I’ve met a lot of disc golfers in my relative short time playing this game.
Some jam as many discs in their bag as they can. It’s a virtual rainbow in there, with colors, brands and anything one can think about having.
No matter if you fit one of these types or something else, people tend to be loyal to certain things. Whether it’s the willingness to try anything out there or the loyalty to stick with one single manufacturer, the choices for a disc golfer are endless.
So we want to see where you stand when it comes to brand — but we’ll get to that poll shortly.
First, let’s check out last weeks poll when we were wondering how many aces you guys have.
The results were pretty interesting.
Of the 192 people who cast a vote, 58 (30 percent) said they had no aces. I, unfortunately, am in that bunch, too!
That was followed by 2-5 aces, which received 56 votes (29 percent). One ace tied with 6-10 with 20 votes (10 percent), followed by 11-25 (20 votes/10 percent), 26-50 (7 votes/4 percent); more than 100 (7 votes/4 percent) and 51-100 (4 votes/3 percent).
Some of those numbers are crazy!
If I have one ace during my days of playing disc golf, I’ll jump for joy. But having somewhere upwards of 50 or 100? Holy smokes! I wonder what the feeling is like compared between the first and the 100th? Does that excitement ever calm a bit, or is always wild?
Before getting back to this week’s poll, let’s see what some readers had to say about aces.
I’ve come darn close many times, even a few “metals” but still haven’t made that magical ace yet. It’s close. I can feel it.
I’ve clanged metal a few times on some short holes. I figure it’s the Disc Golf Gods telling me my time in not up yet.
Jeremy G notes:
I just hit my 24th ace last week, but I’m the first to admit the course I got almost all of them at is a short, technical course (Twincreek in Germantown, Ohio). My longest is only a 200-footer and that was in an open-field course (Hole 2, Turtlecreek). I don’t get as excited about them as I use to, but it’s hard to not get excited about a “1? on your score card!
To me, it doesn’t matter where it is or how long the hole is — an ace is an ace. Would it feel better to sink a 500-foot ace over a 200-foot ace? Sure. But does it take away from the aces you have? Not at all. Congrats on hitting your 24th!
Jeff Hoot said:
With all the “almosts” I’ve had, I’d think that eventually one would get in, even if by accident!
I think you have people who will fully agree with you there!
Nyles J notes:
I really just want one ace. I’ve been playing just over 2 years and hope to get one soon. The problem lately for me is it gets in my head. I step up to a hole that with the perfect shot, I’ll get that elusive ace, and that’s all I can think about. I’m thinking I’ll get one if I can just not think about it so much.
That’s an interesting point. I know I’m not the greatest disc golfer out there, but when I get to a hole that seems to have a perfect line and be within my throwing distance, I find myself wondering if I could give it a run. And then it hits three trees and bounces 100 feet in another direction. It is an interesting though about how much that might play a roll.
Two at Oak Grove. The first was on basket No. 2 that skipped in, unfortunately I lost the disc later that day. The second was on the final basket where I got some arbor love, my disc bounced off a tree by the basket & went in. Both were with Innova Vulcans.
A skip in and one off trees. Now that is way cool!
Tim J said:
Zip. Nada. Never even sniffed one. But my nephew got one, and when I told a friend I play with about it, he immediately purchased the exact weight disc that my nephew used for his ace (a 174g Vibram Sole), which is now my friend’s go-to putter! One ace (not even one’s own) can change a man.
It will be an even more interesting story if your friend gets an ace with said disc!
Some of the ace stories out there really are quite interesting and fun. In ball golf and disc golf, that ace is pretty amazing. I’ve clanged a couple baskets (never chained out on an ace attempt) in my days and when I used to play ball golf, I came close a few times. The closest was one that hit the pin, dropped and stopped an inch from the hole. We watched for a few minutes hoping for a major gust of wind, but it wasn’t to be.
I might be one of those people destined to go life without an ace — and I’m OK with it. I’ll just enjoy living vicariously through the stories of others hitting their aces!
And now back to this week’s poll.
Brand loyalty is in all parts of life. It could be picking Pepsi over Coke or vice versa. Maybe it’s the brand of shoes you wear. Or bread you eat. Or computers and other electronics.
And, as you can note in movies, television and pop culture, brand placement is a very strategic item.
Disc golf isn’t much different. Some people are very loyal to their brand of choice. Some aren’t as loyal.
But what if you had no choice?
If you had to choose one brand to play with for the rest of all time, what would it be? I’ve tried to include as many manufacturers as possible on this poll, but I’ve also added an “other” selection in case I missed somebody.
So give a vote and drop a comment telling us why you’d choose said brand. It will be interesting to see some of the responses, I’m sure.