell from this that the disc has decent speed (9 is a great speed for beginners, not too fast to be unpredictable and not too slow that you need considerable power to throw it). It has moderate glide, meaning that it will give extra distance, but not too much to make it unstable. It has a turn of -2 and a fade of 2, meaning that during the flight, the disc will bank slightly to the right, but the fade is enough to correct it. If you aim this disc directly at the basket, it will waver with the turn, but will hook back and remain true to the course.

 

How do you predict this disc will throw? Leave your answer in the comments!!  
Champion Groove

 

Join me next week for a lesson in form!

See you soon, my fellow discers!

Time to Fly: An Introduction to Flying Plastic

Welcome Frolfers, Discers, Frisbee Golfers, or whatever you want to call yourself, to Flying Plastic.
Let me introduce myself. I’m Mel, a disc golf enthusiast, much like yourself — at least, I’m assuming you are, since you found yourself on a blog about Frisbee golf. Now, let’s get one thing straight. I am not a professional. I’m not going to pretend to be someone I most clearly am not; I am an amateur at best. I just happen to really love the sport, and my hope is that this blog will help you, and myself, get better.

DISCLAIMER: If you are here to learn about professionals, statistics, courses across the country, or anything international, this blog is not for you.

However, if you want some quality entertainment about a sport you love (or maybe just interested in), learn some technique, tips, differences between discs, specific rules, hear some funny stories, and better your game, then you have found the right blog!!

Here’s some background about myself.
My first experience with disc golf was when I was about 12 on Thanksgiving in our family friend’s backyard. Picture this; An uncoordinated little girl slipping on snow trying to get this stupid non-frisbee-looking-frisbee into some basket 400 yards away. I sucked. And I gave up on the sport entirely until about 2 years ago. Daniel, my older brother, was living in Bear Country (-insert grumpy face-), studying hard in Medical School. I don’t know how or why he started disc golfing, but he quickly became obsessed — shown in his rapidly growing collection of discs. Whenever he came home, he would beg me to come with him. Having not seen him in weeks, I agreed, despite my subtle hatred for the sport. Admittedly, I hated it because I sucked. Like, I really bombed. I couldn’t throw 20 yards to save my life. And the more I messed up, the more frustrated I would get. But I kept going, if only to humor my brother. And slowly, I improved; the more I improved, the more the sport grew on me.
It wasn’t until this past Spring that I really got into the game. I developed my own techniques and started going to the local courses on a regular basis, making new friends and gaining more experience.
So, when I was asked to make a blog for one of my classes, Disc Golf was the first idea that popped into my mind.

And thus, Flying Plastic.

I really hope you enjoy this blog.

What to expect next week: Predicting how a disc will fly!

Check out the cool disc I got this week

Check out the cool disc I got this week