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Team Discraft's Michael Johansen

Michael Johansen / Team Discraft NAME: Michael Johansen  
PDGA #: 20300
2013 PDGA RATING: 1023
BORN: 1979
  • 4th, 2012 World Championships
  • 8 A-tier Wins (05 High Plains Challenge, 05 Charlotte Open, 07 Charlotte Open, 07 Sneeky Pete Classic, 09 Carolina Clash, 09 Virginia Open, 09 Augusta Classic, 12 Raleigh DG Championships)
  • USDGC: 04-6th, 05-9th, 06-18th, 09-14th, 10-5th, 13-13th
  • Worlds: 06-13th, 08-20th
  • 40+ Open Wins
  • Memorable Disc Golf Moment:
    Getting the chance to play in the finals of the 2012 PDGA Worlds in my hometown and on my home course! It was an amazing experience to be able to play on that stage in front of all my friends and fans.
    Michael's Disc Golf Tips
    Let The Disc Do The Work
    Instead of trying to throw too hard, you want to work on throwing smooth. Let the disc do the work. The best way to get to throwing smooth is slowing down your shot or by going to the field instead of just always playing rounds. And don't forget to ask your local pro players what they do and how they get their shots right. Don't forget almost every player has at least one shot that they do well, so keep your eyes open and watch others.

    Better Footwork For Better Distance
    For most intermediate players the best way to get more distance is to get there foot work right. I don't mean that you have to go out and learn the x-step, I mean get your feet underneath you so that you follow throw and push of with your feet. You want to use your big muscle groups, not just your arm. Go out to a field and practice throwing short range shots with just one or two steps; you want to get the feeling of pushing off and how it feels when the timing is right with your whole body. After this you start to slowly add a run up into your practice routine. But start slow and just work on building the timing to your golf shot.
    Michael's Grip
    Michael Johansen / Team Discraft
    MJ was featured on the cover of Disc Golf World News in the summer of 2005. We anticipate it won't be his last magazine feature...
    Course Comments
    Hornets Nest
    Charlotte, NC
    My home course where I work on my game and get all of my main practice in. With a long par 70 layout to go with the original layout you need to go to no other park to be able to work on every shot you need.
    Renny Gold
    Charlotte, NC
    If you have ever seen this layout you understand why it is on my list. Probably Stan McDaniel's best course.
    Glenn C Hilton
    Hickory, NC
    My favorite little technical course, not too mention the club treats me like one of their own.
    Gran Canyon
    Brooksville, FL
    Even though it isn't there at this point in time, one of the most amazing courses I have ever played.
    Maple Hill
    Leicester, MA
    A really nice mix of open and wooded holes, with two different layouts.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Drivers
    Disc Comments
    ESP and Z Crank
    (165-174 gm)
    Wow this disc has fast become one of my main discs in my bag! With all the speed and easy glide it has, it has simply become the farthest throwing disc I carry. Mostly I throw it on hyzer flips and controlled turns right and left. But with its ease of throwing , it gets used on long uphill shots and tunnels in the woods. Not my headwind driver though. Usually carry 2, maybe 3 in the bag.
    ESP Surge
    (165+ gm)
    This is probably the closest thing I have to a go to driver. It's not the farthest flying disc in my bag, but I know where it is going and what it will do. I use the Surge for a wide range of shots. Everything from hyzer flips to long range turnovers to rollers.(range 375-440ish)
    ESP and Z NUKE
    (any wt)
    I carry this one as my high speed control driver. They're not as long as my Cranks, but they hold up into winds much better. I generally carry two Z in different stages of broken in and one ESP as my roller disc. Nuke is my most used of the wide rimmed discs.
    Z Predator
    (165 - 175)
    The most dependable disc on the market today. It may not get the throws that the other discs in my bag get, but in the woods on the east coast the Pred is deadly accurate. Its nice to have a disc you can trust to do what you want it to (range 275-375).
    ESP and Z Force
    Mostly my overstable Fairway Driver. If I need distance and to hyzer out, then the Force is what I turn to. Not my main driver, but I do enjoy its speed and stability (range 350-450).
    Z and X XL
    The XL is my main fairway driver, it's the disc that bridges the gap from mids to drivers. Over the last year it has taken up residence in my bag and I don't see it leaving anytime soon. Z is mainly used for straight or slight turns in the woods where my mids just can't make the shot. I really like the XL due to the fact that it doesn't wander too much right or left for me at the end of its flight (range 300-400). The X version is mostly used as a turnover or roller disc, or distances a little shorter than I use the Z for. It's great for technical woods holes where you don't want to throw hard on(range 260-360).
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Midrange
    Disc Comments
    ESP and Z Comet
    What can I say about this disc that I haven't already said! I have been preaching the love of the Comet since I first put one back in my bag in 08. I carry 3-4 at all times, generally two Z and an ESP with an X version making in and out at times. This is by far the best and most under rated mid ranges on the market. It should be in everyone's bag from a beginner to a seasoned pro.
    Z Buzzz
    This disc is absolutely the best midrange on the market today. Mostly used as my stable to straight mid. It definitely has a permanent place in my bag.
    Z Hornet
    This one is used strictly for my overstable mid range shots that I need to hyzer out. My main mid for headwinds and for my side arms. I like it for its low profile rim size and ease which it comes out of my hand.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Putt and Approach
    Disc Comments
    D Ringer
    (170 - 175)
    This is my putting putter. And I am glad that it finally came out. If you like a stable low profile putter or you putt hard like I do, give the Ringer a try and you won't be disappointed.
    ESP Zone
    (max wt)
    My putter. If you like a stable putter this is for you, and it is definitely for me.
    ESP and D Banger GT
    (170 - 175)
    My upshot disc of choice. I carry 3 different Bangers at all times. One D that is beat up, for my touch approaches and turnovers. One broken in ESP for straight and slight hyzers. One new ESP for longer shots and hyzers. They all blur into each other's shots so that I always have the right Banger for the job (range 100-320).

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