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Disc Golf Putting Photos: A Photo Gallery

Updated on November 18, 2011
Disc golf putting photos are easy to set up and fun to take!
Disc golf putting photos are easy to set up and fun to take!

About This Gallery

Putting in disc golf is one of the most important aspects of your game. Being able to drive (throw) a disc 300+ feet is useful, but if you can throw 200 feet accurately and then nail putts from 50+ feet, you'll dominate on the disc golf course. Putting also provides great opportunities to play with your camera and take some awesome action shots with a disc flying through the air, dropping in the basket, missing the basket entirely, or hitting and shaking the chains. This gallery showcases some of my experiences with taking disc golf putting photos. Enjoy and check out my page on Disc Golf Drive Photography.

Putting in Disc Golf

Putting in disc golf is similar to putting in real golf. It's your short game. When you are putting, you are close enough to the pin that you have a good chance of making it in the basket. You should have a special disc for putting, generally one that is heavy and gives you a lot of control when throwing it a short distance. If you don't have a putter, I suggest the Innova DX Aviar Putter listed below, it's the one that I have in my bag and I love it.

There are many different styles of putting. Some people like to throw their putter straight at the chains and have enough speed on the disc so that it does not start to turn. As discs slow down, they begin to tail off to either the left or right, depending on the throw. Some people putt to compensate for the turn and throw to the left or right of the pin, based on their technique. Others try to float the putter so that it drops into the basket, generally hitting the bottom of the chains. The best way to find out which method is best for you is to go out to your local disc golf course and try them out!

Setting Up Putting Photos

A disc golf basket is a very cool item to have as a focal point in your photographs. Generally, disc golf courses are built in very natural settings, so a metal structure in the middle of a beautiful forest or field makes for an interesting shot. I like setting up my disc golf putting photos by positioning myself/camera behind the basket so that the disc is coming toward me in the shot. The best ones that I have taken are of the disc just about to hit the chains and the subject following through or holding his pose after he throws. Check out what I mean below...

Disc Golf Putting - I like any shot where I can have the blue sky in the background.  The disc really stands out against the sky.
Disc Golf Putting - I like any shot where I can have the blue sky in the background. The disc really stands out against the sky.
Disc Golf Putting - See how the disc pops more when it's got the blue sky for a background?
Disc Golf Putting - See how the disc pops more when it's got the blue sky for a background?
Disc Golf Putting - I like this shot, the timing was perfect.  The shadows are a little funky, but it's back in the woods so it's pretty unavoidable.
Disc Golf Putting - I like this shot, the timing was perfect. The shadows are a little funky, but it's back in the woods so it's pretty unavoidable.
Disc Golf Putting - This shot looks like it's going in.
Disc Golf Putting - This shot looks like it's going in.
Disc Golf Putting - This is easily my favorite spot to take putting photos.  The pin is downhill and on a beautiful day the background for the shot is perfect.
Disc Golf Putting - This is easily my favorite spot to take putting photos. The pin is downhill and on a beautiful day the background for the shot is perfect.
Disc Golf Putting - When we're taking putting photos, we use the whole bag.
Disc Golf Putting - When we're taking putting photos, we use the whole bag.
Disc Golf Putting - I'm not quite at the right angle to capture the action here.
Disc Golf Putting - I'm not quite at the right angle to capture the action here.
Disc Golf Putting - Now I just need a good putter, this shot almost hit me in the head!
Disc Golf Putting - Now I just need a good putter, this shot almost hit me in the head!
Disc Golf Putting - This one is a little better...
Disc Golf Putting - This one is a little better...
Disc Golf Putting - Not so much.
Disc Golf Putting - Not so much.
Disc Golf Putting
Disc Golf Putting
Disc Golf Putting - I love these shots.  I have yet to get a "perfect" one but it's fun to try!
Disc Golf Putting - I love these shots. I have yet to get a "perfect" one but it's fun to try!
Disc Golf Putting
Disc Golf Putting
Disc Golf Putting
Disc Golf Putting

Disc Golf Photography Tips

The best advice I can give on taking good disc golf photos is to be creative and try different shots, angles, and perspectives. Snap a bunch of shots from one angle and have your friends throw multiple discs so you can take a bunch of sample shots. After a couple times out with your friends and a few hundred photos, you'll be able to figure out which holes have the most photogenic potential. The more you play and shoot, the more you'll learn about getting that perfect shot. Once you have the perfect scene set up, go with it and stick with it until you get a perfect shot to put on your wall.

Also, enjoy the game! Disc golf is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature. It's also a great way to spend time with your family and friends, as disc golf is an easy game to learn and everyone can play. It's also a cheap hobby to pick up as you only really need to have one disc to play a round. As you get more skilled however, you'll want to pick up a few more to try and improve your game. Below are some great starter packs to get your bag started.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh wow! I always thought frisbee golf was just played by naming random objects as targets along a course. I didn't realize that people set up ACTUAL targets! So cool!

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