Choosing the right weight for your disc golf discs is very important for playing your best game. Without guidance from others, it can be difficult to know when you should throw a certain weight and for what reason. Here are a few of the questions that I’ll be answer throughout the article.
- What are the differences between disc golf weights?
- What putter weight should I use?
- How do I know what my disc weighs?
Let’s go over the different disc golf weights and the differences between them!
Disc Golf Weights
The first thing that we need to know is what is the legal disc golf weight.
Legal Disc Golf Weight – According to the PDGA Guidelines, a legal disc golf disc must not exceed a maximum weight of 200 grams.
Besides the legal weight, there are common weights that each type of disc will be. For putters, mid-ranges, and drivers, the majority of discs will fall between 165-175 grams. Most disc golf brands offer a plastic material that’s lightweight and easy for newer players to throw.
Since putters are usually used when you’re close to the basket, most people prefer to have a putter that’s on the heavier side. It’s common to see players using a max-weight putter which would be 175 grams. Newer players may prefer a disc in the 170-172 gram range since it can be thrown farther, but it is more sensitive to windy conditions.
For throwing putters, I would go with one that comes in around 172 grams to get the best control and distance possible.
For mid-range discs, the optimal range of weight is between 151-169 grams. The more experienced players will often throw a heavy mid, between 178-180 grams. There’s also a good selection of mid-ranges that are metal flake discs, to increase the weight and stability while in the air.
Most drivers are at least 165 grams because of their ability to be thrown accurately in most conditions on a course. Discs that are lighter than 165 grams might struggle with headwinds or tailwinds and won’t get the maximum distance that you’re aiming for.
If you’re mainly a sidearm player, these forehand discs should help you get an understanding of their capabilities.
Finding the Disc Weight
For most discs, the weight is located and written on the bottom of the disc.
Sometimes we have discs with no given weight or it’s been worn down from use and time. If that’s the case it can be slightly frustrating not knowing the weight of the disc you’re throwing.
I’ve had some luck asking local shops nearby for a weight measurement since they have a scale and can often help out. The other option is to buy a scale to use at home that can give you an accurate mass.
The link below is for a scale with accurate results that I’ve used before!
Difference Between Disc Golf Weights
The weight of the disc has a huge impact on its flight path and stability in windy conditions. A lighter disc can often be thrown farther especially for newer players, but it comes at the cost of stability and control.
Throwing max weight discs required more technical form and overall strength to shape your shot and control the disc. They are also more effective in the wind since the extra weight will make it less likely to turn over mid-flight.
Recommended Disc Weight
Finding and choosing the correct weight to throw can be overwhelming and leave a lot of people wondering, does it really matter?
But it’s important if you want to improve on your disc golf game, so to help limit those tough choices here’s a simplified table to help pick.
|Age||Disc Type||Disc Weight|
|7-9||Putters, Mid-ranges, Drivers||< 150g|
|10-14||Putters, Mid-ranges, Drivers||150-160g|
|15-18||Putters, Mid-ranges, Drivers||160-175g|
|18+||Putters, Mid-ranges, Drivers||165-176g|
When to Throw Lighter Discs
Knowing when to throw a lighter disc from your bag comes by building experience while on the course. The main thing to look for is how windy of a day is it and will it have a major impact on the flight of the disc.
Here’s when you should choose a light disc:
- For new players
- If you need maximum glide
- On holes with minimal wind
- For flippy shots like rollers
- Throws that require less stability
When to Throw Heavier Discs
On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have the max-weight discs. The perfect choice for windy days, the more weight the better the disc is at continuing its flight unaffected. With more mass on the disc, it will easily cut through the air and keep up a higher spin rate.
Here’s when you should choose a heavy disc:
- During windy conditions
- If you have enough arm strength to reach max distance
- If you need more stability in your disc
- When you have enough control not to flip the disc