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STATEMENT FROM LATITUDE 64° CO-FOUNDER AND CEO DAVID BERGLUND

Latitude 64 - Ricky Whysocki

Latitude 64 - Ricky Whysocki

“This is one of those texts you are never prepared to write. It is with a heavy heart I am informing you that Ricky Wysocki has decided to take on new adventures and leave the Latitude 64 family. Our four year relationship with Ricky has been a great one including back to back World Championship titles and countless big wins on the tour. There are so many great memories that I could write a book about them. The most memorable one for me is Ricky’s first PDGA Worlds win back in 2016 in Emporia, Kansas. Also the countless times we have seen the Dagger sail away from Ricky’s hand from 50 feet, safely landing in the basket, and followed up with the signature raptor run. Ricky, you will be truly missed by all of us and we wish you all the best on your new path.

Friends and fans, have a great creative weekend. Let’s work on making 2019 another great year for the sport of disc golf.”

David Berglund
CEO and co-founder of Latitude 64°

Originally posted on www.latitude64.se

Outside TV Bringing 2018 Disc Golf World Championships Into Millions Of Homes

2018 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Champion Gregg Barsby. Photo:    Alyssa Van Lanen

2018 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Champion Gregg Barsby. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

The 2018 PDGA Pro World Championships at Smugglers’ Notch Resort was certainly an event that the disc golf world will remember for a long time, and for good reason: With heated competition across all five days, two first-time world champs crowned, and a stunning setting in the Green Mountains of Vermont, there was a lot to celebrate.

Starting Friday, there’s even more to take in.

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Outside TV will air an hour-long program dedicated to the 2018 PDGA Pro World Championships at 8:00 p.m. EST that has the potential to reach 60 million households. The show will feature shot-by-shot footage from each of the tournament’s five rounds, plus a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of some top competitors, including Paige BjerkaasRebecca CoxPaige PierceNate Sexton, and Ricky Wysocki. It’s the first foray into disc golf for Outside TV, which is the leading video provider for the adventure sports and outdoor lifestyle category.

Check out the full schedule for the show’s run of seven broadcasts:

Time (EST)

8.00 p.m.

11:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

Date

Friday, November 9

Friday, November 9

Saturday, November 10

Sunday, November 11

Saturday, November 17

Sunday, November 18

Saturday, December 1

The production – which was executive produced by Dave Manzo of Philadelphia-based KeDa Creative and Pro Worlds Tournament Director Jeff Spring and features collaboration from Smuggs TV (the resort’s in-house production firm), Jomez Pro, and Central Coast Disc Golf – invites viewers to travel to the Green Mountain State to follow the week-long competition. While there are plenty of actions shots, the show focuses on getting to know the five featured players as they prepare for the most prestigious title in the sport. In addition to these character pieces, the broadcast also gives viewers a peek into the mountain lifestyle permeating throughout Smugglers’ Notch, including highlights the live music of the festival, Smuggs’ FallFest, that takes place during the event.

“We set our goals for this event extremely high, and that included media,” Spring said. “The PDGA stepped up to help us take things to the next level. We wanted to provide all the best coverage that disc golf fans have come to expect, and more. That meant bringing back live coverage to Worlds, providing the highest quality shot-by-shot next day videos, and producing daily recap videos of the action. On top of that, our team had a vision of creating one special effort that would help push the sport forward. After a year of planning and sifting through dozens of options, the Outside TV production rose to the top. We couldn’t be happier with the result.”

Smugglers’ and the PDGA want to thank all the partners that made the production happen as well. “Many disc golf companies stepped up to make sure this production was successful. We definitely couldn’t have found success without the support from all of our partners,” Spring said.

For those unfamiliar with Outside TV, the network delivers high-quality, compelling storylines focused on a wide variety of sports, as well as the full spectrum of the lives of those who engage in them. The network’s Emmy Award-winning content is distributed through multiple platforms, including national cable, satellite and OTT providers; OutsideTV.com; social media; and the network’s app, Outside TV Features. Outside TV’s content is broadcast in more than 100 markets.

While the broadcast is available to millions, there are sure to be some disc golf fans that miss out on these initial chances to view the show, especially those without access to Outside TV. Not to worry: After the run of seven broadcasts, the entire show will be made available through several online outlets of partners and sponsors, including the PDGA’s YouTube channel.

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Originally posted on www.pdga.com By: PDGA Staff

Anyone for golf - but not as we know it!

Now, if you've ever had a bash at golf you'll know it's not as easy as it looks - so how about golf with a difference. Could Frisbee Golf or Disc Golf be your thing? Similar rules - but no annoying little white ball to contend with! 

In Manchester, a new 18 hole course has opened and it's FREE!

As part of our new ITV summer series called Healthy Holidays we're encouraging young people to get out of the house, so we thought we'd try it out. Paul Crone reports.

Originally posted on ITV Granada

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Manchester Disc Golf - Manchester Trilogy Challenge 2018

Manchester Disc Golf - Manchester Trilogy Challenge 2018

Olli Simonsen

Oliver has been playing since 2014, when he an a mate borrowed discs from a local hostel in Queenstown, New Zealand.

In 2017 he founded the London disc golf community to grow the sport in London and other parts of Britain.

Some of his notable achievements are playing a 991 PDGA rated round and hosting a Discraft Ace Race event together with Derek Stoltenberg, and a Trilogy Challenge with Alan Heckman

Name: Olli Simonsen

Country: United Kingdom

Home course: Berkshire Disc Golf – Dinton Pastures

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How did you get into disc golf and how long have you been playing?

I’ve been playing for about 4 years since 2014 when I first got to Queenstown New Zealand. I borrowed or rented a disc from the local hostal I was staying at and my friend James and I went out an played our first round at Queenstown Gardens.

Dominant hand?

Right hand

Are you Backhand or forehand dominate?

I can throw 125 metres backhand and about 100 meters forehand, so I would say both.

What was the first disc golf disc you threw and where is it now?

The first disc I throw was probably a beat up DX putter, and it’s probably back at the hostel still.

The first discs I purchased was a blue Taniwha, from RPM Discs, Eran from Small Planet Disc Sports in Queenstown showed me all his discs and recommend this one. I went into getting my first ace with this disc on hole 18 at Queenstown Gardens.

You’re on the first hole at your local course, what disc do you reach for?

Either my favourite beat in red Innova Star Boss (13/5/-1/3) or new yellow Grym-X by Kastaplast (12/5/0/3) depending on what the wind says.

The hole is a big curve to the right with a Mando left from the tee box and OB bunker and fence line by the basket.

For me it’s a big forearm shot off the tee trying to reach 2/3 of the way up. UDisc says the hole is 135 metres long.

What is your favourite course and why?

This a difficult one for me, I love all the courses I played in New Zealand they’re absolutely stunning. But I think I’ll have to say that my favourite course is Århus Disc Golf Bane, in Tilst, Århus, Denmark. This course requires so many different shots, it has big open holes, wooded holes, elevation holes, etc and each basket has three different tee pads.

Your disc golf bag catches on fire. You can only save 3 discs – What are those discs and why?

Red Innova Star Boss – All time favourite, got an Eagle on hole 14 at Queenstown Gardens and was the 4th person to have ever done it at the time.

Red Innova Yeti Aviar, Signed by Jay ‘Yeit’ Reading himself.

Blue Innova GStar Orc (10/4/-1/3), got two 85 metre aces with this disc.

What is your favourite disc and why?

Red Innova Star Boss – All time favourite, got an Eagle on hole 14 at Queenstown Gardens and was the 4th person to have ever done it at the time.

What is your favourite throw to play during a round of disc golf?

An ace of course… Nah I’d would probably say putting is my favourite throw, especially outside the circular, I love it when I crush a long putt.

Are you part of a league, if so what is your handicap?

Not this year.

How many times a week do you get to play or do field work?

I live an hour away from my nearest course so not as often as I like. I’ve got a portable basket in the garden that I practice my putting on.

The discs that you regularly bag are they all one manufacturer or a mix bag?

2 Latitude 64
2 Dynamic Discs
1-2 Discraft.
1-2 Kastaplast
1 Westside Discs

Do you have any superstitions or quirks when on the course. Such as like flipping your disc before a putt or special hat?

Jay ‘Yeti’ Reading taught me to focus more and take my time when I putt and to take all my putts seriously, regardless of how far they are.

I don’t like it when people nice my drives…

What part of disc golf do you find the most challenging?

Traveling to the tournament. I live in London and I don’t own a car so it makes it slightly tricky to get to the tournaments around the country.

I always struggled to play in windy conditions.

What has been your greatest achievement to date in disc golf?

Creating London Disc Golf Community.

Hosting a Discraft Ace Race event together with Derek Stoltenberg, which had 53 players attending.

Hosting a Trilogy Challenge with Alan Heckman which had 43 players attending.

Playing a 991 PDGA rated round. Winning the first K3,2,1 Glow Kastaplast event.

At one point in 2016 I was the 8th best player in New Zealand.

If you could change anything about disc golf what would it be?

Have more courses everywhere and increase the social media awareness of the sport.

If you could play any course in the world, what would that course be and who are the other three players on your card?

I’ve watch a far number of disc golf videos on YouTube and should really remember what the top 10 courses are called, but non are coming to mind… I would choose Paige Piece, Simon Lizotte and KJ Nybo

What advice would you give to a new player starting out?

Start with one discs and learn how it fly’s, get used to one disc and then slowly purchase more discs one at a time, getting to know your discs is very important.

Start off with a light weight (160 gram) GStar plastic disc like a Mako (5/5/0/0), this is because Gstar is great for beginners and takes a long time to beat in. Practice.

Originally posted on www.discgolfplayers.com

Move Over Ultimate Frisbee, Disc Golf Has Arrived In London And It's Blimmin' Addictive

If you've ever been in need of a legitimate reason to lurk near the bushes in Croydon's Lloyd Park, then you might be in luck thanks to Croydon Disc Golf. Disc Golf has already gained popularity across the pond and now this outdoor sport has arrived in London. Admittedly it's a bit more like playing frisbee than proper golf, but it's massively addictive and lots of fun. All you need is a keen eye, a good arm, and a frisbee (rentable from the park's cafe for just £2).   

Originally posted on www.londonist.com/

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The 15 Most Overlooked Rules in Disc Golf.

The 15 Most Overlooked Rules in Disc Golf:

Anyone who has gone out to play disc golf their first time, or thousandth time, has a different perception of what appropriate etiquette is on the course. There are many casual golfers I see on the course who want to play competitively and perform at their best. I want to help shed some light on some of these common oversights in the rules of disc golf.

To be able to learn the rules of the game, it takes patience and humility - no one really likes being corrected. However, listening to a more experienced disc golfer about rules and etiquette in a casual round could save you strokes and embarrassment in future competitive rounds.

I have played with many recreational and competitive golfers and have come up with my list of the most common overlooked rules and etiquette mistakes that most often occur on the course.

1. ESTABLISHING OUT OF BOUNDS AND RELIEF AT BEGINNING OF THE ROUND.

Establishing OB at the beginning of a round is crucial to avoid any disputes. At sanctioned PDGA tournaments this is established for the course by the tournament directors. Typically, flags and signs will help determine where OB’s and Mandos are located and all players must follow these OB guidelines. However, in casual rounds the guidelines are usually not as clear, so it is important to talk with your fellow golfers about what will be played as OB and Mandos before you start throwing. If you’re not sure what constitutes as OB on any given course, just ask someone who may have played the course before. If it’s your first time playing the course, establish a standard for you and those on your card. For example, often times at the beginning of a casual round with my friends we will say; “Water and Concrete is OB” meaning if you land in water, or on concrete you will take an OB penalty stroke. This allows for us to all be on the same page and establish what will constitute a penalty stroke at the start instead of having that awkward conversation later.

2. STAY QUIET DURING A GOLFERS THROW.

You may think this is an obvious one, however many newer golfers are not aware that you’re not supposed to talk during a throwers stroke. Just like in regular golf, it is extremely frustrating when you line up your shot, focus on the throw, start your approach and just as you’re about to let go, someone on your card starts talking or makes some noise. I have fallen victim to this countless times in casual and competitive rounds and most of the time it’s just an accident. Certainly don’t blame the person if the throw ends up being poor. After all, a casual round isn’t worth the argument, typically. If this ever happens to you, kindly let the person know to please stay quiet when others are throwing.

3. ALLOW THE GOLFER ON YOUR CARD FARTHEST FROM PIN TO THROW FIRST (DO NOT IMMEDIATELY WALK TO YOUR DISC).

After teeing off the golfer who is farthest from the pin always throws first. Every golfer is eager to see where their throw ended up off the tee and what kind of look they will have on their next shot. However, you must be respectful of everyone on your card no matter what their skill level is. If you’re playing a casual round with a beginner, there is nothing more devastating to their confidence than to be lining up for their throw and you are standing in their line of sight way up by the basket staring at them impatiently. It is rude, and it’s not fair to those who may be taking several strokes to get to the green. Every golfer on the card should remain behind the golfer who is farthest back in order to give every person the same opportunity at a clean look at the basket. If someone you are playing with is constantly walking straight to their disc and then are looking back at you waiting for you to throw, just let them know that they are in your line of sight and would appreciate it if they would wait for you to throw before advancing ahead of your disc.

4. FOLLOW THROWING ORDER AND WAIT FOR PREVIOUS GOLFERS THROW TO BE COMPLETE.

Throwing order is determined by the player who had the least amount of strokes on the previous hole. This person will “take the tee pad” meaning they will be the first to drive followed by the person with the next fewest strokes. At a tournament the designated score keeper for that hole will announce the order in which the golfers will throw. It is possible that you can be penalized for throwing out of turn if players on your card deem it so. You also need to be courteous to those throwing on the tee pad. Often times I have stepped up to the teepad, made my throw and am watching my drive and as soon as I turn around to step off the tee pad, the next golfer is already lining up their shot directly behind me. Please give the previous golfer time to track his shot and let his disc come to a rest before approaching the tee pad. This may not apply as much to casual rounds because oftentimes players are limited on time, however. My friends and I will often play “Ready golf” in order to get through a round quicker.

5. THROW FROM YOUR LIE (NEW 8IN X 12IN “LIE” RULES).

Marking your disc after it is thrown is an important part of tournament play. In some casual rounds, it may not be as important but here are the technicalities behind marking your lie. If you choose to use a mini marker, place it on the front edge your disc closest to the basket. When throwing your next shot, you must keep one foot directly behind your marked lie. Your lie is an 8 inch by 12 inch box centered behind your marker or your disc. If your lie is in bushes or brush, you must mark the disc and get completely behind your marker. I have seen many times where casual players will put their foot behind the marked lie, but their other foot or body will be way out in front of the marker, closer to the basket. This is illegal in competitive play, so be sure to keep your foot directly behind your mark as to not be called for a foot fault. 

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6. DON’T DESTROY, MOVE OR BREAK OBSTACLES TO GET A BETTER LOOK AT A SHOT.

You can’t move obstacles out of the way of your shot, including moving, bending, or breaking a tree limb to get a better shot. Not too long ago I played a casual round with some friends, we had been playing the farther back “B-tees.” On one of the holes there was a bench sitting directly in front of us. One of my friends suggested “lets move the bench.” I laughed because I saw it as a fun, challenging obstacle and he saw it as a nuisance. 

7. KNOW THE 10M RULE WHEN PUTTING.

This is something that I didn’t know until I joined my local Disc Golf club, I was called out by a fellow member and given a warning for a foot fault. When you’re throwing “inside the circle” you must “demonstrate full control of balance behind marker.” Meaning, you cannot putt falling forward and step in front of your marker. I had a bad habit where I would putt inside the 10 meter circle and lean forward. After the putt hit chains I would start to take steps to go get my disc.  I was called out and given a warning. A tip I was given was to throw my putt maintaining balance, then after my disc goes in the basket I should pick up my mini-marker first, then walk to the basket. A simple tip that helped me the rest of the round.  Rule 806.01

8. ALLOW FASTER GROUPS TO PLAY THROUGH.

This is something that a lot of beginners don’t really know how to do. When you’re playing with 4 or more people and are moving slow, make sure you are aware about groups behind you may be waiting at the tee pad. It is courteous to let them throw and play through the group. This is more of a courtesy in casual rounds and won’t happen in competitive or tournament play. 

9. BE HONEST AND HELP NEW PLAYERS LEARN THE RULES.

Being an honest disc golfer is essential. Disc golfers should hold each other accountable. It is important for more experienced disc golfers to be ambassadors for the sport and be guides for new players. It is important to be honest with each other about scoring, implementing rules, and course etiquette.

10. RETURN LOST DISCS.

Imagine you get a brand new driver, put your name on the back, tee up for your first time and grip lock into the creek. You can’t find it and you tell yourself “at least I put my number on the back.” If you’re playing a round and find a disc that isn’t yours it is common courtesy try your best to return the disc back to its owner.  If there is no name or number, try and ask around the course to make sure it isn’t being looked for. I personally take lost discs that do not have a number and put them on top of the practice baskets. Most courses have a Facebook page that you could post in as well. If they are a frequent visitor, they will most likely see the post. Here at Disc Store we have a lost and found box that local golfers will bring their found discs into the store for safe-keeping. People know that they can always come in the store if they have lost their discs and see if someone may have turned it in. 

11. KEEP THE COURSE CLEAN - DO NOT LITTER.

It is important to keep the course clean as a community and not litter on the course. The PDGA is very clear on the courtesy rule. Always leave it nicer than you found it works in disc golf as well. Rule 812.05

12. BE COURTEOUS TO OTHER GOLFERS, AND OTHER BYSTANDERS.

Many disc golf courses I have played are in local parks. Sidewalks, playground equipment, softball fields are all nearby. Stay aware when you’re playing disc golf. At my home course, a sidewalk crosses in front of hole 1’s tee pad. It’s essential that you yield to all walkers, runners, and cyclists before you throw. It’s not worth trying to rush yourself into a bad shot or even worse hitting or scaring someone with your throws. You should also respect your fellow disc golfers, and be willing to help each other out when it comes to looking for lost discs, or spotting bystanders.

13. THROW IN A TIMELY MANNER TO KEEP A GOOD PACE.

An overlooked aspect to throwing is how much time you are taking to throw. The PDGA rules say you get thirty seconds after you establish your lie to throw.  Many casual golfers will sometimes spend a long time lining up their shot, step away, line it up again and do a few practice releases before throwing. You should be deliberate when you're throwing. There is a big difference between taking your time, and playing slow. Just remember there are 3 other people on the card who have to throw too.

14. WATCH OTHER GOLFERS THROW AND HELP SPOT ERRATIC THROWS.

Every disc golfer has had a grip lock moment. That moment when you let go of your drive too late. As a disc golfer you can empathize with those who have lost their discs, or even disc golfers who have lost your discs. Everyone in your group should be observant to where the other golfers discs are going. It is nice to have multiple sets of eyes on a disc especially when it's headed for the thick stuff.

15. STAY POSITIVE, WE’RE ALL JUST COMPETING AGAINST THE COURSE.

Getting mad or upset when you’re playing disc golf is one of the worst things you can do for your game. When you think about a bad shot or feel embarrassed your drive smacked into the tree five feet out. The last thing you want to do is get upset. Your mental game is very important to playing consistent golf and if you dwell on the bad shots you’re only going to produce more bad shots. Make an effort to be positive throughout your round, don’t worry about the score, or how many strokes you need to beat “so-and-so.” Focus on your game, we are all out there competing against the course and ourselves. We should encourage each other to play the best golf we can, and most importantly have fun doing so.  As #001 says…“THE ONE WHO HAS THE MOST FUN WINS.” -”STEADY ED” HEADRICK PDGA #001

Thanks for reading and let us know if you have any questions. Make sure and follow our blog for future tips, tricks, and news about your favorite disc sports.

This Article was written by EVAN RESER PDGA#102601 | 20th February 2018

Evan Reser is a video content producer at Disc Store, currently residing in Omaha, Nebraska. Graduated with a film & video degree from Washburn University in his hometown of Topeka, Kansas. He has been playing disc golf since 2000. 

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Fancy a game of frisbee golf?

A combination of a favourite beach pastime and the tee-to-green discipline makes for a surprisingly enjoyable family outing Matt Cutler clasps a blue Frisbee. He eyes a metal structure – a disc golf basket. Not only does it seem at least a third of a mile distant, it is in the middle of dense woodland. If Cutler thinks he’s going to get his Frisbee anywhere near the basket, surely he will be disappointed. 

Spin doctors: Alex Wade and family play Frisbee Golf Photo: Jay Williams

Spin doctors: Alex Wade and family play Frisbee Golf Photo: Jay Williams

Positioning himself carefully, and looking as if he is about to go into battle, Cutler has one last look at the basket. Suddenly, he takes four or five rapid steps to the edge of the teeing-off area and unleashes his Frisbee with a smooth and yet powerful sweep of his right arm. I watch, mesmerised. Somehow Cutler’s Frisbee spins elegantly through the air, avoiding trees, branches and undergrowth to land within a foot of the basket. 

“That’s the idea,” says Cutler. “Now it’s your turn.”

I’m taking part in a disc golf contest amid the Mendip Hills. Like me, my fellow competitors are new to disc golf. My brother, Chris, his sons Sam and George and my son Elliot have signed up to see what it’s all about – and there is a sceptic in our midst. 

“I don’t get it,” was Elliot’s verdict when we arrived at the Mendip Activity Centre, the home of a 10-hole disc golf course. “How can throwing a Frisbee be a sport?” In vain did I tell Elliot, 17, that a long time ago – while at university – I’d been part of an Ultimate Frisbee team. Now known simply as “Ultimate”, the game grew out of the American counterculture of the Sixties. Two mixed-gender teams of seven play against each other, the aim being to pass a Frisbee to a team member in the opposing team’s end zone. Physical contact barely occurs and players cannot take a step once in possession of a Frisbee; to add to Ultimate’s sense of sporting nonconformity, the game relies on players’ sense of fair play rather than referees to enforce rules. 

Elliot is not convinced. His doubt lessens, though, as Cutler reveals not only that there is a British Disc Golf Association (BDGA) but that the Professional Disc Golf Association hosts annual world championships. “It’s a great community,” says Cutler, who is ranked second on the BDGA national tour. “We play at courses up and down the country. There’s always a really good atmosphere. It’s a fun day out.” 

Cutler explains that disc golf “is just like traditional golf, but instead of a golf ball and clubs, you use a Frisbee”. The aim is to throw the Frisbee from a tee area to a hole, or target, the most common form of which we can see on the Mendip course – an elevated metal basket. “As you progress round the course,” says Cutler, “you have to begin again at the place where your Frisbee last landed. You complete each hole when you’ve successfully landed the Frisbee in the basket.” 

It sounds simple enough – and is pleasingly democratic, too. Disc golf is nothing if not inclusive: anyone can play – men, women, children – of whatever age and ability. There is little by way of etiquette beyond an insistence on fair play, and nothing of the snobbery than can plague golf clubs. You can even have a drink while playing, though it won’t make for speedier course completion. 

Like golf, equipment varies. Cutler shows us 20 Frisbees of differing size and weight. “Just as you have different clubs, depending on the range of the hole, you have different Frisbees for different parts of the course.” He advises starting with lighter Frisbees because they fly straight and glide well, and shows us the correct throwing technique: the disc is held firmly with four fingers under the rim and thumb over the top, and released by a flick of the wrist, once we’ve reached back and pulled through in a horizontal motion with our throwing arms. “Try and be smooth and loose in the first part of the throw, then finish strongly,” says Cutler. “It’s much more about good technique than strength.” 

Our first attempts are promising. Cutler advises a little less force here, a touch more style there, but we seem to have the hang of it, so he devises a competition. It’ll be the Bristol Wades – Chris, Sam and George – against the Cornwall Wades, myself and Elliot. He gives me scorecards, so we can enter how many throws it takes each person to complete each of the 10 holes. Their names, starting with Badger’s, taking in The Bumps and Blossom Blast and ending at Lyncombe Lane, suggest that disc golf enthusiasts enjoy their jargon. This turns out to be true: Cutler is adept at any of hyzers (making the disc fade to the left), anhyzers (where they fade to the right) and tomahawk throws (overhand throws at a vertical angle). 

Throws of this calibre elude us, intentionally at least, but no matter: the game is entertaining, challenging and more physical than Ultimate thanks to where it’s taking place. Initially, the course wends its way through woodland; evading branches and undergrowth means that most of us take three to four throws to complete each hole. The feeling, as a disc lands in a metal basket, isn’t quite the same as scoring a goal or a try, but it’s easier than putting a golf ball and has its own curiously whimsical sense of satisfaction. Then come hills to climb before we’re atop the rolling Mendip fields. Here, we face a new difficulty – the wind. Cutler makes it look easy, taking no more than two throws for any hole. To my delight, I also complete one hole in two, and am the only one of both Bristol and Cornwall Wades to do so. 

This makes the difference. We’ve all been fairly consistent, taking three to four throws per hole, with one or two glitches. Come the final reckoning the boys score 37 each, Chris has taken 34 throws and I’m the winner with 33. I ask Elliot if he now agrees that throwing a Frisbee can be a sport. He does, and Chris suggests a rematch. I’m only too happy to say yes. It’s been fun – and at last, all these years later, playing Ultimate Frisbee at university has paid a dividend. 

A POTTED HISTORY

Disc golf was a part of the World Frisbee Championships in 1975 and was formalised in the United States in 1976, with the creation of the Disc Golf Association Company in 1976. 

The man credited with popularising disc golf is “Steady Ed” Headrick, who designed the first bespoke course at Oak Grove Park in La Cañada Flintridge, California. Headrick also designed and patented the modern Frisbee. 

Flying discs date back to the 1900s. In 1926, a group of American college students played a game of throwing tin plates at targets, which they called Tin Lid Golf. 

There are 35 disc golf courses in the UK. Professional disc golfers have up to 20 Frisbees, and take part in a tour under the auspices of BDGA. Prize money is not their motivation. 

Visit bdga.org.uk and mendipoutdoorpursuits.co.uk

Originally Posted @ www.telegraph.co.uk

Why disc golf is proving popular in Britain's parks

If you like throwing a flying disc around the park with family and friends but want more of a purpose to it, how about the growing sport of disc golf? 

There are now 15 courses around the UK and more are planned. 

Mike Bushell went to a temporary course in Basingstoke, where he met the British number one and some of the country's top juniors.
Originally Posted on www.bbc.co.uk,

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