It seems whenever I talk to somebody, they found the game in a different way.
Personally, I had seen baskets before and knew a little about it, but actually took an interest when we found a disc while out geocaching. Two of us thought it would be cool to try at some point, but that thought died soon after.
Eventually, a friend talked me and another friend into trying it. At that point, I had no clue about a pro tour or anything like that. It was just something new to try. I was more intrigued because the course he was taking us to had several geocaches throughout (as it was in a park).
I figured, heck, I can combine some hobbies and it could be fun.
More on that in a moment. Before we get to the rest of this story and this week’s poll, let’s re-visit last week’s poll.
Last week, we asked how strong your arm is — in other words, how far can you throw? I knew some people might point out that it’s not about strength, but form. And I understand that, but I was curious to see how far people could throw. Just raw throwing.
The results we got, to me, were interesting.
For a while, I knew I didn’t throw far. But over time, my throws got longer. It felt good. I estimated distance. Some friends told me I had to be throwing 300-325 feet. So I was stoked.
But then I’d see people who could actually throw this far doing it and I’d think, wait, my throws aren’t going that far.
I invested in a 50-foot tape measure, some orange flags and paced out 300 feet, putting the flags at every 50 feet.
I found that I averaged about 200-250 feet (and usually in the 225 range). That got me realizing lengths and how they are. Measuring yourself is a way to really see what you have. Another friend was throwing what he thought was massive numbers, but once we measured, we realized it wasn’t as long.
To put this into perspective, if you can throw 300 feet, you can throw the length of a football field. If you can throw 450, that’s a football field and a half. That’s a bomb!
So I thought it would be nice to have a poll here to see what everyone else can throw.
We had 293 voters and the top spots were close — 69 voters (24 percent) said they threw 301-350 feet and 68 votes (23 percent) noted they could throw 351-400 feet.
Third place went to 401-450 feet, which drew 49 votes (75 percent). The next spot went to more than 450 feet, which had 37 votes (13 percent). In fifth, was 251-300 feet, which had 36 votes (12 percent).
That’s some distance.
So either we have a ton of strong-armed people reading this blog, or those who are noodle-armed, like me, don’t respond!
Let’s see what some readers said…
Derek O’Neil said:
I can get my max distance with a ESP Nuke SS 171g. I can get over 300 ft with my Nuke ESP 171/173g. Beginning of the year I was maxing 300-310, 1 of every 10 throws. But with practice I can consistently throw over 300 getting near 340 on my most powerful throws…
I’m starting to think that the 300-350 range is a pretty normal range for those who play on a regular basis and understand what their discs can do. I think that’s the range I’ll eventually aim for and be happy with if I get there.
Steve Huebner says:
I can generally reach 350? with my Surge SS in an open field on a regular basis. On occasion I can hit 375? but that is rare and it has to be a good throw. Although I have been playing about 4 years I am really relearning to throw this year after an elbow injury kept me from throwing at all last year. My goal is to get to 400? with some accuracy. I think if I can do that I will be super happy.
Sounds like a good goal and something to reach out for!
I can’t wait to see the lies people put up here for their throwing distance. -Love Noodle Arm (not a story teller)
It’s the beauty of the Internet. I wonder with many things I read, especially with distance and sports things. And knowing how I used to think with distances and what I know now, sometimes it’s a wonder! (I’m noodle-armed, too).
Kevin King notes:
I used to throw roughly 350 or so on my open drives with an Archon, but ever since picking up my Blizzard Boss, it has become my number one distance driver. I’m routinely clearing 400 ft at my course’s par 5 first hole. My home course is the longest in Canada, so I have about 7 or 8 drives where I get to really pull back and reef on the disc. I think that playing on such a long course so frequently has really helped my arm over the 3 years I’ve been playing.
I imagine playing long courses has to help. It makes you strive for those distances. I know whenever I play courses with long or long and open fields, I get frustrated because it takes me several throws to get anywhere.
Brian Buller says:
I actually just made a breakthrough in my throwing technique that allows me to throw about 500 feet.
What were you at, originally? And if you have a major breakthrough and others could learn from it… want to write a story for us? Let me know if you do as I always like having other voices talk about things like this!
A moderate arm am I. Smart play, accuracy, and putting make up for the lack of monster drives. If I get a good head wind to assist a good throw, I may get close to 400 ft, but not much more 300ft for me on the average.
The arm may be moderate, but I would love to be able to average 300!
Jacob Keane said:
I can throw 700 ft plus with a 152 Gram Blizzard ape.. although that sort of distance is rarely needed when I leave other then to help me win our local gambling games, but our average hole here on the island is 300ft so my type arm makes it a lot more difficult than need be, haha. but I can sure cannon it out there, I threw a 600 with a Tee bird, 2009 aloha sushi classic tourney disc.
Wow. That’s some distance. So you are throwing longer than two football fields on average? That would be something I’d like to see as I don’t think I’ve seen many people throw that distance.
Brad Charles said:
I throw 480 on a regular basis. I throw star destroyers. I have been playing about a year and a half my farthest drive is 615 but that was with a pretty good wind.
Playing a year and a half and averaging nearly 500 feet on drives? You play a lot? And 615 for longest is impressive.
Now that we’ve seen what others throw, let’s get back to this week’s poll.
So my first time was on a course that had a bit of everything. The geocaches kept my interest throughout and I figured mixing the two would help. I brought another geocacher friend along and, since then, he’s become a much better disc golfer and is involved with a lot (for those who are regular readers of this blog, that other person is Darren, who works with us on the site).
That’s how I was introduced to the game of disc golf. I’ve gone through a few phases along the way, too. After first playing, I didn’t again for a few months. I played in a fund-raising tournament, which turned into a column for the newspaper I was working for at the time. But after that, it was sporadic.
I played a few rounds here and there and then got the tournament bug. Then the competitor in me took over and I got frustrated when I couldn’t do many things. I stayed like that for a while before I decided that tournaments weren’t the way for me and I needed re-invent myself and have fun.
And that’s where I’m at now. I have played in one tournament this year and am not sure how many more I will. I play when I can. I like writing about the game. I like taking photos of the game. But I’ve also realized a lot of things about the game and that all brings things together.
But in the end, I would have never been able to do all of this stuff — including the website — if I hadn’t been introduced to the game by someone else. I found it, initially, through another game, but in the end, it was a friend and disc golfer who got me interested.My interest grew from there — finding the pros, finding new courses and learning new things. But that initial thing is what introduced me to the sport.
So how about you?
How did you get involved in disc golf? A friend? Seeing it somewhere? Reading about it? Let us know and expand in the comments!
Note: As much as I hate to do this, we’re going to skip the weekly giveaways for a little while.
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