There’s already a few blogs about disc golf etiquette out there. But today I’d like to go a little further with some of the suggestions. Now I know that each of these are subjective and people have many different views on the matter. Here’s my general thoughts on some things in disc golf that we can do to make sure everyone has a good time.
When should I let a group play through?
We’ve all been there, you’re in a group with a few people and there’s a pair behind you that’s teeing off on the hole behind yours. Here’s when you let them play through.
If you think any of these things are applicable go ahead and let them pass you. Playing in a group is fun, getting stuck behind one isn’t.
Putting order, who goes, and when?
In tournament play it’s actually mandated by the rules. Whichever player is furthest out must be the next to throw/putt. But maybe you’re not in a tournament, maybe you’re playing casually with friends. Putting can still be stressful so here’s my pointers for playing around the basket.
Music on the course
Last month I played in Lerchtoberfest, a disc golf charity tournament. My buddy Chris threw some great tunes on and we jammed as we played. Not every round is like that, in fact most of the time people prefer quiet it seems. As much as our card loved Sublime, not every card wants to hear that.
If you’re having a bad round, it happens.
Paul Mcbeth, if you’re reading this blog, skip this bit. Everyone else has bad rounds at some point. If you find that you’re in the middle of a meltdown round, try doing these things to mitigate how you affect others.
This one should be your number 1 priority. Safety is important when we have plastic discs getting thrown in excess of 50 mph. These discs hurt you if you get hit.
I hope these don’t seem preachy, they’re just things I think help contribute to a better disc golf experience. If you’re a veteran of the sport you’ve probably experienced all of these things. If you’re new to the sport you’ll be just fine. Is there anything that I overlooked? Do you disagree with my points here? Let me know in the comments below.
May your discs miss all the trees,
Andrew Streeter #70397
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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.