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).