Putters are the deepest, slowest, disc golf discs and have the thinnest rims. Putters are intended to fly shorter distances and on straighter lines. Putters are the slowest spinning discs, so they have less potential to deviate off line. While putters are made to go in the basket, they’re also less likely to fly too far beyond the basket. Along with developing a good short game, a player’s use of putters is extremely important to scoring well.
While a putter is key for aiming for a shot and scoring, it proves to be an asset in several other scenarios. For instance, you’re looking to throw straight over any terrain, including downhill and through a tunnel, a putter tends to be the best disc for the job.
Midranges are a great disc to choose as your first disc. Midranges often offer straighter flights and won’t vary from their intended flight to the degree that fairway and distance drivers will if thrown errantly. Midranges are very helpful for navigating narrow fairways and landing approaches close to the basket. They give you the best of everything out on the course – a bit of distance and more control, creating a straighter, more stable flight path. For beginners and intermediate players, you can’t go wrong with a midrange, but even more experienced disc golfers return to them for more narrow passages and aiming straight toward the basket.
Fairway Drivers have slightly smaller rims than distance drivers and are easier to control because they have less speed potential. While fairway drivers have less distance potential, they are a great choice for tighter lines, shots with less skip at the end, straighter flights, and shorter drives. Fairway drivers are generally a good choice for experienced and inexperienced players.
A fairway driver represents a transition between the midrange and the distance driver: It delivers more speed, has straighter flights and less skip, and can manage shorter distances. Players who working their way up and improving their skills are recommended to hone their technique with a fairway driver before moving onto a distance driver.
Speed rating for fairway drivers 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10
Distance Drivers have the greatest potential to travel the greatest distance. However, they also require the greatest speed to travel true to their intended flight characteristics. Distance drivers have wider rims and sharper noses, so they might not be the best choice for younger players and newer players, or players with slower arm speeds.
While distance drivers seem impressive when advanced and pro disc golf players use them, realize that more skill and arm strength are needed to achieve these distances and speeds, and therefore, they’re not recommended for beginner players.
Speed rating for distance drivers 11, 12, 13, 14, or 15