What Is Disc Golf?
Disc golf is a fun sport that combines one of the world's most
popular sports- golf- with one of the world's most popular
recreational activities- playing frisbee.
The object of the game is to complete a course of eighteen holes in
the fewest strokes possible. However, instead of hitting a ball with a
club, you are throwing a "frisbee-like" disc, and the
are steel poles standing about four feet tall with chains suspended from .
the tops by circular latticework above wireframe baskets.
In ball golf, a player typically carries a golf bag in which he keeps
several clubs. These clubs are specifically designed for different types
of shots, and the golfer decides which to use based on the layout of
each hole and the outcome of the previous shot. The typicaldisc golfer
also carries a golf bag, but instead of clubs he keepsseveral discs-
drivers, approach discs, and putters. These are designed for specific
flight characteristics, and the disc golfer also decides which to use
based on course layout and previous shot lie.
To complete a hole in ball golf, the player must hit the ball so that
it drops into the cup of the hole. In disc golf, the idea is similar,
but the player is trying to throw the disc into the chains suspended
above the basket of the hole so that the chains stop the forward
momentum of the disc and it drops into the basket.
Wait, there's more!
Even though disc golf is played very similarly to ball golf, there is
a key difference between the two sports that should be mentioned. For
all intents and purposes, disc golf is FREE! Disc golf courses
are installed almost exclusively in public parks, so as long as you have
a frisbee or flying disc of some sort, you can play at almost every disc
golf course throughout the world for NOTHING!
Of course, if you really want to be able to get full satisfaction out
of the sport, you should purchase discs specifically designed for disc
golf, but there are no rules that state you have to play with certain
equipment. For less than the price of most greens fees for a single
round of ball golf, you can purchase a driver, an approach disc, and a
putter for disc golf and be able to enjoy the same level of challenge
(and possible frustration) as ball golf often as you like.
Some Disc Golf Terminology
- Basket, Pin, Pole Hole, Bucket, Chains
- Terms used to describe a "hole" in disc golf.
- Named after the inventor of disc golf, Ed Headrick, a headrick is a
small metal loop that sticks up slightly above the rim of the basket of
a pole hole. The headricks surrounding the basket cause more missed
putts than any other factor about the design of a pole hole. Hitting a
headrick is very similar to rolling a golf ball around the rim of the
hole when putting in ball golf.
- A marker, or "mini", is a miniature version of a disc golf disc. It is
used to mark the leading edge of the disc that was just thrown in direct
line with the target pole hole. The thrown disc can then be picked up and
the marker is used as a fault line for the next throw.
- Putting Green
- Even though there are no marked greens in disc golf. There is an
invisible 10 meter circle around a disc golf hole that is considered to
be the putting green. When in the putting green, a disc golfer cannot
step past his marker after throwing his disc until the disc comes to
rest on the ground, in the chains, or in the basket.
- Hyzer is a term used to describe the most common type of throw made
in disc golf. The hyzer is so popular because it allows the player to
use more power and the natural flight characteristics of the golf disc
to get the most distance from a shot. A typical hyzer shot is a long,
graceful, arcing curve that turns left for right handed players and
turns right for left handed players. A hyzer shot needs lots of open
space to be truly effective.
- The anhyzer throw can be described as the opposite of a hyzer
shot.The player forces the thrown disc to "turn over" against
the natural filght pattern to get around obstacles that a hyzer would
not be able to. The difficult part of throwing an anhyzer shot is that
too much power can cause the disc to turn too hard and fly erratically
in the wrong direction.
- The helix shot is a finesse shot that uses a little of both the
anhyzer and hyzer flight characteristics to create an "S"
shaped pattern as the disc flies through the air. This is often used to
"snake" through narrow fairways and in-between obstacles on
- A roller is a modified anhyzer that is thrown so that the disc turns
over hard in the air and hits the ground at an angle with a lot of speed
and rotation. This causes the disc to roll on its edge. Rollers are
often used when obstacles make it very difficult to throw a normal shot
in the air.
- Also refered to as a "tomahawk", a hammer throw is a high
arcing, overhand throw in which the disc is released at an almost
vertical angle with a lot of speed and rotation. This causes the disc to
"barrel roll" as it arcs, keeping the disc in an almost
straight line path. This is often used to power a disc over tall
obstacles that do not allow for normal hyzer or anhyzer throws.
- Putting is what makes, or breaks, the disc golf game. A putt is
normally thrown flat, with a very smooth release, so that there is very
little hyzer or anhyzer aspects to the flight of the disc. Because of
the need for accuracy in putting, the style for throwing the disc is
very different from throwing a distance shot. Distance shots use a full
range of motion using the legs, back, stomach, shoulders, and arms to
create a "whiplike" explosion of power. Putting, on the other
hand, is very stationary (shoulders are typically squared up with the
pole hole) and relies almost entirely on the arms and wrists to get the
disc to the basket.
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