Two approaches to teaching disc golf

By Valarie Jenkins and Josh Woods ~

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Paul McBeth and Nate Sexton give an instructional clinic at the McBeast Challenge in Ocala, Florida (March 21, 2017). Photo by Brian Wells.

“Back in the weeds … great!”

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.

Moments of success keep disc golfers coming back for more. But where do they come from? How do disc golfers learn to play better? Continue reading “Two approaches to teaching disc golf”

Without a net: All professional disc golfers are underdogs, even Paul McBeth

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Paul McBeth at the Pittsburgh Flying Disc Open, 2017 – Moraine State Park, hole 3, final round. Photo by James McDonald, editor at Full Metal Basket.

Paul McBeth is feeling small.

On September 16, 2017, shortly after dropping out of the Green Mountain Championship due to an injury and carding his first-ever DNF in a PDGA event, McBeth posted a message on Facebook:

“Being 5’8″ 160 lbs you’ll never be the favorite in sports. That’s why I like my story. #MyMindIsReady #USDGC” Continue reading “Without a net: All professional disc golfers are underdogs, even Paul McBeth”

Two perspectives on disc golf and why we need them both

By Jim Palmeri ~

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Why is disc golf such a fun, fast-growing recreational and competitive activity? Part of the reason is that disc golfers embrace two different perspectives on the game.

Advocates of the first viewpoint—the ball-golf perspective—believe that disc golf should encompass all the subtleties and nuances that make ball golf the widely celebrated sport that it is today. Continue reading “Two perspectives on disc golf and why we need them both”

Disc golf as social movement: A strategy for growing the sport

Is disc golf headed for the mainstream?

Last year, Steve Dodge, Director of the Disc Golf Pro Tour, predicted that disc golf would be bigger than ball golf by 2026.

Many observers share Dodge’s optimism, and there’s some evidence to support it. Continue reading “Disc golf as social movement: A strategy for growing the sport”

In the News, July 16-31, 2017

InTheNewsA 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”

Does the fear of death inspire people to play disc golf? A review of Gessner’s ‘Ultimate Glory’

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One of the most interesting books about disc golf is a book about Ultimate Frisbee. David Gessner, in Ultimate Glory, offers a rowdy, confessional tale about his years playing Ultimate in the 1980s. Ultimate players may be the intended audience, but disc golfers and other athletes of emerging sports—in fact, anyone who cares about a thing that many people consider ridiculous—will find this book fascinating. Continue reading “Does the fear of death inspire people to play disc golf? A review of Gessner’s ‘Ultimate Glory’”

In the News, July 1-15, 2017

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Grow-the-sport news from around the country: Mcbeth, Panis make TV appearance; Discmania gives tips for going pro; Dodger Stadium disc golf; high-value disc golf news coverage in Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal; dog lovers trash course; PDGA’s Chargualaf gains footing; new courses in Alabama, Illinois, New York, Washington and Weber State. Continue reading “In the News, July 1-15, 2017”

In the News, June 16-30, 2017

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Grow-the-sport news from around the country: new course developments in five states; Fairmont, WV donates $1,000 to disc golf tournament; Kankakee league does promotional video; Rifle Camp Park controversy continues; certified forester says disc golf is eco-friendly; disc golf helps wounded soldiers.   Continue reading “In the News, June 16-30, 2017”

Disc Golf’s Silent Majority: A Search for Non-PDGA Disc Golf Events

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Every kid has at least one completely ridiculous belief that causes embarrassment later in life. Mine was the Smurfs. For a time, I was sure they were real. One day I even went looking for them in a forest near my house.

After spending half the day turning over rocks and kicking tree stumps, I came to three conclusions. One, Smurfs probably do not exist. Two, throwing stones at a hornet’s nest is a bad idea (really, don’t do that). And three, nothing exists until it’s observed. Continue reading “Disc Golf’s Silent Majority: A Search for Non-PDGA Disc Golf Events”

In the News: June 1-15, 2017

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Grow-the-sport news from around the country: Course construction dispute in New Jersey, disc golf grows in Maine, a disc golf Mecca in Tennessee, a ball-golf-turned-disc-golf course in Indiana, and a possible, first-ever course on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Continue reading “In the News: June 1-15, 2017”