The trick to winning in disc golf is all in the wrist.
You don't throw as with a Frisbee, says former competitive player Jonathan Poole.
"You really want to get a good snap on the disc. Grip it tight and let it snap out of your hands - almost like you're snapping a towel."
To see how the pros do it, stop by Winthrop University's disc golf course this week, where top players from across the globe will compete.
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Winthrop is hosting two of the sport's major events.
First, on Tuesday, the Presidents Cup - touted as the "Ryder Cup of Disc Golf" - will make its American debut with a U.S. team competing against a European team.
Then on Wednesday, the four-day 2010 U.S. Disc Golf Championship begins.
"This is a great opportunity to experience a game everybody can enjoy," said Poole, who is organizing both events.
Fashioned after the traditional game of golf, disc golf requires players to use flying discs instead of balls and clubs and throw them at an above-ground target.
Players descended on Rock Hill over the weekend to practice on the 18-hole course surrounding Winthrop Lake.
Glenn Patterson, carrying a bag of some 30 multi-colored discs - some for speed and others for putting - spent Friday afternoon getting a feel for the course.
"It's beautiful," he said. "This course really challenges you."
Patterson, who plays professionally in New Jersey, was among a group of players yet to qualify for the U.S. Championship. They spent Saturday vying for five open spots.
Patterson, 48, was first turned on to the game five years ago and was instantly hooked.
"I find a lot of positivity in the sport," he said.
And it's accessible.
Most courses are public. Plus it costs "$8 to $10 a disc and you only really need one," Poole said.
Football fans can't run down to the field to play when a game is over.
But this week at Winthrop, Poole said, "you can watch the world's best on one of the most revered courses, and then play it too.
"That's a pretty cool challenge."
Know your disc golf?
Some of the terminology used in disc golf is similar to "that other" golf. But some, well, just doesn't come close:
Hammer - The disc is released from a vertical angle. This causes the disc to fly very high and return to the ground upside-down. Also known as a Tomahawk.
Helix - This type of throw results in an S-shaped or backward S-shaped pattern. Often used for getting around complex obstacles.
Hork - The angle of disc flight.
Pancake - A common method for skipping a disc. The disc is released in a way that it is turned upside-down.
Turnover - A disc with an unstable flight.
Worm-burner - A disc thrown lower to the ground resulting in a shorter throw.
Want to go?
Both disc golf events take place at Winthrop University Lake off Eden Terrace in Rock Hill.
The Presidents Cup
The U.S. Disc Golf Championship
Starts: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday-Friday; 8 a.m. Saturday
Admission: VIP tickets - admission on all days of competition: $25; Single-day tickets: $10; Ages 12 and younger: free.
This is the 12th straight year Winthrop has hosted.
Last year's U.S. champion, Nikko Locastro, returns to defend his title against 2009 Disc Golf World Champion Avery Jenkins and former U.S./world champions Ken Climo, Nate Doss and Barry Schultz. They'll compete against players from Japan, Norway, Finland, Sweden and the U.S.