Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Manhatten Project

I finally took the Nuke out for a walk the other day. It was getting late in the day, and I decided my time would be better spent destroying my arm getting ready for the Bachelor Weekend of the Century than playing a few holes. I hit up the local baseball diamond to do some drive work.

Seeing as I had had the Nuke for awhile now and hadn't taken it out of the bag yet, I figured it might be a good time. Not going to lie, it was all it was cracked up to be. If I feel comfortable enough with the disc, someday I may write a review on it, but for now, let me just say that it was a very positive first impression. Very fast out of the hand, decent fade, and not a whole lot of turn to it, making it a very predictable disc (at least in the few times I gave it a whirl).

We should have more to report next week as the King and I will be hitting up the new course in South Sioux City (and maybe a trip to the good ole' sentimental course?). Otherwise, I'm pretty sure that my discing focus will continue to be on the trip to Highbridge coming up in less than a month now. Boom!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Hummel Tourney That Wasn't

As a follow up to my previous post, I say, "not this time, folks." On Friday, I was able to hit up Treasure Cove DGC over in Council Bluffs (it's actually a nice course they have over there) with my local partner, Josh "Jiggs" Van Roekel. While windy and chilly, we were hopeful that the day would prove fruitful, giving last minute practice for me in prep for the tournament the next day and giving Jiggs a chance to see some decent course action before the Bachelor Weekend of the Century (official new title).

While the fruit did appear in those two regards, we had underestimated three items. Both the wind and the cold were substantially more unfortunate than we had estimated. Wind in general is a bummer, but everyone has to deal with it. Fine. But cold creates such a problem because in order to function, you have to add layers. These layers (sweatshirts, coats, etc) invariably alter throwing mechanics, and I had no desire to mess with those just when I was getting them down. And the other variable was the ground. While it had rained here for the previous couple days, I figured it would have been absorbed enough to provide fairly reliable footbing. Not so.

And so, as I arose on Saturday morn to see that the temperatures were lower, the ground remained soggy, and the wind blew stronger. Therefore, I declined to enter the tournament. I didn't like it, but that's what happened. I will certainly get up to Hummel as soon as I can. I'm pretty excited to throw a wooded course again.

I'll be sure to give you my impression of the course once I play it, as well as other course reviews from around the area. Also on the docket, South Sioux City has introduced their first disc golf course this month! I was able to confirm that the course is up and playable. That being the case, the King and I should have a chance to hit that up during Memorial Day weekend, and hopefully our old home, Sertoma. I'm pretty excited for a reunion run with the King!

Finally, a big welcome to Josh "Jiggs" Van Roekel to the blog with his first post on the homemade baskets. I've known Jiggs for years. We were on the same floor in our college dorm, we played on the lacrosse team together, and has become a reliable and dare I say excitable discing partner this past year. He will be joining the rest of the crew at the Bachelor Weekend of the Century. He's a good ship. The rest of you will like him.

Have a great week ya'll. I'll meet you back at the basket.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Practice Basket

So as I was stumbling around the web looking for ways to improve my game, I came across something I found very interesting. A practice Disc Target! The first few I found were fairly inexpensive; however, the build quality seemed to be lacking. So I kept looking trying to ignore the $400 price tag of the championship style targets! I came across a few homemade types of baskets using just about anything you could imagine. Although they looked rather ridiculous I thought they would serve a great purpose in trying to improve my putting game. I kept looking around and came across this great idea to turn a plastic 55 gallon drum into a disc golf basket. Not only does it serve the purpose of creating a fairly cheap disc target it is also pleasing to the eye.

Check it out:

I am in the process of trying to track down a plastic 55 gallon drum. Hopefully it will be free! :)

Hopefully I have an update to share in the near future!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

To Hummel or Not to Hummel

Tis a question...

I may or may not have been lamenting the limited discing presence in the Omaha metro. Admittedly spoiled, I have come to expect more. Options are thus...

1) a 5 min drive to a rec course with ungodly wait times during non-school hours and a marked lack of etiquette. The course is decent, but not if I have to look over my shoulder at every corner for jokers throwing in to me!

2) a 20 min drive to a lakeside course that does not incorporate the lake... or teepads... or baskets in some cases. It is also the course that ate my first favorite driver, Da Bomb. The course and I have issues.

3) a 25 min drive to another state to take part in a pretty nice course. Only issue is that unless its the weekend, the distance makes the trip prohibative.

Thankfully, they are opening a new course. Hummel Park will open itself up to our brethren. While still a hike at 25 min away, it is a step in the right direction. It's much more wooded than the holes around here, and from what I can tell, they've taken quite a bit of care in developing the course. At least as much as noob designers could.

As I was warming up with a little putt-putt action, I was approached by a leader in the local dg club. He invited me to take part in the inaugural tourney to be played this Saturday. I remember first thinking, "certainly, it was not my putting that gave him the impression I knew what I was doing." After my initial reaction, I became pretty excited to hit a tourney up again. If you're interested, here's a further look at the tourney and course:

Downside, this would also be the first day after Cammi's last final, and I'm sure she'll want to celebrate. So... do I embrace my role as her future hubby and become the always present rockstar fiance or do I forsake such things for a shot at immortality! a non-sanctioned tourney ...which I'll likely lose. Hmm... to Hummel or not to Hummel, indeed!

I'll let you know what happens in this unfolding drama. Until then, keep your woman tight and your approach shots tighter.


Sunday, May 08, 2011

In case anyone is wondering how the water temp is in Lake Valentine at Bethel? It's still pretty chilly. But Nukes are worth going in after them.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Working the Poll

As some of you have noticed, we have recently added several new features to the site. The newest of which is a monthly poll. Each month we will probe your minds that we might better know and understand our audience and authors. Last month, our question focused on the most mundane question I could think of: What brand of disc do you prefer? The results? A unanimous selection of Innova. The disc manufacturing giant was always bound to be the selection, though I am surprised that Discraft did not make an appearance.

For my part, I looked in my bag and noted that I tend to have a heavy Innova presence. And while a number of Discraft discs (including the Buzz and Stalker) are my prefered plastic for a number of shots, if I looked at the overall total of shots I take, they most often begin and end with Innova.

Please feel free to comment as to why you made the selection you did. Or if you have other comments, they are welcome as well.

This month's question deals with the strength of our games... What phase of disc golf is your strongest? Results coming at the end of May!

Til then, I hope everyone gets a little world champ lovin'


Sunday, May 01, 2011

I Wish I May, I Wish I Might…

I Wish For a Disc Golf Course Overnight. For as long as I have been playing disc golf I have been dreaming how I would create my own course….if money was no object. I’ve dreamed of someday when I’m a homeowner of at the very least having a basket in the yard for putting. Well I am possibly one step closer to realizing that dream. No I didn’t buy a house. But I did the next best thing. I bought a new disc. Not just any disc a disc that is so special that it can make a nine hole disc golf course appear…the baskets for one anyway.

Ok enough beating around the bush…I stumbled upon an amazing contest by the Disc Golf Association (DGA). Every summer the DGA sponsors a Fundraiser for the Amateur World Disc Golf Championships. The fundraiser always centers around a new disc with the Amateur Worlds logo printed on it. Each fundraiser disc purchased comes with a raffle ticket for the grand prize. A set of nine disc golf baskets!!!! This year they’ve added a new perk. A second chance to win, just write an essay saying what you would do if you won the baskets and then leave it all up to your friends and family to vote for your essay.

I did the first part and bought the disc. Here it is: DGA SP Sparkle Hurricane

The Hurricane is a Maximum Flight Driver that is one of the fastest discs the DGA has to offer. It has amazing glide and when it finds a line, it sticks to it. According to the DGA website, the SP line plastic is the professional premium blend of plastic that allows the disc to fly faster and slightly more overstable then its ProLine plastic cousins. I have yet to throw this disc yet as the weather here in Minnesota has taken yet another turn for the frigid, wet, spring cold.

I’m contemplating of at least trying to write an essay and see what happens. Having two chances is better than one right? When you have a “bad” shot on the course you take the courtesy of at least settling your mind by throwing a provisional shot. Well the essay could potentially be my provisional shot. Another blog post to follow shortly with my essay and all the info on where to vote.