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Tanking to Protect Your Rating
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Started this discussion. Last reply by eric beich Aug 12, 2012.

Re: Stupid Mistake
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Chuck Kennedy Jun 30, 2012.

Cheap sanctioned tournaments
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Started this discussion. Last reply by David Sauls Dec 28, 2011.

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Bruce Brakel replied to Ghost's discussion IFO 99 disc
"I played that tournament too!  All the touring pros were there.  It was an all around disc sports event where disc golf was one event.  They also had MTA (or maybe self-caught distance), freestyle and distance.  There was also a…"
Feb 12
Bruce Brakel replied to Jim Coonradt's discussion Thoughts on random draw doubles.
"Random draw doubles is a sucker game for the benefit of the top players.  Quit trying to even things out.  That defeats the purpose of the format. "
Dec 4, 2013
Bruce Brakel replied to Wicked Dyes's discussion Worlds 2015
"On the points thing, you need to play in well attended divisions where you can beat people.  The higher the tier the better because higher tier events have a better multiplier.  Of course, you have to be a PDGA member to get any points at…"
Dec 4, 2013
Bruce Brakel replied to Matt Jankowski's discussion What happened to Cameron Todd?
"Terry Calhoun and I were both on the PDGA Board when Cam was disciplined.  Some of all that is true. Cam is selling some really nice disc golf related art these days in addition to playing top level disc golf.  He did the trophies for…"
Dec 4, 2013
Bruce Brakel replied to Jim Coonradt's discussion The Basket on the Rock.
"I think if a course has good terrain, elevated baskets are an unnecessary design gimmick.  If a course has boring terrain, a couple of elevated baskets can be used along with other design gimmicks to make the course more interesting. "
Jan 28, 2013
Bruce Brakel replied to Grassidy's discussion fluorescent basket streamers? really necessary?
"For one out of 16 male disc golfers those are grey streamers on a grey basket.  So much for visibility. "
Jan 26, 2013
Bruce Brakel replied to Jack Moore's discussion Christian R & B, Rap, & Rock music in the group Disc Golfers for Jesus
Oct 4, 2012
Bruce Brakel replied to Ron Suir's discussion my 1st tournament
"I have run a lot of tournaments and played a lot of tournaments.  Here are the main two stupid ways you are going to lose [gain, actually] strokes for something stupid: 1. Assuming that the other guy knows what the rule is. 2. Not adding up…"
Sep 30, 2012

My Professional Disc Golf Association Information

My PDGA number is 13087 and you can find my PDGA statistics here. My PDGA rating goes up and down, and I'm not going to remember to edit this every time, so you can find my PDGA rating detail here.

According to Chuck, ratings will be updated, "Late April, late June, early September, late November and the yearly wrap up at the end of January."

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Mokena Big D Doubles Course Routing

I'm just transcribing my course routing notes and leaving them somewhere on the internet where they will be handy later. 


Mokena Big D Course Guide

Any distances which vary from the tee sign were measured by wheel.  The only water o.b. is the pond near tournament central.  Any wet drains or creeks are casual: stand where it lands, or go straight back away from the basket until you are out of the water with no penalty, if you are taking that throw.  On 500+ foot holes,…


Posted on July 30, 2011 at 9:27pm

The PDGA Barf Format

Are you a PDGA amateur who is tired of high entry fees and craptastic plastic payouts?  Are you a PDGA pro who competes in age or gender restricted pro divisions who is not competitive in MPO?  Do you play tournaments in south-eastern Michigan?  If you answered "yes" to two of those questions, keep reading.


In the earliest years of this millenium I used to run tournaments in Michigan.  When my brother wanted to start running tournaments in Illinois I cut back to doing nothing…


Posted on April 12, 2011 at 7:29pm — 6 Comments

Learn to Play

We did one of those Learn to Play Disc Golf things for the kids today. We had about 20 or 25 kids. It was insane chaos. We started 15 minutes late and only had the three of us and five learn-to-play people. We decided to play best shot in a big eightsome. By the end of hole 1 stragglers had doubled the size of the group and we split up into three smaller groups. One of those groups then picked up more stragglers and split again. The main thing was to get discs in the hands of new players and to… Continue

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 12:02am

I just need to vent.

Apparently getting out of the merchlord racket is emotionally trying. I did not anticipate this.

I sold the last Fishy-fishy disc, a Predator, tonight. I searched the spreadsheet using Ctrl-F for fish and fishy and did not find any more. Fishy-fishy was my favorite hotstamp. But, it all has to go. I sell discs. I don't collect them.

I'm giving these discs away for what I paid for them. They are all new and unthrown. Some guy orders 4 or 6 D Buzzzes tonight. He's getting… Continue

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 12:40am — 5 Comments

Season Ending Sale

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Posted on September 22, 2009 at 6:24pm — 3 Comments

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Bruce Brakel
Do you normally drive forehand, backhand, or other?
10 o'clock, 4 o'clock.
When did you discover and begin playing this best of all sports?
We invented the game sometime in the early 70s, late 60s.
What is your "home" course?
Holly State Rec Area
What are your Top Five courses?
Idlewild - in Kentucky near Cincinnatti
The Arsenal - Rockettown, Alabama
Goliath - Ludington, MI
Renny - Charlotte, NC
Walnut Ridge - Des Moines, Iowa

I'm just being a road warrior snob by going with five courses in four states!
How many discs do you own?
850 and they are all on sale.
What is your favorite disc golf-related website?
Right here.

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At 8:27pm on May 13, 2010, Mikey said…
My bad Bruce, I didn't see your comment. I just purchased a Large lightning bag about 30 min. ago...Oh well I appreciate the offer anyway.
At 8:24am on November 11, 2009, mark ellis said…
I am playing Independence Lake at 12:15 ish today. Come join if it works for you.
At 10:56am on October 26, 2009, eric beich said…
hope your feeling better. I had a flu for a week, then a week later got the H1N1 for a week. being sick is no fun. always dig your posts here and on the PDGA boards :)
At 10:25pm on October 3, 2009, Josh moody said…
I do want to take you up on your bogo offer I want to get two crystal challengers, the yoda dyed one and one of the bevier blast ones, let me know the total and how to send my payment (prob on paypal) Thanks
At 10:11pm on October 3, 2009, Josh moody said…
Thats alot of discs lol Its funny thou because my girlfriend and I are working on starting our own pro shop. No time frame yet but I may be looking to make a large purchase in the future...........And yes mark ellis, David wiggins is a freak of nature I shoot with him weekly
At 10:45pm on September 30, 2009, mark ellis said…
Sort of. I have a blackberry but can only figure out how to read the internet not how to write back.

I'm heading to Joe Gill's course in Wayland on Saturday for the Fall Color Classic-or some name something like that.
At 12:22am on August 8, 2009, mark ellis said…
It sounds like a good plan. Who's Gillooley?
At 7:56pm on August 2, 2009, mark ellis said…
Thanks for the motivation and support. If I had finished strong then I would have credited you. As it turned out I finished poorly so, in the spirit of fairness, I feel that you must be somehow at fault. :)

Not only did Val and Des outplay me but David Wiggins throws discs 200 feet farther than I can and he is a 14 year old kid. If I knew of a sport which I could excel in then I would go play it instead. Maybe ballet.
At 9:23pm on February 5, 2009, mark ellis said…
Thank you for your service to the Armed Services. If you received a paper cut in the process we could get you a medal. With enough additional service we may be able to have your FBI file expunged.
At 2:27pm on January 16, 2009, My_Hero said…
Always enjoy seeing your dye jobs. Had no idea that you were hand cutting them at first. Wow!

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