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Team Discraft's Robbie Bratten

Robbie Bratten / Team Discraft NAME: Robbie Bratten  
HOMETOWN: Houston, TX
PDGA #: 21541
2013 PDGA RATING: 980
BORN: 1984
STARTED IN DISC GOLF: 2003
day gig: Business Student
Team Reputation: One of the longest distance throwers in the world
disc cred:
  • 2008: 4 Open wins
  • 2008: 2 Distance titles
  • 3rd, 2008 USDGC Distance
  • 3rd, 2008 Worlds Distance
  • 2007: cashed in 18 of 22 events earning over $3,100 including 3 Majors, 4 NTs, 4 A tiers, 5 B tiers, and 2 C tiers
  • 22nd, 2007 Memorial
  • 26th, 2007 Worlds
  • Robbie's Disc Golf Tips
    Rethinking Your Distance
    Robbie Bratten Distance in my mind is not about power, its about leverage and form. Your form is key. You cannot have an unnecessary motion in your swing, if so you're losing precious power. So get your form down first then work on the rest. Reach back as far as is comfortable: the longer your swing is the more leverage you'll have against the disc, which creates more snap which equals more distance.

    Turning Practice Into Fun
    Teammate Jim Davidson and I like to play a point system game using cones. Get 4 cones, place one of them where you are like a tee box, the other 3 at different distances For example 150, 280, 375 feet. Throw three discs at each target for a total of nine throws, every disc within 30 ft of its intended target counts as a point, add up your score, then try to best that score every next time you play it. Also, practice putting everyday if possible. I putt at least once a day, sometimes multiple sessions, and my putting has improved tenfold.

    Is Your Grip Comfortable?
    One of the most important things in disc golf is your grip. How you hold the disc is a key essential to success. You have to make sure your grip is comfortable for you, and only you. If you can't throw the disc with some crazy grip someone told you then don't use it. How does someone try and tell you how to hold the disc?? Let your natural instincts take over and go with what you feel, and what feels comfortable.
    Robbie's Boomers



    Watch Robbie outdrive his teammates in this Long Distance Driving Pro Clinic



    Robbie's Grip

    MEMORABLE DISC sports MOMENT:
    Unofficially breaking the Guts World Speed Record with my throw of 134 kph. My goal is to make it official this year.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Drivers
    Disc Comments
    ESP and Z Predator
    (173-174 gm)
    The Predator is my main driver, I carry five of them in my bag. My Newest Z is for big hyzers and head winds. Beat-in Z is for flat hyzers and soft flex shots. Chewed up Z is for big flex shots. I use the ESP for thumbers and overhand shots and my other for big distance shots. The Predator is a very great disc, super fast and super beefy, great for long hyzer shots.
    Z Force
    (173-174 gm)
    The Force is a money disc. Every time I throw it all I see are dollar signs. The Force goes bigger than anything in my bag, super huge hyzer flips and big turnover lines, also have a beat one for super long rollers 500+ feet.
    Z Avenger
    (173-174 gm)
    The Avenger is my turnover driver. I use it for straight shot and left to right drives, its great for low ceiling because the Avenger has great speed.
    Z Xtreme
    (174)
    The Xtreme is a pig: it's the most overstable disc ever (and was discontinued because most players couldn't use it as a result). The Xtreme is my crutch, my go to, my get me out of trouble, my 350 foot and in hyzer chip disc. Super overstable, comparable to nothing! All it knows is to go left, and that's it job.
    ESP Pulse
    (174 gm)
    The Pulse is a freak, with tons of action. It's super fast with lots of glide and super overstable. One that's beat in just a little bit is perfect! Like a Predator that's faster with more glide!
    ESP Flash
    (174 gm)
    The ESP Flash might just replace the Surge in my bag... its a sweet disc, super fast with lots of glide, When you have a wide open tee shot with a little tail wind, the Flash goes boom.
    ESP Avenger SS
    (174 gm)
    The Avenger SS is my roller disc. It's great for any type of roller shot, or nice soft finesse shots.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Midrange
    Disc Comments
    Z Buzzz
    (174 gm)
    Best midrange there is, period. A super straight flyer with a little bit of stability.
    ESP and Z Wasp
    (174-175 gm)
    Wasp is my overstable midrange. Great for control hyzers or approach shots into wind.
    ESP Buzzz
    (174 gm)
    My turnover midrange, for tunnel shots and finesse throws.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Putt and Approach
    Disc Comments
    D Challenger
    (max weight)
    Best putter there is son! My putter and approach disc. Challenger also has the power to make it rain.
    X Putt'r
    (173 gm)
    My main putter from 40 feet and in.
    COURSES YOU SHOULD PLAY:
    Robbie Bratten / Team Discraft
    Course Comments
    Blue Valley
    Kansas City, MO
    One of the longest courses -- if not the longest -- in the US. Awesome elevation, lush fairways.
    Winthrop Gold
    Rock Hill, SC
    USDGC layout is unbelievable, I love OB rope mixed with the distance and accuracy.
    Milo McIver
    Portland, OR
    Beautiful course, lush green fairways, towering tall trees.
    Cameron East
    Waco, TX
    The Beast gets its nickname from chewing up golfers and spitting them out! Tight tuff woods mixed with long open crushes.
    Fountain Hills
    Phoenix, AZ
    Sweet course, beautiful scenery, plays around a sick lake, where bad shots are punished.


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