A lot of new players learn the rules by watching coverage of the pros playing in the sport’s biggest events. We see them marking their lie, taking relief, jump putting from outside the circle, and many times the commentators will discuss the rules as we see the action unfold on the screen.
But one thing that you won’t see very often on the Pro Tour, but which is unfortunately very common in other levels of competition, is a misplay.
In disc golf, we are always hoping for a lie that is clear, flat, and generally provides good footing for our next throw.
Unfortunately, we are sometimes left with lies that are less than optimal: on the side of a slippery muddy slope, in a ditch, under a rock, and so on.
In this episode, we’re going to look at ways that players can take relief from obstacles and other obstructed stances during their round according to the Official Rules of Disc Golf (ORDG) section 803.02.
Moving Casual Obstacles
The rules allow you to move casual obstacles that are on the playing surface where you can legally place a supporting point when taking your stance.
In the last episode of PDGA Rules School, we learned that every shot in disc golf takes place from a lie—whether this is the notebook-sized area behind a marked area on the fairway, or the larger teeing area at the beginning of each hole.
In order to throw from a lie, you need to take a stance (802.07), which just means you need to position your body to make the throw. Whether or not the stance you take is legal depends on where your supporting points are at the moment of release.
Every shot in disc golf is thrown from a lie (802.05). Put simply, the lie is the designated area of the playing surface on which a player must establish their stance in order to throw.
There are two types of lies specified by the Official Rules of Disc Golf: teeing areas and marked lies. Drop zones can be treated either like a teeing area or played in the same manner as a marked lie, depending on how it is designated by the Event Director.
The series is intended as an easily accessible guide for players who may be playing in their first organized leagues or tournaments, as well as a resource for experienced players who want to brush up on specific sections of the rules.
The series, which was inspired in-part by the influx of new players in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, is intended as an easily accessible guide for players who may be playing in their first organized leagues or tournaments, as well as a resource for experienced players who want to brush up on specific sections of the rules.