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Just the Tip – Bring a Towel, a Real One.

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A quote from one of my all time favorite series of books…  “A towel, [the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.”  It’s a damn good thing for a disc golfer too.

I’m blown away by how many people don’t carry a towel.  For the record, I don’t mean these microfiber washcloths I see a lot of people carrying.  Those make a great magnet for leaves and twigs, but they are almost worthless on the disc golf course.  I mean an actual towel.  Hand towel size or larger.

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One of these will not help you when hitchhiking across the galaxy.


Since I started carrying an actual honest to goodness towel, I can’t tell you how many different ways it has come in handy.  So instead, I’ll start you off with a quick ten:

  1. It’s good for keeping your discs dry if it rains for more than 5 minutes.  Those little ones are toast after drying one disc.
  2. You can use one side to clean off your discs and keep the other side clean for wiping off your face (and in my case your big bald head).
  3. You can soak it in water and wrap it around your neck or drape it over your head on really hot days.
  4. You can play tug of war with your dog with it.
  5. You can fold it up and use it as a knee pad when throwing from your knee(s).
  6. You can use it as a short rope to help someone get out of a ravine/gully (I’ve done this several times).
  7. You can tie it around an arm or leg to temporarily bandage a large cut.
  8. You can put ice in it to ice down a sprained ankle or bee sting.
  9. You can lay it down and sit or lay on it when you need a quick break.
  10. It’s big enough to loan to others in your group because none of them ever bring a towel.

I really could go on for quite some time.  You will never know how useful it is to carry a real towel until you start doing it.  Go to WalMart, Target, or you local dollar store today.  They aren’t expensive and if you end up getting picked up by a Vogon construction ship right before they destroy the Earth, you’ll be ready for your next adventure as an intergalactic hitchhiker!


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