Disc golf is a flying disc sport in which players throw disc golf at a target. It is played similar to traditional golf, but instead of holes on the ground, the discs are aimed at a disc golf basket.
Disc golf emerged as the fastest growing sport in the United States during the 1990s and continues to grow today. The game was first invented in 1926 by Canadian Ronald Gibson, who was playing with his group of elementary school buddies throwing tin plates at trees and fence posts. The game picked up in many different places, and many universities began holding tournaments with trees and barrel trash cans as targets. Since then, interest in the game has picked up, and it is now one of the fastest-growing sport in the world.
Benefits of Playing Disc Golf
Outdoor games have a lot of health benefits to offer. Playing disc golf is no different. It is a fun game that people can enjoy playing in their backyards, open fields, parks, etc. Let’s take a look at the different physical and mental health benefits this game has to offer.
Numerous surveys have supported that people tend to stick to a particular exercise regimen if they think it is fun. Playing disc golf is so entertaining and challenging that many people do not even think of it as an exercise. Who would think that throwing a lightweight disc into the air would provide a good workout just by itself?
Helps the player get in touch with his or her body
To make a successful shot, a player must be aware of his body alignment and position. In fact, many consider this game more of a mental challenge than a physical one. With the amount of thinking that goes into how to make a successful stroke and all actions having to be initiated by the players themselves, this game is definitely a mental one that can easily ground individuals who tend to drift mentally.
Just like any sports or fitness regimen, building physical strength, skills and endurance helps improve self-esteem.
Playing disc golf offers a nice break from routine. It provides a healthy and fun distraction from daily stressors. As a form of exercise, this game also stimulates the production of happy hormones, called endorphins, and reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body. The game is also played in a course with natural settings, allowing the player to interact with nature while trying to maneuver through trees, bushes, and hills.
Become part of a like-minded community
Playing the game allows the players to join in on the camaraderie of the sport. It can be competitive and relaxed as they want it to be – either a casual walk around the hills or a money-on-the-table kind of game.
Steps on how to make DIY Disc Golf Baskets
Another great thing about playing disc golf is its accessibility. It is cheaper than traditional golf, and it can be practiced and played almost anywhere with an open space. For players who do not live right next to a course, they can improvise by creating some do-it-yourself practice baskets. Having one in your backyard has its perks, especially for players needing to hone in their throwing skills.
- PVC Coupling
- PVC Closet Flange
- Zinc-plated Quick Links
- Zinc-plated Eye Bolts (12 pieces)
- Corner Brackets
- Air Hose
- Flange Extension Ring
- T-nuts (12 pieces)
- Nut Sets, including Nylon Locking Nuts
- Steel Barrels
- Plywood, sealed with wood stain and clear coating
- Trash Can Lid
- Coil Chain
- Hose Clamp Set
- Stick a rubber PVC coupling into two to three inches underground. Use a pothole digger if required. Use cement to secure it to the ground.
- Cut off the bottom of the steel barrel and smooth out the edges of the cut. Drill four holes through the closet flange to the bottom of the basket. Make sure that it is fitted in the middle. Attach another closet flange on the inside and align them together.
- Choose plywood that fits comfortably on the inside of the trash can lid. Drill holes in the plywood, making sure to space them out evenly according to the circumference of the lid.
- Each plywood hole should fall in the middle of two holes on the trash can lid.
- Drill holes through the middle of the closet flange and attach it using the T-nuts and eye bolts. Secure further using the washers and the nylon locking nuts.
- Attach the lid to the plywood and the closet flange.
- Slide the underside of the closet flange into the PVC coupling and screw tightly. Attach another PVC coupling on the inside of the basket onto the plywood. Screw it down.
- Cut chains enough to set outside and inside through the plywood. Preferably around 26 inches (12 pieces) for the outside chains and 23 inches (6 pieces) for the inside chains.
- Set a hose clamp on the inside of the basket. Attach the bottom parts of the chains to the hose clamp and secure using the S-hooks. Do the same for the shorter chains.
Playing disc golf offers several health benefits, both physically and mentally. It is an enjoyable game that does not require much except for the lightweight disc, a disc golf basket, and an attitude of fun. By simply building your disc golf basket and propping it in your backyard, you can easily build up your skill and strength for a friendly tournament with like-minded people.