Trying a New Sport

@moffittjc (41186)
Gainesville, Florida
March 8, 2017 6:23pm CST
Near my house is a city park with an award-winning disc golf course, popular with both novice and advanced players. My son has been trying to get me to play disc golf for the past year or so, and so I decided to buy him a set of discs this year for his birthday. This past weekend we went out to play on the course, and it didn't take me long to figure out that you don't throw the disc the same way you throw a frisbee. The result of both my son and I trying to figure out how to throw the discs was quite comical. Let's just say my disc golf game is almost as bad as my regular golf game! Have you ever played disc golf before? My son and I really enjoyed the experience, so we decided we're going to keep playing and keep trying to get better!
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• United States
9 Mar 17
I never played but my sister played some sort of frisbee game where you toss in like a metal hoop? No idea how these games are played, regardless hope you two had fun!! Happy belated birthday to your son!
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Mar 17
Yes, it sounds like the game your sister played is disc golf. And my son and I had a great time playing, although we both stink at disc golf! Today is my son't actual birthday, although we started celebrating it last weekend and will finish celebrating it this coming weekend.
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• United States
9 Mar 17
@moffittjc Oh I see! Happy Early Birthday to him! I think it could be disc golf too! She had a good time but I don't think Id be any good :)
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@GardenGerty (96657)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 17
Sad to say, no I have not. I live across the street from a course. It was installed after we moved in, by people in this tiny community who did some fund raising. It is only nine holes. At the nearest lake there is an eighteen hole course. I love your pictures.
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Mar 17
Thanks! We had such a good time playing, even though my son and I both stink at the game! But it was our first time playing, so obviously we will get better with practice!
@JudyEv (118544)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Mar 17
I thought you meant frisbee for a while but obviously this is something different.
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Mar 17
The game has also been referred to as Frisbee Golf, but generally you don't use a Frisbee when you play because they are too light. The discs that are meant to be used for the game are heavier and thicker than Frisbees. But, you can play with a Frisbee if you want to!
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@JudyEv (118544)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Mar 17
@moffittjc So do you have to land the disc in a certain area? Other than in trees?
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Mar 17
@JudyEv You have to land the discs in these metal chain contraptions. Not sure what they are called.
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@DWDavis (10775)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
9 Mar 17
I've known about disc-golf for some time, and have seen a few courses here and there, but haven't played yet. I think it is something I'd like to try. Keep us updated on your disc-golfing adventures.
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Mar 17
It's easy to play, but it's also a lot harder than it looks. You don't throw the discs in the same manner as you throw a Frisbee. Frisbees are thrown with wrist action, but the discs are thrown using your whole arm motion. Let's just say my right arm was so sore the next day that I could hardly lift or move my arm!
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@DWDavis (10775)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
10 Mar 17
@moffittjc I'll make sure I'm stocked up on liniment oil before I play.
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@DWDavis (10775)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
10 Mar 17
@moffittjc I'll make sure I'm stocked up on liniment oil before I play.
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@PainsOnSlate (20078)
• Canada
9 Mar 17
I have never even heard of it but I will be watching to see if it get on TV soon... So I'm guessing they discs are not supposed to land in trees...
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Mar 17
I'm not sure if this is a sport that will ever make it on TV, but one just never knows! Maybe there's a world championship in disc golf or something that I haven't heard of yet! And no, the discs are not supposed to land in trees! It would be the equivalent of having your golf balls land in the trees!
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• Canada
19 Mar 17
@moffittjc I have no idea and watching golf on TV is like watching water boil...
• United States
14 Mar 17
I have actually never heard of this sport. How do you play the game?
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
21 Mar 17
It follows the same exact rules as regular golf.
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• United States
21 Mar 17
@moffittjc I do not play golf, so I am lost.
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
21 Mar 17
@ElusiveButterfly Oh, sorry about that! In disc golf, you have to throw your disc toward a distant target, and it usually takes 3-5 throws to reach each target. Whereas in golf there are 18 holes in a round of play, in disc golf there usually 18-20. The course takes up a fairly large area of play, but then again so do golf courses! Anyway, each "hole" has a measured distance from where you start to where the target is, and a sign at the beginning of each "hole" tells you how many throws of the disc it should take to reach the target (the number of throws it should take is called "par"). So, if the sign at the start of hole one says it is a Par 3, that means it should take you three throws of your disc to reach the target. You throw your first throw from the "Tee box," and then you walk to where the disc lands, and you make your second throw from there. You then walk to where the disc lands on the second throw, and you take your third throw, etc. With each throw, you are getting your disc closer and closer to the target at the end. The person who takes the least amount of throws to reach the target wins the hole.
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@DianneN (74026)
• United States
10 Mar 17
Those photos are hilarious! I never heard of disc golf until now. I'm sure it would be just as bad as my golfing, too.
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Mar 17
You golf? And you're bad at it? Oh my, we definitely should go golfing together! My golf game is pretty bad as well. We would certainly have a lot of fun! And we can drink while we play! haha
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@DianneN (74026)
• United States
13 Mar 17
@moffittjc I was banned from the green at a club. Perhaps the drinking would help us have a much better game. Lol!
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
15 Mar 17
@DianneN I'm not sure if my game would get better as a result of drinking, but at least to me it will appear that way!
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@Platespinner (16532)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
9 Mar 17
My sons are both pretty good at disc golf. Not me though...I invariably get the high score whenever we play together. We were first introduced to the game in Cloudland Canyon State Park in Georgia ten years or so ago--the park office rented the discs to players so we could try it out without spending a lot of money on our own. Watching a 6 year old try to fling a disc as hard as she possibly can is rather amusing.
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Mar 17
I gave my son a few good laughs as he watched me try to fling the discs as hard as I could! Apparently, when I throw, I don't have a nice, smooth, fluid motion! Probably explains why my discs were flying everywhere but where I wanted them to go!
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Mar 17
@moffittjc I've played a few times since then and usually end up with a decidedly sore right arm when I'm done.
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Mar 17
@Platespinner I'm dealing with that right now. We've played two consecutive weekends in a row, and my right arm still feels like jelly. it's funny, I workout regularly at the gym, but you never realized how many muscles you don't work out until such time as you try something new and use your body in ways you are not normally used to.
@Plethos (9550)
• United States
9 Mar 17
sounds like you guys are hooked on the sport ! theres nothing like that here.
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Mar 17
I don't know for sure if we are "hooked" yet, but we definitely had fun and want to keep playing!
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@Deepizzaguy (11324)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
9 Mar 17
I have never played disc golf before. Disc golf must be a new sport that must be in the starting stages.
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Mar 17
It's been around for many decades, although I don't know when it first got it's start or how popular it is on a nationwide basis.
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@Deepizzaguy (11324)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
9 Mar 17
@moffittjc Thanks for sharing the info.
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Mar 17
@Deepizzaguy No problem! If you ever get the opportunity, try playing a game of disc golf. It's pretty fun to play!
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@LadyDuck (146888)
• Switzerland
9 Mar 17
I have looked at Wikipedia to understand what this game exactly is and I have to say that we played something almost identical when I was a kid. I wonder where my discs are.
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Mar 17
What did you call the game when you were a kid? I've also heard it called Frisbee Golf, but you don't hear that name too much anymore because you don't really use Frisbees when playing. Also, I think Frisbee is a trademarked name of a specific product.
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@LadyDuck (146888)
• Switzerland
9 Mar 17
@moffittjc We called it "piattelli", the disc were not shaped like the frisbee and you had to launch them in a different way.
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@Shavkat (56495)
• Philippines
9 Mar 17
It is not common in my country. But I love to try it. It seems so enjoyable playing with it in the park.
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Mar 17
It is a very fun game to play! Have you ever played golf before? It follows the same rules as golf.
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@Shavkat (56495)
• Philippines
10 Mar 17
@moffittjc I did. But there is no enough time. I will definitely tried playing again this summer.
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@youless (90052)
• Guangzhou, China
15 Mar 17
That's nice that you had a good time to play with your son. I don't know much about disc golf, but I played the frisbee before. If I had a dog, it would be great to play frisbee with it.
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
21 Mar 17
Dogs love chasing frisbees! Every time I visit a park, there are people there with their dogs, and many of them bring frisbees to throw around!
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@BelleStarr (36949)
• Portland, Connecticut
15 Mar 17
No I have never played but it does look interesting!!
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
21 Mar 17
It is a fun game! My son and I played again this past weekend. He's getting good enough where he almost beat me! After another couple of rounds, he's going to end up being better at the game than I am!
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@Juliaacv (28908)
• Canada
9 Mar 17
The course that we saw last summer while we were away had little things, like an upside down basket ball net, with the netting made out of steel, and that is what you aimed for.......it looked kinda cool.
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Mar 17
Yes, what you described is the thing you have to aim for when throwing your discs! I'm not sure what it is called.
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@Freelanzer (8290)
• Canada
9 Mar 17
First I have heard of it but I bet you had a lot of fun
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Mar 17
My son and I had so much fun that we went back and played again this morning! I was just as bad on my second outing as I was on my first! haha
9 Mar 17
Never heard of it. Glad you had fun though!
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Mar 17
Wait until I write a post about the game of Pickleball, which seems to be sweeping the nation in popularity right now!
@andriaperry (46187)
• United States
9 Mar 17
Are you supposed to land them in the tree?
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Mar 17
Yes, very surprised! The discs are very heavy and rigid, so it's very unusual to get them stuck in a tree! Frisbees are an entirely different story, they get stuck in tress all the time because of how light they are!
• United States
9 Mar 17
I never heard of disc golf but it sounds like you and your son had fun
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@moffittjc (41186)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Mar 17
It follows the same rules as regular golf, except that instead of hitting a golf ball with a club, you are throwing a frisbee-like disc. Just like there are different types of golf clubs (driver, mid-range, putter, wedge) you would carry in your golf bag, there are also different types of discs you would carry in your bag (driver, fairway driver, mid-range, putter, etc).
@MandaLee (3691)
• United States
14 Mar 17
I haven't played. This sounds like so much fun!
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