For Beginning Players, learning to successfully drive, approach, and putt is critical.
But which discs are really the best for beginners?
We've designed the following 3-Disc Foundation Set to give beginners the tools they need to negotiate all aspects of the game using only discs that:
- Are easy for beginners to throw
- Will help develop proper technique
- Will ALWAYS be useful, no matter how long you play!
Before You Proceed: WATCH THIS VIDEO
We can almost guarantee that this video will teach you more about discs and disc selection than you would otherwise learn in MONTHS of browsing in forums:
Question #1: Are You Really a "Beginner?"
We define Beginners as players who meet all three of the following criteria:
You have played fewer than 50 full (18 hole) rounds
You average more than 9 strokes over par, and typically shoot much higher than +9 (varies by course).
Average driving distance is under 300 feet, or over 300 feet but a large percentage of drives do not land in the fairway (also varies by course).
Question #2: Do You Have Discs That Meet These Performance Criteria?
If the 3 points above DO NOT describe you, you may want to also look at our 2-Disc Intermediate Set for maximizing drive distance and increasing shot diversity.
However, whether or not the above describes your current skill level, the performance criteria outlined for the three-disc Foundation Set below will typically form the core of even the most advanced players' bags.
If you do not currently have discs that meet the standards outlined below you should strongly consider adding any pieces you are missing.
Foundation Disc #1: Distance Driver
The Valkyrie is a true anomaly: a beginner-friendly disc that also held the World Distance Record for 10 years (830 Feet!).
The Valkyrie was designed with neutrally balanced high-speed Stability and Fade (-2, +2), allowing a wide range of players to achieve maximum distance by making simple, minor adjustments to their release angle.
This versatility ensures the Valkyrie will be a valuable part of your bag for years to come, no matter how much your release technique and velocity improve!
The 165-172g class provides solid consistency and wind-resistance without any excess weight that will make the disc more difficult to throw, and the durable GStar plastic provides a more grippy surface and maintains "out of the box" flight performance for longer periods of time.
Foundation Disc #2: Max-Consistency Midrange
The Roc has been used to win more PDGA World Championships than any other Midrange disc by delivering consistency and predictability through two key design features:
(1) High Turn (high-speed overstability)
Overstable discs provide the most predictable curving flight paths under the widest range of velocities and wind conditions. Because of this, the Roc was designed to produce highly overstable flights.
(2) Moderate Fade (low-speed hook)
Controlling your flight line doesn't mean much if you can't also control your flight distance. For maximum overall accuracy, the Roc produces a controlled fade at the end of flight (changing forward motion into lateral motion) to help you precisely manage the total flight distance.
High overstability paired with moderate Fade provide the consistent, predictable flight lines and distances that are critical for successful approach shots.
The moderate weighting of 165-169g adds the ability to use the Roc as a driver on shorter holes, and the DX plastic option provides balanced performance in a wide range of shot selections.
Foundation Disc #3: Straight-Flight Putter
Unlike Drivers and Midrange discs, because Putters are intended for use at low speeds, Turn is not an essential feature.
Fade performance (low-speed curve), on the other hand, is critical, and the Aviar offers the lowest Fade rating available, meaning that it delivers the straightest possible low-speed flights (i.e. putts).
Using an Aviar at the heaviest weight class (173-175g) ensures maximal wind-resistance, distance control, and consistency, and the R-Pro plastic provides superior grip for solid, confident releases.
Foundation Set Value Pack
So many of our readers have asked to purchase all of these discs at the same time, we've created a value pack containing all three discs (exactly as listed above, colors vary) for your convenience and to reduce your costs.
We strongly recommend Beginners check out our Video Guide Series! Each video provides players with the knowledge they need to choose the best discs for their playing style!
Or if you have any specific questions, please let us know using our Contact page. We're always happy to help fellow players improve their game!