Introduction - by Team Discraft manager 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 a variety 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 understand is 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 most popular golf disc in the world is the Buzzz midrange.
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.
Explainer: Choosing your first discs
Disc Golfer Magazine's Instructional Editor Scott Papa of Team Discraft walks you through the basics of how to choose your first discs in this short video. This is just one of dozens of helpful Discraft video clinics that offer tips for every stage of your game.
That's a good start, but I want more choices
Got ya covered.
Below are some suggestions for various drivers, mids and putt/approach discs for you to get started with. Our top picks for you are at the top of each category. Each is linked to that model's web page if you'd like to read more. See you on the course!
Drivers (listed in order of our recommendations for new players)