How to deal with the cold?

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Re: How to deal with the cold?

Postby inthedrift » Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:28 pm

I've noticed that once it's below zero, you really have to consider this when planning your shots. I tend to disc up a bit in the really cold temps.
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Re: How to deal with the cold?

Postby andrew » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:57 pm

Played several rounds the past 2 days in 32-33 degree weather. Wore a hoodie with a long sleeve shirt underneath and jeans and was just fine. Also, kept a hand warmer thing that you shake a half hour before you get to the course in the pocket of the hoodie and blew on my hands a lot to keep them warm because I've always had bad circulation to my extremities. The guy I was playing with a wore a glove only on his non-throwing hand and didn't use a warmer. On the windier day we played the more wooded course. Had a fine time.

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Re: How to deal with the cold?

Postby pask2155 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:14 pm

So we went out today and it was 35 out and we noticed about a 40' drop off in distance. My average is about 400' so we got a few out to that but mostly everything was at 350-360

Just my observation... And the discs seem more over stable...
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Re: How to deal with the cold?

Postby JR » Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:53 pm

I've lived in polar bear's rear all my life so i can't tell if it's an acclimatization thing and don't know how well you deal with the cold. I don't lose 50' in the cold weather as long as there is traction. So that leads me to believe clothing could be a factor. Too much or the wrong construction and materials plus thickness will have mechanical resistance and being too cold will sap power and slow down the muscles.
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Re: How to deal with the cold?

Postby Monkeypaws » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:15 pm

Traction, extra layers, less loose muscles, denser air, gloves: all sound like reasons to explain my loss of distance last weekend playing in the snow.
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Re: How to deal with the cold?

Postby abarker » Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:50 pm

I set up my portable basket in my Garage while it was snowing today. It's not "playing disc golf" but it was good for working on my putting during the "off season"
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Re: How to deal with the cold?

Postby JR » Sat Dec 08, 2012 9:06 pm

I bought 400 grams per square meter weighing Merino wool long underpants yesterday. They are made by Woolpower and they feel like they can help.
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Re: How to deal with the cold?

Postby cubeofsoup » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:39 pm

Push ups are my favorite way to get blood and warmth back into my hands on a cold day. Hand warmers help me sustain warmth but blood needs to get there somehow.
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Re: How to deal with the cold?

Postby pask2155 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:56 am

Are discs more over stable in the cold?
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Re: How to deal with the cold?

Postby Mark Ellis » Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:21 pm

pask2155 wrote:Are discs more over stable in the cold?


If your arm speed and snap are lessened by the conditions (poor footing gives less traction or fear of falling, too many layers restrict your movement, etc.) then a disc will fly with greater overstability ( ie...hyzer out sooner and harder).

My experience tells me that cold air restricts glide as well (aside from reduced arm speed and snap) and any disc going slower will also act more overstable.

The biggest difference I notice in cold weather is my discs don't fly as far so I throw faster discs (Nukes) to compensate.
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Re: How to deal with the cold?

Postby Chuck Kennedy » Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:44 pm

Discs initially fly more understable at colder temps and finish more stable as they slow down. If your flight path is a shallow S in warm weather, it will still be an S shape if thrown the same way in colder weather but the S will be more exaggerated left and right and shorter distance.
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Re: How to deal with the cold?

Postby Mark Ellis » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:07 pm

Chuck Kennedy wrote:Discs initially fly more understable at colder temps and finish more stable as they slow down. If your flight path is a shallow S in warm weather, it will still be an S shape if thrown the same way in colder weather but the S will be more exaggerated left and right and shorter distance.


So winter makes discs more squirelly? I just thought that discs hyzered more because they were flying slower. Is this some type of air pressure thing?

Is there any chance you could explain why this is true in simple enough terms that we non-scientists might understand?
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Re: How to deal with the cold?

Postby PMantle » Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:24 pm

Might barely get over 60 tomorrow for my round. May have to pack a sweater! Brrrrrrrr.
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Re: How to deal with the cold?

Postby Chuck Kennedy » Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:44 pm

Just think of it as "thicker" air to fly thru when it's cold. The greater air resistance initially turns the disc out of your hand similar to throwing into a headwind. The greater friction slows the disc down faster so it becomes more stable and doesn't fly as far.
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Re: How to deal with the cold?

Postby Mark Ellis » Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:27 pm

Chuck Kennedy wrote:Just think of it as "thicker" air to fly thru when it's cold. The greater air resistance initially turns the disc out of your hand similar to throwing into a headwind. The greater friction slows the disc down faster so it becomes more stable and doesn't fly as far.


Wow! That is the best scientific explanation I have ever read on this site.

I have been told that no matter how complex the theory it can be broken down into simple components which themselves have simple and clear explanations. Maybe it is true after all.
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