What Does In The Circle Mean In Disc Golf

In The Circle Explained: A Disc Golf Term


Inside the circle in disc golf refers to the circular distance surrounding the basket. Think of the circle like a putting green in ball golf. On some courses, especially those not holding tournaments, it is common to find holes with no circle markets at all. In this case the ‘card’ or other members you are playing with should decide if a putt lies within the 10 meter circle or not. During tournaments you will here statistics about player % of circle one and circle two putts. This gives you an idea of how well a particular player is putting from those distances during their round.


disc golf In the circle explained

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What Are The Circles in Disc Golf?


In disc golf there are two ‘circles‘ that players will refer to. Circle one and Circle two. But what is the difference?


disc golf putting circles illustration

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Circle One In Disc Golf

Circle 1 is any area within 10 meters (32.8 ft) of the basket and any throw from this area is considered a putt. This area is the main ‘green’ of the hole.


Circle Two In Disc Golf

Circle 2 is any area within 20 meters (65.6 ft) and outside of 10 meters from the basket. Circle two has different rules when putting then circle one. The main rule distinction is that circle one putts, the player must not cross over their lie after their shot.


Inside circle on putting rules

Once your disc lands inside the 10 meter circle you are required to mark your lie. You mark your lie with a mini marker or disc. Your foot has to be behind your lie and must not cross that lie until the shot is completed. You must show ‘balance’, and thus not cross your line after a putt.


Are Jump Putts Allowed?

Yes, Jump putts are allowed in disc golf but only OUTSIDE the 10 meter circle.


jump putt





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