Disc golf is the perfect solution for anyone that wants to teach, share and enjoy a lifetime sport.
It's a healthy, inexpensive, recreational activity that provides upper and lower body conditioning, aerobic exercise and mental stimulation. Concentration skills expand by mastering shots and negotiating obstacles. Players of limited fitness levels can start slowly and gradually increase their level of play.
Disc golf is played much like golf except, instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc. A disc golf hole begins from a tee area and ends at a target, the most common of which is an elevated metal basket. The goal is to throw the fewest amount of shots. As a player progresses down the fairway, they must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw landed.
The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. When the 'putt' lands in the basket, the hole is complete.
The only thing you need to play disc golf is a disc. That’s it!
Discs are inexpensive, ranging from about $10 to $25 depending on the quality of the plastic and other features like custom designs and stamps. That means for under $100, a family of four can start a new activity with opportunities to play on over 10,000 courses with most of them free.
These points elevate disc golf beyond a frisbee game to a viable lifestyle option. Discs can be purchased from most brick and mortar sporting goods stores as well as a wide selection of online disc golf retailers. Many disc manufacturers offer a starter pack, which usually consists of one each of the three primary types of disc golf discs: a putter, mid-range, and high-speed driver.
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There are innumerable ways to throw a golf disc – and, indeed, the creative possibilities presented with each shot are a big part of the sport’s charm. The most popular throwing technique in disc golf is the backhand throw. The backhand is what most people think of when they think of throwing a Frisbee.
Check out the videos below to get an idea of how to throw.
From the basics between discs, how the flight changes based on form, to the standard run-up and throw, here's a good primer to get started.
While strength plays a part, it's technique that really makes a difference in how far a disc can fly.