2013 mid-Michigan Vibram Birdie Bash:

I’m disc golf stir crazy. So much so that a month ago I flew to Charlotte and played seven courses in three days. I’ll do a nice overall review of Charlotte’s awesome disc golf soon.

The Vibram Birdie Bash (VBB) is not just another way to occupy our time disc golfing without actually hitting the course… This will actually be the first time the co-TD and I run a disc golf event. We signed up to direct the tournament purely because we love disc golf and get so much enjoyment from trying new discs.

The theory of the Vibram Birdie Bash seems to come from the Discraft Ace Races that have been held throughout the country every year for many years. Like the Ace Races, Vibram offers up all the supplies and rules for a tournament including player packs, marketing information, and prizes, and opens signups for anyone to initiate one. All it takes is a little motivation and a lot of love for the sport. Vibram has already done all the heavy-lifting.

The thought of running a Birdie Bash crossed my mind many times. But I thought, nah, I’ll just sign up to play one instead. The closest one to the mid-Michigan area, however, is about 2.5 hours away AND we’d have to go to Ohio for that one… The nearest Michigan VBB is three hours away and starts at 9am. I doubt that time-frame adds up to a fun weekend for most Michigan disc golfers. It didn’t take much prompting to get us to sign up to run our own.

So, what better course to throw a mid-Michigan Birdie Bash on than Tittabawassee Trails in Freeland? It’s a shorter course and our crew has birdied every hole except #3 long and #18. We’re planning to have every Vibram disc available to test, and many contests including a CTP (clostest to the pin), longest putt, a fun modified ring of fire, and maybe more!

Up here in mid-Michigan we don’t see a big variety of discs on our courses. We always see Innova and sometimes Discraft. This is Michigan! Why don’t we see more Discraft? Regardless, the lesser-known companies don’t get enough love around here.  The appeal of trying new discs and just having a great time is what I hope brings people out to the Vibram Birdie Bash on May 25. Afterall, I just threw my first Vibram disc around Christmas-time!

We’re more than excited! We’ll be doing our best to put on a fantastic event. Whether or not tons of people sign up and play is up to the fates.

Also, stay tuned for a collaboration with MVP!

How we carry discs:

One of my earliest memories of school is when my mom let me pick out my own backpack. Back then it was simple: Which color do you want? It got more and more complicated from then on. In middle school we were only cool if our backpacks sagged lower than our ass cheeks. Then, in high school it was only cool to use one of the two straps. In college, no one really cared.

The most recent backpack I bought was about three years ago for a backpacking vacation. Apparently you can’t go backpacking without a super expensive backpack… A specialty backpack, sure, but once I took up backpacking I quickly realized it was an important purchase. However, to be honest, up until a few months ago I didn’t think I’d ever use a backpack again.

When I started playing disc golf I carried my discs in a shoulder sling style bag my employer gives out for free at marketing events. It was not cool enough, so on a visit to play some Ann Arbor, Michigan courses I ended up buying a NutSac from The Throw Shop for a great price. Made in the USA, carries six discs perfectly, and it’s called the NutSac? Mine! Why would I ever need to carry more?

Oh, how I appreciate the days when I looked through my collection of discs, picked up to six, and stuffed them into my NutSac… Buying discs is an addiction that many of us suffer from. I always chuckle when I read someone saying something like, “Please don’t sell me anything!” on the Disc Golf Course Review forums (DGCR). The fact of the matter is, if you’re serious about disc golf then you quickly realize there are so many discs to try from so many manufacturers that carrying six discs just stops working.

So, I snagged a Discraft Tournament bag from a brewer’s supply store in Frankenmuth, Michigan called The Lager Mill. It lasted me the season, but I realized I still used my NutSac more often. Why? Because I find it’s uncomfortable and annoying to use one shoulder to haul 14 discs. That bag is currently being shipped to Australia with a few discs I let go courtesy of the DGCR Marketplace.

Excuse my obvious cynicism, but, no, I’m not going to spend more on super awesome disc golf straps than I spent on the actual bag itself. That, to me, was always sillier than a disc golf backpack, which were always on my radar. I just didn’t think I’d ever need one. In fact, I’ve made fun of the bags based on their exorbitant cost on numerous occasions.

Then, all of a sudden in December I perceived a disturbance in the force and the disc golf market towards backpacks. New manufacturers. New products. It hit me that this specific product may actually be worth the crazy cost of $200 (or even more). It’s obvious that 2013 is going to be a big year for the niche item. But how to decide which one to buy?