OK, old timers (and newer players), it’s time to figure out some ages.
Now I realize some of you players will go and buy an older disc because of its plastic or whatever, but that’s not necessarily what we’re seeking here.
One of the Rattling Chains folks sent me an idea for this poll and I really liked it. I’m not too sure if this is exactly how he saw it, but the more I thought about it… well, the more I got curious about the way we’ll be doing this poll.
But more on that in a moment.
Let’s check back for last week’s poll first.
We wanted to know how long you’ve been playing this fine game of disc golf. We had 189 responses for this poll.
The winning choice was 3-5 years, which received 38 votes (20 percent). You’ll notice it’s not a crazy majority here as the votes were extremely spread out.
A year or less took second (36 votes/19 percent), followed by 1-2 years (34 votes (18 percent), 6-10 years and 11-20 (25 votes/13 percent each), 21-30 years (18 votes/10 percent) and more than 30 years (13 votes/seven percent).
That’s quite a spread-out set of data, which is good. It’s nice knowing people of all experience have stopped by here!
Let’s check out a few comments, too.
Jeromy L said:
I started playing disc golf about 4 years ago but took about 2 years off the game after getting a very bad poison ivy rash (after not being allergic to it my entire life) and my daughter being born. Now I’m back on the course and trying to improve my form with fewer discs and better shot selection.
I can see the reason in stepping away for a bit, but it’s good you are back and improving!
Chris 503 said:
I was fortunate enough to have a father who played ultimate Frisbee and disc golf. He introduced me to both when I was about 8 years old. I started getting a little more serious about disc golf when i turned 16. I’m 20 now and I am out on the course at least 3 or 4 days a week, I play in tournaments whenever I can. And now my dad asks me for advice on which discs he should get to improve his game.
For those of you who have had the parents to get you into this game, that’s awesome. I would have loved to found this game when I was a kid. I can see this being a common answer in future generations.
January 28th will mark my one year anniversary with disc golf. Two months after my 30th birthday I ruptured my Achilles, I had surgery, physical therapy and a year later was still limited in strength and mobility. A buddy of mine who had torn some ligaments in his leg a short time earlier had taken up the sport and invited me out once I felt comfortable enough at walking without support or a crutch.
I started slow, barely getting drives down the course but focused my efforts on mid game and putting. My leg has gotten stronger thanks to elevation changes, uneven ground and the amount of walking that’s involved. My drives are now stronger, not better but stronger, and I am now a competitive threat to my friends.
I have to say, if it wasn’t for DG I probably would be a 31-year-old couch bum, because my leg still isn’t strong enough for pick-up basketball or long jogs. I love this game, I wish I started sooner.
That’s a great story in how this game can be so good for somebody.
Jeff Hoots said:
Wasn’t sure if I should check “A year or less” or “21 – 30 years.” When I was in college in the 1980s I learned the game from friends and we played constantly – usually at trees and lamp posts around campus, but occasionally at a course an hour north.
Then life happened and the game fell off the radar for a couple of decades.
This summer, my wife and I were trying to think up ideas to get our computer-whiz high school son out of his room. We brainstormed disc golf. It worked. Even better, my wife is hooked too.
We now have outings with 3 generations – my in-laws, my wife and I, and my kids.
The family that drives together, thrives together!
Another great story! And it’s awesome the whole family will go!
And now back to this week’s poll.
When Jack Trageser sent me this idea, it got me thinking. At a tournament a year or so ago, a couple of us unearthed a disc. I don’t think it was too old, but it was caked in mud and looked like it had been where we found it for a long time.
There was no name on it and it was pretty beat up.
I didn’t care about the disc because it wasn’t anything I’d likely ever try to use. But I did wonder about its story. How long had it been there? Who threw it? What happened with it?
As noted, this disc looked aged. A few years, anyway. Maybe longer.
My bag is an interesting mix of plastic and Vibram rubber. But being I’ve only been playing about three years, that means each of those discs are on the “newer” side. I still carry two of the original discs I purchased, but outside of that, nothing is too old.
I’ve seen other “old timers” carrying discs they’ve played for 20-plus years. If that plastic could talk, eh?
So we want to know — what’s the oldest plastic in your bag? And when I say oldest, I mean the disc that’s been in there the longest — not just the “oldest” mold you have. I realize you may have picked up an older mold or something and have it in your bag. But I mean that disc that’s been in your bag forever and means so much to you or something along those lines.
In the comments section, drop us a note about this disc. Any good stories? Is it a disc that magically always comes back if you lose it? Share away!