Disc Golf Dominator

Saturday, April 11th 2009, 7:31 pm
By: News On 6

By Kyle Dierking, NewsOn6.com

TULSA, OK -- It's the sound of satisfaction.

"It's refreshing, it's the sound of gratification - you did good," said Coda Hatfield.

An unmistakable clanking chain-link basket and a collection of colorful frisbees come together to form disc golf.

"It takes a lot to play this sport," Hatfield said. "It takes a lot of practice, know-how, like with wind, throwing a drive, putters. It's very similar to ball golf, except your making a frisbee into a basket."

The sport also has much of the same golf terminology and traits. Trees trying to trump your shot, frisbees for different driving distances, not to mention the all-important scorecard documenting the triumphs and tribulations during a round of disc golf.  

"You can learn a lot from watching people," Hatfield said. "The more you play the more you learn."

Coda Hatfield has been playing disc golf since age four and is one of the nation's best players. He frequents the area's 10 disc golf courses and is one of many members of the Tulsa Disc Sports Association.

"It's a very good feeling just knowing you're one step away from being the best - that's what we all try for," Hatfield said.

But for Hatfield, it's more than that.

"I'd probably say I have hundreds of friends in this sport," Hatfield said. "Anywhere you go it's about the same: good people, good times, and good courses."

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