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When searching for the best Disc Golf discs, looking in the bags of the current and former PDGA World Champions is a great place to start.
Despite the hundreds of disc options available today, after compiling a complete list of discs preferred by World PDGA Champions, we were shocked by how many championships were won with the same three discs.
Additionally, three Women's Championships and multiple Putting Championships were also won using these same discs.
Championships Won with the Same 3 Discs
|Player||Credentials||Putter||Midrange||Fairway Driver||Distance Driver|
|Ken Climo||12-Time World Champion||Aviar||Roc||TeeBird, Firebird||Wraith, Destroyer|
|Paul McBeth||4-Time World Champion||Aviar||Roc||TeeBird, Firebird||Destroyer, Firebird|
|Barry Schultz||2-Time World Champion||Aviar||Roc||Leopard||Wraith, Firebird, Beast|
|Avery Jenkins||2009 World Champion||Aviar||Roc, Gator||TeeBird||Wraith, Destroyer, Firebird|
|Valarie Jenkins||3-Time World Champion (Women's)||Aviar||Roc||TeeBird, Roadrunner||Wraith, StarFire|
|Jay Reading||4-Time World Putting Champion||Aviar||Roc, Gator||TeeBird, C-Line TD||Destroyer, Wraith|
While some variation exists in the Distance Drivers (though not very much), one can quickly see that the exact same putter, midrange, and fairway driver have been used to win the vast majority of championships since 1990.
With this much agreement at the top, these are clearly three discs that every player should strongly consider adding to their bag:
#1 Championship Putter: Aviar
Most Common Plastic: R-Pro
Weight Class: 173-175g
Most use 3-4 Aviars with different levels of wear. While the Pro plastics were the most common overall, most players also carried an alternate plastic for use exclusively on longer approach shots.
The heaviest weight class (173-175g) increases overall wind resistance, and the R-Pro plastic combines high-grip with a solid feel.
#1 Championship Midrange: ROC
Most Common Plastic: DX
Weight Class: 165-169g
As with the Putters, the champions above carry 3-4 Rocs to have different plastic options and levels of wear.
The classic DX plastic remains the most popular, balanced by the Roc's beaded rim that helps dramatically slow change in Roc flight stability over time. All praised its consistency and reliability.
#1 Championship Fairway Driver: TeeBird
Most Common Plastic: Champion
Weight Class: 165-169g
Fairway drivers had slightly more variation, but everyone carried at least one TeeBird.
Why? Highly overstable but with relatively low fade, the TeeBird provides incredibly predictable flight, but with a longer, straighter finish providing extra distance. Because of this, many of the pros above will also throw the TeeBird from the pad.
Member Pro-Pick Value Pack
So many of our members have asked to purchase all 3 of these discs at the same time, for added convenience and reduced cost we've created a value pack containing the exact three discs listed above.
If you want to train to play like a top pro, these are three critical discs to add to your bag today!
What about the Other World Champions?
Several other players have won the PDGA World Championship since 1990, including amazing athletes like Nate Doss, David Feldberg, Eric McCabe, and Ricky Wysocki. In looking in their bags, however, there was very little or no commonality in disc selection.
Additionally, Dave Feldberg (current sponsor: Latitude 64°) actually used Innova discs when to win his 2008 championship, but because we could not locate any record to confirm the specific selections that data was excluded.
To fine tune your selection of discs, we strongly recommend watching the following two video guides:
(1) How to Choose the Best Driver for Distance - a complete framework for selecting your next disc based on the flight patterns you are getting from your current discs.
(2) How to Choose the Right Disc Plastic - a detailed analysis of how different plastics affect disc flight
If you have any questions, please let us know using the comments below, or our Contact page. We are always happy to help our fellow players!
Have a great round!