A while back, I asked the question, which of your throws has the most spin? The answers were pretty much what I expected, a good cross section of throws with backhand being the leader. Now I want to dive a little deeper. This will be a two part poll with this one focussed on clock and next weeks focused on counter. Since roughly 90% of human beings are right handed I’m guessing that the results will be quite different between the two spins. My hope is the results can help new players decide which throws to focus on when they are learning. This weeks poll:
Which of your throws has the most clockwise spin?
If you answered other, please let me know what I missed in the comments.
A wise person once told me, “what you emphasize in your life will grow.” When I look at the boxes and shelves full of flying discs in my house, I certainly believe this statement to be true. I have discs from events, from being an FPA member, playing stock, a collection of antiques, experimental discs, and more. It’s clear that flying discs are a major focus for me. So now I’m turning to you:
How Many Flying Discs Do You Own?
Thanks, Lusti, for the poll idea. If anyone else has poll ideas, leave them in the comments below or send me a message on Facebook.
Jamming can be quite a workout for the body. It involves running, jumping, bending, changing directions, and extending to the max as players try to push the envelope of their games. So it makes sense for players to engage in some sort of warmup activity before going full speed into the jam. I have observed that people seem to have a different take on exactly how to warm up. So this poll asks:
How Do You Warm Up For a Jam? Select All That Apply.
In the comments, add some details on how you like to warm up.
The weather is warm, the breeze is perfect, it’s jam time. You and your cohorts arrive at the field with nails and discs and you’re ready to shred. But wait, there’s still a discussion to be had before the jam can begin. What music will you play to?
The music can dictate how hot the jam will be, how fired up the players will feel, how much fun will be had. Slow music might lead to more relaxed and controlled play. Upbeat music might cause people to play harder and go bigger. Music with changing tempos might bring out more creativity. The jam becomes a dance, and the music can be what drives it. Its such a personal choice and everyone has their opinions. In this poll, let’s find out what type of music you live to jam to.
What Are Your Top 3 Music Genres to Jam Too?
This Poll idea comes from Florian Hess, a member of the Karsruhe team who won the Co-Op world title two years in a row (2016-17). One of the main skills that makes Freestyle Frisbee unique from other disc sports is the nail delay; the act of spinning the disc on one’s fingernail. To enhance this skill, most players wear fake nails. As such a number of nail “suppliers” have sprung up. That is to say, several players make fake nails and sell of give them to other players. Still, other players make their own nails. This poll asks the question, which nails do you prefer? Let us know in the comments why. See below for a more detailed description of each nail.
Heinnails (made by Matt Gauthier) and Yarnails (Made by Dan Yarnell) are made from dental acrylic. They are very hard and durable. Hein Nails come from molds so there are different, consistent sizes. Yarnails are made individually and so have more variation but also more art…colors and designs.
Lou Sommeral makes Bonenails, which are carved from bones. They are very nice, and look really cool. Lou dies them and the bone has natural pores.
Manicured nails, where people go into a nail salon and get fake nails that are extra thick. These stay on all the time so there’s no need for glue before jamming.
Alinails and Toby nails are made by Ali and Toby. I don’t know how they do it. Maybe they can comment.
I’ve not heard of Shellworthnails but my guess is they are made from sea shells.
Krazygluenails would be ones made from Krazy Glue tubes. Players cut them out from the tube. Many years ago, this was the primary nail in use.
Self made would be any that you make yourself. Let us know how you do it.
Other are any that don’t fit the categories above. Let us know what we missed.
Photo by Kristýna Landová
Now that FPAW 2017 has concluded, it’s time to relax and jam for the pure joy of it. There’s really nothing like a good jam with good friends. You play until you’re exhausted and then play some more. And finally, when you can jam no longer, you sit down and rest, awash in a wave of contentment. How could it possibly get better? Ah, yes, a good beverage to replenish the body and soul. This poll asks: What is Your Favorite Post Jam Beverage?
The Freestyle Player’s Association World Freestyle Frisbee Championships (FPAW 2017) is this weekend (Aug 3 – 6). Top players from all over the world will be in attendance, showing off their skills and connecting with the Jamily. Of course, not everyone can attend. That’s why the FrisbeeGuru staff will also be in attendance, bringing you the action live and reporting on the results. You can watch here.
Staying connected to FPAW is important for fans, players, and their families. This Poll asks: How Will YOU Stay Connected to The FPA World Championships this weekend? Select all that apply.
Freestyle Frisbee can be a lifelong sport. Many players start in their teens or early twenties and continue to play into their seventies. Freestyle Frisbee also attracts players of all ages. I know of many players who started in their forties and as we saw in the “how old are you?” poll, people’s ages span sixty years.
Now, let’s gather some data on when people started playing Freestyle Frisbee. In which decade did you start?
When I first tried on fake nails, I was instructed to wear 4 nails – 2 on each hand; 1 on each index and 1 on each middle finger. Soon, however, I found it difficult to tip with all those nails. Tom Leitner explained to me that he wore nails only his index fingers for just that reason. I quickly made the switch and never looked back. However, many others (like Paul Kenny) wear even more than 4 nails; and find they have more intimate delay control.
This Poll asks the question: On Which Fingers Do You Wear Fake Freestyle Nails? Please select all that apply. Just so there’s no confusion, check the graphic for the name of each finger.
Opinions about the best shoes for Freestyle are varied. In Matt Gauthier’s article about Freestyle Frisbee equipment, he writes that wearing shoes one size too small helps with kick brushing control. Conversely, Larry Imperiale recommends one size too big. Donnie Rhodes and Ryan Young like jamming in Ballet shoes for maximum foot articulation, while Lori Daniels like high tops for ankle support.
In this week’s poll, we search for common characteristics that define the best Freestyle Frisbee shoe. Choose your top 5 answers.
What are the 5 Most Important Characteristics of a Freestyle Frisbee Shoe?
If you’re looking for shoes, here are 2 suggestions. Note: these are affiliate links so FrisbeeGuru gets a small cut if you use the link and make a purchase:
Rebook Classics – Jake’s Choice
Adidas Samba – Matt’s Choice