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Disc Review



Disc Golf For Beginners and Intermediate Players
With Nick Longo

Available at: http://www.ecofilms.bc.ca/
Posted: 4-08-05
Submitted by Blake Takkunen The Webmaster blake@discgolfreview.com
Disc Golf for Beginners and Intermediate players is a 42-minute instructional video covering disc golf and its basic and advanced techniques. This video is divided into three sections, the first two catering towards the first time player and the third section giving newer players a framework on taking their game to the next level. This video was shot with a professional camera and used John Anthony (1979 Canadian Freestyle Champ, 2001 2nd Place Canadian Masters) as a technical consultant.

The first section is around 7 minutes long and begins with footage of players playing and some brief comments from players on why they enjoy disc golf. What follows is an introduction to disc golf by the commentator, Nick Longo, who begins with a brief description of the game as well as proper course etiquette. He begins the instructional segment with a brief explanation of why players should begin with a neutral/stable midrange disc and then covers some basic grips (and their various uses and properties) such as the power grip, control grip, and a fan/control putting grip.

The second section is 11 minutes in length and begins with an instruction of the basic backhand throwing form including the X-step. The next segment covers basic putting form and strategy including mental focus and stances, and where to aim. Nick also covers some good practice strategies for learning your discs, such as field throwing.

The third section is around 24 minutes in length. This section begins with basic disc descriptions, covering disc type (driver/midrange/putter), plastic types, disc stability, and disc selection. What follows are descriptions of hyzer/anhyzer angles and their various flight paths. Nick continues with some basic descriptions and instruction of various alternate throwing techniques, such as a sidearm, tomahawk, and thumber (as well as when these shots are applicable). The next segment discusses basic course management strategies and concludes with some footage of more throwing on a field.

Overall, I would say this video falls somewhere between John Houck's "How to Play Disc Golf" video and Scott Stokely's instructional videos in its breadth and depth of material. The video does a good job of explaining the basics of techniques without getting overly technical and at most times avoids bombarding the viewer with loads of terminology they may not be familiar with. Although I do not agree with all of the instructional tips, I do believe this video does a good job of outlining the basics and giving people a solid foundation on which to build.

The downside of this video is that it probably will not teach a lot of new material to players with more than a few months experience. However, this video is very well suited for introducing disc golf to people without requiring any real prior knowledge of the sport. I can see this video as holding a great deal of value in settings such as physical education curriculums, summer camp programs, and similar environments and would also be a good introduction to park and rec. committees in areas trying to gain interest and get courses installed locally.
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