Disc golf is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and it is extremely easy to learn. It allows you to spend time outdoors, get some exercise and socialize with friends or family members. But not many people know how to play disc golf!
Disc golf is played by throwing a disc from a teeing area into a basket or chains at the end of an obstacle-filled path. It’s similar to regular golf, but you don’t need clubs, fairways, or greens to play. The most important piece of equipment you need is discs! Here’s how many discs you need to play disc golf.
If you’re just starting out, try getting at least five discs. You’ll want one driver and four or five mid-range discs. These are the easiest to throw and will be your go-to choices for throwing downwind or hyzer shots.
Inevitably, you’ll quickly start experimenting with different types of discs and seeing what works best for you.
How Many Discs Should I Have In My Bag?
The answer to the question of how many discs you need in your bag depends on your skill level and how often you play. For most recreational players, a good rule of thumb is to have 15-20 discs at least.
This may sound like a lot, but if you’re just starting out, you’ll want to have some different disc types so that you can have a variety of shots available to you. Having less than 15 discs might result in having to use the same discs for most shots and having no options when they don’t work out.
As you get better and more experienced, there will be fewer occasions where you need to reach for one particular disc over another and more times when multiple options are available. If that’s the case, then there’s no reason to carry more discs than the number required for each hole so long as they are all within reach or close by.
What Kind of Discs Do You Actually Need?
There are many different types of golf discs. Each type has its own unique flight characteristics, and each is suited to different playing conditions.
The main types of golf discs include:
- Putters: These are designed to fly straight at low speeds. They are usually small in diameter and have very little glide (or lift). Putters are used on short approaches or shots where you need accuracy over distance.
- Midrange: Midrange has a medium-sized diameter and can fly straight at moderate speeds or curve to the right or left at high speeds. They’re designed for mid-range drives and approaches, as well as short putts.
- Fairway Drivers: Drivers have no stability because they’re not meant to be thrown straight into the air like other discs are; instead, they’re meant to be thrown upwards into a “high anhyzer” flight pattern so that they travel far distances down-range before fading back towards their target basket (called an “oh hyzer”). This type of disc is great for long-distance throws.
How Many Discs Do Pros Carry?
When you look at professional golf players who compete in tournaments like the Masters’ Cup or World Championships, they’ll often have between 10-20 discs in their bags. They’ll also have several backup discs as well as putters for every shot.
The number of discs that pros carry depends on their skill level, the courses they play, and the terrain they play on. Some pros only carry two or three discs, while others have five or six discs in their bag.
Some pros even have more than 10 discs in their bags! The reason why they carry so many discs is that they don’t just want to be able to throw one type of shot; they want to be able to throw any type of shot they need on any given day.
If you’re just starting out or playing casually with friends, don’t worry about having as many discs in your bag right away. Start with two or three different models; one driver, one midrange, and one putter. As your skills improve and your bag gets lighter, add more discs until you find the right combination for each hole on the course.
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Can You Rent Discs For Disc Golf?
You can rent discs for disc golf at many locations around the country. The best places to find rentals are usually local golf courses, where all your dream golf vacation of yours starts and ends, although some other sporting goods stores will have discs for rent as well.
The cost of renting discs for disc golf varies from course to course, but it’s generally between $5 and $10 per day or $20 per week. Rental fees are typically higher if you’re renting from a store rather than from a course directly, so if you want to save money, shop around before you commit to a rental plan.
Rental discs come in all different shapes and sizes with varying weights and colors, so make sure to ask about what’s available before you commit to any one disc. A good course will even let you test out the discs before buying them so that you know which ones suit your throwing style best.
If you’re planning on playing more than once per week, it might be worth buying your own set of discs instead of renting them every time; professional players often change their set depending on the type of terrain they’re playing on that day (for example, switching from lighter weight discs when there are lots of trees around).
Ultimately, the number of discs you’ll need depends on how serious you are about playing disc golf. If you’re just looking to have a little casual fun with friends, you can get by with a small stash of discs. But if you’re planning to become a serious player, or invest more time and energy into the sport, then you’ll likely need to make some additional purchases.