A Guide to Winter Disc Golf
Disc golfers are a truly dedicated group of people. In many instances, disc golf is a sport that is played all year, even in the toughest of conditions. Sure, players in warmer climates can play without issues, but there are still some who experience a true winter each year. Cold temperatures, snow, and icy surfaces are all factors to consider when playing disc golf in the winter.
Don’t worry though, we’re here to help, through our guide to winter disc golf.
Winter Gear Checklist
Before diving in, here’s a quick checklist of what to bring when disc golfing in the winter:
- Appropriate layers, (examples: Pretty Good Hoodie or Innova Burst Beanie)
- Winter footware (examples: winter boots or hiking boots)
- Hand warmers
- Snow shovel
- Towel (quick-dry or microfiber)
- UV Flashlight for glow rounds
Health and Safety Reminders
Something to keep in mind when gearing up for winter rounds is health and safety. From preventing injuries to wearing the right clothing, there are plenty of things to prepare for.
Pro tip: stretch. Cold air has a tremendous effect on muscles. Trying to play in the cold can sometimes lead to an injury. Stretch the legs, arms, shoulders, and even chest. The more loose the body is, the more comfortable things will feel. If soreness occurs, it doesn't hurt to try a Tritanium Compression Arm Sleeve.
Be wary of ice, slick tee pads, moist grass, and mud. To avoid slipping, make sure to have appropriate footwear. A large boot can be difficult to throw in, and tennis shoes are generally too slippery and won’t keep out the cold. The best alternative is a hiking or trail shoe. Fortunately, there are plenty of choices out there, including waterproof options.
We all know a friend who plays in the snow in shorts. Please, don’t be that person. Cold weather can eventually lead to illness, or in extreme cases, hypothermia or frostbite. Whether it’s throwing a disc in sub-zero temperatures without a glove or accidentally slipping on ice, the cold weather can have an impact very quickly.
A heavy coat may be too difficult to throw in, but layering long sleeve shirts under a hoodie is a great alternative. Always consider wearing a hat that covers the ears, easily removable gloves, and of course, warm pants.
Discs can easily be lost in the snow, so bright colors are favorable. Additionally, a disc hitting the ice can damage the flight plate, so a favorite disc may get beat up more when playing in the winter.
To avoid losing or damaging a favorite disc, shopping for a backup disc is sometimes a safe option.
Even when it’s difficult to get out there and sneak in a quick round, here are some alternatives players undergo during the offseason:
- Indoor putting & driving nets
- Strength training
- Endurance training
- Coordination exercises & activities
The Bottom Line
While practice makes perfect and playing in the snow can be fun, it’s still important to be smart and cautious when necessary. There are plenty of ways to prepare and have some fun on the course, even when the weather gets colder. Just ask our friend in the Winter Wonderland YouTube video.
Remember, winter is only a few months long, and the weather will eventually get warmer. The new season will come around in no time!