One round. One disc. What’s your choice?

One disc for one round? This would be my choice. What about you?

One disc.

Do you know what yours would be?

Just one.

One glorious piece of plastic to carry for 18 holes.

Drives. Up shots. Putts. In and out of trees or wherever else.

One simple disc.

Backhands. Forehands. Flicks. Overhand shots. Rollers.


Oh how life could be so simple, eh? No need for a bag full of discs. Just that one piece of plastic.


Could you do it? Could you survive? Would you get the cold sweats when you had a certain shot and you didn’t have another disc? Would you panic?

Or would you just deal?

This idea came to me recently after a lackluster round at a St. Patrick’s Day tournament. Though I didn’t play awful, I knew I could do better. There were times I went with one disc, threw it and wondered if I was better off using something else.

After that round, I swore off disc golf for a bit. I needed to re-focus. Until the next day that is.

With the idea of doing some photography of the older baskets at the Rutgers course in New Brunswick, N.J., I set out with Rattling Chains staffer Darren Dolezel. We opted to play some sort of round, but with me toting my camera — I didn’t want to carry many discs.

Tom flicks his Core out during a one-disc round.

The idea of the one disc then came up.

At first we used a disc we each had in our bags — a Vibram Ibex. The disc is one I’ve been using more and more and Darren also uses it some. But after five holes of match play (Darren won, 2-1) we switched it up as another local golfer, Tom Murray, joined us.

The game changed at that point. We decided that we would pick one mid-range disc you thought you could play an entire round with.

My choice was simple — my Discraft Buzzz, a beautiful piece of plastic that is a constant disc I use. It was one of the first discs I owned (along with my Innova Pro Leopard and a Gateway soft Wizard putter). Being it’s one of my first discs, it’s one that is really broken in and I have a good idea of what I can do with it.

Tom chose a Latitude 64 Core and Darren, who carries many mid-range discs, settled in with an MVP Vector.

The plan at this point was simple — see what each person would do with their disc for 18 holes.

Par at Rutgers is 54. Off we went.

I rode 10 pars (for me, a solid round) for a 10-over-par 64. Tom’s round was interesting as he had three birdies and 11 pars to end at a 1-over 55. Darren four birdies and 10 pars to finish at even-par.

This result made me wonder if I should do this more — even in a tournament. Maybe it’s something I need to do to improve.

What I learned from this experience was that with one disc, you need to think more. You have to work on making sure you think about throwing the disc, especially when putting from more than 10 feet or so.

The thought process changes when you are faced with using one disc. It makes you simplify the game a little and it really makes you focus.

In the end, it really seemed to be a good way to clear my mind with disc golf. It’s something I am going to start doing every once in a while, if not just for the reason of making me think a little bit more about the mental aspects of the game and how to clear my mind.

All it took was one disc. Who knew?


Now we ask you — what disc would you choose for one round and why?

Let us know in the comments below!

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0 thoughts on “One round. One disc. What’s your choice?

  1. 170gm ESP FLX Buzzz. Hands down. I played in a One Disc Tourney back in January and used a Lat 64 Opto Core. It just wasn’t there for me. I missed my Buzzz’s.


  2. Firebird, I may test that theory this year at one of the one disc challenges we have locally. We actually allow you to carry two in case of loss basically. Have to be the same mold, diff plastic is ok.


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  4. DX Roc, all day. But I love seeing everyone’s input here. Surprised to see so few putters, I thought there would be a lot of love for those.


  5. It all depends on what course I’m playing. If it’s Black Mouse – a short technical circuit through a Redwood Forest I’d choose my Proline Rhyno. Pinto Lake has so many super long holes, though, I’d be forced to pick a driver like my ESP Nuke or Vibram Ascent and do the best I could putting with it. If it’s DeLa, I’m going with an old gummy Beast.


  6. My choice would have to be a champ classic roc. With it’s blunt profile, it has the flight characteristics of a putter with the increased speed of a mid-range. Plus, you can do everything with it, backhand, sidearm, overhand. If was a longer course, like a Pinto Lake, or Goat Hill, I’d probably have to step up to a roc, to deal with the increased distance. I wouldn’t play with a driver however, because as Will Shusterick has shown us, a roc can fly far enough on its own.


  7. Funny you ask . . . in 2 weeks that is our special league night . . . it used to be 2 disc night but is now turning into 1 disc night. Valley View is a short technical course so choosing a midrange or putter shouldn’t affect many people’s scores by a whole lot.

    I am choosing my star spider since most holes are either a gentle turnover or straight shot . . .and I can put with my spider!


  8. there was a two disc tournament last year in northern MI. I’ve played some great rounds with 4, 3, 2, 1, discs but its more of a par game with one disc. A buzz or TL would most likey be my choice but i feel i would want a challenger an eagle and a buzz to play everyday and mantain my sanity and game. I throw a lot of backhand and flicks and would feel best with something overstable at least an eagle x but then I would hate putting and the skips and rolls that come from, during up shots and putts, the disc getting on its side. So with all that said I’d go with something neutral like a TL….


  9. I love my 175 Champion Beast for nearly every throw, even putting.. it’s beat in pretty good and is very versatile for my game(not a very strong thrower). That said, I finally got a Z Buzzz about a month ago and it has probably taken 2 or 3 strokes off of my average round. It lived up to the hype, and then some.


  10. 175 titanium buzz – does it all, easy 200+ drives (S, fade or anhyzer!), flick, great straight roller, cuts through branches, and easy to put. My go to midrange and approach disc.


  11. As much as I want to jump on the Buzzz bandwagon, I’ve recently discovered a disc that never thought would be my choice for my one disc. A pre CE prototype valkyrie. It was a prototype that was shelved because it was too stable for what they were looking for. That extra bit of stability makes it a valkyrie that can be both forehanded and backhanded with ease. I may struggle just a bit with putting from outside of 25 feet but this disc is so precise that I may not have to.


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