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What is "Disc Golf"?
Disc Golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the world today. Basically, its gold, but with frisbees(called discs). You have an array of discs from drivers, midranger, to putters. Basically, you tee off and throw your disc as far and as best of a shot as you can. Then throw from where you land, and the hole in a metal chain linked basket. All disc golf courses are FREE and most likely in some very nice park or wooded area.
I Probably Wont Like It!
Wrong! I thought the same thing two years ago when my brother in law asked if I wanted to play disc golf. I've never really heard of it, and the sound of it, to be honest just sounded gay. I went and I was terrible my first time, didn't enjoy the fist few holes but I got better than started to like it a lot. Every friend that I've broughten to play has told me how fun they think it is and some of them even bought discs already!
Whats so GOOD About It?
Well, the fact is its a STONER sport. So pretty much everyone on this site will like it. You get to play for FREE, besides the low costs of disc ofcourse. You get to experience various different parks and places the courses are at that you never would have went to before. You get to be around nature and enjoy the relaxation that disc golf brings (Besides getting stuck in prickers ) But basically, its just plain fun. Relaxing, takes your mind of things, and really fun, especially when you get better and play with friends. All the different courses you get to play at, some of them are truely amazing!
Alright, I'll Buy Some Discs.
Wooooo! I suggest you or anyone that is JUST starting to buy a beginners set of DX discs(Look At Next Question Where To Buy). It should come with DX plastic putter, mid range, and driver. They will be great for you to start out with, at this point you don't have to worry about getting Champion or Star plastics yet.-
Where Can I Purchase Discs?
Well there a few places you can get discs. Maybe one of your friends who DOES play will let you borrow some of his discs while you play. I have plenty of extra discs and putters so I let whoever wants to try it out use my discs. Another option is go to a store. There are very seldom stores specifically for Disc Golf, but there are some! You can look on the internet to see if there is any Disc Golf stores near you, but most likely their isn't. But that doesn't mean that OTHER stores don't have discs. Dick's Sporting Goods for example. has a good variety of discs, not many, but a good amount and its a perfect place for beginners until you get into the sport and figure out which discs you like the most. Once you've Found wich discs you like the most OR you can't find any store. I suggest this website Disc Nation - Disc Golf Discs, Disc Golf Bags, Disc Golf Baskets . They have a HUGE selection of any discs you want, bags, disc accesories, disc golf nets, you name it! They even have special tye dye discs that just look super cool Same with Disc Golf Discs - Ultimate Frisbee - Frisbee Golf - Dog Frisbees - DiscFly.com.
What Discs Are Right For Me?
Basically, you don't know what discs are right for you until you try some out, and once you try them out you can see what stats your disc has, if its understable, stable, overstable and look at the chart in this thread.(JUST LOOK A FEW POSTS DOWN) But basically, as a beginner, I'd say start with a DX plastic, they are very noob friendly, light weight so its easier to throw, and get a stable-understable, or understable disc. The overstable are much harder to throw the stable and understable for beginners. But just try discs out, see whats best for you and go from there and use the chart!
So I Got Discs and Played and I Suck
DONT BE DISCOURAGED. The first time, your going to be bad. Your not going to get any birdies, barely any aces, but practice after practice, throw after throw YOU WILL GET BETTER. The better you get, the more you enjoy it. That feeling you get of throwing a nice ass drive will make you feel good and make you like the game even more. I started out terrible, now I'm much better. Even my friends who have played only a few times, I've seen VAST improvments in their games from now up until their first time playing. They can drive so much better, make puts, and make smart decisions. Trust me, you will get better, don't let your first time turn you off forever.
What a good way to get used to my discs?
This tip was added by howoldami. The best way to get used to your discs is to find a very wide open field, a football field or something of that nature. And just pratice your x-step, you back hand, as well. Also, its a great time to test your discs, figure out what kind of situations each of your discs would come in handy. its all a great way to practice you accuracy, your power and then adding both yoiur accuracy and power in one throw.
Where Can I Find A Course Near Me?
There are litteraly THOUSANDS of courses across the Earth. But to find the ones nearest you, and a review of each course go here PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory | Professional Disc Golf Association.
How Do I Know Which Discs To Use??
Thats a great question, and its hard to tell WHICH discs and which TYPES of discs are best for your throwing style. But to give you a better idea of what each disc is like and what the difference between them are, look below at my charts. They are very usuful once you've found a certain disc you like, then you can see what the stats on the disc are, and find a disc like it, or another disc with more stats in something else you might do better with!
What is the BEST Brand?
To be honest, all brands are good. They all have their differnces in their disc, or they would be the same company . Though, my favorite and many peoples favorite DRIVER brand is Innova. They do have the widest selection of drivers avaliable, so if you don't like one you can switch to one you do like. For putters, i HIGHLY suggest looking into Gateway putters, they are currently the best rated putters on the market, and are very nice and comfortable gripped and matieral . But when it comes down to it, brand is all up to your own decision. There is no ONE good brand, just like clothing companies. Sure there are really well known ones (Innova being the well known one), but not everyone like them, so they go with there own. I suggest you get a disc or two of every brand and see what you like. Have a variety of discs, just not one brand. But if I had to answer, overall the best brand is Innova due to their wide variety of every type of disc
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There are a few ways you can throw your disc, depending on the type of throw you need to make. There is the following two BASIC forms of throwing Backhand and Forehand
The backhand is the throw your going to naturally throw first. Its the way everyone was taught how to throw a frisbee, with you hand gripping the disc and the back of your hand facing towards where you are going to throw. In this throw, without getting into the advanced throws, you want to keep a few things in mind.
1. Your disc is ALWAYS going to fade to the left at the end. So by knowing this, your going to want to make your throw more towards the right of your target, so it curves left into where you wanted to throw it.
2. KEEP THE DISC FLAT! Its going to be very hard to keep track of at first, but once you are able to discipline yourself into keeping your disc flat when you release it, the more naturally it will be. If you realse your disk at angle, with the wing down, its going to curve left VERY quickly and not go nearly as far as its capable of. So when you release it, make sure its parallel to the ground.
3.KEEP THE DISC CLOSE TO THE GROUND! This is the second thing you have to remember when your releasing your disc. If you release is flat, but you throw it at a large incline into the air your pretty much just asking for that disc to get stopped in the air very quickly, and come down curving to the left very quickly. The more level and lower and parlell to the ground that you let the disc leave your hand, the MUCH further its going to fly
So lets go over that really quickly, throw it more towards the right of your target so it will curve back left to where you wanted it to go, let it out flat out of your hand and keep it low to the ground.
The Next thing you want to try to master with your backhand throw is called The X-Stepwhich is going to add A LOT more power behind your throw, giving you a much further drive that you would just standing and throwing it.
Just remember... FLAT, LOW!
Very simple, and will improve your game GREALY. Lets say you are a righty (meaning your throwing your disc with your right hand). What your going to do is take a nice long step with your right foot, then come in with a nice long step with your left foot behind your right one and further than your right one(making the "x"), then take one final step with your right foot again. While your bringing this right foot forward you should also be bringing the disc with that foot and throw it pretty much just right after you take your last step with your right foot. This description may be hard to understand so look up a video on youtube. If you do this correctly you should be bringing all of your momentum forward with you on your last step, into your arms, letting you throw that disc much further than normally.
Just remember... FLAT, LOW!
The side are is my favorite way of driving and getting distance personally, but you shouldn't get used to just one type of throwing style, because your going to need both backhand and side arm to get your game perfect. The side arm is pretty much the opposite of the backhand. You want to hold your disc with your forhand facing the way you want to throw. You want to put two fingers side by side squeezed against the rim of the disc and your thumb on top, so your basically pinching the disc. *YOU CAN DO THE X-STEP ALSO, IT DOESNT MATTER *. So when you throw side arm you need to remeber the same things as i said before for the backhand. Keep it low to the ground keep it flat when you release, BUT! When you throw this way your putting opposite spin on the disc, than you would with a backhand throw. SO you want to am more toward the LEFT of where you want your disc to go, since its going to fade to the turn at the end of its flight. So when you go to throw sidearm, its VERY IMPORTANT that you do it correctly. you want to start by keeping it level to the ground and have it in your hand very firmly, take a few practice flicks before your actual throw. When you go to throw it you want to keep the same motion the same grip you have, but when you release it you just want it to SNAP out of your hand. So you go forward with the shot and then just suddenly STOP and let the thing fly. This technique is really hard to learn AT FIRST, but once you get it down its very easy to master. Its VERY hard to explain this, but if you go on youtube, there is a much better demonstration you can watch to see how to do it.
Just remember... FLAT, LOW!
So those are pretty much your two throws your going to be using. There is also two other throwsThey are called Thumbers, and Tomahawks.
The Tomahawk and Thumber throws should never be used on a drive, unless you need to throw it through a very narrow line. Anyways, the Thumber and Tomahawk as basically like baseball throws, except with discs. They can be used for numerous reasons. One being your behind a bunch of trees and chances are with a normal throw your going to end up hitting one of the trees, so you want to thumb/tomahawk through the openings more accurately. Or you've landed dead center in the middle of a big brush and trees surrounding you and there is no possible way you can throw your disc sidearm or backhand without it hitting leaves or a tree and going five feet . In this case you'd wanna throw the disc high in the air, through an opening and out of your rut.
Basically, to throw a Tomahawk, you want to hold the disc vertically, with the same grip and finger positioning as you would would a sidearm throw. Then you just chuck in straight through whichever narrow opening you want to, or whichever brush you want to punch throw and still get some distance. On the other hand, with a Thumber you just want to do the same exact thing, hold the disc vertically with the sidearm grip EXCEPT, you just turn the disc the other way so that your THUMB is on the inside of the disc ( get it?? ). Also, with the thumbers, you wanna make sure you grip it above the rim, and pinch is tightly so that your thumb isn't touch the rim.
The Difference Between the Thumber and Tomahawk is quite simple. When throwing a Tomahawkas the disc flies, it will turn to the right and be upside down, then it will turn back to the left at the end of the flight as it’s coming to the ground. When throwing a Thumber it will turn to the left and then go upside and at the end will turn back to the right at the end.
Tip- When Throwing A Thumber Or Tomahawk, Use Your Heaviest Disc!
Throwing A Roller
I honestly never throw rollers, since I'm not good at them and never seem to find a good time to use them. You want to start out throwing your roller using the x-step like you would on a typical backhand drive. However, when you pull your arm back, you will want to raise it about 15 degrees higher than on a normal drive. This will cause your hand to swing downward slightly instead of straight across during your arm swing. On your release, you want to snap your wrist downward giving the disc the angle it needs to turn over the right amount before it makes contact with the ground. You will need to practice this release in order to get the feel of how much “help” your specific discs needs in order to get the correct landing angle you want. When you throw, you want your disc to stay in the air for about 1/3 of the distance to you target. At that point the disc should have turned over enough so that when it strikes the ground it is almost (but not quite) standing straight up. It will finish straightening itself up in the first part of the roll. The disc then should roll the other 2/3rds of the way before rolling off a tad to the right before sitting itself down…hopefully two feet from the basket.
These are just the Innova Plastics, there are other manufactuers with different names for plastics, but basically all of them revolve around these types of plastics
DX- Cheapest, for beginners. Basically you can tell which these are by the stamps on them, they all have pictures (Except Tournament Ones). They tend to always be 150g so they dont drive far.
PRO Not much more money than Dx. Never seen or threw one, guessing they are just like DX, just a little heavier with different plastics,
CHAMPIONBit pricey, $15-$20 but well worth it. I like Champions alot, but I'm starting to love the Star discs. These ones are easy to distinct. They are always clear plastic, good grip to them, and have heavier weights and through very nicely
STAR Most Expensive $20+, expensive but very worth the price.The best of the best, better plastic than Champion, not too much of a difference, its all a matter of preference when it comes with Star and Champion.
What Are The Differences Between Plastics?
There really isn't a HUGE difference between plactics. DX Plastic though, are usually ALWAYS in the lower weight range, generally 150g. Meaning they will not go as far and wind will take them easier, best for begginers though, lighter the disc, more beginner friendly it is.
Then comes the Pro, Champion and Star plastics, they go from good to better in that order. The differences between them are grip, durability, glide, and breaking them in.
Basically, all my discs are champ or star, but im going to start buying all star now. I love then. If your throwing a DX btw, and aren't getting as much distance or reliabiltiy as you want. You should upgrade to a Champ or Star, you wont regret it!
Here are picture examples of plastic.
Also if this thread grows, ill post more tricks, tips, how to dye discs. More advanced throwing techniques and get into certain types of throws.
If you have an questions about a certain throw or anything, let me know. Ill answer it Hope this all helps
Besides Plastic, What's The Difference Between Discs?
There is actually a good amount of things that make each disc different from another. Those things are Stability, Speed, Glide, Turn, and Fade. These are all better explained Below.
Speed- Speed is the ability of the disc to cut through the air. Discs with higher numbers are faster aa(duh). Faster discs go farther with less effort. Lower number discs are for d9stance controlled shots.
Glide- Glide refers to the ability to maintan loft furing flight. More glide isbest for new players and for producing maximum distance, especialy fownwind. A disc rated 6 has the most glide. Beginners should chose discs with more glide
Turn- High Speed Turn- Tedency of a disc to turn over or bank to the rightearly in flight. A +1 rating is the most resistant to turning over. While a -4 rating will turn the most. Discs rated -2 to -4 make good roller discs.
Fade- Low speed fade - at the end of the flight, all discs tail off or hook, to the left. But some will hook harder than others. A disc rated 1 will finish straightest, while a disc rated 5 will hook hard at the end of the flight
Stability basically means, which flight pattern the disc was made to follow. Each disc is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS going to hook a certain direction at the end of its flight, depending on how it is thrown.(Backhand Hooks Left, Forehand Hooks Right). But the stability of the disc is going to determine what the flight pattern is going to be prior to the inevitable hook. Below is a image of each stabilities flight path, and how they will travel if thrown flat and backhanded.
Now that you know what stability, speed, glide, turn, and fade mean. These charts will make much more sense to you and help you decide with disc is best for you!
Here is a chart for Mid-Range discs and Putters.
Hope This Guide Really Helped Fellow Disc Golfers Out There, As Well As Made More People Want To Play!
~MY OPINION ON DISC GOLF~
hey everyone, haven't seen any topics on this amazing sport. Yes I think its a sport, and its growing VERY rapidly. Currently, i've been playing for about 2 years or so. Getting better each time, but still can't par every single hole, but I love playing it.
The parks you get to play in, the scenic landscapes, the relaxation, and going with friends, its just fun. and ANYONE can play, and its free!(besides discs).
I figure that a lot of people on here play, since its considered a college and stoner sport haha.
My favorite discs are always changing. Currently for backhanded drives I use my groove. If you throw that thing right, its going to FLY down the fairway, its the fastest and most stable driver out there. For my sidearm, I'm inbetween discs, i used to love the monarch, but since i improved my throw, the incredibly understability of it, just never works for me anymore. So I'd have to say that the Orc is one of my favorite discs for forehand.
I need to go buy discs though, just played in florida and hahah, lost my orc in a huge plot of dense vegetation and prickers. Went looking for it, came out with 4 discs . A Star TL (very nice disc), a DX Viking (really like it, but its too light, i want it in a champion or star), a PDGA black disc (Lost it later on ), and a Millenium X ( never heard of it). But I ended up losing th black pdga, my monarch and orc so it kinda evened out, maybe ended up worse in my favor.
Also, Never played before and need discs? Check out your local Dick's Sporting Goods, maybe even a models.
Looking for a course near you? Try here..PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory | Professional Disc Golf Association
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Edited by HeadySpaghetti, 12 October 2010 - 05:57 AM.