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Disc Golf, how to enjoy playing in the winter

Updated on March 14, 2015

Playing disc golf in the winter

When I say winter disc golf, I'm talking about winter in the northern half of the U.S., and other parts of the world where we have snow and cold. For many of you, winter is the nice time to play, when the nasty heat and humidity does not make it hard to just breath. If I could pick the best temperature for disc golf, I would have to say that 50 to 70 degrees, no humidity, no wind, no bugs, and high sun, would be perfect. Back to winter now.

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Clothing for disc golf

The most important thing in winter is to be able to keep warm, but not be so restricted in movement, that you can't throw properly. I recommend wearing a poly long underwear shirt, with a hooded sweatshirt over that, and a fleece pullover nylon shell to stop the wind. I also wear a neck warmer when it's real cold, that I can pull up over my face. Wear a wool stocking cap. For my hands, there are a couple of things I do. You can wear a wool mitten on your non throwing hand, or use a tube hand warmer like football players use, with or without a chemical hand warmer in it.

Or you can wear mittens on both hands, and take off the one on your throwing hand when throwing. I do not like to wear any gloves when throwing. I do carry a pair of neoprene waterproof gloves in my bag, for reaching into cold water.

For your feet. Make sure you have waterproof and warm boots. Don't wear too thick of socks. Your feet will stay fairly warm because you are walking most of the time.

snowing at BRP
snowing at BRP

Other important tips

When there is snow on the ground that is more than 3 inches deep.  I recommend using ribbons.  I take some thin ribbon used for wrapping around gifts, use bright colors.  Cut off pieces about 30 inches long.  Some people say tape it to the underside of the disc.  I prefer to tape it on the top, directly in the middle of the disc.  Use a piece of duct tape.  Make sure the discs are warm and dry when you tape the ribbons on, they will stay on much better.

Put your discs in the car the night before you play.  This will get them to the colder temperature that will make it so the snow will not stick to the discs if the temperature is close to freezing.  If it's below 20 degrees, the snow will not stick.

Best Winter disc golf Plastic

The best plastic for winter in my opinion. The best Discraft plastic is the FLX, or ESP. The Z and X plastics are OK.

The best Innova discs are the Pro plastic. The Champion seems to be very slippery when it is cold. The Star is kinda hard.

Why Play in winter

If you do decide to play in winter, and you do the few things I have suggested, you will still have fun, and will keep in better playing shape for summer.  Don't expect to score as low.  There are some benefits to winter play.  There are no bugs, there are few tall grass areas, the water hazards are much easier to deal with.  There are very few people on the courses.


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      spease 6 years ago from Minneapolis Mn

      f you want to learn to play disc golf, check out this article I wrote.

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      justin 6 years ago

      I've never really play disc golf though.

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      Sean Elliot  8 years ago

      This looks like a lot of fun. Remember everyone, keep warm, have fun, and wear wool!

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      spease 8 years ago from Minneapolis Mn

      I wish it didn't get colder than 50. I wouldn't even have needed to write this.

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      LazarDRod 8 years ago

      Winter is so damn cold, though! I find it hard to do anything when the temperature drops below 50. I know it gets worse in other places, but 50 is cold in California.

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      spease 8 years ago from Minneapolis Mn

      Good advice. I have worn a vest also at times. It does help keep arms more mobile.

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      Will A. Carpenter 8 years ago

      I would also suggest a nice vest to keep your core warm.

      If it's not very windy out I wear a short sleeve shirt, a long sleeve shirt (sweatshirt or underwear style usually) maybe and under armor winter shirt. Then a vest. My arms are still free to move, and my core is nice and toasts.