Have you ever noticed how repetitive sports are when playing them?
There are so many technical parts to a game that make it like that. Whether it be throwing, catching, swinging or whatever else, the motions and way to do things — and do them correctly — are repetitive.
Take, for example, baseball pitching.
A pitcher has several ways they can throw — overhand, 3/4 or sidearm. Some even go to a submarine style of throwing. But they stay with that in a predominate way, thus making it so their motion and such is what they do over and over.
Disc golf is no different. And part of that is something to keep in mind when we discuss this week’s poll question.
Before that, however, let’s go back to last week’s poll, when we asked you how you were introduced to the game.
Often, our poll questions come from the other writers on this site. Jack Trageser said he was curious about what people would say in response to this poll and even said he’d guess that the majority of people would vote the options of being introduced by a friend or seeing it being played would be the two top choices.
He was half right.
Of the 81 people who voted, friend was the overwhelming winner with 54 votes (67 percent). But the second top choice was “other,” which drew 19 votes (23 percent).
That shocked me a little because I thought we had covered the main things, but many seem to be introduced to the game in a different way.
Saw it being played placed third with eight votes (10 percent). Media-related and school programs each received no votes.
Let’s see what some of the readers had to say.
It was 1994. I was a freshman in high school and my school friend (he was only a friend inside school) brought in some discs. I asked what it was he said “FROLF.” We went after school and I was hooked ever since.
It’s interesting to see the wording, too, of how people were introduced. Ahhh, Frolf!
Brad H. says:
We used to play lazer tag in the cemetery behind a friends house at night. Then during the days we started playing Frisbee golf. And even though we kept an eye on the cemetery, righting headstones that had been vandalized and such, we were nicely (we were on good terms with the cops, reporting vandalism and such) told not to play there. We moved to a local park and played object golf. I still remember seeing my first real DG disc in about 87. Even though I only play occasionally, most of my friends from that time are serious (golfers) in Portland.
To link lazer tag to disc golf!
Mike Wilson said:
My wife thought it would be something fun to do with the kids. So we played a couple times at the end of the summer. Then like a ton of bricks it hit! I played the next spring and was bitten by the bug! Now I play as much as I possibly can. Thou I’m still learning and just changed my grip. I’m doing OK but striving to get A LOT better!
It seems a lot of people get bitten by the bug when they first start!
Kirk Maddox said:
I grew up throwing Frisbees on the beach. On my oldest daughter’s birthday in 2008, I was driving home from work. I was passing by the church where I play drums and saw 4 youth on the church grounds throwing colorful “Frisbees” but not to each other! They were throwing at trees, signs, etc. I stopped and asked them what the heck they were doing and they told me about disc golf. I bought my first basic set that day! I went Pro a year ago. All this time growing up with Frisbees, I never knew there was a real sport until that day.
I know that feeling. I saw baskets several times in parks and somewhat had heard of it, but never knew a thing until the time a friend brought me to play.
Many of the responses we got for this poll were a little longer to put here, so I would definitely encourage you all to check out what others said. I didn’t see a lot of “other” ways introduced to the game, so I’d definitely like to hear more of those stories!
Back to this week’s poll.
Originally, I had mentioned repetitiveness and the reason I did that was because this week’s poll is about throwing form.
Though I realize that many people have different shots they use, it seems that players utilize one of three forms as their “main” form — backhand, overhand or sidearm.
As a softball player, I’m slowly working on making overhand the shot I used the majority of the time, but currently usually use a backhand. I know others who will shoot sidearm (or flick) nearly 90 percent of the time.
So how about you? Which is your main form?
Drop us some comments, too. Let us know why you throw the way you do and if you have ever thought about switching your main form?
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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