Ready to give disc golf a try?
Disc golf is a fast-growing sport played
outdoors with rules similar to “ball golf.” Its
often played on a course with nine or 18 holes,
though other formats are also used. Instead of
balls and clubs, players use a flying disc, which
is thrown from a tee to the target (aka the “hole).
While most people play for the fun (and,
sometimes, frustration) of the sport, there are
professionals who make a living playing disc
Enthusiasts warn – with smiles, of course –
that playing can easily become addictive. And,
regardless of your skill or physical ability, disc
golf is a sport anyone can play.
So, you want to play…
Established in 2016, So In Disc Golf Club “is
growing rapidly,” said president Bryan Alexander.
“Since our inception, we have seen multiple
courses developed and most recently (Disc
Crazy Outdoor and More) opened in Clarksville.
With our primary purpose to foster the growth
of the sport of disc golf, we primarily organize
volunteers to host events at our area courses.”
Find out more about the club and where to
play disc golf at www.soindiscgolf.com.
Where to get your gear
Disc Crazy Outdoor and More in Clarksville
offers Innova and Discmania, Dynamic Discs,
Latitude64, Westside Discs, Prodigy, Discraft,
Gateway, MVP and Axiom. They also have
accessories and apparel, disc golf baskets and
outdoor recreational games. The shop is open 10
a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
A Little Lingo
Want to learn the language of disc golf? Get
to know these terms.
Ace: Known as a hole in one in ball golf. An
ace occurs when a player makes their first shot,
or drive, into the basket. One of the unique
practices in disc golf is to have all participants
in the ace group or all spectators sign the “ace
disc.” Aces are more common in disc golf than
ball golf as the top pros boast as many as 100+
aces in their careers.
Anhyzer: A disc’s flight arc that fades to the
right for a right-handed backhand throw.
Birdie: Completing a hole one stroke under par.
Approach: Usually the second shot of a hole,
designed to place the disc within putting distance.
Drive: Any throw off of the tee pad, or a throw
from the fairway designed for maximum distance.
Driver: A disc designed for fast, long-distance
flight. The driver is the most difficult to control.
Hyzer: A disc’s flight arc that fades to the left
for the right-handed backhand throw.
Lie: The spot where the disc comes to rest. This
is often marked by a mini-disc marker.
Mid-range: A mid-range disc is a driver disc
designed for slower and more stable flight.
Mini / Marker: A small disc used to mark a
Par: Like in ball golf, each disc golf hole has
a posted par. The par is the desired number of
strokes that a player would need to complete
the hole. To the competitive disc golfer, every
hole is a par three, making the total par for 18
holes always 54. This serves to simplify the game.
Pole hole or basket: The target for catching
the disc. Pole Hole is short for Disc Pole Hole.
Putt: The final throw(s) of the hole aimed
at getting your disc to come to rest in the
trapper basket. Any throw within the circle
(10 meter radius).
Putter or putt and approach disc: Putters
or Putt and Approach discs are designed for
short-distance and stable flight. Usually used
within the circle.
Roller: A rolling disc advance (e.g., the disc
rolls along the ground).
Stability – stable: Flying straight; when
released flat, a disc has a tendency to fly straight.
Understable: when released flat, a disc has a
tendency to fly right. Overrstable: when released
flat, a disc has a tendency to fly left. (When thrown
the right arm and back handed.)
Tee Pad: The location or designated area in
which the first throw of the golf hole is suppose
to take place from. Tee Pads are typically be
made of concrete or rubber. A portion of a side
walk or a utility marker flag or spray painted box
may also be used as a tee pad.
The Basket: Born of the original pole hole,
the game of disc golf advanced rapidly with the
invention of “Steady” Ed’s Disc Pole Hole or
“Basket” as it is commonly referred to by disc
golfers. Once a disc comes to rest in the basket,
the hole is considered complete.
The Circle: This is what helps defines a true
disc golf putt. If a player is throwing his/her disc
at the basket with in a 10 Meter or 30 Ft circle of
the basket, they must follow an additional set of
putting rules defined by the PDGA. Basically if
you’re in the circle, your disc has to come to rest
in the basket before any part of your body touches
past the mini marker towards the basket. Failure
to do so can lead to a “falling putt” penalty stroke.
Throw: The act of advancing the disc towards
the basket. This can be accomplished by many
different throwing styles; Backhand, Forehand,
Rollers. Each throw is counted towards the
Tomahawk: An overhand throw at a vertical angle.
Disc Crazy Outdoor and More
652 Eastern Blvd. , Clarksville
260.233.ACE1 (2231), disccrazy.net
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