Activity in the great outdoors, fun from the very first moment and the shared experience
with family and friends make disc golf a real favorite sport.
What it’s all about
The challenge is to complete a course of mostly 18 holes with as few throws as possible. From a defined drop zone, you throw the disc in the direction of a disc golf target. Then you mark the place where the disc landed and continue playing from there. The course is played to the end when you have sunk the disc in the target. Depending on the course and degree of difficulty, the length of a hole is between 40 and 250 meters.
The number of disc golf facilities in Germany is growing from year to year. You can find an overview of where you can play here.
The selection of different disc golf discs is almost endless and sometimes quite confusing at the beginning.
So, we give you a brief insight into the different disc categories and flight characteristics.
Disc golf discs are usually divided into three main categories:
Precision all along the line. Putters are designed to be thrown into the target. They are the easiest and most precise to cast. But you cannot cover long distances with them. They usually have a high edge and a rather flat top. The decisive throw for the final land into the basket is almost always made with the putter.
The all-rounder among the discs. Midrange discs do not have the range of the drivers, but they offer more control with their ability to hold special trajectories, so obstacles can be overcome with fewer throws.
When it comes to range, drivers are the first choice. With experienced players they fly over 100 meters and are therefore mostly used for the first throw from the tee pad. A flat profile and a lot of weight on the edge ensure high speeds and range, but at the expense of control.
The flight characteristics of disc golf discs are divided into four categories. Each category describes a special
flight characteristic and is divided into various values that indicate the intensity of the characteristic.
1 – 14
Speed is the ability of the disc to cover distance. Discs with a high speed value keep the speed longer than those with a low speed value and fly further depending on the throwing power. However, the possibility to “overthrow” the target can occur easily.
1 – 7
Glide describes the disc's ability to glide in the wind. For beginners, discs with high glide values are easier to throw. They are also particularly suitable when there is a tail wind. Beginners who want to throw long distances should choose a driver with a high glide rating.
+1 – -5
Turn is the tendency of the disc to drift to the right at the beginning of the flight phase (right hand with a backhand throw). A disc with +1 value shows this characteristic only slightly, whereas a disc with -5 will pull strongly to the right.
0 – 5
Fade is the tendency for the disc to tip to the left at the end of the flight phase (right hand with a background throw). 0 is the lowest value and means that the trajectory ends straight. Such discs are often referred to as super stable or unstable. A high value creates a strong hook to the left. These discs are then called stable and overstable. Such discs are very reliable even in strong winds. Their trajectory is the easiest to predict.
The following Eurodisc disc golf discs are especially beginner friendly:
As a rough guide, the lower the sum of turn and fade, the better the disc is suitable for beginners, as the flight path is relatively straight and stable.