6 Year Old Hunter hits his first ace!
1. GETS THEM AWAY FROM THE ELECTRONIC DEVICES.
Let’s be honest, we use our electronic devices just as much as they do, but we tend to think that our time on them is more justified than theirs. For instance, you’re using your electronic device right now to read an article about something positive for them to do without their electronic device! We don’t feel the need to be very detailed in the reason why this point is good. We think you can make that determination. However, exercise is one of the many things this new generation is missing out on. Add to that the things that can be seen while out throwing plastic on a disc golf course. We’ve seen some pretty amazing things out there that a video on YouTube just doesn’t do justice.
...a video on YouTube just doesn't do it justice.
2. TEACHES THEM TO LEARN A NEW ARM MOTION THAT OTHER SPORTS DON'T.
While there are many ways to throw a disc, one of the main styles of throw is the Backhand. Not many, if any at all, other sports require this motion of the arm. Potentially a backhand shot in tennis, but even that is hit or miss (pun intended) when it’s used, and the style of motion is still quite a bit different than the backhand shot in disc golf. For someone to become well rounded in the sport of Disc Golf a backhand throw is nearly a must. For a child, learning this new arm motion requires the brain to be stimulated in a new way. This strengthens the brain and works together with the body to refine this new motion. Combine this new arm motion with many other variables and you’ve got nearly endless new stimulating growth opportunities i.e. Wind, elevation, foot placement, etc. To see how un-natural this throwing motion is, just hand a rock to a child and ask them to throw it into the lake. It’s unlikely they used the backhand motion, and if they did, well, be sure to watch out because we don't think a rock can be thrown accurately that way!
...requires the brain to be stimulated in a new way.
3. REQUIRES THEM TO DEVELOP THEIR CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS.
If you’ve ever played disc golf before and tried to do a good job at it, then you know how much thinking can go into each throw. Am I going to try and take the rewarding shot with a bunch of risk? Am I going to side arm the throw around that tree or opt to do a backhand turnover? What would the result of a roller shot be? If a child is to become better at disc golf, he/she must learn to think through the shot critically. They need to learn to ask before every throw, “What will be the result of my action and how does that benefit or hurt my next shot?” We’ve heard through the grapevine that Paul McBeth teaches newer players to ask the question, “When was the last time I practiced this shot?” or “What is the highest percentage shot to take here”. If you combine those two questions, you can usually conclude that lack of practice on a certain style of throw will be a low percentage shot. To shoot well, disc golf requires you to think critically so that you can take the highest percentage shot every time.
...take the highest percentage shot every time.
4. TEACHES THEM TO ADD NUMBERS.
No, really. It’s a big deal when playing disc golf. If you turn in a scorecard during competitive play, that isn't added correctly, you get a two stroke penalty EVEN IF YOU SCORED EACH HOLE CORRECTLY. Your child will have to add and then double check to ensure that the total score for the round is correct. Never fear, if your child isn’t that good with math, someone that played with him/her during the round will usually assist in checking the math. That being said, it is the players responsibility to ensure that they agree on their total score. We can think of one example where a scorecard total, or lack of total in this example, affected the ending of the PDGA's National Tour’s Memorial Championship in 2013. Will Schusterick turned in his scorecard, with a 2 stroke lead over second place. The problem was that he never marked the total on his scorecard. This resulted in a two stroke penalty and caused a tie for first place with Paul McBeth. Schusterick went on to birdie the first hole of the playoff and his opponent got par. Schusterick won. The story could have ended much worse for Schusterick just because the sum of his throws was not added AND marked on his scorecard. Tell your kids this story when they don’t complete homework math problems fully.
Tell your kids this story when they don’t complete homework math problems fully.
5. TEACHES THEM TO PLAY FAIR AND WITH INTEGRITY.
Disc golf is one of the most unique sports when it comes to how the gameplay is moderated. There are no referees. There are no instant replays that can be viewed to challenge a call on the field. In fact, in SOME cases, you could be the only one who realized that a rule was violated. Take Paul McBeth for example at this year’s Pro World Championship event in Kansas. He notified a tournament official, during hole 7 of the second round, that he might have misplayed a hole in the PREVIOUS round. Paul McBeth, 4 time World Champion (competing for his 5th STRAIGHT title), told on himself! We can’t speculate too much, but that could have potentially cost him the win. Our point is this, at this time in Disc Golf, the sport is regulated by the players. This teaches your child a valuable lesson about integrity. If someone else calls you out on a rules violation, then humbly accept the rules for what they are and proceed. If YOU violate a rule, then take the example of 4 time World Champion Paul McBeth and do the right thing, play with integrity.
...you could be the only one who realized that a rule was violated.
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What are the best golf discs for a young child: ages 6 to 12?
The best golf discs for a child would be from our EDGE line of discs. EDGE discs weigh 135 grams or less. These discs are specifically designed for children ages 6-12 that are participating in the EDGE (Educational Disc Golf Experience) program. Try the EDGE Leopard, EDGE Polecat, EDGE Shark or EDGE Skeeter. For older children, 150-class discs would be a good choice as well. The Archangel, Aviar, Leopard, Sidewinder, and Valkyrie are some of the many discs available in 150-gram weights that are ideal for younger players and newcomers to the sport. Look for these discs at a local retailer or from an online vendor.
Flyboy Aviation in Whitesburg, Georgia
"Almost home after an incredibly fun weekend at Flyboy Aviation. It is truly a spectacular disc golf course. My new favorite for sure!"
"Had an amazing day at FlyBoy Aviation Disc Golf today! If you ever get the chance to play this now "extinct" track, take it, it's an absolutely amazing property! This pin location was the most unique, but this picture does no justice to the overall beauty of the course and surrounding landscapes!"
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Some say the greatest hole 3 in the world.
one of the best
Kicking off the new year with a series of posts on the greatest disc golf courses of the world. We are going to kick off the series with the Flyboy Aviation disc golf course in Whitesburg, Georgia. Flyboy is a private course that if you got the chance to play be thankful. Flyboy hosted the 2011 Remax Atlanta Open. Enjoy some great coverage from the event.
Flyboy is currently closed and most likely will be for the for seeable future here are some words from the founder.
"This has been a hell of a run for me! My little back yard course sprouting up from a single putting basket, to the highest rated disc golf course on DGCR. Getting to know and throw with the biggest names in the sport, hosting players from all walks of life from all over the world at my little corner of the universe....I really can't call it a dream come true, because I never could have dreamed it! Creating Flyboy Aviation has been the most fun and rewarding thing I've ever done in my life, (well, aside from flying around with my hair on fire in a fighter jet) and I have to say, hanging with you guys has been the best part of it all....some of the finest people I've ever met, and you'll always be welcome at Flyboy. Thank you Tim and DGCR for sending these folks my way. Lillian, Wayne, Brad, and I have tried our best to live up to the course reviews, and treat our guests to the disc golf experience of a lifetime they came here for. It's been an honor for us. I originally listed Flyboy on DGCR because I enjoy the camaraderie and social aspect of our sport, and hoped a few folks might occasionally drop in and shoot a round with me. I never anticipated the awesome power of this incredible website, and the resulting stampede of players headed my way once Flyboy rose through the DGCR ranks! I had no idea what I was in for, but I've loved every minute of the ride. Unfortunately, the ole demand has outstripped the ole supply of this back yard hobby operation. Great news if your aim is to expand operations and grow. I need to shrink to survive. So reluctantly, I've asked Tim to remove Flyboy Aviation from the DGCR course list. There are several reasons for this, but mostly, I'm just tired. No one ever told me building, maintaining, and operating your own private disc golf venue was a full-time job, but trust me, here at least, it is. I think I've spent more time in the saddle of my Kabota the last few years, grooming the course, than I did in my Boeing 777, and believe me the 777 pays better. Don't get me wrong, this has all been a labor of love, and I'm very proud of what I've been able to accomplish with my little Flyboy Aviation science project. As I grow older though, I find that time becomes the precious commodity in life. Family time is most precious, and shouldn't be sacrificed. Unfortunately, I can't quit my day job flying jets to find the extra time required to run Flyboy Aviation the way I feel the top disc golf venue in the world should be run. So there you have it. Being off the course list will take some pressure off, and buy me some time. Family time, and time to try going down a different ski slope or two before I get too darn old. Think little flying robots with gyro stabilized HD video cameras, bringing disc golf to the world in a way it's never been seen before. Think I'm kidding? We're already on it. I have a few more tricks up my sleeve for the last third of my life, and I don't intend to spend that precious time sitting on a tractor (although I'll admit, that's when I do some of my best thinking, and I do love the smell of diesel fuel in the morning). I'll be passing the #1 baton back to Flip City from whence it came. I guess I've held it long enough, and if anyone deserves it, Bill does. There are new sensational pay-for-play courses coming on line at a rapid pace, and I'm heartened by my experience with Flyboy Aviation, that these private venues will be the successful and profitable future of our sport. My humble suggestion is that we embrace and nurture them. Finally, the 64,000 dollar question: what will become of Flyboy Aviation? Well, it's not going anywhere. My fellow disc golf road warriors are always welcome here as my personal guests, when my schedule allows me to join them. Hey, I still love the game as much as ever, and look forward to throwing Flyboy with my local Buds and our occasional out-of-town guests....until I'm just too decrepit to throw anymore. "Disc golf or die!"" Kelly Flyboy Aviation
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Here are the top three disc golf moments for 2016. At least in my humble opinion.
3. In One Word Momentum
Ricky Wysocki cans a huge putt to win the Masters cup to kick start his huge year in 2016.
Everyone was worried a little about the move to the Ball golf course but after seeing the design, the beauty, and the respect and effort to keep the Delaveaga feel I must say that the new course is amazing.
2. 2016 European Masters
1. The Shot Heard Around The World
1,073,088 views Amazing shot Amazing exposure for our Sport.