Hott Shot – over for now.

The Hott Shot event is history. Our club achieved its goal of 50 throwers. The weather was

Actual event photo!

Actual event photo!

35 degrees F and raining in the morning while we were at the high school. When we swapped out to the Martin Recreation Complex for the afternoon shift the weather turned cold and windy and by the time the night shift was ending in my driveway it was spitting snow. This is not optimum weather for a National Championship putting event and did not help us make our numbers.

Here is what I learned from hosting this event:                                                                         1) Even though we had good turn out from the club members, we are a small club. We shouldn’t count on hosting the Olympics any time soon.                                                      2) Over 40% of the throwers in the Hott Shott were female. Our club membership does not reflect this demographic.                                                                                                 3) Not just any old putter will do.                                                                                            4) There are a lot of people in Martin who had never tried or even heard of disc golf – we have some work to do.                                                                                                           5) even under bad conditions, some people are going to have fun.                                    6) Quite a few people gave us ten minutes of their time just because they wanted to help us out – that was pretty nice.

The results  and videos have been submitted to the National Hott Shot USA HQ and we should be hearing from them about how we placed soon. HQ has already told us not to expect payment for videos until February, so the disc golf vacation in the tropics will have to wait until the club gets its $49.

 

Further preparations for the Hott Shot party!

As part of getting ready for the Hott Shot event on 14 Saturday 2013, I needed to see if I could shot a video of the event, upload the video to YouTube, and then find the URL for that video (because that is how we will get paid). Shooting the event was easy. A simply placed my camera on a tripod about 5 feet behind and slightly to the right of the basket. In this position lefties may hit the tripod, but I threw shots at the tripod and couldn’t knock it around. The camera is ‘shockproof’ and should be able to withstand disc impacts, but I will probably wrap the camera for safety.

Watching this video you can see how the game is played. I played an entire round under 5 minutes! I will be testing the score sheet soon. This round scored 550 pts out of the 1050 a perfect round would score. As you can see, I am far from perfect.

We will be setting up the Hott Shot event 7:30 am to 10:00 am at the Westview High School in Martin, TN to hopefully get some of the runners and spectators at the Westview FFA Annual Reindeer 5/ 10K run to participate in our event. We will also be Hott Shotting under the roof at the Rotary Pavilion at the Martin Recreational Complex (8457 Highway 45E South, Martin, TN) from 11 am to 4 pm. Please come out and throw! We will be thrilled to see you, but even more thrilled if you jam as many people as possible into your vehicle before you come out. See you there!