A Simplified Guide to Finding the Best Disc Golf Driver for Maximum Distance
by Celavirgie Bautista May 28, 2021
If you’re past the beginner stage of learning the basics of how to throw a disc, you may now be working on your driving distance and placement. However, some disc golfers took them years to figure out the best distance driver that would give them maximum distance.
To help you save time, in this blog post, we’re going to share with you a simplified guide to finding the best disc golf driver to achieve maximum distance.
But first, it’s important to know the four categories of a Flight Ratings System which you can use as a guide to know how a disc is supposed to fly when you throw it:
Speed – the measurement of forward aerodynamics and resistance to drag (it’s basically the rate at which a disc can travel through the air)
Turn – the tendency of a disc to bank in the direction of the disc’s rotation (for RHBH throws)
Glide – the disc’s ability to stay aloft during flight
Fade – the expected degree of low-speed hook (for RHBH throws) at the end of the flight
Now, let’s talk about the 2 flight keys for maximum distance:
Turn-over – to give the disc the most time in the air and the longest flight, you will need to get it to turnover at an understable pattern in the early stages of flight at high speed
Net Straight Flight – you’re going to need the balancing fade in the end to get a straight flight while having a late turn to the right then come back to the left for a straight net throw
In looking for the best disc golf driver that will give you maximum distance, according to Best Disc Golf Discs, it’s better to start with discs professionals use and work your way back into a disc that might be better for you.
Why? Because the professional discs are going to give you a MORE CONSISTENT BASE LINE of performance and a BETTER PATH FORWARD to working your way up.
If you’re going to look at the discs that pros use, you’ll notice that they’re all high-speed discs; but if you’re going to look closely, you’ll realize that the other performance characteristics of the discs are exactly the same.
Let’s take a look at the example on the left:
Let’s say, you’re using a speed 13 driver. And like most people, you might not be able to throw as fast as the pros. So, at your reduced speed, you’re going to get an overstable flight pattern.
On the left side of this graph, there’s the speed; and on the top, there’s the turn. The three white discs represent the high-speed, overstable turn level discs used by the pros.
If you can’t get these discs to turnover in a high-speed flight, you have 3options.
Option 1 (red discs) – reduce the turn and move in a more understable pattern
Option 2 (green discs) – reduce the speed of the disc
Option 3 (violet discs) – move to a -3 turn or reduce your speed or a combination of both
Note: You can use Option 3 if Options 1 & 2 still didn’t give you the results you wanted.
The first two options will give you the same effects – make the disc easier to turnover at a lower speed and give you the best flight pattern.
Best Disc Golf Discs recommended that when making your adjustments, it’s better to stay in the -1, -2, and -3 zone and that you have to keep your speed at 9 or higher.
Once your game is progressing, you can now begin to start working your way back towards the drivers that the pros are using.
Please take note that this process is specifically designed for maximum distance and that you don’t have to adjust for fade or glide. Considering that all the pros have their discs at 3 and 5, you can say that this is the right balance that you want for maximum distance.
For more videos on how you can improve your disc golf game, you can visit Best Disc Golf Discs on YouTube.