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Introduce Your Teen to Disc Golf: Consider a Set of Discs This Christmas
Disc Golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It's a sport that can be played by people of all ages and genders. It doesn't discriminate, and it's a lot more affordable than when compared to most sports. The majority of disc golf courses are free to play on, and there are thousands to be found in all corners of the world, and more are popping up every day.
It's important for teens to participate in healthy activities, not only to keep them physically fit, but to keep them focused on positive hobbies to prevent boredom which can ultimately lead to trouble. Disc golf is a sport that is easy to learn and offers a wealth of physical and social benefits to those who participate. The sport is also known for its camaraderie , making it ideal for teenagers to participate in.
Disc golf is similar to club golf, only a disc (or Frisbee) is used, and with many courses offering elevation changes, teens will get the great physical benefits of hill climbing as well as walking. They'll receive the benefits of aerobic exercise as well as improving concentration skills and building strength.
This Christmas, instead of another video game or tech toy that will keep your teen indoors and practically immobile, consider giving them a set of discs and introducing them to the sport of disc golf if they aren't already familiar with it. In some schools, it's already become a part of physical education classes. A company by the name of EDGE, Educational Disc Golf Experience, provides training in an effort to provide schools and other youth programs with a sound program of teaching disc golf fundamentals and allied skills.
While regular golf clubs can set you back hundreds of dollars, a good beginner set of discs will only cost about $25-35. Throw in a nice bag to carry them around in for even less. The Disc Golf Guy, as Terry Miller is known as, brings people into the world of disc golf through his great video blogs, which offers good inside information for people who are new to the sport. He also offers an online store with discs and bags available for purchase.
Miller is a disc golfer who has been promoting and playing since 1993, and he offers a wealth of information to players of all skill levels.
I spoke to several disc golf players about their disc recommendations for a teen who is new to the sport, and one of the keys is to start out with lighter weight discs. The DX Aviar is a good putter, a DX Leopard makes a good driver, and a DX Cobra is a good mid-range disc. There is also a wealth of information on choosing a set at InnovaDiscs.com.
If you don't already play, consider learning the sport yourself and make it a family venture. A course directory is available on the PDGA site. There are tournaments held year round in the warmer climates where you can get out and see some of the top disc golf professionals play, and watch and learn from the best.
A set of discs and introduction to this great sport is a gift that will last a lifetime.
The first time K.C. Dermody played disc golf was in the spectacular Black Hills of South Dakota. She has since become addicted to the sport, and enjoys playing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She welcomes comments and suggestions, with the goal of promoting the sport of disc golf throughout the world. Find her on www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter.
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