To play and compete at a high level, Advanced players must maximize their consistency AND carry a mix of discs that provide a significant variety of shot options.
So which discs are the best?
In this article, we'll cover the two discs Advanced players can use to add consistency and diversity to their game, as well as how to incorporate your new Advanced discs into a complete bag strategy.
Are you Really an Advanced Player?
We define Advanced Players as meeting at least two (preferably all three) of the following three criteria:
Consistently Drive over 300'. This is not optional. If you drive under 300' these discs are not a fit for your release velocity.
Average no more than 3 Shots over par for a typical 18 Hole round (this varies by course, use your judgment).
Consistently make 70% of putts from 25-30', and 85% of putts under 20'
If you do not currently meet these criteria, check out our Two Key Discs for Intermediate Players. These discs will help you accelerate your gains, and will remain a part of your Advanced Bag as your game progresses.
Advanced Disc #1: High-Speed Driver
Here's Why: This exact disc is the go-to driver for 4-Time PDGA Champion Paul McBeth, because the Destroyer's overstable flight combined with moderate fade produce very, very predictable flight patterns in a wide variety of conditions: an absolute must in tournament play.
Because superior distance is also critical, the Destroyer's high Glide ensures extra long flights when thrown at high speeds.
We specifically recommend Star Plastic because Star is very similar to Champion in performance, but where Champion is designed to maintain like-new performance for as long as possible, Star (while still very durable) will gently wear and slowly become less stable over time, allowing players to use multiple Destroyers that each provides a slightly different flight pattern.
Advanced Disc #2: Stability, Shot Diversity
Here's Why: Used to win over 20 PDGA World Championships, the TeeBird is the “Go-To” fairway driver for the most successful male and female Pro Players of all time.
The Teebird's extreme overstability (0) delivers very consistent flight arcs (even on windy days) and provides the perfect platform for a number of advanced shots that require significant overstability:
- Hyzer Shots: Accentuate overstable arc
- Flex-Shots: The exact opposite of an S-Shot, but much more predictable
- Spike Shots: high shots that land in from a high arc and "stick", with no roll or slide
The moderate weight (165-169g) provides consistency without sacrificing speed, and the Champion plastic further accentuates the TeeBird's natural overstable flight.
Value Pack for our Members and Readers
Because we highly recommend the addition of both of these discs to your Advanced bag (and as the final step in your complete 7-Disc bag building process) we've put these to discs together as a value pack for increased ordering convenience and combined savings.
Conclusion and Follow-Up
If you have any questions about this or other Disc selection topics, please don't hesitate to reach out through our Contact page. We are always happy to help our fellow players advance their game!
Q: Where did you get the Speed / Spin data?
A: The primary source for the speed data was a detailed study conducted by Theo Pozzy at a distance driving contest using a radar gun. The spin data was consolidated from a number of different sources using different measurement techniques.
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