Editor’s note: Members of the Kernel staff have struggled to find common ground on which form of golf is superior. Managing Editor David Schuh argues that traditional golf is still the undisputed champion, while Assistant News Editor Will Wright embraces disc golf. Here’s what they had to say.
The biggest flaw with ball golf lies in ball golfers.
Their arrogance is matched only by their ignorance of a game they will never understand, disc golf.
I should make it clear that when I use the term “ball golf” I am referring to traditional golf.
I use this term mostly to upset ball golfers, but also to emphasize the similarity and equality of the two sports.
Among the disc golf community, criticism from rich people in weird-looking shorts and tucked-in polo shirts is expected.
They say that ball golf is more difficult, that it requires more practice and thought. This untrue, uninformed and egotistical school of thought is all too common among ball golfers.
While ball golf is a tremendously difficult game that requires a lot of time and dedication to reach a competitive level of skill, the same is true of disc golf.
It takes years to become competitive at disc golf, and only a tiny fraction of disc golfers could ever hold up against professionals like Paul McBeth or Nate Doss.
I take the position that ball golf and disc golf are equally difficult and require equal amounts of practice to master the game.
The reason that disc golf is better has nothing to do with the sport itself, but with money and culture.
Disc golf is the poor man’s golf. Not only are balls and clubs expensive for my misinformed friends in the ball golf community, just getting to use the courses can be pricey. In Lexington, $25 seems to be the average price for an 18-hole round of ball golf.
And how much does it cost to use a disc golf course? Absolutely nothing.
Another perk–there are no dress codes.
The arrogance and high-and-mighty attitude of ball golfers can be seen in their dress codes and heard in their criticism of disc golf.
The majority of them have never even played disc golf and I would love to take them out on the course to see how they hold up.
I’d like to see how long it would take them to be able to send a driver 300 feet down the fairway and I’d like to count how many discs they lose in the woods.
Maybe it’s not the ball golfers’ fault that they’ve been blinded from the truth by tradition and egotism. Maybe they grew up in families where ball golf was seen as a gateway to manhood and where straying from the fairways of the ball golf course led you only to less prestigious forms of the same game.
One day, I believe, ball golfers will take off their overpriced sunglasses and see disc golf for what it really is — a different but equally intellectually stimulating version of the same game.
Will Wright is the assistant news editor for the Kernel.
Related: Kernel managing editor David Schuh says Golf is superior to disc golf.