What is Disc Golf?
Disc golf is a type of sport that was invented in the 1970’s. Disc golf, like the name suggests, is a derived sport from normal golf. It is played just like traditional golf, with the general rules being kept.
One of the more noticeable differences between disc golf and traditional golf are the types of materials being used. In traditional golf, players will use a golf ball, while in disc golf, a plastic Frisbee is used. Disc golf also does not have any clubs, which is unlike the many clubs that are found in use in traditional golf.
Otherwise, there are major rules that are kept the same in both disc golf and traditional golf. In disc golf and traditional golf, players must shoot their golf ball or disc within the hole or net, with the lowest numbers of strokes or throws that they can manage.
The order of the shots also remains the same for both sports, with both kinds of golf having a driving shot, mid-range shots, and putter shots. Also in both kinds of golf, players will receive penalties for hitting obstructions or losing their discs.
Rules of Disc Golf
The rules of both disc golf and traditional golf remain the same for the most part. If a player already is familiar with the rules of traditional golf, then they will have little trouble learning the rules of disc golf. Played on a similar course like golf too.
Taking turns on throws is something that should again be observed during disc golf. It is courteous for each player to take turns with their shots. Disc golf throws should be done one at a time and not simultaneously. This is to ensure that players are not disturbed when they attempt their throws. It is also easier to track the flight of a disc when these discs are thrown one at a time.
Each hole in a disc golf game also has a starting point called a “tee-off.” During the starting point, players will throw the first shot, called a drive. The drive is often the most important and farthest shown throw because it will ultimately determine the score for the hole. A further thrown golf disc drives will mean lesser throws towards the basket, while a drive that comes short will need more shots towards the basket to compensate.
The order of the “tee-off” is determined at first by the flipping of the discs. Each player will choose a side, heads or tails. And the disc is flipped, just like a big coin. Heads for the disc is where the logo is located. For the next subsequent holes, the order of the “tee-off” is determined by the score of the previous holes. The player with the lowest score on the last hole will throw the first disc during the “tee-off” of the next hole.
The disc should always be left where it landed; this is called the lie of the disc. A disc golf disc can only be picked up and taken off its lie when a marker disc is placed in its location. Marker discs are usually smaller and cannot be thrown. A player can remove a disc to make way for another player who is going to throw a disc on the same path.
Fine points of playing
Just like in traditional golf, players must employ some different techniques to improve their game. There are things that must be observed by players if they want a good game.
During a throw, players must watch their foot placement to maximize their throws. Bad foot placement usually means unstable footing, which could cause a player to throw a bad disc.
More factors for the players to consider include both accuracy and power. For example, players must choose to throw farther shots or aim for better placements for their discs. While powerful throws can often make golf discs travel further and become closer to the basket, accuracy ultimately reduce the number of throws that are needed.
Players must not sacrifice accuracy for more power. Instead, they must balance the two factors to achieve a better game.
If a player’s golf disc becomes stuck in an obstruction, then players are allowed to remove it from a tree. A marker disc must be placed carefully into the spot directly underneath the disc. The golf disc player can then remove their disc from the tree’s branches and attempt a shot around or above the tree.
Penalties in Disc Golf
A disc that has fallen into a water hazard counts against the player. Not only will players lose their discs, but they also must take a one throw penalty. They will then attempt to throw their discs at a location that comes before the water hazard. Golf disc players should avoid accidentally throwing their discs into water hazards, as the penalty can cause them to lose games.
In the short game of golf discs, throws are called putts, just like in traditional clubbed golf. Putt throws have to be more controlled and made in shorter distances to make the disc fall into the basket. On the green, players must take carefully take turns when throwing putts. Players must also remove their discs from where they lie and mark them with marker discs.
There are other penalties that golf disc players must watch out for. Players cannot step past their marker line when attempting a throw. It is only allowed after they have released the disc from their hands. If a player steps beyond the marker line when throwing a disc will be penalized, with one throw or by reattempting the throw again. Players must also watch out for other penalties such as being careful not to hit any other player on the hole with their Frisbee.
Now that the basics of disc golf playing are known, readers of this article are now more capable of beginning a disc golf game. Have fun on the holes playing disc golf, and do not forget to clean up the discs after a game.