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Team Discraft's Bryan Moore

Bryan Moore / Team Discraft NAME: Bryan Moore  
HOMETOWN: Sarasota, FL
PDGA #: 18790
2012 PDGA RATING: 999
BORN: 1979
day gig: Sales and Marketing Director
  • 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
    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
    Lakeview Park
    Sarasota, FL
    Short but fun course featuring manmade water-canal, unique rolling hills and many pin locations. The park was originally an attraction featuring tropical gardens, swan boat ride and water-ski show with an elephant.
    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.
    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.
    Minneapolis, MN
    Unique layout, great holes, several signatures. Played through a couple days before the Pro Worlds 2001.
    Greenway at Majorie Harris
    Ocala, FL
    Challenging terrain, tough 19 hole layout with no breaks. Mild elevation changes, natural setting, and unique for FLA.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Drivers
    Disc Comments
    ESP and Z Surge
    (170 - 174)
    The Surge is one of the best drivers ever 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 version of the Surge, but I also recommend the Z line. 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.
    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!
    (170 - 174)
    The Nuke OS is the overstable Nuke counterpart and quite successful. Nuke OS is the best choice for windy conditions where you need to trust the driver to not fade or turnover. Nuke OS retains the fast speed and remains stable during the entire flight path. It's best for more advanced players. Upgrade with a Nuke OS for you bag!
    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 less skip-a-ways. I really enjoy the GLO-Z line of Stalkers. Definitely try throwing a Stalker today!
    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.
    Z Wildcat
    (172 - 175)
    I've had great results with the Z version, very consistent. As it wears in you can put a bit more hyzer angle for the same results. I'm confident with this driver no matter the shot its thrown for. I'd call this my go-to driver for most situations. Keep one in the bag for sure.
    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.
    Z Tracker
    (max weight)
    Love the Tracker for straight shots, finishing left. Pull it out anytime you want to slice through a patch of trees, it's easy to control. I normally throw it on low ceilings, where you still need the speed. Sometimes I throw it as a flick shot.
    ESP and Z XL
    (172 - 174)
    Old school disc flying with the best of them, the XL is a must have in pretty much any disc golf bag. I really like the ESP when it's in new to medium in use, as they break in the hold a nice turnover line. The Z blend is a little more durable. I enjoy throwing the XL on wooded courses.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Midrange
    Disc Comments
    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!
    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 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 and X Soft Challenger
    (173 - 174)
    The Challenger is the smallest putter on the market. 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. Try the Challenger today!

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