At Best Disc Golf Discs our goal is to provide players of all skill and experience levels with tools and information to help immediately improve their game! From throwing mechanics to disc selection, we cover everything you’ll need!
The Best Overall Disc Golf Discs
We’ve done the research and testing to help you sort through the hundreds of options on the market today for new discs. By combining player polls, top pro selections, and multiple other sources we’ve put together the ultimate list of the Best Overall Disc Golf Discs.
The Perfect Disc Golf Bag for Each Skill Level
While many professional players will carry over 20 discs in their bag, at BDGD.com we would never, ever recommend that beginners or intermediate players carry so many options.
We’ve designed what we consider to be the “perfect bag” for each level of player, from a modest 3 discs for Beginners, up to a full complement of discs for Advanced athletes.
Increase Your Disc Golf Drive Distance
For beginners, the priority should be learning correct technique and understanding the nature of disc golf disc flights. For these players we have created our throwing Guide for Beginners
For Intermediate and Advanced Players the shift is toward optimizing distance, increasing accuracy, overcoming bad habits learned in other sports, and improving putting. For these athletes we’ve created our 5 Techniques for Improving Driving Distance and the Guide to Better Putting percentages.
Putting is unquestionably the simgle most important aspect of your game. There are few things more frustrating than having a beautiful drive settle 10 feet from the basket, then turing what should have been a birdie into a par by two-putting. Optimizing your putting has two key points:
1) Choose the right putter: For our advice on the best overall disc, check out our take on the Best Disc Golf Putter
2) Technique: We’ve researhced the techniques used by the top pros and coaches to create the Top 6 Tips to Improve Your Putting today!
Key Disc Golf Terminology and Abbreviations
Particularly for Beginning and early-Intermediate players, the terminology used in Disc Golf can sound like another language. Below is our quick start guide to understand common terms an definitions used by students of the game
Disc Golf Disc Flight
Stability: The natural, “stable” flight pattern of disc is a curve. If the disc is spinning clockwise in flight, it will will curve to the left, with the curve accentuating as the disc slows. Discs spinning counterclockwise will curve to the right. Based on the disc’s design, it’s tendency to perform in this nature will vary.
“Overstable” discs have a strong dendency to fly as described above. More Overstable equals more natural curve.
“Understable” discs, however, will actually curve slightly in the opposite direction of a stable pattern when the disc is first released and moving at high speeds, then transition to a stable curve as the end of the flight. The net result of these throws is generally straight, which is why they are favored by many players. Many other players, however, feel Understable discs are less predictable and choose to lead with an Overstable disc unless the hole/fairway dictates otherwise.
Different manufacturors use different systems for defininf how their discs fly, and all of them are ambiguous at best. While they do not provide any usable absolute values, what they do provide are relative values of how the discs fly in relation to each other.
Read: How to Use Disc Golf Manufacturors’s Ratings (Updating now! Check back soon!)
The four most common terms are:
- Speed: represents flight speed following release
- Glide: represents how much lift the disc generates, or it’s tendency to float in the air.
- Fade: This is the best indication of a Discs Stability and flight direction at low speeds (end of flight).
- Turn: The discs tendency to follow a Stable curve at high speeds (start of throw).
Backhand – This is the traditional frisbee throwing style, in which the disc is rapidly drawn from across the front of the body, and released towards a forward point. Due to the potential snap available with this technique, Backhand is generally considered the best technique to use for maximum distance.
Forehand (Sidearm) – Similar to a sidearm throw in baseball or a forehand tennis stroke. The throw is performed by drawing the disc from behind and partially across the front of the body.
Hatchet / Tomahawk – Gripped similar to the sidearm toss but thrown with an overhand motion. The disc orientation nearly perpendicular to the ground over much of the flight.
Thumber – Similar to a Hatchet, but with only the thumb holding the inside lip of the disc. The overall motion is identical to deep baseball throwing.
Roller – Thrown either backhand or forehand, the disc will predominately be in contact with the ground. The disc remains in motion while travelling on its edge, rolling like a wheel.
Release Techniques to Affect Flight (Backhand and Sidearm)
Hyzer – Throws accentuating the natural (Overstable) fall of the disc, typically also thrown high.
Anhyzer – The opposite of a Hyzer, this throw is released at an angle to produce flight pattern that is opposite the normal curve of the disc.