Friday, April 30, 2010

A Fun Hobby

I like disc golf. I like my husband for introducing it to me. He bought me the bag, the discs, and I actually know what over-stable and under-stable are and a few other choice terms.

Greg is the most urgent and intense driver (of discs). He can chuck those puppies over 350 ft. When I watch them,they look like birds in flight, rising up and down with the wind. Just last night, he placed 2nd in doubles, adding $12 to the family pot! This is no small feat since he is the old man of the bunch. One comment that was made was, "Wow! For an old man, you have a hell of an arm."

I must tell you, he thinks I'm a heck of a putter, too. Whenever I make a nice putt, especially in front of a bunch of guys, he starts talking to me in ways that to the normal ear, may sound dirty. But it's actually a lot of disc golf phrases strung together with "my wife" in there somewhere. I have a slight hearing problem and sometimes it is hard to distinguish between consonants, like p and b. But I have no problem distinguishing between those two vowels when we're out playing. It is ALWAYS "nice putt."

Seriously, ladies, disc golf with your man is fun. You're out in a beautiful park, the weather is nice (but not necessarily), you're getting fresh air and exercise, quality time with the hubby, etc. etc. If I was single, I'd take up disc golf, for sure, as a strategy. There are hardly any good women players out there and single, athletic guys aplenty. Greg tells me about some of those he meets. Airline pilots, CEO's of small companies, millionaires, you name it. Heck, Greg plays with a certain BYU quaterback's dad and some of his friends. Of course, there are also the pot heads and nerds.

Sometimes I'll see guys out introducing the sport to their dates or girlfriends. I have to laugh at times. The girl will be wearing a flowing dress or flip flops or a halter top, her hair perfectly coifed. She looks like she needs to be mall shopping or something. The thing that she feels is most important is to look beautiful for her man. And then she throws. It is embarrassingly unwieldy, but the guy gallantly compliments her and urges her on. Hopefully, she will be persistent and the guy will be patient. If so, she will have it made and she doesn't even know it! 


I think it's fun to see families playing together. One time there was a couple playing, with baby stroller in tow. He was obviously a player and I assumed she was along for the outing, not necessarily the playing. Then came her turn. She let loose a throw that outdid mine by a few feet and she wasn't even trying. By the time their little guy gets to be three, he'll be a player for sure. The other day I saw a little guy tagging along with his player dad and possibly his grandpa. He wss carrying his own disc. I thought, "how cute, the little guy might be out of his element trying to keep up with the big boys." But no, this little guy was a bonefied player and he let those discs rip. So there are a lot of little disc golf virtuosos coming up the pipe.

Greg taught me how to play. It used to be that every time I made a throw, there he'd be, with another and another suggestion. "Please, just let me throw and enjoy my time here!", I'd say. I really didn't care how many feet my disc went or if I made the basket in 4 or 8 tries. So he'd let up for awhile until he just couldn't stand it and there come the comments and coaching once again. He's a lot better now....because I'm a lot better now! I may even enter my first tournament this year. And tomorrow he is playing a tournament in Ogden. We're trying it out today though!

14 comments:

Ashley said...

Good to hear of a woman who is into this sport. My husband built several disc golf nets on our property to build a course last year. He has put in 5 so far and we are excited to get some friends out to play. I just have to learn how to play! :)

Melissa G. said...

I hadn't heard of disk golf until we moved to our training center here in Missouri and our campus has a disk golf course. People are always out playing it. Tomorrow they are having a tournament!

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Katrina said...

We love disc golf! our first dating anniversary was spent at a disc golf course in TN in 30-something degree weather! so fun!

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Melanie said...

That looks like a lot of fun. Might try it myself.

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Pam said...

Disc golf?? I feel so out of the loop. Think I better go get me some info on the sport now. Following you thru FMBT. Pam @ Sallygoodin

Michelle Ayers said...

sounds like a fun hobby! It's good to have something that a family can do together!

Mehnaz Kapadia said...

I have never tried it! :( I should! I should! I should!! I like it that u r so much into sports! Thats really good! :) Keep it up!

pridelandmama said...

we were introduced to disc golf by some friends and were very surprised to find that we enjoyed it a lot.
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heartnsoulcooking said...

Never heard of Disk Golf, but sound FUN!!! Sound like something we could do on a Picnic this summer.
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Jennifer R. said...

I have never heard of Disc Golf! Seems I need to do some Googling! You Go Girl!
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