Disc Golf: Give It A Spin

June 10, 2008

Knoxville (WVLT) -- Make your way to Knoxville's Victor Ashe Park, and there's a good chance you'll see some outdoor enthusiasts meandering around the park, a pack attached to their back, and throwing a disc.

Welcome to the world of disc golfing.

Much like golf, in the disc version, players try to get from the tee box to the target (also called baskets) in as few as strokes as possible.

Disc golf is similar to traditional golf and uses much of the same rules and terminology. Par. Birdie. Bogey. Putters. Drivers. Irons. All terms used in both versions.

As in ball golf, a course usually consists of 18 holes. Unlike ball golf, most courses are located in public parks and are free to play, although some courses require a nominal fee, and the sport requires inexpensive discs instead of costly clubs and balls.

Player can carry as many discs as they want. Each disc performs a different function. Some discs fly farther than others. These discs that fly farther have sharper edges so they can cut thru the air easier. These are your drivers.

When you are close to the target, the golfer uses his putter (disc). These discs are softer and fly straighter.

Click on the above video link to see the Sports Overtime report on disc golfing. It aired Tuesday during the 6 pm sportscast.

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