Disc Golf, how to enjoy playing in the winter
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.
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.