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Old 07-01-2013, 12:10 AM
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Who needs shoes? :)

I was playing a quick round of 6 holes (the norm when I take both my girls w/me) and I decided that since only 1 hole even goes into the woods (150' or so tunnel), I just wore some flip flops and before I teed off took them off and tucked them in my bag. I put them back on before I had to go into the woods for hole 8, but walked barefoot the rest of the time.

Now I will admit to being lucky that the tee pads at Charlie Vettiner are nice and smooth. Other than being hot, they weren't rough on my feet at all. My girls both followed my lead too, it was kinda funny. Normally when I play disc golf I am wearing my Utilikilt and Vibram Five Fingers and probably my straw panama to keep the sun off my face, so this probably made for a pretty amusing picture, but even tho it was a beautiful day I only ran into 1 person on the course.

Now I wouldn't play the whole course that way. My feet aren't super tough b/c barefoot is not my norm and going into the woods after discs and dealing w/various gravel that has been added to the course (another big point on hole 8) isn't my idea of fun. But it was a fun change of pace for my short round w/the kids.

Oh yeah, didn't notice any difference in my throwing vs wearing my Vibrams really
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:15 AM
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I go barefoot all the time and have played barefoot rounds and do most of my practice in my yard barefoot. From that experience I can tell you that walking in the woods here in NC is actually the least of my concerns when walking barefoot. The grass has bees, ants and pricklies all up in it. I'm relieved when I get to the woods so I can stop worrying about where I step.
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:04 AM
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I go barefoot all the time and have played barefoot rounds and do most of my practice in my yard barefoot. From that experience I can tell you that walking in the woods here in NC is actually the least of my concerns when walking barefoot. The grass has bees, ants and pricklies all up in it. I'm relieved when I get to the woods so I can stop worrying about where I step.
I went to Camp Sea Gull over in Arapahoe NC for 8 years as a kid. I would be more worried about sand spurs and the like heh. I watch out for things like bees even when I have shoes on, so no real change there.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:28 AM
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I love playing barefoot with sandals stuffed in the bag for emergencies. I'll wear Nike Frees or Vibram Ksos from time to time, but it's not the same. Anytime I shoot double digits under par-a monster score for me-I have always been barefoot. Gets me on my toes for drives, and I can drive further and more accurately. And putting is always much better sans shoes probably because when I practice in the yard I am barefoot (I've never practiced putting in shoes).
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:23 AM
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There is a person at my local course who plays barefoot all the time, grass, woods, etc... Personally, considering I've found used needles on the course, I think he's a nut.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:39 AM
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sane people need shoes
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:14 PM
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vibrams.

best compromise. too much glass and **** to step on. you're never going to catch everything that could hurt your feet.
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:50 AM
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I guess it's an NC thing because I generally hate wearing shoes. I go barefoot at home and in the yard but I've seen enough broken glass at the courses here in the western piedmont to second guess a barefoot round.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:01 PM
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I guess it's an NC thing because I generally hate wearing shoes. I go barefoot at home and in the yard but I've seen enough broken glass at the courses here in the western piedmont to second guess a barefoot round.
yea i grew up barefoot and when i lived at the beach the only pair of shoes i owned was sandals which were my "dress shoes." i honestly couldn't move to any part of the country that frowned on walking in a store barefoot.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:08 PM
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I can see playing barefoot on some courses in nice, clean, well kept, grassy city parks like Ottawa Park, Firefighters, Sims, etc, (not that I would personally), but for the most part...
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sane people need shoes
^this.

Just not worth the risk. Even without broken glass and other crap, stuff like twigs, acorn tops, pine cones and other natural fodder can be quite irregularly shaped with some nasty edges and sharps points. Plus that stuff can hide quite well in grass and dirt.

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