This weekend was a tough weekend to get out to the course. As my last weekend as a free man (I got a job this past week, so I was prepping for that. I’m pretty happy about the job, but just need to get use to not having a free schedule), I had some things to do that kept me from the course. However, I did get a nice surprise discovering that my cousin disc golfs. And on top of that, I found that two of his kids (he has three kids, but one is like four months old) have quite the knack for throwing a disc. Which brings me to the topic of kids and disc golfing. I’ll probably discuss it more than once, but for now we will narrow it to the use of the disc golf basket and a bored Saturday afternoon.
My wife’s cousins were at the house planning for their wedding (see Weekend of disc golf!) and one of her cousins has three kids (like I mentioned above). While the ladies were planning for the wedding, it was up to the guys to find something to do. I suggested pulling out the disc golf basket and tossing some discs at the yard. The plan was immediately accepted. With the same eight discs that I discussed practicing with earlier (see Tossing in the basket) we headed out to the backyard and started tossing at the basket. It turned out to be perfect. And I found that they were pretty good at it.
They loved doing it, throwing the disc as hard as they could. Running to get all of the discs to have more than the other, seeing if they could hit the garage, and trying to get the small soccer ball into the basket, it was a great way to introduce them to disc golf. Since the basket wasn’t a couple hundred feet from the pad, it gave them a clear goal: hit the chain and get the disc in the basket. Plus, it helped me to try to teach them how to throw the disc and what to aim for. They did really well too. No, they didn’t get the disc in the basket every time, but they got it in just as much as me or my cousin-in-law. One of them was a natural for a side arm throw, he picked up the disc and just started throwing it that way, I didn’t want to stop him, because he was really good.
So, here is my statement: get kids out to the course! Take them to the park and spend an hour or two on a game of disc golf. I have found that most places have a smaller course around, usually with nine holes (contact me and I can help you find that course), and they are usually no more than 200 ft per hole. Just give them one disc each (probably a mid-range, like a Shark) and have fun. Or if there isn’t a course, maybe you know somebody with a basket. Just do what I did, set the basket up in the yard and give them a game, maybe have them try to get the disc in the basket first.
I think it’s a good thing to have kids trying out disc golf. Maybe they will keep it up and continue as they get older. And these kids will become pros one day. Plus, maybe these kids will help get it even more popular and possibly get disc golf on TV. Some might not want disc golf to get anymore popular than it is, but I don’t think it would hurt having disc golf be as popular as other sports. What do you think? Should it stay a little underground? Or is it fine if more people pick up the sport?