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(Uproxx)   One of the most incredible sports moments you'll ever see. Difficulty: Disc Golf   (uproxx.com) divider line
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2021-06-28 11:31:18 AM  
 
2021-06-28 11:36:34 AM  
That's some crowd for a disc golf event ...
 
2021-06-28 11:41:26 AM  
Unfortunately he was disqualified later after failing the drug test. He had no drugs in his system when he hit the shot.
 
2021-06-28 11:44:57 AM  
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2021-06-28 11:45:19 AM  

Dustin_00: I like the throw where the guy falls over.


My Dad usually throws like that once or twice a season, no birdies or eagles though.
Just old guy falling hilariously on release.
I also fall.
Got into disc golf when I was broke and still do it, Colorado has great courses.
 
2021-06-28 12:14:53 PM  
There are that many people there for frolf?
 
2021-06-28 12:22:39 PM  
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2021-06-28 12:28:09 PM  
This was during the 5th and final round of the PDGA World Championship--one of the biggest events of the year. For non-frolfers, additional needed context is that Paul McBeth, the leader up until the moment this shot went in, is the Tiger Woods of disc golf. He's got a multi-million dollar (yes, real, US Dollars) contract with one of the top companies in the sport. While the field has caught up to him, he's got nerves of steel and arguably one of the best and most consistent games in the world (and has for ~a decade). James Conrad has come on strong with some great wins over the past ~3 years, but this was still an underdog story and all round long he was scrapping just to stay in arm's reach.

Here's the post-produced footage of the entire back 9 (plus the playoff hole)--watch it if you'd like to see the buildup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_35PJ​i​kJcPs&t=2048s

JomezPro does awesome work covering the majority of the major tournaments in the year and i highly encourage you to watch at least this particular vid from the 48 minute mark just to hear the commentary and get some context.

Dustin_00: I like the throw where the guy falls over.


kevin jones, thrower of that ace, was actually in contention until about hole 16.

HawgWild: That's some crowd for a disc golf event ...


1400ish...sold out and a limited crowd due to covid protocols; the sport has grown and Jomez's quality footage helps make viewing it more enjoyable (even if a day after the actual event(s))
 
2021-06-28 12:30:49 PM  
a little more--a 250ft throw-in alone is not remarkable (i've done it), but this particular shot--into the sun, tough angle (esp for a guy who doesnt throw sidearms), and obviously with the pressure...it's insane.

oh also James had aced the hole that they played for the playoff the day before:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlxBP​b​bidFU&t=40s

...so everyone knew he was capable of greatness. really just a great moment for the sport. enjoy!
 
2021-06-28 12:39:21 PM  

NewportBarGuy: [tse4.mm.bing.net image 474x353]


Wow, they got all the women in the crowd to pose together.
 
2021-06-28 12:46:26 PM  

HawgWild: That's some crowd for a disc golf event ...


Pros make 6 figures in the sport, it's growing at a pretty big rate.
 
2021-06-28 12:49:51 PM  

HawgWild: That's some crowd for a disc golf event ...


Wide Spread Panic is playing later.
 
2021-06-28 12:50:14 PM  
please let it be the one non-douche-nozzle frisbee golf player in existence.
*clicks link*
so much for that.
 
2021-06-28 12:51:21 PM  
I just assume everyone participating in and watching a frisbee golf tournament is high.
 
2021-06-28 12:52:21 PM  

phimuskapsi: HawgWild: That's some crowd for a disc golf event ...

Pros make 6 figures in the sport, it's growing at a pretty big rate.


I don't remember the details bit some dude recently signed a  $10m contract with someone for disc golf.
 
2021-06-28 12:52:54 PM  
That was legitimately incredible.

But man, I can smell the patchouli through my monitor.
 
2021-06-28 12:55:58 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I just assume everyone participating in and watching a frisbee golf tournament is high.


CSB, after the "World's" were at a local course, my friends and I played there about a week after. I had a disc go off course and while looking for it, I found a quarter pound hidden in a plastic bag on the ground. It was great, split it an ounce each. We still tell the story (and check every time!) lol.

That's kind of the great thing about disc golf. It's basically just a walk through the woods, smoking weed and having fun with your friends in the great weather.
 
2021-06-28 12:59:38 PM  
Am I too late to make a weed joke?
 
2021-06-28 1:00:51 PM  

abhorrent1: phimuskapsi: HawgWild: That's some crowd for a disc golf event ...

Pros make 6 figures in the sport, it's growing at a pretty big rate.

I don't remember the details bit some dude recently signed a  $10m contract with someone for disc golf.


dude, that's a lot of weed, dude.
 
2021-06-28 1:02:59 PM  

abhorrent1: phimuskapsi: HawgWild: That's some crowd for a disc golf event ...

Pros make 6 figures in the sport, it's growing at a pretty big rate.

I don't remember the details bit some dude recently signed a  $10m contract with someone for disc golf.


Not surprised, merch and disc golf is a booming business (though exact numbers are tough to come by). I know the guy you are talking about, he gets about $1M a year, and has additional endorsements.

My friends and I got pretty good at one point, but none of us were anywhere near the pro level. It's harder than it looks mainly to get the distances they do. Some of these guys can throw 800+ feet, the best we could do was maybe half that.
 
2021-06-28 1:06:43 PM  

chucknasty: please let it be the one non-douche-nozzle frisbee golf player in existence.
*clicks link*
so much for that.


james conrad is probably the furthest from "douche-nozzle" you can get. soft-spoken, humble, gracious. but yeah he's got long hair and a beard so hurr durr hippie douche.

i'm not here to defend frolf from the stereotypes (especially because 9 times out of 10 i'm gonna be playing while stoned), but the sport has come a looooong way from its roots and there are a ton of very clean-cut, conventionally athletic types out there too.

that said, with courses getting more crowded as the sport grows in popularity, you can feel free to stick to the negative POV and stay away from the scene and we certainly won't miss you.
 
2021-06-28 1:09:57 PM  
Interestingly, the guy who signed the $10M 10yr contract is the guy who had just laid up for the win (which would have been his 6th Worlds title) just before this miracle shot happened and pushed it to a playoff.
 
2021-06-28 1:41:37 PM  
The standardized chain net and basket format for the "hole" is nice but boring. The course I used to play had random items for the target - a trash can lid hanging from a tree or an empty artillery casing over a fence post. Anything that can ding when hit.
 
2021-06-28 1:41:48 PM  

phimuskapsi: abhorrent1: phimuskapsi: HawgWild: That's some crowd for a disc golf event ...

Pros make 6 figures in the sport, it's growing at a pretty big rate.

I don't remember the details bit some dude recently signed a  $10m contract with someone for disc golf.

Not surprised, merch and disc golf is a booming business (though exact numbers are tough to come by). I know the guy you are talking about, he gets about $1M a year, and has additional endorsements.

My friends and I got pretty good at one point, but none of us were anywhere near the pro level. It's harder than it looks mainly to get the distances they do. Some of these guys can throw 800+ feet, the best we could do was maybe half that.


I was at camp up in Vermont back in the early 80's when this was kinda getting more popular. They sold a set-up to our camp, and we played the f*ck out of it. I sucked but it was a damn good way to meet chicks and I got my first joint.

I think it's awesome that this thing has taken off like this.
 
2021-06-28 1:55:19 PM  
Sweet.

I get excited when I hit a 30 footer for a boogie.
 
2021-06-28 1:58:29 PM  

eclecticman666: Sweet.

I get excited when I hit a 30 footer for a boogie.


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2021-06-28 2:00:37 PM  

gabethegoat: This was during the 5th and final round of the PDGA World Championship--one of the biggest events of the year. For non-frolfers, additional needed context is that Paul McBeth, the leader up until the moment this shot went in, is the Tiger Woods of disc golf. He's got a multi-million dollar (yes, real, US Dollars) contract with one of the top companies in the sport. While the field has caught up to him, he's got nerves of steel and arguably one of the best and most consistent games in the world (and has for ~a decade). James Conrad has come on strong with some great wins over the past ~3 years, but this was still an underdog story and all round long he was scrapping just to stay in arm's reach.

Here's the post-produced footage of the entire back 9 (plus the playoff hole)--watch it if you'd like to see the buildup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_35PJi​kJcPs&t=2048s

JomezPro does awesome work covering the majority of the major tournaments in the year and i highly encourage you to watch at least this particular vid from the 48 minute mark just to hear the commentary and get some context.

Dustin_00: I like the throw where the guy falls over.

kevin jones, thrower of that ace, was actually in contention until about hole 16.

HawgWild: That's some crowd for a disc golf event ...

1400ish...sold out and a limited crowd due to covid protocols; the sport has grown and Jomez's quality footage helps make viewing it more enjoyable (even if a day after the actual event(s))


Thanks for that link, that was terrific! I've played casually for 40 years now and that was very cool to watch.
 
2021-06-28 2:07:06 PM  
Summer. Middle 60s. 4 of us were playing putt-putt. The hole was laid out vaguely like a crucifix. Two intersecting rectangles. The tee was at the base of the long rectangle. The hole was near the end of the left hand short rectangle. Most people tried to short putt to the middle of the intersection. Then, hole out a long 2nd putt. My friend called this shot: off the point of the far corner of the upper right hand of the intersection. Basically a carom a little bit less than 90 degrees.

And made it.
 
2021-06-28 2:14:37 PM  

cefm: The standardized chain net and basket format for the "hole" is nice but boring. The course I used to play had random items for the target - a trash can lid hanging from a tree or an empty artillery casing over a fence post. Anything that can ding when hit.


That's how I played in college before disc golf courses existed. Winner of the hole chose the next target, which worked fine until we randomly found ourselves looking at the backs of the targets on the archery range.
 
2021-06-28 2:15:32 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I just assume everyone participating in and watching a frisbee golf tournament is high.


I've played a lot of disc golf and have never been high in my life. Let the stereotype go.
 
2021-06-28 2:20:16 PM  

you need help: Rapmaster2000: I just assume everyone participating in and watching a frisbee golf tournament is high.

I've played a lot of disc golf and have never been high in my life. Let the stereotype go.


I've played frisbee golf 3 times and I was high each time.  Check and mate.
 
2021-06-28 2:29:59 PM  
Boring boring boring, disc drunk and lose a few.
 
2021-06-28 2:31:47 PM  
I haven't smoked weed in probably a decade, but disc golf is a lot more fun than regular golf.
 
2021-06-28 2:32:49 PM  

Spectrum: gabethegoat: This was during the 5th and final round of the PDGA World Championship--one of the biggest events of the year. For non-frolfers, additional needed context is that Paul McBeth, the leader up until the moment this shot went in, is the Tiger Woods of disc golf. He's got a multi-million dollar (yes, real, US Dollars) contract with one of the top companies in the sport. While the field has caught up to him, he's got nerves of steel and arguably one of the best and most consistent games in the world (and has for ~a decade). James Conrad has come on strong with some great wins over the past ~3 years, but this was still an underdog story and all round long he was scrapping just to stay in arm's reach.

Here's the post-produced footage of the entire back 9 (plus the playoff hole)--watch it if you'd like to see the buildup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_35PJi​kJcPs&t=2048s

JomezPro does awesome work covering the majority of the major tournaments in the year and i highly encourage you to watch at least this particular vid from the 48 minute mark just to hear the commentary and get some context.

Dustin_00: I like the throw where the guy falls over.

kevin jones, thrower of that ace, was actually in contention until about hole 16.

HawgWild: That's some crowd for a disc golf event ...

1400ish...sold out and a limited crowd due to covid protocols; the sport has grown and Jomez's quality footage helps make viewing it more enjoyable (even if a day after the actual event(s))

Thanks for that link, that was terrific! I've played casually for 40 years now and that was very cool to watch.


glad to share--the coverage has only gotten better over the years. and thanks for the TF month!! i was just starting to run out of ways to be less productive at work, so this came at a great time :)
 
2021-06-28 2:44:02 PM  

JerseyTim: There are that many people there for frolf?


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2021-06-28 2:56:46 PM  
Ugh. I can't stand people who say "frolf". Like, congratulations dude, you saw that one episode of Seinfeld.
 
2021-06-28 3:03:11 PM  
I'm going to rush out and buy his jersey on Amazon right now
 
2021-06-28 3:04:10 PM  
Wait, they're really shouting "Get in the Hole!"? While that is stupid and irritating enough at PGA events, shouldn't they be shouting "Get in the chains?" instead? Or whatever those things are.
 
2021-06-28 3:13:06 PM  
I remember playing frisbee golf here in the Dallas, TX area in the mid-to-late 90's.  It was popular then, at least as popular as you'd think maybe something like that could get.  Then, it died out for a while, at least at the course I would play at, as a lot of the baskets fell into disrepair.  Also, inline skating was big around that time, and it was a bit difficult to share the park with skaters.  I'm somewhat pleasantly surprised to see it's still alive and thriving.

I recall seeing on Shark Tank recently some golf ball flinging sport some stoner was trying to get off the ground, looked ridiculous and reminded me of frisbee golf.  I wonder how that all worked out for him.
 
2021-06-28 3:21:33 PM  

iron_city_ap: I'm going to rush out and buy his jersey on Amazon right now


You're trying too hard. You can buy his signature discs though. See, it's not that far off from your real sports.
 
2021-06-28 5:34:28 PM  

El Mariaski: Ugh. I can't stand people who say "frolf". Like, congratulations dude, you saw that one episode of Seinfeld.


It's a regional thing I'm pretty sure. Here in WNY everyone calls it frolf.
 
2021-06-28 5:56:08 PM  

FLMountainMan: I haven't smoked weed in probably a decade, but disc golf is a lot more fun than regular golf.


Agreed on that. I have a decent set of golf clubs but haven't been out in 15 years. Disc golf I try to hit 5-10 times per season, and in our new house I have a deep enough yard where I can at least target shot with a putter.
 
2021-06-28 6:10:40 PM  

Slow To Return: I remember playing frisbee golf here in the Dallas, TX area in the mid-to-late 90's.  It was popular then, at least as popular as you'd think maybe something like that could get.  Then, it died out for a while, at least at the course I would play at, as a lot of the baskets fell into disrepair.  Also, inline skating was big around that time, and it was a bit difficult to share the park with skaters.  I'm somewhat pleasantly surprised to see it's still alive and thriving.

I recall seeing on Shark Tank recently some golf ball flinging sport some stoner was trying to get off the ground, looked ridiculous and reminded me of frisbee golf.  I wonder how that all worked out for him.


The pandemic caused an explosion in the popularity in disc golf. It was one of the few things you could do outside with friends when everything was shut down.
 
2021-06-28 6:16:53 PM  

MizzouGuy: Wait, they're really shouting "Get in the Hole!"? While that is stupid and irritating enough at PGA events, shouldn't they be shouting "Get in the chains?" instead? Or whatever those things are.


"Basket" would make more sense--Conrad barely touched the chains on this shot, but all the terminology is borrowed from ball golf. That's just the way of things.

This is the only time I've ever heard anyone say "get in the hole" at a disc golf tournament, and the people saying it in this instance weren't trying to be the attention-seeking morons you hear at ball golf events. They were genuinely excited and could see by the line of the shot it had a chance to go in. Seriously, watch the rest of the coverage--you won't hear it during any other throw.
 
2021-06-28 7:02:33 PM  
I'm going disc golfing for the first time next week, so, glad to get pumped up here.
 
2021-06-28 8:59:04 PM  

you need help: I've played a lot of disc golf and have never been high in my life.


User name checks out.
 
2021-06-28 9:32:16 PM  
Got really into the sport this last year. There are some incredibly fun courses sprinkled all over (some crap ones too). Low cost, fun, great reason to hang out with pals and good exercise.
 
2021-06-29 11:15:46 AM  
  Cool.
 
2021-06-29 9:12:37 PM  
I loved playing disc golf. We had an awesome 18 hole course on campus in college. Literally just a 30 second walk outside my dorm. Best I ever did was holed out from about 50 feet. Although I did launch a shot once like 400 feet which was awesome.

Haven't played it in a while since there's not good nearby courses, sadly.
 
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