A Beginner’s Guide to Disc Golf in Bowling Green – WKUHerald.com

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Have you ever noticed chained baskets spread around local parks? Have you ever wondered what they were used for? These baskets and the discs thrown into them are all important tools for a particular sport: disc golf.

In its simplest form, disc golf is a sport that requires you to throw a Frisbee-like disc from a tee box into a standing basket hole. However, as with all sports, there are more complexities and skills that come with playing disc golf. This guide will highlight the main features of disc golf that will have you running to the store to buy discs and try the sport!

Master a new sport

Disc golf is the type of sport you can dive into. That’s exactly what Wilbur Romero did in Charlotte, North Carolina when he got into the sport nearly three years ago. Now he is an avid gamer and loves sports. During his quarantine, random disc golf videos popped up on his YouTube, and it’s been a part of his life ever since.

“I’ve been playing for about three years now without realizing that Bowling Green is like one of the greatest cities in the United States for sports,” Romero said.

Romero dove headfirst into the sport, learning from fellow disc golf enthusiasts in the Bowling Green community who play frequently at local parks. Playing with them also allowed Romero to experience some of his favorite disc golf courses in Bowling Green, Preston Miller Park and Hobson Grove Park.

“I just had people from Bowling Green let me follow their tours,” Romero said. “I learned to mold my style of play to my liking and then improved from there.”

Nat’s Outdoor Sports in Bowling Green offers a variety of discs, as well as cases and other accessories, to help beginners and advanced golfers find everything they need. (Photo submitted by Nat’s Outdoor Sports)

Go disk crazy

When playing disc golf, the disc you use is crucial to the sport. It’s not like a typical frisbee that you might be more used to throwing. According to the Disc Golf Now website, there are six key differences between a regular Frisbee and a disc designed for disc golf: size, shape, drag, aerodynamics, speed and distance. There are also a host of different record brands, such as Innova, Discraft, Gateway and Dynamic, available in Bowling Green at Nat’s Outdoor Sports.

The website also notes that different discs will be made with different plastics, have different molds, different handles, and be made with different weights. A good way to figure out which discs work for you is to go in person when buying discs to feel the discs themselves and see what would work best for you. Nat’s also has knowledgeable staff who can help you find a disc that’s right for you.

“My favorite records would have to be a Discraft Zone or Innova Star Destroyer,” Romero said.

He said these discs work the way he likes them and feel better in his hand and come out of his hand when he throws.

The more you drive, the better. As a disc golf player, you can rack up multiple discs, all with different weights, speeds, and sizes. If you get to the point where carrying multiple discs overwhelms your arms, investing in a disc golf bag could be a good way to carry and protect all your new sports gear.

“My biggest purchase is probably my bag or the unhealthy obsession that comes with buying records so frequently,” Romero said.

Once you start buying records, it can be hard to stop. When you figure out what you like in a record, you might end up making more trips to the store to score more records.

” Before ! – Disc Golf Terminology

According to Disc Golf Now, scoring in disc golf is the same as traditional golf. So if someone in disc golf says they scored an “ace”, that means that from the tee their disc landed in the basket on their first throw. If you receive a “birdie”, it means you are one under par, which is determined by the distance between the tee box and the basket. You may need to play a round, two, or five to understand golf terminology, but once you do, keeping score will be easier. Or don’t play to score at all, just aim for that basket!

Even the discs used have special terminology. Disc Golf Now describes the three types as a driver, midrange, and putter. From your first tee shot at each hole, you’ll be using a driver, a disc designed for speed and distance. Then there are the mid-range discs which are designed for approach shots close to the basket and for tee shots when the basket is not too far away; these are mainly used for precision and glide. Finally, there are putters that are used to travel short distances as accurately as possible.

Each disc will display four numbers on the front. The first number represents the disk speed. The second number is the slip of the discs. The third digit represents the lap, and the last digit displayed is the fade of the record.

To better understand the sport’s terminology and which discs to throw when, Romero recommended watching videos of professional disc golf players. You can see their throwing form, whether they throw forehand or backhand, and what discs they usually keep in their bag.

“As far as the pros go, I think Paul McBeth or Calvin Heimburg are some of my favorites to watch because they’re kind of at the top of their game this season,” Romero said.

Choose a course and start throwing

Once you have a few drives in tow, the next step is to choose a course. Bowling Green offers a multitude of parks to choose from, including disc golf courses. Whether you go to Romero’s favorite courses, Preston Miller Park and Hobson Grove Park, or others like Kereiakes Park or Lovers Lane Park, the main thing when playing disc golf is just to have fun.

“Buy a few records, go out and find a class and play,” Romero said. “It has a really friendly community that also helps new players if you just ask! Really, get out there and give it a try.

Whether you play with three discs or 20, and keep score or just throw the discs, disc golf is worth trying. It is similar to traditional golf in its score but is quite unique and can provide a fun time. With summer fast approaching, this could be a new sport and a new hobby. Go play – drive, putt, score!

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