Gateway Stacks (Promotion)

It comes as no surprise that practice helps us improve our Disc Golf game. If practice drives you, but you don’t have enough equipment, or the right equipment. Here’s your chance! Introducing Gateway Stacks.

So how’s it work? Buy more, save more! We’re essentially sold out of all our Gateway stock, so we’re restocking, and since we’re restocking anyway, we’re giving you the chance to stock up too!

We’ve set up the ability to pre-order stacks of Magics, Voodoos, Warlocks and Wizards easily, if you want to buy a stack of another Gateway disc, email us and we’ll accommodate you. You have until noon PDT, 29 Jun 2016 to do your pre-order.

Discounts are as follows:

  • 3 Disc Stack: 5.02%
  • 5 Disc Stack: 7.95%
  • 10 Disc Stack: 11.3% (essentially buy 9, get one free)
  • 20 Disc Stack: 15.48% (essentially buy 16.5, get 3.5 free)
  • 30 Disc Stack: 20.50% (essentially buy 22, get 8 free)

We’re highlighting the main Gateway putters because their our most popular sellers, but we’ll extend this offer to the rest of their line-up, email us and we’ll hook you up.

  • Putt and Approach: Devilhawk, Warspear, Chief, Chief OS, Shaman (and of course, Magic, Voodoo, Warlock and Wizard)
  • Midrange: Mystic, Element, Scout, Karma, Warrior, Blaze, Demon
  • Fairway and Drivers: Sabre, Assassin, Apache, Samurai, Rage, Illusion, Slayer, Spirit

Make this the summer where you take practice seriously.

Gateway Stacks

 

These are pre-orders, we’ll order after the cut-off, so discs should be here the first week of July.

‘Pro’ side Woes

Michael Ramanauskas puttingYou confidently walk up to your marker, putter in hand. Your feet find that sweet spot between the branch and rock. As you adjust your stance, your back heel comes up, your toes twist, your center of gravity shifts… and you wait… until… it’s time!

“Ching!!!… thunk”

After watching your putter sail through the air, gracefully curving in towards the chains, jaws hits the ground in utter disbelief as your trusty putter splashes out and falls flat to the ground. All that practice, all that focus, the way you nailed that sweet spot. How did it not go in? You hit ‘Pro’ side!

Definition: The ‘Pro’ side is generally considered as the middle third area of the chains off-centre of the post on the same side as your throwing hand. Hitting this spot will generally force your disc into the basket and greatly reduce chance for splash out or deflection away from the target.

There is a common understanding that there is an ‘Am’ side of the chains (where your put is more likely to splash out) and a ‘Pro’ side of the chains (where your putt is more likely to go in) and basic physics supports this.  However, there is also a common misconception that if your putt touches the ‘Pro’ side that you cannot miss making the putt. This kind of thought can really hurt your game.

The physics that would define why that sweet spot exists is the same physics that makes that location NOT a guarantee.

For a putt to hit chains and go in the basket, you require a throw that has the right combination of speed, angle of entry, spin, level of surface friction (and many more variables) to be successful. If any singular aspect or variable is off, your chance for a missed putt is increased. Your putter could hit the chain slightly offside, or maybe the metal is too cold and slippery, or their is a small gust of wind. Okay, we all know this at some level, but why is assuming the sweet spot is a guarantee a bad thing?

When you make a putt, it not only finishes a hole successfully, but it effectively raises your confidence. We have the axiom of “playing well = confidence  / confidence = playing well” to thank for that. When you hit that sweet spot, (regardless of distance) and it doesn’t go in… well, that’s a whole different level of psychological messiness.

It’ll go something like this:

  1. Blame will be assigned
    1. the chains for being too heavy/light
    2. the particular model of basket
    3. the weather for changing humidty/causing frost/accumulating dust/gusting wind/sudden sunshine
    4. your fellow player who shifted ever so slightly during your delivery
    5. the putter,  as it had a singular drop of moisture/gouge on the rim and you oriented the stamp the wrong way
    6. Obama.
  2. Disbelief will linger
  3. Faith in your technique and the sweet spot will be lessened
  4. Your chance of missing your next putt will probably increase as you’ll become uncertain/over-cautious

Regardless of how you mentally process it, if you accept that the ‘Pro’ side isn’t a guarantee, you won’t try to blame everything and everyone as to why that putter and basket conspired to hate you. The ‘Pro’ side will increase your odds of a successful putt. When you practice, aim for those sweet links as best you can. But always keep in mind that nothing in disc golf is guaranteed. There are too many variables in every throw.

If you can accept that truth, if you peacefully accept that the ‘impossible’ can and will happen, you’ll be able to successfully move on to the next throw… and inwardly smile when you hear someone else exclaim “But I hit the ‘Pro’ side!”.

 

Michael Ramanauskas throwing at Provincials 2014Michael Ramanauskas is a member of Team Disc Cellar and the owner of DoubleRam Disc and  Washline.com, and is responsible for multiple custom stamps including: the 2015 30th Anniversary Provincial Disc Golf Championships, 2014 DCO (Disc Cellar Open) and the “Smokom” Sarah Hokom signature stamp.

Albatross at the Beaver State Fling last weekend

Philo Brathwaite got an Albatross (-3) on a hole at the Beaver State Fling last weekend. The 6th hole: 850ft par 5, so the scoring was not because the par was too low. As amazing as all that is, the fact that there’s great video of it is even better. In case you haven’t already seen it:

As a disc golfer, after getting over how awesome that was, you want to know what he threw: 167g Innova Star Destroyer! He’s a member of Innova’s Team Champion it’s not really a surprise, but still nice to know.

DGA and the Basket restock begins!


About 3 weeks before our move we sold out of baskets, and we didn’t restock because we were moving. But now that we’ve figured out how much storage space we have, and we’re done moving, it’s time to restock.

First up DGA baskets! We’re restocking, and increasing our variety. We’re restocking our regular Mach Lite selection (the best fabric basket on the market), and adding the all metal M-14 and fully galvanized Mach II portable to our basket line-up.

We will also be restocking the full line of DGA discs, including some new limited editions. Expect to see those in the shop by the end of the month. Not to worry, even though they aren’t on the poster the Signature Line Gumbputts and Blowflys are still available. The Disc Cellar continuing to bring the best baskets and discs to the Canadian market!

DGA Simplify Your Game

The New Normal

The move is over, or at least we’re living in the new house now. Still lots of boxes to unpack and a seemingly infinite number of things left to do. I know where 90% of my inventory is (seriously where is that other 10% hiding?!?!?!?!?), and things are getting back to normal, or the new normal.

For the foreseeable future there will continue to be more things to do than there is time to do it, so it will be a battle of prioritization. The good thing is it will keep us busy. The bad thing is it will keep us from golfing!

We’ve got a bunch of things going on behind the scenes right now, and expect to be making a bunch of announcements over the next month or so.

If we failed to get back to you during the move and still haven’t, please do reach out again. We think we’re caught up, but may be wrong.

Moving Day

Today is the day that we move into our first home, one that we actually own, or own at some point in the future after all the relevant financial obligations are discharged. This will hopefully only mean a small disruption to the business.

We already have some queued up inventory for data entry that’s just waiting for the house buying and moving related tasks to be completed. So you can expect some more Innova, Dynamic Discs, Westside, Latitude 64 and Discmania to be available shortly.

Anyway, we’re officially CLOSED today for the move, but expect things to get back to normal on Wednesday or Thursday. Moving is chaos, so things might be a little slower for a bit longer than that.

p.s. new location is walking distance to Mundy Park….

Welcome Wes Eccleston

We’re very pleased to announce that Wes Eccleston (#25876) is the latest member of Team Disc Cellar. Unlike the other team announcements this one is actually timely, as Wes is our newest member and has just joined the Team. (He also had pretty much the best original sponsorship request we’ve seen to date)

Wes has a player bio on the site which includes what’s currently in his bag (if you’re curious). He’s a long time Disc Golf organizer in Kamloops, frequently involved in events, course design and installs as well as being very active in the club.

Every sponsorship agreement with The Disc Cellar is customized to be mutually beneficial with the player, event, organization or entity involved. We very much look forward to seeing how some of the more interesting clauses in Wes’s agreement play out.

We look forward to supporting Wes’s passion for Disc Golf, community engagement, club and sport growth as well as fostering a collaborative team environment. So again, welcome Wes, we’re lucky and happy to have you! You should congratulate him, and see how you can help him grow the sport!

p.s. If you want to be on the team, it’s possible. General player sponsorship information, and the current team.

Innova Special Requests?

As the go to dealer for many Disc Golfers across Canada, we field a lot of questions. One of the most common is: can you get _______. Now sometimes these are impossible asks, where someone is looking for an out of production disc, or something ridiculously specific (but sometimes we are able to pull those off too). Other times, they are just looking for a current production model that we don’t currently have in stock.

As we alluded to in our moving announcement, we’ll be doing some significant restocking post-move. This talk of restocking often brings out more of these special requests, which is especially fun when we’re able to accommodate them.

So here’s the question: are you looking for something specific from Innova?

If yes, we might already have it in stock; we also have a small amount of inventory that is physically here but not in our inventory system at present (never ending task). But failing that, we can order in lots of stuff. In the interest of transparency, what you’re about to see is the order form that us Dealers use. So you’ll see what’s currently in stock from Innova (at least at the time the spreadsheet was last updated), and the granularity with which we are able to order it. The spreadsheet doesn’t include any pricing or anything like that. But if it’s on the form, we can order it for you. Let us know if there’s something you’d like us to bring in for you. I’m not sure how disruptive the post-move unpacking is going to be, so I’m guessing this order will be submitted the week of June 4th, which usually means that stuff will arrive the following week (sometimes there’s a bit more of a delay between order and shipping).

Innova standard 3 colour logo

Here’s the spreadsheet: Innova Dealer order sheet 2016-05-19 let us know if there’s something you want us to bring in for you!

VCobra: Initial reactions Michael Ramanauskas

Star VCobra

A couple days ago I found myself holding a neon pink 180 Star VCobra (5/5/-1/2) in my hand and wondering why it felt a bit odd as a mid-range. While Innova is trying some new technological adaptations with their Vtec rims (like the VRoc), sometimes you have to wonder why they are aiming to improve on a much loved disc in the first place?

I didn’t have that problem. I have never thrown a Cobra, had never intended to and am pretty happy with my bag as it is… I am a Roc guy after all.

Initially, my reaction to this oddly rimmed hunk of plastic was one of “Not sure, this seems gimmicky and is basically a beaded putter profile” and then I threw it.

I threw it every time I would normally throw a Roc or any shot between 60-250 feet. And after 36 holes, I was actually quite impressed. This disc will hold a straight line on a drive, and not the turn right/fade back left kind of straight… just straight until the end with a bit of fade to finish. Put a bit of extra snap of it, and you’ll get a nice anhyzer line that holds. Headwind? Sure, why not? While I didn’t throw it in super high wind, the 10-15km gust I threw it into didn’t seem to matter. Tomahawks and forehands worked predictably as well.

Oh, glide… lots of glide. Surprisingly, lots of glide. When throwing a shot that would normally drop with my Roc, this disc just went a bit farther, kept gliding and then decided to settle down (in a good way).

Because the underside of the wing is convex instead of concave, there is more plastic in the rim. Add to that the bead and you have a solid disc that doesn’t deform due to torsion when you snap it hard.

Will this disc replace a Roc in my bag? No, but it will make a nice addition to my bag regardless.

Michael Ramanauskas is a member of Team Disc Cellar and the owner of DoubleRam Disc and  Washline.com, and is responsible for multiple custom stamps including: the 2015 30th Anniversary Provincial Disc Golf Championships, 2014 DCO (Disc Cellar Open) and the “Smokom” Sarah Hokom signature stamp.

This review was original written in mid-December, but somehow we managed to forget to post it.