Clinic: The Mental Game and Q&A with Eric Oakley

We’re fortunate to have Eric Oakley in town at the moment and he’s gracious accepted our request to provide a clinic while he’s in town. The clinic will be free for the participants, no registration required. The clinic is brought to you by Discmania and The Disc Cellar.

When: 25 Jul 2015, 4pm (or after the club round, whichever is later)
Where: Robert Burnaby Disc Golf Course (in Burnaby, BC), we’ll be around one of the Practice Baskets or at the picnic table near hole 1, depending on noise levels and the subject matter being discussed.
Length: it will probably be about an hour, but if there’s a lot of people or a lot of questions it may run longer
Cost: FREE
Audience: anyone looking to improve their mental game, no club memberships or affiliations necessary
Prizes: maybe if you’re good

Eric will be speaking primarily about the Mental Game, you know the part of the game that talks you into taking stupid risks, or missing putts that you make 99 times out of 100, and strategies you can use to improve that aspect of your game.

He’ll also do his best to answer any other questions that you have, and he’s more than happy to share his expertise on Discmania’s product line.

Here’s a little bit about Eric from Discmania’s sponsorship announcement:

ERIC OAKLEY

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1) Welcome to Team Discmania! What does becoming sponsored by Discmania mean to you?

Eric: Thank you, I am still in shock about it! I am pumped to represent Discmania! This has been something I have been working towards for quite awhile now and feel like I have accomplished something great. Being with Discmania will not only help me improve my game, but will help me grow the sport locally with tournaments and clinics. I have been throwing Discmania for about 3-4 years now and to be given the opportunity to represent Discmania on and off the course is a great honour. I can’t wait to share my passion for the company with everyone. Discmania is pushing the sport in all the right directions and I am excited to be a part of that growth. I hope to build on this and contribute as much as I can to helping Disc Golf and Discmania grow.

2) Tell us a little bit about your bag – Which Discmania models are your favourites and why?

Eric: Right now I am in a Discmania Grip Bag — they really are the best bags around. I like having a bag of the same molds with discs in different stages of wear. My favorite disc in the Discmania line up is the D-Line P2. This was one of the first Discmania discs I bought close to 4 years ago and it has been a staple in my bag ever since. I carry four D-Line P2s in my bag at all times, two are throwers in different stages of wear and two are strictly for putting and approaching. The D-Line P2 only gets better with age, so having multiples in different stages of wear gives me more options when determining my shot selection. I am always confident with a D-Line P2 in my hand. When I do need to throw a midrange I am using the Glow MD3. These are the best midranges I have thrown; they handle torque well and can be trusted on many different lines. The MD3 helps fill a hole in my bag that gives me more opportunities on the course to be successful. My go to fairway driver is the C-Line FD. With a good neutral flight and tremendous glide, the C-Line FD gives me pinpoint accuracy and full confidence. Having the versatility of the C-Line FD always makes my bag feel complete. My favorite and go to max distance driver is the C-Line PD2. I generally like using the early/first run PD2s but have become very fond of the recently released Flatter Jolly Launcher PD2s as well. I like carrying close to five or six PD2s in my bag at a time, all in different stages of wear. The PD2 handles a plethora of shots to help tackle any course.

3) The stage is yours! Anything you’d like to share with our readers?

Eric: I want to say thanks to everyone for making this opportunity possible. I am active on Instagram (@theericoakley) and Facebook and would love to answer any questions about Discmania, Disc Golf, or anything. I recently have started a hashtag that is used on Instagram and Facebook, #putterpants, and would love to see that grow even more. Putterpants is a symbol to remember to not only enjoy each and every round but to enjoy each and every day. I also have a Disc Golf Blog (iamadiscmaniac.blogspot.com) that talks about many different Disc Golf situations, along with some Discmania disc reviews. When I am not on the course or in the field, I spend my time working as a substitute teacher, coaching/training kids playing Futsal, playing soccer/futsal, and catching up with friends. Remember to always have the most fun!

 

More Sponsorship: Coalminer in Lethbridge, AB

We probably don’t do a good enough job promoting this, but we sponsor a lot of tournaments. Sometimes the level of sponsorship is small, and is really in kind contributions, or knowledge sharing or services, other times it’s significant financially either in terms of product supplied, cash added, or discounts provided. It varies with the needs of the event.

There are events like the DCO where you can’t help but know that we’re involved, and then there are other events where you might not have even realized we were part of the behind the scenes support.

Well, we’ve expanded our support now and welcome the annual Coalminer Tournament in Lethbridge, AB, as our first foray being involved as a sponsor outside of the Province.

Much of our Disc Golf audience is local to Metro Vancouver and the Coast, but we’d like to think that we support Disc Golf throughout Canada. We’re not travelling to Lethbridge this weekend (July 25th), instead we’ve helped them source quality prizes at reasonable rates, as well as some additional sponsorship items. If you however do happen to be in Lethbridge, you can take advantage of the fact that the event actually permits day of registration (anybody remember that? 😉

If you are planning to go, use their handy registration form and let them know to expect you. Just tell them in the “Where are you from?” box, that The Disc Cellar sent you…

Ogopogo Open 2015: Registration Open

Looking for something to do in August? Why not plan a trip to Kelowna for the 2nd Annual Ogopogo Open presented by the Kelowna Kinsmen. August 22/23, 3 rounds at Myra Canyon Adventure Park, PDGA C-Tier sanctioned. Sweet player’s package (shirt and a disc), added cash for the Pros, added prizes for the Ams.

The Disc Cellar will be making the trip, and supplying the amateur prizes. Join us!

Next up: the BC Open

The BC Open is the next major event on the BC tournament calendar. Hosted by the Langley Disc Golf Club (LDGC), it’s a PDGA B-Tier event, and registration is currently scheduled to close at

June 24, 2015 at 12:00am PST

July 1st, 2015 at 12:00am PST (got extended this morning, but don’t wait!)

So don’t hesitate, get registered!

Again, it should come as no surprise, The Disc Cellar has signed on as an event sponsor (although current plan is that the LDGC is handling the prizing themselves).

Registration is through Disc Golf Scene: http://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/BC_Open_Presented_by_Dynamic_Discs_2015

I’d like to thank my sponsors…

It is wonderful to see all the posts on Facebook and the tag board and elsewhere of people talking about how much of a great time they had at the Canadian National Disc Golf Championships 2015. Most people are even remembering to thank the TD’s and the many volunteers (as many as they know by name). That’s awesome, your right to be thankful, and you’re right to be grateful.

There is however one very important group that seems to not be getting the same level of credit or love. So let’s change that!

I’d like to give a HUGE shout out to Daredevil Discs who came through in a big way for the player’s packages with some appropriately custom stamped discs for Nationals. I was involved to various degrees behind the scenes with the event, and Daredevil’s contribution was very significant. Let’s do some math: they provided 400 discs to the event so that each player could receive 2 in their player’s package (everyone got a Polar Bear, and either a Timberwolf or a Mammoth). Other custom event discs were going for $15 at the event, so those 400 discs are worth a cool $6,000 (which fails to account for the fact that they actually retail for 16.99 before taxes). Yeah, so we’re talking a sponsorship value of $7,000. Sure it didn’t cost them $7,000 to provide those discs, but it wasn’t free either, and they certainly didn’t have to do it. So how’s about giving Daredevil some love, try their discs and let people know what you think. Share pictures of you and your nationals discs. Reach out to Daredevil and thank them for being part of such a memorable event.

Polar Bear, Timberwolf and Mammoth with the Canadian Disc Golf Championships 2015 stamp

Daredevil is not alone in stepping up in a big way with sponsorship, the City of Vancouver also provided some grant funding to help with running the event, and again the sums involved were not insignificant.

So definitely keep talking about Nationals, and keep thanking the TD’s and the volunteers, but let’s also reach out to each and everyone of the sponsors who in some way helped the event be bigger, better or cheaper for the players than it otherwise would have been.

Those lucky few of you who have some sort of personal sponsorship arrangement have probably already thanked your sponsors, which is awesome, but let’s take it a step further and ask the community to thank those sponsors for sponsoring Disc Golfers. Professionalism in Disc Golf to a large degree is an attitude, but more so than any number of collared shirts it’s the sponsors that help push Disc Golf to that higher level. We may talk about #GrowTheSport and other initiatives, but these sponsors are actually doing it, and they’re doing it with real support or funds.

Let’s reach out to the Nationals organizers and make sure that all sponsors big and small are getting recognized for their contributions, and then let’s all of us as participants or passionate supporters of Disc Golf reach out to them and thank them for their contribution. Disc Golf is very much a community, and if we as a community show sponsors some love, we’ll be helping to build and strengthen those very relationships which will take things to the next level.

So thank you to all the various sponsors out there (I know this list is not exhaustive, but it’s the best I’ve got):

And don’t forget to support Disc Golf on the local level by joining your local Club(s).

 

On Location: Nationals

This probably comes as no surprise, but The Disc Cellar is one of major sponsors of Nationals that’s happening this week. As part of our support we’re going to be on location as much as possible. (If there’s anyone who’s interested in being a satellite Disc Cellar location at one of the other locations let us know and we’ll hook you up).

Thursday

  • 1:00-5:30pm: trying to make it happen (unsure at this point)
  • 5:30-7:00pm: confirmed at QE

Friday

  • 9am-6pm: Langley (uncomfirmed)

Saturday

  • 9am-6pm: Langley (confirmed)

Sunday

  • 6am-ish-4pm: QE (confirmed)

 

It may not be possible, but if someone orders something through our beta online store, we’ll try to arrange next day delivery to the course.

Inventory Update

We are approaching an era of much more accurate inventory tracking, this is made possible through a variety of technical integrations. We’re still not loading all of our inventory into the system yet, but we’re getting close to the 2/3rds mark.

If you’d like to check it out, you can do so at our on-line store, currently in beta. If it’s listed we have it, if it’s not listed, it might not have been entered yet (so could still be in stock).

The new store is not to the level that we’d like it to be, but recognizing that Nationals is this week, we felt it was important to help the players out by letting them know what is immediately available locally (and much of it will be available on location during the week, times and locations to be determined at this point).