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pwpenick
06-06-2011, 11:53 PM
I'm just beginning my sojourn into the world of disc golf, and i have a few questions.

1). as far as beginners go, what is the best way to go as far as discs?

2). Does it cost money to play at the public parks around Louisville?

3). How often are discs lost?

4). my interest in this sport comes from ultimate, (i have played quite a bit in college...) are the throwing styles similar?

Much Thanks!

- pwpenick

MarcusGresham
06-07-2011, 12:43 AM
I'd venture to say most of us began (or at least several of us,) with a 3-pack from Dick's Sporting goods. They run about $25, and you get a driver, a mid-range, and a putter. Save that $25 and go out to Derby City Discs on Bluelick Road. Have Damon help you select beginner discs, and feel free to get used ones---really, you actually want "beaten in" discs because you'll have a truer flight, plus, you'll probably get them for $5-$8 a piece.

Some courses in the area do charge (Fun Farm in Lanesville is $5, Buffalo Trace in Palmyra is $3--although you can park in the lot at the back end of the park and it's free to walk in, Otter Creek is about $5 to get in I believe,) but most courses--both in Louisville, Seviren Lang at Garry Cavan Park in Edwardsville, Freeman Lake in E-town, Meade-Olin in Brandenburg, Muldraugh, Radcliff, I can't think of any more local at this point---are free.

As for similarity to ultimate, I couldn't answer that one because it didn't exist when I would have been young enough to play it (or if it did I didn't know about it,) but I bet Martin Young will answer this at some point on here, and he is/was really good at both sports.

Adam
06-07-2011, 12:50 AM
Hi there and welcome to the sport. As far as discs go, I'd stick with understable discs like Leopards, Roadrunners, Archangels, Sidewinders in lighter weights (150-169g).

All courses in public parks are free, there are only a few courses in the greater area that are pay-to-play. Here's a map of all the courses in the area. (http://louisvillediscgolf.com/courses/index.php) Click on the course name to learn more about it.

Discs aren't lost often but the less experienced a player is, the great chance they'll throw an errant shot that ends up getting lost.

I haven't played ultimate so I can't help you there. From what I understand it's similar but different.

See you on the course!

Adam
06-07-2011, 12:51 AM
I'd venture to say most of us began (or at least several of us,) with a 3-pack from Dick's Sporting goods. They run about $25, and you get a driver, a mid-range, and a putter. Save that $25 and go out to Derby City Discs on Bluelick Road. Have Damon help you select beginner discs, and feel free to get used ones---really, you actually want "beaten in" discs because you'll have a truer flight, plus, you'll probably get them for $5-$8 a piece.

That's excellent advice, go visit Derby City Discs.

pwpenick
06-07-2011, 01:33 AM
Thanks so much!
I had planned on visiting Derby City Discs in the morning.
Also, i'm rather curious as to the ins and outs of the league that you all have running; any info on it would be much appreciated!

pwpenick
06-07-2011, 01:46 AM
one thing i forgot...
is it too audacious a move to play my first round at Charlie Vettiner? it's the closest to my house, and being a poor college student...

G1nked
06-07-2011, 02:09 AM
all i say that Charlie Vettiner course is superb in this area. you have a ton of selections if you include the Sunny side of Louisville here in Indiana but if you can learn at Vettiner all the other courses will seem very easy imho

captain plastic
06-07-2011, 08:42 AM
Come out to Thursday night leagues. All skill levels
welcome. Starts at 6:00. We are a friendly bunch.
This will pair you with a partner that is better than
you (maybe) and it will also allow you to see how the
game is played correctly. (for the most part)

Take care and happy discing.

MarcusGresham
06-07-2011, 09:32 AM
Also, when you get your discs be sure to write your name and phone number on the bottom of them. There are some people who will find them and keep them, but the vast majority of players will call you and find a way to get them back to you.

Kao
06-07-2011, 10:23 AM
one thing i forgot...
is it too audacious a move to play my first round at Charlie Vettiner? it's the closest to my house, and being a poor college student...

I would go play Iroquois first with this heat wave. CV is a good course but it is demanding and can be very brutal on hot days.


As far as disc go I would get a new mid and putter for now (from Derby City Disc of course). While I agree with Marcus that beat disc are great, I think its better for beginners to get new plastic. It lets you see how the disc breaks in and that is important to know.


I have never played ultimate before but alot of people transition well between the two sports. Throwing lids teaches smooth mechanics and thats good for your form.


Here is a chart that shows the basic throwing styles: http://www.innovadiscs.com/downloads/throwing-techniques.html

MarcusGresham
06-07-2011, 11:13 AM
While I agree with Marcus that beat disc are great, I think its better for beginners to get new plastic. It lets you see how the disc breaks in and that is important to know.


Good point. I didn't even think about that. I was just thinking from when I started and I just assumed that disc were like other things in that the older ones are worn out and you'd be ready to replace them after a time, and it's not the case. That and the fact that you can get them for less.

martin
06-07-2011, 12:50 PM
where did you play ultimate?

you should check out www.louisvilleultimate.org (http://www.louisvilleultimate.org)
we just kicked off our summer league here in louisville and have about 160 or so players

there is also pickup ultimate at 6 on wednesdays at Cherokee Park

Derby City is a good spot to get plastic - I suggest slightly used over new as you are getting started

one disc I recommend is the Condor - Louisville just happens to have a few around - think of it as a heavier, smaller ultrastar

also tonight we have a golf league at Seviren Lang at 6pm - I am going up there with another ulty player around 4 - welcome to carpool up with us if you want - let me know

pwpenick
06-08-2011, 02:07 AM
i played ultimate at campbellsville university...
i would've loved to carpool, but i had work.

thanks every one for the help! played my first game today... the previous ultimate experience definitely seemed to push me up the learning curve a bit!

pwpenick
06-08-2011, 08:04 PM
does anyone have some throwing tips for begginers? my dad and myself are having a bit of difficulty with getting the disc to not dive off to the left on the backhand...

martin
06-08-2011, 08:24 PM
Simply - compared to an ultrastar - throw them flat, harder, and follow through
Once you get them to fly to the right - all you have to do is find some balance in between

Another option is to compensate - throw off to the right of your target as the disc should return to the middle