The final golf tip is to create a pre-shot routine. A pre-shot routine will help you stay focused during the round and help you stay consistent. That way when you’re about to break 100, 90, or even 80 for the first time, you don’t sabotage yourself. Your pre-shot routine will help you pick the right club, choose a target, get square to the target, and have your mind in the right place. Practice it first on the range for a more effective practice session and it will feel effortless on the course.
For this first tip, I want you to understand that in order to improve at disc golf, you need to be throwing with the right discs. This is something unique to each person. So you’ll have to assess your own skill level and go from there. Not throwing the right discs can be seriously detrimental to your game. I want you to assess your current skill level. Right now, where are you at? True brand new Beginner? Beginner? Intermediate? Advanced? Don’t let your ego get in the way. If you’re reading this post, you’re probably between a beginner to intermediate player. So you need discs in your skill level. This means you want putters and mid-range discs. Check out my beginner discs post as that post in awesome and has discs for beginner to intermediate players. As a beginner, you’re going to want to skip the drivers because they’re normally too hard to throw. Intermediate players can start to throw fairway drivers but should stay away from distance drivers at first. As you progress, you can gradually work up to these discs. If you’re throwing drivers, I want you to disc down, or move down in disc from drivers to mid-range discs and putters. If you’re brand new, I recommend using putters to play with for at least a month or two. Another thing I would suggest is to learn the disc golf flight ratings or the 4 numbers on the front of a disc golf disc. These 4 numbers show you exactly how a disc is supposed to fly and can help you pick out beginner disc golf discs. Check out my disc golf flight ratings post here to learn all about how to read the numbers on a disc golf disc. Lastly, just make sure you find discs that feel good to you and that you like to throw. If you hate how a disc feels, don’t throw it. Find a better one. If you need some other recommendations, check out that list above. It has 37 of the best discs for beginners. If you’re looking for the absolute best beginners disc golf discs, I’d recommend the Discraft Buzzz mid-range or the Dynamic Discs Judge putter.
Now this tip won’t make or break your rounds but can be a good way to help you play better on the course. It can also help you solidify your footing on the course in almost every single situation. Any kind of tennis shoe can be fine for casual rounds. But once you start playing more competitively, or you just want to get better at the game, I would invest in a much better pair of sport hiking boots/shoes specifically for your disc golf rounds. The reason you want a good pair of sport hiking boots/shoes is because you’re normally trekking pretty rough terrain and essentially hiking a mile or more while you play. You want shoes that have tremendous grip to allow you to maneuver and throw discs from any kind of terrain on the course. Slipping is not an option if you want to play well. And sport hiking boots/shoes can completely solve that issue for you. I would also emphasize the need for finding a very comfortable pair of shoes. Comfort is definitely needed due to the length of walking you will put into each round. Some courses are 3+ miles in total steps taken and uncomfortable shoes can really hurt your game. You don’t want that. I would also try to find a pair of shoes that are waterproof. This isn’t a need, but can be a huge benefit in the rain, snow, or early morning dew. If you’re looking for a couple of good options, check out the following two picks:
A lot of people have criticized some of my other posts because I’ve put practice as a disc golf tip. Well, duh, you have to practice! But I don’t just emphasize practice and leave it at that. I want you to take it to the next level in order to be a next level disc golfer. I want you to practice every single day. Again, if you’re only out on the course for casual rounds, you don’t have to spend huge amounts of time practicing. Just work on your game and improve over time. But I want to improve quickly. And I’m sure you do, too. If so, you’ve got to put in the work required to rapidly improve. For this, you’re going to want to practice daily (or as much as possible) and play at least 1-2 rounds per week. You also need a good practice routine. A routine is a sequence of actions regularly followed or in a fixed program. In this case, it’s practicing disc golf. You want to establish an everyday regular practice routine that can be repeated daily. It can be as easy as working on a different part of your game every day. Monday putting, Tuesday driving, Wednesday workout, Thursday approach, Friday field work, and a Saturday round. Then I would rest on Sunday or skip Saturday and play on Sunday. And you don’t have to practice for long. 15-20 minutes can really up your game if you practice every day. I would also recommend that you buy some personal practice equipment to help you with practice. We’ll go over this is #9. The last thing I want to say is to make sure you are consistent and effective with your practice. Screwing around won’t make you better. Check out our disc golf drills section in #10 for some good ways to practice different parts of your game.
One of the most important concepts in all of disc golf is correct throwing technique. If you have poor technique, everything else really doesn’t matter. But developing good technique is hard. Below, I’ve outlined the 7 steps to the best disc golf technique:
If you’re a newer player and you’re looking for serious improvement on the course, mastering the mental side of disc golf can really help you get better. Here are a few quick mental disc golf tips:
The next crucial tip on this list is to consolidate the amount of discs in your bag from 20-30 discs down to no more than 10-12 (less if possible).This gives you the opportunity to play with them more and get better with those specific discs. With 20-30 discs, you’re really a jack of all trades, master of none. By switching it up and carrying less discs, you become a master of all of the discs in your bag. This will force you to start really thinking about YOUR game, figuring out what you’re best at, and which discs you throw best. The overall result will be better scores and more improvement on the course.
Disc golf is all about strategy. It’s more than just throwing your disc at the basket. So from now on, whenever you throw, I want you to think about a few things:
Once your skill on the disc golf course starts improving, I want you to start looking into the technical knowledge side of disc golf. You can start learning technical knowledge as a beginner, but this really only applies once you start becoming a serious, highly competitive disc golfer. I want you to start learning all of the rules down to the small detailed rules. Understanding all of these rules will help you in unique situations and can definitely benefit you once you start playing competitively or in tournaments. For example: I was out on the course not too long ago and my disc ended up on top of the basket. Because I knew the rules, and actually wrote a post on this, that disc did not count as completing the hole. So I had to play the hole with one more stroke to finish and it added a stroke to my score. If you want to get more competitive, you need to learn all of the rules/technical knowledge of disc golf. Check out the Official Rules of Disc Golf here on PDGA.com.
The next tip on my list is a good one. Something I’ve talked about thoroughly since I started this blog: making sure that you have personal practice equipment at home. Because if truly want to improve your disc golf game, I’ve already said it, but you have to practice daily. And you can’t feasibly practice every day unless you have some practice equipment at home. Nobody can get to the course daily. If you can, go for it. But for the rest of us, there are three pieces of equipment that you should have at your home to help you practice.