Friday, April 17, 2009

Disc Golf

Disc Golf

Disc golf is a game played with a frisbee instead of a ball. The object of the game is very similar to traditional golf or ball golf as disc golfers call it. The golfer tries to get the disc into the Disc Golf Basket in the fewest number of frisbee throws.

Disc golf was recognized and formalized in the 70's. Since then many disc golf courses have popped up all over the United States. Most of the disc golf courses are free to play and unlike traditional golf there are no tee times. To find out where there are some disc golf courses near you try going to Professional Disc Golf Association's Course Directory.

Disc golf is a great sport because it promotes good health and does not require a lot of money to start playing. You can buy a disc or even play with a frisbee from your garage. More experienced players like to buy discs that allow the golfer to throw further and harder than a traditional frisbee allows. There are several types of discs that one can use while disc golfing.

There are drivers, putters, mid-range, and specialty discs. All discs also have different speeds in which they can travel with the drivers being the highest speed and the putters being the slowest.

Drivers are used from the tee position for maximum distance off the tee.



Fairway Drivers are used when you need long accurate throws after your initial driver throw.



Mid-Range discs are used for a variety of different situations depending on the terrain.



Putters & Approach discs are used for short controlled throws.



All discs are not created the same so check out the plastics, ratings, and designs of each disc to make sure it fits you. According to Innovadiscs.com there are four factors that affect discs, Speed, Glide, Turn, & Fade. Here is their guide for each:


















Experienced disc golfers typically have a bag to carry all of their types of discs similar to a golf club bag that traditional golf players use but smaller.



Read about the History of Disc Golf.