Played Disc Golf

Today I played frisbee golf for the first time!

It was a completely unexpected thing; a friend suggested getting together while I was in her area and she mentioned playing the sport at the local park. I've seen the funky looking baskets at several different parks and have been curious about the game. I was definitely interested in trying it out, so my friend, her brother, and I played a game of ten holes.

Disc golf basket. By Tiia Monto (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Disc golf basket.

By Tiia Monto (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

It was so much fun!  I felt like I was doing horribly because they were so good, but my friend said most first timers consistently score 11s to 13s on each hole and I scored no more than 9 on all holes. I also got out of bounds only once, which apparently is really good for a beginner. All I know is I really enjoyed it, and I'm thinking about getting my own discs to play with whenever I travel to someplace with a disc golf course. I wish had remembered to grab a photo with my friends to include in this post, but I forgot because I was enjoying myself so much. That's the best reason to forget, I suppose. ^-^

Here's what I learned about the game and throwing techniques: 

  • Golf discs are different from regular frisbees. They're much heavier, and there are different diameters and weights for driving, mid-range, and putting. 
  • The game is scored like regular golf, where you try to get the disc in the basket in as few throws as possible. 
  • Its a great social game. My friend said once you get comfortable throwing and stop thinking about it so much, it's easier to meet and get to know people. 
  • Throwing is not about the power I put into it. It's about the technique.
  • I throw better right forehanded with my left foot forward, rather than right backhanded with my right foot forward as my friends were doing. (This was actually an interesting discovery. The first time I tried to imitate they're throwing style, even before I attempted a release throw, I thought, "Oh dear, I'm gonna be pretty terrible at this. This feels so unnatural." Half way through the game though, they suggested I try throwing forehanded instead. My technique improved tenfold instantaneously. It felt much more natural.)
  • When throwing, I don't want to give the frisbee lift by hopping up a little. I need to stay grounded, kinda "stop" as my friend put it, and let the disc release from that stop. This is something that dramatically improved with the forehanded throw. Once I switched, I naturally started sinking low and stayed grounded much easier.
  • Spin helps keep the disc stable in flight. To give the disc spin, I need to flick the disc with my wrist at the very end of the throw while I'm releasing it. The stance switched also helped this.
  • The angle of throw, whether the disc is parallel to the ground or tilted, is important. I can't quite remember how it affects the disc's flight, but it is something that does not come naturally to me. The stance switch didn't help with this much either.
  • Something I realized on my own was I was gripping the disc with curled fingers. I need to grip it with flat fingers to keep from accidentally snagging the under rim when I release.
  • Finally, I just need to stop overthinking it. Just throw. 

That's all I can remember for now. I'm off to try to get ahead on schoolwork.