Poll 40: Looking to 2013

Happy New Year’s, everybody!

Before we begin here, I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas (or whatever holiday you may celebrate!) and I hope you all prosper in the New Year. Be safe out there tonight!

weekly_pollWe’re back from our break starting today. And, if you’ll remember from the one post, we’re going to be a little more laid-back for the new year. That means though we’ll strive to keep our Monday to Friday schedule, we might miss a day here and there because we want to make sure Rattling Chains continues and is sustainable.

Hopefully, in the long run, it will make us better. My goal for 2013 is to make this blog even better than our first year.

How about you guys?

What will 2013 bring? We’ll get to that more in a second. First, let’s see what some readers said about 2013. Our last poll asked what you best disc golf memory of 2012 was. We only got 113 votes for this poll, but of those, the winning selection was “other” with 27 votes (24 percent).

Second place went to playing in your first tournament with 20 votes (18 percent), followed by improving certain aspects of your game (17 votes/15 percent), reaching a big goal (16 votes/14 percent), a new course or two you played (15 votes/13 percent), winning a tournament (10 votes/9 percent) and learning how to do something new (8 votes/7 percent).

It seems like it was quite varied when it came to people’s thoughts about 2012, so let’s see what some readers had to say.

Derek O’Neil said:

My first best memory of 2012 is hitting my first ace at the year-end doubles tournament/ tour awards party. It was a beautiful shot! Even better was that it was witnessed by guys I have been playing with all year long. (Didn’t hurt that my partner and I won the rec division and that there was an ace pot of $380 that went along with it!)

Awesome! Congrats on the ace, especially in a big spot!

Donnie Brooks said:

My favorite of the year was meeting the “Rattling Chains” crew and showing them what the world of mini disc golf is all about. Great time I will remember always. Thanks for the memories my friends.

OK, I had to put this one in as some self-indulgence! This was a fine trip, though, and I’d encourage anybody visiting or near the Lancaster, Pa., area to touch base with Donnie about learning mini-disc golf. As I wrote in the story, it really is wild to see all the mini courses in that area.

Ben says:

I shot my first round this year. I had a terrible score, but it was a lot of fun. Also, I learned the hard way that you should NEVER play catch with golf discs. They hurt your face when you fail to catch them.

I’d say that’s learning the hard way!

Marty B said:

I said other because this year we were able to redesign a course (of only two in Winnipeg) and expanded it to 27 holes in the park. Biggest change in DG courses in the area since they were put in nearly 10 years ago!

That is really great! It’s an excellent way to give back to the disc golf community. I hope the re-design is a great success!

Devin S said:

I took second in a tournament as part of a series. Last year in a similar tournament against similar competition I took 27th. So seeing the improvements I have made in less than a year is encouraging.

That definitely is a great improvement! Congrats and keep it up! Maybe first in 2013?

Morgan Kelly said:

I played in my first tournament this year. I DFL’d it, but that’s not the point. I improved from the first round to the second by 6 strokes and had a great time, and met some pretty cool people who also helped me do better in the second round.

I have been DFL in several tournaments, but I always find that silver lining as well. It’s not always about where you place. Improvement and meeting other people are awesome parts of tournaments.

Nyles J noted:

My best memory from this disc golf year was getting to play in a disc golf tournament with my brother. We are in the grandmaster age group and got to play in the same group during the whole tourney. He lives about 8 hours from me and we don’t get to see each other too often, so getting to play together in a tournament was a real treat.

That’s a great story and, without a doubt, an awesome memory for you.

Jeff W said:

Having a former world champion just pop in at a C-Tier I was running. Thanks Eric (McCabe), hope to see you at the next April Showers!

I think that would be a thrill for most tournament directors, especially at a C-Tier event!

I couldn’t get every comment in this post, of course, so I’d encourage you all to go check out the last poll and see some of the other responses. It sounds like 2012 was decent to many people in regard to disc golf.

And now, on with this week’s poll.

With the New Year upon us, do you have any goals related to disc golf? If so, what are they. Again, there is an “other” option here as I’m sure I’m missing many … so share with us in the comments as well.

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Also — remember — if you are entering our big giveaway, you need to enter by midnight tonight (Eastern)! Winners to be announced sometime Jan. 1!

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0 thoughts on “Poll 40: Looking to 2013

  1. My main goal for the new year is to improve on my putting. I feel that the rest of my game is fair or solid but putting has always been my down fall. My secondary goal, which I am sure will come after the putting, is to finally breach the 50 mark and score in the 40’s. Hey, let the dreamers dream! 😛


  2. Getting a rating in the PDGA would be great, but I would rather find a like minded group of people who want to play disc golf consistently through the summer.
    I would like to see a series of non sanctioned events,or a consistent league in the Northwest where AMs and rec players can get help with their game without the fear of being belittled by “1000 rated player”s.
    How to get a group together that want to learn and maybe make it worth while for the pro (aka parks&rec class on the public land for a small fee) is the question. The other is, who would the Pro that is patient enough to take on the challenge.

    My wish and why I voted “other”


  3. I have many goals, but here are a couple. As a new player (1-1/2 yrs) and beginning as a ripe 50 yr old, I have had to put my competitive “issues” in the background as I try to learn the sport and try to learn how to play in tournaments (which are not quite the same things). One goal I have is to break an 800 PDGA rating. Currently I am just below 700. But I played with a slightly torn rotator cuff (now repaired), so there remains some hope. Another goal is to beat my brother, who had a 1-yr head start and generally is far better than I am. Nevertheless, I hope I can take care of business on my home course if we ever get the chance.


  4. My goal is to get my form to appear effortless and smooth. So I went with “other” rather than “an aspect” because form pervades so many aspects.


  5. My University has given us the green light to get a dg course on campus. Now that I’ve graduated, I’ll be able to help design and construct the course with some friends.


  6. Since I am always reworking which discs are in my bag, I learned from this poll that it is my top goal. My other goals for 2013: play more often, play some tournaments after I elevate my play back to my current rating, lift my PDGA rating higher, and get my wife and other women (her friends) to play in the local doubles leagues.
    Re BenT: doubles has filled the role you are seeking. The pairs are made randomly, except players are classified as A, B, or C level. Then As are paired with Cs depending on how many players there are. This teams the best players with the worst. The A players teach the C players during the round because it increases the team’s chance of winning the prize money. It costs $5 to play, $4 goes to the payout. The remaining cash goes half to the course fund and half to the year ending party/awards ceremony/glow round.
    This year I should be able to play in two weekly doubles leagues, as well as one round of ball golf. Disc golf has definitely improved my ball golf game. I am involved in starting a new course, but I moved so that course is 50 minutes away. I am already scoping parks and other venues for a new course near my new house.


  7. First and foremost, this is a great website to receive live feedback from players from all over the country and the world. My goal for 2013 is to play in four A-Tier Events because I would like to play and be a part of a tournament of that caliber. I am relatively new to the sport and was fortunate enough to walk away with a few wins in Intermediate and Advanced tournaments in 2012. I hope to have continued success throughout 2013 and look forward to see what this new season brings. Good luck to all players in 2013. Cheers!


  8. First is to introduce as many players to the game as I can. I already have 2 acquaintances primed and ready when the weather gets a little warmer.

    Second is to work harder than anyone I know to improve my game. This was my first summer playing and I’ve shown a lot of improvement. But I want to be the person in my small league that no one can beat because I am so focused and consistent. Bring on 2013 ( and some warmer weather too! its currently 0 out right now )


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