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The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf
The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf

The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf

By Justin Menickelli, By Ryan Pickens

SPORTS & RECREATION

192 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, PDF, ePub

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $23.95)

ISBN 9781629372044

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Apr 2016)

Price: $19.95
 
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Overview

For people just starting to play, disc golf can become an exciting and addictive sport to play for a lifetime. Avid disc golfers often find playing a challenging test of both physical skill and mental determination. Disc golf is a "greener" sport than most, and has fewer barriers to entry than traditional golf and other recreational sports. It is also one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf provides readers all the essential information they need to get started playing disc golf, but it is much more than just a basic "how to" manual – it is a thoughtful, fascinating, and thoroughly enjoyable exploration into the history, nature, science, and skills of disc golf. Featuring more than 80 instructional photos, this is a comprehensive book about disc golf that would be enjoyed by all players, from beginners to aspiring professionals.

Author Biography

Justin Menickelli is an Associate Professor at Western Carolina University where he teaches courses in motor behavior, sport psychology, research methods and beginning disc golf. He earned a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University, a MA.Ed. in Education from Western Carolina University, and a B.S. in Exercise Science from S.U.N.Y. Cortland. He has published numerous articles about disc golf, received several grants to fund disc golf workshops, and designed courses for college campuses and K-12 schools. He has a wife, Kristin, two sons, Aidan and Noah, and a daughter Addison. Ryan Pickens earned an M.A. in Organizational Development and Transformation from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. In 2012, he was one of the top-25 master's disc golfers in the world. Ryan has taught a disc golf course for academic credit at Mars Hill University for over a decade. He has published several articles about disc golf, created the Western North Carolina Intercollegiate Disc Golf League, and designed two permanent courses in Western North Carolina. Ryan lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife, Kelly, and daughter, Ellora Don.

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The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf

By Justin Menickelli, Ph.D. & Ryan “Slim” Pickens, M.A.

 

Contact: Sam Ofman, Triumph Books, 312.568.5450, s.ofman@triumphbooks.com

 

Between 1980 and 2015 the number disc golf courses worldwide rose from 60 to more than 5,200. While some find this statistic staggering, those who know and love the sport of disc golf aren’t surprised in the least. Disc golf boasts an accessible skill set, low cost of entry and positive relationship with the outdoors. Combine these attributes with the unmatched spirit of the playing community and it all adds up to one of the fastest growing sports in America.

 

In The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf (Triumph Books, April 2016), experts Justin Menickelli and Ryan “Slim” Pickens combine their knowledge and passion for all things disc golf to present an unequaled introduction to the sport. The authors go well beyond the basics as they explore the history of the game, the scientific aspects of disc flight and analyze countless elements of the sport. Highlights include:

 

  • Insights on the best equipment to match your level and style of play
  • A look at how course architects design disc golf courses
  • Tips on how and when to execute different throwing styles, including backhands, forehands, overheads and rollers
  • The rules of the game, and the rules of etiquette that help maintain the game’s integrity
  • Suggestions for fun, alternative formats beyond stroke play

 

The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf offers great value to both beginners and experienced players alike. By providing a thorough discussion of every aspect of the game, both on the course and off, Menickelli and Pickens have created the ultimate guide for a quickly growing population of players. No disc golfer’s library is complete without it.

 

About the Authors:

Justin Menickelli is an Associate Professor at Western Carolina University where he teaches courses in motor behavior, sport psychology, research methods and beginning disc golf. He earned a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University, a MA.Ed. in Education from Western Carolina University, and a B.S. in Exercise Science from S.U.N.Y. Cortland. He has published numerous articles about disc golf, received several grants to fund disc golf workshops and designed courses for college campuses and public schools. In 2015 Justin was presented the Educational Disc Golf Experience Award by the PDGA in recognition for teaching disc golf to young people and growing the sport. When not playing, teaching, or writing about disc golf, he enjoys mountain biking and alpine skiing. Justin lives in Cullowhee, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristin; two sons, Aidan and Noah; and daughter, Addison.

 

Ryan Pickens earned an M.A. in Organizational Development and Transformation from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. In 2012, he finished 24th in the Pro Master’s Division at the Disc Golf World Championships. He taught disc golf for a decade at Mars Hill University, has designed two courses in western North Carolina, and is designing several other courses (www.discgolfdesigngroup.com). Currently, he is a full-time strategy and organizational development specialist with Center for Meaningful Work, LLC (www.workwithmeaning.com). When not playing or designing courses, he enjoys freshwater and saltwater fishing. Ryan lives in Asheville, NC, with his wife, Kelly, and daughter, Ellora Don. 


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