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Team Discraft's Bryan Moore

Bryan Moore / Team Discraft NAME: Bryan Moore  
HOMETOWN: Sarasota, FL
PDGA #: 18790
2013 PDGA RATING: 1001
BORN: 1979
STARTED IN DISC GOLF: 1998
CONNECT:  
day gig: Sales and Marketing Director
HOT FINISHES:
  • PDGA FL State Coordinator
  • Competed in 140 PDGA Pro-level tournaments
  • 13 Open PDGA titles
  • 1st, 2008 Sky Way Challenge 'north'
  • 1st, Tocobaga Games 2008
  • Runner-up finishes on the FFT points series in 04, 05, 09.
  • 1st, 2008 Riverside Rumble
  • 1st, 2006 Orlando Open
  • 1st, 2005 Sky Pilots Pro Open
  • Six top 3 finishes on the Fab Florida Tour
  • Finalist, PDGA Rookie of the Year 2003
  • MEMORABLE DISC GOLF MOMENT:
    The disc golf community has provided me ample memorable moments. I'm most grateful for the times when the disc golf family steps up to help a friend or stranger in need. One that comes to mind was a fundraiser event I organized in Sarasota featuring full-size (Super Class) discs. The amazing thing was that everyone spontaneously donated their cash prize from the event to the Jim Widick Memorial Fund for the Sarasota Sky Pilot founding member who had recently passed away. We built a memorial to honor him and his dedication to our sport. Of course my first pro win (2005 Sky Pilot Open) was exciting and quite memorable, and I was fortunate to share it with my Dad and many of my friends in Sarasota. Another was winning the 2010 North Dakota State Championships and having my Mom, Step-Dad and little brother following our group for the final round. It was their first time seeing me play in a competitive setting. I dedicated that tournament win to my late Grandfather who grew up in North Dakota. I've been lucky to have so many thoughtful disc golf enthusiasts to help guide me along this path. I really appreciate having support from my family and friends.
    Bryan's Disc Golf Tips
    Warming Up:
    We've all watched newbies try to throw too hard, struggle with foot work, place their opposite hand in the way of a throw, rush through the putting motions... all these mistakes can easily be adjusted. My best advice is to take your time while you're having fun and learning the game. If you can, arrive early to properly warm up, start by stretching your arms, legs and torso, then warm up with short throws, finally moving into longer distance tee shots. After you've loosened up your body, find a quiet area to practice a few putts, fine tuning the putting line. A proper warm up will lead to a more pleasant round of golf. Nothing feels better than beating your buddies, but modesty and good sportsmanship are respected values on the disc golf course too. Practice a solid warm up and experience solid play. Shop for a new Discraft disc to further punish your friends, in a nice manner!

    Improve Your D:
    If you're a newer player, watch what works for some golfers, and don't hesitate to ask. In fact, you'll be paying a compliment to the person just by asking for a few pointers. When you're looking to add distance, it's important to work with a disc you feel comfortable with, preferably something slightly understable. If available, find an open area of the park, or even a baseball or soccer field; try launching it at a variety of angles and speeds. You'll add distance by simply practicing the longer shot, stretching the muscles in your arm and torso. Then pick up an Avenger and let it rip!

    Nail that putt:
    The most important and technical aspect of disc golf is putting. This is the area that separates the top amateurs from the professionals. Practice will lead you to improved putting. It's important to develop a routine, find something comfortable and stick with it. Almost all sports are designed around routines, Bryan Moore / Team Discraft baseball swing, basketball free throw, etc. Find the best putters at your course, ask them what they do for their routine. The other important fact is to practice how you play. Don't race through your putting practice, take your time and learn as you practice. Also, mix it up, throw an occasional straddle putt, or take a knee once and a while. Then pick up a Challenger and have fun!

    Five tips to make more putts:
    The easy answer is to practice more often. The more complete and appropriate answer is to take advantage of better practice. I find it distracting to practice putting near other people. While it can help with your concentration, it often results in a diminished outcome. Your best bet is to find a quiet place on the course, where you're in plain view from the tee pad (so no one throws in on you). Set up there with 2-4 putters. In this case, less is more. Take your time setting up within your normal putting routine. That may be one of the most important fundamentals when it comes to putting, a routine. Get comfortable in your stance, as balance is very important. Another tip is to practice a tough lie. You can pick a place that offers a challenging putt, since one of the challenges of disc golf is navigating natural obstacles. Often, I'll throw my 3-4 putters to different places around a basket. It forces me to mark my lie, just as in tournament play, and go through my normal routine. Consider investing in a high quality towel, I recommend a soft micro-fiber towel from any of the camping and outdoors companies. Lastly, I like to pretend this putt, though it's just practice, is for a big par save in an event. That way when it really counts, you'll be ready to nail that putt.
    Course Comments
    Jack McLean Park
    Tallahassee, FL
    The most challenging course in Florida. There are 24-holes, multiple tee pads, awesome hilly terrain, and a lot of unique par 4's. Most of the fairways are carved out of tall mature pines and oaks. This course is a beast and will require many different shots along with a strong mental game.
    Nockamixon State Park
    Quakertown, PA
    One of the four sweet courses I played at my first PDGA Worlds in 2005 (Allentown). Scenic course with a lot of length and elevation, along with about a million trees.
    Waterworks
    Kansas City, MO
    Excellent elevation changes, good variety of pin locations, we played one day after the KCWO in 2006. Great view of the city too.
    Winthrop Gold
    Rock Hill, SC
    Very challenging when the string line OB (yellow ropes) are up.
    Lakeview Park
    Sarasota, FL
    Short but fun course located in a beautiful county park featuring a manmade water-canal, unique rolling hills and many pin locations that take advantage of the moderate hills. The park was originally an attraction featuring tropical gardens, swan boat rides and water-ski show with an elephant.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Drivers
    Disc Comments
    ESP Crank
    (170 - 174)
    I love the Crank! Discraft really dialed in on this one. Who knew something could be faster and easier to fly than the NUKE. Well the Crank can add distance to any skill level player. I really like the grip of the ESP but the new Z line Cranks are super sweet too. The Crank is the perfect combination of distance and accuracy.
    Z NUKE
    (170 - 174)
    The Nuke is amazing! Nuke has added distance to drives for countless players around the world. There is a reason why the Nuke became the greatest selling driver Discraft has ever produced. Nuke flies further with less effort. This allows players of all skill-levels to add distance off the tee pad and maintain accuracy. Nuke is the most successful speed 13 disc ever manufactured. Recreational players should also consider the Nuke SS, which is the under-stable counterpart and has much more flip and glide give lower arm speed players a chance to add distance easily. Pick up your Nuke drivers today throw further than all your friends!
    ESP Surge
    (170 - 174)
    The Surge is one of the best drivers made. Surge offers an incredible mix of distance and accuracy. Every player should have at least one Surge in their' disc golf bag. I prefer the ESP, well broken in for fading shots. Surge maintains consistent flights and can be put on almost any line for positive results. Newer players should pick one or two Surges at the 160-165 gram weight range, and more advanced players should go 165-173 gram weight range.
    ESP Force
    (170 - 174)
    The Force is a predictable and stable driver. The Force's 2.0 stability rating is solid and makes it a great driver for forehand flick shots and skip shots. I prefer the ESP version of the Force but also recommend the Z line. Force is easy to grip which is not always the case with the high-speed drivers. Force is an excellent choice in windy conditions and headwind throws. Try a Force today!
    Z Surge SS
    (170 - 174)
    The Surge SS is a sweet driver. Surge SS will fade and turn for players with a lot of arm speed. Recreational players will benefit from throwing the Surge SS by adding extra distance without sacrificing control. The Surge SS simply feels great in the hand and is easy to fly. Surge SS will fade and turn for players with a lot of arm speed. Recreational players will benefit from throwing the Surge SS by adding extra distance without sacrificing control. The Surge SS simply feels great in the hand and is easy to fly.
    Z Stalker
    (170 - 174)
    The Stalker is the most effective hybrid disc in the marketplace. The combination of medium-fast flight with comfortable feel makes it an easy disc to throw. Stalker flies faster than a Buzzz, but with similar control and a little extra distance. I really enjoy the GLO-Z line of Stalkers, they go really straight before finishing left.
    ESP Force
    (170 - 174)
    The Force dominates a variety of shots. I've been working on my forehand flick and I'm constantly impressed with the Force. I now have some that are quite overstable, and a few that are broken in nicely that offer a bit more glide. The Force can be a great utility disc for skip shots, thumbers, or any other un-makeable shot. The Force can help make it happen. It's a solid headwind driver and can be absolutely crushed if sent on the correct angle and line. I've watched some of the upcoming talent in Sarasota, without a doubt future Team Discraft members, that have launched the Force epic distances. Try the Force.
    ESP Avenger
    (173 - 175)
    The Avenger does it all; trusty Fairway Driver, can turn in the air. I gain a lot of distance when I throw a steady, easy shot. Great for a long turnover. Let the Avenger work for you.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Midrange
    Disc Comments
    X Line and Z Buzzz
    (174 - 178)
    The Buzzz is the most popular mid-range disc ever made. Buzzz has a super consistent flight path and is fun to throw. Whether brand new or well broken in, you'll enjoy the Buzzz. Don't waste time trying to break in a mid-range disc, get a Buzzz! The Buzzz is perfect for all skill-levels, newer players can start with a lighter-weight, and most experienced players will prefer heavier. I enjoy throwing both the Z version along with the X line. The Buzzz should be a component in everyone's disc golf bag. Park the Buzzz today!
    ESP Meteor
    (173 - 177)
    The Meteor is my favorite disc to throw, period. Meteor is super versatile from slow fades, quick turnovers and very straight shots. Players of any skill-level should give the Meteor a fair chance. I bet the Meteor will become one of your favorite mid-range discs in your bag. Thanks to the added glide the Meteor can fly 400 feet. Try throwing it at different approach distances (100, 150, 200, 250) and even off the tee pad. The Meteor is unbelievable!
    ESP and X Wasp
    (174 - 178)
    The Wasp is a solid over-stable midrange disc. I prefer the X version of the Wasp but I also recommend the ESP and Z lines. Wasp is predictable in flight and is great for windy conditions. You might also like its faster sibling, the Hornet. Give the Wasp a try!
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Putt and Approach
    Disc Comments
    D Challenger
    (173 - 174)
    The Challenger is the smallest putter on the market. That means it helps you reach the bottom of the basket more often! Challenger holds a solid line and finds the bottom of the basket frequently. Challenger helps to improve consistent release and is also an excellent choice for windy conditions. Pick up the Pro-D versions with extra grip and tackiness, or the more firm Soft-X versions.


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