This is a blog I’ve been looking forward to writing. It’s personal for me, and I know it’s something that affects plenty of disc golfers. According to this article, 80% of disc golfers have suffered an injury. Injuries are a part of any sport, disc golf is no exception.
These are some of the most iconic shots in the history of disc golf (in my opinion). They in some way influenced the game. Many of these shots will be fairly recent as we’ve really only been able to consistently watch disc golf for the last decade. I encourage people to record disc golf and I know that with the level of interest and support we already have, it’s going to continue to grow.
Basically, how far away should you be when you go to your upshot disc?
How I start to think about approaching the basket depends a lot on where I am relative to flat. If I’m high up on a hill and the basket is lower than my feet, I’m much more likely to upshot rather than putt. If there’s an uphill behind the basket I’m running the putt because the hill will act as a backstop.
For those unfamiliar with the term bucket list, it’s a list of things to do before you “kick the bucket.” While the thought may be morbid, it’s a kind of nice way to organize your plans. What do you put as priorities?
So today I’ll share my disc golf bucket list with you. Get you to ask some questions about what you want. And hopefully help you start a list, so that you can achieve your disc golf dreams.
I watch live disc golf on the Disc Golf Network, and post production like Jomez and GK Pro as well. It’s fair to say I’m a disc golf enthusiast. It’s a job and a hobby that have combined in my life and I get to do what I love every day. Getting to see the pros play in person is a different experience entirely.
So when I got the chance to spectate Smugglers Notch I took it. For 40 dollars (plus a couple dollar processing fee), I was able to get a t-shirt, and spectate the 8 best players in the tournament.
We’re reaching an interesting time in disc golf. Where we’ve got a massive crop of talent at the top. Plenty of other touring pros cash frequently enough without scratching the top 25 in talent and can tour with their winnings and sponsorships.
So let’s take a step back from calling anything other than a win a failure. Improvements from year to year on a course could be a win for some of these players. Finishing top 10 should be considered good for young players. The days of players dominating and winning every single weekend are basically over. Competition is tight at the top, and it’s only getting better.
There are tournaments for everything in the world. Humans can be competitive and so we’ve found ways to determine the best in almost everything. Today in the blog I want to look at some tournaments that I enjoy watching. Other ways that sports have found to crown the world's best. Let’s start with the longest ways in sports that determine a champion. Then work it down to shorter tournaments.
This blog will explore the unwritten rules of the sport as I understand them. You’re not going to find these things in the rule book (for the most part) but they’re kind of an understanding that many disc golfers share.
So you’ve had that Innova/Discraft/Dynamic Discs starter kit for a few months and now you’re starting to get jealous of your friend Greg who is throwing further than you ON EVERY HOLE! So you went out to your local pro shop and bought an orange Champion Boss at 175g. You hid it from your friends until you got out on hole 4 and then everyone admired your new disc as you pulled it from your bag. You then psyched yourself up and threw it as hard as you could. But your Boss went about 120 feet straight, 30 feet high, and 50 feet left. And you would have been better off throwing your Innova DX Shark because that goes further.
I’ve created 26 events that have probably happened to all of us. These are the highs, the lows, and the middling feels of disc golf as we all know them. Hopefully this leads to some interesting discussions and some razzing of friends.
I’m not much of a designer so I’ll leave my thoughts to the professional shorts designers. Let’s talk about something else clothes related that’s bugging me; it’s tank tops. They’re great and the PDGA is wrong to ban them from men’s play.