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Noah Higgins: two announcements

Back in September we officially welcomed Noah Higgins to Team Disc Cellar, now we have his official player bio published. It’s a fun read, especially the memorable moment, a very mature tip and it’s always interesting to see what the future pros throw. So that’s the first announcement.

The second is that Noah’s going back to Junior World’s in 2018 and fundraising is already underway. As a successful amateur player Noah acquires ridiculous amounts of plastic when what he really needs are funds to help pay for entry fees and travel. As such we’ve teamed up and he’s put together some mystery boxes, available now through our store. The boxes were assembled and are shipped by Noah from Alberta, so if you buy other things in addition to one of his mystery boxes, they will ship separately. The boxes may include first runs. 100% of the proceeds go directly to Noah, so stock up, and help him get back to World’s!

 

Welcome Noah Higgins!

We’d like to formally welcome Noah Higgins to Team Disc Cellar, he is officially our youngest member. Normally we wait until we’ve put together the player bio before we post our announcements, but we’re too excited to wait!

Noah will be playing the BC Provincials this weekend in Kamloops, and watch out, he’s good. So far this year Noah has put together 7 top 10 finishes in Advanced (MA1), 3 top 5 and 1 win! All of that’s pretty good, but he also placed 12th at the PDGA Amateur and Junior Disc Golf World Championship earlier in the year, while playing 7 rounds above his rating including a 974 rated semi finals.

We look forward to watching Noah continue to develop and pursue his Disc Golf goals, we’re happy we’ve been able to make that pursuit just a little bit easier.

Welcome Noah!
Noah Higgins

Welcome Theo Brown!

Theo has officially been part of the team for only a couple of weeks, but in that short time span he’s managed to win an A-Tier in Amateur Advanced, no small feat considering that was his first PDGA event (with a PDGA membership).

With Theo on the team we add some youth (we’re a little Masters heavy at the moment), some increased regional representation (Islands) and clearly a whole lot of skill and passion.

Check out Theo’s Bio for more of his history and what’s in his bag.

We look forward to supporting Theo and his goals.

Go TEAM!

Congratulations to Team Disc Cellar are in order after solid performances in the first two rounds by all players.

Derek Wintermans sits tied for 3rd place (Pro Open) at even par (6 strokes back of Matt Dixon [1st], but 4 strokes clear of Dave Ross [5th]), with two rounds above his rating 998 and 974 (compared to current rating of 949).

Wesley Eccleston sits in 1st place (Pro Masters) with a 5 stroke lead and two rounds above his rating 962 and 984 (compared to current rating of 952).

Jordan Moens sits in 1st place (Amateur Intermediate Women) with a 1 stroke lead and one round above her rating 829 (current rating 804).

Keep up the good work, but we’re proud of your day 1 performance regardless!

Good Luck at Provincials!

Provincials is underway this weekend in Kelowna, and we’d like to wish everyone good golf and good luck. Although we’re not on-site this weekend, we are a major event sponsor with a noticeable on course presence.

Find our tee-sign and snap a picture with it to be entered into a draw! Post it to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and tag us so we know it’s there.

We’d also like to give a special shout out to the Team Disc Cellar members competing this weekend: Wes Eccleston, Derek Wintermans and Jordan Moens.

Welcome Derek Wintermans

This announcement is long overdue, but we’d like to welcome Derek Wintermans (#53408) to Team Disc Cellar (he’s been a member for over a year)!

Derek has a long history of competing at a high level and we’re happy to be able to help support him as he applies that competitive spirit to Disc Golf. Check out Derek’s Bio for more of his history, and what’s in his bag.

We’ll have more sponsorship announcements in the next few weeks, and even though this one is old news you should congratulate him. We’re lucky to have him!

‘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 putt 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.

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.

Welcome Michael Ramanauskas!

This announcement is sort of like a belated birthday greeting, it’s anticlimactic because it’s already happened. Which is not to diminish its importance. Michael has been a frequent collaborator on stamps and is responsible for the Disc Cellar logo itself. At some point  this evolved to include a sponsor/sponsee relationship.

So here’s acknowledging that Mike is part of Team Disc Cellar, he even has a snazzy player bio with pictures and everything.

In addition to being a father, husband and Disc Golfer, Mike is an artist, with an increasingly large number of custom stamps to his credit including the Smokom design that he did for 2012 PDGA World Champion Sarah Hokom. You may have read the interview he did of Sarah, if not you should. More of his Disc Golf centric design work can be found through DoubleRam Disc or more general through Washline.com,

Mike has ambitious (but achievable) goals for his Disc Golf career, and we’re pleased to be able to support him in their pursuit. Please join us in officially welcoming Mike to the team!

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

Michael Ramanauskas headshot at Passive Park