Paul Ulibarri (PDGA #27171) Helps Disc Golfers Improve Their Game

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This is a YouTube show that Paul Ulibarri (PDGA #27171) dropped on us recently. He really focuses on one thing to talk about for his “Down the Fairway” video series and teaches about that one thing.

I’m putting a playlist of his videos so that you can watch them back-to-back. Over time I’ll keep adding his future videos so all of these will be in one place for you.

The videos tend to be 5-7 minutes long so far. Which for me is the perfect length and meets my attention span.

Don’t get me wrong. I like Disc Golf Instruction videos as much as the next player but it’s on YouTube and I got videos to watch. So for me, these bite sized nuggets of Disc Golf knowledge from a top pro in the game are golden and delicious.

What is in the Bag of Paul Ulibarri

Paul takes us through his bag

This is his 2019 in the bag video. His first year back with Team Discraft. Very traditional in the bag video that reveals his tour disc selection.

Paul has his very own website where you can pick up Ulibarri branded discs, apparel and accessories. If you are a fan or find yourself a new fan of his – jump over to his site and pick up some cool disc golf products. It also helps support him professionally and keeps him out on tour which helps all of us witness great disc golf.

A Focus on the Discraft Raptor

Paul and Discraft create a new disc

YouTube Description

Confidence is KING. This First Run Raptor driver has been a collaboration between our Team Discraft captain, Paul Ulibarri and our Discraft R&D guys. Driving into wind – check. Flex shots, Sidearm – check, check.

The Raptor delivers the most confidence you’ve ever felt in a driver under 300ft. Make room in your bag, this just became a staple.

Raptor Distance Driver:

  • Z Plastic
  • Speed 9
  • Glide 4
  • Turn 0
  • Fade 3
  • Stability 2.1

Source: www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8RiF56WgbA

Getting to KNow Paul Ulibarri

This is more for the Disc Golf fans like myself who like to know what goes on in the lives of the professional players. For me, it’s interesting to know what is going on with the sponsorship side of the sport and the decisions the players have to make.

Circle Zero interviews Paul at the 2018 Memorial Tournament

Getting to see inside the mind of Paul Ulibarri is a gift that YouTube provides us. Thank you YouTube… thank you for delivering us amazing content Disc Golf Pro Tour.

Now is a great time to join the PDGA!

Joseph Booth (PDGA #98153)

Right now, the sport is still at a size where it still has a bit of an “underground” type of feel.

Although I suspect the truly long time players think the sport is completely mainstream with the numbers of people playing and the PDGA membership growing to well over 130,000 registered members. We still have a long way to go.

Jomez Pro Shares his Humor

The guys at Jomez roast our Pro

Classic Disc Golf humor and Paul is such a great sport about it. This video is guaranteed to make you laugh and to add new ways to poke fun of your friends while you are playing your own rounds.

I’m pretty sure this video is referenced 2-3 times per round that I play with my long time Disc Golf friends. Love this stuff. Keep it up Jomez!

What Does A Practice Round With Paul Ulibarri Look Like?

Practice round with Paul Ulibarri on the card

Disc Golf fans, you have probably already picked up on the fact that I am a Brodie Smith fan. Here is a really fun practice round from the 2020 Memorial Championships that Brodie posted on his YouTube channel.

Player Roster:

A Collection of Top Throws by Our Professional Player

On his personal YouTube channel – Paul gives us his Top 10 Throws

YouTube Description

Hey guys, I’m excited to be officially getting the Paul Ulibarri YouTube Channel going so to kick it off here’s a little video compilation/countdown of the best 10 throws (caught on camera) of my career so far. Can’t wait to see what the next 10 years have in store! What do you think, would you have changed anything in the list?

Be sure to like and subscribe if you want to help support me during these tough times, thank you! The intro/outro song is an original song made for this channel called “Tell Me It’s True” by my good friend Tyler Cox over at Aubri Lane Creative.

Huge thank you to Jomez Pro, Another Round Productions, DiscGolfTV, Disc Golf Monthly, Central Coast Disc Golf, and Anhyzer TV for getting the great footage!

Source: www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9QuWy4OWfE

How Can I Help Grow Disc Golf at West Winds?

We always need your volunteer time and effort to keep the course looking good and playable. This is a huge tract of land – 140 acres. It is not possible for one person to do it all.

Send me a message using the Contact Form to get on the volunteer roster.

We of course will have memberships and sponsorship opportunities as well. Stay tuned for those details.

Buy Your Discs Through Links on This Website to Support the Course

I just got the website approved by Infinite Discs to be an affiliate with their business. Over the next two weeks I’ll be updating links to point to products on their site. When you click on a link to Infinite Discs from this website the West Winds Disc Golf course will get credit for the sale. Your support of our course through these purchases is appreciated.

Currently, the program pays out between 3% – 10% of any sale on the Infinite Disc site.

The money earned from sales will be used to build tee pads, get professional signs made, build picnic areas and to purchase more baskets.

Please help the West Winds Disc Golf course by using our site for your future Disc Golf related purchases. Thank you so very much.

Stay safe and healthy out there Disc Golf fans. Do your practice!

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

Paige Pierce (PDGA #29190) Drops Avocado Open 2020 – A 36 Hole Tournament

Yes. A four player tournament was just dropped on the disc golf world.

Watch The Tournament Video Now

Subscribe to Paige Pierce’s Channel on YouTube

This tournament took place at De Luz Disc Golf course in San Diego. The hole designs on this course are so interesting and these pros make them look easy. It looks like a really fun course.

Player Roster

Check out the video coverage quality. Yes – this is some of the absolute best video production for a tournament that you’re going to see.

Also, with all of the shut down of the PDGA tour this year – it’s great to see some fresh coverage. These players deliver!

The play is absolutely fantastic. These are of course top tier pros doing their thing. But I can’t say it enough about how great the video production is. Very well done. Worth your time.

What is De Luz Disc Golf Course?

I’m still new to the sport and I haven’t heard about this course before. I’ve done some searching on Disc Golf Course Review and Disc Golf Scene. There isn’t any information about the course listed on either of these sites.

Unless I just didn’t use the right search terms. Totally possible – I make mistakes all the time.

Google searching didn’t seem to turn up many leads either. So, let’s use the power of the internet to see what we can come up with from other Disc Golfers out there.

Help me learn about De Luz Disc Golf

If you find any information that you can share about this course – I would love it if you would share it with me. Send links if you have any. Thank you.

Paige Pierce’s Go To Discs

Discraft has modified the old school in the bag video to a more streamlined approach of what are Paige’s Go-To discs. This video keeps it focused on her discs and doesn’t ramble on for 30 minutes. It’s like less than 8 minutes and you learn what plastic she leans on.

Shop Paige’s Go-To Discs

Her Signature Disc – Sol Review

I personally do not know this disc. So, I looked it up on Infinite Discs to get some flight information. I have recently began to understand the importance of the understable discs and this is one I’m going to give a try.

The Sol is an understable disc, so for a right handed player throwing a backhand – this disc is going to want to turn to the right.

The speed is at a four which is great news for players because most of us can throw this disc without having to try to power up to get it moving.

Lot’s of glide with the 5 rating. I’m a huge fan of glide – really helps with getting a bit of extra distance.

It looks like it comes in a few different plastic types. So there should be something that feels good in your hand.

Paige also has her signature series disc up on her website to buy.

https://paigepierce.com/collections/frontpage/products/paige-pierce-logo-z-sol

Witness Grit and Determination

This Dynamic Discs Caddy’s View video follows Paige Pierce as she played the final round and fights her way back to a 5th World Title. Follow along and listen in as you hear Pierce work through the course.

At the 2019 PDGA Pro Worlds in Peoria, IL the chances of Paige Pierce winning her 5th World Title did not start well when after round 1 she was sitting in 9th place.

With four more rounds ahead of her she had plenty of ground to make up and that she did as she fought her way back to be in a 3-way tied with Catrina Allen and Eveliina Salonen heading into day five and the final round.

Source: youtube.com/watch?v=I5wHppDVy88

Paige On Putting Routine

Take a peek inside the mind of a champion as she details what she does to build and maintain her putting routine. She talks about the importance a routine plays in repeatability.

Paige Pierce was a librarian for 16 years and then she started playing Disc Golf and then she became really good at it.

Jeremy Koling (PDGA #33705)

Are you just getting started in building your putting routine?

Or maybe you haven’t even started to think about a putting routine. Take 2 minutes to listen from a 5 time World Champion as she drops knowledge on you.

Danny Lindahl Breaks Down Paige’s Throwing Form and Technique

Great analysis and slow-mo footage to see the details in her form. Paige is one of the farthest throwers in Disc Golf. Her key to success is her form.

Disc Golf is not about how hard you throw or how strong you are. In many ways, the disc golf throw is like a dance move. It takes athleticism, balance and great form to get right.

Serious. Form and technique equals distance. This takes practice to achieve.

You can do it.

Disc Golf is not about how hard you throw or how strong you are. In many ways, the disc golf throw is like a dance move. It takes athleticism, balance and great form to get right. Also, you have to invest time and energy into it.

The pros make this game look easy. This is not an easy game. It takes a dedicated, committed and focused player to achieve the results of the professionals I highlight on this site.

The great news is – you can do it too. Dedicate yourself, commit yourself to building your game and focus on your goals.

We are going to help you achieve these results and realize your Disc Golf dreams. The West Winds Disc Golf course is built with the mindset of player development.

My dream for you is to start off as a beginning player that has no idea what you are doing and grow with you as you reach your full potential. Along the way, we have a ton of fun together. I am looking forward to seeing you out here doing your thing.

How Can I Help West Winds Disc Golf

There are a few ways you can do something to help the course.

Share the site with your disc golf friends and follow along with the YouTube Channel and Twitter Account.

Thank you so much for your support Disc Golf fans.

Be safe and stay healthy!

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

Disc Golf Cleanup on Hole 4 of the “East Course” – Success

Staying 6ft Away From One Another.

The work session over the weekend was a total and complete success because of our amazing volunteers. None of this could have been completed in the four hour window without each of their time and energy commitment to the greater good.

Thank You for Being Awesome!

  • Jim
  • GOAT
  • Kevin J
  • Dave
  • Kevin M
  • Victor
  • Bob

Coverage of WOrk Session

Coverage of the Volunteer Work Session

Didn’t KNow About the Project

During the demo rounds played by our many local testers it became readily apparent that no one liked to fish out errant discs from the waist deep sticker bushes that took over the creek area at the bottom of hole 4.

Design Phase Tour – Zoom Over of “Valley of Death”

I personally went in there twice and did not enjoy crawling around through the thicket because I will leave “No Disc Left Behind”.

With the notes from the demo player feedback I setup the work session to clear out “The Valley of Death”.

Pure Nastiness – A Detail of Pain

Before

After

Well, there you go Disc Golf fans. When the baskets go in you will not have to deal with the total nightmare that used to be the “Valley of Death”. Now it’s more like the “Valley of Minor Nuissance”. It’s still not a good idea to throw into the creek because that uphill shot will punish you enough.

Do You Like Good Looking Grass?

I do. I like to keep the grass height down, prevent rodents and to keep the neighborhood looking it’s best.

Kosal and I met while working in property management for a mid-size company. She has stayed in the industry and I have moved to working for the U.S. Census Bureau (submit your 2020 Census Today).

We both are very aware of the effects “curb appeal” have on the value that people place on their community. We are also extremely aware of how it affects the value that outsiders apply to the community as well.

The Disc Golf course allows an opportunity to contribute to the overall look and feel of the entire neighborhood whether you play or not.

HOw Can I Help With the Course

Right now, you can volunteer your time by using the Contact Form to let me know you are interested in helping out.

Sponsor a Basket, Sponsor a Tee-Pad, Sponsor an entire fairway and support the course in any way you can.

When I have the membership package details setup on the site – Join the Disc Golf Club. As you might imagine the course here is not immune to costs. So, even if you don’t play Disc Golf – your membership will help out all of us in the neighborhood.

I have to figure out a way to contribute to the overall course maintenance.

The property owner has been very generous in allowing me to setup the course. However, the Disc Golf course is responsible to contribute to the fuel and equipment costs of maintaining the grass.

Kosal and I have paid the costs for the first 18 Innova Discatcher baskets – so we’ve got skin in this game and we are looking for the best possible outcome over the upcoming decades.

In Case I Haven’t Said it Enough

I truly am so very appreciative of all the volunteers who came out to help with the clear out work on hole 4. That job would not have been completed without your time and effort.

Thank you. Thank you.

Ok, Disc Golf fans… get out and throw some discs!

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

Starter Pack Challenge 2 at DeLaveaga Disc Golf Course in Santa Cruz, California

Watch top touring pros play with starter pack discs.

Hit play on the video to watch both videos of the 18 hole competition.

Central Coast Disc Golf posted the two part video coverage of this totally fun event. Top pros are given the starter pack that their sponsoring manufacturers produce to introduce new players to the sport.

Roster of Players:

Host and Score Keeper: Jeremy Koling (PDGA #33705)

This is such a fun event that these players do. I’m not sure how frequently these challenges come up – I think it’s yearly. Feel free to use the comment section to correct me.

To watch these touring pros crack open a brand new disc set and play the DeLaveaga Disc Golf course in Santa Cruz, California competitively while hitting their lines is really cool.

Honestly, it speaks to just how much time these pros have put into practice. They truly understand how to get the flight they are looking for no matter where the disc came from.

What is a Starter Pack?

These are the packs that you quite frequently see at places like Dick’s Sporting Goods. I think Innova has a deal with them to sell their discs there since I only see Innova discs on the shelves. I know for sure that Infinite Discs has them available for order.

These packs can be a mixed bag of results. Because they are oriented towards a beginning player they tend to be a bit lighter in weight and will frequently be a bit more understable than a pro would use during one of their normal rounds.

Because of this it adds a special level of challenge for these players to do their best while essentially going back to their starting roots of disc golf addiction.

If you are new to the sport – a starter pack is a great place to start. Get one today to begin.

What is DeLaveaga Disc Golf Course?

Par Save Productions’ Jack Dalleywater and Joey Temali take you behind the scenes of the 2019 Santa Cruz Masters Cup presented by Innova.

Tom Schot, the original course designer of the Delaveaga Disc Golf Course, explains how it has stood the test of time while some of the top pros share what it’s like to play Delaveaga and what playing in the third PDGA National Tour stop of the season, the 2019 Masters Cup, means to them.

Interviews with: Nate Sexton, Avery Jenkins, Catrina Allen, Zoe Andyke, Tom Schot, Paul McBeth, and Ricky Wysocki.

Source: 2019 Masters Cup Behind the Scenes, Par Save Productions, May 17, 2019

Home of the Santa Cruz Masters Cup

For the past 30+ years DeLaveaga has hosted this tournament. The course started off as a dump and was claimed by disc golfers who saw that a course in this location would be absolutely epic.

Turns out – those players from the early 1980’s were absolutely right.

The hard work and love that these early pioneers of the sport put into a piece of land that was left to dumpers and four wheelers is inspirational and a motivator.

This course has generated many top pros and champions over the decades. It looks like there is no stopping the group of volunteers that run the course as they continue to make the course one of the top 10 courses in the world.

Players from all around the world come out to this tournament and will also travel throughout the year to play the hallowed grounds of “DeLa” as the locals refer to the course.

Champions of this tournament have the complete respect of the disc golf world. Great job to all of the people who have put their blood, sweat and tears into this amazing course.

UDisc Ranks DeLaveaga Number 10 in World

This is a course that I often hear mentioned during video of other tournaments. The players and commentators that talk of this course always speak of it with reverence and respect. It is said that the course reaches a balance in design that allows amateurs and professionals alike to be challenged by the course.

UDisc has compiled over 1 million reviews from their app.

With that amount of data they can easily rank courses that players themselves give value to. DeLaveaga achieved a rank of number 10. That’s an amazing achievement.

The course started back in the early 1980’s and has for decades challenged players of all skill levels. For those of you who enjoy digging through sports history and learning about the locations that legends are created – the story of the DeLaveaga is a wonderful read.

How Can I Help West Winds Become a Highly Respected Disc Golf Course?

We are always looking for volunteers that want to work towards building a Disc Golf course that offers challenging play, a place to work on your game, provides a place to practice and enjoyment of being outdoors.

There are many outdoor projects that we have coming up that we’ll need extra people to help complete. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer – please use the contact form to let me know. I’ll add you to the list and keep you in the loop.

Also, if you’re a creative type who likes to take photographs, make graphics, likes to make maps, knows how to woodwork, makes videos and all that sort of media related type thing.

Come on and hangout with us as we start off on this mission to grow the sport we love. Let’s do this disc golf fans!

Stay safe and healthy.

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

Andrew Fish (PDGA #58320) Our Professional Maryland Disc Golfer

Coverage of Andrew Fish at the 2019 Warwick Open in New York.

We have a “local” player – he’s out of Baltimore – who represents Maryland Disc Golf at Tournaments up and down the East Coast.

Andrew Fish (PDGA #58320) has transformed into one of the top pros in Disc Golf and it is exciting to watch him methodically navigate very tough courses. He is also a very passionate advocate for the inclusion of players regardless of gender, racial, and economic status.

Supporting women’s disc golf is important for me because it’s an obvious place where the demographics of disc golf don’t match up with the demographics of states, countries, heck, the world.

Andrew Fish (discgolf.ultiworld.com)

Andrew is a co-tournament director for the Women’s Open of Maryland. The tournament is still on the schedule to happen later this year. For female athletes looking to get started in disc golf or seasoned players looking for top quality competition this is an amazing event to participate in. The official sign up is on Disc Golf Scene.

On this blog I wrote about the tournament and the recent addition of $3,000 dollars cash to fund payouts for the event.

There are many of us in the lower amateur ranks here in Maryland who watch him play on video and talk about him during our own rounds. He is the guy who has been able to take his game to a totally different level and get on lead cards with the top players of the sport.

For the 2019 Season he was ranked number 70 in the world. That is totally awesome and an impressive feat. Let’s all hope he keeps climbing up that ladder to the number 1 spot.

It also turns out that he is an incredibly nice guy, easy to talk to and has a way of explaining his Disc Golf strategy that is so easy to comprehend.

My hope is to get him to West Winds Disc Golf once per quarter to play a “Meet the Pro” round with a small group of amateur players. The insight and nuggets of information he drops on you while playing a casual round are absolutely game changing.

What is in the Bag of Andrew Fish?

In the Bag for the 2019 Season

Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned veteran – it’s always good to know what people who are better than you use for their game. Andrew takes 8 minutes to go through his bag and share with us why and what he carries to destroy the competition.

Putter

  • Roach (Soft X Plastic)

Approach

  • Zone (Z Plastic)
  • Challenger (Crystal Plastic)
  • Challenger (X Plastic)

Mid-Range

  • Comet (ESP Plastic)
  • Comet (Z Plastic)
  • Wasp (Z Plastic)

Fairway Driver

  • Vulture (Test Flight)
  • Undertaker (Z Plastic)

Driver

  • Force (Z Plastic)
  • Raptor (Z Plastic)

Utility – Roller

  • Crank (Z Plastic)
  • Thrasher (Z Plastic)

Bench Discs

  • Undertaker (Z Plastic)
  • Crank (Z Plastic)
  • Machete (Z Plastic)
  • Nuke OS (Z Plastic)

Disc Golf Bag

  • Upper Park – Shift
  • Upper Park – Rebel

So there you go. A whole roster of discs that a top tier pro uses to play the game.

It’s good to know what he is throwing. But you have to remember that as amateur players we typically lack the arm speed to get the same flight out of our discs. So you have to make sure you are getting discs that match your arm speed.

When in doubt – throw a Comet.

Andrew Fish

It’s a bit tricky to figure that out at first. But with practice and throwing discs regularly you’ll get the hang of it. Go out to your local course and play some rounds with random players to get a sense of what they use. Pay close attention to amateurs who throw similar distances and pick their brains and bags to see what they throw.

Where Can I Buy Discs?

There are several online companies that sell discs. For the past two years I have used Infinite Discs to purchase all my plastic. They have a great selection and they show you a photograph of the exact disc you add to your basket.

Discs are searchable so you can see very quickly if they have the one you are looking for.

For those of you looking to pick up any of the sweet discs that Andrew carries in his bag I’ve already found the link to the Discraft section on Infinite Discs for you. Head over and up your game with new additions to your bag.

Most of the Disc Golf manufactures also offer sales through their site as well. I find that their prices are a bit higher. But if for some reason Infinite Discs doesn’t have something you’re looking for – always try the manufacturers site.

I have been hard pressed not to find a disc I was looking for on the Infinite Disc site. In fact, I buy all my RPM discs from the site. My favorite is the RuRu putter – for me it feels like an old fashioned frisbee that I can get tight up to the basket to save strokes. Great approach disc in my very amateur opinion.

Talking about saving strokes. I found this great tutorial video of Andrew teaching us the how and why of the jump putt. It’s an older video – but the content is gold!

HOw and Why to Jump Putt

Putting is what separates the good players from the great players.

The information Andrew shares with us in this video from 2017 is still relevant today. Players have to understand when to use and how to execute the jump putt.

When watching coverage on YouTube you will see top tier players use the jump putt to save strokes all the time. It’s something you’ll see us amateur players use in rounds too.

Players like James Conrad (PDGA #17295) are absolutely deadly with the jump putt.

Lot’s of great clips of James Conrad hitting amazing jump putts.

Well Disc Golf fans – I hope you dig deep into the YouTubes to find other coverage of our Maryland Pro in tournament play. It’s great to watch him on video but even better if you catch him in a local tournament to see him in person.

What’s great about actually being at a tournament is to get a true sense of the distance the pros throw and the sound that comes out of the disc when it leaves their hand.

It’s one part of the disc golf experience that video coverage doesn’t quiet capture. That roaring rip through the air when a disc is released is fantastic!

How Can I Help West Winds Disc Golf?

We are always looking for volunteers to help with projects here at the course. There is a contact form you can use to reach out and add your name to our volunteer roster. Do it today so you get on the list and don’t miss out.

Sneak peek information – baskets will be coming in the near future. We are going to need a good crew to get them in the ground. More information about this in the upcoming week or so. Very exciting stuff.

Also, follow the course on Twitter and subscribe to the YouTube channel. We are giving away discs, PDGA items and other cool stuff. Trying to get the YouTube channel to 1,000 subscribers so we can use some of the additional features of YouTube.

Let’s do this Disc Golf fans!

Stay safe and healthy. Get out to a field and work on your game.

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

What A Tournament Might Look Like at West Winds Disc Golf

I found coverage of the 2019 San Francisco Open and could see many similarities between the two properties. Now this is not an exact match as Gleneagles has a bit more tree as obstacle in the layout.

With a bit of imagination it isn’t hard to see that the course here could be a showcase for Disc Golf like what has been pulled off by the tournament directors, course designers, volunteers and owners of the Gleneagles course in California.

Men’s 2019 San Francisco Open Coverage

To avoid spoilers for those who have not seen the tournament I will not talk about the winners of the Men and Women’s Pro Open.

But I will share some of the tournament stats. It was held over two days with three rounds played during that time period. With men and women combined there were 155 competitors battling for a total purse of $42,902 dollars.

Women’s 2019 San Francisco Open Coverage

I have no doubt that we can build a tournament of this level within the first 5-10 years of the course hosting competitive play. This is totally doable disc golf fans.

How Can I Help Bring the Dream Alive

Come out when we open and play as many rounds of Disc Golf that you can – all year long. We have to wait to see how all this COVID-19 stuff is going to play out.

But until then. We have a few volunteer work projects that need extra hands to help out with.

Maybe you are someone who isn’t into diving into ditches to clear them out?

Well, we can use people with art backgrounds to create our logo, take pictures of the course to use on the website, video talent to create content for the YouTube channel, social media masters to help get the word out.

There is probably some aspect of this project that you can help out with. Use the Contact Form to send me a message of support and I’ll add you to the volunteer roster.

Insane Paul McBeth BeastMode Highlights

I’m trying to include some amazing videos of Disc Golf that keep the flame alive and will hopefully inspire new players to try the sport.

Here is a collection of amazing highlights from the 5 time World Champion Paul McBeth.

Incredible Paige Pierce Highlights

Fans of Women’s Disc Golf know that you just can’t mess with Paige Pierce. She is deadly long from the tee, her approach shots are money and her putts are at the top of the sport.

Check out this amazing collection of clips from the 5 time World Champion during 2019.

What Do I Do now?

All this video got you pumped up… get out an throw some plastic!

Avery Jenkins gets us on track to practice like a pro.

The worst thing for your game is to spend too much time in front of your device. You must get out to the field to get better.

How Do I pick a Disc Golf Driver for Distance?

Best Disc Golf Discs put together a very good video that breaks down the physics of which driver you should look at adding to your bag.

Many aspects of flight are discussed and what the pros are doing to make their selections.

Science and Disc Golf are awesome.

Alright, that’s a whole bunch of Disc Golf awesomeness. Time to put it down and go throw some plastic to make my own game better.

Look forward to seeing you on the course soon. Stay safe and healthy Disc Golf fans!

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

Upcoming Disc Golf Project – Working with Rocks – not ROCs

In the Out-of-Bounds area on Hole 16 (East Course)

It’s been raining for the past four days. There have been a few times when I have ridden around in the car to run to the grocery store, hardware store or just to get out of the house.

I typically come in through the second entrance into the neighborhood. This brings folks right past hole 16 – which is a massive 1,100 foot hole.

As you can see in the sketch above. There is a great area to do a rock bed that spells out “Disc Golf”. Is this a good idea or great idea?

I can’t decide which it is… let me know what you think.

We are doing some work in other areas of the course. We can start making rock piles to supply the “Disc Golf” rock bed. It’ll take some lugging around and some digging out. But it’s certainly do-able. Unless this is a totally lame idea. Let me know.

Panorama of the Out-of-Bounds area on Hole 16.

What Can I Do to Help?

Ok. So, volunteer effort is where projects like this go from the “idea” phase to “reality”. Let’s get real. Let’s go from the mystic realm to the physical realm.

Non-Disc Golf Related Information: our family has recently watched the entire Marvel series of movies. I’ve realized I am a huge Dr. Strange fan. Also, I now think of myself as Quill and my wife as Gamora. I want to run around the universe with her…

Anywho…

Take a moment to send me a message so I can add you to the list of volunteers. Let’s do this Disc Golf Fans!

How Can I Work on my Game Right Now

Just because we’re social distancing right now – doesn’t mean we can’t figure out ways to practice. Getting out into a field is always a good way to raise our skill level and to gain an edge over our competition when Disc Golf tournaments fire back up.

Paul Ulibarri has a YouTube show teaching us hackers how to improve.

Paul Ulibarri (PDGA #27171) just released a new training show “Down the Fairway” on his YouTube channel (make sure to subscribe) where he teaches us how to get better.

I dive deep into the “Down the Fairway” show and Paul Ulibarri the player in one of my other blog posts. He is a class act and worth your time getting to know a bit more about this top pro.

This first show focuses on the most important 50 feet in Disc Golf. We all often refer to it as the “initial gap” or “the bogey maker” or “that damn tree there” or “gotta beat” or “dammit I hit it again”. Your choice on what you call it.

You might not have a goal post to throw at. But there is certainly two trees near you that can be used to work the practice routine that Paul shares with us.

Don’t let the indoors seduce you with that comfortable couch and Netflix binging. Get out and work on your game. Your future self will thank you.

Play, practice, build your game and have fun disc golf fans!

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

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Second Disc Giveaway – YouTube for 100 Subscribers

To get your name into the race to 100 and a chance to win this disc:

That’s it. Good luck everybody. Let’s do this!

Your Chance to Win a Discmania Special Edition MD5 Support Disc

I’m giving away a brand new Discmania Special Edition MD5 Team Support Disc ($20.99) to get the YouTube channel up to 100 subscribers.

A message from the founder and CEO of Discmania Jussi Meresmaa.

Message from Discmania

As the world fights the global Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the disc golf community, including those on Team Discmania, are wondering what to do as their main source of income is put on hold for the foreseeable future.

As a company we knew we wanted to do something to help those on Team Discmania. We’ve also heard from disc golfers everywhere asking how they can show their support. In fact, the call for a way to support Team Discmania has been quite overwhelming.

To answer that call, we’re releasing the limited Heart Team Discmania collection. A small set of discs will be available with the combined Heart Discmania and Team Discmania stamps. A significant amount of the proceeds from these sales will go directly to those on Team Discmania.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aahef2v0T_k

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Maryland Women’s Disc Golf Tournament – $3,000 in Added Cash for Competitors

Video coverage from the 2019 Tournament – 2 Rounds

Women’s Open of Maryland Disc Golf Tournament could still happen this year. The registration has been moved to May 15th (as of April 24) and the tournament directors are still planning on holding the event. So keep an eye out on the registration page.

Women and girls of all skill levels are invited to play in this tournament.

Players that are interested in going head-to-head against other women disc golfers – now is the time to add this on your calendar. The official place to sign-up is on the Disc Golf Scene website.

What is the WOmen’s Open of Maryland?

It is an event dedicated to provide a professional tournament environment where women and girls are the focus of the competition. The atmosphere is very supportive, highly encouraging and full of camaraderie between everyone participating.

It is a PDGA sanctioned event for women only. Currently, it is held annually at the Seneca Creek State Park disc golf course.

Women and girls of all skill levels are invited to play in this tournament. It offers an amazing first tournament experience for newcomers to the sport and veterans alike.

There are different divisions for all the many skill levels. So players who are brand new aren’t going to be set to compete against a far more skilled player.

Men are invited to participate by helping with tournament operations, volunteer as spotters or caddies and to find ways to sponsor different parts of the event. There are many ways that men can help make this a successful event. Contact the Tournament Directors to let them know you want to help support the tournament.

The PDGA and Women’s Disc Golf

There is a Women’s Committee within the PDGA to help grow the sport among female athletes. The goal is to attract, encourage, and retain more participation by women in organized disc golf events.

Elaine King is the current chair of the Women’s Committee and is available to help or answer any questions you may have about the committee.

Elaine King interviewed after the final round of the 2019 MVP Open.

For those of you new to the sport. Elaine King (PDGA #3090) is a professional disc golf world champion (5 times) and hall of fame member (1997). She is an ambassador for the sport and is known to be gracious and a joy to play a round with.

A Message from the Tournament Directors

There are two people that co-direct this tournament: Allie Stone (PDGA #57951) and Andrew Fish (PDGA #58320). Their goals for the tournament are to plan, fundraise, organize, and run a disc golf tournament:

  • Where women and girls feel welcome, appreciated, and empowered as participants,
  • That cultivates camaraderie, sportsmanship, competition, and fun,
  • To enhance the community of women and girls playing disc golf in the Mid-Atlantic region.

If you want to sign up for the tournament you’ll want to bookmark the Disc Golf Scene page with the tournament signup form.

Paige Pierce on Throwing Putters

Don’t forget to get out when you can to practice your form, get your putting motion locked down, build up your stamina to trek through the course and be ready to have a great time!

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Get Disc Golf Practice During Stay at Home Orders – Build Your Game

Getting out to practice can be a bit of a challenge right now due to stay-at-home orders around the country. Danny Lindahl from Dynamic Discs walks us through indoor practice to keep our skills sharp.

Disc Golf fans, we can’t let this stop us from working on our game and finding ways to improve for when we are able to get back to competitive play.

The best way to practice Disc Golf drives Using a net or Tarp

Whether you setup inside or in your backyard; using a net or tarp to practice your drives is a great way to retain muscle memory and work on your form. Remember, Disc Golf is about being smooth and using form to maximize distance. It is not how hard you throw.

Watch out For Lack of Information

  • Lack of disc feedback
  • Not able to see full flight
  • Unable to tell just how hard you are throwing
  • Cannot tell what the results of your throw are

Focus On The Positive

  • Work on throwing rhythm
  • Work on smooth x-step
  • Build muscle memory
  • Throw around 60-80% power
  • Build release consistency
  • Work on form

Protect People and Your Equipment

  • Avoid using your best discs
  • Beating a disc into a tarp will change flight characteristics
  • Throw while wearing proper shoes
  • Be sure your space inside allows for this type of workout
  • Be safe if other people are around
  • Discs hitting drywall or flesh do leave marks

Don’t forget to practice putting too. It’s easy to focus on drives and omit putting practice. On the course, it’s so easy to three putt which ruins that amazing drive off the tee. Putt for dough and drive for show.

Get started on building proper Disc Golf Throwing form – Smooth is Far

Simon Lizotte and Eagle McMahon have a great YouTube video tutorial that break down the form required to maximize distance. Hint: it’s not about buying the fastest speed driver and trying to throw it as hard as you can.

Simon and Eagle are two of the longest throwers in Disc Golf. They show exactly what you need to know in order to get the distance you want.

One of the common errors we all make when first starting out is to try and throw the disc as hard as possible. It turns out that it doesn’t go very far. It seems counterintuitive and can lead to frustration – but that’s just the way the physics works out. Smooth is far. Smooth is far.

Volunteer Some Time at Your Local Disc Golf Course

There are many courses around the country (West Winds Disc Golf included) that need help from local volunteers – even with stay-at-home orders. You may find an opportunity that allows for getting out on a course by yourself to do a bit of cleanup. While you’re walking around – take a putter with you.

When you move from one area to the next – putt your way to your destination. Learning putter is one of the best ways to move your game to the next level.

Also, you’re building amazing Disc Golf karma that comes in handy when playing that league round or tournament. Knowing the course at an intimate level allows for knowledge that other players do not have. You hone an edge while out there working.

Reach out and let me know if you’re interested in lending a hand.

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