Disc Golf Equipment and Rules of the Game

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Frisbee expert Tom Schot demonstrates the rules of the game for disc golf.


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    Remember, the blunt edges are for putting, the sharp edges are for driving. I carry a bag of discs. I have nine discs in here. Most players carry anywhere from 14 to 20 discs. Also, you need a towel. You want to keep your disc dry because it is easier to grip. Sometimes, you get caught in that tall grass and it has got some morning dew on it, it is a little wet. You want to be able to grab that disc and have a good control of it. One more thing about equipment, this is really important. You want to dress really comfortably, you want to have loose fitting clothes on and you want to have good shoes. Good shoes are really important. Your tee off shots, you don't want to be slipping. You want to be able to plant your feet, you throw with a lot of power, so a good, rigid, bottom sole shoe that is going to give you a grip is really important. Every hole is a par-three so, obviously if you get it in two, it is a birdie. It is just like ball golf. We have the same etiquette, the farthest (ph) player away throws first, the person who scored the best on the hole, before tees off first and that is our target back there. That is a Mach III basket. Those are chains hanging down. You want to hit the chains and land in the basket. If the disc hits the chains, lands in the basket and bounces out, it is no good. It has to come to rest in the basket. If the disc lands on the top of the basket where the chain structure is, it is no good. If the disc gets stuck in the outside cage of the basket, it is good because it is still supported by the basket. So, the objective is to give this disc in that basket.

    Now, that you know what equipment you need, you got your driver, your approach disc and your putter. Let us go over here and I am going to show you how to use them.

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