So many times at tournaments and such, there will be stories about when and how somebody started playing this wonderful sport we call disc golf.
Whether via parent, stumbling across the game, your friends, etc., you had to have started somewhere.
As the sport continues to grow and age, will there one day be stories of a kid and his or her father throwing a disc at a basket such as stories about having a catch with their father?
Maybe. Maybe not. But it’s still interesting to know.
We’ll get to that below in our weekly question. First, let’s go back and check out the responses from last week, when we asked if you had ever broke a disc while playing.
We received 114 votes for this poll (but, unfortunately no photos!) and there are some people who have broke a disc.
The no vote won this one, garnering 72 votes (63 percent). There were 42 people (37 percent) who said yes, though.
Let’s check a few of the comments.
This is my 6th winter playing. Although, for Buffalo, NY, last year probably shouldn’t count. I think it only snowed once. I have never broken a disc nor have I ever seen anyone break once because of the cold. And I love to play all winter long. Cold & wind have yet to stop me from going out either. Of course with my noodle arm I don’t really expect I’ll ever break one either.
Never say never!
Ven Vardin said:
Over the many years of throwing discs I have broken many, many discs. All of them in the winter. Many have been returned to the manufacturer for recycling with a letter explaining how we need a better disc for winter play. Some times I have received replacement discs in the mail. My worst loss was way back in 1976 when two roommates played catch in the cold and broke my Super Giant Saucer Tosser from a Minnesota Company. That thing was huge. As big as a garbage can lid. And it flew really well. The first time most people caught it it knocked them down.
When I start official disc golf in Sept 2009, I proceeded to break all 5 disc golf discs in my collection. I am pretty sure they were old discs and had turned more brittle. Since then every fall I put all white discs and all cheap plastic discs away for the cold. Which reminds me why do Ice Bowl discs come in white?
It is truly nice to think that a few companies have thought well enough to send a replacement, though it’s not something I can imagine would be expected. Good customer service.
Luke T said:
We don’t really get the icy cold days where most of the courses are here in Australia so it’s never an issue anyone I have played with locally has been faced with.
And it’s always a bonus not to have that weather when playing disc golf!
Trevor T said:
I personally have never broken a disc, but I will tell about a friend of mind who did. After a friend of mine came out to play with me a few times he decided he liked the sport and wanted to buy a set. Trying to be frugal (and I being none the wiser at this point) he went to a large retail store that shall remain nameless but has been under scrutiny for unethical business and employment practices. He bought the first set he could find, a Halex beginner set. I had never heard nor seen this brand before and since it was only $8.86 for the set, I didn’t think it would do harm much for a driver, mid, and putter. Man was I wrong, the driver and mid-range were literally unthrowable. As soon as he put any type of power behind the discs would flip immediately and promptly fall the ground. The plastic was super brittle, and the only disc that would fly was the putter, so he used it for everything. About 5 holes in he hit his first tree and destroyed his putter. After refusing to believe what had just happened, we inspected the disc or what was left of it and came the realization that it literally broke into about 5 pieces. Needless to say he nor I were particularly impressed with Halex discs. Soon thereafter he got some Champion plastic from Innova, and hasn’t had a problem since.
I guess that can be filed under the “get what you pay for” category? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the Halex set, but at least your friend has gone on to get good plastic!
Ben T says:
I said no. Not because I haven’t had plenty of chances to break discs (I hit trees almost as often as I hit air). Here in the Great Inland Northwest we have very wooded fairways and it’s usually a challenge to get through all of them without hitting something. I have really enjoyed playing but decided cold weather play is for those who are more adventurous. I think it messed with my timing and foot work playing in the slick winter. I was getting less distance with more effort after playing in cold weather last year, because I was more worried about slipping that I was about timing for 3 months. My hope this year is to do more field work early in the spring and minimize breakage (bones & discs).
It seems there are definitely the types of players who go out all year, no matter what, and others who don’t. And your slipping/timing actually makes sense, too.
Now on with this week’s question. So we want to know — how old were you when you started playing? And if you have a story with it, please share it in the comments below. I’m sure there are some good stories with how you found the game, no matter the age you started.