January 27, 2011

Find your discs in the snow; use ribbons!

There are a couple of things you can do to help you find your disc faster in the snow. I'm going to talk about using ribbons on your discs.

If your disc digs into the snow, the ribbon usually sticks out and helps you locate your disc. Plus it looks kind of cool flying through the air with this long tail making a "flicka-flicka-flicka" sound.

Some people think it is uncool to attach ribbons. Whatever. They must either be rich or enjoy wasting time walking around in cirlcles looking for their discs instead of playing. Some people say that the ribbon creates too much drag and affects the flight of the disc. To them I say, come on! It's not rocket science, it's winter golf!

There's my disc!

Here's the best method I've found to attach ribbon to my discs.

The Tools
  • A bright roll of gift-wrapping ribbon (also known as curling ribbon)
  • A roll of Duck Tape (the brighter the better)
  • Scissors
  • A warm room
Your tools - ribbon, Duck tape, scissors

What discs should I tape?
I usually do two or three drivers and a mid-range or two. Basically anything you are going to chuck far away should have a ribbon on it. It also depends on the course and snow type (crusty, beaten down, fluffy). Putters obviously don't need them unless you chuck them far away.

1. Get Warm
Probably the most important step is to plan ahead and do your taping the night before your next round. Bring your bag inside and let your discs warm up. Duck tape adheres better to room-temperature and dry plastic. Don't procrastinate and tape up in the parking lot before your round. After a few holes, the tape will probably fall off and you'll be bumming.

2. Cut your ribbon
Unroll about 18 inches of ribbon and cut it. Don't go too long or you'll end up with a bag of tangled ribbons. Believe me, I did that the first time and it was annoying. Also if the ribbon is too long, you'll end up tripping on it, stepping on it while throwing, or having it get tangled on bushes and other stuff sticking out of the ground.

Cut about an 18-inch strand of ribbon.

3. Cut your tape
Cut about a 1-inch piece of tape.

4. Cut a slit in the tape
Fold the tape in half, but not all the way. If the tape sticks to itself, try again! Use the tip of your scissors to cut a small slit in the middle of the fold. This makes a slit in the middle of the piece of tape where you will insert the ribbon.

5. Insert the ribbon
Unfold the tape and gently pull the sides so that the opening gets a little bigger. Insert the ribbon in the slit, but be careful not to let it stick to the tape too early. Ideally, you want the tape to be even with the edge of the tape. Press the ribbon to the tape when it's positioned correctly.

6. Stick the tape on the disc
I like sticking the tape to the top of the disc, dead center. Other people prefer sticking it on the bottom. I like it on top because it makes me feel like that extra couple of inches of ribbon will help me find the disc instead of being buried under the disc. I really don't think it matters though. Use your fingernail to go up and down each side of the ribbon to make sure it sticks to every possible contact point.

That's pretty much it. Experiment with different lengths to find what works for you. I also write my name on the tape just to let others know it's mine, mine, mine.

Let me know if these tips help you. If you have any other tips that work for you, add a comment. I've got plenty of ribbon at the store that you can use, so stop by and tape up!

Good luck and happy chucking!


  1. This is a fantastic idea, I will definitely try it out.

  2. This is by far the most thorough "how-to put ribbons on your disc" that I've ever seen.

    People need to see this.

    1. I second this. Great job! Thanks for taking the time to put this together!

  3. Gotta have that "duck" tape

  4. After I getmy discs all ribboned, I put them back outside. Snow sticks to warm discs a lot more than below rreezing discs.

  5. I tried this the other day, except without the slit and with packaging tape instead. My snow was super light and fluffy (Utah, greatest snow on earth), yet with the ribbon I was always able to find my disc. That is until it fell off on the 16th hole, duct tape probably works better than packaging...

  6. Housewrap tape may work in cold conditions.

  7. Gaffer tape will stick better than any other and peel off cleaner than any other.

  8. This is the best idea ever! I am going to list this as a key tip for my winter disc golf club

  9. Saved as a favorite, I really like your blog!