Your first disc

Of course, what you want to do is pick up a Boss (currently the World Distance Record holder) and throw it like, well – like a boss, obviously.

Every player makes the same mistake, and we all still have a Boss at home somewhere, and every now and then we find it and says to ourselves “One day I’ll grow into this disc.”

The speed number on the disc is a bit like the fast lane on the motorway. You shouldn’t be using it whilst you have learner plates. Just like the fast lane doesn’t speed up your car, the fastest discs don’t actually increase the distance you can throw – yes, they have less wind-resistance, but it’s more helpful to think of the speed of the disc as how fast it would ‘like’ to be thrown rather than the speed it will fly at. Additionally the faster discs are less reliable and therefore accurate. If you can only achieve speed 9, you’ll find a Valkyrie much easier than a Boss.

If you’re new to the game and want to improve, ideally you should master a putter like the Aviar before you move on anything else.
Innova launched the Aviar in 1984, and it became an instant classic. Innova still sell more Aviars than any other disc, presumably making it the best selling disc golf disc in the world, ever.

The Aviar is a Putt & Approach disc, meaning that it’s good for short drives, approaching shots and rattling the chains. It’s reliable and versatile – if you throw it straight it’ll fly straight, if you throw it on an angle it’ll follow a predictable curve.

The true testimony of the greatness of the Aviar is that almost every disc golf player will have at least one or another manufacturers equivalent in their bag of favourite discs, even players at the highest level. Check out these guys, these are professional disc golfers – they actually get paid money for playing disc golf, and they all still carry an Aviar.

Player 1 ready?

Here’s how you tell if you’re ready for a step up: If, when you throw a disc at full speed and perfectly flat, it pulls off to the right*, you’re ready.

*This applies to RHBH players – Right handed backhand throwers.

The most important thing about this is the perfectly flat bit – it doesn’t count if you put an angle on the disc. Additionally, if you throw too high it confuses matters; your disc should be flying at about head height, maybe reaching four meters above the ground at its zenith. If it comes back towards you at the end of its flight you’re aiming too high.

It should also be thrown without visible wobble, wobble generally indicates an unclean release which often leads to a disc “turning” over (drifting away from the natural fade)

Your second disc

Your next move is to try out a mid range. Good choices would be a Roc, prodiscus Midari or anyone of the excellent selection of Latitude 64 Mid ranges.

Your next discs

So you’re ready to try a fairway driver. My suggestion would be a TeeBird or a Sidewinder. I still have both in my bag as they are excellent all-rounders. A lot of people also like the Valkyrie.