Jake Servaty

Jake Servaty
Name Jake Servaty
PDGA Number 186954
Division AM
How long have you been playing disc golf? The first time I played a round of disc golf was way back in elementary school, but I only started taking the game seriously last summer (June 2021).
How did you get your start in disc golf? An old high school buddy was in town for a wedding, and he asked me to chauffeur him around to all the local courses. He gave me a few discs to play with since I was tagging along anyways, and after that weekend I was fully hooked.
What do you love most about the sport? There are so many things to love about disc golf - meeting all the fun and interesting people (now friends!) in the community, the competitiveness of tournaments, but what I love most about disc golf is just playing itself, when I'm out on the course, carving plastic discs through trees - just enjoying their flights - it's pure bliss.
What makes disc golf better than the other sports you have played? The community and the inclusiveness. The people of disc golf have welcomed me in with open arms and just radiate positivity.
How do you approach a new course? Initially I like to start with a little reconnaissance - reviewing the layout on UDisc, looking at photos of the course, checking if there have been any rounds filmed there on YouTube, etc. Then I try to get there a day (or two) early before the tournament, and play a few practice rounds. I'll try different lines with different discs, and be sure to look back from the basket to teepad to see if there are any lines that weren't obvious from the other direction. It's important to figure out where I would want my misses to land (avoiding OB, poor lies, etc.).
What motivates you to continually improve your game? My competitive nature. I become obsessed with improving myself, because if I'm spending my time doing something, I want to become the best I can possibly be at that thing. But additionally, it's about enjoying the process of improving - making mistakes can be fun if you're embracing that they will help you grow.
What do you do to stay focused playing in tourneys? The biggest thing for me is really taking my time. Focus on breathing, my routines, and positivity. I like to keep a laid back attitude, and have fun with my card. Usually when your card is having fun, then all of you are playing better.
What’s your most memorable disc golf moment? My disc golf career highlight to this point was placing 2nd at the Black Hills Disc Golf Club Bag Tag Tournament, beating all (but one) of the local MPO players that had years of experience on me. I hit my first ace during the first round of that tournament as well, which was just icing on the cake.
What are your top three favorite discs? Right now, I'd say my Dynamic Discs Judge, Latitude 64 Ballista Pro, and my Innova Mako3.
What are your top three courses you have played? Spearfish Canyon in Spearfish, South Dakota. Blue Ribbon Pines in East Bethel, Minnesota. Pageant Hill in Custer, South Dakota.
If you could play any course in the world, which would it be? The list of courses I'd like to play is a long one, but if I had to choose one right now - Milo McIver Disc Golf Course in Oregon.
Whats in the bag? For my putting putters I use DD Classic Blend Judges. Throwing putters: DD Judge, Thoughtspace Praxis, Innova Dart, Westside Harp, Discraft Zone. Midranges: Westside Tursas, Innova Mako3, Discraft Buzzz, AGL Magnolia, Discraft Malta. Fairway Drivers: Innova Leopard, Innova Teebird, Discraft Heat, Latitude 64 Jade, Innova Valkyrie, Discraft Undertaker, AGL Locust, Innova Thunderbird, Innova Firebird. Distance Drivers: Discraft Avenger SS, Discraft Scorch, Innova Wraith, AGL Cedar, DD Air Trespass, Innova Destroyer, Discmania DD3, Prodigy D Model S, Discraft Nuke, Latitude 64 Ballista Pro.
What non-disc golf hobbies do you have? I'm an avid outdoorsman - I spend a lot of time enjoying the Black Hills of South Dakota while hiking, fly fishing, trail running, hunting, etc. My wife and I like to pick apples and ferment the juice into cider. More recently I started playing beer league ice hockey.
Any superstitions you have before or during a round? As a former baseball player I find I have quite a few superstitions. The two major ones are I need the Black Hills Vinyl logo on my mini to be facing me while I'm putting, and I hold my discs in the same spot every time (typically with the stamp right-side up).
What does #NoBadRounds mean to you? #NoBadRounds really has two meanings for me. The first being any round of disc golf you're playing is a good round, because you're getting to be outside, doing something you love - so enjoy it no matter the results. The second meaning is that disc golf is all about improvement, if you have a bad throw then it's a great learning opportunity. It's about learning to love the process of getting better.
What do you love most about your FlighTowel? How well it helps me with warming up. Getting my body, specifically my hips, back, shoulder and arm warmed up before a tournament round is something that I used to struggle with - it essentially would require me throwing tons of discs (then having to retrieve them), but the FlighTowel has been a life-saver. While of course I'm still throwing some discs, the FlighTowel helps activate my muscles, joints, etc. and it just makes my body feel better (it seriously hurts less with my FlighTowel warm-up routine).
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