Mailbag: Big Arm Bias, Top 2022 Contenders, Year End Awards

Why are people complaining about long holes?

Garrett Gurthie. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen – PDGA

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Question of the Week: I’ve been playing disc golf now for six years and what I’d like to bring to the table is perhaps a touchy subject, and one that is often tip-toed around.

I hear on The Upshot all the time about how people criticize course designs for being too susceptible to spike hyzers and long arms. Every year, courses are modified in an attempt to fix this “issue.” People complain that watching our top pros throw 650 feet is boring.

I just don’t understand it. Players like Eagle, Simon, Garrett Gurthie, and Drew Gibson have refined their form in such a way that 80+ MPH throws are achievable. Why do we not celebrate this? How is it so that so many fans are upset by these amazing skills?

– Will K.

A: I, for one, welcome our fastball throwing, 600’+ overlords.

But, Will, I think you’re conflating two separate issues. Firstly, I think the large majority of disc golf fans absolutely loves to watch GG launch bombs. His eagle on USDGC hole 5 is a top highlight from the past couple of years. And Eagle’s absurd drive to the pin on a 700′ par 4 at the 2021 Match Play Championships? This is just ridiculous stuff:

Eagle Drive

Who doesn’t love that?

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