i like steve, vibram discs are the shizzle man, the shizzle, but this discussion is not about steve dodge.
suppose i drive 400 miles round trip to a tournament. 20 mpg. that's 20 gallons of gas x $3.50 we're at $70.
$90 to play pro, $160.
2 nights motel, another $120, we're up to $280. not even talking food and drink, lost discs, flat tire, let alone a vehicle breakdown.
why would any but the top players want to travel to a tournament? unless it's to party? and we've seen what a good reputation that has given the sport.
what chance is there even if you get into the money you will even break even?
what percentage of players can throw 450 feet? consistently? i can't.
if you want to grow the sport make it so people can compete, give them a chance to at least break even.
stop dreaming and start thinking, do you think when Tiger woods is playing a tournament he is having "fun"? hell no. he's working.
the standard wisdom is that when you make courses harder, longer, etc. you are making them more "competitive", nothing could be further from the truth; when you restrict the field to long throwers by having 700' pins you are restricting the field to a small handful of players who can throw that far, you are limiting the field of competition. therefore you have less competition.of course the big guns love it, it's all about distance, not necessarily control of a flying disc.
there are tons of reasons why disc will always be limited, course length, not necessarily course difficulty being the main one.
put the blame where it belongs, at the door of the PDGA, they didn't restrict wing length, they haven't restricted course length, and now the cat is out of the bag.
nah, there won't be any savior, not since wham-o pulled out of the sport 30 years ago. if we want to grow disc golf we will have to do it ourselves, and that means making the sport attractive to the mainstream and not a minority of players.