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How Do I Know What Disc To Throw?

Written by TrevStone

A disc is all you need to get started with disc golf. If you don’t have access to an established disc golf course, you may set up shop in almost any open, uncrowded area of your choosing. 

However, the chances are good that you’ll be able to find a disc golf course within driving distance of your home. According to Reaper Disc Supply, there are about 7,000 courses in the US, while there are more than 10,000 courses globally.

Discs cost $10 to $25, depending on the quality of the plastic, with custom graphics and stamps. A family of four may access over 10,000 courses for less than $100. Disc golf isn’t merely a frisbee game because of these variables. There are several online and in-store disc golf providers, but how do you know what type of disc to toss out there?

Types of discs in disc golf

Most individuals who take up disc golf have practiced with a Frisbee at some point in their lives. This is an excellent place to start for those who have never played disc golf. The principles of flight for a golf disc are similar to those of a Frisbee. Still, its smaller diameter, lower depth, uneven weight distribution, and unique edge design may go further and faster in the air. To put it another way, a golf disc is much more difficult to handle than a Frisbee.

A child’s or beginner’s first disc golf experience may be greatly impacted by the disc they use. Over the previous seven years, the number of people playing disc golf has gradually climbed by 15%. The sport of disc golf has seen a 72% rise in course expansion and a 90% increase in tournament participation. According to these figures, the number of discs owned and courses played is at an all-time high. When it comes to junior-specific discs, there are many different manufacturers to choose from. Manufacturers offer various designs and weights so players can experiment with their games.

Beginners are advised to begin with a mid-range, lightweight disc. Mid-range discs are the most versatile since they can be used to drive, approach, and putt. A mid-range disc is a terrific option in the classroom and for novice players. Because of their smaller rims, these discs are simpler to throw and control. Discs in the mid-range of the throw chart are known as mid-range discs. When you first start, look for a disc that has a speed around five, has little fade (overstable), has a minimal turn (understandable), and has neutral stability.

Inexperienced players have a hard time with spin and speed generation. It takes practice and repetition to perfect the timing and technique required to get the most distance out of your spin and speed. If you are a beginner or a kid, you should start with a lightweight, mid-range disc rather than a hefty, high-speed driver. Children under 12 should weigh no more than 140 grams, and those ages 13 and above may go up to 150 grams. Beginners should not be introduced to drivers or weight ranges exceeding 165 grams. It would help if you presented the putter and the driver as interest and ability grow. A three-disc set with a driver, a mid-range, and a putter is ideal for beginners.

3 kinds of disc golf discs.

Putters

These discs are the closest in form and flying to a regular Frisbee. They usually have a circular edge and are formed like a domed object. Faster-flying clubs help make precise putts in tight areas around the green. Throwing and putting are both possible with them.

Mid Range

They feature a sharper edge than putters for controlled strokes that need more speed and distance than can be obtained with a putter. If you’re just getting started and have one disc to work with, the mid-range disc is your best bet.

Drivers

Throwing these discs correctly necessitates the most sophisticated skills since they are the quickest flying and sharpest-edged discs in the disc golf bag. These discs should be avoided once beginners have mastered the art of throwing putters and mid-ranges.

About the author

TrevStone

Trevor 'TrevStone' Uren founded Pro Sports Extra in 2011 at the age of 13. He's hosted a podcast since 14 years old and continues to grow each month! He's currently 24 years old and has interviewed hundreds of professional athletes, business owners, and others who are shining online! Uren has built Pro Sports Extra to over 5M monthly visitors.