Whatever brought you to try out the incredible game of disc golf, congratulations! Whether you just want to play a few casual rounds a year with friends or family or you have competitive goals in mind, the most important rule to remember is to always have fun. When you approach disc golf with that in mind, you will never grow tired of it.
Whether you are playing your first competitive round with a local club or you are playing in your hundredth PDGA-sanctioned event, as a disc golfer, it’s good to have goals for all your rounds of disc golf. Disc golf players and tournament goals may be different for everyone. It’s a very individual pursuit. Having some specific objectives in mind can help you stay focused throughout your round.
Disc Golf Goals
What kind of goals might we be talking about? Here are some examples:
We’re at that time of year when the weather can present major challenges for disc golfers. The temperatures drop. We get more wind, rain and even snow in some areas. How do you prepare yourself—mentally and physically—for a bad weather round?
Whether you are playing a casual round with friends, a club event or a PDGA-sanctioned tournament, you should be ready for inclement weather. This includes having the right apparel and accessories ready to use. It also means setting the proper mindset. Let’s review some of the things to consider for playing disc golf in bad weather.
Wearing layers is always a good idea when it’s cold, windy and/or wet outside.
One of the best ways to prepare for a disc golf tournament is to take time organizing your bag. You want to make sure you have everything you need for the event, including the desired discs, disc golf accessories and snacks. Here is our disc golf bag checklist:
Obviously, the most important thing in your disc golf bag is your discs. If you have had time to practice the course ahead of the event, then you may already have a very specific game plan for each hole. You know which type of disc you want to throw, or at least you might have it narrowed
The weather has cooled down and the days have gotten much shorter. Snow is already falling in some parts of the country. Even those disc golfers in warmer climates may be layering up this time of year.
During the winter months, when it’s cold outside and weather is even more of a factor, you have to be smart about your apparel. How many layers are you wearing? Which clothes and accessories make the most sense to keep in your car or pack in your disc golf bag? Here are some of our best recommendations for the fall and winter seasons.
Comfortable Base Layer: Tee Shirt
You may be wearing thermals when it’s really cold out, but a comfortable tee shirt is always a great base layer any time of yea
Disc golf is a very simple sport to get into. Buying your first disc (or a Starter Set) is easy and it’s free to play most disc golf courses. The more you start getting into the sport, however, the more you realize just how complex it can be. You’ll start hearing strange words like “hyzer” and “anhyzer.” Fellow players will talk about discs that are “overstable” or “understable.”
Then, you start doing research and shopping for more discs. You quickly realize there are dozens of different disc golf brands, e
We are all creatures of habit, and it’s a good idea to develop good habits when you are a competitive disc golfer. One example is having a fairly consistent morning routine on tournament days.
Not all disc golfers will have the same type of routine and that’s perfectly fine. Success is all about finding things that work for you and your game. Of course, it also depends on the types of tournaments you are playing. Many MPO players in A-Tiers and Elite Series events are teeing off in the afternoon. They will have more time in the morning to kill before they start their pre-round routines.
Then, most of us are simply weekend warriors, playing in C-Tiers, club events, and even College Disc Golf events where we may have an earlier morning start or two tournament rounds to play in one day. In this scenario, you
Tournament rules for disc golf can sometimes get a little more complex depending on the natural landscape of the course or the tournament director’s desired layout. We all know about out-of-bounds penalties and…