Tuesday Tips: Play Better Glow Disc Golf
, 2022-11-15 18:45:22,
Glow golf is fun — and a great challenge!
November 15, 2022 by Steve Andrews in Instruction, Opinion with comments
In my club, November means the end of our regular league season and the beginning of our Winter League, a team competition that will take us all the way to the Spring. The first few months are glow golf, playing in the darkness, throwing at baskets lit by flashlights. For some clubs, there is a glow season, but for many clubs, glow events happen year-round.
Playing in the dark brings, unsurprisingly, a whole set of new challenges. It also offers opportunities to be a better player and learn things about your form and your game. It is a fun way to challenge yourself – so how can we play better glow golf?
Make Sure You Can See
The first step it to make sure you have a way to light the baskets and your discs. This can be through LED lights you tape onto your discs, using discs in glow plastic, or by applying glow tape. I don’t like using LEDs because every backswing makes me feel like I am being pulled over by the police, but they are usually brighter and more reliable than glow discs or tape. If you are using glow discs or tape, you can’t always count on the inherent glow to be strong enough to be easy to find (especially if the leaves fall heavy in your area.) Instead, make sure to bring a flashlight to “charge” them before each throw. It is better to use a blacklight flashlight (they are very cheap on Amazon) because they will not ruin your night vision the way a regular flashlight will.
One important note – putting lights or tape on your discs makes them illegal for PDGA tournament play. If you are going to be playing tournament rounds after you play glow, you must remove any tape or lights from your discs. If you are having trouble getting the tape off, try soaking them in warm water: it makes tape much easier to remove. Also, tape will often damage a disc’s stamp when you remove it, so place it on blank areas or use discs that don’t have stamps you need to preserve.
Playing in the dark is like playing in the rain; preparation can save you a ton of strokes. If you are using glow discs or tape, have a flashlight and a spare. Put glow tape on your mini. That seems unnecessary but trust me. It is also important to have a specialized routine for glow golf. You are managing a lot of stuff – discs, towels, flashlights – and if you don’t have a routine for how you…
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