As many of you know, we don’t do a lot of coverage when it comes to the professional tour.
There’s a reason for that, too. By looking at the numbers over the course of the year, the page views are noticeably higher when we’re not talking about the professional tour. This year, however, we are planning to do a bit more — such as previews and wraps of major tournaments. After all, if we’re going to continue to grow, we need to cover all angles.
Still, the reality is professional disc golfers — especially touring professionals — do not make up the majority of the disc golf population. In feedback we’ve received, people enjoy the in-depth stories, first-person accounts and instructional stuff. We like to be goofy at times and serious when we need to.
Alas, this whole Prodigy Disc Golf things is being talked about in the world of disc golf. So we’re curious what you all thing.
Before you vote, make sure you read what we mean by the way this question is being phrased. More on that below.
First, let’s check back on last week’s poll, when we asked you about your goals for the upcoming year.
The poll garnered 105 votes this week with the overwhelming majority selecting improve a certain aspect of your game as the main goal. Thirty votes (29 percent) led the way with that choice.
In second was play in your first tournament (18 votes/17 percent), followed by reach a certain number for your PDGA rating (16 votes/15 percent), win a tournament (15 votes/14 percent), and design and/or build a course (8 votes/8 percent).
Re-work what discs you play with and other each had 7 votes (7 percent) and play a certain amount of new courses (4 votes/3 percent) pulled up the rear.
Let’s check in to see what a few people noted about goals.
Andy P says:
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 downfall. My secondary goal, which I am sure will come after the putting, is to finally breach the 50 mark and score in the 40s. Hey, let the dreamers dream!
That’s a solid set of goals. Good luck!
Ben T said:
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 players. 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”
I think you have a good idea, but you don’t necessarily need a pro. Go for it and try and organize something like this. Hit up your local forums. There are many areas with weekly leagues and events where people can improve without the worry of high-level players. Reach out to some others, too, as I’m sure those who run these types of things would be more than happy to give some advice.
Ed Wood Sr. said:
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.
That sounds like a fantastic goal. Good luck!
Kevin King said:
My University has given us the green light to get a disc golf course on campus. Now that I’ve graduated, I’ll be able to help design and construct the course with some friends.
A tremendous way to give back and best wishes on building a top-notch course!
This month marks my one year anniversary with the game, in 2013 I look forward to competing in my first tournament.
Definitely jump in. Tournaments can be a lot of fun, but make sure you keep it in perspective!
Casey Connors said:
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!
Thanks for the kind words. And good luck to you as you move up the ranks!
Now back to this week’s question.
If you are on forums or dig around with disc golf social media, you have likely heard about Prodigy Disc Golf. Prodigy is a new company who made waves by snagging some of the top professionals in the world to jump ship from more traditional companies to Prodigy.
That’s for the pro tour. So, if you don’t pay attention to the tour, it might not matter to you.
Prodigy also announced it would be having a full line of discs.
Still, in a market where there are so many discs, I’ve talked to a few people who are ho-hum about the whole thing, some who are pumped and some who honestly said they couldn’t care less.
Others I’ve spoken with have mixed emotions about the pros jumping ship. After all, when you have top-notch pros such as Will Schusterick, Ricky Wysocki, Nikko Locastro, Paige Pierce and Catrina Allen — among more than a dozen Prodigy players — you’ll get mixed feelings. The full list of players is impressive and a who’s who of disc golf in regard to a younger generation of pro players — the so-called “kids.”
There are a lot of reports about why this happened — from a vested interest in the company to guaranteed stipends for the players — but one thing is for sure, it’s still kind of secretive.
Disc golf among the pro level is a bit of a secret society. While popular major sports and money is freely talked about, in disc golf, not so much. Outside of being able to look somebody up on the PDGA site to see how much they’ve earned in sanctioned tournaments, nobody truly knows how much a disc golfer makes during the course of the year.
For example, the world’s No. 1 player, Schusterick, made $37,850 playing in PDGA tournaments last year. But that doesn’t take into account whatever his sponsorship deal was with Innova, his other payments and things like that.
With that all in mind, we don’t know what got them to make the jump.
Either way, Prodigy has made a splash of sorts. Here at Rattling Chains, we’ll eventually voice our opinion and talk about Prodigy and the player jumping. But we want to make sure we can tell the whole story and not just a roundup of rumors or whatever else.
Until then, we want to know your thoughts.
Does it matter to you that all these pros switched teams to Prodigy?
So vote away and let us know below in the comments your thoughts. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of opinions we get!