My wife especially has taken a very large role in not only raising my son (and now daughter) but in making sure packages get shipped out on time each day. Disc Golf Station is truly a family owned and operated business. We're not a corporation and we don't have employees outside of family. DGS is run by the Stanleys and the Hendersons. I take pride in this!
I am looking forward to a time when my son (18 months old) can actually help with the store. Right now, he loves it when we get restocking orders because his favorite thing in the whole world is to spread as many discs out all over the place as soon as possible. On a recent tournament order, he removed and spread out over 20 discs in about 2 minutes. "Thanks for your help little buddy," I said. But honestly, I meant it. He was helping in the only way he knew how. He loves "fizz-bees" and that makes me excited.
Anyways, a big thank you to our supportive family here at Disc Golf Station, most of all to our wives that put up with the business and with us!
See ya on the course,
Here's my Top 5 Rock Albums for Disc Golf:
Disclaimer: This is my list. If yours is different as surely it will be, feel free to post yours in the comments.
This one of the original and best post-hardcore/experimental bands you'll ever listen to. The Receiving End of Sirens put together a masterpiece with "Between the Heart and the Synapse" featuring a favorite of mine, Casey Crescenzo on many of the lead vocals. (Casey also shows up in this countdown a little later.) There is not a weak track on this album but my favorites are "Planning a Prison Break," "The Evidence," and "This Armistice." Youtube this stuff people! Seriously, I can't say enough about the state of mind this album will put you in. Highly melodic and catchy but never trite, you'll be singing this poetry long after the music stops.
Wow! What a debut album from the pioneers and perfectors of the screamo-but-not-emo genre. "A Box Full of Sharp Objects" introduced me to the beautifully abrasive screaming and super high singing of lead singer Bert McCracken. Just TRY to sing along for one song. I bet you can't scream and sing back and forth like he does...but it's sure fun to try. This album is full of songs for all energy levels...especially HIGH energy. Every song is worth listening to, no need to skip around here. "Poetic Tragedy" is a must. Truly an incredible first effort from a band that is still around and still making good music. But this is probably every fan's favorite album.
The lead singer/creator of The Dear Hunter is Casey Crescenzo, formerly of The Receiving End of Sirens. Casey needed an avenue to better express his creativity and explore a different story lyrically than would have fit with TREOS. The end result: pretty much everything I love about TREOS but with a concept series of albums. It's not possible to listen to this record and not get many different lyrics and melodies stuck in your head. For days. In a good way, not a Bruno Mars way. If you've never heard of the Dear Hunter, listen to "Red Hands," "Where the Road Parts," and "Black Sandy Beaches." If you don't like these songs, you probably don't understand great music and can go back to listening to Nickelback. (Sorry folks, just speaking my mind...remember you can always make your own list)
I first started listening to AFI during my freshman year of college at Sam Houston State. This became the anthem of that year and the years to follow. It's one of the most fun albums to sing along with at the top of your lungs. I have very fond memories of a car full of my best friends hollering it out to "Sing the Sorrow" driving down the highway. There are great "band" vocals on this record that make it very easy to participate in the music rather than just listening. Much of the lyrical content is dark, contemplative, and emo...but not lame. This album has one of the best opening tracks ever with Miseria Cantare (The Beginning). Davey Havok's hauntingly melodic vocals will keep you coming back for more. The was my first AFI album, their previous two albums and following two are just as good and deserve your 15 bucks.
Song for song, this is my favorite Metallica album. Picking a favorite Metallica album is like picking a favorite child though...you shouldn't do it because you love them all in their own way and for different reasons. "Ride the Lightning" deals with the topic of death, each song explores different death experiences. The standout song and fan favorite has to be "Fade to Black," a sad story about suicide that features one of my favorite guitar solos of all time. This album was written and performed by many fans' favorite lineup of Lars, James, Kirk, and Cliff. This 1984 masterpiece concludes with one of their best instrumentals "The Call of Ktulu."
Like my list? If not, comment with your own top 5! It's harder than you might think to narrow it down.
See ya on the course (but I may not hear you...)
Confused, I politely said "Excuse me?" He repeated the question. Loving America like I do and not wanting to be included in some hate rally I quickly said "No sir, we're here to play disc golf." He replied "Oh ok, well the Girl Scouts are burning flags today in the same location." Wow!!!
Immediately and intuitively, I knew that the Girl Scouts were learning how to properly dispose of a flag but it was just too funny. I paid our dollar and drove into the park.
The new course at Trophy Club is a nine-holer designed by the Funkytown Flyers disc golf club from Fort Worth. It's still in development so I'll reserve judgment on it yet. There was a mix of hole type and length. What I noticed though was that this park area has room for about 100 more holes of golf in there if they'd allow it.
There was something supremely unique about 30 little Girl Scouts reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before torching Old Glory. Honestly, the smell was disgusting and likely unsafe to breathe in but we all know that the only proper way to dispose of something is to light it on fire.
On that note, go buy some Girl Scout cookies and play with your frisbees!
See ya on the course,
P.S. - What is your favorite flavor of Girl Scout cookies? Don't act like it's not Thin Mints!
This is counting as a birthday gift. I promised to not "coach" her the whole time and just let her play. Very hard to do. I'm a teacher, coach, disc golf enthusiast, OCD, and controlling by nature so that's going to be tough. But really I'm just looking forward to going out to the course with my best friend and enjoying some great disc golfin' weather.
For MY birthday, I got HER a disc golf bag with a funny name and a 150g Surge.
Friday Minute Clinic Update.....We had shot video for a minute clinic this week but when we got inside for editing the wind noise was just too much to handle. Remember my OCD nature...I just couldn't stand to put up a video with that "wind blowing across a microphone" sound throughout the video. We'll get back at ya next week with a wind-free (hopefully) Friday Minute Clinic.
Go play some disc golf this weekend...and bring a friend!
Cheers, see ya on the course!
It felt great to play well, I'm still excited about it. I'm loving my Gateway Voodoos (more on this next week) and loving disc golf again.
Check it out:
Have a great weekend!
See ya on the course,
Ok, today's Minute Clinic is about Falling Putts. You know who you are (most of the time) and you know what you do! We want to help! First off, for those that don't know or didn't realize, a falling putt is when you do NOT demonstrate balance inside the putting the circle. The putting circle is 10 meters or 32 feet 10 inches. Inside this circle, you MUST fully demonstrate balance behind your lie when you putt. That means after you release the putter, no part of your body can land in front of your lie (or mini-marker) period. It's not good enough to simply tap your foot down behind your lie as your momentum takes you toward the basket. Same thing if you happen to be kneeling when you putt...if you land in push-up position, you've fallen on the putt.
What happens if I "fall" when I putt?
First, your card will issue a warning and you must re-putt. Anything after that counts as a penalty stroke so it can really add up if you have built in this bad habit to your game.
Watch the video to for a few quick tips on how to eliminate falling putts from your disc golf game!
See ya on the course...after it warms up...
Our next installment of the Friday Minute Clinic focuses on backpack straps for your bag, how they can make things easier out on the course, as well as a demonstration of how to attach the straps to your bag.
Gear used in the video:
Fade Gear Tourney Bag and Fade Gear WeatherGuard Straps
Have a great weekend and see ya on the course!
Monday, I went to
My wife and 8-month old accompanied me. The 9-hole course at Haslet is gem. It’s perfect for mid-range and putting practice so I decided to try a new practice idea. So here it is:
My practice idea:
Choose a mid-range and putter combo and make them go head-to-head with as many other combos as you like. For me, I chose the following combos from my bag and extra discs at home:
So which combo do you think would win? (Bearing in mind that most holes are between 180 and 220 ft) I had my money on the Zone/Voodoo Combo because I love the Zone for these types of shots and in the wind I trust the hyzer line with an overstable disc.
Before, I get to the results….the best part was on Hole 7, I tagged an ace with the #3 Hyzer.
It was a soft but tight hyzer line that went in! I’ve replayed the shot over in my head a hundred times since and it still excites me. Some people are all down on aces and think they are overrated…whatever! Getting a hole-in-one is thrilling everytime whether I threw it or not.
Well, here were the results for the 9-hole par 27:
- Meteor/ Banger - 22
- #3 Hyzer / Crosshair – 23
- Stalker / Voodoo – 24
- Warrior / Wizard – 24
- Zone / Voodoo - 25
- Wasp / Banger – 26
- Oracle / Ringer – 26 (Only 4 of the round was on the last hole and was because of a dinked 10 ft putt…I was almost more mad about this than I was excited about the ace…almost)
This was a lot of fun, low pressure on my mental game. I got an ace out of the deal and I found that I can throw my Meteor, an understable mid, in the wind a lot better than I thought.
So my advice to you is this: go find the shortest, easiest course around and make your mid/putter combos battle it out for your bag!
See ya on the course,
Think you know Bradley, you might be surprised at some of his answers...check out the interview here:
Interview with Bradley Williams
Pre-Order going on now for 4 new additions to the Discraft family!
Discraft Elite-X Nuke
Discraft Elite-Z Hornet
Discraft Elite-Z 150g Flick
Discraft Elite-Z Buzzz SS - McCabe Signature Disc
See ya on the course...hopefully!
Woe is me. Ever been discontent with your game? Ever wish you could get out to the course more often? Ever wish you could win Worlds like Eric McCabe? Ok, ok you get it.
Lately, I have had a lot of things keeping me from playing more…a 3 month old baby for one…
Ok, so that’s my first good excuse. My next is that Disc Golf Station has kept me very busy this summer. Thanks to everyone who get their disc golf discs, bags, baskets, etc at Disc Golf Station. We aim to please and jump at the chance to impress new customers!
Next excuse…I’ll be moving houses soon, that’s always a beating. I hate the moving part of moving. The task list is endless and nothing is ever finished. It’s also gonna be hard to leave this house, it was my first that I owned myself. Oh well, onward and upward.
See ya on the course….hopefully…
So, I’ve signed myself up to get brutalized by the Advanced Division for the first time. This weekend, the Fahrenheit Fling tricks otherwise rational disc golfers into playing all day in the Texas summer sun and heat. The 36-hole tournament is being held at Veteran’s Park in Arlington, Texas. This silly clip art doesn’t do it justice, I assure you.
Anyways, I’m not really ready for the Advanced division yet but due to scheduling, I’m going to go for it this weekend. The Advanced and Recreational divisions will play two rounds on Saturday while the Pro/Open and Intermediate groups will play Sunday. I can’t play on Sunday so I was left with Advanced or Rec.
Although my rating might tell you otherwise, playing Rec. at this point is not getting me anywhere. The Advanced division however will be quite a step up in competition. My goal is to not get last. To not look terrible. To not fall down from being nervous. To not suck. Honestly, I don’t care if I get last so long as I play my best.
I’ll let everyone know how good or bad this turns out next week…until then, please hold candlelight vigils and prayer meetings for my poor ego. I’m not sure if my pride is going to make it!
See ya on the course,
Man what a great title. If you’re not sure whether to join the PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) or not, you need to read my short but oh so sweet article at Disc Golf Station, entitled How To: Become a PDGA Member.
I’ll first tell the ambivalent crowd why and show the eager beavers how. Signing up takes less than 5 minutes, reading the full article goes even faster.
See ya on the course,
For those that don’t know, I have been growing my hair out since January of 2009. This week I had reached the length necessary to donate (over 8 inches, mine was 9.5 to 10) to a charity organization called Children with Hair Loss. It’s a nonprofit organization that collects hair donations and makes wigs for, you guessed it, children with hair loss, due to cancer or other causes too. I have not had a haircut for a year and a half and in 5 minutes my wife cut it all off. Here was the process:
And now my head is not 120 degrees when I play disc golf.
See ya on the course (but you may not recognize me),
Today I went out to the Haslet Community Park Disc Golf Course in Haslet, Texas. It’s a neat little 9 hole course that is mostly open and short with a few obstacles. Some hate courses like this but I love them for the great practice they provide. I can work on my approach and mid-range game, which is where I usually struggle. Ok, on to the good stuff.
I aced Hole 2 with my 173g Discraft Elite-Z Flick on a sharp hyzer line through the gap between the trees. This is probably the most technical hole on the course (if such a thing exists at Haslet) with OB creek to the left if you overshoot. It’s a harder-than-it-looks 200 footer with more obstacles than any other hole on the course. This was one of those shots that you know has a chance as soon as it leaves your hand. The beauty of those few seconds stays with you for a while. I know I’m even more excited about disc golf now than I used to be. Bought myself a Mountain Dew on the way home to celebrate!
If you have a recent ace story, let’s hear it!
Oh yes, big restock of Lightning Discs. Added over 100 bags and over 300 discs to our inventory.
See ya on the course!
Sometimes you need a change of pace. Sometimes you need a break from just “playing lots of rounds” of disc golf. Sometimes you, no – WE, need to actually practice. When I first started playing, the concept of actually practicing rather than always playing was non-existent. I figured I would just play a lot and eventually get better. I will practice my putting via all of the disc golf I played. It’s kinda like saying “I’ll work on my free throws when I get fouled in the game.”
But practicing is boring and disc golf is fun. Yes, I understand the dilemma. Here’s the first idea to help you practice while maximizing the fun factor. (Besides at the end of the day, being better at disc golf is fun…)
Really Great Idea #1: The Two Disc Round
First off, make a buddy do this with you. Choose your favorite putter and mid-range disc, you will play the round with ONLY these two discs, hence the name. Go to whatever course you want but you can only use those two discs. For me, it’s a Pro-D Banger and an ESP Buzzz.
One round like this every other month will keep you grounded. Expect to learn your discs very well. You may be surprised at how far you can throw your putter and mid-range and the different lines that you can get but otherwise wouldn’t try if X or Y disc was in your bag. The first thing that I noticed was that I can use putters and mid-ranges MUCH more often than I used to. Ideally, you could always use a very slow, easily-controlled disc for every shot. Well, if you work on expanding the utility of your slowest, straightest discs, you will see a difference in your game. Seriously, why would you use a high speed, overstable, maximum distance driver for a 200 ft open hole? Even small arms can push that mid-range out near the 200 foot mark. Try me!
Now, feel free to get creative but I like the putter/mid-range combo because it will emphasize control, accuracy, and throwing smooth. It forces you not to overwork your discs, like I’m in the habit of doing. (Hey just boom it man!…not good disc golf philosophy usually…) Ok, get out there and try it, let me know if you see a difference.
See ya on the course!