Disc golf is a popular summer activity for many folks around Montana, and today, with the opening of a new disc golf specialty shop, a couple professional players came to town, in large part because of the growing popularity in Missoula.
"It's super fun, we're a very healthy town in Missoula, so it's just another way to get out and enjoy the beauty that Missoula has to offer with our various courses," says Montana Disc Company Co-Owner Rahn Henderson.
With disc golf being a lifetime sport, it's something that people from various sporting backgrounds can learn quickly.
"A lot of baseball players pick up disc golf real easily, tennis players, the forehand and backhand motion is really similar," says pro disc golfer Jeremy "Big Jerm" Koling.
Not only that, it's an affordable sport to participate in.
"You can get a set for less than 30 bucks, you can go out and play courses which are free to play, because most are in public parks, and so once you get started, you play with your friends and have a good time, it's just a really fun recreational activity,"says Koling.
For most, it's a fun recreational activity, but for a select few like Jeremy, it's a lifestyle, as he is on his second coast to coast road trip competing and putting on clinics like today's in Missoula.
"It's a lot of traveling, a lot of meeting people, a lot of having a good time. It's almost a dream life, because you get to do what you love to do, and you get to make a little money on the side playing professional disc golf," says Koling.
A good crowd was on hand for the free clinic today at Montana Disc Company, and if anyone wants to learn from the pros, there is still another opportunity.
"There's also going to be a free clinic at four o'clock on Friday at the Linda Vista disc golf course, for anybody who wants to come out as well, and it's basically just paying attention, and hard work, doing it over and over when no one is watching," says Henderson.
And take it from a professional, just as with any sport, keeping your head on straight is important.
"Disc golf, and golf in general is such a mental game, and controlling the six inches between your ears is the most important part of the game, especially when you're putting because that's really where the most strokes are won and lost is on the putting green," says Koling