Before we begin, no this post isn’t about the 1980s movie.
Instead, we’re curious about something — how do people respond when you tell them you play disc golf? In recent weeks, there have been some crazy looks when people hear it from my mouth.
So how about you?
Before we get to that, however, we need to go back and check out our last poll.
We asked you if you had ever had or witnessed a good old-fashioned blow up on the course? Though we didn’t get a lot of voters, we received some good stories!
Of the 70 voters, 55 people (79 percent) said yes. That left 15 (21 percent) to say no.
Some shared stories while other made some good points. So before hitting up our current poll, let’s check back to see what some readers said.
Kyle Breuer said:
Over the years that I have been playing, like most, I’ve witnessed my fair share of people blow up on the course. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a tournament round or just a warm up. Some people just do NOT understand how to keep their composure. While some of it may be due to immaturity, not all of it is. Frankly, I think it’s embarrassing.
No one is perfect. Everyone tends to throw a bad shot (maybe even a few during a single round) here and there. Personally, it’s how you rebound from those shots. Why waste a round on a blow up?
It’s a good point, for sure. But once competition comes into play and if there’s money on the line, people tend to get a little crazy.
OK, folks, it’s time to really have some fun.
This poll truly only works, however, if you leave a comment at the end explaining.
We want to know this — have you, or have you seen, somebody have an honest-to-goodness blowup on the course? We’re not talking just a toss of a towel or something, but a true boomer that makes people stop and stare?
We’ll expand more on that in a moment.
Before we get into the new poll, let’s check out the results and some comments from the last poll, when we asked you what your favorite season was for disc golf.
Of the 156 people who voted in the poll, it was a runaway victory for fall, which garnered 91 votes (58 percent). Summer followed with 31 votes (20 percent). Spring placed third (30 votes/19 percent) and winter was last (4 votes/3 percent).
As the seasons shift in both hemispheres (though it’s different from the northern to the southern), it brings on the question of wondering when everyone likes to play disc golf.
Of course the diehards won’t care. But what about everyone else?
Let’s hold off on that question for a moment. Before the summer, we posted a poll asking what all of your plans were for that season. We left the poll up for the full summer to allow people to answer it as they went along.
A total of 228 people voted in this poll, in which you were allowed to select up to three options.
The winner? Playing courses they’ve never played, which scored 134 votes (59 percent).
Second place went to play more casual rounds (122 votes/54 percent), followed by more tournaments (91 votes/40 percent), disc golf road trip (87 votes (38 percent), help design/build/install a disc golf course (41 votes/18 percent), play in leagues (36 votes/16 percent), play in states I’ve never played before (31 votes/14 percent), run a league (12 votes/5 percent), run a tournament (11 votes/5 percent) and play in worlds (9 votes/4 percent).
Officially, summer doesn’t start until June 21 in many parts of the world. But for a lot of parts, it’s also already feeling like summer.
Well, some of the time.
Summer, of course, is also the time when disc golf really amps up. With tournaments and casual rounds and road trips… it’s the perfect time to be involved in the sport.
So we want to know your summer disc golf plans. More playing? More courses? A road trip?
But we’ll get to that in a moment.
First, let’s check back to last week’s poll when we asked what style of putt you use. As expected, it was pretty split.
The winning form was a push putt, which received 75 of the 226 votes — 33 percent. Following that was a spin putt (56 votes/25 percent) and straddle putt (31 votes/14 percent). After that was the pitch (30 votes/13 percent), then I don’t know what it’s called, but it works for me (27 votes/12 percent). Other followed with 6 votes (3 percent) and turbo putt (1 vote/0 percent).
Let’s see what some readers had to say.
So how do you putt?
Do you fire it away and hope for the best? Straddle? Push?
Maybe something totally different?
Heck, maybe it’s even something different we didn’t include in the poll?
We’ll get back to that in a moment. First, let’s re-visit last weeks poll, where we asked you if those of you who had a three-day weekend played disc golf over it.
And it sounds like most of you made it a disc golf weekend. Of the 95 people who voted, 83 (87 percent) said they did. Then there were 12 (13 percent) who said they didn’t.
Now let’s take a peek to see what a few people had to say.
Let’s be serious here.
Well, not so serious.
Sometimes, these polls will take a light-hearted approach to try and get some discussion going and just see what people are doing in the world of disc golf.
That’s kind of where we’re going with this week’s poll.
In the United States, this past weekend (for most people) was a long, three-day one. With a federal holiday on Monday, that made for some free time.
So we’re curious about those of you who played this weekend and if you have any stories!
More on that in a moment.
First, let’s check back with last week’s poll and see what some readers had to say.
Last week, we asked you how far you would walk or hike to play a disc golf course. Only 73 of you voted, but it was still somewhat surprising how the results panned out.
The winning selection was more than a mile, picked by 25 (34 percent) of the voters. A quarter of a mile (18 votes/25 percent) was next, followed by a mile (12 votes/16 percent), half a mile (11 votes/15 percent) and across the parking lot (7 votes/10 percent).
Before we move on with the poll, the Rattling Chains staff would like to thank everybody who made women’s week so successful. We’ll continue this annually as long as the site is up and running.
We’ll also write women’s stories throughout the year, so if you have ideas, feel free to e-mail.
And now on with the show.
One of the other writers on the site, Jack Trageser, sent a whole heap of poll questions to use a few months back. One of them seemed really interesting because it shows the difference between ball golf and disc golf.
He noted that sometimes, a disc golf course is located a bit from parking. So how far will somebody walk to play a course?
Yes, it may seem a little odd to some, but consider one course in upstate New York. It’s not the greatest of courses and, unless you really were looking, most wouldn’t know it existed. There are baskets, but it’s not the easiest to navigate. And to get to it? A good half-mile hike around a pond.
But we’ll get back to all of that in a few moments. First, let’s check back with our last poll, when we asked if you had helped in the growth of the women’s game.
Despite being on the site for two weeks, the poll garnered a disappointing 73 voters. Of those, 81 percent (59 votes) said they had helped the growth. The other 19 percent (14 votes) said no.
Let’s see what some people had to say:
This upcoming Sunday (May 12) is Mother’s Day.
In conjunction with that, we’re going to be doing our second Women’s Week on Rattling Chains. We’ll have a more in-depth post this weekend about what to expect and such, but it’s our way of helping to try and promote and grow women’s golf.
There won’t be a poll next week, so it seems to be a good idea to run a poll that deals with women’s golf and can run throughout next week.
But, we’ll catch up with that poll in a moment.
First, let’s go back to last week’s poll, check the results and see what some people had to say.
We wanted to know what type of disc golf was your favorite? This one wasn’t even close and, honestly, we wouldn’t have expected anything different.
A good mix won easily, garnering 89 (79 percent) of the 112 votes. It’s good to see golfers want that mix and challenge of having to deal with different obstacles, terrains and everything in between.
Wooded came in second, gathering 14 votes (13 percent), followed by doesn’t matter, as long as there are baskets! (7 votes/6 percent) and open courses (2 votes/2 percent).
One of the great things about disc golf is the variety in many things associated with the sport — discs, baskets, terrain, courses etc.
But courses — that’s a place where the variety kicks in.
Woods, open fairways, random trees, crazy mandos, island greens — you name it, it’s probably out there.
With this poll, we’ll be discussing types of courses — but we’ll get back to that in a moment. First, let’s travel back to last week when we asked where disc golf ranked in your life.
Not surprisingly, it seems to rank highly with people. Not always as the No. 1 be-all thing, but high in an overall sense of where you see the game. As with many things in life, this poll showed a variety of answers and reasons why.
Of the 119 who took part in this poll, 61 percent (73 votes) said disc golf was their favorite outdoor activity. Second was obsessed nothing ranks higher, which garnered 31 votes (26 percent). That answer was followed by a sport I enjoy playing (10 percent/12 votes), just getting into disc golf (2 percent/2 votes) and something I dig doing when I have the chance (1 percent/1 vote).
Let’s see what a few people had to say:
As spring continues to grow in many parts of the disc golf universe (though we realize Mother Nature has decided to keep her snow season in parts of the United States and elsewhere), the sport becomes bigger in many people’s lives.
For those who skip playing in the winter or snow, this is probably the time of year where the itch to get out on the course is really big.
So we’re going to find out where disc golf ranks in your life.
But, first, we want to go back to last week’s poll and check out the results and see what some readers had to say.
Last week, we wanted to know where you thought your game stood. Were you still improving and getting better? Maybe you’ve already peaked? Or, maybe your on the way down?
It was a poll we hoped would bring out some good thoughts, comments and explanations. But one thing is for sure — not many people think they are at the top of the mountain yet. And that’s a good thing.
Of the 116 people who voted in our poll, 93 percent (108 votes) said they were still getting better, followed by on my way down the hill, which gathered 4 percent of the vote (5 votes). Finally, 3 percent (3 votes) said they were at their peak.
We appreciate the honesty, that’s for sure.