6 awesome tips for disc golf disc selection for beginners

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Tips for disc golf: picking right discs as a beginner

We know from own experience that choosing the first disc golf discs can be a challenge. Very often purchased discs do not match the playing skills. We try to make your disc selection easier with these 5 tips for disc golf disc selection for beginners.

1. Try friends’ discs

If you were introduced to disc golf by one of your friends, try his/her discs. Write down the names of the models you like, so you can ask for the same or similar discs in the shop. If you can describe the discs you have already tried, the sales assistant will have more success to offer you the right discs.

2. Be objective about your skills

If you have thrown a couple of rounds already, then this tip is applicable to you. Evaluate objectively your throwing distance. The flight performance of a disc depends very much on how well the disc is thrown. Therefore, it is important to know approximately your abilities. Underestimating or overestimating your abilities may not give the disc the expected flight path, and it may be more difficult for a dealer to recommend a suitable disc.

3. Less is more

Note that slower speeds (up to 10) and lighter discs are more beginner-friendly. Slower discs are able to hold a straight line for a longer time, which in turn helps to keep the disc on the fairway. Lightweight discs fly with less effort, but they are also more easily affected by the wind. Two discs (short distance disc – putter and fairway driver) are enough to get started. As you develop your skills, you can buy more discs as needed. If you get addicted, it is very likely that you end up like that guy in the comics below.

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4. Flight numbers

Most disc golf manufacturers have 4 numbers on the discs – speed, glide, turn, and fade. These numbers help you to get a better idea of ​​the characteristics of the disc without trying the disc. For beginners, we would not initially recommend discs faster than 10. The glide number is not really important in the beginning, but as a rule, it is usually 5 for distance drivers. For the beginner, the last 2 digits are the most important. The turn is usually between -5 and 0. The fade range is 0 to 5. The starting player should select a disc with a turn number equal to or greater than the fade (not considering the mathematical values). For example, -2 and 1 or -2 and 2.
You can read more about flight numbers here.

5. Specialized store

If possible, buy discs from a store that specializes in selling disc golf equipment. They have a better selection of discs, and sellers are generally specialists in their field. This way, you will get the quickest professional advice without having to spend hours searching the internet for answers. Be sure to touch and feel the discs from different manufacturers in order to find the most comfortable one for you.

6. How many discs do you need?

You can start with 1 disc or you can start with 20 discs.

  • If you want to start with just 1 disc, then our suggestion is to buy a universal midrange disc. Discraft Buzz is the world’s most popular midrange disc. You can putt with it and also gives a decent distance for a beginner.
  • If you can buy 2 discs, then our suggestion is to get 1 putter and 1 fairway driver.
  • The most we suggest to buy is 3 discs to start off with disc golf.
    • It can be either 3 disc starter packs (1 putter, 1 midrange, 1 fairway or distance driver)
      • There are several options available on the market. Our suggestion would be to select a set where is 1 basic plastic putter and other discs are premium plastic. This way you can enjoy the disc much longer since beginners tend to hit trees more than advanced players and basic plastic just won’t last as long as premium plastic. MVP Disc Sports Premium Starter Set is an excellent choice.
    • If you want to select discs yourself, then go for 1 putter and 2 different drivers. With putter, you can cover short-range shots and 2 different drivers will help you create different flight lines.


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