Preston Johnson - Gilbert, Arizona
Beginner TipSet small goals and follow them. Build your confidence by remembering your good shots. Think and talk positively. Have fun playing disc and play without doubt. Focus on every single shot instead of overall results. Practice putting and learn to love it. Get a pre-shot routine for drives, upshots, and especially putts that will carry you through pressure because it’s just “routine”. Practice effectively. Play with people who are better than you. Play with people who you admire.
Most Memorable MomentI hit an ace with a Renegade in the mountains. I hyzer flipped it through a tight gap and aced a 420′ hole. It gave me goosebumps!
Disc Golf Career GoalsI would like to be 1000+ rated, and always be respected as a professional who is courteous, kind, and someone to look up to. Eventually I’d like to be a coach for intermediate and advanced level players when I have more time.
In The Bag
Latitude 64 Opto Explorer
Control is the best word to describe this disc. It flies on a straight line for a long time and then smoothly fades out and lands without a big flare skip. It will hold an anhyzer angle for a long time before fading to flat. It is stable enough to handle headwind without flipping over. I like to use it for shots that need to go about 320-370ft.
Westside Discs VIP Ahti
This disc is great for 320ft and under. I throw it hard both backhand and forehand and the flight is similar both ways. It loves to hold a stable straight line and then fade hard about 3/4 of the way through the flight with a medium skip. I would compare it to a Firebird from Innova. The Ahti is a staple in my bag.
Latitude 64 Opto Musket
Part of the 2018 Trilogy Challenge trio, the Musket is a speed 10 driver. I love the slight turn that it has about halfway through the flight followed by a dependable predictable fade. It's a disc that is very versatile for hitting gaps or limiting big skips over a long distance. I love how accurate I can be with this disc with its controlled S-line flight. I'll throw it out around 350-400ft.
Westside Discs VIP World
I like the World for shots where I need to get a Halo flight when the wind is up. It has more stability without compromising distance due to hard fade found on other drivers. I can also smash it pretty hard on a forehand when the conditions are calm or in a tailwind and get max forehand distance. I carry a Tournament and VIP World.
Latitude 64 Gold Halo
This disc is the farthest flyer I've ever thrown. It's fast without being uncontrollably fast or having too much fade when it runs out of speed. It has a high speed turn built in that unravels slowly through the flight. In other words, it doesn't quickly flip over out of the hand. It slowly turns over a good amount and then flattens out and flies straight for a loooong time and slowly fades forward. It won't handle headwinds well, although if there's a slight breeze, it will fly great with a bit of added hyzer angle. I'm currently bagging the Gold Halo. It bombs at higher elevations with little effort. If you haven't yet, try it out.
Westside Discs VIP War Horse
This disc is great when I need a a driver that I can throw extremely hard into the wind that I can trust without a doubt to get a decent amount of distance and still hyzer out hard. It's fast enough to slice through the wind, and still overstable enough to put on the brakes and get down quickly at a sharp angle that minimizes ground play. The way the Enforcer flies in a bit of wind is how the War Horse flies in more extreme wind. This is a great disc in calm conditions as well for spike hyzers and low lines with big flare skips.
Latitude 64 Opto Compass
A glidey straight to slightly overstable mid, the Compass is good for backhand shots in calm conditions between 300-350ft. It will hold a hyzer out to about 320ft, and after that it tends to want to flip flat and softly fade in. When ripped hard, it tends to turn over and go right quite a bit and finish right. It doesn't handle headwind too well.
Latitude 64 Opto Anchor
This disc comes out when I want more fade and less glide. I don't throw it past about 320'. It's great for a predictable power hyzer that gets to the ground and has minimal skip. I also like it for low line shots that can't turn over. It does great in headwinds although with the deeper rim, it tends to slow down quickly and lose a few feet.
Westside Discs BT Medium Swan 2
I can't say enough good things about this one. When I have a short upshot that needs to go straight, I can throw this disc very softly on a slight hyzer and it will fly flat on a rope to the basket. I use the Swan 2 when trying to get throw-ins that I feel comfortable running. It's nice for jump upshots that you don't want to fade and roll. It's only a driving putter for me and it has impressed me most in high elevation when I need something straight to understable from 60-300ft, depending on how high up the course is.
Westside Discs BT Hard Crown
This is my main putting putter. It flies straight with a slight fade at the very end of the flight. It has good glide without getting carried too much in the wind. It changed my game. It is more versatile than any putter I've ever thrown and I've seen multiple people elevate their game with it. I also throw it quite often since it goes straight for the entire flight on a good pull.
Dynamic Discs Classic Blend Slammer
A forehander's dream. This thing will handle a lot of power where a lot of other putters tend to wobble and flip over. It has good fade and very little glide, making it great for getting to the basket and sticking. When thrown with a good snap, it will fly straight and finish flat.