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Disc Golf: A Sport With Discs, Not a Hobby With Frisbees

By: Nick Santini  |   June 24th, 2014

When people think of disc golf the first thing that usually comes to mind are memories from childhood of the classic Wham-O Frisbee. The truth of the matter is that disc golf is a rapidly growing and evolving sport.

And just so you know, it's disc golf not Frisbee golf...

Why Disc Golf is a Sport

Disc golf is organized by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) much like golf and the PGA. Just like golf, disc golf uses the same scoring system based on strokes and the par. The objective of disc golf is to get the disc in the basket in as few throws as possible.

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Both sports have tournaments at the professional, amateur, and junior level. The difference between disc golf and golf (besides the use of clubs vs discs) is that disc golf is slightly more casual than golf.

What You Probably Didn't Know About Disc Golf

The technology used in the discs are leaps and bounds ahead of the classic Wham-O Frisbee. Each disc is fine tuned and rated for specific variants such as speed, glide, turn, and fade.

As I said earlier, the sport of disc golf has been growing. In fact, a report from the PDGA shows an increase in membership of 13.8% from 2012 to 2013. And those are just the new members not to mention the amount of people who currently play the sport but may not be members of the PDGA. In case you were looking for somewhere to play, you shouldn't have a problem considering the US is home to 3,429 disc golf courses.

Oh and in case you thought disc golf was a joke, know that the PDGA Tour event prize totals for 2013 came in at $2,533,450.00!

Conclusion About Disc Golf

While disc golf is still not as wildly popular as other sports, it is still a sport. It is a sport that is not to be confused with childhood Wham-O Frisbee toy. Disc golf is a sport that should receive more respect than what it currently does.

Having recently started to play disc golf, I can honestly admit I used to think it was stupid. I had no idea, until I started playing disc golf, just how fun and competitive it really was. If you get a chance, you should get involved in disc golf so you can experience how awesome and fun it really is.

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