Disc golf is played by throwing specialized flying discs (commonly known by the brand name Frisbee) into a basket on an outdoor course.
Disc golf is scored like traditional ball golf, with each throw equaling one stroke. Each hole has a par, which is the number of throws it should take to complete the hole. Any throws above par are counted as +1, and any below par are -1. Example: if a player takes four throws to complete a par 3 hole, their score is +1 (“plus one”). Most holes are par 3. The winner is the player with the lowest score.
Traditional Frisbees can be used in disc golf, but there are also specialized discs for different uses in disc golf. Discs for driving off the tee are typically flat with a wide rim, while putters tend to be deeper and stockier with thick rims. Discs also vary by weight, from 140 to 180 grams, and by the type of plastic used in manufacturing.
Players use a variety of different throws and grips depending on the hole, including backhand, overhand, forehand (also called sidearm), fan, stacked, thumber, and variations.
Disc golf baskets come in many shapes and sizes including permanent, portable, all-metal, and hybrid designs. They usually have a top ring (band) that holds chains that hang vertically down into the basket.