Archive | May 2013

The Folf Club

Check out this new invention. “The Folf Club

Essentially, it’s a stick that uses leverage to help you fling disc golf discs with minimal effort. When I saw it, my initial thought was that it would be pretty difficult to actually throw discs accurately using this thing, but it is definitely something I want to try out.

When I was a kid I had a toy for launching snow balls. It was a stick with a cup at the end. Put a snow ball in the cup, swing the stick, and watch the snow ball fly farther than I could ordinarily throw.  It was a lot of fun throwing snow balls with this thing, but for actual snow ball fights, it just wasn’t very accurate — especially for short range throws. I imagine flinging discs with the Folf Club will be pretty similar.

If the Folf Club actually is easy to use, then this could help take the sport to a new level.

Half the fun of disc golf is watching discs fly, and fly, and fly. If you can make a golf disc fly farther, why not?

It takes a lot of time, technique, and practice to make a golf disc fly 300+ feet. I’d say the average person who shows up at the course can’t throw this far. Being unable to throw as far as the people you golf with can be really frustrating.

If new players can use a tool that helps them throw discs farther, they’re more likely to become passionate about the game, and create more demand for additional disc golf courses.

This project to create Folf clubs is currently trying to receive funding. What amazes me is all of the negative feedback. Many are adamantly opposed to this potential product. It’s like they feel their faith is being challenged and the Folf Club will ruin disc golf.

I don’t get it. Why be opposed to something that has the potential to improve ones disc golf game? Should we go back to the days when the Innova Aero was the farthest flying disc in the world? I’m pretty sure most disc golfers prefer playing with our modern distance drivers…

One of the huge complaints about the Folf Club is that it’s not PDGA approved.

Well yeah. And it probably won’t ever be. It’s not even mass produced yet.

To me this is a terrible argument. 99% of disc golf played is not at PDGA sanctioned tournaments. Most people out on the courses have no interest in ever playing in organized tournaments. Why take away something that could potentially help frolfers have more fun on the course?

While I’m skeptical that the Folf Disc will have an actual impact on disc golf courses, it is an invention I want to see and test out. If it does work well, it can help increase the popularity of disc golf. Nobody will be forced to use this thing, and we have freedom to choose which tools we want and don’t want to use for our recreation.