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

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!

The West Winds Disc Golf Show

An Introduction to Disc Golf with Nate Sexton

How to Get Started in Disc Golf?

It’s one of the top questions I get when talking to all of the ball golf neighbors here at West Winds. The neighborhood started 30+ years ago as a golf community. So, there are a ton of golfers who are interested in playing Disc Golf too.

Nate Sexton, who is one of the sports top professionals, explains in under 5 minutes a great way to get started. He spends a few minutes talking about disc properties and introduces you to how to throw a disc. Hint: it’s not the same as the old school frisbee you may remember from childhood.

The Professional Disc Golfers Association (PDGA) also has a great page that introduces new players to the sport. It explains what Disc Golf is and the many health benefits of the sport for personal development.

When the time comes – I recommend membership. The magazine is awesome, you get a rating that allows you to know how you stack up against other players for tournament/league play, you get a free app (U-Disc) to help score, keep statistics, measure your throws, find courses near you and more.

Disc Golf Manufactures with Starter Packs

Pretty much all of the major manufacturers have a start pack that contains three discs: putter, mid-range and driver. Remember what Nate said in the video that unlike traditional ball golf – Disc Golfers will often throw a putter as their driver. There isn’t a rule that says you have to throw discs in a certain order.

There is an online Disc Golf company called “Infinite Discs” that sells all sorts of related products for the sport. They have a whole page of all the starter packs in one place so you can shop and purchase online.

I like Infinite Discs and have been ordering from them for almost two years. You get to pick the exact disc you want and it ships very fast. Highly recommend them.

Disc Golf is a great sport to pick-up, it’s a whole lot harder than the pros on JomezPro make it look and you’ll enjoy getting outdoors to play with friends who are also learning it too. Looking forward to having you out at West Winds once we’re officially open.

Oh… we will have plenty of room for practice. So you can get started without having to play courses that you’re not ready for.

Disc Golf Played by Professionals – The Best Highlights of the 2019 Tour Season

JomezPro is the premiere producer of Disc Golf tour coverage. If you’re new to the sport and want to see how professionals play the game – head over to YouTube and be sure to subscribe to their channel.

What are the Basic Rules for Disc Golf?

It’s hard to know when you first play what the rules of the game are. So many of us start out playing the game very casually and with other people who may have learned the game from other people that played very loose interpretation of the rules.

The PDGA does post the rules of Disc Golf online for all players. There is also a printed version of the rules if you want to keep a copy in your bag or cart during rounds.

That being said. Most rounds are very casual and player groups will play with whatever agreed upon rules they want for that round. The “official rules” come into play when you make the step into tournament and league play. It is to your benefit to know the rules in these environments because a few simple play mistakes can cost you strokes.

The Absolute Basic Rules

  1. The game is played like ball golf except you throw your “clubs” (disc). The winner of a disc golf round is the player with the lowest score.
  2. You start each hole at the appropriate “tee box”.
  3. After each player has thrown their tee shot; the player furthest from the basket throws their next shot first from where their disc lies on the ground. Repeat until all players have thrown their second shot.
  4. Play all shots until all players have succeeded in getting their disc into the basket.
  5. The player with the fewest throws on the previous hole goes first.
  6. Be courteous to other players on the course.
  7. Carry out any trash you generate during the round.
  8. Watch out for other people sharing the great outdoors.
  9. Have fun.
  10. Repeat often.

Get out and play some Disc Golf. Responsibly, maintaining social distance and all that sort of thing. Be safe and stay healthy Disc Golf Fans!

What does Nate Sexton have in his bag?

If you are new to the sport it’s going to be some time before you can throw like Nate Sexton. But it’s extremely helpful to start getting an idea on what the pros throw and some of the reasons they bag one disc over another.

Here is a list of the discs that Nate has in his bag for 2020:

Putter

Approach

Mid-Range

Fairway Driver

Driver

NEW TO DISC GOLF – WHAT ARE THOSE FLIGHT NUMBERS ON THE DISC?

When I started playing it was the most confusing thing to figure out what those weird numbers were printed on the disc.

This YouTube playlist from the Best Disc Golf Discs Channel walks you through everything you need to know in order to understand what the numbers mean, what is over and under stable and what/why glide is so important.

The content is presented with such great explanation and in a friendly technical language that even I was able to understand what the heck they were talking about. I spend the vast majority of my time copy and pasting for a living – so physics isn’t really my thing.

Welcome to Disc Golf. Looking forward to seeing you on the course soon!

The West Winds Disc Golf Show