OK folks, it’s poll time.
The sport of disc golf is something that people look at on different levels. There’s the one-disc player, casual players, kids, tournament players, local pros and top pros.
But the essence of furthering this game goes beyond playing or beyond giving somebody new a disc. The game has to be out there to grow. Though this is a fast-growing sport, there are still a lot of people who have no idea what the game is.
One big thing is the lack of courses in some places.
Despite being able to tell people what the game is all about, or have them throw a disc in an open field or to a portable target, there needs to be more courses. Because as fun as this game is, if you show somebody and they then have to drive an hour or more for a course, the odds are probably more against that person not playing again than going and playing.
All courses have a place. Whether it’s a 9-hole pitch-and-putt to a well-designed 27-hole championship course. Still, they have to be built.
But we’ll touch more upon this below with this week’s question.
First, lets check back to last week’s question when we asked what your favorite type of disc to throw was.
Out of 170 voters, the runaway winner of this one was mid-range, which received 73 votes for 43 percent. A fairway driver was second with 49 votes (29 percent), followed by distance driver (29 votes/17 percent) and putter (19 votes/11 percent)
And let us check to see what some people had to say:
Andy P noted:
I said mid-range because of the consistency I get from them. I love a good, slow flight that goes almost always how I pictured in my mind, especially when heading towards the chains. Don’t get me wrong, I love my long-range drivers because there is nothing better than booming a drive off the tee and thinking “WOW!,” but those shots aren’t nearly as consistent and have a much bigger margin for error. So a solid and controlled straight line mid-range is my favorite.
That’s definitely a great point about mid-range discs. More control is always a good thing!
Mid-range discs are what keeps me coming out to throw. It’s always nice to sail a driver 300-plus feet, but I’m just not accurate enough with drives to enjoy them as much as a 150-foot throw that lands just in front of the basket and causes my friend’s jaw to drop as I gain another shot on him.
What’s the old saying? Drive for show, putt for dough? And it’s those mid-range shots that allow you to putt for the dough!
Derek O’Neil says:
I do love the approach and putt game of disc golf, but the wow factor is in the distance game! I love getting that perfect shot off the tee for 300-plus feet and seeing the disc go right where I want it to go! Those are the shots I love coming back week after week to play this game.
There’s no doubt the big drives that fly long and where you want are awesome, but I think, for many people, that doesn’t always happen. But when yoy launch one, it’s definitely fun to watch.
Kevin Greunke said:
I went with distance drivers because of one thing: I love to give it my all right off the tee box and really see the flight pattern of my discs. The feeling of watching my disc turn and fade and then glide all the way down the fairway is amazing. I have a powerful throw that I can use a wide variety of weights, plastics, etc. that will work on any fairway.
That’s an answer I’m sure many can relate with.
Ben H said:
I love distance drives and the strategy of carrying a few kinds of drivers and deciding what to throw on any given shot. However, there is something really special about the sound of a good putt hitting the chains. And now that I have been consistent “inside the circle” with my putting (after a lot of practice), I think going for that last shot (be it a 5-, 20-, or 50-foot putt) is my favorite part of the game now. Had to vote putter.
It’s nice to see somebody give the putter some love! There’s something to be said about the sound of rattling the chains!
Tough question to answer. All four categories have that wow factor when you do it exactly perfect. A 20 foot anny putt around the backside of a big pine. That thread the needle from 125 with your go to mid (at this time of year an FLX Buzzz for me) Flexing a nice S curve at 225 with my 150 Leopard for a tap in birdie. And at almost 60 years young, a 350-foot forehand perfectly placed on the fairway with a Nuke impressing the 30 somethings I generally play with.
All that said I guess my mids are the most fun. Long birdies. Over, under, around and through all manner obstacles to save par when I’m in trouble. With good technique you can get some mad distance with a Mid. And with the right combination of overstable, stable, and understable discs in your bag you can get all manner of interesting flights.
This is a great way to look at the whole disc setup. And way to outdrive those “youngsters!”
There were some other great responses this week, so it’s well worth going back and checking it out.
And now on with this week’s poll.
Having courses for people to play is the biggest way to grow the sport. It’s the exposure that’s truly needed.
So, we want to know — have you ever taken part in building a course? Whether it be physically building, or planning, or gaining funding — have you ever done the legwork and saw the end result?
It’s a simple yes or no question, but we’d love for you to expand in the comments. What did you do? What are your courses you worked on? Did you do a ton of work and then have a project crumble? Tell us your course building stories in the comments as we’d love to use some next week.
So vote away!