It’s not often that you can say a product has taken the disc golf world by storm. Sure, there are popular discs that sell out in minutes. The mini Buzzz, Philotross, and other certain runs of discs come to mind in that product line. The new Dynamic Discs Sniper and Commander bags have been very popular backpack style options, with the Prodigy BP-3 coming at probably the best value backpack on the market. Once you get past discs and bags, there’s not much else to mention as a wildly popular disc golf item. That is where the Sportsack come in to play, or use, or to dry if you want to mention its purpose.
Here’s what Sportsack, LLC says about their signature product:
THE SPORTSACK IS THE ELITE HAND DRYING PRODUCT DESIGNED FOR ATHLETES EVERYWHERE. IT USES ABSORBEAD TECHNOLOGY THAT IS DESIGNED TO ABSORB MOISTURE WITH NO MESS OR RESIDUE BUILDUP.
THE SPORTSACK WILL WORK IN ANY WEATHER CONDITION, RAIN OR SHINE. IF THE SACK GETS WET JUST CONTINUE TO USE AND IT WILL DRY ITSELF OUT.
THE SPORTSACK WILL PROVIDE YOU THE MOST CONSISTENT GRIP AVAILABLE.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Dynamic Discs, Latitude 64, & Westside Discs. I chose to purchase a DD branded Sportsack from their online store. Upon opening the box and dropping it into my hand, the difference between it and my Dynamic Discs Dirt Bag was plain and simple. No residue. Nothing coated my hand when I squeezed the bag tightly or bounced it in my palm. I wasn’t wiping my hand on my pants to knock off any dust/dirt/chalk because I got to much on my hand.
Through the Paces
I have played three PDGA league rounds so far. Each week had been hot and humid, the norm for a Mississippi summer. With summer rain each of the first two weeks, it was really sticky out there. By the end of each round, my shirts, yes that was plural, were soaked with sweat. According to the tee signs, the course is 5,952 feet long. Add in the distances between baskets and tees, and you’re looking at around 6500 feet in length, maybe a little more. There are a few courses longer in the area, but not many.
All that walking not only meant my shirts were wet, but my hands as well. Add in the wet ground, and it made for a moisture laden round those first two weeks. The Sportsack I had purchased played a large part in my scoring so “well” during those rounds. As a Rec player, I’m not expected to score well, and I didn’t compared to the other guys on the course. My personal best on my home course is a 64, course par is 60. I’ve thrown a 69, 66, & 69. Keeping my Sportsack handy to dry my hand and the discs helped me throw those “good” scores.
As said in the previous session, there is no residue left on your hand with the Sportsack. The bead filling the bag wick the moisture as you rub the bag across your skin or disc. The sensation of gripping the Sportsack is unique, as the closest thing I can think of to it is if you have ever owned a fish tank and bought the small decorative gravel to put in the bottom of the tank. Holding that bag of gravel is as similar as I can get. With the bead being smooth as a baby’s bottom, you’ll never feel any pokes from sharp point.
No two disc golfers will use the same set of items. Owning both the DD Dirt Bag and the DD branded Sportsack, I’ve got my bases covered in the grip game. On top of the usual towel, adding something to assist in grip is pretty important when you are playing in less than ideal conditions. Besides the two options I own, there are at least two more that I know of, the Birdie Bag and the Whale Sac. The Infinite Discs accessories page has several different options for grip assistance.
Whatever your choice of grip assistance, only the Sportsack leaves zero residue that I know of. I haven’t used Birdie Bag, so that comparison can’t be made on my part. If any of you have used both, please comment on how they worked for you.
Personally, I would recommend that everybody own one of both types of grip assisting sack/pack/bag. Here’s where things can get testy, since opinions are cheap. I like both types, but with a caveat. Living in Mississippi, the humidity gets crazy a lot of the time, especially when we have those popup showers in the summer. The bags with some type of chalk/powder in them don’t really get rid of the moisture. They can make my hand and the disc sticky, which improves the grip, though not always providing the best result.
That’s why I recommend owning both. In my rounds with the Sportsack, there hasn’t been a time that I’ve not been left with a great grip on my discs after using it. I would go so far as to say that my grip has almost been to good a couple of times when it has been really humid during a round. It’s very useful when you are playing before the dew on the ground evaporates. Rather than using a towel, you can wipe the area that you will grip the disc and find that the disc is just as dry as a towel would make it.
Where to Buy
If you look around, you’ll find a Sportsack available at your favorite retailers. Even your local disc golf stores are carrying them with their own logos on them. Like I said at the beginning, the Sportsack is storming the bags of the disc golf world. Get yours from your favorite spot, stock or custom, they’re worth every penny, or throw.