Somewhat new to the sport of Disc Golf? You've tried it and want to know more? Here are some tips from Discraft on what to consider.
Discs like Clubs?...
Golf discs, just like golf clubs, are designed to produce a variety of flight paths within a variety of playing conditions. Some are designed for maximum distance, some for highly controlled short distance shots, some to go straight, turn left or turn right. When choosing a disc, you want to consider the type of disc (long range, mid range, putter), it's stability and weight. More about stability and weight below.
The game of disc golf can be played using just one multi purpose or mid range driver. These are easier to control than long range drivers. It's a good idea to start with a lighter weight as they are easier to control than heavier discs. Once you get the feel, you can try for more distance with a longer range driver. Although some discs are described as beginner friendly, they are not just for beginners! Many top pros use these same great discs.
Now, more about Stability...
Stability refers to disc's tendency to fly straight, turn right or turn left. Each Discraft disc has a Stability rating between -3.0 and +3.0. New players should look for discs with a stability rating of 1 or below and here is why.....
Discs with stability ratings of +3.0 are very 'overstable' which means they have a strong tendency to turn left or 'hyzer,' they are difficult to control, and it's a challenge to keep them flying straight. (Not good for beginners!)
Discs with stability ratings of -3 are very 'understable' which means they have a strong tendency to turn right, they are easy to control especially when the discs are new.
Discs with a stability rating of 0 fly relatively straight and hardly turn.
The bottom line for newer players is... look for discs with a lower stability rating, at or below 1.0.
Click here to read more about Stability.
And, what about Weight?...
The Weight of a disc can also affect its Stability. As a beginner, it's better to start with lighter weights since they are easier to control. They won't have as strong a tendency to fade left or right. The rule of thumb is, a heavier version of any given disc will tend to be slightly more overstable (turn left) than a lighter version of the same disc. Many of the pro golfers on Team Discraft throw the heaviest discs available. That's fine for pros, but you will want to start with some lighter weights such as 166 grams.
Some Discraft discs are also available in a special lightweight class known as the '150 Class.' These discs weigh 150 grams or less and are generally the lightest golf discs available. They can be very easy to throw, and will go a country mile! Give one a try.
Discraft's suggestions to Beginners for drivers, midrange and putt/approach discs.
Their top picks are at the top of each category. Enjoy!
|DRIVERS (listed in order of Discraft's recommendations for new players)|
|Stratus||-1.0||General Purpose||Flies flat when new, very easy to control. Great for rollers.|
|Xpress||-1.0||General Purpose||An excellent choice for a first driver.|
|Glide||-0.5||Long Life||If you like the high tech Z plastic, try a Glide|
|Impact||0.0||General Purpose||Flies flat, or holds the line you put it on. Durable ESP.|
|Cyclone||0.0||Controlled Distance||A classic driver, thrown by thousands of players.|
|Eclipse||0.0||General Purpose||One of our most popular with new players.|
|Avenger SS||0.5||Long Distance||For controlled bomb shots.|
|Nuke SS||1.0||Max Distance||The longest beginner friendly driver|
|XL||1.0||General Purpose||Easy to control, great distance.|
|XS||1.0||General Purpose||This former distance record holder is a sweet flier.|
|Spectra||1.0||Long Distance||Flies farther with less effort|
|Stalker||1.1||General Purpose||Stalker is a great utility disc that you'll continue to use as your skills increase.|
|Flash||1.5||Headwinds||If your course is often windy, try it. Also forehand drives.|
|Buzzz||0.5||General Purpose||Best golf disc ever. Hugely popular with all skill levels. Excellent accuracy.|
|Comet||0.0||General Purpose||Another contender for best golf disc ever. Goes where you throw it without argument.|
|Hawk||0.0||General Purpose||If you're not already carrying a Comet, you need a Hawk.|
|Meteor||-0.5||Turnovers shots||Holds an excellent line, amazing glide.|
|PUTT & APPROACH|
|Putt'r||0.0||Flies Flat||Great for putts and short drives.|
|Rattler||0.0||General Purpose||Think of it as the Comet of putters. Easy to throw, goes where you send it. A deeper rim makes it harder to throw for small hands.|
|Soft APX||0.0||Consistent Release||A flat flier with excellent grip.|
|Magnet||0.0||General Purpose||Our flagship putter is great to learn with, good in the wind too. Try the soft version.|
|Soft Focus||0.0||General Purpose||An outstanding putt and approach disc for any player.|
|Banger||1.0||Grip Confidence||A unique putter with Groove Top 'gripability'|
|Soft Banger GT||1.0||Mega Grip||Soft and grippy, and the confidence inspiring Groove Top.|