The PDGA will allow golf discs to contain electronics beginning November 17, 2014. This is a major milestone in the development of the disc technology and will forever change the sport of disc golf. This news is sure to attract a lot of excitement on the disc golf scene with players fantasizing about the way their favorate disc golf companies will utilize this new decision and implement this new technology.
The most consistent golf disc advancement from manufactures over the years has been the production of faster flying discs. As companies pump out lower profile discs with razor-like edges, each new distance driver enables players to drive farther which has even caused disc golf course designers to rethink there pitch and put layouts. Throughout the history of disc golf disc producers have made significant advancements that have aided players in shaving strokes off their score.
Discraft introduced thumb groves on the top of their discs to allow an ergonomic fit and to improve grip. MVP was the first and only disc manufacturer to produce all their discs with an over-mold which is a disc that has one plastic for the flight plate and another more durable rubber like plastic for the rim. Vibram the company that makes shoe soles for many hiking shoes has released a full line of golf discs made of rubber that have good grip and are extremely durable. But it is Innova that has been on the forefront of disc technology advancement for years. Its major contributions have been the the beveled edge golf disc that allowed discs to fly fast and straight while resisting high speed turn better than their Frisbee counterparts. Innova was the first company to inject small air bubbles in their Blizzard discs to allow players to throw farther which enabled pro David Wiggins to break the worlds distance record.
Now the pressure is on to see what disc manufacturers offer players to help move there disc golf experience to the next level. Allowing electronics in golf discs has the potential to be the biggest decision that the PDGA has ever made concerning disc technology. Just imagine the possiblites. Discs can have LED lights for night golf. They could have a beeper that can be activated to find lost discs. Chips to used to track disc flights. Players could take notes about the stability of their discs on the flight plate of the disc itself. Discs that yell fore when they come fly close to another player. The sky is the limit!(No pun intended)
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