The Best Disc Golf Discs For Family Fun
A Family Adventure on the Disc Golf Course!
Over the weekend, I purchased what I believe to be two sets of best disc golf discs for beginners. I had the pleasure of surprising my kids with a fun round of disc golf at a local park. You can see the delight on their faces when I gave them their new disc golf gear, and the fun continued when we hit the course.
Disc golf has been around for quite some time, but really seems to have been gaining popularity in recent years. It wasn't until I planned this outing with my kids that I discovered there are approximately 15 disc golf courses within an hour drive of my home.
People actually started playing disc golf in the early 1960s, using trees and trash cans as their targets. In 1975, the sport really became officially recognized with the formation of the PDGA. This was the first Professional Disc Golf Association, which is responsible for officiating the standard rules of play.
Disc golf continues to grow in popularity today at a growth rate of 12-15 percent annually. There are now approximately 3,000 disc golf courses in the United States, and over 4,000 courses around the world. I can just about guarantee you that a quick Google search will reveal a disc golf course in a park near you.
So consider getting outdoors and enjoying a game of disc golf with your family and friends. It is a fun-filled activity that everyone in the family can participate in. It provides some low impact exercise and allows you to enjoy the outdoors!
Our Disc Golf Adventure
I mentioned before that a quick search on Google revealed around 15 Frisbee golf courses in local parks within an hour drive of my home. So we took a 20 minute drive to the Charlie Vettiner city park to get in a fun round of disc golf.
I have to say that I was very impressed with this disc golf course, which I never even knew existed prior to this outing. There were 18 holes on this course, with distances that ranged from 218 feet to 612 feet. Many of the holes on this course went through wooded areas, so it was important to make good, straight throws in order to stay out of trouble.
Each hole had a concrete pad from which you would tee off. Each of the holes ended with a metal basket with chains attached, which was your target for that hole. We spent a few minutes warming up in the practice area before hitting the course for our first round of disc golf.
Needless to say, my kids had a great time and were very excited. It was all I could do to keep them from running after their Frisbees after each toss. It was a pleasant afternoon in a picturesque park discovering a new sport that we all now love playing.
(Image Credit to InterRev - Personal Photo)
What Do You Need to Play Disc Golf?
One thing you will notice right away, is that the disc golf discs are not like the standard Frisbees we grew up throwing around in the back yard. They are much smaller and heavier than those old Wham-O Frisbees that we had as kids.
They are typically about 8 or 9 inches in diameter and will weigh anywhere between 90 and 180 grams. The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) does not allow any discs to be heavier than 200 grams. These discs have been designed for speed, accuracy, and control. While there is nothing that will stop you from heading to the local disc golf course with that old frisbee you have in the garage, you will most likely find that you are the only one there without discs that meet these PDGA specifications.
You could honestly use a single disc on the course just to give it a try, but you would be best off to start with a set of three specialized discs (a Driver, a Mid-Range, and a Putter). These three types of discs are designed to give you the control and distance you need from Long, Mid, and Short ranges.
People that are more serious about this sport will carry a number of specialized discs in a special carrying bag. Some of the top pros will carry over 40 discs on the course with them. Each of these discs will be designed for different flight characteristics.
You can see in the picture above that this is the set that I purchased for my kids. This contains a set of 3 disc golf discs that are ideal for newer players. It comes with a fairway driver for long distance throws, a mid-range disc for approach shots, and a putter disc for a controlled shot close to the pin.
If you are serious about getting into disc golf, and want a little better starter set, then the Innova Champion set might be right for you.
You still get 3 discs; a driver, mid-range, and putter. These are made from the most durable material that Innova offers, and they also have a little more flash to them.
The Discraft Deluxe Golf Set is a highly rated package that contains 4 discs and a carrying bag. It includes 2 drivers, 1 mid-range disc, and 1 putter. With an average customer rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, you won't be disappointed with this set. The bag that it comes with isn't anything special, but it is handy for storing and carrying your discs on the course with you.
The Deluxe Disc Golf Starter Set is a great option for those who are getting into the sport and will likely add additional discs to their arsenal over time.
You get a driver, a mid-range, and a putter in this set. You also get a starter bag than can hold up to 12 discs. So you will have room in this bag to store more discs as you acquire them. The bag also has a zippered pouch for holding valuables and a drink holder.
This set is offered by Sun King Disc Sports.
If you want to start off with a premium set of discs, then check out the Sun King Disc Sports Premium Starter set.
It contains 5 discs (that float in water) and a disc bag that will hold 12 to 14 discs (plus a drink bottle). You get 2 drivers, 2 mid-range discs, and 1 putter.
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How to Play Disc Golf
Since none of us had ever played Frisbee golf before, I had my kids watch a few short YouTube videos on the drive to the park. These videos did a great job of explaining how the game is played and offered some quick tips on throwing grips and styles.
The rules are very similar to golf. Each player tees off by standing on the pad and tossing their disc. Each toss counts as one stroke. The player farthest away from the hole throws first on subsequent tosses until that hole is complete. You simply count the number of tosses that it takes until your Frisbee comes in contact with the basket (the hole), and that is your score for that hole. The player with the fewest number of throws (or strokes) for the course wins the game. Score cards are typically available for each course, and you use them just like you would in a regular game of golf.
Your next toss should occur from the location that your Frisbee came to rest after the last toss. Many people will drop a marker disc on that spot, prior to picking up their Frisbee. You are allowed to step past this spot after throwing, as long as you are not putting. You should take make your next throw from a spot that is as close as possible to where you last throw landed. You should not be in front of that spot, and should be no more than 1 foot behind that spot.
There are out of bounds areas that you will want to avoid while playing. If your disc lands out of bounds, you get a 1 stroke penalty and must throw your next disc from the location where your Frisbee went out of bounds.
Etiquette is very similar to traditional golf etiquette. You can flip a coin or disc to see who goes first. Then the person with the lowest score on a hole throws first on that next hole. If you are playing slower than the group playing behind you, then you should stop and allow them to play through to keep the game moving. Since you are usually playing in a park area, you should use caution around pedestrians or bystanders. Remember to yell "Four" if your disc heads in the direction of another person and runs the risk of striking them.
(Image Credit to InterRev - Personal Photo)
YouTube Video About Disc Golf
Here is a short YouTube video that will introduce you to the sport of Disc Golf. It provides a brief overview of the rules along with a few handy tips to help you get the most out of this game.