9 Things I’ve Learned By Not Playing Disc Golf

9 Things I’ve Learned By Not Playing Disc Golf

I haven’t played disc golf frequently for the past year and a half.  Some you already know that I have been working on my Master’s degree, which unfortunately takes priority over disc golf.  I am, however, fortunate enough to have a field behind my office to throw discs during my lunch hour.  While getting back to field work after taking weeks off at a time, I have recognized a few patterns and learned a few important lessons about my game.  Hopefully some of these disc golf insights can help you also.

Inconsistency Makes Improvement Difficult

Let’s start with a simple concept.  Inconsistency in almost any aspect of life is rarely conducive for improvement and his includes your disc golf game.  Inconsistent disc golfing has hampered my ability to improve and my overall disc golf skills have not improved significantly over the past year and a half. If I want to get better, I need to get out and disc golf more consistently.  My post graduation plan includes more disc golf!

Fundamentals Can Save Your Game

I have had to prioritize which aspects of my game to work on in my limited time on the course.  As a result I have lost some distance and don’t have all the shots I used to.  Regardless of this, my scores have not decreased significantly.  The reason is because my fundamentals are strong and I have maintained consistency.  I predict that I’ll begin improving again once school is out and I can play more often.

important disc golf fundementals

Your Body Changes

Each time I throw after taking time off, I notice that my form has changed.  Some of this is due to muscle memory loss, but a lot of it is from my body changing.  Gaining or losing weight, sustaining or recovering from injury, flexibility and muscular balance all affect your form.  The longer you stay off the course, the more your body changes and you may need to adjust your form when you grab your disc again.

Disc Golf Requires Muscles You Rarely Use

To be fair I have know this for a long time.  Still, sore back and arm muscles remind me of this every time I hit the course after a hiatus.  I run and lift weights frequently but nothing hits my disc golf muscles like playing disc golf.   

I Have Bad Habits

We all have bad habits in our form.  In some cases we are aware of them and other cases we are not.  I have found that taking time off can help break me of some of those bad habits and allow me to work on purifying my form.  Unfortunately you may also be likely to forget some of the good habits that are difficult to maintain, but let’s go glass-half-full here.  The important thing is for you to identify what has changed in your form and rebuild with the proper technique.

disc golf fixing form

Knowledge Is Powerful

While away from the course, I have read many disc golf articles and watched a number of videos.  The extra time I have spent researching about technique and strategy has taught me many things I would not have discovered on the course myself.  I also rediscovered lessons that I had learned years ago.  Now I have a list of form items to work on with my newly purified form and I have new strategies to improve my game.  Knowledge has the potential to propel my game beyond what it has ever been.  Of course knowing these things is only the start and I will need to execute properly when I return to the course.

New Discs are Motivating

Let’s be honest, I really don’t need more discs.  But sometimes when I haven’t been to the course in a while picking up a new disc can keep my excitement level high.  Just having a new disc arrive at my door gets me thinking about throwing and can encourage me to get in a field testing session during lunch.  Even though a field session isn’t an 18 hole round, it’s still disc golf.

Old Reliable Discs are Important

Reliable disc discraft crushWe’ve always preached and intimate knowledge of your discs.  This is even more important after you’ve taken time off and are returning to the disc golf course.  If you have a few reliable discs that you’ve thrown for many years then leaning more heavily on those discs can help you get back into your groove.  Knowing how your old faithful discs should feel in your and how they should fly will provide indications of how your throw is working.  Plus a little added consistency can go a long ways.

Disc Golf Makes Me Feel Good

Seems pretty obvious right?  Well here’s what I mean.  I don’t just feel good when I am on the course and it’s not just a matter of having fun to reduce stress.  I know an awful lot about disc golf and I love talking about discs and strategy. When I participate in something that I know and love so much, it improves my overall confidence.  I carry this confidence with me through the rest of my life and there is a noticeable difference from when I play disc golf and when I don’t.  Disc golf is a staple in my life.

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Discraft Mini Disc Round

Discraft Mini Disc Round

Have you thrown any of the Discraft mini disc series yet?  Stop what you’re doing, get a mini, and go throw.  These mini discs are serious fun on the course and add a new element of challenge to disc golf.  Discraft has sent us a number of mini discs of the past month and we recently took 8 out to the course and recorded our round, you can see the video below.

Here’s what we threw:

  • Mini Buzzz
  • Mini Buzzz (Big Z)
  • Mini Nuke (Big Z)
  • Mini Undertaker (Big Z)
  • Mini Crank (Big Z)
  • Mini Comet (Big Z)
  • Mini Challenger (Jawbreaker)
  • Mini Zone (Jawbreaker)

We were amazed at the stability of these mini discs.  You may expect them to turn out of control, but they actually fly like lightweight full-sized discs of the same mold!  The do of course have a propensity to lift when thrown hard and frequently drop through the chains and cage, but you’ll be amazed by the glide.

See available Discraft Mini Discs and get your own now!

Here’s our Discraft Mini Discs Only video from the lakeside course at Kenwood Heritage Park in Cadillac, Michigan over Memorial Day Weekend:

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In The Bag With Disc Golf Chris

In The Bag With Disc Golf Chris

A number of you have recently requested that Rodney and I record In the Bag disc golf videos.  We review putters and talk about discs constantly, but we haven’t given you a good feel of our bag build-out.  Both of us have been adjusting our bags since last season, but we’re finally in a place where we’re essentially set for the 2017 season.  This is my In the Bag video.

We’re giving you three options:  You can watch on YouTube, listen on the Just Throw Podcast or meet up with us at Burchfield Park and see my bag in person!

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Best Disc Golf Store Online

Best Disc Golf Store Online

You want to buy a disc, but you’re not sure which online disc golf shop is the best. I get it, I’ve bought a mountain of discs in my day and I spend hours researching before each disc golf purchase. With the number of new internet disc golf stores it can be difficult to research them all.  

Below, we provide a guide that we hope helps you decide which disc golf shop is best.  We also make a few Best-in-Class recommendations below each category for you to check out.

Important Disclaimer: We are NOT affiliated with any of the online disc golf shops in this article and we have NOT been paid or incentivized in any way to recommend a best online disc golf store or even to include a listing.

The best way to start is to decide what factors are important to you.  Below I’ve listed a number of characteristics that the best disc golf stores have in order of importance to me.  At the end we offer a handy directory of best disc golf stores online.

Trust

What is the point of spending even a few dollars if you can’t trust a merchant to get your order right, or especially delivered to you? Trust also goes beyond delivery. Do you trust the information or reviews on the site? Do you trust that the site will take your payment and not freeze in the middle of a transaction? Do you trust that the company won’t spam you or share your data?

Honestly, I have not yet found a disc golf shop online that I haven’t trusted.

Support

If you already know exactly what you want and have no troubles ordering, then you may not care about support. However, there have been many times when I have needed to ask questions. Response time is important as well as willingness to help. If I have had a positive experience communicating with a company, then I am more likely to repeat a purchase just in case I run into trouble.

The best support I’ve received has been from Infinite Discs and Marshall Street.

Selection

By selection, I don’t mean who has the most different products in stock. I mean the shop that has exactly what I’m looking for. If you’re new to disc golf or just experimenting with new discs then this may not matter much. I’ve been throwing for 15 years and when I need to replace my putter or my main driver, I know exactly what I want in color and weight. Unfortunately this often comes down to chance of having what you’re looking for so I don’t judge stores based on them not having my exact preference, but it’s a huge bonus when one store continually has what you need.

Marshall Street has earned my past two orders, but Infinite Discs and Disc Golf Center also frequently have the exact disc(s) I need.

Price

Price doesn’t matter to me within a few dollars and I rarely see a difference of more than a dollar or two unless I’m buying in Bulk. I’ve checked many stores and very few offer bulk discounts, but many offer free shipping or on flat shipping rate. Ultimately, while I’m a fairly price sensitive buyer, price is usually so close that it’s not often a large factor in my purchase choice.

The two exceptions here are that Marshall Street offers free shipping over $50 so I’ll place combined orders with my disc golf friends, and Disc Store which frequently offers coupons for return shoppers.

Site Usability

Pretty sites and well-designed pages are great, but I am quite tolerant when it comes to site appearance because disc golf is still growing and many disc golf stores invest more in quality operations than a nice looking website. As long as I can navigate and find what I need without a sophisticated search, then I’m satisfied. Issues that I am not tolerant about include:

  • Pages repeatedly not loading
  • Information that I have entered into forms being erased
  • Popups

Disc Store and Gotta Go Gotta Throw are two of my favorite sites when it comes to navigation with Infinite Discs and very close. I’ve noticed many newer disc golf shops launching with a heavier focus on aesthetics and usability, for example HyzerShop

Reward Programs

As surprising as it may sound, I don’t place enough orders to take advantage of rewards programs.  However, if you order frequently or you’re able to combine orders with friends then reward programs can be a huge factor and can help retain your loyalty.  Infinite Discs and Marshall Street both have great rewards programs, but one of our friends has hit the maximum discount through Disc Golf Center so I’ll add to his orders occasionally.

Supplemental Information

This is another feature that I rarely use because I research my discs from many sources before purchasing anyway.  However, information about each disc can be quite useful especially if you’re placing larger orders to test new plastic.  For example, disc reviews and ratings can help inform on your purchase and especially comments from other disc golfers who have experienced the particular disc as those tend to be more honest and less promotional.

Infinite Discs has by far the most robust system of supplemental information.

Select The Online Disc Golf Shop Right For You

Now that you know what to look for in a disc golf shop online, check out our Best Disc Golf Stores Online directory to find the the shop that fits you best.

 

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A Story of Disc Golf Strategy

A Story of Disc Golf Strategy

If you’ve read any of our articles up to now then you probably know that we preach strategy. Many of our strategy articles are theoretical so that you can apply the strategy to many different situations. To change it up, I thought I’d provide a concrete example of how strategy plays out on our local course.

Rodney and I made it to the course last week to take advantage of the warm February weather. After playing conservatively over the past couple months due to wind and cold weather, we did two things slightly differently to get our arms ready for the season.

The first was match play, which is a game type where the player who wins the hole gets one point regardless of how many throws he or she wins the hole by. Match play encourages riskier play when you end up in trouble since total throws isn’t considered in the score. We wouldn’t normally take extra risks in a scoring round, but the goal was to push ourselves into practicing shots we wouldn’t normally throw. The second was the decision to drive aggressively on each hole, just for practice.

We played Burchfield Park’s Devil’s Den short tees to long baskets. Hole 11 starts with a slightly downhill fairway for about 350 feet followed by a steeper drop. After about 500 feet the fairway takes a slow rise back up to the basket (pictured in the featured image above) for a total of about 740 feet. This a great hole to unleash a bomb of a drive… but this comes with a serious risk. Here’s a rough layout of the fairway, see if you can identify the risks.

Devil's Den discgolf hole 11 diagram

The large pine on the right encourages you to throw left unless you have a 500 foot hyzerbomb (and I do not). However, the fairway immediately tightens after the downhill.

I threw a beautiful s-curve with my Ballista and dropped it halfway down the hill to the left side of the fairway. Rodney threw a clean drive just short of the top of the hill in the center of the fairway. Our instincts told us that I had the clear advantage with the longer drive, but the hole played out differently.

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Chris throwing from the rough on hole 11

I was halfway down the hill so my long approach would be entirely uphill through a tight fairway. Rodney had a longer shot ahead but he also had a 15 foot elevation advantage and could hyzer around the low hanging tree branches.

We couldn’t see my obstacles from Rodney’s lie so it looked like I had the advantage. Since we were in match play, Rodney chose a risky second throw trying for extra distance but clipped a branch resulting in an early drop to the left in the rough about 50 feet ahead of me. I wasn’t able to hit the small window in front of me and after hitting a large branch I ended up about even with Rodney. From there we threw the hole evenly.

The lack of strategy should be clear here.

  • First, if you can drive 500 feet consistently then you’ll have a large advantage going for the bomb, otherwise laying up will likely give you an advantage due to the elevation. I gained no advantage with a drive that was 50-75 longer here.
  • Second, knowing your opponent’s lie will better allow you to decide if you should go all-out or play conservative. Had Rodney known my lie was poor, he probably would have won the hole by throwing a safe shot.
  • Third, know your playing field. We both should have played that hole differently knowing that a drive down the hill results in a difficult second shot.

There shouldn’t be any amazing epiphanies in this story. It simply comes down to deciding on the best place from which to take your next throw and if you have the skill to get there. I’m not encouraging conservative play with this story, but I am encouraging you to know your disc golf capabilities. Pushing yourself in practice will help you understand your own capabilities so that you can make a more informed decision during your next tournament.

Now get out there and throw!

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Just Throw Podcast Mini Series

Just Throw Podcast Mini Series

If you’ve been listening to the Just Throw Podcast over the past months then you’ve heard us dropping hints about mini podcasts.  Well they’re here now!  We’ve had people mention that they’d like more content, but the full length podcasts are difficult to coordinate and then take time for Rodney to process and upload.  So we thought we’d add a few smaller pods in between the full episodes.  We also recorded video and uploaded to YouTube; here are the first two:

Collecting Discs:

 

Out Of Print Discs (Discraft Crush):

Please tell us what you think of the mini podcasts.  At this point we plan to continue since it gives us an opportunity to cover shorter topics that we may not be able to fit in to the full length podcasts.  If you have any topics you’d like us to cover, just shoot us a message!

Thanks for listening, and don’t forget, Just Throw!

 

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Discraft ZFLX Undertaker vs Z Undertaker vs Mini Undertaker

Discraft ZFLX Undertaker vs Z Undertaker vs Mini Undertaker

Chances are that if you’re reading this article, you’re already familiar with Discraft’s Undertaker which was originally released in Elite Z then in Big Z.  If you’re not familiar with the Z Undertaker yet, then you may want to check out our Discraft Undertaker Review first to get an idea of how the original Z mold flies.

If you’re already familiar with the Undertaker then you’ll surely want to hear about the new Undertaker offerings!  Discraft recently sent us a few of the newly molded Undertakers to test out.

The Z FLX Undertaker is extremely well designed and embodies all of the defining characteristics of your beloved Elite Z Undertaker.  The two differences that I notice are increased turn and simply the malleable plastic. 

I’ve thrown three first run Elite Z Undertakers, and each displayed more turn than later runs.  The Z FLX Undertaker flies similar to these when new, but breaks in quickly to add turn.  This is of course advantageous in in cold weather because plastic typically condenses and becomes more overstable as it gets colder.  This may also be advantageous for new players who don’t have as much power or even players who simply want a fairway driver with some amount of turn.  Beyond additional turn, the Z FLX Undertaker flies just like it’s Elite Z counterpart. It likes to hold its line and it can handle power.  The end of it’s flight is characterized by a fairly strong fade that usually drops accurately rather than fading out long to the side.

Discraft Z FLX Undertaker Cold
Z FLX Undertaker provides the original Undertaker flight path, but in low temperatures.

Obviously, the Z FLX plastic is softer than Elite Z.  Beside maintaining finesse in the cold, the softer plastic can help make for a smoother release.  Unlike the super gummy plastics, Z FLX has a consistent release and I’ve never had a problem putting snap on it.  My fingertips also appreciate the softer release, especially since I put a large amount of snap on my fairway drivers.

The Big Z Undertaker, on the other hand, is more overstable for me.  It’s not a large difference, but I notice that the Big Z Undteraker doesn’t like to turn at all for me.  Keepi in mind that I’ve only thrown one so it’s possible this one just happens to be more overstable than others, but I thought it was worth noting.

Discraft Mini Undertaker Big ZAs for the Mini Undertaker… I probably don’t need to spend a lot of time explaining the flight, because it’s a mini and minis are incredibly fun to just huck and no one really cares about their flight pattern.  Still, I’d like to mention that it flies incredibly similar to a full sized Undertaker!  It’s much lighter weight so it doesn’t like head winds and it will turn when you put power on it, but this thing sure has glide.  Throw the mini undertaker with a tail wind and it will just sail!  There’s really not much else to say, this is a tiny Undertaker replica and miniature versions of our favorite things are awesome!

It took me a while to warm up to the Undertaker in general, but I’ve come to love it and I currently bag an Elite Z Undertaker during the normal season and now a Z FLX Undertaker in the winter.  If you haven’t tried an Undertaker then I’d say it’s high time you try one.  If you already throw and Undertaker,  then you’ll absolutely want to try throwing a Z FLX Undertaker for a little extra turn or consistency in cold weather.  If you haven’t thrown a mini… for goodness sake go get one an huck it!!

Here are a few links to check out Discraft Undertakers:

Elite Z Undertaker

Big Z Undertaker

Z FLX Undertaker

Mini Undertaker (Big Z)

 

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Valentines Letter to Discraft

Valentines Letter to Discraft

Dear Discraft,

I vividly remember the day we met 15 years ago.  It was a warm Spring day during a walk through the park in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  I had never held a disc before; you were my first disc golf experience.

We threw around for a few years and I admit that I experimented with other drivers during college.  But then you offered me your Crush and I graciously accepted.  I took this commitment seriously.  In the following years you taught me how to hyzer and eventually how to throw straight lines and gentle s-curves; you truly shaped my game the way it is today and I will cherish your Crush forever.

Unfortunately I have come to realize that you did not take this commitment as seriously as I did.  You discontinued your Crush and took it away from me.  What’s worse is that I only found out because I saw it on Facebook,  and so close to Valentine’s day!  How embarrassing that you couldn’t even tell me first!  Everyone was already talking about it by the time I knew.

Perhaps I am partially to blame.  I smothered you and insisted on bringing you along for every round I’ve ever played.  Perhaps I expected too much from you too soon and was overly critical when you hyzered and fell short.  But the last few years had been wonderful, the way we fought the headwinds together and birdies you helped me achieve.

They say that if you love a disc, you should let it go.  If it comes back to you, well then it’s probably a boomerang and you should try again.  I understand that things can’t go back to the way they were.  I made my own mistakes and secretly threw a Wraith for a year, which I deeply regret but cannot take back.  We’ve also both grown in our own ways; my distance has grown as has your line of discs.  

I can try to move on… I know it wouldn’t be easy but I hear good things about Crank or even Surge.  Or we can push through and try make my dwindling Crush supply last.  I hate to give up on a good thing, but if we’re not meant to be, then maybe it would be easier for both of us to find our own courses to play now.

Your Crush is not easy to walk away from.  Discraft, you’ve always been there to guide me, so please tell me what to do.DG Puttheads Logo

Sincerely yours,

Disc Golf Chris

 

 

 

*Chris actually printed this letter off and sent it to Discraft headquarters sealed with heart stickers.Discraft Disc Golf Valentines Letter

 

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Winter Disc Golf – Advice

Winter Disc Golf – Advice

With winter coming to an end and your winter disc golf opportunities dwindling, we thought you might enjoy a wider perspective of advice.  I like to think that Rodney and I are awesome at giving advice…  but then we go and throw our first drive of the round on the roof of the clubhouse and realize that you, the readers, would absolutely benefit from other people’s advice.

With this in mind, we’ve spoken to many of our disc golf friends, mostly in the Midwest but a few a little further out.  Here are some of the great pieces of advice provided by your fellow disc golfers!

disc golf basket chains ice

Tim Steward

Author, Mind Body Disc (mindbodydisc.com)

“For me winter golf is about working on my stand still form.  It’s usually terrible footing anyway so instead of bitching about not being able to do a run up, and many times slipping and hurting yourself, work on your stand still shot instead. It will be less frustrating and at the same time great for your game overall.”

 

Josh Hohbein,

Co-host, Big Daddy Disc Golf Podcast (https://bigdaddydiscgolf.podbean.com/)

“My advice is layer up and use handwarmers!

To expand, the number one goal is to stay dry. So Layer 1 is a baseline, usually long sleeve to wick sweat and dry fast.

Layer 2 is something for warmth, like wool or polyester

Layer 3  is the heat trap, so a big jacket and if its really good an extra waterproof jacket over that.

Once you get moving around and get to warm, you can take layers off and put back on if you get too cold.

Facemasks to protect against wind and hand warmers to keep your throwing hand nice and toasty! There’s a quote that goes something like “There is no bad weather, just bad gear” With the proper gear you can chuck discs in any weather *almost* haha.”

 

Kastaplast Disc Golf Putter Snow BergTorrey Laffoon and Craig Compton

Co-founders, Central Disc Co., Mt Pleasant, MI (https://www.facebook.com/centraldiscco)

 “We’ve got two tips that we rely on for great disc golf from the early season all the way through to the winter time.  The first is for anyone looking to really improve their scores and it is to play more than just casual rounds.  Even if you just compete with yourself, take more rounds seriously.  But whenever possible, play against competition that’s better than you are to elevate your own game.

Second is to find a way to putt year round no matter where you live or what the weather is like.  Even if it’s just across your living room into a couch cushion, it’s important to maintain muscle memory through the off season.  If you take a whole winter off completely, in the spring it’ll feel like you totally forgot how to putt.  No one wants to re-invent their putting stroke every year and take months to get back into top form.  So put in the hard work in the off-season.  And stock up on Putters!”

 

Brian

Owner, Wolf Pack Discs, Michigan (https://www.facebook.com/WolfPackDiscs/)

“In Michigan you could be golfing in shorts and a t-shirt on Friday, and six inches of snow on Saturday. I have found over the years that proper clothes are your best friend. I would rather wear warm boots that might be harder to drive/putt in but keep my feet happy. I also like to wear a glove on my opposite hand but not my throwing hand.  After a few holes your discs are cold, I want my hand to get “acclimated” to the weather fast. I want my hand to feel comfortable on the discs. Most people don’t do that, but i found it has worked for me.

Winter golf creates unique shots, and much more stand stills as well, so make sure you stretch for a good amount of time before you tee off, and after you are done. You don’t want to enter the spring season with an injury.”

 

Snowy disc golf basketScott Stacey

Owner, 616 Disc, Grand Rapids, MI (www.616disc.com)

“If you have the space… set up a net indoors to practice your drives if you don’t like going out in the cold weather. I think it has helped me line up better on the tee pad.

Another one.. Acrylic bag tags can become brittle in the cold weather and can snap or break easily. If you have this problem, check out our stainless steel bag tags at www.616disc.com.”

 

Nic

Owner, Nak Mini Disc Golf Markers, Pennsylvania (https://www.facebook.com/NakMiniDiscs/)

“Being that many people are fair weather friends of disc golf, me slightly included, it’s important to stay on top of your putting game. Because when spring hits you don’t want to be rusty in that part of your game. I have a basket in the basement that I practice with in inclement weather.”

 

As you can see, one of the largest themes here is to simply keep throwing.  Whether it’s braving the cold, putting in your garage, or even throwing at your couch, it’s important to keep a disc in your hand!  We hope that the advice and recommendations above inspires you to continue disc golfing through the winter.  Sticking with this theme, we have one last piece of advice from the Puttheads:

“As Patrick McCormick, the Podfather himself, would say, Just Throw!”

What advice do you have for winter disc golf or adjusting your style to a drop in temperatures regardless of the season?  Please let us know what you would add to the list and we’ll continue to share all the advice that we get.

 

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Winter Disc Golf – Benefits and Goals

Winter Disc Golf – Benefits and Goals

I love playing disc golf in the winter.  Primarily because we rarely encounter more than one or two other groups and the course is customarily quiet.  That does bring up the question though, why are there no other disc golfers on the course?

Yeah, I get it.  Cold.  Discs don’t fly as far.  Wind.  Snow.  Cold.  Well, I believe winter disc golf has many benefits that outweigh the discomfort of the cold.  Over the past couple months we’ve written about various aspects of winter disc golf, and this post will focus on benefits and managing your goals while throwing in the cold.  If you’re already a year-round disc golfer then you can probably relate to most of these.

 

winter disc golf benefitsMuscle Memory

Simple concept, if you don’t play in the winter then you’ll be rusty in the Spring.  Even just going through the motions will help you stay loose as long as you’re going through the right motions.

Adaptability

Learn to play through as many conditions as you can, this includes cold, wind, and snow.  This will teach you about many different aspects of your game and will help you round out your disc golf game in general.  This will also give you an advantage next time you’re playing in a tournament and the wind suddenly picks up or an unexpected rain cloud douses the field.

Perseverance

I get it, I’m starting to sound like a motivation poster.  Seriously though, after you’ve played through zero degree wind chills or a couple feet of snow, the rest of the season will feel like paradise.  It’s basically the concept of overtraining.  For example, if you’re planning to run a 3 mile race, you may train for 6 or 9 miles so that the 3 mile run feels easy. 

Bragging Rights

This may be contrary to our disc golf values, so don’t be arrogant, but there is a sense of satisfaction that comes with telling your peers that you played through the winter.  Even on the day that with sub-zero temperatures.

 

I just laid out a number of winter disc golf benefits, but are your goals properly aligned?  We’ve talked about goals in the past and we truly believe that managing your goals and expectations will help you achieve the maximum benefit of anything in life, including a disc golf round.  Here are my primary goals when throwing through the cold, but I’m sure this list doesn’t come close to exhausting the possibilities.

 

Form Improvement

That’s an odd goal to list for winter disc golf, isn’t it?  I can’t throw as far and I’m bundled up with extra clothing!  Yes, that’s exactly the point!  Since you know you won’t be able to throw as far, focus on your form so that you’ll be in prime shape when the Spring arrives.  Plus, if you can perfect your form under all those extra layers of material, then you should have no problem as you shed those layers… just be careful not to develop bad habits from puffy jackets.

snowy disc golf tee padAccuracy

This is closely related to the benefit of adaptability.  You already know that distance is difficult to work on in the winter, so why not focus on improving your accuracy during the sub-optimal conditions .  Similar to perfecting form beneath layers of clothes, improving accuracy through cold wind will pay off immensely when the weather becomes more mild.

Meditation

As I said, the course is usually quiet.   It’s also beautiful covered in snow or frost.  This is a good opportunity to escape the daily clamor.

Fun

Yep, now I really sound like a motivational poster.  We love disc golf and I don’t think I need to explain further.

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