Disc Golf is an amazing recreational sport that is quickly gaining in popularity with each passing day. So, if it’s so great, then what is it?
What it is
Disc golf is a lot like traditional “ball” golf, but instead of using clubs and golf balls, the player throws specially made plastic flying discs (frisbees) from a tee pad to an above-ground basket on a pole instead of a hole in the ground. The player begins by ‘driving’ from a designated tee area and continues toward the target, throwing each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The score is based on the number of throws it takes to get the disc to land in the basket. The lowest score wins! Like traditional golf there are different types of discs used for different purposes, much like ball golfers use different clubs
Special weighted discs are preferred by disc golf pros. You can use a regular Frisbee to play but as you gain experience you’ll find that regular Frisbees will not produce the desired results. Below are examples of the three basic types of discs used.
Putters: As the name suggests this disc is used for short range putts into the basket. It has a dome-like profile allowing for more glide and loft.
Midrange: This disc is used to approach the basket from the fairway. It has a slimmer profile and a slightly thicker rim to allow for more aerodynamic distance.
Drivers: Drivers have a very slim and sleek profile similar to that of a discus. It has a wide rim on the underside to accommodate a firm grip for maximum distance from the tee box.