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Quite often, especially when new to disc golf, you may find yourself throwing more times than you are expected to on a specific hole.
Whether it is due to seemingly impossible obstacles, poor weather, many tree-jections, or lack of focus, bogeys stink, not to mention how much they can hurt your score.
What is a bogey in Disc Golf?
If you have a background in ball golf, then you may already know the answer to “what is a bogey in disc golf.”
A bogey is a score you achieve by throwing one stroke over par on a specific golf hole.
Essentially, scoring a bogey means that you threw one stroke above the par expected for that hole.
How to score a bogey in disc golf
Before understanding how you can score a bogey, you first have to know what a par in disc golf is.
Par is the number of throws/strokes you are expected to make to complete a specific hole.
For instance, when playing on a par-4 hole, you would have to complete it in four strokes to achieve par.
If you wanted to score a birdie on a par-4 hole, then you would have to complete it in three strokes.
Scoring a birdie means that you completed a specific hole with one throw short of the expected par.
Generally, disc golf players aim to score pars, birdies, eagles, albatrosses or hole-in-ones on each hole.
These scores imply that you finished at par or better.
Bogeys, on the other hand, are quite unfortunate since they ruin your score with each consecutive stroke.
Considering that a bogey is one throw over par, here are some examples of scores that can get you bogeys:
- Scoring after four throws on par-3 holes
- Scoring after five throws on par-4 holes
- Scoring after six throws on par-5 holes
From here, we can extrapolate the score even further for the occasions when disc golfers throw more than one stroke above par.
For instance, if you score with two strokes over par, then you have achieved a double bogey.
If you achieve three strokes over par, then you have made a triple bogey.
Most disc golfers, even beginners, do not require seven or more throws to finish a hole.
Even inexperienced players can sometimes complete a hole with two or fewer strokes over par.
However, with each additional shot over par, you add the consecutive term to the word bogey like this:
- Bogey for one shot over par
- A double bogey for two shots over par
- Triple bogey for three shots over par
- Quadruple bogey for four shots over par
- Quintuple bogey for five shots over par
How bogeys hurt your game
- You don’t achieve the lowest score possible. Like ball golf, disc golfers win by scoring with the least shots possible. Therefore, any kind of bogey can be detrimental to your score since it adds more throws to your scorecard than necessary.
- Most disc golfers throw at par or better. When playing competitively, particularly in tournaments, bogeys can mess you up. The last thing you want to do in a disc golf tournament is to score a bogey, especially if playing against experienced disc golfers. Most experienced players are consistent par throwers at the very least.
- Bogeys are demotivating. Besides messing your score, bogeys can crush you mentally and throw your focus off balance. Avoiding bogeys as much as possible can help keep you motivated throughout the game.
- It’s difficult to come back from a bogey. In a competitive match, adding a few strokes to your score gives your competitors a chance of not only beating you but also extending their lead. Depending on the skill level of your competitors, scoring a bogey on a hole can make it extremely difficult for you to catch up to them on the consecutive holes.
How to avoid bogeys
While these tips are not anything revolutionary, they can help you adjust your playing style to score bogeys less frequently.
- Improve your putting technique. Since putting is arguably one of the more technical aspects of disc golf, improving your putting technique all comes down to practice. Disc golfers who take the safest paths during their drives and make good decisions mid-game only to be let down by their lackluster putting will always add extra strokes to their scores. To avoid this, practice your putting technique whenever possible. If frequently visiting the disc golf course is inconvenient for whatever reason, owning portable disc golf baskets can help you practice on the go.
- Understand how discs work. Understanding the mechanics of how a disc works and travels through the air is crucial to getting it into the basket consistently. The easier you can get your disc to the basket, the less likely you will score a bogey.
- Understand the various kinds of discs and their purposes. Disc golf is very dynamic since it involves different situations and considerations, e.g., approaches, putts and weather. Given the different scenarios you are likely to encounter, you should understand the different kinds of discs available. Even more important is understanding the purpose of each disc and when to use it.