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About Disc Golf
What is Disc Golf? The object of disc golf is to reach the target in as few throws of a disc as possible. Disc golf is played much like traditional golf, however, rather than a ball and club, players use discs. Play starts at a tee and moves along the fairway towards the target; typically a basket. In disc golf different types are discs are used to achieve varied levels of distance and control. Disc golf is a thrilling sport that is enjoyed by people of all ages and gender. Unlike traditional golf, you don't need a fancy course to play, you just need a little open space. Learn more about disc golf from the official Professional Disc Golf Association Site.
Types of Discs
Drivers: These are long-range discs that are essential for getting as far off the tee as possible. Typically, the more distance a driver provides, the less control the thrower has. Drivers are used to get players off the tee and through the fairway.
Mid-Range: These discs provide more control than drivers but usually provide less distance. Mid-Range discs are great for a variety of shots and help players get through tight fairways. These discs are great for short courses and beginner players.
Putt and Approach: These discs have maximum control but provide the least distance. They are great for short drives and putting shots. Many Putt and Approach discs are designed to land solid so that they don't bounce away from the target.
Tips to Lower Your Score
Increase your distance: Learning to improve your distance while maintaining accuracy and control can reduce your score and make the game more fun. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Use your entire body for the shot, rotate as you throw and use your body's momentum for power drives.
- Follow through on your shot by releasing through your arm all the way down to the tips of your finger.
- Don't over grip the disc.
- Relax, don't over think your throw, decide where you want your disc to go and feel the drive.
- Of course have fun, that's what disc golf is all about.
Nail your putt: Putting is an important part of disc golf that can make or break your game.
Here are some things to keep in mind while putting:
- Practice; it's easy to psych yourself out while putting. Knowing that you've practiced helps to reduce the stress.
- Remember there are a variety of putting styles try them to find what style works best for you in each situation.
- Face the basket head on and square your feet up to the basket - similar to a free throw stance in basketball.
- Focus your aim on a small area of the target, that way if you miss your "target" you'll still be close to the basket, chances are you will even land in the basket.
- When you're really struggling to make a putt, remember you don't always have to use a putter. Use any disc that you're confident throwing; it could be enough to get you out of a slump.
Figure out what types of discs work for you: People are always amazed at what changing up their disc can do for their game. Each disc, brand and plastic type provide a unique feel and each player is effected differently. You'll never that you have the best disc for you until you've tried a few.
Anhyzer: This refers to an upward tilt with which the disc is thrown.
Hyzer: This refers to a disc being thrown with a downward tilt.
Finesse Shot: Used for complicated situations and when pinpoint accuracy is a must. Players achieve this by throwing the disc with the nose facing up, causing the disc to float through the air.
Overhead Shot: When the disc is thrown vertically similar to and overhead throw in basketball. An overhead shot is also referred to as a tomahawk or hammer throw.
Roller Shot: The disc is thrown in an effort to gain distance from the disc rolling on the ground rather than through the air. Roller shots can be performed using a variety of throwing styles depending on what the situation calls for.
S-Shot: When a player throws the disc to the left of the fairway and as the disc looses speed it begins flying to the right of the fairway and then back toward the left side. An S-Shot is performed using an understable disc.
Spike Hyzer: When the disc flies high into the air air and lands vertically.
Bullet Putt: Also known as a Jam putt, is when the player exerts a lot of power to make a straight shot. This style of putting often times causes long come back putts.
Lay Up Putt: When a player shoot to land the disc near the basket rather than in the basket. This is a strategic move used when the player is too far from the basket or is concerned with over shooting the basket.
Backhand Grip: When the thrower's thumb is on the top of the disc and the fingers a wrapped under the rim of the disc. For a more powerful shot place all three fingers under the disc. For more accuracy, slide one finger onto the rim of the disc.
Sidearm Grip: When the thrower's palm faces up and the thumb is on the top of the disc while the other fingers wrap around the rim and bottom disc of the disc. The number of fingers placed at the bottom of the disc can be changed depending on the player's preference.
Thumb Grip: When the thrower's thumb is completely wrapped around the bottom rim of the disc and the remaining fingers are placed on top of the disc. This is a great grip for rollers.
Download a list of Twin Cities area disc golf courses or Rochester area disc golf courses.
If you live outside of Minnesota you can visit the PDGA's course directory for and interactive course map.
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