I won't give a lot of boring background on how I got into this sport. I think I'll resort to flashbacks.
I will say that it all started when Joey Miller an Eagle Scout started to look into a disc golf course for our small town (Columbus) in Wisconsin. I was on the Parks and Rec department board and wanted to help.
A guy from Madison came up and we walked around Firemans Park setting up a proposed course. Only enough for 6 permanent holes with room for 3 temps.
I'm 59 and through a zillion Frisbee's 30 years ago doing tricks and was pretty darn good and this brought back a lot of memories. SO -I immediately, without having a clue what I was doing, purchased three disks, a putter, a mid range and a driver.
Fast forward a month later and I am completely obsessed! I'm reading charts on different disc and thinking about the game 24/7.
But it was not until just yesterday when I felt a "I can do this" moment. When my grip settled on a Three Finger Grip instead of a Frisbee grip and I automatically gained 25 feet with that one tweak.
You see throwing a disc is NOT at all like Frisbee. They are smaller and heavier and are designed and shaped for control, speed, and accuracy. I won't go into all the details YET. But will mention numbers that you should know about if you are just getting into the sport like I am.
These numbers come from inbounds Disc Golf
Below is my Avair P&G putter and it's rated numbers are this
'246, -5%, 22%, 17%
What this tells me IN THEORY, is that a GOOD player can throw this 246 feet
It's high speed turn will go 5% to the RIGHT (the "-" is meaningful)
As the spin slows it will go the the LEFT 22%
And over all it should end up 17% to the left
|Avair P&G 246', -5%, 22%,17%|
Every disk is different and your results may and will vary wildly.
For instance - when I started, I HOPED I could get this putter to go 150 feet and my flight path was nothing at all like the above. Also I have read that a disc will change through it's life as it bangs into trees and so forth.
Going LEFT is called overstable, going RIGHT is understable.
ANYWAY - yesterday I went to Crystal Lake Park in Beaver Dam WI and played my very first 18 holes where I was counting every stroke (?? is that the correct term?). I warmed up a little and took off.
I pared the 1st couple holes and was moving along nicely with 3s and 4s and was content.
But then on the 11th hole something happened that change my "content" mood. I snapped my backhand throw and my Shark went sailing long (for me about 70% as long ) and straight and did exactly what it was suppose to do.
|Shark 283' -5%, 40%, 35%|
Of course my next throw was wet and the disc slipped and went 50 feet but my next tee shot landed 8 feet away from the basket at 206 feet. I missed the 8 foot put - FUCK, but was still happy (the wind was in my face and the shot sailed).
|Leopard 321' -40%, 20%, -20%|
BUT WHY STOP THERE! I played another 18 and this time I cut 9 strokes off my score for a 57 which is on 5.18 strokes above the average for DGCR players.
I still need a lot of work putting and will look at more youtube videos.
I'm taking my wife to buy her first two discs tonight and am looking to buy a Leopard as my first fairway driver.
SO - that's my story so far.
BTW - I'm a Fine Art Photographer (galleries, art fairs and 3x7 foot canvas creations and so forth) and think I'll make a line of disc golf artsy images.
I'll have more of this adventure coming up. Youcan always contact me at Grinder12000@yahoo.com