Originally Posted by Matt B.
Really? I thought the FDM content was often terrible. Eighth grade level "creative writing" stories about ghosts playing disc golf. Ron Jeremy "speed of ejaculate" compared to disc speed references. A whole column written by a disc golf outsider about "like um, hyzer is a funny word and stuff, lol". And another regular column from a frisbee dog guy about how discgolfers are losers.
HUge font, huge margins, like thie guy was fooling his composition teacher. Not to mention numerous proof-reading errors every issue.
Blech. I let the PDGA and the publishers know early and often what I thought of FDM. Not saying the current mag is perfect, but FDM was a disaster. I think Scott Papa is still contributing, aren't you Scott?
I'm inclined to agree on those points. I liked the concept that FDM had, expanding the scope of disc golf media beyond the arena of competition, but yes, it was not executed very well.
People ask for more content and such, but the truth is, there isn't a whole lot to write about in our sport. There's tournaments happening on a regular basis, so that's one new thing that guys can write about. New equipment comes out regularly, but there isn't much to be said except for a blurb here and there. Courses are being built, but unless people are local to that particular course, there isn't much interest in the planning/building part of it. Instructional articles are great, but how many articles can you really write about a straddle putt? We just don't have the broad base of consumers and manufacturers like ball golf.
Some of the ideas Bob H. touched on there would indeed make for good reading. But, relying on the disc golf community to submit their own articles has it's own problems too--just browse a few disc golf forums and you'll see that the English language isn't the community's strong point.
This post really isn't meant to be as negative as it sounds, I'm just trying to illustrate why most issues of any disc golf magazine are a little light on content.
FWIW, I contacted the editor to write an article earlier, but he didn't seem interested in anything over 400 words, and then was unresponsive when I asked for deadlines. I probably could have pursued it harder, but his lack of interest kind of quelled my own enthusiasm.