Introducing Team Infinite’s Erika Stinchcomb

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Ramona California, about 45 minutes Northeast of San Diego. It’s a small mountain town, and obviously in moving to Western Montana, that secluded mountain vibe is a key part of who I am. There was a lot of open space to run as a kid. I loved where I grew up and honestly, I am sometimes sad that my parents moved away. I still have a ton of family in the area, including my younger sister and brother-in-law.

How did you discover disc golf?

Occasionally as a kid I would join my dad on his water delivery routes (think 5 gallon bottles of water delivered to homes and businesses). I loved to try to carry the heavy bottles all by myself, and climb on his big water truck, using the necks of the bottles as handholds. He’d always buy me a big Slurpee from 7-Eleven after our hard day of work.

One day when I was 8, during one of my take-your-daughter-to-work outings, my dad surprised me and took me to Morley Field Disc Golf Course. He bought me a DX Panther from Snapper at the pro shop, and we played. I barely remember it. Then 8 years later, suddenly he took me and my brother again. I was 16, and I thought “why haven’t I been playing this my whole life?” I was immediately hooked. My brother Jason and I would go to the park and work on our distance. My Dad would take me and Jason to Morley Field at the crack of dawn on Saturdays, so we could beat the rush for our first round, and then play a leisurely second round as it got crowded.

When did you turn pro?

I didn’t know there were tournaments until I graduated college in 2014. My first tournament was in July of 2014, after that I played FA1 and dabbled in FPO in 2015 and 2016. I didn’t officially consider myself a pro until 2017, when I decided to do a self-funded, unsponsored mini tour in 2017. I was able to tour for nearly 6 months and made it to the DGPT Championships. I did get sponsors as I traveled, but I would have been out there sponsor or no sponsor.

What was it like the first time you took cash as a pro?

My first cash was anticlimactic. I could have taken cash in 2016, but wanted to continue as an amateur. I didn’t cash until my 9th pro event of 2017, and that was in a field of 2 at the Challenge at Goat Hill. What I consider my first “real” cash was a month later, when I took 2nd at the Zoo Town Open, my home tournament held in Missoula, MT.

Who did you look up to when you were first starting out?

I never watched videos or even knew there were tournaments until I was 21 and started playing FA1. My role models became people I met. Zoe Andyke was the first person that when I asked “what do you do for a living” the answer was “disc golf” and my mind was blown. I got to play a round with Zoe at Daisy Chains in 2015 and her positivity was inspiring.

Later that year, I played FPO in the Phoenix Ladies Open, and felt both intimidated and outclassed. It was a small field and I was on the lead card for the second and final round; my nerves were palpable. Ohn Scoggins was on the card, and her support was unforgettable; her kindness that day is one of the reasons I am Ohn’s biggest fan. I would mess up a drive or upshot and she’d say “it’s okay girl, it’s just a jump putt!”

Don’t get me wrong, I’d go out and watch Paige Pierce, Catrina Allen, Sarah Hokom, Valerie Jenkins, Jennifer Allen and all of those big names whenever I got the chance, but for me Zoe and Ohn were my biggest inspirations. Being nice, welcoming, inclusive and making a living playing disc golf became my dream, just like Zoe and Ohn.

What are some of your goals for next year?

Last year I lost a bit of my fire for the game. Disc Golf felt more like a job, and the job was throwing way more big open shots instead of the finesse woods golf I loved. Signing with Infinite has literally opened my world up to try so many new discs and re-discover my joy of simply watching a disc fly. I want to enjoy disc golf next year more than anything else, rather than feel mind-crushing pressure to perform. I think with a more relaxed, joyful attitude, I am naturally going to play better next year. I decided I am not going to have specific performance based goals. I am lucky to be able to play disc golf and make a living, and I am going to celebrate those facts. I believe results will follow.

Will you be commentating again this year as one of the Two Hot Geese (with Madison Walker)?

Because we do not have an official agreement at this time, I am not sure if Madison and I will be doing commentary next year, but we hope to be calling the shots again in 2023!

What do you picture disc golf looking like in 5 years (Growth, competition, contracts, etc.)?

I couldn’t have guessed the sport would grow so much in the past 5 years, let alone where we are going next. From an FPO standpoint, 5 years ago, 25 was a great field size. Now we can hit 75 with relative consistency. Disc Golf media was much less comprehensive, very few people had contracts that paid in real money and not just an allotment of discs, the list goes on. In 5 years, I – like many – would love to see disc golf as an Olympic Sport. I hope that as a pro, having a tour card means you make a liveable wage without all the side hustle that is required for most mid-level pros.

Outside of professional disc golf, I truly hope the growth of our sport wasn’t just a byproduct of Covid, and it continues to grow. I’d love to see a lot of new courses, continued free or cheap entry to play, access for all walks of life, involvement from parks and recreation, forest service and other organizations to preserve and maintain the land courses are on, avid disc golf clubs and all the things we have now including fan access to pro disc golfers. I hope we don’t lose the fact that disc golf is a sport for everybody. I like to tell people disc golf is whatever you want, a solitary retreat, exercise, maybe a place to drink a beer with your dumb buddies; you can take your dog or take your grandpa, all are welcome.

 What Infinite molds do you throw?

I have not had a lot of time to adjust to new molds with the timing of switching contracts. Additionally, Montana winter golf doesn’t always allow for full-power shots. That being said, an I-blend Maya is my favorite right now, since it has effortless understability yet a reliable slight fade at the end. I have been throwing the Dynasty and Centurion for control drivers, and using a Cohort for straight upshots, as well as trying them for my putting putters. I am sure things will change and I am so excited to try everything!

Do you have any shout-outs or people you would like to acknowledge?

I have to give the biggest shout out to Eric Oakley, who gave me a hand when I felt like I was drowning. Leaving Westside was not the outcome I saw for myself in 2022 and I had very little time to decide what I wanted and how to get it. Todd Durrant has been kind and patient and I think that my vision of what I want disc golf to be totally aligns with Infinite’s. I also want to give a shout out to my husband Ian Harris, who has been a reassuring source of comfort and strength as we have toured the last 2 years; he always helps push me forward if I doubt myself. I want to thank my Mom for always watching UDisc Live Scoring even though it stresses her out. Lastly I want to thank my Dad – David Stinchcomb – for teaching me to play.

Infinite is on-board with working with my sponsors who have supported me for years: Whales Sacs and Skybreed Discs. I was scared that signing a new company meant losing my other sponsors. The sense of cooperation Infinite has is something to admire, and a way to grow the sport better than we can alone. Not only can I continue with my old sponsors, I also will get to work with Clash Discs and Thought Space Athletics this year. The opportunities I see are literally infinite and I can’t wait to get started.

Introducing Team Infinite’s Dustin Keegan

Where did you grow up?

 

I grew up in Eugene, Oregon

 

How did you get into disc golf?

 

I played golf a lot after high school. One of my best friends at the time traveled out of Eugene and found out about the sport of disc golf and then when he came back to town, he showed me a game he thought I would absolutely love. For me, it was love at first sight. Disc Golf was the perfect blend of every sport I loved and my deep love for the outdoors.

 

When did you turn pro?       

 

2010

What was it like the first time you took cash as a pro?

 

I took cash at my very first professional event, 2010 Great Northwest Open. I tied for last cash with a couple others and won $15. Even though it was barely anything, it validated my decision to move up and play MPO, and that I was a contender in the Oregon scene! Big Deal!

 

Who did you look up to when you were first starting out?  

 

I really looked up to Nate Sexton, Dion Aryln, Brodie Miller, Dave Feldberg, and Erik “Buck” Smith who were all the best players in Oregon when I decided to play professional disc golf as a real career choice. Oregon was a powerhouse in the professional scene, which meant that I had a LOT of really good players that I could look up to and mold my game after.

What are some of your goals for next year?

 

I only plan on playing a few of the “elite series or majors” but I do plan on playing some classic events in Oregon that I haven’t been able to play for many years. I have a goal of playing around 15-20 events and I really want to win at least 3 events this year! I will be training like crazy and when I do get to play, I will be ready and focused to play at the best of my ability. I will also be traveling to many different countries next year and I also have a goal of learning how to speak better Spanish.

 

What do you picture disc golf looking like in 5 years (Growth, competition, contracts, etc.)?

 

Disc Golf is at its blossoming stage as a sport and with proper care from the people taking care of it, it will grow into a very strong and mature thing. This is the best time to be a part of the sport and players and companies pretty much have a blank slate as far as the “how to” and “direction” the sport is heading. For the players who grinded out the stale years of exposure and financial gain, we are finally there, and we can really make disc golf a real career. It will only continue to grow over the next few years and for those who have committed themselves to disc golf, the rewards will continue to flood in.

 

What Infinite molds do you throw?

 

I currently throw the Emperor, Sphinx, and “my new signature disc”. I’m liking the Chariot, Centurion, Scepter, and Aztec but they haven’t 100% made the bag yet.

 

Do you have any shout-outs or people you would like to acknowledge?    

 

I wouldn’t be in this position without Zoe AnDyke and all of her amazingness. She has put me in front of so many people and companies and has sold my personality and skills to them which I am forever grateful for. I also want to give a huge shout out to Todd and Dylan (at Infinite) for always being so nice to me and always leaving the door open for me to join the team. This truly is a dream come true for me, and together, myself and Infinite are going to make some big things happen!

Introducing Team Infinite’s James Proctor

Introducing Team Infinite’s James Proctor

 

 

Where did you grow up?

Rohnert Park, California (1 hour north of San Francisco)

 

How did you get into disc golf?

In the early 2000s my dad and I learned together on a course near my house.  We started playing weekly’s and then got into tournaments.

 

When did you turn pro?       

2011 was my first year in Open. I cashed at Worlds in Santa Cruz and got 14th at the NT in Tahoe.

 

What was it like the first time you took cash as a pro?

I don’t remember the feeling, or the tournament really, but it was my first event as a pro, the 2011 Auburn Open.

 

Who did you look up to when you were first starting out?  

The first big time pro I made a connection with was (Gregg) Barsby, right after he chained out for an ace in a playoff for King of the Lake in 2010.  I grew up with a lot of old school golfers in NorCal, Roger Cansler, John Child, Peter Sontag, Anni Kreml to name a few.

 

What are some of your goals for next year?

It will be my first full year on tour, so my first goal is to make the most of it and enjoy the experience.  I’m excited to meet new people, grow my name a little bit and obviously play well.  Consistency is something I will focus on next year, I know I can compete at the highest level, so my goal will be to limit the bad rounds that take you out of contention.

 

What do you picture disc golf looking like in 5 years (Growth, competition, contracts, etc.)?

I love the idea of public contracts in the future, I think it gives more control to the players.  As far as growth, sky is the limit. The Pro Tour has done an amazing job in such a short time, and every year they are continuing to push the envelope.  Along with growth of the sport comes more competition, so I see it getting deeper year after year.

 

What Infinite molds do you throw?

So far I’m really loving the Dynasty, in Metal Flake Glow and Halo.  I putt with the Glow Alpaca and I use the Emperor for most distance shots.  I also really like the Czar for long turn overs or forehands.

 

Do you have any shout-outs or people you would like to acknowledge?    

I’m just super grateful for the chance to represent Infinite and all of the opportunities this year will bring.

 

Introducing Team Infinite’s Maria Oliva

Introducing Infinite Discs team member, Maria Oliva!

 

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Guatemala, and lived there for about five years. Then I moved to Dallas, Texas with my parents.

I started playing disc golf when I was 14 and then went pro shortly after that. And that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. Disc golf has been a big part of my life.

How did you discover disc golf?

My dad discovered it for us. He wanted the family to have something to do on the weekends that was outside and cheap. They had disc golf discs at a sporting goods store, so that’s where he got them. My first disc was a Champion Monarch. My dad got a Groove and the Monarch was similar.

My dad played and he would take me out on the course, but at first I was not stoked to be there. Texas was hot in the summer and I didn’t like the heat, or being outdoors, or the bugs and critters. Basically everything about it was a ‘no’ for me. I felt that way for a long time, but then in High School the bug just bit me and I’ve never stopped playing.

One of the things I liked about disc golf is that I didn’t need anyone else to play. I could just be out there alone and no one would know I was there. Then I could just head home when I was done.

When did you turn pro?       

I got my PDGA number when I was 14, then turned pro a couple years later. I did that because there wasn’t a lot of competition in the Dallas area. There weren’t any women playing other than in the FPO division, and I didn’t want to win a lower division by being the only player. Which I think is a good idea because it helps you learn faster. So, I turned pro pretty quickly because I had to, in order to play with others.

What has been the highlight of your professional disc golf career so far?

It seems pretty cliché, but I would have to say my first Disc Golf Pro Tour win this past November. New World Championship for me was very special. It was definitely something that I wanted to achieve this year, and I didn’t see it happening, but then it did! And I’m just very stoked and think it is the first of many so I’m just very excited to start playing again.

What was it like the first time you took cash as a pro?

The first time taking cash was a little weird. I remember there were quite a few women playing in that tournament and I wasn’t going to cash. But, someone marked their score wrong and that bumped me up into the cash. I remember thinking, whoa, I didn’t expect this to happen at all. This is great! But it also taught me a valuable lesion to make sure you get your score correct. I would be mad at myself if I ever did that.

Who did you look up to when you were first starting out?     

There were a lot, but the main one was my best friend, Landon Knight. He has been a local pro in the Dallas area for as long as I can remember. He pretty much taught me everything I know. He is a really good swing coach and he can tell what needs to be fixed. He loves sports, which is something that goes hand in hand. I based a lot of my game off of him when I was learning. I think that helped me grow a lot into the player I am. I was constantly trying to be one of the boys. There is a gap there, but it made me a little more competitive. Which is nice because I’m definitely not competitive. That shocks some people to hear that. Everything I do, I like doing really well. But, I do it for me. I don’t feel like I want to be the best to beat people, but I want to be the best for me.

What are some of your goals for next year?

I like to take my disc golf events as they come up. I like to take things day by day. I think that winning an Elite Pro Tour event would be nice. It’s always a goal. Winning is great. It’s nice to see your hard work pay off. Even if it doesn’t happen, I’m very excited to be playing next season.

Last year was my first full tour and at the end I was a little tired. But, now looking back I know what to expect a little more as far as traveling and tournaments. I think next year will be a lot smoother for me. Luke (Samson) and I will be starting our season in January in Waco to get some early practice in for the Pro Tour. And after that we’ll hit a bunch of B-tiers and A-tiers until the Pro Tour starts. It’s fun to hit smaller courses and areas that we don’t hit on the tour.

What do you picture disc golf looking like in 5 years (Growth, competition, contracts, etc.)?

I think everything will keep growing at a steady pace, just because of the past few years and the growth we’ve seen continuously. I think a big thing that will change is there might be different tours and maybe different age divisions that cater to younger kids. I think most sports have little leagues and now that parents have a better opinion about disc golf, I think they will encourage them to try disc golf. I think that will help organizations like UPlay disc golf grow even more.

 What Infinite molds do you throw?

One of the discs that replaced the Destroyer for me, which I never thought would happen, is the Emperor. I’ve thrown that more times this year than any other disc. And of course my Anubis. Recently I got some new discs from Infinite so I’m trying a bunch of discs, and I’ve been messing around with the Tomb and that’s a really fun putter to throw. It’s very different, but it’s very fun. It’s been fun to try other molds, too.

Do you have any shout-outs or people you would like to acknowledge?    

The biggest shout out is to my sponsors, Thought Space and Infinite. I’m super stoked to be on their teams and beyond excited to be playing with their discs next year. To all my fans who are constantly supporting me on the road and off the road, I super-appreciate every one of you!

 

QUICK TIP TUESDAY – DISC GOLF TIPS

Quick Tip Tuesday – Crafting Better Hyzer Lines

 

For your Quick Tip Tuesday this week, Infinite team member Eric Oakley shares his expertise on throwing more accurate hyzer lines.

First, each disc has a different level of stability, which means each is going to react to a hyzer line differently. Understanding your discs in this way will help you better craft the hyzer line you are looking for.

Second, practice releasing each disc on different height angles. This will give you a lot more unique and particular lines to help you achieve the shot you are looking for.

And Third, get out into the field and test your own discs! How beat in your discs are can also determine their hyzer flight path. Let us know in the YouTube video comments which disc you like to release on hyzer the most!

See the full tip by watching the video on our channel –>

 

Meet Infinite Discs Team Member: Cole Redalen

Cole Redalen

 

One of the interesting and exciting aspects of professional disc golf is seeing the young players already making an impact on our sport. There are several touring pros that are in their teens, and two players in the top 10 in DGPT points that are 21 or younger. It is fun to see those talented players emerge and compete at such a high level. We’ll meet one of those rising stars in this blog as we introduce to you an Infinite Discs sponsored player, Cole Redalen.

Cole stopped by the Infinite Disc’s headquarters recently and took the time to make a few videos for our YouTube channel (check them out HERE). He also answered a few questions about his young career, how he started disc golf, and some of his experiences so far. So, let’s get to know Cole Redalen!

 

Getting Started

 

Like many young pros, Cole started playing at a relatively young age. Despite living most of his life in South Carolina, he didn’t pick up disc golf until his family moved to Oregon. His dad worked for Intel, and the company happened to be hosting a disc golf clinic held by none other than Infinite Discs’ Zoe Andyke and Dustin Keagan. Cole said that watching the flight of his disc was a life-changing experience. “Once I threw that disc, there was no going back.”

Up until that time in his life Cole had been involved with many different sports, like basketball, soccer, swimming, gymnastics, and track. At the time he discovered disc golf he had been focusing on basketball and taking that sport to the next level. However, once he found out he couldn’t play high school basketball, he decided to put his effort into disc golf.

 

Practicing During Homeschool

 

One aspect of his life that contributed to his rapid rise in the sport was the fact that he was homeschooled. That gave him a flexibility in scheduling that he wouldn’t have had otherwise. “Being homeschooled had its major perks as far as free time and practice goes,” said Cole. “I was out there every day putting and throwing in a field to get better.”

Over the next few years Cole continued to work on his disc golf skills while playing in more and more tournaments. He started to pick up wins in Amateur divisions and in 2019 accepted cash for the first time with his finish at the NADGT finals. However, that didn’t have a big impact on him. “Because it was an amateur event, it didn’t feel as big of an accomplishment as playing against professionals. But, it was a door I was certainly ready to walk through and excited to see what was to come.”

 

Turning Pro

 

Cole started playing in the Open Division from that point on. Although he started cashing in lower-tier

Photo by Gage Hamilton

tournaments, it wasn’t until an A-tier event, the 2020 Kitsap Classic, that he felt he had his breakthrough performance.

The Kitsap Classic is held Port Orchard, Washington, and in 2020 included several touring pros. Cole didn’t win, but he took third behind Infinite Discs’ Dallin Blanchard and Nate Sexton. It was a watershed moment for Cole. “I really started to find my stride (at that tournament) as a 960 rated player behind Nate Sexton and Dallin Blanchard. At that moment I was already pursuing the sport as a career, but it really solidified the decision.”

 

Cole’s First Worlds

 

Another career-boosting performance came at last year’s World Championship. He entered the MPO long-drive competition, and he took fourth place! He not only cashed, he finished ahead of other well-known crushers like Gannon Buhr, Anthony Barella, and Thomas Gilbert. Cole said it was a total shock! “I knew I could throw far,” he said, “but as soon as the disc left my hand I was blown away. It meant a lot to see that I can complete against the farthest throwers in the sport.”

 

Career Highlights

 

Although the NADGT tournament and Long Distance competition were great experiences for Cole, he points to another finish that stands out as the most memorable for him. That would be at last year’s Ledgestone Insurance Open. He finished in 7th place and took home the largest amount of cash in his career to date, $2,425. Cole said that it, “really propelled my name onto the scene and told everyone that I was ready for the heat of the best competition in the world.”

More recently, Cole added another highlight to his young career at the Discraft’s Great Lakes Open. On the final round of the Pro Tour event, he shot a scorching -12! The 1082-rated round propelled him from 58th place up to 15th, and in into the cash. Cole said that it was, “exciting to see both my driving and putting come together all at once.”

Just last weekend the World Championships were held in Emporia, and Cole was there showing his potential. He finished several places ahead of his last year’s performance, proving that he can compete at the highest level in our sport.

 

 

Working On Form

 

Not content to just finish among the best, Cole continues to work hard to improve his game. Much of the time spent practicing recently was to hone in his form. Cole places a high value on having a consistent form.

“Form has been something that I have focused on a lot the last couple years, trying to find something that works consistently,” he said. “I believe form is a HUGE part of a player’s success and eliminate a lot of consistency errors while on the course.”

 

Influences

 

Photo by Gage Hamilton

The desire to improve is undoubtedly connected to his years of athletic endeavors. But when it comes to disc golf, it is also aided by other competitors in the sport. Cole mentions all-time great Paul Mcbeth as one the people who influenced his career. Cole said Drew Gibson has also done a lot for him. He also mentions one other pro: Scott Withers.

Scott is an Oregon Pro whom Cole credits as, “making me the player I am today. He has been dominating the northwest for many years and constantly raising the bar higher and higher.”

Besides the influence of professional disc golfers, another thing that young player need early in their career is support from home. Some young players turn pro before they even get their driver’s license, and need someone to take them to tournaments and practices. Fortunately, Cole’s parents love what he is doing, and fully support him. He recognizes that he would not be where he is without their support.

 

Playing With Pros

 

Another part of disc golf that young pros need to contend with is being on cards with some of the top pros in the world, many of them idolized by the younger player. Cole was no different in that respect, and at first that was a challenge.

“As one of the younger players on tour, I was always nervous about invading other pros space,” he said. “I didn’t feel like I could practice or talk with any of the top guys without feeling like I should be somewhere else.”

He didn’t feel like his competitors looked down on him when he first started. He just felt like he didn’t have the decision making and course experience that the veterans had. Over time, he got comfortable playing with the elite players, which helped him relax and just play his game.

Being such a young pro gives Cole a perspective that he can share with other young players. His main advice to them is to respect the game. No matter the skill level you get to, there will always be challenges, and there is always something to learn. Serious disc golfer should become a student of the game.

 

Mental Game

 

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Part of learning the game is the mental aspect. Cole said that when he makes a mistake, he figures out what when wrong, makes adjustments, then moves on to the next shot. He said that dwelling on a mistake is about the worst thing you can do to your game.

“Making another careless mistake after the fact because of frustration is the worst thing possible,” he said. “I know I am good enough to throw any shot out there so it’s just a matter of correcting the next one.”

He said he tries to play every hole as if it is its own round. Since you can’t play 18 holes before you tee off, you might as well play one hole at a time. He was told that the most important shot in golf is the next one.

 

Physical Game

 

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Obviously, the physical aspect of the game is as crucial as the mental, and Cole said he does a good job at staying fit and maintaining a good diet. He’ll have a homemade egg-and-cheese sandwich for breakfast, with some yogurt and a large glass of water. As a bonus, his first sponsor ever is Oregon Sports and Family Chiropractic. He said they help with workouts and an off-season training schedule to keep him healthy throughout the season.

 

In His Bag

 

 

Since Cole is sponsored by Infinite Discs, he can have an ‘open bag’, meaning that he can throw whatever brands he wants to throw. And he does throw a variety of brands! Here is a list of his favorite molds in each of the following categories:

  • Distance Driver: Infinite Discs Emperor
  • Fairway Driver: Legacy Patriot
  • Midrange: Legacy Badger
  • Approach Putter: Wild Discs Sea Otter
  • Putting Putter: Discraft CT Luna

 

The Future

 

The future certainly looks promising for Cole. He is talented and passionate about disc golf. His approach to the mental and physical facets of disc golf belies his age. And his goals are realistic and simple. “I want to be the best disc golfer I can be,” he said. “I want to keep a good attitude and encourage others. And win tournaments!”

 

 

PDGA Worlds Week – What to Look For

PDGA Pro Worlds Logo 2022

This is arguably the biggest week of the year for the disc golf world. It is THE week when a World Champion will be crowned.

Now, the reality is that the PDGA Disc Golf World Championship is basically just another disc golf tournament. It’s a little bit longer than most pro events, but the only thing that matters is how an individual player plays this week. It doesn’t matter how well they’ve played the rest of the season, what matters is how they perform right now. The different between Worlds and any other tournament is the history of the event and the Title associated with the winning it.

If you don’t think there is anything different between this and other tournaments, ask Paul McBeth or Paige Pierce what they think. Even better, watch the documentaries on the Disc Golf Network.

To help you prepare for the drama of Worlds, Jace (used to be our main blog writer, now the editor at Disc Golf Reviewer) has broken down the narratives of who and what to watch among the MPO field.

MPO Players and Narratives to Watch For

Today the 2022 PDGA Disc Golf World Championship kicks off in Emporia, Kansas. Worlds is the biggest event in our sport, and after last year’s “Holy Shot” and phenomenal playoff finish, there is a tangible buzz in the air leading up to this year’s MPO event. The drama of last year’s
event and the pandemic have drawn a lot of new eyes to professional disc golf. So whether you are new to Worlds or you’ve been following since the Ken Climo days, here are some names and narratives to follow as you take in all 5 rounds of the high disc flying action this week.

Ricky Wysocki

 

Ricky Wysocki enters Worlds as one of if not the presumptive favorite to win the event and make himself a 3x World Champion. He has had an excellent 2022 season on tour with wins at Texas States, Ledgestone, and DDO, the latter was of course played on the same courses he will be navigating this week in Emporia.

There are lots of narratives to keep tabs on when watching Ricky this year. Emporia, Kansas hosted Worlds just six years ago in 2016, which is the year Ricky broke through the glass ceiling to finally win his first World Championship after finishing as runner-up in 3 of the previous 4
years. And let’s not forget whose plastic he was throwing and will be throwing now—For the 2016 season, Ricky left his long time sponsor Prodigy Disc to join Team Latitude 64 and switch his bag over to Trilogy (Latitude 64, Westside Discs, and Dynamic Discs). Dynamic Discs is headquartered in Emporia, Kansas.

After winning another World Championship with Latitude 64 in 2017, in 2019 Ricky Wysocki switched disc sponsors again and joined Team Innova, only to switch sponsors again at the beginning of this 2022 season. What team does Ricky represent now?

Dynamic Discs, meaning Ricky is back to throwing the same plastic he was throwing when he won his two previous Worlds. Oh, and perhaps you’ve heard of his rival…

Paul McBeth

Paul McBethYou can’t spell Disc Golf World Championship without Paul McBeth. While McBeth hasn’t
been as dominant in recent years (BTW, I’d take 2015 McBeth over peak Jordan or Woods any
day of the week, but especially on Sundays), he is still the biggest name in the sport, and it would
be a tragic mistake to overlook him. In every Worlds since 2012, Paul has finished as either the champion or the runner-up. He is a 5x World Champion for a reason, and I guarantee McBeast is one of if not the biggest concern for anyone who has hopes for taking home the crown this week.

Some folks might try to make a big deal about Paul’s poor performance in Emporia earlier this year at DDO where he missed the cut for the first time ever in his career, but this feels negligible to me for a player of Paul’s caliber. He also finished runner-up at Worlds in Emporia just six years ago.

Rather, the biggest narrative I’m following this week with Paul is the revenge narrative. He knows as well as the rest of the world that he was one miraculous “Holy Shot” away from taking home his sixth world title last year. The James Conrad throw in has overall been framed as a positive for the world of disc golf—it brought eyes and attention to disc golf and has been a resource to “grow the sport” as we say. But all of this growth and positivity has been at Paul’s expense, and not a day goes by that he isn’t reminded of it.

The comment he made off the cuff about losing worlds to an only backhand player when he was asked at the European Open about Eagle McMahon only throwing backhand shots due to injury shows me just how present last year’s Worlds are in McBeth’s psyche.

Will he be able to reign that emotion and energy in and perform when it’s go time? Looking at how Worlds has gone for the past decade, I think the odds are in his favor.

Read full article here. 

Live Coverage begins at on the Disc Golf Network at 2:30 PM Central Time. Post production coverage (hopefully next day) will be provided on the YouTube channels of JomezPro, GK Pro, Gatekeeper Media and Ace Run Productions.

Photos courtesy of Disc Golf Pro Tour.

Eric Oakley Joins Team Infinite

We are very excited to announce that Infinite Discs is partnering with Eric Oakley!

We are proud to sponsor him as he competes in the upcoming professional touring season, and we’re also excited about all of the ways in which we’ll be able to work together for the growth of the sport.

You can expect a lot of helpful disc and product reviews, some fun signature releases, and tournament events in many parts of the country as Eric tours in 2022. We look forward to a great year with Eric!

Eric’s disc golf career really began when he was living in Utah. The first tournament where he ever cashed was the Infinite Discs Cache Valley Classic, located at the Logan fairgrounds — just blocks away from Infinite Discs headquarters. Eric was a member of the first ever Team Infinite discs for a short time before he signed with Discmania.

Eric will be a valuable asset to Infinite Discs by utilizing his online reach to grow disc golf and share product insight and reviews from dozens of different disc golf brands. Be sure to follow Eric on social media for valuable information and giveaways here:

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