After a couple decades playing disc golf, DeLaBlagh has confirmed a few basic tenets related to the duller – as opposed to the finer – points of the game. These observations have nothing to do with playing the game, or at least not directly. But they can make your overall experience more enjoyable.
Minimizing lost discs
- The golf disc industry thrives on the fact that people seem to really care about what color disc they throw, or what is stamped on the discs they throw. Players seem to really like multi-colored or tie-die discs in particular, and those discs tend to cost the most, too. But they are among the likeliest to be lost, because the variegated patterns are the hardest to spot when obscured in bushes and groundcover- even if the colors in the disc are bright. It’s a cruel fact that the discs with the appearance you find most attractive are often the easiest to lose.
- Seemingly much more obvious is the fact that black discs and dark green discs tend to get lost more often as well. Seems like a no-brainer, but people still buy them, and manufacturers are happy to supply them. We’re not saying there’s a conspiracy here, just good ‘ol capitalism. And don’t think it’s OK because the discs you have that are black or green are putters. Those can get lost too, especially when it’s getting dark out.
- Bottom line: if your goal is to lose as few discs as possible, throw solid, bright colors, and put your name and some type of contact info on them in large, bold print. If your main objective is to hold onto those discs you come to know well and trust, appearance shouldn’t be part of the equation.
Rashes, Bites and Burns
We’re based in Santa Cruz, and used to view our year-round disc golf outings as a chance to work on our tans. But the flip side to our temperate weather are the nasty perils of poison oak and wasps that build nests in the ground, practically invisible until it’s too late. We’ve long since given up wearing shorts on the courses around here. We usually wear long, thin nylon ‘shell’ pants that provide protection against the evil that lurks just off the fairways while adding little or no discomfort on hot days. Full shoes are a no-brainer.
Although we don’t really get excited about courses in grassy parks with no hazards to worry about, it’s nice to be able to dress lightly when playing disc golf once in awhile. But in all other cases, why risk it? A personal best round is quickly ruined when the indiscriminate nature of, uh, nature strikes. Remember the Father on Caddyshack?