Disc Golf – A sport for everyone
There are many who struggle to enjoy disc golf because of mental or physical disabilities. Sometimes it seems embarrassing to play with friends when they seem to have everything down and you’re still struggling to toss the disc effectively. If this describes you, there is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy disc golf with anyone else. Disc golf is all-inclusive, and the unique heads in this sport create adaptations and events specifically geared toward those of us who would normally struggle with the sport. Let’s read on to find out how disc golf can adapt to anyone’s game!
Physical and mental adaptations and events
Often, sports can seem out of the reach of those who are not physically or mentally up to the task, but adaptations of the sport can service a wide range of goals for people with physical and mental disabilities. If you’re skeptical, we’ll show you a few modifications and products to get everyone involved in the sport you love!
Modified Play: Just like the Special Olympics, everyone needs a place to feel welcomed and suited to a sport. Perkin’s School for the Blind in Massachusetts, USA caters specifically to children learning to play disc golf. This simplified version develops skill, sportsmanship, hand-eye coordination, and more and works well for those with physical and mental handicaps. If you wish a program like this would show up in your neighborhood, don’t be afraid to start one of your own! The link listed above gives you exactly what you need to start your own centre.
Assistance devices: Embarrassment to play disc golf with friends and family should not be a reason not to play. Many struggle to throw discs with the same finesse as the professionals. Inventor David Yakos was among the many. Instead of giving up the sport, however, he chose to rise above the struggle and create a device that helps everyone with throw discs around. The Folf Club helps those with both physical and mental challenges to give them more confidence on the course.
Special Events: The United States Disc Golf Association (USDGA) has already hosted an international event for players with impairments such as amputees, wounded veterans, blind and partially sighted, special Olympians, stroke survivors, cerebral palsy, and many others. This has been the first event of its kind in the United States and is open to everyone over 16 years old. The founders were inspired by people with these impairments who have competed in like events and now are excited to host a championship that allows them to show off their talents. The USDGA offers this event for people all over the world and hopes to continue this event in the years to come. If you’re interested in signing up, visit USDGA.
The sport that focuses on all-inclusion
Disc golf can easily be adapted to solo or multiple players. Many parks are wheelchair accessible in this no-contact sport, so everyone can feel comfortable roaming throughout the park. Disc golf is central around the players, and its easy adaptation is calming for those with physical and mental disabilities. Just like David Yakos, we don’t want anyone excluded from a sport because it’s not disability-friendly. You’ll feel at home in a sport that strengthens mind and body for all players!