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Disc Golf Selection Help For New Players

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.

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

For a quick and easy solution, pick up one of our retail starter sets:

  • Discraft three-pack (driver, midrange, putter)
  • Discraft deluxe pack (two drivers, midrange, putter and disc golf bag)

  • If you prefer to hand-craft your selections, below are some suggestions for various individual drivers, mids and putt/approach discs to get you started. 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. If you want to dive in even deeper, take a look at our flight charts to see the entire lineup of Discraft golf discs. Choose from the Disc Golf Flight Guide or the Golf Discs At A Glance charts. See you on the course!

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    Drivers (listed in order of our recommendations for new players)
    Disc: Stability: Great For: Comments:
    Stratus -1.0 General Purpose Flies flat when new, very easy to control. Great for rollers.
    Xpress -1.0 General Purpose An excellent choice for a first driver.
    Glide -0.5 Long Life If you like the high tech Z plastic, try a Glide
    Impact  0.0 General Purpose Flies flat, or holds the line you put it on. Durable ESP.
    Cyclone  0.0 Controlled Distance A classic driver, thrown by thousands of players.
    Heat  0.0 Max Distance If you have basic form, Heat is your distance choice.
    Thrasher  0.4 Max Distance Super fast yet beginner friendly
    Avenger SS  0.5 Long Distance For controlled bomb shots, hugely popular.
    Crank SS  0.7 Max Distance Delivers big distance for low-power throwers.
    Mantis  0.8 Fairway Distance Great distance with added control.
    Nuke SS  1.0 Max Distance The longest beginner-friendly driver.
    XL  1.0 General Purpose Easy to control, great distance.
    XS  1.0 General Purpose This former distance record holder is a sweet flier.
    Spectra  1.0 Long Distance A full-color driver that lies farther with less effort
    Stalker  1.1 General Purpose Stalker is a great utility disc that you'll continue to use as your skills increase.
    Crank  1.3 Max Distance When you have mastered Nuke SS, it's time to step up to Crank.
    Undertaker  1.4 General Driving The versatile go-to driver for throusands of players.
    Disc: Stability: Great For: Comments:
    Meteor -0.5 Turnovers shots Holds an excellent line, amazing glide.
    Comet  0.0 General Purpose Another contender for best golf disc ever. Goes where you throw it without argument.
    Hawk  0.0 General Purpose If you're not already carrying a Comet, you need a Hawk.
    Buzzz  0.5 General Purpose The world's most popular golf disc. Excellent for all skill levels. Wicked accuracy.

    Putt and Approach
    Disc: Stability: Great For: Comments:
    Roach  0.0 Straight shots Feels good in the hand and has nice glide.
    Putt'r  0.0 Flies Flat Great for putts and short drives.
    Rattler  0.0 General Purpose Think of it as the Comet of putters. Easy to throw, goes where you send it. A deeper rim makes it harder to throw for small hands.
    Soft APX  0.0 Consistent Release A flat flier with excellent grip.
    Magnet  0.0 General Purpose Our flagship putter is great to learn with, good in the wind too. Try the soft version.
    Soft Focus  0.0 General Purpose An outstanding putt and approach disc for any player.
    Banger GT  1.0 Grip Confidence A unique putter with Groove Top grippability.
    Soft Banger GT  1.0 Mega Grip Soft and grippy, and the confidence inspiring Groove Top.

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