With more and more cameras ending up on disc golf courses every year, the number of aces caught on film increases all the time.
The votes are in for August’s Ace of the Month and a big overhand shot got the win. You can relive that ace again at the bottom of this post, but in the meantime, there’s more voting to do. We picked out some of our favorites from the fall,1 and there were a lot. Check them out below and decide for yourself.
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Charlie Eisenhood and Jamie Thomas react to Paige Pierce’s new deal with Discraft and what it means for the FPO division. Later, they open up some listener mail and give thanks during this holiday week.
I live about an hour and fifteen minutes from Marshall Street, which is a good thing. It means that I can get up there any time I need to, but it’s far enough away that I won’t find myself wandering in on a random Tuesday afternoon, ready to accidentally blow 70 bucks on fresh plastic.
In the summer, I never actually go to MSt. My visits merely coincide, I tell myself, with trips to Maple Hill or Treehouse, but there I am all the same. In the winter, though, there is one event that dictates a trip directly to MSt. with almost 100% reliability: a snow day and school closure.
It’s true, I have been teaching high schoolers while I await my own McBethian contract.
On our final snow day of this past winter, I found myself leafing through the X-Out rack, talking to Sam1 and Jason2 about the various goings on in the disc golf world while already holding a fresh MD5. The MD5 is essentially a Gator, of which I already have three on my rack at home, which is essentially a Mortar, of which I also have three and actually bag. I have backups of backups of premium plastic discs that barely change over time. I have at least a hundred discs that I have never thrown. I have a hundred more in boxes downstairs that I never will throw.
Some people sit on Facebook on Friday nights, waiting for the notification that new Sexybirds are available to drop, and then dart over to the factory site to snatch up as many as they can, presumably to flip later for a few dollars more. I’m lurking right there with them, and occasionally I buy multiples, but I have no desire to sell them. For me, the joy of disc buying is not in the business of turning a profit, but in the acquisition and storage, the basic ownership of a thing that I want. And not necessarily because they are rare or special or sentimental, though that does help. It’s because I like having them. I like seeing them on my homemade rack in the laundry room. I like pulling them all down, sorting them into piles, and then rearranging them while I listen to music. I like turning off the light to reveal the scattering of glow discs slotted throughout the racks. I like to pretend throwing them as I pace around on the phone. I even keep a few in my car just to hold while I drive.
This is a safe space, right? I mean, you’re here reading this on a website devoted to disc golf, so can I assume that some of you do this too?
The big thing of the past few months was Marie Kondo’s Netflix show based on her bestseller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I am allergic to self-help trends but I think I get the gist of Mrs. Kondo’s masterwork: go through your stuff, pick up items and hold them, and then throw them out if they do not spark joy. That spark of joy seems to be the crux of the whole thing.
Like many viral ideas, this concept was so sticky because many people already behave that way but never named the practice. I mean, every year I bring a bag of clothes to Goodwill. My process for selecting which clothes lose their spot in the closet is completely based on that spark of joy. I consider when I last wore an item, when I ever would again, and whether I even like the thing in the first place. So long slim-fit denim shirt of my 20s — my 30s have been neither slim nor fit. Adios burnt orange khakis from my first teaching job six years ago. Bon voyage T-shirt from an Ultimate tournament that I didn’t even attend in 2004.
….wait, hold up. Actually, that one can stay.
Sometimes clothes don’t stay clothes, but become artifacts, and artifacts are precious and worth keeping. Old things earn the right to their storage space simply by surviving. The love that protected them years ago is a durable spell, and it protects them still. That ugly, bleach-stained tournament T-shirt is not a piece of clothing anymore. It is a link to who I used to be, proof that I existed in a time and place, that I have traveled, that I am the same person now that I was then, even if I have forgotten or shed so much of who I used to be. Same too of my first Mako3, in a way.
Aaaaaand, even more than that, I just like getting new discs! They’re glossy and clean and perfect and you can walk out the door with them or find them bundled in perfect little packages waiting like a puppy at your front door. And besides, as far as hobbies go there are more expensive things I could be into. My buddy collects rare bourbon and shotguns, for instance. Shoot, I could take up ball golf if I really wanted to put myself in the poor house. For me, retail therapy is still cheaper than the real thing.
All this to say: if you are living within your means, you do not owe anyone a pragmatic explanation for why you just bought a Ricky Destroyer when you still have three 4Xs laying around. Just tell ‘em that it sparks joy in you… and never forget to take the stickers off before you get home.
Paige Pierce, the world’s highest rated female player, has signed a multiyear sponsorship deal with Discraft, bringing her back to the company that sponsored her early in the decade.
The blockbuster signing comes just days after Pierce announced that she was leaving a three-year Dynamic Discs deal early.
“The opportunities are endless [with Discraft] and it’s quite a bit better of an offer,” said Pierce. “And if I want my future to head in the right direction, this was a no-brainer.”
Pierce is coming off of another very successful season in which she won her fifth world championship and put together a dazzling stretch of nine straight tournament victories. She finished outside of the top three at a tournament just three times out of 24 entries.
Discraft is doubling down after signing Paul McBeth to a record-shattering contract last winter by adding the sport’s top FPO player, fully reversing course from a quiet few years on the sponsorship front before 2019.
“I think it’s great for Discraft,” said McBeth. “They’re adding five more world titles. They’ve got the top two players in the game — #1 MPO and FPO. I think it’s a statement — these players are choosing Discraft. It’s not where they started.”
“Paige has got to be one of the most popular players in general — top five most recognizable players in the game, so that’s huge,” said Discraft team captain Paul Ulibarri.
Sources say that Pierce initially asked for the same deal that McBeth has with Discraft, but the actual details of her contract have been kept under wraps. Discraft declined to comment for this story.
The deal came together fairly quickly. In early August, Pierce said, she got a surprise phone call. “Paul Ulibarri called me and just asked me what I was thinking,” she said. “I was kind of caught off guard. We’re friends, but we don’t really talk on the phone.”
Ulibarri made the pitch: “I said, ‘The time’s now, with the momentum Discraft has and what we created last year.’”
Given that Pierce only had a verbal agreement with Dynamic Discs on her extension, the opportunity was there to make a change. She told Dynamic just two weeks later, during Worlds, that she was considering leaving at the end of the season. Conversations with Discraft’s Mike Wagner and Bob Julio followed, and the deal got made.
“[Discraft is] willing to do any and everything I want to do and they trust my vision,” said Pierce. “That’s something I haven’t had before: the trust and involvement.”
“Players are starting to bet on themselves more and take opportunity more than just a guaranteed paycheck,” said McBeth.
More specifics about the scope of Pierce’s deal are expected to emerge in the coming days.
Charlie Eisenhood and Jamie Thomas discuss Paige Pierce’s departure from Dynamic Discs and what it means for her and the company. They also touch on other player extensions before digging into Steve Dodge’s op-ed calling for the PDGA to suspend the National Tour. Later in the show, Madison Walker stops by to talk about women’s disc golf, her 2019 season, and more. (44:50)
Hailey King is joining Adam Hammes in receiving a bump up in support to Discraft’s Elite Team for the 2020 season.
“I’m ecstatic for the Elite Team promotion,” King said. “This year is going to be a big tester for my career and I am looking forward to the challenges of next year with Discraft supporting me the whole way!”
King will have a Tour Series Undertaker as part of her deal.
During her first extended year on the road, King raised her rating more than 10 points and had top five finishes at four Disc Golf Pro Tour events. She withdrew from the Hall of Fame Classic in October due to injury but returned to the course the next week at the DGPT Championship where she made it through to the semifinals.
Disc Golf Pro Tour Tour Director Jeff Spring announced on the SmashboxxTV podcast Tuesday that Smashboxx has been contracted to handle livestreaming duties for the tour’s 11 premier events, including both the regular season and DGPT Championship finale.
“We’re super excited to build on the experience we had as a team through the last couple events,” Spring said. “And [ask] how can we keep growing live, and what kind of resources do we need to take it to the next level for all the people at home that love live and believe in live like we do.”
Smashboxx’s Terry Miller and Jon Van Deurzen have been livestreaming disc golf events for over half a decade and have partnered in various capacities with the DGPT since the tour’s first season in 2016.
“With some newer equipment and a little bit of a different structure, the possibilities are endless,” Miller said. “I think we’re always going to be constantly refining what is working best for that live experience. Whether it’s additional cameras, commercial pieces, filler pieces or background pieces, all of those types of things feed into that live experience.
“We’ve been at it for five years and clearly there’s still ways that we can grow and improve. That is what I think is so exciting on our end. To know that [the DGPT has its] own vision and own ideas and we can all get in a room together and find out how we can make the best possible experience and product for everybody.”
Smashboxx TV will be co-producing the livestreams with the DGPT. Streams will remain on the Disc Golf Pro Tour YouTube channel. Spring said that Smashboxx was the only crew the tour spoke with in regards to livestreaming for 2020. He said they had not received any other bids for livestreaming via the Tour’s RFP process.