I Tested the TechDisc to See If It’s Worth Buying! TechDisc Review

Lately, I’ve been watching YouTube videos from Overthrow Disc Golf, in which they’ve been improving their disc golfing abilities via the TechDisc. Honestly, it was a great sales pitch for TechDisc because, after a few videos, I thought I needed one. 

So, of course, I tried a TechDisc at the 2024 DDO when given the opportunity!

This TechDisc Review covers everything I loved about the TechDisc and the areas where I see plenty of room for improvement. By the end of the article, you’ll know if a TechDisc is right for you or if you should find another way to improve your disc golfing skills. 

Testing Procedure: TechDisc Review

To test the TechDisc, the TechDisc staff set up three disc golf nets, one to throw in and two to keep any stray throws from hitting bystanders at the Dynamic Discs Open. They also had two TVs connected to the internet and logged into TechDisc.com to instantly see the results of the last several throws. 

I threw several warm-up throws into the net, all of which were recorded by the TechDisc. Once I was warm, I threw several backhand and forehand shots to test its ability and see my throwing abilities by the numbers based on the technique.

For my several throws, I tried various angles, hyzer vs. anhyzer, varying speeds, and aiming higher vs lower to see if the disc could pick all of this up. 

Below are my findings and opinions after this testing process.

Pros Of The TechDisc

Honestly, I went in a bit skeptical; even though I wanted a TechDisc, I wasn’t sure if it could live up to the hype I had built up in my head. 

After throwing it for about 30 minutes, I found many things I really like about it, and it might be reason enough for you to purchase one.

  • As long as you get it to spin, it will give you throw data
  • It provides you with a ton of data that you can’t otherwise get
  • They are constantly working on new features
  • You can see the estimated flight of the disc
  • You can adjust the flight numbers of the disc via the software
  • You can train field work without the field
  • You can train for disc golf in any weather
  • It automatically tells if you threw forehand or backhand

First of all, you don’t have to be a bomber to use the TechDisc; trust me, I have a weeny arm, and I was able to get it to detect my throws. Plus, several little kids were throwing it and getting their throwing information. While I was standing at the TechDisc booth talking with a representative, he tossed the TechDisc into the air and received a reading from it, so as long as you get it to spin a little, it will give you all the data it can. 

I also love the fact there are several features they’re always working on and just recently released; plus, while speaking with them, they were discussing other features they’d add in the future. The features they have now, like disc flight, adjusting the flight numbers (on the computer), and the go-to throw feature, work pretty well, yet they were already talking about improvement, and some of those features were released the weekend I tested it!

One reason I hate fieldwork is that I have to chase the discs after I throw them. With the TechDisc, I only have to get the disc from the net, which is a few steps away! Yes, I throw into a net when working on form, but I don’t get feedback on seeing the disc fly as I adjust my form when throwing into a net. The TechDisc allows you to see a simulated flight, no matter the conditions outside, but you can also throw it in the field and still get an accurate reading.

Lastly, I tried tricking the TechDisc by switching back and forth between a backhand and forehand throw, but it didn’t phase it. It instantly picked up on the differences and still gave me accurate readings. There’s a setting that tells the computer if you’re right—or left-handed, so it gives you the correct data.

Overall, there was a lot to love about the TechDisc, and it shows because they’re constantly sold out or available for pre-order on their website. I watched a ton of disc golfers buy one after throwing it. 

However, the TechDisc might not be for you because I also found a few things I wasn’t too fond of about it.

Cons Of The TechDisc

Even though the TechDisc has a lot to like about it, there’s still plenty of room for improvement-

  • It’s expensive
  • You can’t put the reader on yourself, so there are limited disc options
  • It’s confusing to know what you should do with the data you’re given
  • It doesn’t help with putting… Yet
  • It is still an experimental piece of disc golf training equipment

I got into disc golf because it was an inexpensive hobby. However, the TechDisc is $300, which is not inexpensive at all, but I’ve noticed the price of disc golf equipment continuing to rise, which is good for the sport and industry because it’s bringing more money and awareness to disc golf.

Another thing that I don’t like is the limited number of disc options. TechDisc currently only offers Discraft ESP or Innova Star plastics, so if you don’t throw either of those two, you’ll have to train with a disc and plastic you won’t actually use. That’s not to say you won’t gain valuable insights into your throw because you will, but it’ll feel different when you return to throwing the discs in your disc golf bag

While speaking with the representatives, I asked what the best metrics were, and they said it varied from person to person. So, it’s tough to know what you should actually do with the data you’re given. However, according to Overthrow Disc Golf, there is a preferable range for every data point. 

Putting better is where most disc golfers see strokes shaved off their scorecard, but the TechDisc doesn’t help with putting data. But as I mentioned above, they’re always working on new features, so this could be added in the future.

Since TechDisc has been on the market for less than a year, as of this writing, it’s still very much an experimental piece of disc golf training equipment, so many bugs will need to be fixed. However, since there are many similar training tools for other sports, I see it sticking around for many years!

Who’s The TechDisc For?

Now that we know the pros and cons of this TechDisc review, who should buy one? 

It’s not everyone; if that were the case, I would have purchased one while I was at the Dynamic Discs Open, but I came very close to buying one because of how much fun it was and the incredible information it provided me. 

You should purchase a TechDisc if you’re serious about disc golf and plan to play competitively or you’re tired of running after hundreds of discs each time you do some fieldwork.

However, if you’re just on the course to have a little fun with some friends occasionally, I don’t think you need a TechDisc, but having a few friends over to have some fun competitions with the TechDisc would be fun, just a little expensive.

Final Putt: TechDisc Review

Now that we’ve finished this TechDisc Review, you know there are many upsides to owning one, but there are also a few drawbacks that might be enough to keep that money in your pocket. 

Overall, TechDisc is an incredible product with a bright future in the disc golf industry, especially if it continues to innovate and improve its product as it has up to this point.

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