Disc Golf: Why you should throw plastic in the woods (Blog Post 1)

I remember the first time I heard about disc golf, my uncle Jeremy introduced me to it and gave me a couple of discs to borrow. At first I could not get a grip on what I was supposed to be doing, but as with most activities, the more I worked at it and practiced, the better I got. The main thing that made a difference to me was switching from a “backhand” throw (a traditional frisbee throw) to a “forehand” throw (more of a wrist flick). Everyone has their own preference on how they throw, for instance James Conrad, a professional disc golfer is known for throwing almost exclusively backhand. For those who aren’t familiar with disc golf (also known as frisbee golf or “frolf”) I will give a quick synopsis. Essentially you find a course near you, an easy way to look this up is with an app known as UDisc, it will show you courses near you with ratings associated with them and distance. Once you get there, you will start on hole 1 and use the tee pad to throw your first shot. Each consecutive shot will start from where the previous shot landed, and you will continue with this until you are able to successfully get the disc in the basket. You count the number of shots it took, and move on to the next hole! Some courses are as short as 9 holes, and some like Blue Ribbon Pines here in Minnesota, are 27 holes.

According to humnutrition, there are five benefits to spending time outside or in nature. One is that it helps relieve stress, and lower tension or anger. It can also help boost immune function, boosts mental health, and even makes you feel good! Another beneficial part of disc golf is to spend time with friends, although you can also do it by yourself and just listen to music and get into “zen mode”.

Here are links to some info about disc golf and benefits to spending time outside:
https://www.humnutrition.com/blog/benefits-of-spending-time-in-nature/
https://discgolfnow.com/best-health-benefits-of-disc-golf/

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