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Mike Batka, owner of Glide Disc Golf Store in Madison, Wisconsin, Praised for Selection and Knowledge

Photo provided by Mike Batka.

Choosing a disc can be difficult, especially when you are just starting out with very little knowledge.

If you go to a local Play it Again Sports store, you can find an array of discs lining the walls or bins full of used discs, depending on the location.

You could spend hours digging through the used disc bin, separated only by their quality, without any luck. Some staff members may have personal experience and can help you select the right disc, while others may know no more than you.

It’s a pretty grueling experience, and at the end of it, you could still walk out with a disc that’s not fit for you.

With its sleek displays, friendly staff, and knowledgeable owner, Mike Batka, Glide disc golf store plays a significant role Madison’s disc golf community.

Where it All Began

Even from 2000 when Batka started playing disc golf, he could see the sports growing popularity and knew, a few years down the road, that Madison was a pivotal place to set up shop.

Inspired by Mike Newhouse’s shop, A Disc’s Throw, at the time, Batka started looking at locations in Madison during the summer of 2007 before settling on a place in February 2008. Glide’s doors opened April 25, 2008.

When selecting the name of the store, Batka partnered up with Derek Wagener who had an apparel line called Glide.

“When I decided to open a shop and was thinking of names, I talked to Derek because I always liked Glide,” Batka said. “The shop was mine and I named it Glide. Derek and I teamed up on the apparel for a few years until we agreed to part ways, and I later bought him out.”

State of Glide Today

Because of its location across the street from Hiestand Park, the shop has seen great success linked to the course.

The park is also the perfect place to test out a used disc’s flight path before you purchase it.

“It was nice to throw the frisbee before purchasing it,” Dillon said. “I could see how it would fly and react to the way I would throw it.”

There is no shortage of discs to choose from, either. Glide displays over 5,000 discs in shop with around 10,000 discs in stock. Their products include discs from top brands such as:

They also sell bags and carts from ZÜCA, Latitude 64, and MVP among others; as well as baskets, apparel, and accessories.

The vast selection and Batka’s knowledge of the discs create loyal customers like Derek Johnson, member of Kronk Disc Golf, a disc golf organization out of East Dubuque, Illinois.

“Mike is a super friendly and knowledgeable individual,” Johnson said. “Glide’s selection is unbeatable and all the employees there are super friendly and helpful to answer any questions.”

The organization of the product is another key feature of Glide that customers comment on, Batka said.

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Image provided by Glide Facebook page.

“It feels kind of like a record shop,” Batka said. “Someone referred to us as the Apple Store of disc golf because of the simple and clean aesthetic.”

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Photo provided by Glide Facebook page.

Each disc is sorted according to brand, model, and plastic. All disc brands are located in the same area–MVP in the front of the store while Discraft is in the back– and models the same. Each plastic of the same model is separated by a thick plastic sheet with a corresponding label. Within a section you can find a plastic in different weights and colors.

If you can’t find the disc you are looking for, the employees at Glide will check their stock or try and order it for you.

Mike of Many Hats

As a business owner, Batka has seen Glide from its start, the move to its current, larger location in 2012, and ten years of business, celebrated by an updated logo, in 2018.

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Image provided by Glide Facebook page.

Through the store, Batka has created strong ties to the Madison community. Last January, Glide hosted its fourth annual tournament in which its proceeds were donated to the River Food Pantry. Through its contest, raffle, and lost-and-found disc sale, Glide raised $7,500 dollars.

As of 2020, Glide is also a member of 1% For the Planet. As such, Glide donates 1% of its sales to environmental nonprofits.

Professional disc golfer Aaron DeVries, who won the Glide Series #6 in 2019, believes all of Batka’s hard work benefits the community.

“Mike’s events and social media usage continue to grow the sport of disc golf and shed positive light on our community,” DeVries said. “When I think of a great person and business, I think of Mike and his shop.”

Aside from running Glide, Batka is also a Tournament Director (TD).

To be a Tournament Director for a PDGA event, Batka had to pass a test on the PDGA Rules of Play and Competition Manual. As a TD, Batka must plan an entire tournament down to costs, prizes, the course map, guidelines, sponsor donations if any, schedule, and park reservations among other tasks. All of this can take months of planning, acting as a second job.

Among the many tournaments he has run, the most notable, in Batka’s eyes, was the 2016 PDGA Amatuer & Junior Disc Golf World Championships.

Despite the intense planning required to run a tournament, those who participate in a tournament run by Batka are pleased with their experience.

“Mike is one of, if not the very best, Tournament Directors around,” amateur disc golfer Jack Morris said. “He always runs a great tournament and usually always has a full field. Can’t say anything bad about Mike.”

First and foremost, though, Batka is a disc golfer just like his customers. Highlights of his career include his first ever round at Rogers-Lakewood Park in Valparaiso, Indiana, his first ace on hole 1 at Dretzka Park in Milwaukee, and his first place finish at the Baraboo Lions Open in 2005.

Future Endeavors

After taking a break from apparel since his days with Wagener, Batka looks to release more environmentally friendly Glide branded apparel this year in 2021.

“Sustainability will be a big part of it,” Batka said. “Our trucker hats are made or organic cotton and recycled polyester. Our new t-shirts will be made of salvaged cotton from discarded industry scraps and polyester from recycled water bottles.”

Batka also looks to rework Glide’s website where apparel and other products will be available this spring.

What Batka really contributes to the future, though, Durand Disc Golf Glow League leader Scott Wenström said, growth.

“The most impressive thing about Glide is their big picture view of disc golf,” Wenström said. “When it comes to growing the sport, Mike certainly has put that to practice through his business. From running tournament series, to charity tournaments, to sponsoring local courses, or assisting new players with advice, Glide is all about the big picture.”

Review of Lincoln Park in Kenosha, Wisconsin: Disc Golf Course with Shorter Beginner Friendly Front 9, Longer More Challenging Back 9

In between my brother’s hockey games, my Dad and I decided to kill some time by playing the nearest course, Lincoln Park in Kenosha. (Side note: That’s one of the great things about disc golf; the equipment isn’t too bulky and easy to pack, so you can bring it along on almost any trip or vacation.)

The difficulty of this course made it different than any other that I’ve played. Normally, a course’s difficulty–mainly determined by length of the hole–stays fairly consistent. However, the front 9 of this course was short–holes ranged from 133 to 301 feet–and the back 9 was rather long–holes ranged from 215 to 321 feet–with two shots across the pond.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn that day, so my scores don’t accurately reflect the ease of the front 9.

Some defining holes include a shorty, number 3 at 130 feet, that plays to the fade of a RHBH thrower. Lying on top of a small hill to the left of the teepad, this hole can be difficult if your disc rolls to the bottom. You’ll be working your way up, which is no fun. Because it was so short, I threw a midrange.

Another hole that I liked, despite my bogey, was hole 6 by the bridge. Strategically placed on a slope at only 177 feet, this hole should have been relatively easy to par. I set myself up great at the top of the slope, but short-armed the putt because I was afraid I’d send it over the basket.

Hole 9 with a mando.

Hole 9, with a mando on the left side of the tree and its basket to the right, played perfectly for my Dad as a LHBH thrower. Instead of throwing a backhand and just dealing with the shot, I challenged myself and threw a forehand. I am proud to report that (just) made it over the creek.

On the back 9, hole 12 is the first shot across the pond. Because the pond was frozen over enough to walk on it, Dad and I threw, even though we knew we wouldn’t make it across.

The next shot over the pond is on hole 16. Again, Dad and I went for it because the ice was solid . . . or so we thought.

A word of caution for getting discs on ice:

  1. Test the ice before walking on it
  2. Get on quickly, get off quickly
Dad’s boot full of water from falling in.

Dad went to retrieve his disc confidently because he had his knee high, water-proof hunting boots on. See, dad followed the first rule of caution but neglected to note that the ice kept breaking.

He kept walking on the brittle ice until the water seeped into his boots. Subsequently, he turned around to get out when his boot sunk into the mud, pulling him down into the water. I actually started to panic a bit, but he made it out safely. I entered the ice in a different area and was able to retrieve Dad’s disc.

The result could have been much worse. For your safety, here’s a video for what to do if the ice cracks and you fall in deeper water.

Needless to say, we were done after that hole, plus, Mom came to pick us up for Jared’s next game. Before that, though, we stopped at the mall to pick Dad up new pants, socks, and underwear to wear to Jared’s game because his were soaked.

So, this is a partial review. We did not finish hole 16 or make it to the last two holes. On the positive side, though, each hole had a map of the basket and distance. They also had a garbage pail attached to each sign post. The only down side of this course is that the teepads are short. It took be a bit to figure out my footing.

This course requires a distance driver, midrange, and putter for all the different distances. I’d try it again in the winter, but, at my skill level, I wouldn’t try it in the summer when the pond isn’t frozen. Either that, or I’d just skip those holes. This course is not for beginners, make sure you’ve played a bit and developed your skills before trying.

FeeN/A
Holes18
TeepadConcrete

How to Use UDisc’s Map Scoring Mode and 3 Benefits Over Regular Scoring Mode

Just over one week ago, UDisc updated their app to include a Map My Score mode that tracks each individual throw, providing a visual representation for your entire game. Now, you can track stats easier and share them with your friends.

Steps 2, 3, 5 indicated by different colored circles.
  1. To use the new mode, simply open a new scorecard like you would by tapping on the Rounds icon along the bottom ribbon then the bright orange Create Scorecard button. Select your desired course, which layout you will be playing, and the players.
  2. After your first throw, walk to your disc and tap the blue plus button to track your throw. (Indicated by the yellow circle.)
  3. If you want to assign the stats from your throw to a specific disc, tap the ruler button. (Indicated by the blue circle.)
  4. Tapping the ruler button will take you to the same screen you’d see when you measured a throw from the More button on the lower ribbon. Select which disc you just used for your throw and how you threw it.
  5. If you accidently hit the plus button and want to delete a throw, simply tap the trash can. (Indicated by the green circle.)
  6. For each subsequent throw after, keep walking to your lie and tapping on the plus button.

Step 4.
  1. When you throw it in the basket, simply tap the basket on the screen.
  2. After finishing a hole, swipe left to begin the next hole.
  3. Repeat steps 1 through 8 for each hole.

As the steps indicate, it’s not that hard to track your throws, and that’s one of the reasons why this new scoring method is better than the original. Before this update, you had to track your throw in the More tab. You had to select Measure Your Throw, set your start and end point, and select your disc and how you threw it. Although it’s roughly the same amount of steps, the process had to be done in an entirely different tab than the scorecard you were currently on.

Another reason to use this system is for the ease of tracking statistics. Before the update, my profile lacked statistics other than how many birdies, pars, or bogeys I had. Now, I have statistics on my Circle 1, Circle 1X, and Circle 2 Putting. I never tracked the smaller details like that because it took too much time out of my game. Now, I can do this without thought while I’m playing.

The final reason to use this scoring method is for sharing your stats with friends. Not only can you share an individual shot, but now you can share an entire hole or your entire round.

Help grow the disc golf community by using and sharing your stats in the new Map My Score mode on UDisc. I haven’t had any impressive shots yet, but you’ll be sure to see them when I do.

Review of Lustig Park in Janesville, Wisconsin: Intermediate Disc Golf Course Dotted with Trees

With recommendations from many of my disc golf friends, I went to Janesville for a course review. I chose Lustig Park first, and plan on reviewing Riverside Park down the road.

Overall, the park was fairly simple. The trees, for the most part, didn’t cause a problem. Either that, or I had a good day hitting my lines. Plus, the tees were in the short position, right at my range.

It would be a good challenge to play in the summer when the tees are in the long position. With these tees, a little over half of the course is par 4, with the longest being 470 feet.

Through the front nine, I was only plus four. The longest hole, 7, was 406 feet, one of my bogeys, and the shortest were 6, 8, and 9 at 263 feet. I parred 6 and 8 but really messed up on 9. We all did, Jack, my dad, and I.

This started a span of four tough holes for me. Jack had challenged my dad and I that if we could be even through the next three holes, 10 through 12, he would buy us ice cream. Since I’m not supplying a link to a great ice cream place or posting a picture, you can guess I failed that challenge. I was plus five through those holes.

The first one, hole 10, had a tight line that I couldn’t hit, and I ended up in a patch of trees that made the hole difficult from then on. Hole 11 was my worst. I hit a tree on my drive and hit another two trees trying to sink my putt.

Although I got a bogey on hole 12, it was far more fun than the previous two because of its hill. Kids frequently sled down this hill in the winter because of its steep slope. For disc golf, this hole gives you a chance to show off your power with a downward shot into an open field.

After a rather disappointing couple of holes, it was nice to go down the hill and act like a little kid again.

With his new Ridge Roller, Jack went down the hill on his skis, and I went down like a penguin on my belly. Dad decided to be boring and just walk down the hill.

Aside from hole 12, another defining hole is 16, which has a tight shot over an impression in the land. I was the only one in our group to get through without hitting a tree.

I ended the course plus 10, a new record for me. Lustig Park also marked a point in my disc golf game where, since then, I have consistently hit more pars than bogeys. For me, this park symbolizes a big step forward.

Each hole is clearly laid out with each pin’s distance. The only downside to this course was the fact that the last couple teepads weren’t shoveled. Jack had come earlier in the week to shovel the first few, but no one had touched them since.

I was told, however, that the other course’s teepads were shoveled. Perhaps Riverside Park simply gets more attention than Lustig.

For this course, you’ll want to bring a driver, midrange, and putter. I mainly used my Tesla, Buzzz, and Envy, yet again.

Keep an eye out for my review of Riverside Park so you can compare the two and decide which one you want to play.

FeeN/A
Holes18
TeepadConcrete

What to Do When You Find a Lost Disc and Other Etiquette on the Disc Golf Course

When you are new to a hobby, there are certain actions that veteran players do unconsciously as a part of respect. In bowling, this means you wait to throw until after the person in either lane next to you throws. In softball, you avoid a freshly chalked line, and when approaching a stop sign at the same time as another car, the person on your right goes first. Disc golf is no different, so here are some rules so you can follow to be respectful on the course.

  1. Return lost discs

I’ll admit, I’m someone who scavenges OB areas looking for lost discs to add to my bag, but if they have a name and cell phone or PDGA number, I return them to their owners.

Hole 3 at Twining Park is notorious for losing discs, and when I first started playing in May of 2020, I lost a disc in the pines on that hole. I kept coming back, looking for it, until one day I found the same model in a different plastic. It had a name a number on it, but I missed my disc so much that I just kept it.

I’m ashamed to admit this, but I want you to learn from my mistakes. I have since returned the disc to its owner and every other one I’ve found with a name and number on it. Not only is a lost disc a financial loss, but it sucks to lose a staple in your bag that you rely on and know what it does.

So, when you find a disc with a name and number on it, you have a couple options. One, text or call the number on the disc and arrange for a meet-up place and time. If you are not from the area, a simple text telling the owner where you found the disc is also helpful. Some people also reach out on Facebook. If there is a name and a PDGA number, you can look the person up on the PDGA website, get their location, and have a more accurate search on Facebook.

With that said, I highly encourage you to put your name and number on your discs. I’ve lost a couple of mine and have been fortunate enough to get them returned each time; disc golfers are good people who understand what it’s like to lose a disc and want it back.

  1. Follow order

When starting out, it doesn’t really matter who throws first. After the first hole though, the order is dependent on the previous hole’s results. If you throw par, but your friend throws a birdie, they will throw before you on the next hole. The order is not dependent on score. Even if you are beating your friend, they will throw before you if they beat you on the last hole.

During each hole, the person farthest from the pin throws first. When they are throwing limit distractions. This includes any sort of noise or unnecessary movement. If the shot is close to the pin, stay clear of the basket. No matter what, though, stay behind the person that is throwing.

I learned this the hard way early on. I went to my disc while my brother drove from the teepad, and he hit me square in the shoulder. I fell to the ground partly in pain and partly in shock. I was lucky he didn’t hit me in the neck.

My dad also got hit by my cousin and it left a nice cut on his head. Disc golf is not a contact sport, don’t make it one.

  1. Let faster throwers play through

If you are in a large group or are less experienced and take longer to get done with a hole, let faster players go ahead of you. This allows for faster game play for everyone and limits wait time.

On a similar note, if there is a large group starting just before you that you want to avoid, you can choose to start on a different hole. Make sure, though, that this doesn’t cause waits or problems for other groups on the course.

I’ve played by myself plenty of times when doing course reviews, and groups are nice enough to let me play through without having to ask. If not, always be polite in asking to play through.

  1. Shovel teepads

Trying to throw on a slick or covered teepad in the winter can be dangerous. If you are going to play at your local course or a course you play often after a snowfall, consider bringing a shovel along.

Not only will this help your game but everyone else’s who plays after you. Plus, the sooner snow and ice get cleared from the teepads the easier it is. After a couple of days, the snow and ice stick to the pads more, making them nearly unusable.

  1. Use common sense

Some rules are more straight forward than others, but I’ll spell them out for everyone so you can’t say you never knew.

Respect the park. This includes disposing of your trash in appropriate locations. If there aren’t any trash cans near the current hole, keep it in your bag or your pocket until one is available.

Do not damage or deface park property. As much as we all hate hitting branches or trees, this does not give you permission to cut them down. If the park has other playground or sporting equipment, use it properly or leave it alone. You’d hate if someone damaged a basket, so don’t damage someone else’s fun.

Leave bathrooms as clean as you found them. This means placing paper towels in the garbage, disposing of toiletries in their appropriate containers, and making sure the sinks and toilets aren’t clogged.

Music on speaker is okay, but make sure it’s at a reasonable volume. Ask to play your music before starting. If not everyone is okay with it, considering bringing along headphones. If you are playing music on a speaker, make sure it is appropriate. My home course is near retirement housing and a park frequented by kids, so I don’t think they want to hear the f-bomb every other word.

There are plenty or other rules to discuss, so I thought I’d end the post with a funny video made by Prodigy that covers some of them.

Overall, play to have fun and make sure others have fun too.

Review of Durand Disc Golf Course in Durand, Illinois: Intermediate Course with Risky Water Shots

Taking the advice of Jack, my dad and I met up with him and his friend Mike to play in Durand. Not only can you play this course during the day, but it also has a glow league to play in at night. Before considering the glow league, I’d play in the daylight, which is exactly what I did.

Hole 5.2

With Jack as our guide, we played the 20-hole course. After hole 5, we played hole 5.1 and 5.2. These holes wrap around and come back, so if you want to play the straight 18, you don’t have to walk a far distance from hole 5 to hole 6.

I loved this course not only because it’s the best I’ve played in a while, but it was the right amount of challenge for me, especially the back nine.

Defining shots on the front nine include hole 3, a short, technical hole. Although the hole is only 200 feet, the OB is tight. I would know because I shanked it and sent it over the home owner’s fence.

Another tricky shot is hole 4 around the tennis courts. Using a new grip on my Wraith, the power grip, I played my fade perfectly and parked it for a birdie shot, which I subsequently missed . . . I need to work on my putting.

What makes hole 4 difficult is the mando around the tennis courts. You cannot throw over or on the left side of the tennis courts. You must throw to the right of them. This makes it a challenging hole for LHBH throwers.

Hole 5’s basket, the feature photo on my courses page, hangs from a small shelter, not only creating a unique look but also adding an obstacle if you end up on the wrong side of it.

Hole 6 is the first hole with the danger of landing in the water. At 414 feet, you can either get across the creek on your first throw and work from safety for the rest of your shots, or you can get distance on the first throw then worry about crossing the creek.

As the creek runs year-round, we spent a decent amount of time rescuing Mike’s disc from the creek. Good thing Jack had a disc retriever, something I definitely need to invest in.

Holes 7 through 10 are rather boring for an intermediate player, but they would be perfect for a beginner. The shots are straight with no obstacles, all around 300 feet. Hole 10 is 403 feet, though.

Water becomes a factor again on holes 11 through 14. On 11 and 12, the river runs along the right side of the hole. In fact, Mike had to leave behind a disc on hole 12 that landed too far in the creek for us to use Jack’s disc retriever.

Holes 13 and 14 cross the pond. Even though most of the pond was frozen over, we threw from the short tee on 13, where I almost got my first ace! I threw my new MVP Tesla, and it skipped right in front of the basket. I followed this performance up with another good drive on hole 14, setting me up for par.

Aside from a fun layout, I like this course because its signs are clear. The sign states what hole you are on, the distance, and its par. It also gives you a graphic representation of the hole with an actual picture of the layout.

The downside to this course, however, are the teepads. Because we went after it had snowed, some of the teedpads were full of snow and icy, but that’s to be expected at any course. What I didn’t like was the inconsistency of teepads. Some were easy to find concrete pads, some were just the bare ground with the foul line designated by a red spray paint line, and others were defined by a blank of wood.

Had I not been playing with Jack, I wouldn’t have known where some foul lines were. Part of this may be due to the snow, but if there are concrete teepads for some, why not all of them?

For this course you’ll need a driver and putter. I found myself using a Tesla, Wraith, Leopard, Buzz, and Envy the most. For the shorter holes, you might want a fairway driver instead of a distance driver, but that’s up to you.

This is a really fun course during the day, and I can’t wait to try it out at night.

FeeN/A
Holes18 or 20
TeepadConcrete on some, none on others

How to Customize Your Discs by Hydro Dipping

A hydro dipped Innova Beast.

Sometimes the simple one-color discs with a basic stamp just don’t cut it aesthetically, or you want to stand out from everyone else. To add some personality to your discs, consider hydro dipping them; it doesn’t require a lot of materials, money, or time.

WARNING: Although hydro dipping your disc makes it different from others, it is illegal to use hydro dipped discs in tournaments. Rule 813.01 of the PDGA states:

A disc which has been modified after production such that its original flight characteristics have been altered is illegal, excepting wear from usage during play and the moderate sanding of discs to smooth molding imperfections or scrapes. Discs excessively sanded, or painted with a material of detectable thickness, are illegal. Adding a device to make a disc easier to find (for example, a light, ribbon, or chalk dust) is allowed only when night or snow play has been announced by the Director.

So, if you decide to hydro dip a disc, make sure it isn’t one you will use in a tournament. In fact, practice on an old disc to see how it turns out to see if you like it. From there, you can decide which discs to add this treatment to.


Supplies:

  • 5-gallon bucket or other deep container
    • can purchase at Farm and Fleet for $3.49
  • 12 oz. can of spray paint (desired colors)
    • can purchase at Walmart for $4.96
  • Painter’s tape (optional)
    • can purchase at Walmart for $3.92
  • Disposable gloves (highly recommended)
    • can purchase a box at Walmart for $14.99
  • Disc
    • can purchase at various Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, or Play It Again Sports stores, price varies on disc

Step 1: Fill your bucket 4-5 inches of water.

Step 2: If you are using gloves, put them on now. I highly recommend using gloves, or your hands will look get covered in paint. If you don’t use gloves, use DW-40 while washing your hands.

Follow step 2 or your hands will look like this.

Step 3: Shake the bottle of spray paint before using.

Step 4: If you want a certain portion of the disc to remain unchanged, place painter’s tape over desired areas.

Step 5: Spray paint into water until it makes a desirable pattern. Play around with each color and its layer.

Step 6: Hold your disc, one hand on each side, with the stamp facing the water. Slowly press the disc flat into the water until it is entirely submerged.

Step 7: Immediately pull the disc out of the water at the same speed you submerged it. Keep the disc flat as you lift it out of the water.

Step 8: Set the disc face-up on a flat surface to dry for 10-15 minutes.

Step 9: To remove the remaining spray paint in the water–whether you are about to dump the water or dip another disc using different colors–swirl the bottom of the paint can in a circular motion in the water. We’ve also used old hockey sticks, paint sticks, or other unimportant items, but know that whatever item you use will get covered in paint.

Step 10: Dump the water in the bucket outside, preferably. You can dump it in your bathroom or kitchen sink, but if you continue to do this over time, the small bits of paint that the spray can didn’t collect will build up, clogging your sink.

Step 11: After 10-15 minutes, or after the disc is no longer tacky, remove the painter’s tape to reveal the final product!

Now that you have some customized discs, go show them off to your friends on the course.

12 Days of Discmas

After opening all of my presents and using them in a round of disc golf the day after Christmas, I created my own version of the 12 Days of Christmas just for all you disc golf enthusiasts.

NOTE: Not all of these gifts are mine. There is no way I am spoiled nor rich enough to have received all of these gifts myself. To get all of the numbers, I combined gifts of my Mom, Dad, brother, his girlfriend, my boyfriend, and my cousin along with my own. I also spared your ears and didn’t make a video of me singing the whole song. You’re welcome.


On the first day of Discmas my family received a Discraft Weekender Bag.

My nine-year-old cousin, who just started playing disc golf with my family this summer, got a Discraft Weekender Bag for Christmas. This is a perfect gift for a beginning disc golfer with a growing interest in the sport. Because he only has five discs, two of which he will grow into as he gets older and stronger, he doesn’t need a larger bag that holds more discs. Plus, it has a water bottle pouch on the side to keep him hydrated during the summer.

On the second day of Discmas my family received two disc golf towels.

My brother and I got a Mile High Life towel each. Compared to our old kitchen towels, these towels are more absorbent because of their waffle pattern. They also have a carabiner to easily attach to your bag or belt loop if you don’t have a bag. Not only do towels dry off snow in the winter, but in the summer they are useful when you shank a shot into the nearest pond.

On the third day of Discmas my family received three mini markers.

Like regular golf, mini markers are used to indicate where your disc lands. When making your next shot, your foot must land behind the disc. When stationary putting, both feet must stay behind the disc.

Although not required for recreational play, mini discs must be used in tournaments. As I aspire to play in tournaments one day, and my brother is good enough he could too, mini markers made a good stocking stuffer.

On the fourth day of Discmas my family received four MVP Teslas.

Santa got me, my brother, and my Dad an MVP Tesla. Plus, my boyfriend got my brother another one. So, our family has four total.

Even though we are all at different levels, the Tesla is perfect for all of us for different reasons. My dad, who played college baseball and doesn’t have the arm strength he used to after getting labrum surgery, likes the low speed and high glide of the Tesla. I, as a new female disc golfer, like the Tesla for the same reasons. My brother, who throws predominantly right hand forehand (RHFH), likes the Tesla for his backhand.

On the fifth day of Discmas my boyfriend and I received five throws on hole 15.

As the only raised basket on Twining’s course, hole 15 can cause a lot of issues, especially since there is a drop-off right behind it. If the previous baskets haven’t gone as planned, this one will make you feel even more defeated. As a team, my boyfriend and I didn’t make it through the trees until our second shot. We had a nice approach shot for the third, missed the putt for four, and put it in for five.

On the sixth day of Discmas my family received six frisbee ornaments.

You can find a variety of disc golf ornaments on the Internet, so I didn’t provide a link to this product.

Even though these can’t be used on the course, they make great gifts to show off your disc golf love. Each year, my Mom buys us new ornaments that matches a hobby of ours for that year. Needless to say, once COVID-19 hit in March, we all spent more time on the course.

On the seventh day of Discmas my family received seven mulligan shots.

My family likes to play with at least one mulligan per game. Sometimes, we also play by the five-second rule; if you can run and get your frisbee after a bad shot in five seconds, then you get a free extra shot. Although the term originated with golf, it transferred over to disc golf. It originates from a story of amateur golfer David Bernard Mulligan taking a correction shot after a poor drive.

On the eighth day of Discmas my family received eight hit trees.

Here’s a screenshot of my boyfriends first throw on hole 15. Because I hit a tree on my first shot too, it was a great start.

All of the trees we hit lead to my youngest cousin complaining that the park needed to chop all the trees down, even if they were 100 feet away from the ideal flight path.

On the ninth day of Discman my family received nine water shots.

Unfortunately, the Honey Creek had not frozen over yet, but the two towels my brother and I got came in handy.

On hole 12 A tees my Innova Wraith faded too soon, landing in the creek instead of parking it 20 feet from the pin. Normally, the creek is clear, and you can see your disc at the bottom. Near the bridge, though, the water was muddy and went up to my knees. After a couple minutes of searching in the freezing water, I called it a loss.

So If you see a purple Innova Wraith in the creek near hole 12 with my name on it, hit me up.

On the tenth day of Discmas my family received ten missed putts.

I think I had at least half of these missed putts. I have a bad habit of hitting the front of the basket, even when I’m aiming for the orange tape in the middle.

A couple of these were birdie shots too, which only goes to show that putting is the most important part of the game. Yeah, you might look cool launching a 300 foot drive, but if you can’t make a putt for birdie or par, you won’t fare well on the course.

On the eleventh day of Discmas my family received eleven “poop on a stick” s.

This is the PG version, but needless to say, we had a lot of shots that we weren’t happy about, some of them being the hit trees.

On the twelfth day of Discmas my family received twelve LED lights.

Rather than get glow discs, my parents got us LED lights that stick on our regular-colored discs. Like other discs, a glow disc has specific flight numbers, limiting when you can use each one. LED lights can be stuck on any disc you have, used, an reapplied.

If you buy them from Dynamic Discs, you can select from white, red, green, or blue lights.

These make great gifts for dedicated disc golfers who wish to test their skills in the dark.


I hope Santa treated you well this Discmas, and you got everything you wanted. Share some of your favorite Dismas gifts in the comments! Happy holidays, and stay well.

5 Tricks to Dominate Disc Golf in the Snow

Some of us are not as fortunate to live in sunny California, or any southern state for that matter, and play disc golf all year in beautiful weather. I am one of the less fortunate that plays half of the year in snow. After playing in the snow for the first time, I made a list of some important differences between summer disc golf and winter disc golf.

  1. Throw flat shots for skips.

Because the snow I played in had a thin layer of ice on top–or simply put, it wasn’t fluffy–it created a perfect surface for skip shots. This can be beneficial for beginners who don’t get a lot of distance. With a flat skip shot, players can get an extra 10-15 feet on their drives. Be aware, however, this means flat shots can skip in directions you don’t intend. Be strategic with these shots.

  1. Throw hyzer or anhyzer shots for discs to stick.

If you don’t want to skip your shot, rather have it stop exactly where it lands, throw a hyzer or anhyzer shot. These types of shots have more angle to the disc, causing it to stick in the snow on impact. This is especially useful on approach or lay-up shots. As someone who plays rather conservatively–going for par instead of sending it for a birdie–I use this shot often.

  1. Use frozen water to your advantage.

Normally, water acts as a hazard to avoid at all costs; you will most likely lose a disc. When a water source is frozen enough to walk on, however, incorporate it into your play. Like a flat shot, throwing on a frozen surface will give you extra distance on your shot.

  1. Bring a towel.
Image courtesy of @enginakyurt at Pixabay

In the summer, towels can be handy if your disc lands in the water, but it isn’t necessary; if you can control your shot, you don’t need one. When playing in the snow, however, your disc will land in snow no matter what–unless there is a green patch–and it will get wet. I wipe off my discs at least every other hole, if not every hole, so this is a must-have in your winter bag.

  1. Shorten your approach.

Because teepads can be covered in snow or icy, you’ll want to slow down and shorten your approach on your drives. This may mean instead of taking a four-step approach, you may only take three or even stay stationary. Not only will this save you from possible injury, but it causes you to focus on your form. Sometimes we get so caught up in the power of our legs and momentum that we don’t focus on our arms or snap.

Now that you know how to play in the snow successfully without falling on your ass, go give it a try! Let me know how it goes. Do you prefer playing in the summer or winter?

Review of O’Hauser Park in Neenah, Wisconsin: Intermediate to Advanced Disc Golf Course with Clear Directions and Layout

After hearing a lot about O’Hauser park from the Appleton Area Disc Golf Facebook page I joined, I decided to drive the short distance to Neenah and see what it was all about.

Unlike any of the other courses I’ve reviewed so far, O’Hauser does have a fee to play, but it isn’t substantial, just $3. There isn’t a physical person to collect the fee, though, so it’s kind of an on-your-honor deal. If you get caught playing the course without proof of payment, however, it is a $82.50 fine. So, $3 or $82.50, the choice is yours.

To submit payment grab an envelope from the side of the shelter facing the first couple baskets. Fill out the date, your name, how many players, and payment enclosed. If you are worried about COVID-19, I’d suggest bringing your own pen or pencil, but the park provides some next to the envelopes. When done, tear off the stub for proof of payment, and place the envelope in the drop box below the envelopes. Keep this stub in a safe place, and go play!

At each hole there are two to three different teepads to choose from. The farthest away, the yellow, is for tournament play; there isn’t a tournament teepad at every hole. The consistent teepads are the middle blue teepads for advanced players and the closest red teepads for recreational players.

Each teepad location is designated by its color. When I played my first round, I played from the advanced teepads.

Before starting, check out the dial on hole one. The current tee position color will be face up on the dial.

Even though their isn’t a map of the course in UDisc like most other courses, I was able to tell where the next hole was based on arrows attached to the bottom of the baskets. Some baskets didn’t have arrows at the bottom, as the next teepad was within sight.

Even when crossing the bridge each time, it was made clear that the next hole was on the other side. My only suggestion would be to add an extra sign or arrow after crossing the bridge from six to seven. Before the bridge there is a sign saying the next hole is across, but the path forks, and from there it is unclear which way to go. I took a guess and went right, which ended up being correct. It was only a 50-50 guess, but it would have been appreciated.

All of the teepads are accurately placed (unlike Krape Park) and have a foul line for reference. I appreciated how long they were. On other courses I typically start one step off of the teepad, but here I could start right on it.

Besides the technicalities of the course, O’Hauser is fairly difficult with a majority of its shots in the woods. I would not recommend this course to beginners; even I struggled and hit a tree on nearly every hole. In fact, after playing from the advanced teepads my first round, I played a second round from the recreational ones just to boost my ego.

There are some fun shots, though, that have cool designs with elevation, rocks, and logs.

Did I also mention that I saw Hailey King at this course. Yes, that’s right. 2020 DGPT Champion Hailey King! We met up at hole 13 as I was playing a full round and her group made a short loop, going from hole 5 to 13. As I was a single player, her group let me go first. I caught a glimpse of her, but she had a hat on and her hoodie up, so I thought yeah, that looks like her, but there’s no way it really is.

The next day I saw her post some practice rounds to Instagram with the location O’Hauser park. It really was her. I was so upset at myself that I didn’t say something.

Either way, I commented on her video, and she was kind enough to respond. She also helped me out with my blog series. If you haven’t read that yet, I suggest you do.

This course requires a driver and putter that are durable and brightly colored. You will hit a tree, and you will land it in the rough. Lots of discs go missing, so bring some that aren’t as valuable to you. Other players are good about posting to the Facebook group when they do find lost discs, though.

Enjoy the challenge!

Fee
Daily – $3.00
Single-Person Annual Pass Resident – $20.00
Single-Person Annual Pass Non-Resident- $25.00
Two-Person Annual Pass Resident – $35.00
Two-Person Annual Pass Non-Resident – $40.00
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