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
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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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