Frisbee Golf Discs
While any frisbee can technically be used, the discs typically used in disc golf are not the same as a standard frisbee. Disc golf discs are smaller, heavier, and made of a denser material than normal frisbees. They have a shape and size closer to that of a discus disc, and usually have a thick, harder edge.
All frisbee golf discs are constructed to allow for more distance than a standard frisbee. Because of this construction design, however, discs tend to have a right or left pull, or fade, at the end of a throw. Since the fade can be predictable, there are many different discs with different types of fade and special use available.
The distance driver is the primary range disc in a frisbee golf players bag. This disc is designed to allow for maximum flight, so it is generally flatter and has a wider, heavier outer ring than other discs. The added weight allows the distance driver to be more effective when used in a breeze or with a tailwind.
A good distance driver is likely the first disc new frisbee golf players will purchase. For average recreational use, entire games can be played using only a distance driver. Though they are not ideal for putting, a distance driver will give new players a slight advantage in the longer-range throws versus playing with only a mid-range disc.
The mid-range is the staple of any serious frisbee golf players game. As expected from the name, these discs are good for medium-ranged shots, combining good distance flight with superior accuracy. The mid-range disc typically offers significant loft, or hover, which results in lower speed throws.
Since these discs can offer a wide variety of fades, hovers, and weights, there are many different options when selecting a mid-range disc. Most players will carry at least four different mid-range discs in their bag while playing a course, and will typically favor one or two familiar discs. This allows the experienced player plenty of options when facing a difficult shot.
The mid-range disc is probably the last disc a new player should consider purchasing.
Putt and Approach
The putt and approach disc, or putter, is the most accurate disc in the frisbee golf players arsenal. These discs are extremely accurate, have a slow flight speed, and produce tons of loft. The disc is usually very tall, which allows throws to drop off quickly at the end, making it easier to “drop” the disc into the basket.
Putt and approach discs are usually made out of a soft, tacky material that can promote ricochets off of trees and other hazards, and allow the disc to “grip” the chains and stay in the basket more easily.
A putter can significantly improve a frisbee golf players short game, so this should be the second disc new players purchase.