The Essential Disc Buying Guide for EVERY Disc Golfer

Over the years, I’ve found that using the right disc for the shot is critical to excel in disc golf. With so many options available, it’s overwhelming for beginners to navigate the world of disc buying.

I was shocked to learn how many different types of discs there were when I first started playing, and the sport has only grown since then.

Once you finish reading this disc-buying guide, you will be equipped with the essential information to make informed decisions when purchasing discs for your next rounds.

Let’s get started by understanding the different types of disc golf discs.

Understanding Disc Types

Discs used in disc golf can be broadly categorized into four types: putters, midranges, fairway drivers, and distance drivers. Understanding the characteristics and purposes of each disc type is crucial in building a well-rounded disc collection for the course, so we created the following disc buying guide so you’re less overwhelmed when buying your next discs.

Putters

A disc golf putter is designed for short-distance throws called approaches and putting into the basket. They have a slow flight speed, providing control and accuracy.

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Putter discs are ideal for precise shots near the basket. They typically max out at 250-300ft for the average disc golfer. At least, that’s the maximum distance I’ve been able to launch a putter!

Here’s a disc-buying guide for a few putters for beginners:

  1. Innova Aviar Classic
  2. Infinite Discs Tomb
  3. Dynamic Discs Deputy

Midranges

Midrange discs offer versatility and work for a variety of shots. They balance distance and control, making them valuable for approaches and shorter drives.

Midrange discs are often used for shots that require more distance than putters but less than fairway or distance drivers.

Here’s a disc-buying guide for several midranges for new disc golfers:

  1. Dynamic Discs Truth
  2. Innova Roc
  3. Trash Panda Dune
  4. Discraft Buzzz SS

Fairway Drivers

Fairway drivers are designed for controlled longer throws (300+) than a midrange can fly. They offer a balance of control, speed, and glide. Fairway drivers are suitable for straight shots and shots that require slight curves.

You see lots of pros using fairway drivers on wooded courses with tight gaps, but I think fairway drivers are as much disc as the average player needs

Here’s a disc-buying guide for a few fairway drivers for beginners:

  1. Westside Stag
  2. Clash Discs Soda
  3. Latitude 64 Explorer

Distance Drivers

Distance driver discs are designed for maximum distance. They have a high-speed, aerodynamic design that allows for long throws.

Distance drivers are typically used by more experienced players who have developed a strong throwing technique.

As a beginner, I made the mistake of primarily using distance drivers, and it hurt my backhand form and set me back years of relearning how to throw a frisbee.

Here’s a disc-buying guide for a few distance drivers that for intermediate and advanced disc golfers:

  1. Lone Star Disc Tumbleweed
  2. Discraft Nuke SS
  3. Innova Destroyer

Choosing the Perfect Disc Based On Your Skill Level

Selecting the right disc for your skill level is essential to shave strokes on the disc golf course. Here are some considerations and recommendations based on disc golfer skill levels.

Beginner Disc Golfers

For beginners, I recommend to start with a few neutral discs.

A straight-flying putter, midrange, and fairway driver are all that you’ll need to get started. Starting with a limited number of discs allows you to focus on mastering the basics and developing your throwing technique.

Starter sets are great for beginners because you’re not overwhelmed with buying the perfect disc, and disc golf companies choose the discs that fly best for beginners.

Trash Panda discs are some of the best for beginners (and intermediate players).

Intermediate Disc Golfers

Intermediate players should expand their collection by adding discs of differing types of plastics and flight paths. Experiment with different molds and choose discs that suit your playing style.

Having a variety of discs will enable you to handle different shot types and distances more effectively.

Once you can get the maximum use out of fairway drivers, it’s time to introduce distance drivers to your bag.

This is when the addiction begins to take hold, and you buy multiple discs in the same plastic and mold because you’ve found the ones you like, and you test out new discs to hit the market.

Advanced Disc Golfers

Advanced players have developed a high skill level and may carry a wide selection of discs. They have discs tailored to specific flight patterns, stability levels, and shot requirements.

Advanced Disc Golfers understand their throwing technique and can choose discs that complement their playing style and the course.

Once you’ve reached this level, you likely have hundreds of discs, some of which you may have never thrown.

Factors to Consider When Buying Discs

When purchasing discs online or in person, I’ve found there are several factors to consider, which I’ve listed in this section of the disc buying guide.

Disc Plastic

Discs are made from various types of plastic, each with its unique characteristics.

Common plastics include durable premium plastics, grippy baseline plastics, and lightweight Blizzard or Air plastics. Consider the plastic’s price, durability, grip, and flight characteristics when buying discs.

To keep it simple for beginners, I recommend sticking with baseline plastic. My parents have used Innova basic plastic discs for years, which initially got me hooked on frisbee golf (frolf, as my wife likes to call it, to annoy me).

Disc Weight

Discs also come in different weights, ranging from light (150-160 grams) to heavy (160+ grams).

Heavier discs offer more stability and are less affected by wind. However, lighter discs are easier to throw for beginners and players with less arm speed.

You’ll notice that the same disc mold will come in several weights based on the type of plastic and when it was made, so if you like a disc but find it’s too heavy, try searching for a lighter one.

I love to experiment with different weights to find what works best, and I recommend you do the same when getting serious about disc golfing.

Disc Stability

Disc stability refers to the disc’s tendency to turn during flight. Stability ranges from overstable (turns left for right-handed backhand throwers) to understable (turns right for right-handed backhand throwers).

Beginners generally find straight-flying (stable) or understable discs easier to control.

Personal Preference

Ultimately, personal preference plays a significant role in disc selection. Every disc golfer has their favorite brands and discs; that’s why so many options are available.

Disc golf is a highly individualized sport, and frisbee golfers have varying preferences based on their playing style, comfort, and feel of the disc.

Don’t hesitate to try different brands and discs to find what suits you best. Yes, I’m saying don’t just buy discs because some random person on the internet told you they were the best!

Where to Buy Discs

When it comes to purchasing discs, you have a few options. I think getting a starter pack is the best for beginners, and they’re all relatively the same.

But if you’ve already purchased a starter pack and want to add to your collection, I recommend visiting your local sporting goods store or disc golf shop.

Local Sporting Goods Store & Disc Golf Shops

Many sporting goods stores carry a selection of discs since the popularity of frolf continues to rise. The advantage of buying in person is being able to feel the discs to learn which ones feel best in your hands before buying them.

Supporting your local disc golf shop is always a great way to buy local, and they’ll have knowledgeable staff around to help you choose the best discs for you.

The downside is that these places are often more expensive than buying online.

Online Disc Golf Retailers

Online disc golf retailers provide a wide range of options and often have detailed descriptions and customer reviews to help explain how the discs feel and fly. I trust Infinitediscs.com is the most popular online disc golf retailer, but many others exist.

You will often find discs cheaper online, but you don’t get the luxury of feeling them before you buy.

Proper Disc Care

Properly taking care of your discs ensures they remain in prime condition and prolong their lifespan.

Some discs require you to beat them in before they fly how you want them to, so intermediate and advanced players must have the same discs in different stages of wear.

Below, I’ve included some tips for disc care and maintenance.

Cleaning Your Discs

Regularly clean your discs to remove dirt, debris, and excess oils. Use a mild dish soap and warm water solution, gently scrubbing the disc’s surface with a soft cloth or sponge. Avoid using abrasive materials like steel wool that can damage the disc.

Most of the time, I can get by wiping the dirt and mud off with a hand towel I carry on the course.

Storage and Protection

Store your discs in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight or extreme temperatures. Though it’s very convenient, I don’t store my discs in my car because it gets too hot in the summer and cold in the winter, causing the discs to warp.

Consider using disc golf bags to protect your discs during transportation and disc golf racks for prolonged storage.

Avoid exposing discs to excessive bending or stress, affecting their flight characteristics.

Final Putt: Disc Buying Guide

With this disc buying guide, you now have a better understanding of all the considerations to make for buying disc golf discs, so you can choose which discs to purchase.

Thanks for reading; I can’t wait to see you on the course, smashing birdies with your new discs!

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