Living in Michigan has taught us all to never trust the weather guys and to always wait five minutes for something new to happen with the weather. So, does this life of random weather patterns mess with our disc golf game? Is disc golf specific to the summer? Or does it really matter what is happening on the course?
I want to say that it doesn’t matter, but we all know that it does. I want to say that for some of us die hard fans, we don’t really care if it’s snowing, raining or windy, if the disc can fly than it’s cool. But, it does have an impact on our game and we have to learn how to ignore the weather, or at least find ways to keep it’s impact to a minimum.
I think that some types of weather we are more use to than others. Wind, for instance is something that disc golfers are usually always dealing with. The best way around that is to just keep your discs close to the ground, or aim further into the wind so that your disc gets pushed the way you want it. Another type of weather that we deal with is temperature. Again, this is something that disc golfers are always dealing with. Make sure you dress proper and have water, that’s the best advice I can give. Maybe try to go a little earlier in the morning. I hate hitting the last nine holes while dying from the heat. I don’t know about you guys, but my body sweats like crazy, and dealing with that as well as heat exhaustion can really kill my game. At that point, I’m not throwing to get a low score, I’m throwing to just finish the game, and that is not the way to play. And when it’s cold, you should try to bring gloves. You need your hands to be warm so that you can easily release the disc. There were many times that I went out and my hands were frozen, killing any control I might of had on when I wanted to release the disc. It’s a pretty weird feeling to have the disc in your hand and to try to throw it, only to let go way too late. It felt like you let go earlier, but nope, that disc just got thrown into the dude on your right and you have to explain why you took a chunk out of his leg. So, where gloves or something to keep your hands warm.
Those are just the normal types of weather that you are probably dealing with the most. The two that are fun are snow and rain. These are things that will probably keep you inside and away from a park. But, I think you can have fun throwing in the snow, and rain…well…rain does kinda suck for disc golf, you can do it, but I don’t know if I think disc golf should be the first thing you think of when it is raining. When going disc golf in the snow, again dress for the weather (hats, gloves, maybe a coat), but also be careful what color disc you throw. Try not to throw white discs. Those can be a real pain to find, especially when it’s soft snow and the disc sorta digs itself into the snow. My father-in-law and I were out disc golfing in Crystal Lake, IL, and I threw a white disc in a pretty open area, but it was getting dark and the snow was fluffy and deep, causing the disc to blend in. We walked back and forth for like an hour in the dark trying to find it, we had to come back the next day to finally find it. So, be careful on the color of the disc. As for wearing a coat, it is important to keep yourself warm, but make sure the coat isn’t going to mess with your throw, you don’t want it to restrict your arm or get in the way. Also, you might warm up while you are out there, and that might suck. It might suck because you don’t want to have to carry it around, but at the same time you don’t want to get all sweaty. You might want to just wear a nice long sleeve shirt or maybe a fleece. Finally, this is something you would want when it is raining as well, a towel. Something to wipe your disc off. It’s a pain to have a cold wet disc in your hand. It’s slippery and not fun to hold(….that’s what she said) causing you to not have much control. So bring a towel and clean that disc. There is not much I can say about rain that I haven’t already said about snow. Except, I wonder if the falling rain has any affect on weighing down the disc? I haven’t really noticed it in the past, but maybe it does. It can be annoying in the rain, especially if you have glasses, which get covered in the rain.
So that is my little deal about disc golf and weather. I’m sure I’ll think of more things as I continue with the blog, which I will try to post when I think of them. Plus, maybe you have suggestions? Do you care about the weather when going out? Is there anything that keeps you away from the course?