We all hate losing discs.
Every few months I see someone post a Kickstarter project, or a reddit post, or a survey. Something along the lines of “How much would you spend to never lose a disc again?”
It’s such an enticing thought. I’ve put years into learning some of my discs, and we all have one disc that kind of does its own thing. Plus I spend 15-25 bucks on some of these discs. Losing 5 discs a year slowly adds up. So if I could find a way to spend a little extra to not lose discs, I would.
There are a few ways (I can think of) to lose discs.
Let's examine how to answer discs thrown and can’t locate or get lost in snow.
Here’s some disc golf trackers that have come out or will soon.
Those will all work if you’ve lost a disc somewhere in the grass, shrubs, or woods. Tobu discs are PDGA approved but stick-on retrievers aren’t yet.
That’s not the only way to lose a disc though.
What about water and trees?
Water is a very common way to lose discs, and unfortunately it doesn’t matter how loud your disc is beeping if it’s visiting Splashtown. Trees have claimed many discs and waiting for a wind storm is kind of a bummer.
The Golden Retriever one of the original ways to get your disc back was this. It’s not just my favorite dog on the planet, Lilo.
The Golden Retriever is a rope with a metal box attached that you can throw out into the water to collect your disc. It works alright, but you have to be very accurate and missing stirs up the bottom which makes it hard to get your disc. One common review is to not trust the factory knot and instead tie your own.
Plus you could in theory get a longer rope if you needed it. It weighs about half a pound and doesn’t take up that much room in your bag. I’ve used one and not had much success, but I’ve seen people pull out their discs with ease. It’s just like your favorite disc, the more you use it the better you get with it.
Lots of discs end up chilling in the water and these are the best ways I’ve seen to get them back. Although I will say that I appreciate Pleasant Hill in Maine who sends in a professional diver once or twice per year to their pond. They then return discs free of charge (but donations appreciated).
What about discs that fell out of my bag or were extra throws?
This is a very common way to lose discs. Maybe you had two different discs on the teepad and you threw one behind you when you chose. Then you forgot to pick it up. Maybe your first drive hit a tree and you threw a funsie before playing the first throw.
In this case no pole or rope will work to help you. The beepers aren’t really good outside 100 feet so you may not know where your discs are. There’s a common tool you may already have in your bag that will help you retrieve these discs.
Name and working phone number work nicely. I call hundreds of people each year to let them know their discs have been found and returned. It’s still the best tool for disc golf retrieval that I’ve found. Sure, you rely on the kindness of others. I feel like as long as the community keeps pushing for discs to be returned we’ll get to a point where most lost discs find their way home.
So those are the ways to keep you from losing discs. If you have any other ways I’d love to hear about them! Tag their company in the comments as well. There’s lots of technology in disc golf and seeing more options is a good thing.
May your discs miss all the trees,
Andrew Streeter #70397
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