Help for DiscGolf

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About DiscGolf

DiscGolf is an advanced disc/frisbee golf scorekeeper which offer great design coupled with tons of functionality for Android phones and tablets. We continually add new features to the DiscGolf system, either because we want them or by user request(s).

DiscGolf is slightly different from other scorekeepers as we have made this app game-centric. You'll create a game/scorecard by choosing a course then select players to start the game. Created games are then located on the games menu screen so that you can easily resume or view scorecards and statistics when entering the app. We have put a lot of thought into the design and we try to keep up to date with Android design guidelines so you'll have the best looking app to work with.

DiscGolf Lite is Ads funded where some features are locked. This help describes all features (including locked features) that are available to DiscGolf users. You can Upgrade DiscGolf Lite at any time to remove Ads and unlock all features.

Playing DiscGolf

Disc golf is a flying disc game, as well as a precision and accuracy sport, in which individual players throw a flying disc at a target. According to the Professional DiscGolf Association, "The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc."

Basic Rules

For the complete rules of disc golf, one can read the PDGA Official Rules and Regulations.

The information above can also be found at Wikipedia.org

Scoring - Normal/Strokeplay (throwsplay for Fbgolf :)

Note! Out of bounds rules, disc get stuck in a tree, falls in water and other fringe rules are not relevant to our app. You may decide with your opponents to adhere to the PDGA rules or not, but we do not record any such information if you do. So it's totally up to you how to enforce penalties.

Strokeplay is a common form of scorekeeping in discgolf. Your score is calulated based on the hole/par for the course you play at. If you match par for any given hole your score is calculated as 0. Should you throw more than par, you score is said to be +1 etc. This is quite straight forward and in the app you can see your score calulated as total number of throws or par difference. I.e. if course par is 64 and your total was 70 it will be shown as: Par 70 (+6)

See the following table for discgolf/golf terms:

Scoreboard TermSpecific termDefinition
-4Condorfour throws under par
-3Albatross (or double-eagle)three throws under par
-2Eagle (or double-birdie)two throws under par
-1Birdieone throw under par
0Parthrows equal to par
+1Bogeyone throw more than par
+2Double bogeytwo throws over par
+3Triple bogeythree throws over par

Alternative Scoring - Matchplay

MatchPlay is a popular game form in golf. One of the benefits of Matchplay is that a game can end early as in one player has come so far in the lead that the other player can not catch up. This will happen (for instance) if a game of 18 holes is played and player 1 is 10 up. Player 2 will not be able to reach more than maximum 8 points and has therefore lost the game (the game can end at hole 10 in such circumstances).

We've introduced this format in Discgolf with a few limitations (mainly that you may tie/all-square at the end of a game since we don't allow you to continue after all holes have been played). Matchplay can only be played between two opponents. You may play as teams but must create a player for each team in that case. In match play we only record the team score, not individual throws (any player may set up their own game on their phone to keep track them selves, but it's not part of the matchplay calculations).

Match play differs from stroke play in many different ways. The following rules will help you understand how to play your match:

RULES

PointsPlayer throws
-11 throw or more than other player/team
0throws equal to other player/team
+11 throw or less than other player/team

You can read more about Match Play at Wikipedia - Matchplay

Alternative Scoring - Par-/Bogeyplay

Par or Bogey play is points based scoring system where one or many players can play against eachother. For each hole played you may receive a point:

PointsStrokes taken
-11 throw or more than par
0throws equal to par
+11 throw or less under par

At the end of a game, points are totalled up and the player with the highest score wins.

Alternative Scoring - Stableford

Stableford is also a points based scoring system. Trivia: The Stableford system was developed by Dr. Frank Barney Gorton Stableford (1870-1959), to deter golfers from giving up on their round after just one or two bad holes. Normally you'd calulate your score adjusted by your handicap, but as we don't support handicap (yet?) we base score on the hole par vs. player par. An added bonus of Stablefor is that you may get a quicker game since if a player doesn't make par, their score qill always be 0 and you may therefore move on to the next hole without finishing putting the disc in the basket.

The following table describes how points are calculated:

PointsStrokes taken
02 throws over par
11 throw more than par
2throws equal to par
31 throw under par
42 throws under par
53 throws under par
64 throws under par

At the end of a game, points are totalled up and the player with the highest score wins.

You can read more about Stableford at Wikipedia - Stableford

Alternative Scoring - Modified Stableford

Modified Stableford follows the same basic rules as Stableford but score is calculated differently with a weighted points system favouring excellent throws and punishing really bad throws.

The following table describes how points are calculated:

PointsStrokes taken
-32 throws or more over par
-11 throw more than par
0throws equal to par
+21 throw under par
+52 throws under par
+83 throws or less under par

You can read more about Modified Stableford at Wikipedia - Stableford

This is the initial screen you'll see when starting the app. If you haven't played before, there are no scorecards yet and you should click on the New Game icon on the menubar to get started. If you have played before, then this is where you'll find your scorecards which you can review or resume.

Scorecards

List scorecards you have played or are currently playing. Scorecards shows which course was played and which players participated in the game. It also shows when the game was created and it highlights the winner of the game. Click on a scorecard to view or resume the scorecard or click on the stats icon on the right side of the scorecard to view scorecard statistics.

Long-click a scorecard to bring up its context menu:

The menu provides additional options:

Select Course

Courses are a key component of the DiscGolf application. Each course represents a physical DiscGolf location. Since courses change over time it is likely that you'll have to update the course you are playing on. Each change to a course creates a new course which other players can then decide to use as well. This means that you, your friends and other players can get updated courses from each other. Since there are going to be mistakes you can always choose which course to use (you don't always have to use an updated course) and you can always view the course before you use it. Each course is versioned and it is the course which has been used the most which will be shown and promoted on our webpage that you should probably use. This also means that if a course has been played a lot and then it is changed it will take some time before it is promoted as a new course.

Long-click a course to bring up its context menu:

The menu provides additional options:

Edit/Create Course

If you create a new course you must first select how many holes the course has (1-50 holes are allowed). Next you must specify a course name. Description and Directions are optional. Specify par for each hole and optionally map hole locations or set hole distance manually for each hole.

You can also experiment with you own private course. Create a new course named "Private" and it will not be shown to other players.

All coures created in the DiscGolf apps will automatically be shared online. This way you can share a course and other players can take part in using and updating the course with you. You benefit in the same time as other players may help to keep your courses up to date. You can then use the updated course information if you want to or remain on your course version. All course updates create new course versions, so your settings don't get overwritten.

The menu provides additional options:

New Game

This is where you'll find and manage your players to create or edit games. Add players from the menu or select players from the list to start a game. When you select players they'll be added to the game in the same order as you mark them in the list. Using this you can also go back later and change the order in which players appear in the scorecard and statistics by editing the game from the scorecard.

You can only start a new game if you select at least one player. You can view player statistic by pressing the stats-icon on the right of each player.

Long-click a player to bring up its context menu:

The menu provides additional options:

Edit Player

Creating or editing a player is easy. Specify a name for the player, email and mobile number is optional. You can also long-click the image at the top to set a player image. Click save to save/create the player or exit to cancel changes.

The menu provides additional options:

Scorecard

The scorecard is used to show and keep track of players score when you are playing discgolf. The scorecard screen is different in landscape and portrait modes. Flip/rotate/turn you phone sideways to change between these modes.

When a new game is created holes are considered as unaltered/not played (and score is set in par with course/hole par by default). You'll notice that in landscape mode most holes are grayed out for new games. This way you can see if you've missed a hole when you played your round. Each hole you visit while in portrait mode is considered played. Played holes are most important in MatchPlay games. If you started a MatchPlay game, you should stop your game at the hole where a player has won (so that final score will be shown correctly). Whenever you view a hole in portrait mode it will be considered to have been altered/played.

When viewing the scorecard in portrait mode on the final hole you are presented with the option to "Finish" the game. Finishing the game means that you lock the game and will not be able to make any more changes to the game afterwards.

Portrait scorecard

Portrait mode is used to edit the score for the current hole. At the top of the page you'll see the course name and status for the current hole you are editing: number, par and distance (if it has been set).

Below the header you'll find quick stats for the course/hole. Click on the stats to show a diagram for historical par played on the course hole.

Player hole score

In the center of the screen is the list of players in the game. For each player you'll be able to see their current score (this is different depending on which game type/format is used). Use the +/- buttons next to each player to change their score for the current hole.

Tee - Throws - Basket
If the the hole tee/basket locations have been set then tee and basket will already be selected for each player in the list. Click on throws to add player throws. It the player starts or end at another location than the hole tee/basket the you can override the tee/hole locations by clicking on the tee/hole button for the player.

Long-click on the throws button its context menu:
Click a location to remove it. Click Clear all to remove all thron locations.

Map
Click on the map icon for the player to show throws for the player on the selected hole.

You can go back and forward between holes as you please. Use the buttons at the bottom of the screen or swipe left/right on the screen to change the current hole.

Long-click a player to bring up its context menu:

Landscape scorecard

This is the scorecard overview of the current game/round. The landscape layout lets you see player score total and score for each hole which has been played.

Long-press the hole column header to bring up the hole distance dialog.

Long-press a player par number to bring up the player par dialog (when this dialog is shown you cannot rotate/flip your screen).

Tap the hole column header to select it. The selected hole colum is the hole which you'll be editing when you flip to portrait mode. Holes that have been played or are in play are shown more clearly than holes which haven't been edited in portrait mode.

The menu provides additional options:

Game Statistics

There are several different ways of showing statistics in DiscGolf. At present we only show statistics for one game at a time. In each of these diagrams you can select which players should be included in the diagram.

Statistics can be viewed as:

The menu provides additional options:

Player Statistics

Player statistics shows you information for a player at a time. Thi spage can show you best/average/worst played score for both Courses and Holes (note that Course statistics can only be collected for games played using Game type: StrokePlay). It also displays a diagram showing the player par spread (how often a user throws -1/0/+1/etc). All statistics in this page are based on games the user has played. You can select which games you want to display statistics for by checking the boxes on the right. Slide/swipe the screen sideways to view the full game history (only in phones).

The menu provides additional options:

Map

Maps are used to display locations and distances among other things. The course map shows you all mapped tee/basket locations, distances for each hole, where holes start/end and shortest path to next hole (but only as the bird flies). Course maps can be viewed for courses with locations (at least one location of a course tee/basket must be set). Anyone can add and change course coordinates, so even you can set these for your course.

Some maps provide additional options. Find the settings button in the top left corner of the map to bring up options for toggling different map options on/off.

The menu provides additional options:

Measure Distances

Distances are useful to check how far you can throw. The accuracy of distances are only as good as the GPS you have in your phone. We try to show you if your location is good/bad depending on the GPS signal strengt available and distance will be shown with error correction (+/-err). (Example: If your distance is 50m (+/-6m) it means it can actually be anywhere in the range of 44m - 56m).

NOTE!!! Locations are only stored locally.

Select a location to manipulate be able to add distances from its location. When a location is selected you'll also see the current distance from the location. When distances have been added you'll see a summary of min/avg/max distances.

Long-click a location to bring up its context menu:

Long-click a distance to bring up its context menu:

The menu provides additional options:

Settings

Settings have been updated to be self-explaining, but this might make it even clearer.

Backup and synch

Google Account

To back up, share and synch your game data between devices we've added an option for you to select your Google account. Once you select your account from the list all you current game data can be synched to our servers and previous game data will also be downloaded. All your devices using this Google account will now be able to share data between them. Data is synched in the background and might continue to synch a few minutes after the application is closed.

Only game data is stored online. Settings and measured distances are not save online.

To change your Google account you need to clear the app data/cache (which also removes all other settings and data).

Location

Country & State

Courses are downloaded for the country you've specified (otherwise the list of courses would be extremely long). If you are playing in the United States you must also specify which state you are playing in to narrow down the list further. If you change Country/State the list of courses will be updated to your new location. Local courses are not affected by this change.

Application

Unit

Select unit of distance: feet, meter and yard. This setting affects all distances shown in the application.

Autoupdate par

Enable this option to make the application automatically calculate player par when thrown disc locations are added for players in the scorecard.

Stay awake

Change how the screen/display background light timout will be set when using DiscGolf:

Vibration

Enable this option to make the application vibrate on events, notifications and updates.

GPS

Location accuracy

Specify the minumim location accuracy to accept as new GPS location updates. Forcing accuracy ensures that GPS accuracy is at least as good as you've specified for all locations you get. Since GPS accuracy might change depsnding on phone, location etc; setting this value too low may result in you not getting any updates at all. So please be careful using this option.

Location updates

Once you get a location, only updates with a better accuracy that the last location will be accepted as locatino updates. This is a good way to save an accurate locations as long as you are standing still when you are plotting the location. We encourage you to use this setting to get better accuracy on GPS location updates.

Notifications

Rate app

Show the rate app dialog.

Network

Show a dialog when network is required. This can be turned off for most network activity, but the initial app setup require a network connection and cannot be dismissed.

Rotate scorecard

Show the orientation tip when entering the scorecard.

Finish game

Show the finish game tip in scorecards.

Private course

Show the about private courses tip.