IN THE BAG
PUTT & APPROACH
Career Wins: 70
Career Earnings: $176,187.24
Dominant Hand: Right
Number of Aces: 60-70
Longest Measured Throw: 236m (774 ft)
Year Born: 1985
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
'08 Amateur World champion, '09 Pro Rookie of the Year, '10 Big Dog Spirit award winner, '12 World's & USDGC distance champion, '14 Maple Hill Open champion, '15 Memorial champion, '15 & '16 World's Mixed Doubles champion (Paige Pierce), '16 Utah Open champion, '16 USDGC champion, 64 PDGA sanctioned wins
Memorable Win:Without question, the '16 USDGC is the biggest win thus far in my career. However, I have to say that the '15 Memorial is my most memorable win. I played some of the most consistent disc golf of my career that week. I carded only two bogies (missed two short par putts) and somehow stayed OB free for all 73 holes (72 + playoff). Also, you can't script a more dramatic finish. Two players tied atop the leaderboard going into the last hole on one of the most iconic holes at one of the most iconic courses at one of the biggest events of the year. Both Paul and I threw underwhelming drives which lead to the most exhilarating moment of my career. We both stepped up and canned our huge putts in front of a massive gallery which was followed by the camaraderie between Paul and I and then parking hole 1 at Fountain Hills to win in the playoff. It was an unforgettable moment in my life and I still get chills thinking back to the feeling I had when my putt hit the chains. It's always fun watching the reverse angle of that putt and seeing the reaction of the gallery the moment the disc fell in. It's definitely worth a watch, especially when you see the surprise on my face!
Advice:Newer players - Experiment a variety of shots and be adaptive. Pay close attention to higher skilled players and what they do/ why they do it. Ask questions. Develop your own style and commit to it. There's no right way to get from point A to point B.
Advanced players - Be ambitious but also be patient. There is a learning curve in our sport and success takes time and commitment. Set different goals for yourself (daily, weekly, yearly, career, etc). With enough skill, stubbornness, and luck you will eventually leave your mark in this amazing sport.
Goals:Short Term Goals (By the end of 2017) - Be ranked in the top 5, represent team USA at the President's Cup, top 10 in every major, win at least 3 big events on tour.
Long Term Goals - Successfully integrate my passion for graphic design into disc golf merchandise, make the cover of the PDGA magazine, HOF.
No offense to Paul McBeth but the more I throw this disc the less I am impressed with the ridiculous shots he has thrown with the Nova. It is without a doubt THE straightest flying putter I have ever thrown.
The Thunderbird is a disc that flies with the control of a fairway driver but has the long range capacity of a distance driver. Equally useful for backhand and forehand shots alike. Will definitely be a staple in my bag for years to come.
(X mold) Warning: These are very overstable brand new. I got mine from Brian Schweberger who beat this thing in for years. Now it flies straight when thrown flat and hard and has a very predictable sharp finish at the end of it's flight. Very useful for straight headwind approaches. Flies like an overstable midrange.