One Disc Will Not Do

The sport has seen its fair share of innovation.

Tonal poles were replaced by baskets, which Andersen said, “take more accuracy and skill.”

And the players just don’t carry one disc on the course.

Ross, whose personal record on the Rose Hill Course is a four-under-par 54, carries not one, not two . . . but 17 discs in his bag.

He carries multiple drivers, mid-range and putting discs, each of which has a unique feature that lends itself to certain shots. He has personal favorites and some he has yet to use in competition — they need to be broken in.

“It can be technical, you can get started in the sport for $15 — under $20 dollars for sure,” Anderson said. “You can buy all purpose discs you can putt with, drive with and do mid-range shots with, but as you get better technique you’ll quickly find there are better discs out there.”

The disc driver has been aerodynamically enhanced to travel far.

At last year’s “Big D” in the Desert, at El Mirage Dry Lake in Southern California ­ disc golf’s equivalent to the ball golf long-drive competition — Chris Max Voigt of Germany sent a disc more than two lengths of a football field, 712 feet.

“The leading edge profile is a lot skinnier on a driver,” said Andersen. “It’s designed to go down the fairway fast with the least amount of resistance. Overall drivers are over-stable, which means they’ll fly straight then fall off one way or the other.”

Just like conventional golf, players also pull out their putters when they get close to the hole.

“A putter looks more like a conventional Frisbee than a disc driver does,” said Andersen. “You could catch (a putter) if you were playing catch, but if you tried to catch a driver thrown with any amount of force, you’d hurt your hand.”