Playing Disc Golf in the Pouring Rain 7 Tips for Playing Disc Golf in the Rain
Let Your Disc Soar Even in the Downpour
by Celavirgie Bautista JUL 27, 2021
Disc golf is an outdoor sport and sometimes playing in the rain is unavoidable. If you’re participating in a tournament that looks like a day of potential rain or if your desire to throw that disc is stronger than getting wet, here are a few tips that will help you adapt your game in the rain.
Be Mentally Prepared
Mental preparation allows you to achieve maximum performance despite numerous distractions. When it rains, you may have to deal with limited visibility, grip, disc flight, or even bad shots. Understanding that you may not play at your best will allow you to plan each throw strategically.
Wear Good Gear
Not being prepared for wet weather puts you at a huge disadvantage. It’ll be impossible for you to perform at your best if you’re cold or wet and it can also make you sick after your round. Invest in high-quality gear like shoes, socks, and rain jackets and pants. Don’t forget to bring a spare. It’s better to have a backup for everything.
Keep a Stash of Towels in Your Bag
Throwing is about how the disc feels in your hands and a dry disc can make a huge difference. Keep extra towels in your bag so you can get a decent grip while it’s raining. If you can’t hold on to the disc, how are you going to play?
Another important thing to consider is getting more traction on a tee pad. Some players put a towel down on the tee pad where they plan to plant their foot.
Take an Umbrella
It can be cumbersome but taking an umbrella when you play in the rain is worth it. You can take a smaller umbrella or a larger one, it’s all up to you. But if you want to keep everything dry, a larger umbrella is a wiser choice.
Since it will be slippery, it’s not advisable to run up on your shot to get momentum. You also shouldn’t throw at the power you’re used to as there’s a higher chance of you slipping on the tee pad. We’re sure you wouldn’t want to leave the course in pain or head for the hospital.
Forget the Distance
If you want to play better in the rain, then forget about distance and just focus on sending your discs close to the basket for par. You may opt to disc down as midranges and putters allow you to have a little bit of control.
Don’t Let the Weather Beat You
Playing in a wet round can take longer than a dry round that can make players frustrated and impatient. Don’t let the bad weather get into you. Keep a positive attitude and just have fun. Remember you’re playing disc golf and improving at the same time.
We hope these tips inspire you to go out there and brave the rain!
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