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Now it is Official – Disc Golf is Enormously Popular in Finland

By Kari Toivonen ~

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The young Finnish star Henna Blomroos at the 2019 European Open. Photo: Kari Toivonen

The European Open was held in Nokia, Finland a few weeks ago. It was a fantastic battle between the best players in the world, but the comeback victory of Paul McBeth was not the only thing that made people gasp. Continue reading “Now it is Official – Disc Golf is Enormously Popular in Finland”

Disc Golf’s Two Paths Forward

Is Disc Golf a Business or a Social Movement?

Josh Woods ~

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How do small sports become big ones?

When answering this question, most commentators point to the economics of sports and media. Sports grow when major media outlets pay attention to them. Increased media coverage attracts more participants and consumers, which entice even bigger media companies and corporate sponsors, which then foster stronger sport institutions. Continue reading “Disc Golf’s Two Paths Forward”

The Ultimate Guide to Disc Golf in Popular Culture

I need your help.

By Josh Woods ~

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I’ve been researching portrayals of disc golf in American movies and television shows. So far, with the help of friends and fellow disc golfers, I found more than 70 references. I included the list below, along with a description of each case.

The sample is focused on disc golf references in U.S. feature-length films (40 minutes or longer) and television shows. I’m only looking for verbal references or images of disc golf, Frisbee golf, frolf, and disc-golf-related equipment such as baskets, discs and bags. Continue reading “The Ultimate Guide to Disc Golf in Popular Culture”

Living in the Moment and Other Unbelievable Feats of Mental Strength

By Josh Woods ~

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In the 1980 comedy Caddyshack, the pseudo-Buddhist ball golfer Ty Webb offered wisdom to his young, forward-thinking protege Danny Noonan.

“Danny, I’m going to give you a little advice,” Ty said. “There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen; all you have to do is get in touch with it. Stop thinking … find your center … let things happen … and be … the ball.”

Despite the silliness of this tip, the idea that regulating your thoughts and centering your attention can improve performance is remarkably popular. You can find it in books of pop psychology, in the meditation rooms at Google and Nike, in the hot yoga gyms of middle America, and in several disc golf books, blogs and websites. Continue reading “Living in the Moment and Other Unbelievable Feats of Mental Strength”

Ten Absolutely Perfect Reasons to Avoid Your Next Workday (A Satire)

Josh Woods ~

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Whenever I hear about people volunteering for backbreaking labor at a public disc golf course, I am struck by the same question: What’s wrong with these people?

Many disc golf courses are located outdoors. This fact alone should persuade even the most ardent do-gooder to avoid unpaid toil on a disc golf course. The natural world is a disorderly menace. At times, it may tempt you, like sea nymphs tempt sailors, to venture into it. But doing so for the sake of labor will surely end in monumental discomfort and regret. Continue reading “Ten Absolutely Perfect Reasons to Avoid Your Next Workday (A Satire)”

Tournament Fees: What Makes Dollars and Sense?

How to anger-proof a tournament in trying times.

Josh Woods ~

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Cell phone activation fees. Baggage fees. Hotel internet fees. Cancellation fees.

No one likes fees. People especially dislike hidden fees, additional fees and any charge that seems shady or unreasonable. Still, fees are everywhere. Including in disc golf.

As one example, players without PDGA memberships must pay a “$10 additional fee” to register for a PDGA-sanctioned tournament. Although there are logical reasons for this charge, not everyone is a fan. Continue reading “Tournament Fees: What Makes Dollars and Sense?”

Flying Discs in the Age of Legal Cannabis

Should disc golf embrace the weed industry?

Josh Woods ~

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Image via sftravel and flydiscs.

Cannabis has finally arrived in disc golf land.

Wait … what?

Okay, weed has been here from the beginning, but in May 2019 the San Francisco Open (SFO) became the first premier disc golf tournament that had a major sponsor from the cannabis industry. Continue reading “Flying Discs in the Age of Legal Cannabis”

Flying Blind: How Disc Golf Can Be Played by People with Visual Impairments

By Kaycee Glattke ~

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Working out in the gym and playing sports are two great ways to stay active and in shape. Yet, both have drawbacks.

While hitting the gym is an excellent way to gain strength and maintain a healthy lifestyle, it lacks in other areas such as social inclusion and cooperation. And while organized sports provide opportunities to interact and socialize with others, many rely heavily on sensory cues such as sight in order to be played. Continue reading “Flying Blind: How Disc Golf Can Be Played by People with Visual Impairments”

The Sociology of Disc Golf? Yep, that’s a Thing

Josh Woods ~

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I am terrible at cocktail parties. I rarely say the right thing when meeting new people.

But don’t get me wrong. I’m not someone who looks down on small talk. I can chat about sports, the weather and Caribbean vacations all day long.

The problem is, when encountering strangers, the topics of careers and hobbies invariably arise.

“What keeps you busy?” Someone might ask.

For me, there’s really no way to answer this question truthfully without staring into a blank, confused face. Continue reading “The Sociology of Disc Golf? Yep, that’s a Thing”

DiscGolfer Magazine Just Made History

A woman lands the cover in back-to-back issues.

By Josh Woods ~

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The covers of Discgolfer Magazine’s winter and spring issues of 2019 featured Paige Bjerkaas (right) and Eveliina Salonen (left).

Here’s an earth-shaker for you: When people go to restaurants, they order food from a menu.

A few picky eaters may request off-menu items, but most people stick to the script. According to researcher Brian Wansink, customers are especially likely to choose items that are next to pictures, bolded or placed in boxes.

These are not controversial claims, are they? Continue reading “DiscGolfer Magazine Just Made History”