Minimum Discs to carry?
As a new player who started in April and has built his bag around the shots needed for driving my local 9 hole course. It doesn't really require any long distance shot shaping, just mostly 225 to 325 foot par 3's with hidden baskets and lots of obstacles and a few difficult tunnel shots.
I am curious how someone would go about putting a bag together to take anywhere?
How many discs should be considered the minimum amount of discs it takes to take on a longer competitive course? Presumably one a lot longer than my local. Not really interested in what discs you carry as much as I am the type of shot that it is used for.
I know you can slay a course with one utility disc if your good enough.
Just wondering if there was a commonly taught or accepted ideology on what the essential or beginner bag must have or should be working towards?
I would say that 4 discs is a good bare bones bag.
1. Your putter, which could also double as a short approach shot disc.
2. A straight/stable midrange, that can hold an anny, straight and hyzer line (there's a million of these out there)
3. An overstable mid, or fairway driver for sharper hyzers, flex shots, and FH when needed.
4. And whatever your longest, go-to driver is.
Try to keep it as minimal as possible. The reality is that if you have 6 discs (understable, straight, overstable for drivers and midranges) and a putter any disc you add will maybe add an accuracy of 5-10'(?) to any shot you can already throw with your original 6.
If you add anything beyond the original 7, they should be "trick" discs for escape throws - super flippy or overstable, superclass approach, etc. Of course, you might also want to carry backups of your main discs in case you loose them (tournament play) and practice discs that you are working into your rotations(practice rounds). But, 95% of your throws will be with your original 7.
I used to go out to league play at times with a straight midrange (slightly beat-in Roc) and a putter....and a water bottle and mini. I would usually shoot right at my average just with that (on wooded/technical courses).
To tackle everything anywhere?
Slightly understable mid with glide
Stable mid with predictable fade
Slightly understable fairway
Stable to slightly overstable high speed end of fairway drivers for forehands and utility
Stable high speed driver that can drive when laid into but also has enough stability to handle a mild headwind.
Now, this is do as I say, not as I do. Bare minimum I run:
Soft Judge (approach and putt)
Eclipse Soft Ion (driving putter and line shaping mid)
Z Nebula (driving mid)
Champion Roadrunner (understable utility and line shaping drives)
Champion TL (powered straight lines or long placement)
Lucid Trespass (big boy driver)
This is what I carry in my Focus backpack and it can handle most courses. However, if I am totally unsure about a new course, I am likely going to pull out my Shift which can carry six more discs. I reserve my Carolina bag for tournaments when I need to carry backups to what I essentially carry in my Shift.
Glo FLX Meteor (extreme understable line shaping mid or long non-jump putts)
Champion Leopard (hitting a tight line in the woods)
Opto Stiletto (Extreme overstable for forehands and thumbers)
Star Mamba (stand and deliver shots)
Champion 12x TeeBird (Open field placement shots or straight wind fighter)
Eclipse Tangent (whatever my Nebula cannot do)
It all really comes down to what you hope to accomplish that day. If I am playing for fun, my Focus is good enough for any course I tackle. It might cost me a throw here or there, but not much. If I am more competitive, say a league, I can easily get by with my Shift. A big tournament where I need to be prepared for anything, including losing a disc or two? Then I will break out the Carolina (26 discs).
3 stabilities : understable, stable, overstable
4 disc distances : putter, mids, fairway drivers, long distance drivers
at least you should have one of each, so 12 discs.
We have the Teebird and RoadRunner in common. You throw forehand much?
Carrying about a dozen currently as well, with another 6 for field practice and extras that kind of overlap other discs, but I have no thumber. I tried it with a whippett and it just falls out of the sky like a rock, useful for tough outs of the bushes, but I hated throwing it for anything else. Was going to try a Flat Firebird instead for that.
What is a stand up shot?
I only throw forehands when it is an emergency; I never get the release angle quite right. Conversely, I am quite good at getting a Roadrunner to turn and bending my Ion around a corner is my speciality. I am more than proficient at throwing thumbers. So I am decent at masking that I do not have a forehand shot. I maybe throw a forehand once per 18 holes.
As for stand and deliver, that is a feet planted no run up shot. It is another type of emergency shot usually due to being caught in the deepest part of the woods but you have a window out and need a low, fast, and straight shot out.
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