It seems as if the disc golf season is shorter and shorter each year and even though events are taking place during the same relative time frame, things just seem to pass by quicker. Whether you’re a casual player who stays local or a touring pro out on the road for eight months of the year, it’s important to keep your eye on the calendar and plan ahead.
Transitioning from season to season certainly means a change of weather, but on a larger scale, it means making different plans, packing differently, or adjusting your mindset to include expectations that are season appropriate. Let’s take a look at how things shift over the course of a year.
Winter To Spring
A godsend for most of us, moving from winter into springtime means that we get to finally dust off our disc golf bag and hit the course! Players who are hardcore and make it to the course no matter what will find that they have to modify the discs in their bags to account for temperature changes and they no longer need to layer up with as many clothes.
Touring players find this to be crunch time, as many hit the road around February. Sharpen up your skills and emerge from hibernation – spring has sprung!
Spring To Summer
Your disc selection will probably stay similar as the weather warms up, but what you should seriously think about is how to play safely during hot temperatures. In some parts of the world, summer is synonymous with conditions that quickly lead to dehydration, sunburn, heat stroke, and more.
Wearing appropriate clothing is key, as well as bringing plenty of water with you during a round. Touring pros may find that they’re in the prime of their season around this time, so it’s a great time to soak in all the positive disc golf energy!
Summer To Fall
This tends to be a tricky transition as so many people are ending their summer breaks and either need to head back to school or have children doing so. Many find that their disc golf game tends to start slowing down as family activities take precedence, but thankfully there’s usually a few more months of favorable weather to enjoy.
Burn out can be common for touring players during this time, so make sure you are taking enough off time to rest and relax. If you’ve been on the road for the last six to seven months, stay strong – there’s a light at the end of the tunnel!
Fall To Winter
It’s time to unwind from your year and think about your intentions for the offseason. Do you need a huge break from all things disc golf? If so, put your bag in a closet and enjoy some much needed time with family around the holidays. However, if it’s time to grind, make it happen. Plan your gym routines and keep yourself strong for the coming year!
What major changes do you see in your own disc golf game as the seasons change? We’d love to hear your insights in the comments below.