Put a Ribbon on It

It’s that time of year again. Though it’s cold outside and the snow has fallen, discs must still be thrown.

The subject of ribbonning discs can be both detailed and heated. Here’s one method that I’ve found to be particularly effective.

Things you’ll need: packing tape, duct tape, scissors, ribbon.

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That First Loss

Sooner or later, everybody loses a disc.

Long grass, trees, water, private property, darkness, rooftops, and schnarb of all sorts will stand in your way of finding your beloved piece of plastic.  It always hurts to lose a disc, but after a while you can probably get past it and just sort of accept the loss.  You’ll probably put up a post in your local lost and found thread, hope for the best, but accept the worst.

An Ode to my Gore Tex Socks

Wet feet. There are few things that are more miserable. Even if you just step in a puddle on the way home from the grocery store, it feels awful to have your shoes and socks soaked through.

When one has to walk anywhere from three to twelve kilometres in a day of disc golfing, not to mention all the footwork involved in throwing, it’s not hard to consider how important it is to spend the day with dry feet. But water proof shoes are expensive, and even more so when you factor in how many different pairs of shoes you might need for different courses and seasons. On top of the cost factor, many water proof shoes are closer to water resistant, or they let water seep in over the top of the shoe.

That’s where the GoreTex sock comes in.

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It’s All About the Gear

Before I started playing disc golf, I owned virtually no outdoor gear.  My outside shoes were a pair of blue suede converse all stars.  My sweaters were all cotton Roots hoodies.  My athletic socks were of the white addidas variety (they did double duty between badminton and other activities)

I didn’t even own a raincoat.

The closest thing to outdoor gear I had was a few pairs of running shorts, and a set of wrist guards for rollerblading.

Gender Considerations

Let’s address some differences between male and female golfers, hopefully without getting too qualitative.
Throwing distance
Most of the time, a ladygolfer is not going to consistently throw as far as a her male equivalent.
If you know me personally, you’ve heard this from me before.
When it comes to relieving oneself during (or before or after, don’t be trite) a round, women have different needs than men.  Yes, it is physically possible for a lady to pee in the bush, but it is a lot more difficult.  Peeing outside also leaves litter, which is in contravention of most clubs’ garbage-in-garbage-out policies, and there is a different level of physical exposure to a woman in the act.

A Favourite Driver

I once bought a disc because it was pretty.

I know, I know, that’s not how one is supposed to pick out one’s plastic, but sometimes you just have to take a chance.

Now, I’ll admit, it wasn’t a total stab in the dark. I’d owned (and lost) a couple of Valkyries already, but they’d all been DX plastic.

So here comes this pretty little number. Clear Champ plastic, with a pink, yellow, and blue star tie-dye pattern. Silver foil, 165. Mmmm.

Have you ever seen such a lovely disc?

There are a lot of drivers out there; faster, more glide, better in the wind, heavier and thus able to (for an experienced player) go farther, plain ol’ easier to find… all sorts of factors that indicate this is not the best disc. Not just overall, but for me specifically.

And yet.

This baby does what I tell it to do. Tilt my hand just this way, and it gives me a nice, long S-curve. Tilt the other, and I’ll get a gentle a predictable hyzer. The most perfect throw of my life has been with this disc. (A long throw over a valley of trees, into a strong head/cross wind.)

Of course, I’ve made some mis-steps with this disc too. Poor baby’s hit many a tree, been lost for days, and been run over by a car (in winter no less). I will actually cry when this disc bids be adieu.

I test-drive new discs as they come out. I even have some duplicates for my trusty ol’ Valkyrie.

But nothing can replace the original.

That first set of golf discs

So you’ve decided to play disc golf. Maybe some friends took you out, maybe you were lucky enough to have it as part of your school curriculum. However you found your love for this game, you’re hooked, and now you want some discs of your very own. If only you knew where to start.

Experienced players will throw all sorts of recommendations at you. But if you’re just starting out, you probably don’t know the difference between the hundreds of different kinds of discs out there. On top of that, a lot of experienced players fall into the trap of giving recommendations based on how they themselves throw a disc.

So you go to the internet. Surely, there is a good beginner’s guide to choosing discs out there. How complicated could it be?

Pick a disc, any disc. Trolololololol.
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