Mailbag: More Putting Circles, Restarting Pro Disc Golf

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Chris Dickerson at the 2018 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen – DGPT

Welcome to Ultiworld Disc Golf’s brand new mailbag! You don’t necessarily see my byline around here too much — I am more often behind the scenes as the publisher, but I’m still here as a co-host of the Upshot podcast with Jamie Thomas and I generally report from Worlds and USDGC every year.

Now, you’ll see my thoughts in print every week in the mailbag.

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You can email me anytime at mailbag@ultiworld.com with questions, comments, ideas — whatever you’ve got.

Q: Listening to last week’s episode of The Upshot has me rethinking an idea that’s been kicked around for a while.

I think we could add a third circle and I think all three circles could or should be different sizes. Circle 1 at 5m or 16.4’ would be the new gimme/bullseye range. Almost 100% of MPO putts will be made in this range. I bet FPO is also above 95%. Circle 2 is at 15m or 49.2’ would be a good place to start referencing putts that begin to offer a challenge. Also, no moving past your lie in this new Circle 2. That means step putts move back out to 50’. Then circle 3 is at 30m or 98.4’. These are malleable but they’re on another level.

Now I’m not married to or convinced these are the right distances. Maybe 5m, 15m, and 25m is better. That’s up to someone else.

Lastly, this is where I’m supposed to point out other sports have different layouts on their courts, fields, etc. on the pro level vs. what ams play on.

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