What actually is disc golf?
- Disc golf is very similar to its namesake sport, golf, except, unsurprisingly, it’s played with specialized discs instead of balls and clubs. The discs fulfill the same general purposes as golf clubs: drivers, putters, etc.
Another noticeable difference is that instead of getting a golf ball into a hole, you aim to get your discs in a special basket (just like the one in our logo!).
One more stark contrast is that disc golf courses are generally much less impactful to the environment and surrounding area. Often disc golf courses are part of parks, wooded areas, or campuses.
Is it fun?
- Yes! Especially if you enjoy disc sports like frisbee, we think you'll like disc golf too.
I want to play. How do I start? What do I need?
- Great questions! If you're just starting out there are a few things you want to look out for in discs. First, we recommend starting with 2 or 3 discs, specifically a midrange, putter, and (optionally) a driver. Specifically, we recommend selecting from our "Beginners Bag" collection or choosing a disc that is "understable".
You don't need a bag or any other equipment, you really just need those couple basic discs and a course to play on! Check out the UDisc directory of courses to find one near you, and we recommend looking at disc golf tutorial videos on YouTube.
What does understable/stable/overstable mean?
- There are multiple terms used to describe how a disc flies, and one of them refers to how "stable" a disc is. Discs will range between understable, stable, and overstable.
If you throw "right hand back hand" (RHBH, i.e. you're right handed and throw a disc the typical frisbee way), an understable disc will tend to finish towards the right, a stable disc will tend to finish fairly straight, and an overstable disc will end towards the left (if, of course, you release the disc flat). If you're left-handed and throwing backhand, reverse those so that understable finishes to the left, stable is still straight, and overstable is to the right. Generally, understable discs are easier to throw for beginners.
What are the other terms used to describe how a disc flies?
- There are 4 primary values that describe disc flight patterns: speed, glide, turn, and fade. Most discs have a series of 4 numbers on them, which in order are speed, glide, turn, and fade. The last two, turn and fade, together form the "stability" that we talked about above.
Speed is an approximation of how fast a disc needs to be released in order to fly properly, as well as a factor for how far the disc will fly. If a disc is released too slowly or too quickly (relative to its speed stat), it may fly in a different way than you expect. Lower speed values require less speed to fly correctly, and a higher speed value means it needs to be thrown faster (usually they range between 1 and 14).
Glide, refers to how far a disc tends to travel independent of speed. A higher glide tends to travel farther, and lower glide means it drops more quickly.
Turn, for someone throwing RHBH (right hand back hand), is how much a disc tends to curve to the right in the beginning part of the throw. Turn values generally range from -5 to 1, with -5 turning more and 1 turning less.
Fade on the other hand is how much a disc tends to curve left towards the end of a throw (again for a RHBH player). Fade values usually range from 0 to 5, with 5 being more fade. Together, turn and fade dictate how stable a disc is. The more turn, the more understable it is, and the more it tends to end to the right. The more fade, the more overstable, and the further left it tends to go. Discs with a balanced turn and fade are called stable, and generally finish off relatively straight.
You carry a brand of disc, Prodigy, but a lot of their discs don't have the 4 numbers on them. How do they work?
- Prodigy labels their discs a bit differently. Some of their discs, namely their ACE line, do have the traditional labeling system with the 4 numbers. However, for most of their discs, Prodigy goes with a system of a letter and number.
The letter denotes what type of disc it is, so a D would be distance driver, M would be midrange, P for putting, etc. The numbers, 1 to 7, denote the stability. However, unlike the traditional system, when talking about RHBH, 1 is overstable (ends up left) and 7 is overstable (ends up right), with 4 being stable.
For more information, check out their Flight and Plastic info page. Also, check out this graphic from their site: