Poll 43: Your favorite type of disc

We’ve talked about discs before, but it’s time to find out what your favorite type of disc is to throw.

And by type, we don’t mean plastic, rather the range.

weekly_pollBefore we get into that, however, we want to visit last week’s poll and see what some people had to say.

Last week, we asked a simple yes or no question — should there be dress codes at tournaments?

It seemed like this would definitely invoke some thoughts and opinions as it seems like something that is sometimes talked about at tournaments among different levels of players.

Of the 145 people who cast a vote, 62 percent (90 votes) said yes, there should be a dress code. The no vote had 55 votes (38 percent).

Some noted they voted yes because they see something small being helpful, others thought there should be some bigger parts to the rule.

Let’s see what others said.

Kevin King said:

I think a dress code is cool for tournaments. It doesn’t even have to be anything too obtuse or strict. For instance, collared shirts and your choice of pants/shorts. It’s not hard to get collared shirts that are breathable and comfortable, and they look nice. It gives the sport an air of legitimacy and moves the stereotype from “stoned hippies” to “respectable athletes”.

I don’t agree on a dress code for league nights or anything – just sanctioned tournaments (C-tiers could be excluded, to promote the sport a little easier).

You tackle a lot of things people seem to talk about at tournaments that I’ve been to. But, even in traditional ball golf, I’ve never understood the collared shirt thing. In this day and age, there are shirts (even t-shirts) that are just as nice — if not nicer — than many collared shirts.

Brian Bell notes:

My vote was “yes”. However, it should be along the lines of:
* Pants, shirt and shoes must be worn at all times during the tournament.
* Offensive slogans or terms (racial, anti-religious, sexist, etc.) should be avoided.

Does that mean any pants, shirt and shoes? Can pants be shorts? Shirts can be anything? As for the second part, that’s not dress code. But that should be true at any level of play — recreational or tournament. I realize not everybody follows it, but people should avoid things like that in any walk of life.

Dana Smith said:

I was going to vote no because I think letting a player’s individuality show would be good, To me, someone who has been playing for a year, one of the more recognizable players is David Feldberg with his hat that he wears.

However I caught your last comment about there being one no matter how small. I think you have to have a little decorum. I wouldn’t want to see shirts with genitalia on them or graphic political commentary.

What I then realized is that Feldberg still has his individuality and still looks respectable.

It’s very true one can always look neat, tidy and respectable and still have individuality. One just needs to know how to do it, which I don’t think everyone does at times.

Eric C said:

I believe that this is a legitimate sport and we, as players, need to work to make it look legitimate. Casual is just that… casual. Going out for a fun round with a a couple beers should not require a dress code, but when you play in a tournament show some respect.
I don’t think a C-Tier should require anything more than the most basic of code… Non-profane shirt, shoes, etc. But as you move up in Tiers I think the code “move up” as well.

This is something I wonder about. Why is a C-Tier different? If there is a dress code, do it at lower levels, so when things go higher, it’s there. If players jump tiers in tournaments, they shouldn’t have to wonder what they can wear and what they can’t.

Joshua Winn said:

I could not disagree with everyone who has posted thus far any more. Dress codes would be moving towards the stigma that most of us are trying to get away from that we experienced in ball golf. Collared shirts at tournaments? What is this private school? Professionalism should be displayed and judged by conduct not the threads on your back. Lets not forget Frisbee’s roots.

While I agree with the bulk of this, let’s remember that though professionalism should be displayed, it it hard to sometimes think that when somebody is wearing something totally outlandish. I haven’t seen that too often at tournaments, however.

There are other excellent comments, so I would encourage you to go back to that story and check out what people have said and maybe get in on the conversation. As this sport continues to grow, it will no doubt be a topic that is often covered.

Now, let’s hit up this week’s poll.

What’s your favorite type of disc to throw? Is it a putter? A mid-range? A fairway driver? A distance driver?

I know some extremely strong players who reach for a mid-range more often than others. I’ve watched some people with a bag full of different putters because they do what they person needs.

How about you?

Vote away and let us know why you chose what you did in the comments below!

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0 thoughts on “Poll 43: Your favorite type of disc

  1. I said mid-range because of the consistancy I get from them. I love a good, slow flight that goes almost always how I pictured in my mind, especially when heading towards the chains. Don’t get me wrong, I love my long range drivers because there is nothing better than booming a drive off the tee and thinking “WOW!”, but those shots aren’t nearly as consistent and have a much bigger margin for error. So a solid and controlled straight line mid-range is my favorite.

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  2. Mid-range discs are what keeps me coming out to throw. It’s always nice to sail a driver 300+ feet, but I’m just not accurate enough with drives to enjoy them as much as a 150′ throw that lands just in front of the basket and causes my friend’s jaw to drop as I gain another shot on him. 😉

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  3. There is such beauty, and a sense of satisfaction when you fly a disc at mid-ranges. Whether to need a big anny, or hyzer, a skip…especially when you need a great upshot after a less than great drive, and maybe you need to throw an anny that will clear some trees, then fade back to where the chains are hiding…and you watch in awe as your Roc, Buzz, River, whatever, makes that ‘called” shot S’s around the way it should!! All with finesse and just enough power to make it happen. This is what I enjoy most!

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  4. I do love the approach and putt game of disc golf, but the wow factor is in the distance game! I love getting that perfect shot off the tee for 300+ ft and seeing the disc go right where I want it to go! Those are the shots I love coming back week after week to play this game.

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  5. Had to go with the mid-range here. The discs just have so much potential. They fly slow enough that they’re very easy to control and when you have a disc like the Buzz, you can do just about anything with it. I use them on shots from 260-350ft. If I even think I might be able to reach the pin with a mid-range, I’m throwing it.

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  6. Tough question to answer. All 4 categories have that wow factor when you do it exactly perfect. A 20 foot anny putt around the backside of a big pine. That thread the needle from 125 with your go to mid (at this time of year an FLX Buzzz for me) Flexing a nice S curve at 225 with my 150 Leopard for a tap in birdie. And at almost 60 years young a 350 foot FH perfectly placed on the fairway with a Nuke impressing the 30 somethings I generally play with.

    All that said I guess my Mids are the most fun. Long birdies. Over, under, around and through all manner obstacles to save par when I’m in trouble. With good technique you can get some mad distance with a Mid. And with the right combination of overstable, stable, and understable discs in your bag you can get all manner of interesting flights.

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    • From a soon-to-be 61 year old, I’m right there with you all the way except for gettin’ over the 225 range. Hopefully, that will come to be a reality in the next year or two as I’ve only been at this game for about a year and a half now.

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  7. I also have to go with midrange discs. I carry a first run breeze for straight-line and anhyzer shots, a flex buzz for slight fades, a cro for headwinds and a glide for well, glide shots. Having consistant control with my approach game is what keeps this old grandmaster competing with the young big armed boys.

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  8. It’d be nice to see “Other” “All of the Above” as a choice for guys like me who either have a noodle arm, not quite the form or technique needed to throw 300 feet, etc. Obviously, I’m still learning as I’ve only been at this game seriously for a bit over a year now. I love to see a disc fly as well as be the one flying them! It’s a kick to get a disc to do an S flight path, or a hyser but, it’s also great to see the putter or midrange fly straight and flat into the basket! Not sure what that means about me other than I need more time, a psycho-analyst, or a Disc Golfers’ Anonymous! ;-D

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  9. I went with distance drivers because of one thing: I love to give it my all right off the tee box and really see the flight pattern of my discs. The feeling of watching my disc turn and fade and then glide all the way down the fairway is amazing. I have a powerful throw that I can use a wide variety of weights, plastics, etc. that will work on any fairway.

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  10. The only reason I choose the distance driver is for beauty of that perfect drive. Its art. You know it when it leaves your hand. It just pops. It gets out in the fairway and comes up on plane, flexes just perfectly, then glides right where you wanted it.

    It doesn’t matter how your day, your round, the tournament or previous hole was. That perfect drive makes you forget them all, if only for a brief moment.

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  11. Midranges. Like others have said, it’s the control factor: I feel confident with midranges because I can get them to do what I want, and when I do err, I usually understand what went wrong (very important). I’m still working on gaining that level of comfort with drivers.

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  12. Distance Drivers. Watching a disc fly forever is the most satisfying thing about disc golf. Putts are fun, mid range control is great, but it’s the big drives that get the ladies (okay not really).

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  13. I voted for Mid-Range because for me it’s all about confidence in a throw I’m trying to make. Right now, I have very little confidence that my drives are going to go where I want & that my putts (which I practice all the time) are going to go in. Mid-Range shots (even long ones) seem to be much more predictable.

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  14. I love distance drives and the strategy of carrying a few kinds of drivers and deciding what to throw on any given shot. However, there is something really special about the sound of a good putt hitting the chains. And now that I have been consistent “inside the circle” with my putting (after a lot of practice), I think going for that last shot (be it a 5, 20, or 50 foot putt) is my favorite part of the game now. Had to vote Putter.

    – Ben

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