I was pumped to be asked to film the 2016 Kinetic Open Championship in Savannah, TN on July 9th. Only an hour and a half from my home, I had never been to the Savannah DGC. It was built in a city park, and made good use of the areas of the park not frequently used. With two pin positions on each hole, and Am and Pro pads on almost every hole, it was a nice test of abilities. 

The TD, Dustin Morris, set a feature card for the first round, and as is normal, I followed the lead MPO card during the second round. I had a couple of challenges filming this tournament. One, the rolling terrain and low hanging canopy from the trees on the first half of the course. Two, using a monopod for the first time while filming.

Obstacle One

The terrain was challenging in figuring out the best location to film from since I was going in blind. Hole 2’s Pro pad was backed up to a creek, which left me with little room to stand behind the players during their tee shots. Several holes had their baskets hidden by the undulating turf when viewed from the tee pad. Being a larger fella, the walk left me winded as I tried to keep up with the players and maintain good filming angles. That is apparent on the videos, as my hard breathing is noticeable in the videos at times. Besides that, I was able to get almost all the shots of the tournament. Jacob Henson is a very fast player, and I missed 3 or 4 of his upshots during the second round. He would simply walk up with disc in hand, set his bag down, and throw, all before I could get my camera set to catch the shot.

Obstacle Two

Having filmed my first tournament while holding the camera in hand, my elbows propped on my knees, using the monopod took some getting used to. I had purchased a Targus monopod from Walmart for use while filming. What was strange about it was the store where I purchased it had it priced at $15. My hometown store had it for the web listing of $12.96, and I had to show the cashier and CSM the price on my phone in order to get it for the properly advertised price. Hassleproof the purchase was not.

On the course, I would face several complications to filming. First, the constant need for adjusting the height of the monopod. Since the first half of the course was either uphill or downhill, after each hole, I would have to adjust the height to either elevation. Second, I would kick the monopod occasionally as I was getting it set and setting my feet. Not being used to the contraption certainly merited the learning experience.

Advantage One

My arms were verifiably less tired from filming by the time I had walked the course two and a half times that day. I know that some shots were a little shaky, but for the most part, everything was smooth. I took a load off when I was filming the putting on Hole 16 during round 2. There was a concrete picnic table not far from the basket, so I gave the old dogs a break and sat on it. The monopod steadied the camera perfectly as I sat there and filmed the guys putting out.

Advantage Two

I was fortunate enough to be wearing a brand new pair of Keen Nasu WP shoes that day of filming. Jay & Des Reading had a Facebook giveaway that I won, and I got the shoes Friday afternoon. Thank goodness for the new shoes. My feet would’ve been toast had it not been for those shoes. And my feet never got to hot either. The breathable mesh was awesome in keeping my feet from sweating horrendously.

Advantage Three

Another giveaway win came in very handy during my filming. The Odin Disc Golf bag is a very nice backpack style bag. Emptied of discs and full of drinks, towels, and able to hold all my normally pocketed items. It was light, and very comfortable on my back. I’ve only played one full round with it, and it’s nice for that purpose as well.

 

 

More #discgolf videos for everyone

I’m not anywhere near as fast as the true professionals that film disc golf, but I was able to release the first 9 holes of coverage within a week, and rest within the next week. You can travel to my Youtube channel to watch them, or just watch them below. Enjoy the videos either place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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