Just like ball golf, disc golf has different types of equipment. There are a few various disc types, and some of their names even correlate to traditional golf clubs. Disc golfers can be equipped with both “driver” and “putter” discs. It’s important which one they choose for each stage of gameplay.
Drivers are a crucial disc if you want to perform well on the disc golf course.
It’s Not Always Just About Throwing a Flying Disc Around.
With hundreds of different molds and brands, purchasing a new distance driver can be overwhelming. If you’re really looking to step up your game, you’ll want to pack your bag with the best golf drivers for all different purposes.
But, what are drivers?
Drivers Are the First Course of Action in Disc Golf
The distance driver disc is the first disc used on any given disc golf hole. It is designed to go far but in a controlled way. This is where it can get tricky.
Defining the best golf drivers is near impossible because it really depends on the throw of the player.
Different drivers have different purposeful designs and so you will need to know yourself and determine which is the best golf driver for you.
I Bet You’d Like to Know the Different Types of Drivers and How They Can Improve Your Game.
Thanks to disc golf flight ratings, specifically the four number system developed by Innova Discs, it is easier than ever to understand exactly how your particular throw will couple with some of today’s top disc technology. There are two main categories of drivers for disc golf.
The four number flight ratings system was created by Innova but is now used widely by other disc manufacturers. This system ranks the disc on
Speed is ranked on a scale of 1-13. You may think speed is simply how fast the disc will fly, but that’s actually not correct. The speed ranking identifies how much force will need to be applied by the player to get the disc to fly effectively. For example, a disc with a higher speed rating would be useful to someone with a stronger natural throw.
Glide is the easiest aspect of the ranking system to understand. Ranked on a scale of 1-7, glide indicates the amount the disc will float in the air. A higher ranked disc will remain the air for a longer period of time.
Turn, also sometimes known as High-Speed Stability, is likely the most complicated aspect of the four number flight ratings system by Innova. A popular disc golf guide, allthingsdiscgolf.com, fleshed out this concept in an easy to understand way.
“HSS is dependent on how you throw the disc, whether it be backhand (BH), forehand (FH), left-handed (LH), or right-handed (RH). For an RHBH/LHFH throw, the turn will curve to the right. For a RHFH/LHBH, it will curve to the left. HSS is rated from +1 down to -5, but most discs fall between 0 and -3. This is where you get into whether a disc is overstable, stable, or understable. Generally speaking, a +1 means it will immediately start turning left (overstable), a rating of 0 means it won’t turn either direction and will go straight (stable), and a negative number means it will start turning to the right (understable). The more negative the number the more it will turn over. So a disc with a turn rating of -3 will turn a lot more than a disc with a rating of -1.”
Lastly is fade. Fade is the amount of “return” your disc will have at the end of the throw. If you’ve ever thrown a flying disc, you probably noticed that as it slowed, it started to “fade” backward a bit. Fade is rated on a scale of 0-6, with a zero landing in a straight path with no fade at all.
Since this four number system is the most common ranking system, you’ll likely encounter it when looking to purchase a new distance driver. To know which disc is a good fit for you, however, you’ll need to understand the principles of your personal throw. If you tend to overthrow, you would want a driver with a higher speed rating, or if your throw tends towards turn the disc over, look into a disc with a low turn rating.
As you advance in your game, you’ll be able to compile an arsenal of specialized disc golf drivers to have for any given situation. Courses vary and are rarely straight shots, so carrying and understanding the use of specialized discs can up your game immensely.
If You Want to Take Your Game to the Next Level, Start With Your Driver
Modern flying discs are designed quite precisely. Of course, there are generic discs that can be used to complete an entire round of disc golf with, but these are primarily for beginners. If your game has plateaued, or you want a new challenge, take advantage of the science put into modern disc golf like the ranking system developed by Innova Discs.
The resources are available – study up and take advantage.