How to Throw Straight in Disc Golf

I have had trouble with this in my own game recently, so I decided to write a blog post about it. Let us start by defining the topic. I think there are 2 different ways to look at throwing straight and we will talk about both of them.

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How to Throw on a Straight Line in Disc Golf

The first type of throwing straight is probably what you assume it is: releasing the disc and having the flight of the disc have little to no variance, i.e. throwing on a straight line. This type of throw is one that many pros execute on a routine basis with great consistency. Many of the courses designed for amateurs require short straight throws of 300’ or less. I prefer to throw very neutral discs for straight throws of this kind.  

How to Throw Straight Under 300 Feet in Disc Golf

For straight throws up to 300’ I usually throw a neutral stability putter, like the Axiom Envy, the Prodigy PA-3, the Dynamic Discs Warden, the Discraft Challenger, or the Innova Colt. I prefer to use the baseline plastics as they tend to be easy to work into a desired stability with enough use. These discs are assuming a backhand drive.

How to Throw Straight 300-350 Feet in Disc Golf

For longer holes such as 300-350’ I use the same thought as with putters, I like to throw neutral stable discs. A couple notable mentions are the Innova Roc, Discraft Comet, Dynamic Discs Escape, MVP Servo, or a Prodigy M4. You’ll notice that the discs in this category are neutral to slightly understable.

How to Throw Straight Over 350 Feet in Disc Golf

For any tunnel shot over 350’ I recommend just playing safe. If you are going to go for it than make sure you trust your form and disc choice. As you start to push your limit of controllable distance I would encourage to always throw the higher percentage shot. For most people it will be a slower disc that can be thrown at 70-80%. If you choose to throw harder than that, you’re choosing to have a higher chance of missing your release point or angle.

Now that we have some idea of the discs we want to throw we should talk about the throw itself. For today we are talking specifically about backhand throws.

How to Throw a Straight Backhand Throw in Disc Golf

The run up is something that tends to throw people off when they miss throwing straight shots. The key to any good run up is to start slow, establish your momentum and balance, and to keep your body on a line to release the disc straight in front of you. If you find your feet moving fast and feeling like you’re starting a sprint with your run up, you are robbing yourself of power and accuracy. Faster run ups are not more powerful for 90% of players. Until your balance and timing to use that extra momentum is perfected a moderate or slow pace in your run up will be much more beneficial.

It’s all in the hips

The next part of the throw we need to focus on is making sure our lower body guides us to a straight and confident release point. The key here is to remember that you should be turning your hips, not your shoulders. Your hips will lead your shoulders both away from the target, and back towards the target. My recommendation is to walk the path of your run up before you throw. This will help you execute your plan.

Release point

The next major part to focus on is the release point. Your release point should be in front of your body. I tend to visualize a release point that is a comfortable distance in front of my body, and before my arm would wrap around my chest (so for me, a right hand back hand dominant thrower, that means in front of me and slightly left of my body). Imagining this release point really helps me not suffer from rounding, and will help to prevent grip lock.

Release angle

The last part is release angle. This is where you need to follow your own advice, but I’ll give you my point of view, and what works for me. I am a hyzer dominant thrower, which means my natural release point and body angle is most fluid and repeatable on a hyzer. So I tend to throw my straight throws as a hyzer flip to flat shot. All that means is my release angle is a hyzer, but the disc will show a hyzer angle out of the hand and then go to a flat or neutral angle for the remainder of the flight. Some people naturally are flat or anhyzer dominant throwers, and as such may need to throw a slightly more stable discs than the ones I recommended to achieve the same straight flight.

To recap:

  1. Choose a neutral stability disc.

  2. Walk the path of the run up, and remember to start your run up slow and to stay balanced.

  3. Use your lower body to guide your upper body. Your hips are the only part of the body you need to be actively turning.

  4. Keep your momentum moving towards your release point. Make sure your release point is in front of you, not around you.

  5. Keep your disc on the intended release point. For me this is a slight hyzer angle.


How to Throw Straight with a Wide Hyzer Shot in Disc Golf

The second type of throwing straight is more about the net finish being straight from the tee, and relying on more curve or angles to achieve a desired finish.

Throwing on a Hyzer Angle in Disc Golf

If a hole is wide open, and the basket is straight in front of the tee pad, I will always throw a wide hyzer shot. The reason for this is that the most consistent flight and landing of any disc will always be achieved when thrown at a hyzer angle. The only time on an open throw where I will not choose a hyzer shot is when I am trying to gain distance over accuracy. If the throw is under 400’ I am going to release on a hyzer angle.

A very common shot for beginners is to achieve a straight finish by throwing an “S” curve. Most beginners first learn how to manipulate the flight of a disc by throwing on an anhyzer, rolling their wrist, or throwing understable discs, if not all of the above. The effect this has is to generally help keep the nose angle down for a disc, and it tends to push the flight to the right (for a right handed backhand thrower). Once a disc starts to lose speed and spin, it will then push to the left before reaching the ground.

This type of throw can be very useful, and if executed properly through a very narrow corridor. The difficult part of relying on an “S” curve is that wind conditions will exaggerate at least one part of the flight, and as such it can be difficult to count on when you need a shot that works in all playing conditions.

Let me know in the comments below if you try any of these tips and how they work for you!

Aaron Palm Joins Team Disc Store

Aaron Palm joins Team Disc Store

Aaron Palm, creator of Precision Disc Golf, has been selected for the Disc Store Inaugural Sponsored Team.

“I’m honored for this opportunity to be on the inaugural team for Disc Store. I look forward to continuing to bring you great content through Precision Disc Golf, and play in a dozen or so tournaments around the region in 2019,” said Aaron.

Disc Store made the following announcement on Facebook on April 16, 2019:

“Congrats to all of the talented and passionate athletes who have made Team Disc Store in 2019!

We are excited for the launch of our Inaugural Sponsored Team and looking forward to following your 2019 progress. 
#discgolf #growthesport

We had so many amazing candidates from around the world and we were limited to 100 players this year so this was not an easy decision!

Aaron Palm
Alexander Rosendin
Anthony Hammerschmith
Anthony Sump
Austin Headlee
Austin Kelleher
Ben Baustian 
Benjamin Hopwood
Blair Riffel
Boon Mee Vue
Brad Clayton
Brad Farr
Bradley Myer
Brandon Troxell
Britany Horn
Buffy Householder 
Caleb Ritchie
Cameron Peak
Casey Atchison
Chace McMichael
Chandler Hoff
Charlie MUNIZ
Chelsea Sudduth 
Chris Boro
Chris Lachendro
Christina Rakes
Christopher Faulkner
Cody Hackney
Craig Rodgers III
Dalton Russell 
Daniel Zaleski
Derek Conyers
Don Uhlmeyer
Dylan Rees
Dylan Van’t Hul 
Ed McGovern
Greg Bishop
Greg Jones
Hannah Nicolas
Jack Conville
Jacob Stout
Jaime Martinez
Jaimen Hume
Jake Steinback
James Lee
Jason Dotson
Jason Kruger
Jason Montgomery 
Jeff Johns
Jefferson Kearby
Jeremiah Libby
Jerrod Lucker
Jerry Patterson 
Joe Holstine
Joe Johnson
John McDale
John Zoltanski II
Jon Rahmig
Jonathan Sides
Joshua Battazzi
Joshua Fisk
Joshua Ritchie
Joshua Roblee
Justin Correia
Katie Hudgens
Kyle Hurlburt
Layton Lain
Lori Merriman
Luke Hanewall
Luke Shelton
Mark Chapalonis
Martin Schuler
Matt Lange
Matt Shead 
Michael Brynarsky 
Michael Fazzini
Michael Macfarlane
Mike Schwartz 
Morgan Rectenwald
Naomi Downs
Nathan M. Allton
Nova Six Four Politte
Patrick Metz
Peter Van Brussel
Rick Brazil
Robby Hayner
Robert Duncan Jr.
Scott Cross
Shawn Flinn 
Shayne Lachene (Smith)
Thomas Snake Sears
Tim Weimer
Tony Wilson
Travis Foreman 
Travis Morret
Trevor Wilkerson
Wes Johnson
Wes Landfear
Wes Sturges”

Aaron Palm joins Team Disc Store
Aaron Palm joins Team Disc Store

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Disc Review of MVP Putters

MVP Fairway Driver Discs

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Time to go to the first driver class of GYRO. We are talking about fairway drivers for MVP, and Axiom. As you should expect given the first 2 articles in this series, there is an outstanding selection of discs in this flight category.   

We’ll start with the Axiom line-up as there are fewer fairway drivers in their line-up.  

Axiom Fairway Drivers


Axiom Clash

The Axiom Clash is rated 6.5/4/-1./2. The Clash is described as a straight to overstable fairway driver. I found the Clash to be a very reliable and accurate throwing disc in this speed class. I found the Clash to have lower than average glide, good high speed stability, and a manageable fade. The Clash is dependable into a headwind, can be thrown with a good amount of power, and I feel the turn rating could easily be a 0. The Clash is very easy to use accurately, and a large factor in that is the combo of lower glide, good high speed stability, and a pronounced but manageable fade. If you are looking for a smaller rim control driver, the Clash is for you.


Axiom Crave

The Axiom Crave is rated 6.5/5/-1/1. The Crave is described as a straight to stable fairway driver. I found the Crave to be a very straight flyer out of the box, and after a little time to break it in to become relatively understable. For lower speed arms, the Crave will be a manageable straight flyer, and for throwers with above average arm speed, the Crave will behave as relatively understable. I use the Crave for hyzer flips, and thrown flat for me will end right with a very manageable long gentle turn. A number of the players that play for Team MVP use the Crave. The Crave is a versatile disc that be used by any power level thrower to fill multiple slots in the bag.


Axiom Inspire

The Axiom Inspire is rated 6.5/5/-1.5/1. The Inspire is described as an understable fairway driver. The Inspire behaves more understable than the flight numbers indicate relative to the Crave. For high power throwers, the Inspire would be a manageable utility disc, and for beginners and lower power throwers the Inspire will be good for hyzer flips and tailwind shots.

Now onto the wide selection of fairway drivers from MVP.


MVP Fairway Drivers

MVP Relay

The MVP Relay is rated 6/5/-2/1. The Relay is described as a stable to understable fairway driver. For me, the Relay is a reliable understable slower speed fairway driver. For those who do not have a ton of experience with GYRO technology, the Relay flies like a straighter Innova Leopard. The Relay is a very manageable understable disc, and throwers of all abilities will find the flight to be controllable and accurate.

MVP Signal

The MVP Signal is rated 6/5/-3/1. The Signal is described as an understable fairway driver. I find the description of the Signal to be spot on. For me the Signal is a utility driver and primarily functions as a roller.  For low power throwers, the Signal will be a workable hyzer flip disc, and when thrown flat will behave understable. I have found the Signal to be a wonderful utility disc here in Minnesota in the winter. When my footing and grip are compromised, I can always get enough power to find easy distance with the Signal.         


MVP Resistor

The MVP Resistor is rated 6.5/4/0/3.5. The Resistor is described as an overstable fairway driver. Without question the Resistor is my go to disc in my bag. I have turned most of my friends on to throwing a Resistor, and I can honestly say everyone could benefit with one in their bag. The Resistor I describe as a baby Innova Firebird. I use the Resistor for controlled backhands, forehands, and they have a surprisingly excellent distance potential as a thumber disc for me. A large reason the Resistor is one of my favorite discs is the raw distance control I achieve with it. It seems no matter how hard I throw the Resistor it ends up landing around 325’ with full power. Being able to work with that max distance makes planning shorter shots much easier than with discs with higher glide. Given the relative and workable overstability of the Resistor, I have found it to be my short range disc in the wind for all throws. If you haven’t worked with the Resistor yet, go get one and save yourself a few strokes on the course!


MVP Servo

The MVP Servo is rated 6.5/5/-1./2. The Servo is described as a straight stable fairway driver. I love throwing the Servo. I personally use the Plasma Servo as a hyzer flip to straight thrower, but as it is understable, I also use the Plasma Servo on flat releases as my understable slow fairway. In Neutron plastic, the Servo is a really nice straight thrower for most power levels, and I find the rim size very comfortable for my hand. If you are looking for a forgiving slower fairway driver the Servo can easily fit in your bag!


MVP Switch

The MVP Switch is rated 6.5/5/-1.5/1. The Switch is described as a slightly understable fairway driver that serves as a neutral compliment to the Servo. That is an interesting description, and though I personally don’t bag a Switch, I have really liked their flight. When I first tried the Switch, I expected it to behave more understable than it did. Honestly, the Neutron Switch reminded me of my worked in Plasma Servo. If you are a low to medium power thrower, or are looking for a forgiving disc when thrown on a hyzer or flat, the Switch is an outstanding choice! I would highly recommend the Switch to new players and those that tend to throw drives 350’ and less.


MVP Shock

The MVP Shock is rated 8/5/0/2.5. The Shock is described as an overstable fairway driver. I absolutely love the Shock, however I would not describe the flight as overstable. Perhaps the description based on my experience could read: “the Shock is a straight to slightly overstable fairway driver.” For me the Shock in Neutron plastic is very similar to an Innova Teebird3. Though the Shock was not as stable as I had hoped, it is one of my favorite discs, because it is so straight and always has a manageable fade. The most stable Shock I have thrown has been the Plasma Shock. The Plasma Shock is noticeably more stable than the Neutron Shock in my experience.  And, spoiler alert, there is a disc that flies perfectly in the faster overstable disc slot for MVP/Axiom. It’s technically a driver, but the lower glide makes it a very accurate disc. In the next post, I’ll talk about the Axiom Wrath. If you were an Innova thrower in a previous life and are seeing the excellent selection of GYRO discs on the market, you will find the Shock to be everything you wanted!


MVP Volt

The MVP Volt is rated 8/5/-.5/2. The Volt is described as a slightly overstable fairway driver. In the right run and plastic, that description is very accurate. I have thrown many Volts and can say run to run and given the plastic, your experience with a Volt can vary greatly. That being said, I have found the Volt to be a very neutral flyer. I like throwing the Volt for hyzer flip shots and with a tailwind, however in most situations, I found the MVP Shock to fit my arm speed a game better. For the average player, the Volt will be a useful disc in the bag at all times, and I encourage everyone to give the Volt a try, you won’t be disappointed!


MVP Amp

The MVP Amp is rated 8/5/-1.5/1. The Amp is described as a stable neutral fairway driver. I found the Amp to be more stable than originally I anticipated. In my experience, the Amp was more stable than the Volt, but less stable than the Shock. In all fairness, I have yet to thrown an Amp to the point where it is even slightly broken in, so that could be part of it. My guess is within 5-10 rounds of play that the Amp, it would be a reliable dead straight flyer. I will say once I got beyond the surprising stability, I found the Amp to be the kind of fairway driver I love to throw. So that being said if you like the idea of a longer flying slightly turn resistant fairway driver, the answer is the Amp.

Thank you for reading, I hope you found some discs to try, and if you have questions or comments, please reach out. I love to correspond and talk with fellow disc golfers.

See you on the course!          

Aaron

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MVP Midrange Discs

MVP Midrange Discs

MVP and Axiom Midrange Discs

Time to turn up the speed on the GYRO We’re talking about midranges for MVP, and Axiom. They have an extensive lineup of midranges to cover every type of throw you need in for your midrange game.

We’ll start with the Axiom line-up as there are fewer mid ranges in their line-up.  

Axiom Midrange Discs

Axiom Alias Midrange Disc

Axiom Alias - This might be the straightest midrange driver I have ever thrown. Rated at 4/4/-1/1, it is meant to be a neutral disc when released on a hyzer. In both the Neutron or the Proton plastic, this disc when released on a hyzer, will flip to flat and stay straight, even until it reaches the ground. This is an amazing disc for wooded courses. If you haven’t picked one up yet, and you like to throw slightly understable discs in the woods, look no further. Go get it!

Axiom Theory Midrange Disc

Axiom Theory - The Theory is rated 4/4/-1.5/1. I feel this is accurate, and the first time I saw someone throw it, I could tell it was his go to disc. In fact, we were carded together the first round, and he used it on every wooded shot under 300’, and to great success! Though I don’t currently keep a Theory in my bag, it is the closest disc to a Prodigy M4, Innova Mako, Dynamic Discs Evidence, Discraft Meteor, if you are familiar with those brands or discs. It showing surprisingly controlled turn and glide, another great Axiom disc.

Now let’s move on to the MVP line-up of mid range discs.

MVP Midrange Discs

MVP Tangent Midrange Disc

MVP Tangent - The Tangent is one of my favorite mids. Rated at 4/4/-0.5/0.5, this is a very straight throwing mid. The slightly more stable cousin of the Axiom Alias, the Tangent is surprisingly good at handling a strong throw on a hyzer. Though I love the Alias, the Tangent for me is a more forgiving straight thrower. The extra stability lends itself to windier conditions, and is a little better at handling a flat release than the Alias. I am still to this day surprised at the stability of the Tangent, it performs more stable at high speeds than I would’ve guessed, but like most discs at the speed if you want to throw it hard enough to turn over, you can do it.

MVP Tensor Midrange Disc

MVP Tensor - The Tensor is rated 4/4/0/2.5. This might be the least appreciated disc by MVP fans. The Tensor for me is one of the most reliable approach discs on the market. It has an overstability that is great for windy days, and on a backhand throw a perfect amount of high speed turn fighting power. I unfortunately am not skilled enough at throwing forehands with shallow rim discs, so I don’t have experience with that use, and truthfully the internet has mixed reviews on that function. All in all, if you are new to the MVP family and want a great overstable small rimmed disc, this is the best of the bunch.

MVP Axis Midrange Disc

MVP Axis - The Axis is rated 5/5/-1/1. The Axis reminds me of a Discraft Buzzz, with perhaps a little more distance potential. The Axis holds lines very well, and with practice can function well on hyzer, flat, and anhyzer release angles. A very versatile disc of any type of environment, the Axis will keep you on angle.

MVP Vector Midrange Disc

MVP Vector - The Vector is rated 5/4/0/2. This disc was my first love for MVP mids. The disc has great distance potential when thrown hard. I have personally been able to reach 370’ with this mold. In Proton the mold shows a nice overstability, in Electron can become a nice straight or understable thrower, and in Neutron or Eclipse holds very true to the flight number. The feel in the hand is amazing, and the disc reminds me of the Innova Roc3. I would recommend this mid range to any player of any skill level.

MVP Matrix Midrange Disc

MVP Matrix - The Matrix is rated 5/4/-1./2. Though I loved the Vector by the end of 2018, the Matrix was the only mid range left in my bag. That being said the Matrix is one of the most unique mids I have ever thrown. In Proton plastic I found the Matrix to be too understable for my liking, and it wasn’t until the mold was released in Neutron plastic that I really learned to love this mold. The Matrix to me in Neutron plastic is a longer, and more stable Axiom Envy. I found the synergy with my putters to be perfect. If you like the Envy try the Matrix in Neutron plastic, I promise it will be the first disc you reach for on windy days!

MVP Vertex Midrange Disc

MVP Vertex - The Vertex is rated 4/4/-2/.05. The Vertex is the most understable mid range in the MVP/Axiom lineup. I was surprised at home much more understable the Vertex was than the Theory, or the Tangent. If you are looking for a mid that has easy turn at low velocity, the Vertex is the best choice.

MVP Deflector Midrange Disc

MVP Deflector - The Deflector is rated 5/3.5/0/4. The most anticipated overstable disc of the year or MVP, and it was a huge hit in 2018. For both backhand and forehand the Deflector is the overstable king of the slow discs for gyro technology. The stability to me is somewhere between a Dynamic Discs Justice, and a Discraft Buzzz OS. Though generally people aren’t looking for much glide from a disc with this type of function, I found when thrown with enough anhyzer, the Deflector can be used to achieve more distance than you might expect. There is tremendous utility in this mold, and very rightfully has many fans!  

So let’s hear from you…

What do you throw for mid ranges? I will do an in the bag soon and go into more depth of the molds I currently bag, and why, but soon to come, my favorite category….fairway drivers! What do you bag? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for the video review coming soon!

See you on the course,

Aaron

MVP Disc Golf Putters

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MVP Disc Golf Putters

Hey there Precisioners! 

We are excited to be back in producing content at regular intervals again moving into 2019!  

I’ll start this year out with a bit that helps people learn a brand that many players only know at a topical level, MVP & Axiom discs (Streamline is their single mold brand, but as they come out with more molds and I have more experience I’ll cover that).

As my bag is currently all GYRO, I have spent almost a full season with their discs, and can help answer the most common questions people have when trying to explore their curiosity with this GYRO technology. We will start with the discs that are used the most in every round: Putters.

I will be talking about the discs I currently bag, and have thrown, however for the purposes of this article we will be looking at tee shots and approaches, not putting. The reason I don’t want to give opinion on putting putters is that I believe the most important part of choosing a putter is how it feels in the hand. Choosing a stability that suits your putting style is second most important, but for most people, finding a disc they feel comfortable holding and putting with, is the most important factor.

MVP Discs Putter: Axiom Envy

The first disc I want to talk about is the Axiom Envy. The Envy is likely the disc most of the people in my circle know about in the MVP/Axiom lineup. The flight numbers are 3/3/0/2, and in full disclosure I don’t put a lot of stock in flight numbers. I currently bag five of the Envy, and have also found that they have enough distance potential where I no longer bag any midrange discs. The Envy has great stability for strong backhand throws, and I use mine for shots all the way up to 350 feet! I use the Envy for tee shots, approaches, and putting. In the summer, I putt with the Electron firm plastic (very stiff) because I like a stiff baseline plastic feel putter. However, in the winter, I putt with both the Electron, and the Electron soft plastic (today it’s 8 degrees Fahrenheit in Minnesota, so the disc feels markedly harder than in warmer temperatures). My usual summer lineup looks like this:

  • 1x Neturon soft Envy. This is one of the most reliably overstable plastic types for this mold. For hyzer and wind shots.

  • 2x Electron Envy. Usually 1 nearly brand new and still fresh for very straight hyzer flip shots, and 1 pretty beat up for my turnover or understable putter needs.

  • 1x Electron firm Envy. For putting (in the winter this changes to Electron soft).

  • 1x Glow Eclipse Envy. The least glide and most overstable Envy I have is in this plastic. It’s the closest disc in the MVP/Axiom lineup to a Zone.

Aaron Palm with an Axiom Envy ace on hole 6 at Blue Ribbon Pines in East Bethel, MN.

Aaron Palm with an Axiom Envy ace on hole 6 at Blue Ribbon Pines in East Bethel, MN.

MVP Discs Putter: Proxy

The only other putter in Axiom’s lineup is the Proxy. The Proxy is rated 3/3/-1/.05, and as you can guess has a subtle understability, and reliable very slight fade. I have thrown a number of Proxys and they are really straight! The function of the Proxy that I’ve thrown is very similar to what I used a very beat up Envy for, so for a player looking to throw a forgiving very straight throwing putter, look no further than the Proxy. If I wasn’t working on being more of a mold minimalist, this disc would be in my bag.

MVP Discs Putter: Ion

Moving onto MVP putters the disc I see most is the Ion. The Ion is rated 2.5/3/0/1.5. The Ion is most often used for putting (I have a buddy who is a lights out putter with them!), but off the tee they have a really nice blend of stability and low speed. Again, as a putter mold minimalist I don’t bag one, however they are really reliable approach discs, and are stable neutral in all the right ways. If you’re looking for a beaded stable putter, this could be your next bread and butter!

MVP Discs Putter: Atom

The next most common MVP putter I see is the Atom. The Atom is rated 3/3/0/1. The Atom is the first MVP disc I ever bought. I prefer baseline plastic for putters and midranges, so I got to know the Electron Atom quite well. It is probably the straightest putter I have ever thrown off the tee. The distance potential is enormous for a putter, the glide number to me should be a 5 not a 3. The Atom can be thrown easily 325 feet for me perfectly straight, with only medium power. If I didn’t prefer the feeling of the Envy in the hand, I would bag at least 4-5 Atoms. Although Electron Atoms are very neutral in flight out of the box, they do beat in to relatively understable over time. This is a common occurrence with baseline plastic - no fault of the mold or plastic! I will say that the Proton Atoms I have thrown are significantly more overstable in flight, and the Neutron plastic Atoms are stable as well. A great mold, and one I would recommend to players of all skill levels.

MVP Discs Putter: Anode

A mold that I’ve noticed a number of the MVP team members putting with is Anode.  The Anode is rated 2.5/3/0/.5. The Anode is beadless, and is a very straight flyer off the tee. I find it to be a reliable hyzer flip to flat thrower at medium high power. It feels great in the hand. If you are looking to try a straight flyer and putter give this a try!

Aaron Palm with an Anode ace on hole 14 at Acorn Disc Golf Park in Roseville, MN.

Aaron Palm with an Anode ace on hole 14 at Acorn Disc Golf Park in Roseville, MN.

MVP Discs Putter: Spin

The Spin is the understable putter in the GYRO line up. The Spin is rated 2.5/4/-2/0. I have thrown the Spin in Proton and Electron plastic. In both plastics, the Spin flies very true to the numbers. It is a great understable utility disc for this spot. I used to love throwing PA4’s when I threw a lot of Prodigy plastic, and the Spin is a perfect replacement.


MVP Discs Putter: Particle

The Particle is the most overstable disc in the MVP/Axiom lineup. The Particle is rated 3/3/0/2.5. Currently, the Particle is only available in Neutron and Neutron soft plastic. As I’ve said above, I generally prefer baseline plastic for my putters and mids, however this mold feels so good in the hand it was easy to overlook. Though the Particle is supposed to be more stable than the Envy, I truthfully found them to be almost identical, though perhaps the Particle has a touch less glide. I think it is an outstanding mold, and if you are looking for the overstable putter between MVP/Axiom, I would try both and see what feels better to you.

All in all, there is a GYRO putter mold for everyone. A common request is for an overstable putter, similar to a Discraft Zone or an Innova Gator. In the next article, I’ll cover the MVP midrange that most closely aligns with that style.

If you haven’t tried anything from MVP/Axiom, they have an outstanding line of molds, and plastic blends. It would be worth your time to give them a toss. I will say, with utmost certainty, that the longest flying putters I have thrown are all GYRO. The molds are very true and straight flying discs for almost any speed arm, and I am thrilled with my putter game off the tee, thanks to the Axiom Envy.  

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to a great 2019.

See you on the course,

Aaron

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How to Play Disc Golf in the Wind

How to Play Disc Golf in the Wind

Ok, I certainly do not prefer throwing in the wind. There are certain times when a favorable wind is welcome of course, but I have rarely, nay probably never, said I like putting into a headwind with a water hazard 10 feet behind the pin.

Depending on where you are from, will depend on what “really windy” means to you. Having played a number of times in Oklahoma in the Spring, I can say that the nearly constant erratic, and strong winds of March are the real deal there. Here, in Minnesota, we have some pretty blustery days, and to be fair, some very windy days. But thankfully, the degree and frequency is less than our friends in the southern part of the Midwest. To my knowledge, there isn’t a single type of best way to throw in the wind, but there are definitely a few things that help.  

Disc Golf Tee Shots in the Wind

Keep the Disc Flat

The first thing is that I’ve found is to keep the disc flat. I realize that isn’t a revolutionary statement, but making sure that the disc has the smallest surface area to catch the wind is the best way to keep it straight. Of course, depending on the shape needed for any particular hole this may change your needs, but throwing straight is the best thing to be able to execute in any condition. I find it is easiest to play with a slightly more stable disc than I’m used to, and throw it flat, hard, and low. Again, the main goal is to keep the shape of the shot straight - that is more important than distance. And making sure you don’t have to throw a fancy recovery shot out of the woods is the real goal above all else.

Take Advantage of the Wind

There are times you can take advantage of the direction of the wind. This is primarily useful on a hyzer release, and unless the options are limited, I think subtlety is the key for “utilizing” the wind assist. There are times where it is fun to try and make a heroic play that would not be possible without the elements, but my guess is that wouldn’t be more than 1-2 holes per 18. Giving yourself a 10 foot putt is more valuable than a risky drive to get within 30.

I firmly believe that reducing “testers” primarily in putting, but also in approaches will give great peace of mind, and help to keep your score in a range you can accept. Since a great majority of the sport is played “between the ears,” it is important when you have unpredictable elements to mitigate the risk. Basically, if the shot you are choosing to make gives you any pause, it is likely not a good decision to throw it. Throwing and acting with confidence is essential, however understanding that you are still subject to outside elements is just smart golf. If you want to use the wind to your advantage, don’t get greedy and keep your disc in the fairway.

Throwing a Disc Golf Approach Shot in the Wind

Throwing the approach shot is the same principle as throwing the tee shot. The only thing to bear in mind is that certain techniques for throwing approach shots have to be modified. For instance, some like to throw the same type of rhythm, release, and velocity of a tee shot on longer approach shots and simply keep the nose up. It likely goes without saying that this is not a great strategy for almost any type of wind. Generally, I like to keep the approach shot low with a small amount of hyzer, and try to avoid any big skips.

Disc Golf Putting into the Wind

The other primary consideration is what type of wind you want make your putt in. As a rule, I prefer a tailwind putt if I can get it - those putts allow you to putt with the most authority. Headwind and crosswind putts are a little less predictable in their effect on the disc at putting speeds, and as such I think the tailwind putt has the most predictable flight.

Best Disc Golf Discs for the Wind

Regarding disc selection, I favor throwing discs that are slightly overstable. I know it is popular to throw grossly overstable stable discs into the wind, but of course every scenario requires some adjustment. Remember I am not officially affiliated with any disc manufacturer, but I am using Innova examples as they have the molds that people are most familiar with, for reference. Any disc you are comfortable throwing that fits the type of flight these discs offer is a great choice. It all comes down to personal preference!

Disc Golf Discs for Tailwind

In a tailwind, your disc will fly with more overstable characteristics, and generally will get pushed down towards the ground. Tee shots in tailwind conditions I like to throw understable discs such as a Valkyrie, or Shryke if you have the arm speed. On holes under 375’ or so I go with a Leopard or Wombat3.

Disc Golf Discs for Headwind

Into a headwind, I like to throw more overstable discs. For 375 feet and over,  I like both the Destroyer, and the Thunderbird. For shots under that distance, I like the Teebird3, or the Roc3. The headwind will tend to push your disc up, and will exaggerate both turnover shots and hyzers. I try to keep the disc low, and flat as the headwind will make it appear to fly slightly less stable.

Disc Golf Discs for Crosswind

For a crosswind either direction, I throw the same discs I would into a headwind. There is one exception: if you are on a wide open hole and have a left to right tailwind you may be in luck (as a right-handed, backhand thrower). Throwing a high anhyzer with an understable disc in these conditions can lead to tremendous distances. Controlling the left to right is difficult, but if you just want to generate raw distance, that is the most favorable condition I have thrown in.

Disc Golfing in the Wind and Your Mental Game

There is one other thing to consider about throwing into a strong wind, and it is the mental game. I have played some of my best rounds in very unfavorable wind conditions, and I liken that success to the focus and type of game I am trying to play. When I focus on throwing a conservative shot and landing it in a place I am comfortable making my next throw from, good things happen. The difficult thing about doing this all the time is that when conditions are favorable, it is difficult to resist the temptation to throw more aggressive shots and lines. In light wind, I find the same challenges, but when the wind makes executing super aggressive lines next to impossible, throwing smart golf suddenly becomes much easier.

I encourage everyone to get out there when the conditions are worst and practice executing shots they are comfortable with and seeing how their scores end up. My guess is that if your putting isn’t compromised too much by the conditions, you will be surprised by the results. Getting yourself in a position to succeed is most of the battle. 

Manage your mentality, make good disc choices, and have fun. Look at it like a fun challenge and don’t be focused on scores, and you’ll be surprised by the results.

Until next time, keep them low, and I’ll see you on the course!

How to Look (and Throw!) Like a Pro with Airborn Disc Golf Apparel

Today we are going to talk about Airborn Disc Golf apparel! 

If you haven’t visited the website to check out the plethora of unique and high-quality gear, your game and style are missing out.

Many of the top players in the game have sported their stuff, so don’t be left behind! Check out Airborn Disc Golf to get started.

This is a company based in St. Paul, MN, run by Jason Tautges and Cale Leiviska. I have been wearing apparel from Airborn since they first opened their brick and mortar retail (we miss you!) a few years back.

The first time I went into the shop to check it out, I was greeted by Cale. It was amazing how down to earth, positive, and helpful he was. If you hadn’t known prior, you would never have guessed that you were talking to the current 5th ranked player in the world. Cale helped me navigate my way to some new discs, and from there I bought a tee shirt that was super soft to support the business.

Well fast forward to today, and I bet in my spare time I wear more Airborn Disc Golf apparel than anything else. My wife has at least 4 or 5 Airborn shirts/hoodies of her own!

So the reason I’m saying all this is that beyond just liking the brand and the people, the quality and functionality of everything they sell is top notch. I have a few good friends who won’t buy anything cheap or non-functional, and they are sporting more Airborn stuff than me! Everything Airborn sells has the intent to use when playing disc golf in mind.

Customized Disc Golf Apparel with PDGA Number

Many of the items can be customized on the site (I have 3 items with my name and PDGA number on them), and they are all comfortable, fit for throwing discs (no loose sleeves, non baggy mid sections, fleece lined items, etc.), and have a great fit for every season.

There are a couple of hoodies I can use instead of a winter coat, and usually do, when I’m playing disc golf. Note: In our video at Vision Quest disc golf course in Cedar, MN, I’m wearing a custom Airborn hoodie!

Disc Golf Hoodies 

I picked up  this hoodie  at the Par 2 event Airborn hosted on 2/21/2017 near Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, MN. 

I picked up this hoodie at the Par 2 event Airborn hosted on 2/21/2017 near Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, MN. 

So it turns out that the air temp was deceiving, and like any good self confident Minnesota player, I decided anything above 30 only required a light long sleeve shirt. 

Well, I think with the wind chill had to be 5 degrees. It was super chilly, so after seeing Cale in this hoodie, I decided to make the adult choice and get one.

First things first - Wow are they soft. When they say super soft, they mean more super soft than you are thinking soft. I went with the olive color, and it looks great. 

I love the seed in the “jet engine” logo they have on the front, and the only other logo is their “simple seed” on the right arm. It is a fun and unobtrusive branding item. Also, with just a long sleeve shirt and that hoodie, I felt perfectly warm, which is surprising, given that the hoodie feels very light. 

Throwing in the hoodie felt easy and unrestricted. I stayed very warm, and I feel as if this item at a large popular retailer would be well over $75. I would happily pay that for an item of this quality, style, and functionality. When I got home my wife was envious of my hoodie and wanted her own! I can’t stress this enough: if you want quality gear, Airborn Disc Golf is where you want to start.  

Disc Golf Course Design

Cale and Jason of Airborn Disc Golf were instrumental in the design of Vision Quest disc golf course, so note if you are looking for some help getting a course designed, you have proof of the awesome work they do!

Disc Golf Discs with a Unique Stamp

Of course the discs themselves! Most of what I throw I have purchased through Airborn Disc Golf. I like being able to pick a unique stamp, and if I have any questions there are always quick to respond, and are super helpful.

Disc Golf Art Work

In addition, they have some really cool prints done by Cam Todd (won the Glass Blown Open in 2016 and World Champion 2001), and I think they are super cool (we have one in our house).

Remember, if you want to look the part and have the right gear check out Airborn Disc Golf.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the course. 

-Aaron

Note: I am not being paid for this post - I just like recommending good companies with great employees and products.

What the heck is the difference between all these disc golf tours?

Today we will talk about the direction of disc golf tournaments and the different tours we saw arise this year.

There are three new tours that have emerged in 2016 and we will spend a little time with each of them.

American Disc Golf Tour

The American Disc Golf Tour was the baby of Salient Discs, and was making bold strides by pushing to be on ESPN3 for their initial outing. My goal is not to be negative towards any individual effort to try something new, however, I believe this tour had very little positive impact on the sport.

Besides the lack of depth in the pro field, the high entry fees, the tacky score-keeping girls in Hooters outfits, and the very amateur feel of the production, the event simply didn’t deliver many positive results.

The adage of “any press is good press” may be true, however, to what degree is up for certain speculation and criticism in regards to the American Disc Golf Tour. The last portion of this idea is that the “tour” consisted of a single event. This was blamed on the community not rallying behind the initial event effort, but given that there was a poor product, very little real competition, and a lack of appreciation for the people that may be the audience, I am wholly unsurprised at the outcome.

Grade: D+

 

Disc Golf World Tour

The next main tour arriving on the scene this year is the Disc Golf World Tour (DGWT). This tour consists of five events throughout the US and Europe. Starting in California, to the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, and ending in South Carolina with the United States Disc Golf Championship (USDGC).

This tour is the creation of Jussi Meresmaa, who is widely recognized for the explosive growth and success of disc golf in Europe. The tour is also responsible for bringing some new statistics to light. I have always liked statistics and am a believer that anything you measure can bring greater understanding and interest to the topic.

The statistics measured are: Green Hits (from the tee), ICP (putting percentage inside 10 meters), and OCP (number of putts made outside the 10 meter circle). This is a great start to the idea that we can break down and analyze what statistics and metrics make a winning disc golfer. The only metric shared by the top finishing golfers so far is over 90% ICP, and being top rated in green hits. This means that they routinely give themselves a reasonable chance at taking birdies, and are able to capitalize on it.

This is surprising given that both Paul McBeth and Ricky Wysocki are known for their amazing putting accuracy at quite a distance, however in the four events of the Disc Golf World Tour thus far, that has not been the reason for their success. I would never have guessed that was the case. Most people would likely have thought that making the 40-50 foot putts on a routine basis would be the reason for the top ranked players in the world to be ahead of everyone else. Though this may be a contributing factor in this small sample size of four events, this has not proven to be true.

There is one more thing to consider in this tour. Given the amount of travel, the sponsor (Innova Champion Discs via Discmania), and the coverage there is an overwhelming amount of Innova/Discmania sponsored play coverage and related commentary. This, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. They are footing the bill to make sure all of their top pros make the events, and the coverage and commentary is outstanding after each round. Just remember when you’re watching the coverage who is putting it together. All in all, this tour has been good for the sport, especially abroad and I applaud Jussi and his team for a great start to what I hope becomes an even stronger tour for years to come.    

Grade: B+

 

Disc Golf Pro Tour

The thrid tour that started this year is the Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT). This tour consists of five events and an additional tour championship you must qualify to play in. The tour was designed so that pros following the NTs and majors for the PDGA could do so easily and in conjunction. With this ease of attendance, they have done a great job attracting the best in the sport to the majority of their events.

Steve Dodge of Vibram Disc Golf is spearheading this tour and as with most things he’s done for the sport, he has shown thoughtfulness, great follow through, player first mentality, and long-term growth strategies can be at the heart of every event.

The DGPT has brought carnival games, "beat the pro" challenges in the games, a revolutionary partnership in live scoring with the astounding uDisc app, in depth statistics and a relationship for new power rankings with DGstats, fantasy disc golf with prizes, live video coverage of every event, and wonderful round recaps and relationships with the disc golf media community.

This weekend I attended the Minnesota Majestic. I had the wonderful opportunity to watch the rounds in person and see the whole event unfold. The environment felt fan-friendly, professional, and accessible to players and fans alike. Of course the tournament directors, and course proprietors, were a large part of the enormous success of the event. It was certainly the best run, most interesting, and highest level of play in any tournament I have had the pleasure of being a part of.

One of my favorite things about the uDisc involvement are the statistics they track. They have fairway hits, circle 1 (10 meters), circle 2 (20 meters), and scramble. The scramble rate occurs when you save par, after missing the fairway off the tee. The addition of the extra statistics allows for greater analysis long-term. I also did the live scoring portion for a card on the first round and was astounded at the ease and accuracy of the app. Everything from the interface to the refresh time was amazing. If you haven’t checked out the DGPT yet, you should. You will not be disappointed.

Grade: A-

 

Both the DGWT and DGPT have done wonderful things for the sport and are driving the bus in the right direction.

Ultimately, the future of the sport for professionals and fans alike will be more successful and enjoyable for all with great minds and tours propelling the sport forward.

Please take some time to tune in to a live broadcast or watch some round recaps to show your support for the initiative taken by these tours this year.

Thanks for reading and until next time, enjoy the wealth of disc golf statistics and videos to look over on these great websites and additions to the professional circuits of our sport!

See you on the course, 

Aaron