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Frisbee golf equipment question.? Answered

I was idly browsing Frisbee equipment with a view to persuading an acquaintance in the local school sports hierarchy to start an Ultimate league going, when I noticed that there are different kinds of discs for Frisbee Golf -
  • Distance Drivers
  • Fairway Drivers
  • Mid-Range Drivers
  • Putt & Approach
Yet, in the catalogue descriptions, they are all the same size, and all the same weight.

What is the actual difference between these discs?  Or is it just a scam to make you buy more discs?



Best Answer 7 years ago


Ultimate has a fairly standard 175 gram disc, it's designed for maximum flight distance and stability with minimum drag. Most of the weight is in the rim allowing more angular momentum, meaning better longer lasting spin.

Disc golf is a different game altogether. The difference in all these as you noted they are the same outside diameter, but differ in their structure/aerodynamics.
from wikipedia:


7 years ago

Thanks also to uniqueutopia, who sent similar information by PM.


Answer 7 years ago

Just to clarify -- Ultimate is awesome, non-contact, and great for teambuilding when teaching sports. Less emphasis on running and more on passing (teamwork) at the entry level, but capable of becoming very physically intensive as it becomes more competetive. Strategy plays a stronger and stronger role as it becomes more competetive also; formations like the stack and the cup are vital.

Fun stack exercise: team lines up spaced a few meters apart down the field, disc starts at home end zone, and gets passed to next person in line -- person who makes the pass runs from the back of the line to the front, preparing for the next pass to them -- this is one of the safest ways to get the disc down the field, and is very helpful in game.

Keep passes short and accurate -- there are far fewer 'hero' long bombs in ultimate because until you get to an enthusiast level, they are notoriously inaccurate.


7 years ago

The difference lies in the shape of the disc. You might not think this makes much of a difference, but as a regular disc golf player, I can tell you it makes a HUGE difference. Drivers tend to have a sharper, more aerodynamic profile, which allows them to go much, much further than putter disks, which tend to have more of a rounded profile. The tradeoff is that drivers are much less accurate (I can guarantee you that the first time you throw a disc golf driver, it won't go in the direction you want it :) ) than putters.

As for being a racket to get you to buy more discs, sadly I can say that this is the case for some people. The "pros" usually have massive bags filled with all manner of discs, when I'm of the opinion that you really only need two, or MAYBE three: a driver, a midrange (optional in my opinion), and a putter.

Hope this clears things up for you. I've been playing for a number of years now, and it's one of the things that I greatly look forward to during the weekends. It's a lot of fun!


7 years ago

I had the same question a number of months ago... This site provides a good explanation of the differences...

"Distance Driver – usually small in diameter with a low profile and a sharp edge, these discs are generally the most challenging to control, but also the longest flying.
  Fairway Driver – these discs are slower and do not have the same distance potential as distance drivers. However, fairway drivers are also much easier to control and usually glide better than most distance drivers.
 Mid-Range Driver– these discs fall somewhere between the fairway drivers and putt & approach discs in terms of distance. They are even slower and more accurate than fairway drivers and are also the most versatile discs. The majority of your throws on the course will be performed with midrange discs.
 Putt & Approach – these discs are the slowest and shortest flying of the disc types. Often high profile, these discs usually have good glide and are very easy to control and are generally the most accurate discs available."