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Message started by williams2150 on Aug 29th, 2017 at 9:30pm

Title: Sling Golf
Post by williams2150 on Aug 29th, 2017 at 9:30pm
I am curious as to how many people are playing sling golf. More and more golf courses are allowing frisbee golf, fling golf and soccer golf in our area. These are a couple of my youtubes from way back when:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC3Ct-e2XbQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3-IM-CSVmE

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Curious Aardvark on Aug 30th, 2017 at 7:13am
well the best sling golf progression recently is on Guam.

Roman has got several of the local golf courses allowing sling golf.
:-)

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Loki on Sep 3rd, 2017 at 11:46pm
And I hear the sling golf equipment also comes in alligator skin doesn't it?

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by EggOfAwesome on Oct 9th, 2017 at 5:43pm
That's an interesting idea! I doubt the golf course near me would allow it though...

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Curious Aardvark on Oct 10th, 2017 at 6:22am
well the thing to do would be to do a demo on the driving range to prove that you are at least as safe as a golfer.

Most golf courses in the uk are private member only. But we do have a public driving range in swadlincote, keep meaning to pop dow there and ask - just always seem to have something else to do :-)

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by LightSlinger on Dec 23rd, 2017 at 6:57pm
I play occasionally with a couple friends actually.  I use Frisbee golf courses and throw tennis balls or the spongy, but heavy, foam rubber balls you can get at the dollar store.  We call it a score when you hit the Frisbee golf target.  Lots of fun.  Also, there is CHOT. 

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Blue Raja on Dec 25th, 2017 at 8:34pm
I played w/ a golf ball at a disc golf course. I spoke w/ the pro at a beginner's course and received permission to use the driving range w/ a sling. I think it depends on the course, how crowded it is, etc.

I am way more accurate w/ a sling than I am w/ a golf club.

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by deucevongambit on May 10th, 2018 at 4:40pm
I've been looking for a good way to do that myself.  We have several disc/Frisbee golf courses here in our area, but finding a suitable, safe ammo for a crowded course has been a bit of a challenge. To try to get the range I'm looking for safely, my current theory is to make some kind of overstuffed hacky sack/footbag to try to get up to about 2-3 ounces, and then just aim for the basket.

For the more traditional golf route, I did play one hole when I was golfing with some friends and it worked pretty well.  Rather than using a net or something for the 'cup', I just used a short (like, 10" when holding a ball) sling as a putter and threw underhand at the pin.  With a sling that short, I can drop a golfball inside a roll of duct tape from 10 feet away.

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Bill Skinner on May 11th, 2018 at 1:29pm
For the frisbee courses, use a tennis ball with a couple of slits cut in them.  They pretty much stop when the land.

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Curious Aardvark on May 12th, 2018 at 11:57am
sock ball :-)

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Blue Raja on Jun 27th, 2018 at 11:50am
Report from a Golf Course:

My son (a golf club professional) and I are at the Dismal River Club in Mullen, NE. Despite being the father of a golf professional, I have never been able to master even the fundamentals (the skill seems to skip generations as my father was a golfer). I am able to sling a golfball with sufficient accuracy on the driving range and on the course. However, my lack of distance remains a major obstacle.

I am permitted to sling golfballs on the driving range after the golfers go out for their morning rounds and my son and I go out on the course late afternoon, when everyone else is done. I launched so many golfballs yesterday that I am taking a rest day. The yardages are marked and my son has a range-finder, so I can be both accurate and honest.

I throw side-armed. It is a lot of fun to watch the golfball fly into the air.  I can consistently throw between 80 and 100 yards, depending.  If I "let the sling do the work" and throw at about 80% of maximum effort, the ball will travel 70 to 80 yards in the air. At 100% effort, I can throw 90 to 100 yards.

At this point, I am looking for any and all advice on increasing my distance. My goal is 150 yards.

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Morphy on Jun 27th, 2018 at 2:51pm
I was slinging golf balls with my new sling yesterday. Couple things I watch for are correct spin, also proper lag angle on the sling.

More lag = less leverage at moment of pulling(which is *good*)= more resistance to the pull= which allows you to pull harder into the throw= faster unhinging of the sling and longer powerstroke= faster release velocity.

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Sarosh on Jun 27th, 2018 at 5:41pm

Morphy wrote on Jun 27th, 2018 at 2:51pm:
More lag = less leverage at moment of pulling(which is *good*)= more resistance to the pull= which allows you to pull harder into the throw= faster unhinging of the sling and longer powerstroke= faster release velocity.

hmmm, i don't really get it.
how different does it feel than normal slinging?



Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Blue Raja on Jun 27th, 2018 at 5:54pm
What Sarosh said - I do not even remotely understand Morphy's post. Would it be possible for you to explain this to a neophyte. Thank you!

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Morphy on Jun 27th, 2018 at 7:28pm
https://youtu.be/r5_ydLS4Tvg

^This is David Morningstar video on Comanche style which is basically the figure-8.

Watch as the sling goes up and behind his back as is normal in the figure 8.

At this point he pulls into the throw. That's the beginning of the pitch. The previous portion is the wind up.

Notice how the sling lags behind the hand. It creates a lag angle.

And ideal lag angle creates less leverage causing the slinger to be able to pull against the weight of the projectile harder because there is less leverage at the moment of pulling.

This harder pull causes the sling to accelerate faster and more efficiently.  A similar concept occurs with recurve bows. The tip is bent away from the direction of pull causing less leverage which stores more energy in the bows limbs.

The sling doesn't store energy though, therefore the effect of pulling harder into the throw is seen immediately by the sling accelerating faster towards the release.

Hope that makes sense.

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Mersa on Jun 27th, 2018 at 8:04pm
Well put morph, I think also the weight of your projectile plays a role in this lag. I can really see the effects in my day to day use of a Throwline in my job as an arborist. Because we only swing the weight (back and forth not round and round) we need the precise time to get the power behind the throw bag.
I'm by no means the best slinger or throwliner but I can hit a tree fork at 30m in the air with a 250g bag with 50m of line attached to the bag(long mentor hammer)

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Sarosh on Jun 28th, 2018 at 5:08am
@Morphy i think i get it. yes it's difficult to put it into words.
i contrast this with my style. for the last month i try to figure out which one is more efficient, i think there is a trade off of force and distance travelled by the arm resulting in the same energy (kinetic energy=force x distance)

haven't tried it @ long range yet to be sure

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Morphy on Jun 28th, 2018 at 11:57am
I'm sure slinging came naturally to you Mersa with all your experience with the throw line. Likewise throwing with a hand reel was natural to me with my sling experience.

@Sarosh, are you comparing the distance your hand moves vs the force with which you pull as to which one is more effective? I'm trying to interpret that correctly. These subjects are easier to understand in person.

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Sarosh on Jun 28th, 2018 at 1:07pm
@Morphy yes

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Mersa on Jun 28th, 2018 at 5:08pm
Slinging actually improved my Throwline more than the other way around, but there's similarities for sure.

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Blue Raja on Aug 4th, 2018 at 3:58pm
Continuing with pirouette style practice,  Gained about 20 yards.  The golfball is traveling on a flat trajectory, so I suspect not much backspin.  Put together a longer sling, which shows promise.  I am building up endurance, as pirouette takes a whole lot more effort.

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by 13North144East on Dec 17th, 2018 at 6:24am
Hafa Adai,

Sling golf is on the verge of becoming somehting on Guam. We are in the middle of a slinging revival and restoring slinging as sport. (the early Spanish explorers wrote of frequent slinging and spear throwing competitions here in the 1500's) and the localgolf community has been curious and kind enougfh to allow us legitimate access into 3 golf courses as of now. If anyone is serious in playing a full 18 holes against other slingers, we are hosting a Slign Golf Competition here in Guam in 2021. Im new to golf completely but slingign for 10 years. For the most part us sligngers have been right at pace with the golfers. just have to work our short game

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Curious Aardvark on Dec 17th, 2018 at 7:07am
what we need is for you to rig some BIG sails to the island and move it somewhere a bit closer to the rest of us :thumb:

Get guelu on it !

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Blue Raja on Dec 20th, 2018 at 6:41pm

13North144East wrote on Dec 17th, 2018 at 6:24am:
Hafa Adai,

Sling golf is on the verge of becoming somehting on Guam. We are in the middle of a slinging revival and restoring slinging as sport. (the early Spanish explorers wrote of frequent slinging and spear throwing competitions here in the 1500's) and the localgolf community has been curious and kind enougfh to allow us legitimate access into 3 golf courses as of now. If anyone is serious in playing a full 18 holes against other slingers, we are hosting a Slign Golf Competition here in Guam in 2021. Im new to golf completely but slingign for 10 years. For the most part us sligngers have been right at pace with the golfers. just have to work our short game


I would enjoy participating and will start planning for this.

Our son is an avid golfer and I have payed sling golf along side of his while he golfs.  His suggestion is to use a putter once you are on the green.  I use a long putter for sling golf, which doubles as a walking stick. 

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by funditor on Feb 15th, 2019 at 7:59am
I think a hole is not ideal for the end of the course, rather more something like a target diane. Maybe a square with net on it, to be put on top of the stick in the hole, instead of the flag... What do you think?

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by Kick on Feb 15th, 2019 at 9:58am
I've heard it suggested that a frisbee golf "hole" would work well. There's a frisbee golf course really close by our place but it's incredibly popular so I've not wanted to go and accidently hit someone. Even with a tennis ball I wouldn't be making any friends.

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by banshee on Sep 30th, 2019 at 1:59pm
We sling lacrosse balls at Patty Jewett golf course in Colorado Springs. On a par 5, we get birdies. Solo play, generally cast the ball to the green, then bowl with the nondominant hand.  Three person teams, one person drives down the fairway, the clock starts! The other two people start running, one to follow the shot to the fairway, one to the green to receive the relay shot! Play continues in order.

Title: Re: Sling Golf
Post by joe_meadmaker on Oct 20th, 2019 at 9:29pm
Not sling golf per se, but I have a story involving disc golf and slinging.  This weekend a handful of friends and I went on a short road trip to hit up a disc golf course and a brewery.  I took a sling along, and intermittently throughout the day I was picking up random things from the ground and giving them a toss.

On one hole I had already thrown my disc and started spinning a big seed (or something, not sure what exactly it was) I had picked up.  One of the other guys was getting ready to throw, and another friend said, "If you can knock his disc out of the air I'll give you a hundred bucks."  Obviously I accepted the challenge.  The guy throwing let his disc fly, I gave my sling a couple quick rotations and let that seed go a couple seconds later.

I wish I could say I knocked that disc out of the air, but I wasn't even close.  :)

In the end I did show a sling in use to a few people who hadn't seen one before.  And the battle between disc and sling gave everyone a few moments of entertainment followed by a laugh.

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