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Team Discraft's Geoff Bennett

Geoff Bennett / Team Discraft NAME: Geoff Bennett  
HOMETOWN: Canton, MI
PDGA #: 24962
2012 PDGA RATING: 1013
BORN: 1980
STARTED IN DISC GOLF: 2003
day gig: Professional Disc Golfer
Growing Cred:
  • 1st, 2011 CCR Open
  • Record: 50 PDGA Pro events played in 2007
  • 2nd, 2007 PDGA points
  • 8th, 2007 PDGA money
  • 13th, 2007 Worlds
  • 14 2007 wins
  • 2nd, 2007 MSDGC
  • 13th, 2007 Pro Worlds
  • Finalist, 2006 PDGA Pro Rookie of the Year
  • 4x Michigan State Champ
  • 12th, 2006 USDGC
  • 2nd, 2005 Am Nationals
  • Memorable Disc Golf Moment:
    The first time I went to the Michigan State Finals in 2003 we pulled up just in time to see Ron Russell teeing off on and Cam Todd just finishing a practice round. My main disc had Ron's name on it and I was just learning who these guys were. I got to hang out with them all week and watch them play in the final nine skins. Three years later I was the one who got to play in the final skins with all the pros that I've been envious of the last couple of years.
    Pro Clinics Featuring Geoff:

    Discraft Pro Clinic: The Overhead Shot

    Geoff's Disc Golf Tips
    Start with the understable discs and work your way up to the overstable stuff when you learn how to control them. Too many newbies want to throw far like the pros the first day. It takes time, technique, and practice.

    When you throw forehand, keep your elbow in, point at your target with your opposite hand, and release the disc like you are snapping a towel.

    If you want to get better in tournament play, treat your casual rounds like a tournament. Focus on the shot at hand, not what happened five holes ago. I see a lot of players make a putt for par and miss the same putt when it is for birdie. Be a greedy putter. There's no rule that says you can't make them all. Be in control of your game. Take the highest percentage shot that plays best into your style of play. Have fun its a game.

    Work on your distance in an open field. Get pissed off and just let it rip. Who cares where the disc goes. Afterwards, slow down your run up and throw to substitute good technique and consistency. It just takes practice and experience.

    Forehand 101: 1) Keep your elbow in towards your body. 2) Point opposite hand at the spot you want the disc to travel through. 3) Slightly lean into the throw while turning your hips to face your target and 4) Release the disc with snap by following through with your fingers against or on the inside rim of the disc. The advantage to forehand is that you can keep your eye on the target throughout your whole throw instead of turning away as in backhand.

    Preparing for tournament play: During practice rounds keep written or mental notes of your plan for each hole. In addition, prepare everything you will need beforehand by checking the weather, wind and hole distances. Gather all materials the night before so you are mentally prepared to play the next day without having to find things. Get to the course early and stretch, play catch, and give yourself time to form a realistic goal to shoot that round. The early worm gets the birdie!!
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Drivers
    Disc Comments
    Z Talon
    (max weight)
    This is my main forehand disc. I usually carry about 5 of these with me at all times and label them as different stages of stability as they break in. Forehand up to about 420 feet. Also used for forehand rollers, shorter backhand spike hyzers, and tomahawks up to 340 feet. Definitely my go to disc in the woods or whenever I need to get out of trouble.
    ESP NUKE
    (max weight)
    This is the fastest, farthest flying driver I've ever thrown. I use it for max D backhand shots.
    ESP Force
    (max weight)
    I like a nice domey Force to throw in headwinds and for big forehand hyzer lines up to 450 feet. Very overstable and will hold a line in the wind with no problem.
    ESP Surge
    (max weight)
    Main backhand driver. This disc is easy to control and very consistent. I use the Surge for distance control by changing the angle of release and line to pinpoint the basket from 300 to 500 feet. Also used for long forehands where there is room to turn the disc over and get maximum D.
    Z Stalker
    (max weight)
    I use this as a straight backhand disc for shots 300-340 feet. Similar flight as Buzzz, but farther.
    ESP Avenger SS
    (max weight)
    I use this disc for backhand rollers because it stays up for a long time and does not curl out early.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Midrange
    Disc Comments
    Z Buzzz
    (178 gm)
    For those straight lines that have to get near the basket from about 350 feet and in.
    ESP Buzzz SS
    (max weight)
    I use this for a straight line with slight fade right that settles flat.
    ESP Meteor
    (max weight)
    I use this for midrange for tight turnovers through the woods.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Putt and Approach
    Disc Comments
    D Focus
    (max weight)
    For very straight, wide-open putts.
    D Challenger
    (max weight)
    These are a little more overstable for my backhand upshots or short hole drives from 100 to 250 feet. Very accurate. Don't be surprised when you see one go in from way out.
    ESP Banger-GT
    (max weight)
    For forehand and backhand upshots within 150 feet.
    COURSES YOU SHOULD PLAY:
    Geoff Bennett / Team Discraft
    Course Comments
    Mason County Park
    Ludington, MI
    Great scenic course overlooking Lake Michigan. These courses share the same baskets by playing the other course backwards.
    Marshall Street
    Leicester, MA
    A cool private course that is worth the trip.
    Kensington Toboggan
    Milford, MI
    Long course that demands accuracy on every shot. Up and down the sled hills of Kensington MetroPark. See you there at DGLO this year.
    Pickard
    Des Moines, IA
    Must play position golf to score well on this course.
    Winthrop Gold
    Rock Hill, SC
    This course was made for my sidearm. Stay inside the yellow rope.


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