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Disc golf

Disc Golf is a game based on the rules of golf (referred to by disk golfers as "Ball Golf"), but using flying discs (similar to but usually smaller and heavier than Frisbee). The discs are thrown towards a basket, which serves as the hole.

Disc golf is scored in the same manner as ball golf. Each throw is added to your tally. As with ball golf each hole is given a par rating. A common strategy for a par-three hole, as in golf, would be drive (long hard throw toward the tee), chip (medium throw to the "green"), putt (short toss into the basket). A typical course would be 18 holes. Many disk golf courses are in open, grassy public parks, but more challenging courses are set in semi-wooded and hilly areas.

There are a wide array of discs, divided into two basic categories: putt and approach discs, and drivers. There are several classes of drivers intended for different distances. Mid-range drivers tend to be the most versatile discs, and are very good for beginners. For longer drives there are many variations of long-range and extra long-range drivers.

Physics

Stability is one of the most important disc properties when choosing a disc. There are three stability classifications, based on the behavior of a disc when thrown using a level right-handed backhand:

  • Understable: An understable disc has a natural tendency to curve to the right during its flight.
  • Stable: A stable disc will maintain a straight flight path.
  • Overstable: A overstable disc that tends to curve to the left.

The stability of a disc depends on a number of factors, including the weight, size and shape of the disc and the speed with which it is thrown. Thus, a disc that is overstable for one player may be stable or even understable for another.

External links

http://www.discgolf.com
http://www.pdga.com Professional Disc Golf Association



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