Disc Golf, Learn all about it!

9 Oct

So, what is it?

Though disc golf has been around for some time, it is a relatively new sport to many, especially here in Cheyenne. I’m sure a lot of you have walked around a park here in town and have seen metal baskets with chains and a pole anchored into the ground. Honestly, before I knew what Disc Golf was, I thought it was some type of home for birds! I was very wrong. In this blog, I’m going to try explaining what exactly Disc Golf is and some general rules behind the game. To start, Disc Golf is actually a professional sport. Most of you have probably heard of the PGA (Professional Golf Association), while most of you have NOT heard of the PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association). If you don’t believe that exists (as I didn’t at first either), here is there website. Disc Golf is actually very similar to golf. So if you know how to play golf, you’re already very knowledgeable about Disc Golf! Replace the balls with discs, and the holes with baskets, and you’re good to go! For those who don’t know anything about either, I will walk you through the general aspects of the game.

Rules, Shmules

To begin your Disc Golf adventure, you must know the course. Be aware of how the course is laid out so you don’t get

Disc Golf

Disc Golf

lost. Second, approach the first tee box. The tee box is the area in which you first throw your disc. Notice what the par is for that hole. Par is “the number of strokes a player should normally require for a particular hole or course.”  After your first throw, find your disc, but do not pick it up without replacing it with a marker. You must be behind the spot of your disc when you throw your second shot. Play with these rules until you successfully throw your disc into the basket. (Note: if your disc hits the chains, but does not fall into the basket, it does not count, and it is painful to watch.) Keep track of how many throws it took you to get the disc in the basket. If the par was three (which it is for every basket at Mylar Park), and it took you four shots, you subtract your shots by the par, which would equal one. So you are now one over. If you birdied the next basket (2 shots on a par 3) then your score would go back to even (0). For each basket, you add or subtract whatever you got to your total score. If you didn’t understand this, here is a great site that better explains it. (Note: it’s talking about golf, but it is the same scoring system.)

Okay, got the gist, now what?

Practice! To get good at anything, you must practice. Keep at it! Here are some tips/techniques that will help that process along. While you’re getting better, you’ll also be getting a lot of exercise. Disc Golf makes you walk! You will be walking a lot during your games, but it’s worth it. I love the exercise involved because it calms me and it’s just peaceful. It’s a great way to get your mind off of stressful situations. Here’s a wonderful, very cheesy video to help give a visual aid of what you’re getting in to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFQ8S1LcioQ

Also, here is a slideshow of some discs and how they look like/perform:

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