In a few weeks, we’ll turn the page on 2012.
So why not now to look back at the year in regard to disc golf. This week’s poll will be covering your best disc golf memory from the year.
It could be something such as hitting a 50-foot putt.
With a year full of disc golf memories, will you be able to pick out that one moment — that perfect event — to be your best disc golf memory of 2012?
We’ll get to that in a moment. First, let’s go back to last week’s poll and check in to see what some of you had to say about the oldest disc in your bag.
We had 149 people respond to this poll. The overwhelming majority selected a disc that is 2-5 years old (63 votes/42 percent). The second choice was 6-10 years (37 votes/25 percent), with a year or less coming in third (20 votes/13 percent). Then the older discs started popping up as 11-15 years old placed fourth (17 votes/11 percent), followed by 16-25 years old (9 votes/6 percent) and more than 25 years old (3 votes/3 percent).
That’s quite the range. I know I’d like to see those 25-year-old discs and what kind of shape they are in!
Let’s see what some of the readers had to say.
Ben M said:
I still carry one of the first discs that I bought, and old-school (and *very* understable) Comet. My first putter, an Aviar, is hanging on the wall. I don’t have any of the other original 2-3 discs I purchased, but the molds have been so kind to me over the years and I’ll keep buying Gazelles and Stingrays until they stop making them.
I still carry two of my first discs — and am always worried I’ll lose one. I have a feeling they might hang on the wall soon enough, too!
My oldest disc has kind of a cool story. The first time I was taken out to play on an actual course by a friend (about 4 years ago) I found a yellow pro wraith with no markings, though it looked fairly used. Became my favorite forehand driver and I now have all 3 of my aces with it, so it will always hold a special place for me.
Definitely neat! It’s pretty cool to think your aces came from a disc somebody lost or left behind.
This might be considered cheating. I’ve only been playing for two years, but my oldest disc is an Innova Birdie DX from 1991 (the year is stamped on top). I gave a Discraft Magnet to a friend after he had success using it. He insisted on making a trade and offered this putter. He started playing in college in the early nineties and bought it then. I know this disc doesn’t receive good reviews, but I like it.
It may not receive great reviews, but as long as you like it and can use it well, it’s all that matters!
Rob P said:
I just lost my prized second run super flat, super stable CE Valkyrie that I traded for right when it came out, in 2001-2002-ish.(been so long I don’t remember exactly) That disc was absolute money. Sadly one bad gust took it away from me. Once I lost that, I took all my old discs out of my bag. I have a few 4-5 year old discs, but mainly I throw new, easy to replace discs. I still have another Valk, and some old tee birds that I retired due to fear of losing them. Bums me out since they do fly better than newer discs for sure.
It stinks when you have a disc you truly love and either lose it or pull it from use with the fear of losing it.
Anthony W says:
I have a 10-year-old Discraft Elite Z X Putt’r From the 2002 Waterloo Disc Golf Classic in Austin, Texas. For approach shots with zero chance of skip and it lands like a Harrier Jet. I love it, It really cannot be replaced.
And for approach shots — it also seems like a low percentage chance of losing a prized disc such as that!
My first disc was an Innova DX Hammer that I have carried to every round I’ve ever played. Bought it in college around ’94/’95.
The oldest disc in my bag is a DGA Kittyhawk from the 1983 World Disc Golf Championships. These discs are often referred to as “Shuttle Puppies” because the hotstamp is a picture of a Space Shuttle (the tournament was held in Huntsville, AL, a big NASA town) and the Kittyhawk was very similar in design to the first small-diameter golf disc, Destiny Disc’s Puppy. It’s an extremely straight flyer that I use for putt/approaches in the 30-80 foot range. It air-bounces really well to settle near (or in) the basket. I don’t know how many tens (or hundreds) of thousands of times I have thrown that disc!
I can’t imagine thinking about that many throws on one disc. Really wild.
Those were some great comments, as were all the ones on that post. It really is cool hearing stories about people’s oldest discs.
Now, on with this week’s poll.
We want to know — what’s your best disc golf memory of 2012? We obviously couldn’t cover everything with choices, so if your memory isn’t one of the choices, select other and let us know in the comment section.
Even if your choice is there, expand in the comment section. We’d love to hear your memories from this year. We’ll feature some of the best in a bigger poll post in two weeks.