Ten Annoying Things #9 – “Herding”

Herding is a natural animal/human trait.  In the “disc-golfer” species it presents itself as follows… Tim, Tom, Terry, Tracy, Ted and Kevin all throw from the teepad. Kevin throws a typical very short shot, maybe 75 feet off the teepad. ALL of Kevin’s friends laugh and joke as they ALL walk (usually slowly) to Kevin’s disc where they huddle and witness another short throw. Now ALL of the players walk over to Tim’s disc, still joking with Kevin about his lack of apparant lack of athleticism. ALL of the players stand and watch Tim’s throw, then ALL walk over to Ted’s, ALL over to Kevin’s again, ALL move over to Terry’s, on and on and on, multiply by 19 holes… insanity for the group(s) behind!

Disc Golf “Rule-Of-Thumb”… after everyone has thrown EACH player should walk to THEIR disc. The furthest player away from the basket is the first to throw. The next furthest should soon after throw, next furthest, and so on.If you have a large or slow group Disc Golf’s “ROT” is to always let smaller groups play through.

Have fun but realize there are many other people behind also waiting to have a good time. Morley Field is one of the highest volume played courses in the world. Let’s all do our part to ensure EVERYONE has fun.

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7 Responses to “Ten Annoying Things #9 – “Herding””

  1. Finally, now can we tell them boys to also return found disc to the pro shop so they’re rightfull owners can get them back please, this is a big problem. Also remind the shop crew to let new players know the field rules.

  2. It seems like a majority of the time I get stuck behind a big slow group is when they are a group of *experienced players*, not rookies, who are usually playing tournament style AND throwing multiple discs. These have also been the only groups who refuse to let my fast-paced group of 2-3 play ahead of them. I try to avoid these groups like they are the plague.

  3. morleyfieldsd Says:

    point taken

  4. “It seems like a majority of the time I get stuck behind a big slow group is when they are a group of *experienced players*, not rookies, who are usually playing tournament style AND throwing multiple discs. These have also been the only groups who refuse to let my fast-paced group of 2-3 play ahead of them. I try to avoid these groups like they are the plague.”

    it depends how crowded the course is…if the course is not busy and a gap develops before my “experienced players” group I’m more than happy and will encourage smaller groups to play through, regardless of their skill level, if they are catching us on the tee pad and their pace of play is such that in a few holes I will not be waiting for them on every tee pad…

    when the course is crowded it is entirely a different story, b/c that group of 2-3 that I let play through typically does NOT play through or isn’t allowed to play through the groups in front of my group…so when my group of six “experienced players” has to wait on the tee pad at every hole, if you’re behind me, you’re going to wait too, especially when I was waiting in line at hole 1 before you were…

  5. I forgot to mention my group only plays on the weekday mornings and we don’t bother showing up at all if we will get there past 8AM. It’s the only way to have a chance at playing a round (2 rounds on a good day) without going crazy having to wait 15 minutes on each hole.

    I rarely see anything slower than when you have 6 people who all take their sweet time every single shot, throw multiple discs when they have a bad drive, and always wait for the furthest person to throw first…

    I guess we didn’t read the fine print on the course rules: Slow groups will let other players play through (unless it is crowded and it is always crowded).

  6. if you only play on weekday mornings you have no idea what a crowded course is…you should count your blessings at that and complain to the clubhouse when those “experienced players” are taking extra shots w/ open real estate in front of them and denying you a play through…the extra shots complaint is the only valid gripe you have lodged in two posts…the other stuff you complain about is completely within the rules…

    I’ll be the first to tell you that many of the “experienced players” have no sense of courtesy and those folks need to be complained about, especially if the course is not crowded and they are holding up other groups…

  7. I been playing at morley for more than 7 years, and in the past 2 it’s becoming popular, in my time I met a lot of “experienced players” or “team pro” or whatever, true, not all are polite, but if you play good ( which most of the experienced and or team pro’s do) I guess you can be a bit of an A-hole. But a lot of new players can get on the way and can and do at times get violent. more disc get lost now a days, and I know for a fact that all “experienced players” would not dare to take a disk that is not his or hers. So please, no offence or nothing but please, hurry up, don’t take a disc that is not yours, hurry up if you can, don’t get crazy. let’s all get a long and play, or go home!

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