OK, I’m going to be honest — this week’s poll is a hypothetical one that is supposed to give readers the chance to have fun with their responses in the comments section. You don’t have to take it seriously.
In fact, we’re going to have a little fun with it as well.
We’re also going to give away some plastic via “Staff Choice.” Basically, it comes down to this — if you create the funniest or most entertaining answer and our staff votes you the winner — you’ll have the disc sent to you. I’m not sure what kind of disc I’ll give away, but you’ll get some plastic if you win!
Anyway, before we get into that, let’s look at last week’s poll about whether or not you are PDGA members.
Of 72, voters, 75 percent said they were current PDGA members. That’s 54 votes. Further, three more votes (4 percent) said they were members, but not current. That means 21 percent (15 votes) of those voting are not PDGA members.
It’s an interesting breakdown, but it’s only 72 voters. We’ve had polls where hundreds of people have voted, so this is not a total response. Also, with so many disc golfers out there, who knows the actual amount. But, it’s an interesting small sample to gauge things.
Here is some reader feedback…
Justin Allen makes a tremendous point:
Not a member yet, but I plan on being one soon. I would be one already if PDGA accepted paypal for membership.
In this day and age, most places accept PayPal. When I renewed my membership, this stood out to me as I’d rather use PayPal over giving my credit card number. Hopefully, it’s something the PDGA will eventually consider using.
Trey Pfeiffer says:
I’m a member to support the sport. It’s nice to save the $10 per sanctioned tournament, but I’ve been a member for years and have only played one tournament.
When I initially joined the PDGA, it was for the same reasons. But I don’t nearly play enough sanctioned tournaments to justify the savings part, either. So supporting the sport is a good thing. Nice work, Trey!
I became a member ’cause I like to have a rating, just to reassure me that I’m still a poor player.
Amen to that!
Kris Blum makes a good point as well:
I just haven’t had the money to renew plus I am not planning on play a lot of tournaments this year. But I might still renew yet.
This is really important because after the initial year, one has to decide if the $50 per year is a smart move, whether economically or for whatever else. I know I have been there — wondering whether I should renew or not because of the money — and I know many friends who are the same way.
Finally, Stan Frischman gives us something to think about:
Even though I’m not currently a tournament player, I’m a long time recreational player, PDGA member, and supporter of this great sport. If we don’t support the sanctioning organization of the sport we love, we can’t expect it to ever go mainstream.
It’s a good thought, Stan. Thanks for bringing that up.
In the future, we’ll be attempting to break down PDGA membership a bit more so people can judge if they feel it’s for them or not.
As always, we like to give something randomly to someone who commented. This week’s winner is Trey Pfeiffer! Get me an address so I can send you something from the prize box!
Now on with this week’s poll question. The hypothetical fun one.
Here’s the situation (remember, this is completely hypothetical as I’m quite sure nobody would act like this during a tournament, especially not any top pros. But this is a way to have a little fun and maybe have a reaction you know you’d never have on the course) …
You are a decent amateur golfer. The pro tour comes to town and, after three of four rounds, you find yourself on the final card with three of the top professionals in the world. It’s your home course, so you figure that’s how you are somehow in the fight for this championship.
Throughout the round, you are getting “hazed,” so to speak. The pros are messing with you a little, after all they are getting booed at times and you are getting massive cheers throughout the course. So the pros are having some fun. But inside, it’s burning you. They aren’t doing anything during your shots, but they are messing with you enough to throw your game off.
Still, you stay in it and are close. Despite some razzing and such, you are, for the most part, able to block it out. Being called “noodle arm” means nothing when you are still able to compete. Little comments aren’t totally distracting you, but you’ve blown a few shots with this stuff simmering in your head. And now, coming to the 18th, you’re a bit peeved and having a hard time focusing, despite having a chance to win this tournament on your home course against some of the finest players in the world. You’re tied with one of them for the lead.
Your drives falls a good 125 feet shy of the leading pro and at least 100 of the others. As you walk toward your disc, you can hear some quiet comments about not being “able to hang” with the big boys when it’s all on the line. You simmer some more.
Your second shot bashes a tree, but you get a little love and your shot falls about 40 feet shy of the pin. Meanwhile the pros do their normal thing and get quite tight to the pin, though the leader still has about an 18-foot putt for birdie. You approach your shot knowing you probably need to make this birdie to force a playoff. Everything these guys have been saying is running through your head and you can see them whispering to each other as you step up to putt.
You can’t focus. The basket looks 1,000 feet away. You’re jittery.
The disc leaves your hand and it floats to the basket… all of a sudden, it looks good. Ching.. flump. It hits the chains, hits the edge of the basket and drops to the ground. You drop your head and you can hear the pros giving you, in non-serious voices, of course, “so sorry…” sort of reaction.
You stand there as the pro you are tied with steps up for his putt. He smirks as he looks at you and keeps total eye contact on you. He putts — without looking — and clangs the chains and in for the win. Then he smirks some more and winks at you as he walks to the basket.
The fire in you is about to run over. The whole round has been like this. And as he walks to the basket, you just can’t take any more…
How do you react? Remember, it’s hypothetical, but let’s leave it as legal as can be!
Vote away and let us know in the comments how you would react. You can’t win if you don’t comment here. (In other words, comments on Facebook or other places where this poll might be linked won’t count… it has to be here).
A random commenter will be selected for a prize and we’ll give away the disc from our staff choice, so make sure you leave your thoughts!
(Note: The RC staff reserves the right to not award a disc if they feel the comments are not entertaining enough. We don’t fear this will happen, but need to put all this here. So have fun! Make it entertaining! And win a disc!)
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