How to Enjoy a Hassle-Free Round of Winter Disc Golf
8 Best Tips for Playing Disc Golf in Winter Months
Disc golf is a popular sport enjoyed by people of all ages, and while the game can be played year-round, many people prefer to play in the warmer months of spring and summer.
When the colder months begin, playing disc golf is something that many people find less desirable because of the weather and also the potential difficulties in getting around in the snow or ice.
However, playing disc golf during the winter can be a fun and rewarding experience. It brings out new opportunities to play with unseasonably low temperatures and with the following guide, you can make the most of your winter disc golf.
TIPS ON PLAYING DISC GOLF IN WINTER
1. BUNDLE UP AND PREPARE FOR THE COLD
It's the dead of winter and freezing temperatures are no joke. You want to dress warmly, which means wearing more layers than you normally would when playing disc golf in the summer. You don't want to risk hypothermia on the course!
Your winter gear should be as warm as possible without being too heavy. Consider wearing a layered costume that moves the warmth from a heavy coat closer to your body. Layer a T-shirt under a long-sleeved shirt, scarf around your neck, and wrist gloves to keep the wind from piercing into your hands.
2. KNOW THE COURSE
Playing on a different course is always more fun than playing on the one you're used to, and this idea is especially true when you're playing disc golf in the winter. When the snow is on the ground, it's a completely different game.
Make sure to take some time to scout out the course before you play so that you have an idea of what to expect.
3. GEAR UP WITH EXTRAS LIKE HATS, GLOVES, ETC.
Prepare for every part of your body before heading out to play. It can be tempting to skip a personal protective gear when dealing with winter, but this will lead to too many injuries that could have been easily prevented.
Make sure you are also prepared for other factors that come with playing in colder weather like wind, snowfall, rainy days, and ice.
4. WARM YOUR HANDS AND FEET
Many people who play disc golf during the colder months like to prepare by warming their hands and feet before playing. This can be done by using a heating pad, heating blanket, or even just putting on some warm socks and gloves.
The key is getting everything warm before heading out to play. If you wait until you're outside, the cold will make it more difficult to get your body temperature back up.
5. WEAR WATERPROOF SHOES
Winter comes with snow or rain which can make playing disc golf difficult. The trick is to wear waterproof shoes for this game. 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.
6. PLAY SLOW
Slow down when you play in winter. It may seem counterintuitive, but slowing down can lead to better accuracy.
If you're out on a wet or slippery course, 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.
7. KEEP IT FUN
Playing golf in the winter can be more fun if you play with friends. Not only will it make the experience more enjoyable, but it will also make you less likely to quit when the cold weather kicks in.
Plus, communicating with each other while playing on a snowy day will allow everyone to have a good time on the course.
8. CHOOSE THE RIGHT DISCS
In winter, your disc's flight pattern is going to be significantly different from how it would perform in summer because of all the moisture from the snow. A frozen winter might even turn your discs brittle and frozen solid.
Choose cold-resistant and grippy plastic to counterbalance the effect of cold weather. Also, your discs should be brightly colored so they are easier to find in the snow.
The best way to have a great time playing disc golf during the winter is to prepare ahead of time by getting necessary supplies and bundling up. With a little preparation, you can enjoy a fun and hassle-free round of winter disc golf.