How was the weather near all of you this weekend? The Northeast wasn’t too bad as we dodged and ducked thunderstorms and rain, but there were periods of sun. That allowed many to get out and chuck some discs!
The new poll is below and we’ll get to that in a moment. First, let’s look back to last week’s poll and some answers. We asked our readers what it was going to take to push disc golf into the mainstream. We had 82 voters in this poll.
The majority of readers said a major sponsorship would be key. That garnered 24 percent of the choices (20 votes). Following in second with 20 percent (16 votes), was the choice that they don’t think disc golf will become a disc golf sport.
Rounding out the top five were recreational participation reaches critical mass (18 percent/15 votes); popularity among children and teens (17 percent/14 votes); and the popularity of the professional tour (9 percent/7 votes).
There were also some comments to think about.
Ryan Rintala says:
Imagine if a major sponsor like Nike or Adidas got involved? I mean if they came out with a disc golf shoe… and it was placed in a mainstream store like Footlocker, or Champ sports. Just the fact of a shoe being created would make the youth and people in general curious enough to look it up Google. And that is all you need, just a little curiosity created from a mainstream sponsor.
This is a great point because Keen already has a men’s and women’s shoe made for disc golf. But, Keen isn’t Nike or Adidas. And being I’ve heard other people talk about Nike and Adidas in the past in hopes for a disc golf shoe, I wonder how many people know Keen even has this shoe. Companies like Nike and Adidas getting involved with disc golf could be a game changer, for sure.
Lou Doench said:
I voted for recreational critical mass, but I think another factor could be institutional participation on the college and high school level.
The two of these could go hand-in-hand. If more colleges and high schools had this, even in just PE classes or elective classes, it could cause the recreational aspect of the sport to continue to swell, which then could force the game to go bigger and into the mainstream.
Kris Blum notes:
I voted other due to the fact we’re the only country that doesn’t view it as a sport. We had the hippie craze, and people haven’t let go of that fact. In order for disc golf to move and become mainstream, people need to see that it is not tie-dyes and six packs anymore. The PDGA has gone back to a grass roots approach to get more people and schools involved in the sport of disc golf.
This is interesting. And part of this is something I plan on tackling very soon on Rattling Chains. But the first part — where our country (I assume you are speaking the USA) doesn’t consider it a sport — I don’t know if I can agree. I think it is viewed as a sport, but a recreational one. I’m not sure the bulk of the country would consider disc golf a highly competitive sport as the National Tour is small, but it’s definitely a rec sport or casual sport. Even people I talk to who don’t know much or anything will refer to it as a sport. But the other stuff — very good points.
Chuck Tacoronte says:
Its going to take a celebrity endorsement, but not just any endorsement will do. It’s going to to take Kim Kardashian dating Avery Jenkins to pull this off.
That could definitely have some impact on the game!
Graham Marchant says:
Disc Golf will become main stream when the media makes it popular! We should be on ESPN or have schools get more involved by adding it as a recreational activity like football or basketball!
While I don’t disagree that the media can help, the reality is the media won’t get involved until the sport forces it to. As someone who worked in the media, I can tell you that there are issues with staffing at the normal sports, so getting people out to do the non-mainstream sports isn’t easy. We, as disc golfers, need to force the media’s hands in this.
Stan Frischman mentioned many good things — so go back to last week’s poll and read the comments — but one really stuck out to me:
(Players need to) conduct themselves with class and integrity on and off the course.
This is very big. From rec players to pro, always sell the game in a positive way. If casual people to parks are seeing swearing, drinking or temper tantrums, it doesn’t bode well for the sport. Same with pros — it always needs to be at a top level. Great point, Stan!
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts on this poll. It definitely gives food for thought when looking at everything.
Also, as always, we like to give something random away to those who comment on the weekly poll. This week’s Randomizer selection is Stan The Man. Send me an address as well so I can get something from the prize box out to you!
And now for this week’s poll…
We want to know what you, as players, think would make a disc golf course worth playing $5-$10 per round to play. Check out the choices and vote.
NOTE: You can select up to two choices with this poll.
Vote away and let us know in the comments what you think and we’ll, as always, give something away to a random commenter. 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).
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