OK, there’s been a lot of things I’ve read about collectible discs.
I know of several people who have spent many dollars on discs to add to their collections. And I shake my head in wonder over this. But, we’ll get to that in a moment.
For now, let’s peek back to last week’s poll. We were curious how long of a break you had taken from disc golf. It could be for any reason, but since becoming a disc golfer, what kind of breaks have you taken?
We had 103 voters in this poll and the winning selection was two weeks, which scored 29 votes (28 percent). Second place went to a year or longer with 19 votes (19 percent). One month tied with 2-3 months for the next spot (17 votes/17 percent), followed by 4-5 months (11 votes/11 percent) and 6-11 months (10 votes/nine percent).
It seems people, too, had different reasons for their breaks. Let’s see what some of the readers had to say.
Andy P said:
I have been playing for almost 12 years and, being that I have a somewhat obsessive personality, have always tried to get at least one round per week in year round. However, after my father passed at a younger age in ’05 I separated myself from a lot of those types of activities (disc golf, cycling, martial arts, etc.) to focus on family responsibilities. It was a good two years before I picked up a disc again but when I finally got back out on the course I haven’t gone a week without throwing.
It’s things like this that remind us how real life can really take control of things. This break, obviously, was for a reason that needed to be done. I’m glad you’ve been able to get back into the game.
Kevin King says:
Basically, it comes down to weather. Living in Canada, we usually get a few weeks each winter where it hits -40 and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone outside, let alone playing a whole round of disc. But once the weather comes back up to -20 or better, you’ll find me out for at least 9 holes in a heavy jacket. Understandably, I don’t expect to set any new personal bests for me between Nov-Feb, but it’s good to head out there just to stay loose and stay sane.
See, I’m one of those people if a heavy jacket is involved, I’m likely not playing. I don’t get too cold too easily, so I can often get away with a turtleneck and a heavy sweatshirt. But when the heavy jackets come out, I’m out until it warms up!
In Logan Utah we have this thing called bitter cold winter… Snow is one obstacle, extreme cold is the other. Combine the two, and you go months without playing disc golf.
Sure it’s possible to play a round once in a while between December and February, but it’s usually not fun, especially on hilly courses.
Yep, with that I agree. It’s not fun in those climates!
Mark Woods notes:
I generally play a few rounds per week, but had to lay off this Spring and Summer due to a torn bicep. I’m just getting back out on the courses now.
Injuries, I would think, are one of the main reasons people take breaks. Was the bicep on the throwing arm?
I just started playing back in march, after a 6 year hiatus from disc golf. i found my original 2 discs a viper and a shark and told my wife that i wanted to go out and play a round.. she asked me if she could join me.. we’ve lost a collective 65 lbs since then.. not bad for 5 months of having fun and enjoying each others company.
What a great story. First for re-finding the sport and two for losing the weight. Well done and keep it up!
Now back to this week’s poll question.
Collecting discs seems to be quite the thing. I once heard of somebody paying hundreds of dollars for a disc.
A few months back, when visiting the Lancaster, Pa., area to learn about mini disc golf, I had the chance to see the collection of Mini Disc Golf guru Donnie Brooks.
Talk about amazing!
Frisbees, lids, old discs, historic discs — everything.
I didn’t even want to try and figure out how much all of this stuff is worth! But it made me wonder, too, why people people pay so much for a piece of plastic.
I then remembered that I’ve paid a lot of money for some baseball cards — cardboard — that I have and decided to zip it. People collect things, plastic included.
So it made me wonder — how much is too much for a disc? So how much have you paid for a disc? Or how much would you pay for a disc? This poll had several options. You can choose two — but please vote only once in “I have paid” and one in “I would pay” so we can see what people have to say.
I’ll be interested to see what people think.
Let us know how much you’ve paid and/or would pay for a disc. And tell us about your collection. This will hopefully be an interesting poll to see the results of, so vote and comment!
EDIT: I added another selection for those who don’t/won’t pay so much or collect discs.
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