Disc golf courses, especially on the Pro Tour, getting longer. Longer is the easiest way to make a course harder and we want to challenge the best players in the world. On this week's podcast and Patreon call, we discussed course distance, naturally challenging, stroke and distance, ratings, and more.
Let's start the discussion with four examples.
To me, what this is boiling down to is finding the appropriate balance between risk and reward. In the first two examples, there is really no risk to hukking the disc as far as you can. On some holes this is appropriate. Distance is a skill that should be rewarded. The argument being made is that the lack of stroke and distance, especially without extremely thoughtful course design, is causing reckless play to be rewarded.
One point that is worth noting: the Toboggan is a great course. It plays long and fair and challenges a player mentally and physically, In reviewing the statistics on some holes, there is an opportunity to tighten things up. This is how we learn and improve. We are very excited to return to DGLO and see how the players stack up in Michigan again in 2019.
Back to brass tacks, later that night on our 8:30 Patreon call, we had our most spirited discussion yet. Below is a quick recap of some of the primary points that were made.
Some takeaways from our Patreon conversation:
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