Those of us in the snowy north like to think that playing in tough weather makes us better competitors. But does that compensate enough for the fact that y'all in the south (and west . . . Hawaii . . . sigh) can play more often?
I am just outside of Detroit. As you know it gets stupid cold out here and I still play when i can. Its not just to stay in playing shape but to get out of the damn house! The main issue is the footing. It gets really icy and dangerous so your style is constantly changed due to the enviornment. Because of this, we dont get to play our normal game untill spring so it doesnt really help to play in the winter much - we just love it. Those folks in warm weather are spoiled but I will trounce them with only a week of warm weather to get back in form!! Bring it southern punks.
I don't think we have enough data to judge disc golf directly in terms of advantages and disadvantages. But we do know what happens for other sports that are primarily played in the Summer. Let's take baseball for example. There is no question that baseball is a warm weather sport and there is no question that there is an advantage to being located in warm weather environments.
If we take college baseball as our model, the last two CWS were won by Oregon State University. This resulted in a huge commentary because no Northern team had won the CWS in a couple of decades. They just can't compete with the teams located in the South that can practice year round. Even in the Pro ranks we see that the players who dominate are coming from Southern locations, CA, TX GA etc. The results are clear.
Disc Golf is different however, baseball simply can't be played in the winter, DG can be. The question that arises is how effective is that play? The mental toughness that comes from playing in harsher environments is real, but what is the play like? While truly cold weather is rare in Texas, nonetheless, I find that my game is different on those cold days. My style of play changes and my technique is different. As we all know, repetition of style is what gives proper muscle memory. If you play differently in the winter, are you helping your game?
I would argue that playing in winter is a mixed bag with some benefits and some costs. I'd also admit that knowing what those are and what the end result is would be difficult to quantify.
A consideration: At this point in my life I have less time to get out to the links than I used to. I compensate for this by putting and, yes, driving in my garage. I set up a baseball style net for catching and practice my drive technique in 65 degree comfort. This has paid off on the course for me in terms of consistency and accuracy. Many Northern College teams do the same and there is no question that they benefit from this.
i live in colorado...i dont know if the snow makes me a tougher player but
it does make me a safer player. it forces you to make fewer mistakes
which pays off down the line when you face tough condition.
I dont think you can compensate for playing golf 12 months a year under normal golf weather conditions by throwing some rounds in the snow up north. Places like Florida and San Diego provide perfect weather year round for golf and have compeditive tourneys almost every day of the week.
Its not just disc golfers that realise this either, just look at the ball golfers names that come from the same areas.
There's no substitute for quality practice. Is practice in snowy or frigid conditions really quality practice?
what does it prepare you for? Maybe for Ice Bowls, but when the "season" rolls around, what kind of conditions are you playing in?
The more practice you get playing in the conditions that you actually compete in, the better you will be competing in those conditions. There's no doubt that Northerners are going to have an advantage in snowy or frozen conditions. I'd be surprised if the advantage isn't reversed in mild or hot weather.
yeah its winter golf, the air is heavier, its harder with many layers on and sometimes the footing is crap
but most times its just golf with some snow layin around...
its really just on drives where the footing is an issue for me- when Im tryin to put some a$$ into it, other than that I do alright with mostly standstill ups and of course putts, so when we have dry teepads Id say the quality of golf is mostly equal to any other round we play...
seems contrary to say that continuing to throw isn't going to help you continue to throw
yesterday we went to a course w/no teepads and it was very tough to uncoil on a drive while pushing off snowcovered ice, but ups and ins were still pretty similar, so it was 66% kwality with a constant wind...
seems like it all just serves to input info into the encyclopedic musclememory... and it gets me outta the house!
well terry here in south alabama it's true we don't get much snow, but it does get very cold at times.. heck, this past weekend it got really cold, i'm talking 44 for the morning low... LMAO..... i love mobile,alabama.....
I think those that play in the northern regions have a advantage over those who dont learn to play bulked up and cold .first point is driving on a teepad that is pure ice teaches you that slow and smooth release. 2nd point mental toughness how many from tx or fl can say they have been excited to go play in 0 temps with winds blowing, 3rd point discs fly different in the cold ,they dont flex and drawing a disc right can be a real challenge when your discs are freezing cold and your fingers are cold. .4th point throwing with 3 layers and a thick coat and bunny boots(they weigh about 3 pounds each) teaches you to adjust your form while throwing. so that when it finally warms up you feel very light and free of motion and can let the disc rip while keeping smooth