The Value of Stretching for Your Disc Golf Game

To start the discussion of the State of Disc Golf survey, we first decided to look at an aspect not often
discussed on the golf course. That would be the subject of stretching before a round of disc golf.
Stretching is often overlooked but something that most major sports suggest you do. In essence,
stretching is supposed to elongate the muscle in order to increase muscle flexibility and joint range. In
disc golf, that increased flexibility may result in more distance and longevity. So, let’s see what the State
of Disc
Golf survey can tell us about how often we stretch as disc golfers. As mentioned previously, over
6,000 golfers participated in the State of Disc Golf survey. Looking below you can see what percentage
of golfers stretch and how often they stretch.

As you can see, 10% percent of golfers stated they never stretch. Of the other 90%, only 38%
mentioned they always stretch before they play. Out of curiosity, we decided to compare each groups
of disc golfers and how often they stretch. Golfers were asked to rate their skill level from the options
of Professional, Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner/Rec. Below you can compare the responses of
each skill level and how often they stretch.

Disc Golf Stretching by Skilll Level

 

Of note for those who marked professional disc golfer, 51% stated they always stretch before a round.
This is the highest percentage of the four groups. In addition, they have the lowest percentage of
people who said they never stretched. Beginners appear to stretch the least with 13% saying they never
stretch. If you compare each skill level, you’ll see a pattern in the pie charts. The more advanced of a
player you are, the more likely you are to always stretch before playing disc golf.

So, does this mean if you stretch before a round you’ll shave off a couple strokes? It’s no guarantee, but
I don’t see any harm in taking a few minutes to stretch before a round if there’s a chance to improve.

As you think about disc golf and the many motions involved, some simple stretches to start your round
could include; torso twists, arm circles or simply rolling your head around to loosen neck muscles. If
you’re looking for other resources several pros refer to the Disc Golf Strong blog. They have a Youtube
channel where you can see exactly how to do specific disc golf stretches.

2018 State of Disc Golf Survey

It’s time to reflect on the past year and add your contribution to the biggest survey in disc golf. This survey is extremely valuable to us and everyone involved in disc golf. The results will provide beneficial data for disc golf manufacturers, tournament directors, promoters, and parks departments that need evidence of the growth, trends, and potential of disc golf. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard.

This survey takes about 15-30 minutes to complete and will close the last day of January.

Prizes

Multiple prizes will be given to random winners who fill out this year’s survey. This years prizes include discs, backpack bags, and disc golf practice baskets. Manufacturers Innova, Dynamic Discs, Prodigy Disc, Vibram Discs, MVP Disc Sports, and Gateway have all donated prizes for this survey.

Please share the survey with your disc golf friends and social media disc golf groups. The results to this survey are valuable to disc golfers everywhere, and everyone’s input matters.

If you have trouble scrolling through the format of the survey Click this link to go directly to the survey.

Infinite Discs – Official Vendor for the Ledgestone Insurance Open

Infinite Discs is pleased to announce that we will once again be the Official Vendor for the 2018 Ledgestone Insurance Open in Peoria, Illinois. We are happy to support this fantastic event, for all it does for disc golf and for charities like St. Judes.

As the official vendor we will be able to offer a huge number of Discraft Limited edition discs. The first wave of these special fundraiser discs will be available at the beginning of April.

Full press release can be found here.

It’s Not Too Late for Disc Golf Gift Certificates

Looking for a gift for someone who loves disc golf but don’t know exactly what to give them? With thousands of different disc models, plastic types, styles, bags, and accessories, how do you choose?

A gift certificate to disc golfs largest online retailer is the perfect solution. With a selection of 35,000 discs from 42 different brands, as well as all the most popular accessories, apparel, bags and carts — your disc golfer will be sure to get exactly what they want. We not only offer incredible prices and fast shipping, but we also take individual pictures of every disc we have in stock.

At Infinite Discs, we have two different kinds of disc golf gift cards:

Electronic Gift Card

Infinite Discs Electronic Gift CertificateWith the time it takes for shipping, it’s likely too late to get a physical package by Christmas. It’s never too late to give an instant E-Gift card.

The Infinite Discs electronic gift card is easy to send and will arrive in a matter of seconds. We offer e-gift certificates from $10 – $300. A fourteen digit gift certificate code with your selected dollar value will be instantly emailed.

When filling out our E-Gift card order form you have two recipient options:Where to have your electronic gift certificate go.

1. Have the electronic gift card emailed directly to the recipient. With this option, the gift card code will go directly to the “receiver” email address at the time your payment goes through. This means that if you don’t want the recipient to receive the gift card yet, you will probably want to use option 2.
2. Email the gift card to yourself.  By entering your email address in the “receiver email” field, the e-card code will go directly to your email inbox where you can print it up, decorate it, laminate it, frame it, or do whatever you want to best present your gift.

Physical Gift Card

For those who are looking for something physical to present, we also offer a physical gift card that will be mailed through the USPS. Physical gift cards are currently available in $20, $25, $50, $100, and $250 values. Redemption of physical gift cards works exactly like an e-card. Each physical card includes a unique 14 digit code that is entered as payment method during check out. Because these are physically mailed, allow up to a week for delivery.

Redeeming Infinite Gift Cards

To redeem an Infinite Gift card you simply enter the gift card code at checkout. Please note that this is NOT a discount code. Discount codes are promotional codes that give a discount on an individual order. If you’re now intrigued by discount codes, the best way to be alerted of discount codes is to subscribe to our newsletter.

Gift cards are a form of payment. Gift card codes are entered as a payment method by selecting the second “Gift Card” tab on the order summary screen:

How to Redeem Your Disc Golf Gift Card.

Customers can save up and enter any number of gift card codes for redemption. The Infinite gift card balance never expires so your recipient can stock up or save gift certificates until there is something that they really want or need.

Paul Ulibarri Disc Golf Clinic: Angle Control



In this disc golf clinic, professional disc golfer Paul Ulibarri provides tips on how you can improve your game with more accurate angle control and follow through. He demonstrates the grip he uses when driving, and discusses his mental game and what he focus’s on to compete at the highest level. Paul is an excellent teacher and was kind enough to share some of his wisdom with us.

Improve Your Disc Golf Game – Dave Feldberg LEVEL Clinic

Dave Feldberg, 2008 PDGA World Champion and one of the best disc golf teachers, was in Utah last week where he gave this clinic. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate, so instead of doing the clinic at the beautiful Mulligan’s Creekside Disc Golf Course, he had to do it in a storage shed.

In this clinic, Dave teaches his LEVEL acronym that can help you improve your disc golf game and be more successful in life.

L – Learn. Learn why a disc does what it does and take the time to understand why. Learn the rules so you are practicing the right way. Learn the proper technique, even if it’s uncomfortable.
E – Evaluate. Once you have learned, evaluate where you are. Figure out where you want to go with the game to decide what you want to do.
V – Verify. Once you have the skills, verify that what you are doing is correct. Play in tournaments to make sure that what you are learning is translating to the results you want.
E – Execute. Execution can be the hardest part. Most disc golfers experience performance anxiety that changes the normal energy. Find a way to get over performance anxiety because it will hold you back.
L – Learn again. You can never learn too much. To continue to progress you need to continue learning. Continual learning will help you be good at things.

Dave gives advice of how to position your body to make a continual line that will give you the most consistent hyzer, anhyzer and straight throws. He also teaches proper footwork to help get your body in position to make these shots. Dave stresses the importance of keeping your chin tucked and your head down to maximize your power and control.

Website Security Compromise – Site Now Secure

Post Updated September, 26th

It has come to our attention that InfiniteDiscs.com was likely hacked some time in August, and that some customer credit card information entered in our direct credit card checkout was intercepted and shared with a third party.

Our monthly Trustwave PCI Security scan notified us on September, 10th that our site needed a security patch upgrade due to a “Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability.”

At the time we received the notification of this vulnerability, we did not see any evidence that any customer card information had been compromised. However, it was brought to our attention today that several customers have found fraudulent charges on their accounts over the past few days. We suspect that customers who made orders in August and the beginning of September could have had their cards compromised. If you made an order during this time period, please check your credit card statements to make sure that you were not victim to any fraudulent charges.

Website Is Now Secure

This security patch was installed on Tuesday the 19th, and the vulnerability has been resolved. Our Trustwave Scan shows that our site is PCI compliant.

 

In addition, to ensure that everything is clean and no customer information is at risk, we also had our web hosting company scan to make sure that there are no malicious files on our server. This scan found no signs of malicious scripts.

Card Info Now Entered at Authorize.net

Since the breach, we have also changed our checkout process so that card information will never again be entered on our URL to eliminate the risk of a future cross site scripting hack. All credit card information is now entered directly on our Merchant processing domains Authorize.net or PayPal.com. Infinite Discs does not, and has never collected or stored any customer credit card information. You can be confident that your credit card purchases through InfiniteDiscs.com will be secure.

 

Favorite Disc Golf Course Baskets – 2017 Survey Results

Nowadays there are a lot of different disc golf basket options available.  Up and coming manufacturers like Prodigy, Dynamic Discs, and MVP have more affordable course basket options that are making it easier than ever to get a disc golf course installed.

With so many different basket options, which one do you choose? What is the best course quality disc golf basket?

In our State of Disc Golf Survey we asked, “How do you feel about the following baskets on the course?”

While some of the newer baskets are only known and have been tested by only a small population of the sampled survey, the most well known basket is clearly the Innova DISCatcher.

Disc Golf Basket Familiarity

From the basket options included in our survey, at the beginning of 2017 only 29.35% of respondents were familiar with the MVP Black Hole while 77% were familiar with the Innova DISCatcher.

Favorite Disc Golf Baskets

When we break down baskets by those rated “Above Average and The Best” the most favorable baskets are the Mach X, Innova DISCatcher, and Dynamic Discs Veteran.

Baskets Size

On disc golf podcasts and in the professional world there is talk about reducing basket size to align disc golf more with traditional “ball” golf. While a few pros are in favor of smaller baskets, the vast majority of those who participated in our State of Disc Golf Survey (88%) strongly feel that disc golf baskets are currently about just right. 9.7% wish that course baskets were bigger while just 2.3% want disc golf course baskets to be smaller.

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