“I’m an avid athlete. I still play baseball competitively on an adult baseball team. I also coach baseball. I also play video games with my friends and play ball golf. My wife and I love to travel, so we also make weekend trips to different places if time allows…My best friend brought disc golf home in the summer of 2020. As he was home, we played more and I ended up following in love with disc golf...”
Welcome to another edition of our Disc Golf Player Profile publication – where we feature disc golfers that you may or may not have heard of before. Everybody has their own disc golf story to tell. This is the place where those stories are being told and shared with the world!
Meet Domanick Michael (PDGA #193765)
Tell us about yourself! How old are you? Where do you live? What do you do (work/school/etc.)?
I am 24. I live in Salineville, Ohio. I currently work as a mental health worker at the Bachelor’s level at an adult mental health facility in Pennsylvania. I’m also working towards my Master’s in Counseling.
Tell us about the most important people in your life! Who do you live with (family, friends, etc.)?
I currently live with my wife, Mom and my Mom’s boyfriend. My wife and I consistently hang out with our friends.
Do you have a nickname or just something else that you go by?
I usually go by Dom.
Disc Golf Journey
How long have you been playing disc golf?
I have been playing disc golf for 3 years. I’ve been playing competitively for 1 ½ years now.
How did you get started with disc golf?
My best friend brought disc golf home in the summer of 2020. As he was home, we played more and I ended up following in love with disc golf.
Share some of your memorable disc golf moments…
Most of my moments come from tournament play. I’ve had my share of ace spit outs(I almost aced but the disc wouldn’t stick). I can remember doing field work at college and finally broke 300ft consistently with a driver, which was 2 years ago. I finally found consistency with hitting lines and throwing over 350ft within the last year, and I just broke a 900 rating.
Some Random Personal Stuff
What do you do when you’re not playing disc golf?
I’m an avid athlete. I still play baseball competitively on an adult baseball team. I also coach baseball. I also play video games with my friends and play ball golf. My wife and I love to travel, so we also make weekend trips to different places if time allows.
What is your absolute favorite food (something you couldn’t live without)?
My favorite food is lasagna. I’ve always had a love for it!
What’s your favorite fast-food restaurant?
My favorite fast food restaurant is a place called Cookout, but sadly it’s located in the south. The closest one is 4 hours away.
What are some of your favorite movies of all time?
Some of my favorite movies are Sandlot(1, 2, & 3), Interstellar, and Ant-Man.
What are some of your favorite TV shows/series?
Stranger Things, Loki, Scarlit Witch, and A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Do you have any pro or college sports teams you are fanatic about?
Cleveland Guardians(MLB) and Ohio State(NCAA)
In the Bag
What is the first disc golf disc that you ever owned?
ESP Discraft Force was the first disc I ever owned!
What are some of your favorite discs that are in your bag right now?
ESP Discraft Force, Crystal Flx Get Freaky Zone and the Thought Space Pathfinder.
What else is always in your bag other than discs?
I always have a whalesac, rangefinder, and snacks.
Disc Golf Courses
Do you have a course that you consider your ‘home course’? Tell us about it.
My home course is Scenic Vista Disc Golf Course(Ohio). This course is challenging as it has its fair share of elevation changes, shot shapes, and wooded holes with tight lines. It also has its open holes to allow for some nice distance shots. It fits as a good learning course.
What are a few of your favorite disc golf courses to play?
What is a dream disc golf course for you that you hope to play someday?
I would love to play New London(VA). I’ve watched videos of many people playing on it, and the challenge is intriguing.
Let’s Play Disc Golf
Do you have any pre-round or post-round rituals that you do when you play disc golf?
I utilize stretches that I have used for baseball warmups, and I utilize stretch bands.
Do you drink, smoke, snack, or partake in anything else while playing disc golf? What’s your go-to?
Hi-Chews are usually a staple in my bag. I don’t usually partake in anything else.
Are you just a casual disc golfer? Do you participate in any local leagues? Do you compete in disc golf tournaments?
I’m a competitive disc golfer. I play in leagues, tournaments, but I will play in the occasional casual round also to enjoy spreading the game.
Do you have any tips for aspiring disc golfers?
My tip is to watch and breakdown pro and personal video mechanics if you want to learn more about the game while also watching highlights to learn shot types and game tactics. Also stay confident in yourself!
Disc Golf Fun Stuff
Do you have any favorite professional disc golfers that you follow?
I follow Simon Lizotte and Paul McBeth the most.
Do you have any disc golf goals that you are trying to achieve?
I’m trying to work my way up the ranks. I’m aiming to push to a 930 rating by the end of the year. I’m also looking to win an MA2 tournament, and then I will be moving to MA1.
Who do you typically play disc golf with?
I usually play disc golf with other league members, but I play with my best friend that showed me disc golf the most!
What would a perfect disc golf round look like for you?
A perfect disc golf round for me would be feeling smooth, consistent, and strong! I know mistakes will happen, but my mentality should always stay the same!
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