Disc golf will be on TV in August, for two reasons. Both are directly related to the current global pandemic.
First or all, disc golf is exploding as a recreational activity. Rules and restrictions have severely limited our options, and disc golf happens to be an ideal option. It’s great for social distancing, very affordable, and, as countless people are finding out for the first time, disc golf is fun! This has led to disc golf businesses of all types (especially retailers) having a surge in demand for their products and services. School of Disc Golf is no exception, as we have experienced a sharp rise in website traffic and inquiries for lessons. Another, much larger disc golf company, Dynamic Discs, has recorded record sales the past three months and decided to invest the gain by funding a high quality disc golf production.
The other reason disc golf will air on the CBS Sports Network in a month or so is the dearth of sports programming in 2020. What better time to capture the attention of the world?
I wrote a recent story about the upcoming CBS Sports disc golf broadcast on Ultiworld Disc Golf, and will soon share some thoughts on what it means for the future of the sport. Stay tuned!
I have provided ‘virtual’ disc golf instruction in the past. The methods used ranged from verbal and email consultations to critiquing form via shared video clips to video conferencing. I’m glad I had that experience under my belt before the Shelter at Home directives ruled out in-person lessons for several months, because the desire among disc golfers to improve has not waned. If anything – with most of us having extra time on our hands – it has increased!
The testimonial section of our website now features a new entry in the Lessons & Coaching section. Roger, who inquired via the School of Disc Golf website, was in a courtyard in Mexico while I was in my garden in Santa Cruz, CA. The physical separation did not seem to hinder the effectiveness of our communication. Below is quick rundown of how we did it.
To begin with, I had Roger share video clips with me prior to the lesson, from several different angles. This gave me an idea of where to start before our live video session began. The most notable flaw in the video clips led me to emphasize a particular point, and Roger told me the next day that it resulted in a major breakthrough in his putting accuracy and consistency.
For our scheduled virtual lesson we opted to use Google Duo. We could have used Zoom or Facetime (if I was an Apple guy) and those tools would have been just as effective. One key bit of equipment for me was a Bluetooth headset, so I could easily hear Roger without having to be near my phone and demonstrate technique with the hassle of wires. Another, perhaps even more important, was us both having a tripod with a smartphone mount. I can’t properly demonstrate anything while holding a phone, and propping the phone up somewhere is a hassle and, depending on the surroundings, often impossible.
Perhaps the best endorsement of the ‘remote’ aspect of our remote lesson was the fact that Roger didn’t even mention it in his testimonial. I didn’t feel like the lesson suffered by us not being physically together, and apparently he didn’t either.
If you are interested in giving it a try, contact me at School of Disc Golf today.