Alex Geisinger – Distance Beast

6'3" - 225 pounds.
Minnesota hockey player.
Strong as an oxe.

It's hard to imagine a better starting point for throwing as far as humanly possible. Alex Geisinger is one of the frustrating icons of form perfection. Frustrating?! Yes indeed.

And here's why:

HeavyDisc: How did your distance skills develop? Can you give us some idea of what kind of distance you were throwing early on, and when you started pushing into the top level?  

Alex: Well, I'll start off with my very first throw.  I'll never forget it.

Innova DX Wolf, nose up hyzer. Max distance 110ft, but within my first month - I started to hone in my form and was pressing 300.

My 3rd month is when it just clicked. I never really watched videos on technique or anything like that, I just went through the process of trial and error. I would spend all day on the course, throwing non-stop, and when it clicked... I couldn't believe what I had done. My first throw of 500+ was just three months into playing, yet I had no consistency or accuracy whatsoever.

500'+ in 3 months?! That's why it's frustrating!


Cale Leiviska(L) and Alex (R)

In the world of top level disc golf - it's pretty rare for somebody to step out of the shadows and truly turn heads. Alex was somebody I'd never heard of before, and I watch a ton of A-Tier and N-Tier tournament footage. When the last USDGC went down, I was watching the results of the field-events like a hawk. Word spread pretty quickly that Alex won with 739', out throwing Simon who hit 722' ( 

This was the recurring conversation in my circles: wait, what happened?!  WHO? Seriously... the list of guys who can throw 700'+ on flat ground is SHORT. It turned some serious heads and here's the kicker: 739' was not his best throw.

HeavyDisc: You mentioned that you feel like you are going to outpace the 739' mark. First off,  for those of us who weren't there -  this was flat ground at the 2015 USDGC field events? Can you just tell us a bit about that experience.  Simon is currently the world record holder and I believe you out threw him my 17'? What was going through your mind?
Alex: Yes, it was on flat ground and there was a decent wind but nothing too substantial. I was happy with my throw of 739' but it wasn't my longest throw that day and there where a few issues with the throw. 

First off, I blew out the ground on my plant foot on that particular throw, so I lost some power on it.

Second, it hit a tree nearing the end of the flight which caused it to quickly drop hyzer. I threw maybe 8-10 warm up shots before my qualifying round and had one that was over 800'. I threw earlier in the day than Simon, so I didn't know I had beat him until that night. Honestly because of that, I didn't really think much about it.
[Jason here... I can't tell you how many times I've had a 400' throw that felt like an absolute crush... he had a throw that was DOUBLE that in his warm up session. DOUBLE a 400' throw. Dear god. Alright, I'm going to shut up now and just let you guys read the interview!]

HeavyDisc: When did you start playing disc golf?  How did you get into it?

Alex: I started playing in late 2011, progressing to leagues and my first tournament in 2012. I was introduced to disc golf by a long time friend Anthony Ulrich, the fall of my freshman year of college.

Minnesota off-season training.
HeavyDisc: Can you give us a general idea of what Minnesota courses are like? What's your home course and any local favorites?

Alex: Well, I'd like to say you can find almost every type of golf in Minnesota.

Tightly wooded courses like Kaposia, and Sportsman Hill and wide open courses like Hyland SSA and Fort Snelling. 

My home course is Alimagnet Park in Apple Valley,MN. It's a fairly short 12-hole course with a good mix of shots. Although the newer Kenwood Trails DGC is closer to my house I still consider Alimagnet to be home because it's where it all began. 

Local favorites: Kaposia, Kenwood, Blue Ribbon Pines, The Valley, and Bryant Lake

HeavyDisc: I looked through your PDGA history and it seemed like you had a short stint playing Advanced (and winning)  before jumping into Open (and ranking well very quickly).  Was tournament play something you were immediately drawn to?
Alex: To be honest, I didn't even know disc golf existed until maybe 2010. But once I started playing Leagues, I quickly began to gain interest in tournaments as well. 

As many know, I had my son Owen at the end of my very first season playing tournaments. Being a dad, I am very limited on my travel while carrying a full time job and being in my son's life. With that said, I am trying to get to more big tournaments every year. 2015 was my biggest season yet. 

Grow the sport!
HeavyDisc: You're not just a distance guy. Last year you beat Wysocki, Leiviska, McCray at the Minnesota Majestic and this year you did the same thing to Steve Rico, Matt Dollar and again to Leiviska. I think playing more tournaments is a wise choice!  Assuming that you're as human as I am,  I imagine that you have hit some plateaus in distance shots.  What do you do to work through form fixes? Did you read or DGCR to work stuff out,  or did it come more natural?

Alex: I'd like to start off by saying yes, I am a human. 

I've hit quite a few plateaus, but I always seem to break them pretty quickly.  I used to do a lot more field work than I do now due to time restraints, but that was always the fastest way to get myself from stalling. 

As far as DGCR forums and such, I never really got into that as I'm not the most tech-savvy person. I prefer to work things out myself. However, I was given some tips from other local big arms. 

HeavyDisc: Did you have any light-bulb moments, when you found that form changes really increased distance?

Alex: Personally, no. I have what most people like to call "weird" form, but it's what I found to be the most comfortable. I have a very short reach back and a lot of explosion in my hips and power coming from my lower body that helps with my distance.

HeavyDisc: Whoever calls your form "weird" doesn't know much about form. Outside of dg, did you play or excel at any sports that correlates to the backhand? 

Alex: Hockey was my life through high school and it's where I would say most of my power comes from. However, I also played baseball football, and lacrosse growing up. I still play pond hockey.

HeavyDisc: Ahh yes... HeavyDisc readers know all about my hockey hips! Go to distance disc?

Alex: Prodigy D1 for all occasions. Uphill, down-hill, distance, tail wind. D1.

HeavyDisc: Are there any thoughts running through your mind when you are throwing for distance.  Are the things you are focusing on different from when you are throwing golf shots?

Alex: Distance throwing is very different from golf throwing in many ways. For one, I will throw a disc that is considerably less stable than I would trust on any golf shot. 

It really comes down to how good you can read the wind and execute the shot - to get the most turn on your disc

I throw almost every golf shot with at least a touch of hyzer, and when going for big distance I throw even more hyzer to get the extra turn in the shot for more distance: hyzer-flipping if you will. Generally the height of the distance shot is about 3 times what it would be for a golf shot.

More Minnesota off-season training
HeavyDisc: Do you throw any ultra light discs in distance comps?  Is there a noticeable difference between throwing the light stuff from your perspective,  in terms of distance?

Alex: I tend to struggle with the light weight discs and prefer discs in the low 170's for distance throws. However, I have never thrown a light weight disc in high wind situations like they have at Big D in The Desert. 

I would be interested to see if I could get a light weight disc to come back for the full flight with those winds.

HeavyDisc: Do you have a set style of fieldwork or is it mostly playing rounds?

Alex: I used to go throw max distance shots out in the field and then throw them back to a target on golf lines. But as I stated earlier its been some time since I've been out for field work. Generally my practice these days comes while playing courses.

[Jason again]... so that was really great. Awesome to see a fellow Minnesota kid representing some serious skills. Alex is going to try to shoot some slow motion footage soon and I'd like to do a dedicated form breakdown similar to this one I did for Tyler Liebman

Can't thank Alex enough for his time and looking forward to seeing what 2016 has in store for him.

The Push Putt – Consistency is the Key to Success

Image courtesy of Mind Body Disc
By John Groen

Let me ask you a question. When you watch a YouTube clip of Dave Feldberg, Paul McBeth, or Avery Jenkins playing a round of disc golf, and you see them consistently sinking putts, clobbering the chains from 40 or 50 feet out, do you feel even a little bit jealous? Do you look at top pros and think: “that could be me!” but you regularly miss from 25 feet?

Make a commitment to ending that right now! Choose today as the time that you take your game to the next level, and join me in learning how to improve your consistency on the disc golf course by dissecting some knowledge from Dave Feldberg.

Before I go any further, let me say two things. First, hello! My name is John Groen, author of the Disc Golf from a Coastie’s Perspective blog, and it is a huge blessing to have the opportunity to write a guest post for HeavyDisc. When I saw the awesome content on this site and the detailed breakdowns of throwing form, I was tremendously impressed, so I owe Jason a massive thank you for this opportunity.

Second, I have to be completely honest and say that my putting is nowhere near incredible. For most of my disc golfing career, I just tossed a putter at the basket without much success. It wasn’t until watching a video of Dave Feldberg’s push putting clinic and comparing his approach to players like Eric McCabe and Nikko Locastro that I put much thought into my form.

In an attempt to help improve your game, I will analyze pictures of one of Feldberg’s putts taken from the 2014 Rochester Flying Disc Open. These will be used as illustrations for an explanation of the push putt specifically and putting in general.

Before diving into the mechanics of a particular style, it is important to acknowledge the fact that there is a variety of styles and approaches to the game of disc golf, which is one of the reasons why it is such a fun sport. This is particularly true in regards to putting because the primary issues are comfort and confidence. Almost any pro will tell you that the number 1 priority in selecting a putt and approach disc is the way it feels in your hand. Furthermore, you need to choose a style that you like. This post focuses on push putting, but some of the highest ranked players in the world are spin putters, so you have to choose the method that causes you to take your stance and sight in on the basket with confidence.

The primary reason to choose the push putt is the consistency it provides. Spin putters have hinges at the shoulder, elbow, and wrist. Push putters, on the other hand, only have to worry about the shoulder. All of the motion is simplified to up and down, forward and backward. Side to side movement is eliminated.

Now let’s take a look at Dave Feldberg’s form.

From this image of his setup, we can see that he is focused and relaxed at the same time. As you prepare to make a putt, concentrate on one individual link of chain on the basket. A common shooting term is “aim small miss small,” and that saying applies here as well. If you look at the whole basket, then a tiny error will lead to a miss. But, if you aim at one particular piece of the target, then a small miss will still hit chains.

Next, take a look at the stance. His center of mass is over the front foot, and his knees are bent into an athletic position to provide increased balance. The throwing arm is not completely straightened, but the elbow is as close to being locked as possible without being uncomfortable, and Feldberg’s toes are pointed slightly to the left of the target so that he is throwing from his right thigh and forward motion will be braced against it (so you don't foot fault).

Between the first and second pictures, the only thing that changes is the shoulder. The arm is still mostly locked out, swinging like a pendulum toward the target. The rest of Feldberg’s body begins to rise up ever so slightly, and this will continue throughout the putt in order to allow him to explode forward at the hit, but we will address that part shortly. Until the very end, all movement is smooth and gradual.

Additionally, notice that Feldberg keeps his chin up throughout the delivery. The natural tendency is to allow the chin to drop when you take your putting stance, but keeping it high raises your eye level parallel to the ground, and the odds of missing low are decreased. 

Looking at the third picture, the left toe has come off the ground in order to balance the forward motion of the arm, which is still moving upward in an arc. It is important to notice that the putter is almost on the same plane as the arm, but the nose is raised a small amount to allow airflow underneath the disc, thus increasing glide.

In this final picture, you can see Feldberg reach the “hit.” This is the only part of the putting motion that is not smooth and steady. On the contrary, it is an explosive extension of the arm at the moment of release. Although this is not a spin putt, the disc does in fact spin, and it is a result of the opening of the hand during the hit. Even after letting go of his putter, Feldberg’s gaze is still fixed on the same point, and his arm continues in a nice follow through.

As you can see, the left leg is now raised further off the ground. This is the way that push putters maintain balance despite the forward motion of the rest of the body, and it is one of the toughest parts of the style to master. The longer the putt, the more explosive the release will be, and the further the left leg must extend backwards.

In order to improve your balance, practice holding this position with your weak leg fully raised and extended. Then, without allowing any other part of your body to touch the ground, bend your right knee until you can pick up a second disc and return to the original position. Repeat this to strengthen the leg muscles used during the putt.

If you are already a push putter, then hopefully some of these tips will allow you to improve your consistency and lead to more birdies. One of the great ideas that is gaining traction in the disc golf community is the 100 putts for 100 days challenge, and if you are looking to compete in tournaments or start clobbering your friends, this is an awesome way to solidify your form.

If you are not a push putter, then I encourage you to try it. If you do it for a while during practice rounds and it never starts to feel comfortable, then return to your old technique. But, if you stick with push putting and master the new form, I am willing to bet your scores will drop significantly.

Push putting does not offer the range of a spin putt; that is simply a fact. When you initially make the switch, you probably won’t be able to reach more than 20 or 30 feet. However, with practice, you may work out to a distance of 40 feet. For shots beyond that radius, you will have to use spin putts.

I have good news! None of the putts pros make are ridiculously challenging. You can go to the disc golf course with your friends and make all of the same shots. The only difference is consistency. You might make a 35 footer 6 out of 10 times, but a pro will make it 9 out of 10. With that in mind, my goal is to provide you with the tools necessary to watch a professional round knowing that even though you probably won’t ever drive 550 feet, you can compete with them inside of the circle.

Good luck implementing these tips into your game! If you have any questions whatsoever, please leave a comment, and I will respond as quickly as possible. Also, if you want to learn more about push putting, watch Dave Feldberg’s clinic. Or, you can click here to see the round that I got pictures of Feldberg from.

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Dynamic Discs Evidence: A closer look (at birdies)

Any television crime procedural worth its salt has a few common, yet genre-defining elements.

The obsessive, can’t-sleep-until-the-crime-is-solved boss? Check. The attractive lab assistant who the costuming team puts in glasses to make her look more professional? Of course. And don’t forget the almighty pun used in the cold open.

My personal favorite among these narrative devices, though, is a classic I refer to as the Evidence-Gathering-and-Testing Montage.

Readers know exactly which portion of the show I’m talking about. Roughly half-way through an episode, viewers are treated to dark, ominous tones and close-up camera work featuring a lone lab worker meticulously toying with eye droppers, microscopes, and any other manner of scientific doodads in an effort to truly blow the case wide open. It’s a portion of the show that is always oh-so-important, but I can’t ever help but think that a real lab might not look so dour.

But I digress.

While I don’t possess the video-editing skills to piece together one of these fantastic montages for my throws with the new Dynamic Discs Evidence – I just provide the words, people – I can contribute some insight into how a three-hole sample of Evidence Gathering-and-Testing goes on my home course:

Birdie. Birdie. Birdie.

Dynamic Discs Evidence

•Complement to the Truth/Verdict midrange class

•Versatile line-holder

•”Power understable”


Fits in the family

Sporting a flat top, small bead, and large diameter like its big brother, the Truth, Dynamic Discs’ Evidence is the brand’s newest midrange. Originally debuted this summer at Trilogy Challenge events, the Evidence is now in full production in Lucid plastic, DD’s grippy, translucent premium blend.

Billed as “slightly understable,” Dynamic Discs slapped flight numbers of Speed 5/Glide 5/Turn -1/Fade 0 on the Evidence, slotting it as a complementary piece to the Truth and Verdict in terms of feel and flight.


The Evidence (white) fits nicely into the Dynamic Discs midrange family alongside the Verdict (orange) and Truth (blue).

From a tactile perspective, DD hit it out of the park as a disc that feels similar to the Truth. Holding the two discs in hand, one immediately notices the shallow profile and flatness on both discs, with the main difference being the larger bead on the Truth. For players who appreciate molds that can feel familiar while covering difference lines, the Evidence fits the bill.

As for a complementary flight to the Truth and Verdict, it also fits nicely into the mix, but that “slightly” qualifier in front of understable is, indeed, necessary.

Out of the box and on a flat throw, the Evidence is difficult for this noodle arm to coax into that -1 Turn/0 Fade flight. Displaying a surprising amount of stability in the high speed portion of the flight, the Evidence held a nice long, straight flight before managing a slight fade. If I were in charge of the numbers, I’d be more inclined to flip them to 0 Turn/1 Fade.

This isn’t a huge quibble, but rather information that can be useful for consumers expecting a flippy disc out of the gates. Flippy is not where this disc shines.

Where it does shine, though, is in taking the angle of release and holding it for the majority of the flight.

For an understable midrange, the Evidence displays a surprising amount of versatility and line-shaping ability. It’ll hold a long, gliding hyzer off the tee or on an upshot, and is capable of easy nose-up stall shots on the approach, as well. Even on the most gentle of hyzer releases – ones where most understable mids would easily flip up and begin to turn – the Evidence will hold the line unless the disc is given full power.

Anhyzers are the Evidence’s bread and butter, though, which makes sense given its understable profile. Just the smallest pinch of anny and the Evidence will lock into a smooth turn before fading back for the last bit of its flight, making for beautiful S-shaped lines. It has become my go-to shot on Hole 16 at Kit Carson Park, where I’ll give the Evidence a high anhyzer ride over some orange trees, where it then settles in pin high or – due to the speed it shares with the Truth and Verdict – past the pin.

I’ll take a 275-foot anhyzer off the tee with a midrange any day, please and thank you.


A montage of versatility

This disc’s versatility is truly evident, though, when I aim for the birdie trifecta I mentioned earlier in this post.

Holes 7 through 9 at Kit Carson are all reachable off the tee with a midrange, but the lines required for each have subtle nuances that can make it easy to justify using different molds for each shot.

Since the open line down the gap doesn't play well for a left-handed backhand thrower, I'll toss the Evidence on a high anhyzer over the orange trees on Hole 16 at Kit Carson Park.

Since the open line down the gap doesn’t play well for a left-handed backhand thrower, I’ll toss the Evidence on a high anhyzer over the orange trees on Hole 16 at Kit Carson Park.

But where’s the fun in that? I like the minimal approach, and the Evidence can handle them all.

On Hole 7, I can go with the flat release and see that straight-to-small fade flight, but the low canopy requires that I really power the Evidence up to make sure all of its glide kicks in. If I’m having a poor driving day, the Evidence isn’t going to make it to the pin, but when I am driving well, it’s an easy park job.


Hole 8 calls for the long hyzer line, and before DD sent me this 178-gram Evidence to review I was actually using a 170-gram Fuzion Truth here. The Evidence handles the shot in a similar fashion to this lighter Truth, but has the added benefit of fading slightly later, putting me in a landing zone that avoids a tree that is positioned just short of the basket.


Hole 9 is a wide open look now that a dead tree was removed, but for a left-handed player like myself there is danger at the end of the flight: Any fade whatsoever, and you up in a creek. Using the Evidence here, then, I employ a heavy anhyzer so that the disc will, if thrown well, end up with that zero fade number that Dynamic advertises.



A caveat and comparisons

Here is my one caveat for the Evidence, though, and it comes back to three little words you just read: if thrown well.

The Evidence is incredibly rewarding to throw when you execute the release angle properly and get it up to speed, but it requires a decent amount of oomph to get these lines to hold. For example, there have been a few times where I have not thrown the Evidence with enough power, and it has faded out and ended up in the Hole 9 creek. In other instances, such as standstills with poor footing, I have found the Evidence to finish a bit more overstable than I would like it to.

Since DD sent me an Evidence on the heavier end of the spectrum, though, I tracked down a lighter one – 173 grams – to see if there would be any difference in flight. While I found a bit more high speed turn and a touch more glide, I was still getting some fade on the back end. I think going even lower – to that 170-gram sweetspot I prefer with the Fuzion Truth, perhaps – would be perfect, but I haven’t found an Evidence that light yet.

As for a complementary flight to the Truth and Verdict, it also fits nicely into the mix, but that “slightly” qualifier in front of understable is, indeed, necessary.

As a result, I’d put a noodle arm advisory on the Evidence that it is “power understable.” That is, you’ll need the speed to see the correct flight. If you don’t have it, you’ll need to look for something outside of the Dynamic Discs lineup – or beat the Evidence up for a bit – in the meantime.

Finally, for those who threw the Evidence during the Trilogy Challenge and are curious if how the Lucid compares:

I prefer the Lucid.

Don’t get me wrong: The Trilogy Challenge Evidence was a nice flyer, exhibiting similar tendencies as this Lucid release. The difference, though, is in how the discs feel. My TC Evidence had a noticeably higher shoulder and a little bit of dome to it, which made it feel a little more clunky in the hand. The dome provided it with a bit more glide, but I much prefer the sleek speed of the Lucid, as it just feels like a weapon that is ready to be unleashed.

Even with the power required, the Evidence is sticking around in my bag for the foreseeable future. It gives me the chance to make my own luck by controlling its release angles, and the length it provides off the tee is invaluable for a player with less distance.

Much like those crime dramas, it simply takes a little work to crack the case. That just makes the reward even sweeter.

Connect with Dynamic Discs to learn more about the Evidence, as well as the brand’s other offerings:

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Dynamic Discs Evidence Facebook Giveaway

Now that I’ve reviewed the Evidence, it’s time for you to make your own birdie montage. We’re giving away my review copy on Facebook, and here’s all you have to do to win:

1) LIKE Noodle Arm Disc Golf.

2) LIKE Dynamic Discs.

3) LIKE and COMMENT on the pinned post for this review at the Noodle Arm Disc Golf page. For your comment, tell me your favorite crime show on TV, past or present. No crime show, no shot at winning.

The contest will run until Thursday, November 26 at 9 p.m. PDT, when a random winner will be chosen. Thanks to Dynamic Discs for providing the plastic!

Steve Hill is a Southern California-based disc golfer who doesn’t throw very far. Follow him on Twitter @NoodleArmDG.

Worlds Apart

The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) is pleased to announce that beginning in 2017, a new and separate Disc Golf World Championship event will be contested for all age-protected divisions.


Best Portable, Foldable Disc Golf Practice Basket

We performed another round of disc golf tests to help determine the best portable/foldable disc golf basket.

There are currently three canvas style disc golf baskets available at

Because of its light weight and high portability, we also included the DGA Mach 14 in this round of tests.

By far the highest rated of these three portable targets is the DGA Mach Lite. While the Traveler and the Skillshot are slighly lighter weight and more portable, by far the DGA Mach Lite has a more realistic catching experience.  If you're looking for a portable basket that is highly portable and provides a somewhat realistic course quality experience, this is clearly the way to go.

For this putting test we had 5 different disc golfers putt 30 times at each basket from three different distances: 18 Feet, 25 Feet and 33 Feet.

Results of the Basket Tests

Percentage of Putts Made:

%Putts MadeSpit Outs% of Spit Outs
Mach Lite71.67%30.83%
Mach 1463.89%61.67%
Innova Traveler75.56%102.78%
Innova Skill Shot60.00%205.56%


Basket Value:

  1. Innova Traveler
  2. DGA Mach 14
  3. DGA Mach Lite
  4. Innova Skill Shot

Despite the fact that the Innova Traveler doesn't catch very realistically, the $109 price tag, the light weight and portability yielded the Traveler the best value.


  1. Innova Skillshot
  2. DGA Mach Lite
  3. Innova Traveler
  4. DGA Mach 14
Of the different portable baskets, the Skillshot is the smallest and therefore the most portable. 

Catch Ability

  1. DGA Mach Lite
  2. DGA Mach 14
  3. Innova Traveler
  4. Innova Skill Shot

From our test results as well as our reviewer ratings, the Mach Lite is the best catching ultra-portable disc golf basket.


  1. Mach Lite
  2. Mach 14
  3. Innova Traveler
  4. Innova Skill Shot

Our reviewers felt that the DGA Mach Lite was the most quality of the four tested targets.

Use as a Practice Basket

  1. Mach Lite
  2. Mach 14
  3. Innova Traveler
  4. Innova Skill Shot

Despite the fact that it's made of Canvas, the double chains helped the Mach Lite to be rated as the best practice basket due to its superior catch ability and more realistic putting experience.


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