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Covid-19 Boost in Disc Golf Participation May Leave Racial Minorities Behind

By Dillon Carr, PhD ~

Artwork by Chris McDowell.

The long-term effect of Covid-19 on disc golf remains to be seen, but is expected to bring a significant increase in participation. As Americans seek opportunities for outdoor recreation that permit social distancing, interest in disc golf is likely to grow.

While increased participation in the sport is a good thing, the complex social dynamics resulting from Covid-19 may lead to restricted course access in urban areas, which may continue to entrench racial and ethnic disparities in the sport.

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Unique Disc Golf Experience Breaks the Internet

Inparcerated Returns to Old Joliet Prison

By Lauren Lakeberg ~

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A players meeting at Inparcerated II. Photo Lauren Lakeberg.

For three years, Dellwood Disc Golf has hosted Inparcerated, a disc golf tournament held at the Old Joliet Prison in Illinois. The idea was born when Mark Grabavoy heard about the prison opening to the public for tours and wondered if disc golf was an option. He pitched the idea to Dellwood and they were all in.

Each year the tournament sells out quickly. This year it took eight minutes and two seconds and crashed the registration website twice. Slated for September 26-27, the event currently has 432 players registered and 88 players on a waitlist. Continue reading “Unique Disc Golf Experience Breaks the Internet”

The Rise of Disc Golf Twitter: 96 Accounts to Follow Right Now

By Josh Woods ~

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Artwork by Chris McDowell.

In summer 2016, I started a Twitter account, followed my favorite disc golfers and groups and sat on the edge of my seat waiting to be amused and enlightened.

Unfortunately, not much happened. Four years ago, disc golf Twitter was little more than a weigh station for disc advertisements, lackluster notes about personal accomplishments and links directing Twitter users to Instagram posts.

It’s still not great.

But gradually, inexplicably, it has gotten better. In the last year or so, like Steven Seagal waking up in Hard to Kill, more and more players, brands and independent accounts are getting active. Continue reading “The Rise of Disc Golf Twitter: 96 Accounts to Follow Right Now”

What is Green Disc Golf, Anyway? A Guide to Eco-Friendly Discs.

By Chris Bawden ~

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Artwork by Chris McDowell.

Disc golf prides itself on being in touch with nature and treading lightly on the planet. It’s not surprising that eco-friendly discs have become a common offering across disc manufacturers. But what does eco-friendly disc golf mean and are eco-friendly discs worth throwing? Continue reading “What is Green Disc Golf, Anyway? A Guide to Eco-Friendly Discs.”

Why Disc Golf Is Pandemic Proof and Other Sports Are Not

By Josh Woods ~

Cover art A baseball dimond behind a locked gate. Photo Robert Rosales
The familiar sight of a baseball diamond behind a locked gate. Photo Robert Rosales.

Live sports are currently on pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving the $160 billion US sports industry in a tailspin. Only about half of all sporting events that were originally scheduled for 2020 will likely take place, per a new report.

While all sports will take a hit, some will weather the storm better than others. The esports industry, for instance, will probably do okay. The big stadium events are on hold, but gobs of gamers and fans are still nestled safely online.

Disc golf has a few obvious advantages in the “Don’t-Stand-So-Close-To-Me” era. Continue reading “Why Disc Golf Is Pandemic Proof and Other Sports Are Not”

20 Questions – Denmark

By Asbjørn B.V. Hauberg ~

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The Disc O’ Boyz of Denmark, along with clinic hosts Philo Brathwaite and Gregg Barsby in July 2018. Photo: Martin Erichsen.

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“20 Questions” is a series of articles about the global culture and commerce of disc golf. The goal is to better understand the sport’s growth by comparing the scenes in diverse regions of the world. Continue reading “20 Questions – Denmark”

Can Disc Golf Baskets Spread the Coronavirus?

By Josh Woods, PhD ~

Cover art D2Recent steps by the PDGA have put a hold on competitive, sanctioned disc golf at all levels in response to the human coronavirus outbreak.

Yet, most rounds are played during non-sanctioned events, practice rounds or casual outings. With the closing of many aspects of life over the last weeks, thousands of disc golfers are now trying to figure out how or whether to keep playing. Continue reading “Can Disc Golf Baskets Spread the Coronavirus?”

16 Disc Golf Professionals Make Statements on the Environment

By Josh Woods and Bill Newman ~

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Politics and disc golf simply do not mix.

Like gum and sweaters. Orange juice and toothpaste. McBeth and bogies. Some things just do not go together.

But is that really the case when it comes to the environment? When faced with matters of extreme environmental importance, should disc golfers leave their politics in the parking lot? Continue reading “16 Disc Golf Professionals Make Statements on the Environment”

Do Disc Golfers Lean Left on Environmental Issues?

By Josh Woods, PhD, Bill Newman and Vic Allen ~

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Photo Jesse Wright.

Environmentalists can be found in all major sports, but they seem especially common in outdoor activities that depend on a clean, sustainable environment.

For instance, as global warming has turned mountain snow to slush, snowboarding legends like Gretchen Bleiler and daredevil ice climbers like Will Gadd have been using their sport as a platform to raise awareness about climate change. With coral reefs declining and plastic waste amassing in the oceans, surfing gods like Kelly Slater are pitching in to clean things up. Continue reading “Do Disc Golfers Lean Left on Environmental Issues?”

Five Reasons to Love the Disc Golf Movie “Hard Plastic”

By Josh Woods ~

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Sometime soon you may find yourself on the verge of watching the newly released disc golf movie Hard Plastic, starring Andy Dick, Meg Dick and written and directed by Lucas Astrom. But before you spend the $2.99 and click the watch now button on Amazon, I suggest making the following mental preparations. Continue reading “Five Reasons to Love the Disc Golf Movie “Hard Plastic””