DISC SELECTION HELP
Introduction - by disc golf commentator Brian Sullivan
Welcome to the incredible sport of disc golf! By now, you most likely have tried the game at least a few times, and have arrived at this page in search of some pointers on how to begin building your arsenal of discs.
You've come to the right place.
Like ball golf clubs, golf discs are designed to produce avariety of flight paths within a variety of playing conditions. Some are designed for maximum distance, some to turn left or right, and some for highly controlled short distance shots.
The important thing to understandis that there is no such thing as a 'beginner disc.' The discs recommended on this page can also be found in the bags of many top pros. However, there are most definitely discs that are considered to be more suited to advanced players. We'll be steering you away from those discs until you have achieved a better understanding of the mechanics of disc golf.
What to Look For - Stability
Each Discraft disc is rated for stability. At the far end of this scale is a stability rating of 3.0, which indicates a very overstable and difficult to control disc, such as the Predator driver, which has a rating of 2.5. Discs with a high stability rating will have a tendancy to 'hyzer,' and you may find it challenging to keep them flying straight.
At the opposite end of the stability scale is a rating of
-3.0, which indicates a very understable disc. These are much more easy to control, especially when the discs are new. Nearly all discs become somewhat less overstable as they wear.
The bottom line for your needs regarding stability is this: look for discs with a lower stability rating. Any Discraft disc with a stability rating at or below 1.0 will be more suited for your game.
What to Look For - Weight
The weight of a disc can also affect its stability. The rule of thumb is: a heavier version of any given disc will tend to be slightly more overstable than a lighter version of the same disc. Many of the pro golfers on Team Discraft throw the heaviest discs available. That's fine for pros, but you will want to start with some lighter weights such as 166 grams.
Some Discraft discs are also available in a special lightweight class known as '150 Class.' These discs all weigh 150 grams or less, and are generally the lightest golf discs available. They can be very easy to throw, and will go a country mile! Give one a try.
Enough Blah Blah Blah - I need a disc!
Okay, okay. Let's cut to the chase.
There is some internal debate at Discraft about which model is the absolute perfect disc as a player's first disc. But, since I'm the guy who is creating this guide for you, my wise and learned opinion wins out.
The perfect starter disc, and the best golf disc ever is:
The Buzzz is a midrange disc with a stability rating of 0.5. It won't get squirrely on you: throw it flat, it flies flat. Throw it left, it goes left. Throw it hard, it goes far. And it has just a twinge of overstabilty, which will take you a long way toward understanding how other golf discs fly. So grab one and go. Ten years from now, you'll still be throwing it... and winning.
DISCRAFT FLIGHT GUIDE
Why do some discs fly to the left, and others go right?
Like clubs in ball golf, Discraft golf discs are designed to travel on a variety of flight paths to help you meet any course challenge. The way we define a disc's flight characteristics is through the term stability.
Let's assume you are a right handed player using a backhand throwing motion. If you throw a disc on a straight, flat line using average power and it continues to fly straight, that disc is considered to be stable, and would be given a stability rating of (0).
Now you choose another disc, and this one fades to the right. We call that disc understable, and would give it a negative stability rating of (-1) for a gentle turn, and (-3) for a more severe turn. When it comes to drivers, understable discs are easiest for new players to control.
Most golf discs -- especially drivers -- tend to fade to the left, which would put them somewhere within the overstable range. This is the more natural flight path for sharp edged discs. These discs get a positive rating of (1) for a subtle fade, or (3) for a hard turn.
Overstable discs fade away from the direction of the spin of the disc. In the examples above, the spin on the disc is clockwise (to the right), so an overstable disc fades left. The chart will need to be reversed whenever the spin on the disc is reversed. For example, a left handed player using a backhand throw (counter clockwise spin) will see an overstable disc fade right, not left. The same goes for a righty using a forehand throw, and so on.
When shopping for Discraft golf discs, you'll see a stability rating on each disc. You might see this one (a rating of 0 stability) on a putter, a class of disc that tends to fly slow and straight.
So what should I be shopping for?
You'll want a mix of stability in your bag. Overstable discs are great for throwing hyzer shots on dogleg left holes, long distance 'S' shots, overhand air shots or for holding a line into a headwind, understable for anhyzer shots on a dogleg right or for roller shots, and stable
discs for navigating tight, straight fairways. As you gain experience and get to know how your discs fly under different circumstances, you'll want to experiment with additional discs and stabilities to see which ones fit your style and fill additional needs in your bag. Enjoy!