Any way you like! Here are some examples of pro golfers throwing different types of shots. However, the best way to learn is to play with, watch, and listen to experienced disc golfers!
Get out and throw! Toss your discs in a field to see how they fly. Get out to a course and try to make some shots. Grab your putter and start with short-distance putts until they're automatic.
But most of all: have fun, make friends, and see new places.
The Westside Swan (technically, the Swan 1 Reborn) is a straight-flying, grippy putter with great glide. It'll grab chains or hold a line on approach.
The Gateway Wizard comes in all types of plastic - firm, soft, flexible, or rigid. No matter your putting style or preference, there's probably a Wizard that will work for you.
Chalky and tacky, the Discraft Soft Magnet "grips" the chains and basket to minimize bounce-outs and chain-outs. One of the most forgiving putters you can throw.
For many people, the INNOVA Aviar was their first putter. For many, it became their only putter. Great up close or off the tee, it's one of the most versatile discs.
The INNOVA Roc: the disc that spawned a thousand variants. Reliably stable, the Roc will fade consistently at the end of the throw.
NOVA pro Erik Smith has this to say about the Discraft Comet: "Greatest straight to understable midrange on the planet."
The INNOVA Shark has been the first disc of many, many disc golfers. The DX plastic (pictured) "beats in" well, so this $8 beauty will stay in your bag for years.
The Discraft Buzzz is very reliable and easy to control. Golfers of all experience levels cite the Buzzz as their go-to, all-around disc.
The short answer is that you only need one disc to play, and in the beginning, one to three discs will probably be plenty for you. It's tempting to get a big disc collection going - especially when you see more advanced players carrying around bags FULL of different types of discs - but that will hold you back in your development. It's best to start out with just a few that you can get used to and experiment with.
When picking your first discs, it's often a good idea to reach out to people who already play. Many NOVA DGA members have built extensive disc libraries, and are glad to lend newcomers some discs that are good for beginners to try out.
If you want to jump right in with both feet, stick to midranges and putters to start with. They are easier to control, and will be better for developing good technique. Don't let the names fool you: good players can throw a midrange or putter over very long distances! Here are some recommendations:
I have more discs than I need, but not as many as I want.
Discs can do some amazing things.
Disc golf: it's played like ball golf, in that the lowest score wins.
Disc golf: it's played by launching a flying disc, often around obstacles, and landing it in a special basket.
Disc golf: it's embodied by players who are good sportsmen and sportswomen.
Disc golf: it's for people who love the outdoors and who take environmental stewardship seriously.
Disc golf: it's for casual players who just like to have a good time chucking plastic with their friends.
All of these things are true about disc golf.
Ultimately, and most importantly, disc golf is a fun time with good people in beautiful setting. NOVA Disc Golf Association welcomes all newcomers, and we have plenty of members who are happy to offer their advice, assistance, or just a guide to the area's many courses.
On this page, we'll try to answer several of the most common questions posed by newcomers to the sport, but the easiest way to learn is to come out to our events and play!