Playing Disc Golf In The Snow
Playing disc golf in the snow is awesome. Don’t let a little frozen precipitation stop you from slinging plastic and rattling chains. Here’s a little advice before you brave the frozen tundra in search of some snow birds…
- Undisturbed “Diet Ice Cream” makes it a lot easier it is to find fresh disc marks, so stay in already disturbed “Canadian Grass” when possible.
- While this seems obvious and should be done even in perfect conditions, never take your eyes off the disc in air and use whatever landmarks you can find to remember where the disc landed. If you see that the disc landed at the base of the second pine, it will significantly cut down the area in which you will have to search.
- Use spotters, especially on blind shots. A set of oculars close to the landing zone will make discs much easier to find in “God’s Dandruff”.
- Layers layers, layers. Wear breathable and moisture wicking apparel. The physical demand of trodding through “igloo insulation” on the course will warm you up, so you’ll likely need to remove layers during a round so you don’t overheat. Sweat and snow don’t mix.
- A ski vest is an ideal top layer over a single long-sleeve shirt.
- Water-proof your lower-half. Water-proof socks, shoes/boots, and water repellent pants (Ski Pants) will help keep you dry and warm. Nothing can ruin a round more than a pair of cold, wet feet.
- Another obvious piece of advice that I feel is pretty IQ insulting, but I will include anyways… no white discs!
- While you may think a cold disc is brittle, keep your discs cold. Here’s why… if discs are warm when they hit the “russian cotton candy” it will melt and stick to the disc more. If the disc is cold, snow will slide off easier.
- Some folks like to tape a ribbon to the bottom of their disc. Center the ribbon on the disc and it won’t have too much of an affect on the flight of the disc. When the disc goes into the “frosted flake”, the ribbon will remain out where you can see it. Makes sure you account for the affect the ribbon may have on your distance.
- Distance will be lessened by the combination of cold air, unreliable footing, and the extra bulk of clothes.
- Last but certainly not least. DO NOT EAT THE YELLOW SNOW!