Disc Golf is played much like traditional golf Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970's, and shares with "ball golf" the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the "hole". The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the "putt" lands in the basket and the hole is completed.
Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it's sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won't need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad "tee time." It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.
In Germany there are currently (2015) already 70 disc golf courses with 6 to 18 tracks in different lengths and difficulty levels.
Disc Golf uses special discs. They fall into several categories at least roughly classify their flight characteristics. General there are the categories Driver, Midrange and Putter.
When it comes to long flight distances the Driver is the first choice. This disc is able to fly over 100 meters and is therefore mostly used for the first litter from Teepad. A low profile and a lot of weight in the edge ensure high speeds and range, but at the cost of controls.
Mid-range discs have slightly sharper edges that enable them to cut through the air better. These discs are usually faster, more stable, and have a longer range than a putter. They are good all-around discs and are suitable for a first time player.
Putter are designed to fly straight, predictably, and very slowly compared to mid-range discs and drivers. They are typically used for tight, controlled shots that are close to the basket, although some players use them for short drives where trees or other obstacles come into play.
1 – 14
Speed is the ability of the disc to cut through the air. The discs with high numbers are faster. Faster discs go farther into the wind with less effort. Slower discs take more power to throw, but have less of a chance to fly past the basket.
1 – 7
Glide is the ability of a disc to maintain loft during flight. Discs with more glide are best for new players, and for producing maximum distance. Glide is rated from 1 to 7.
+1 – -5
"Turn" references how the disc will fly at high speed during the beginning and middle of its flight, and is rated on a scale of +1 to −5, where +1 is the most overstable and −5 is the most understable.
0 – 5
"Fade" references how the disc will fly at lower speeds towards the end of its flight, and is rated on a scale of 0 to 5, where 0 has the least fade, and 5 has the most fade.