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How to avoid losing your disc golf discs

Updated on March 14, 2015
The new Vibram Unlace
The new Vibram Unlace | Source

There are many ways to lose your disc golf discs

The most common ways to lose your disc disc golf discs is.

1. To throw them into the woods or long grass and not be able to locate them.

2. To play in winter and lose them under the snow.

3. To throw them into water and they sink.

The throwing into the woods and long grass is the hardest to stop. If you do this, the best way to locate the disc is to try to see from landmarks that are stationary where it was last time you saw it. Try to pick at least 2 things that you can visualize a relationship with. Then walk as directly to that spot as you can. There are not many options here, other than pay close attention to where the disc landed. If you do, you should be able to avoid losing your disc golf discs.

I am going to show you things to do to help you avoid losing your disc golf discs.

Lightning putter
Lightning putter | Source

How to find the disc in the snow

My friends and I like to play year round. There are several courses in the area that leave the baskets in so we can play. Here is a trick that I learned a couple of years ago that works really well, and will greatly reduce the chances of losing discs.

Get some thin ribbon, used for putting around gifts. The 1/8 in. wide type. Pick the brightest colors that you can find. Cut a piece of ribbon about 3 feet long for each of your disc golf discs. Take your discs into a room that is warm, and make sure that they are clean and dry. Tear about a 2 inch piece of duct tape and tape the ribbon on to the top center of the disc. Push it down firmly to make sure it is stuck on the disc good.

When you throw the disc it will go down into the snow, but the colored ribbon will be laying on top of the snow and you can easily find the disc. The key is to make sure the discs are warm and dry when the tape is applied. This tip has helped us avoid losing many disc golf discs.

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Throwing into a water hazard

This one is also easy to avoid losing disc golf discs. You need to have a floating disc that you can trust for shots over water. There are several floating discs on the market that work very well. They do vary for drivers, mid range, and putters. I would recommend that you find one that you can throw it hard and have it fly like you want and also throw it easier and have it do what you want. That way you can carry just one floater in your bag.

Here is a list of the floating disc golf discs that are currently on the market for you to pick from.

There should be 1 of them that you can use for most water shots.

Aerobie- Sharpshooter
Discraft- None that I could find
Dga- Blowfly
Ching - none
Gateway - none
Discwing - none
Snap - none
Millennium - none
Innova - Dragon dx, Hydra dx and rpro, 150g pro pig
Quest - Odyssey ultra, Odyssey powerdriver, Odyssey control, Odyssey mid-range, crossfire, Raging inferno dt ultra light, Inferno ultra light, Tbone ultra light, Rockit ultra light.
Lightning- #2 driver, #3 flyer under 170g, #1 slice under 170g, #3 hookshot under 170g, #2 hyzer, #3 hyzer, Rubber putter, #2 Rubber putter, #2 Roller under 182g.

Water Hazard


The bottom line is to make sure that you watch to see where your disc landed if it is in the woods or long grass. Don't count on your playing partners to be watching for you. Or just always throw it in the fairway.

The winter trick works very well. Once in a while the tape will have to be replaced, but I have had discs that the tape will stay on all winter. You would think it would affect the flight, but it really has almost no effect on it.

Everyone should carry a floater, unless you play courses where water in not an issue. It also allows you to go for a shot that you sometimes would not go for. It is worth the money. And most lightning discs are under $10, so it is a very inexpensive addition to your bag. Don't lose your disc golf discs and you will have more money to buy the new ones.

To stay up to date on all the disc golf news, check out Disc golf news blog.


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      2 years ago

      Reminds me of the time we were about to throw from the 1st tee and a guy comes along and asks if he can join our threesome. We said, "Certainly", and then proceeded to make our drives in turn. When our guest stepped onto the pad, he appeared to activate a switch on the underside of his disc and it began to intermittently flash a bright LED and simultaneously emit a sharp chirp with each strobe. We all chimed in saying, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, man - what's going on with that disc of yours?!" He said,"It's my Chirp n Flash Floater and is absolutely my favorite disc!" None of us had ever seen anything like it and we all wanted to know where we could get one. He said, "I don't really know, I found it."

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      8 years ago

      I as well bought the that Fizzee disc on ebay and sure enough it worked the 1st time I threw my driver in the water!

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      8 years ago

      Great article spease. I've lost 3 discs this week. One in water, one in snow, and one in long grass. I ended up finding the one in snow the next day, but I'll have to replace the other two. I just got some LED's, 3V button cell batteries, and clear duct tape to put on my discs when it starts getting dark. I'm also gonna get the ribbon like you suggested and tape it on. And get a couple floaters. Likely the Hydra for approach and putting near water, and the Wahoo for drives. You can add the Wahoo (Innova) to your list. Thanks a lot. Great tips, I'll be prepared from now on.

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      9 years ago

      I play at this one course and always lose drivers on one certain hole. I have tried floaters but they just don't fly like my regular discs. I went online and found what's called a fizzee disc. Some guy from Virginia Beach invented this little disc that produces bubbles when your disc falls in the water. Its a very smart little concept. It was only 3 dollars and came with everything needed to install it on your disc. Check it out on youtube

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      9 years ago

      My friend and I came up with another trick. Figure out which way your discs tend to turn (mine usually turn hard left if anything). Get a friend with a camera phone to film your drive at an angle so that it captures the side your discs usually end up. You can delete the video after every hole. It has save us several times as our home course has some THICK woods


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