Hometown: Sarasota, FL, USA
Pro since: 1976
2012 Events: 19
2012 Earnings: $8446
Dominant Hand: Right
Titles: 1987 World Champion, 2008 & 2010 Grandmasters World Champion, 2009-2012 Grandmasters US Champion, 1995 Masters 150 class World Champion, PDGA Hall of Fame Inductee 1998, World Record Holder for Most Courses (1148) Played, Senior Course Designer, Co-Founder of World Champion Disc Golf Design
Putt & Approach:
Rock Hill, SC
Cross Canyon Challenge
Alas, no more...
The Magnolia @ Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park
Live Oak, FL
Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake-T2
Number of Aces:
Longest Measured Throw:
459' (set in 2010 at age 51)
1987 PDGA Worlds in Toronto. I was almost turned away at the border. My putting peaked at precisely the right time. Anything inside of 40' was as good as 'in'. I had to hit a 45' putt on the final hole to stay tied with Mike Sullivan, who lived by the course. On the the 3rd playoff hole, I hit another 40 footer from a small trench behind a tree to stay tied. On the 4th hole, Mike's birdie putt hit high, center, rolled off, caught a nub and hooked back up, landed in the basket and bounced out! Never seen that before or since. That win opened up sooo many doors for me.
Never teach newbies to play with a high speed disc. Learn to throw the slower, under-stable stuff 1st and do not forsake those discs as your game broadens to the faster, more over-stable drivers. Throw in a field. Learn several throwing and putting styles. Pick out things you like about players better than yourself and incorporate them into your game. Play every course you can, even the lousy ones. You'll appreciate the good ones all the more. When designing a course, PLEASE consult/hire an experienced designer!
Anyone who knows me understands my complete obsession with finding a way to rebuild the Gran Canyon disc golf course to its former glory and beyond. Even 5 years after dismantling the course, it remains on the top 3-5 lists of dozens of top-level players.
Only by knowing your (current) limitations can you expand them. "I've been beat up, broke and betrayed. But my TL never let me down." Blind Melon Disc'n. (Thanks Innova for your continued support!)
With a little to no break-in time, the Pro Wraith gives me a wonderful combination of distance and control. I will often forego a faster disc in favor of the combination of speed, glide and accuracy of the Pro Wraith.
Possibly my favorite out-of-the-box high-speed driver. It takes a while to turn over and glides really well. Recently, this 52 year old 3'd a 780' hole from 45' behind the pin with 2 Pro Katana drives. I'd say the disc works pretty well.
I was prepared to be under-whelmed and was not. It has a very smooth release and a terrific low speed under-stable glide that will allow me to keep a straight, or even right-turn at approach speeds. I think this will squeeze between the Hammer and the Roc in the upshot line-up. So glad to see some attention going to the finesse side of the game!