Examining disc golf through a social scientific lens.
Josh is an associate professor of sociology at West Virginia University who plays disc golf and writes about it. He lives in Morgantown, West Virginia with his wife and daughter. He’s a member of the Professional Disc Golf Association’s Ratings and Statistics Committee, and writes occasionally for Ultiworld Disc Golf. Josh has two goals for Parked. He wants to convince the disc golf community that social scientific research can benefit the sport, and convince the academic community that disc golf is worth studying.
Government control. State intervention. Collective ownership. To some Americans, these terms sound like nails on a chalkboard.
Free markets. Privatization. Pay-to-play. Now these words sound better to fiscal conservatives. The goal should be less government, lower taxes and a smaller role for the state. People should be free to chase their dreams without government interference.
A player who I was coaching received a visit from the hand-speed fairy the other day.
After getting used to the sight of her merely throwing the disc, I was taken aback by how suddenly her arm whipped around in a blur, and how the disc ejected from her hand with a crisp violence. Without her knowing it, her brain switched on more muscle fibers that power the throw while switching off the ones that decelerate it. The correct term for this is reciprocal inhibition, but I prefer ‘hand-speed fairy.’ Continue reading “Slow learning and the hand-speed fairy”→
Hope is a dangerous thing when you have too much of it.
According to a recent report, the Disc Golf World Tour (DGWT) is closing shop and will not be holding events in 2018. At first glance, the gloomy announcement suggests that the DGWT had more hope than it needed.
The quality and professionalism of DGWT events were widely praised by players, fans and media outlets. To some, the DGWT stumble signals uncertainty for the future of global disc golf.
Learning how to play disc golf can be frustrating. Searching for your disc in thorny underbrush while your friend taps in for birdie can test the patience of any disc golfer.
But then it happens: A breakthrough. The disc leaves your hand, glides along an intended path and lands near the basket. The sun peaks from the clouds. Birds chirp happily in the trees. You can breathe again. Okay, maybe you’ll play another round.
A review of grow-the-sport news from around the country: The Charlotte Mecca, Rifle Camp Park fiasco, Devens Disc Golf, celebrating Dale Haake, the history of CCDG, new course developments, the cops like disc golfers, plus the photo and video of the month. Continue reading “In the News, July 16-31, 2017”→