Disc Golf May Be Just Your Speed
By Tom Herrin
I ride a bicycle quite a bit. A while back when I was riding through a park, I noticed a lot of chains being installed all around. Upon a little investigation, I discovered that disc, or Frisbee, golf is a pretty popular sport. As time went by, I saw a lot of groups and individuals playing almost every evening. It is actually a game that offers several things that can improve the health of the participants without being overly stressful. It also poses unique challenges.
It Can Lead to New Skill Development
For those who haven’t seen or heard of the game, it is actually available in many parks or other places. There are some chains hanging down, forming something like a basket like in basketball. The difference is that this basket has a bottom. People throw the disc through it. They obviously develop hand eye coordination as well a the skill of making the disc fly. Another secondary benefit is more patience.
It Provides Exercise
Very much like the traditional game of golf, each player has to move around a course. This is usually done by walking, though I have observed some running when they have designed their game for speed. The walk can be very motivating given that you're in the outdoors with considerable open space. One tends to have a greater sense of freedom and desire to make the most of it. People can often get lost in the act of playing the game and forget about the walking. They can easily walk a mile or more while playing the game without ever realizing they have done near that.
It Is Good for Social or Family Groups
A lot of times, we simply need to find a change of pace for our activities. Disc golf can be played by people of any age or size. There are virtually no limits because of strength. The skills used to throw the disc are fairly simple, though some people are able to extend theirs to do more complex actions. I have seen many church youth groups out enjoying the game. With no real restrictions, it is a game that is well worth trying. If nothing else, you may find a new appreciation for spending time at the park.
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