Best Disc Golf Discs For Seniors

Top 3 Disc Golf Discs for Seniors and Older Players

Age is just a number, and disc golf is a sport that can be enjoyed by players of all generations. For seniors who have a passion for disc golf or are eager to explore this dynamic game, choosing the right discs can make all the difference in maintaining an enjoyable and successful experience on the course. In this article, we’re delving into the world of the best disc golf discs for seniors, hand-picking a selection that caters to the unique needs and playing styles of more seasoned players.

As we age, our bodies may require a bit more finesse and consideration, and the same applies to our disc golf gear. Disc selection becomes crucial in enhancing the game and ensuring comfortable throws for seniors. From discs that offer effortless distance to those providing optimal control and reduced strain, these senior-friendly discs are designed to maximize enjoyment and maintain peak performance on the course.

Whether you’re a seasoned senior disc golfer or someone who’s just getting started in the sport during the golden years, these discs are sure to enhance your game and keep the competitive spirit alive. So, let’s tee off on this exciting journey of finding the best disc golf discs for seniors, ensuring that the love for disc golf knows no bounds and continues to flourish with each satisfying throw. Get ready to embrace the joy of disc golf, age gracefully, and conquer the fairways with discs perfectly suited for your seasoned expertise!

 

Note: This is not a guide for “Beginners”, this is a guide for “MVA’s”:  Moderate Velocity Athletes.

 

“Beginners” are players with limited distance due to poor technique.  For this guide, however, MVA’s are assumed to be players with reasonably good technique, but with short drive distances due to limited flexibility and/or physical strength.

 

Which Discs Should Senior Players Use?

 

Option #1: Light Weight Drivers (under 165g)

Studies have proven the number one factor impacting flight distance is release velocity, with each incremental mile per hour of release velocity generating (on average) an additional 7.2 feet of flight distance.

Reducing disc weight enables MVA’s (and all other players) to immediately increase their release velocity.  For example, the force required to accelerate a 175g disc to 50MPH is the same force needed to accelerate a 155g disc to 56.5MPH. In short, the same amount of effort can yield an additional 6.5MPH in velocity and 47 feet in extra distance.

The Downside: Light-weight drivers are more susceptible to the impacts of wind (click here for more detail), and should be used on relatively calm days or when in the shelter of trees.

 

Option #2: Understable Drivers

To achieve optimal distance, players must throw discs with sufficient velocity to cause them to “turn over” during the high-speed portion of flight.  Disc Stability is often described as the “tendency” of discs to turn-over in flight, but Stability is more accurately described as the “velocity required” to make the disc turn over.  Because Understable discs turn-over at lower speeds (than Overstable discs) they are an excellent option for MVA’s.

 

The Downside: Understable discs provide more variable flight patterns that overstable discs (click here for more detail), and should be used only by MVA’s with consistent throwing techniques.

 

Option #3: High Glide Drivers

Glide is an often misunderstood concept in Disc Golf.

In basic terms, Glide is a measurement of lift generated by the disc, with high-Glide discs having a tendency to stay in flight longer while also softening the low-speed fade. On low-wind days, almost all players can benefit from high Glide, but MVA’s most of all.

 

The Downside: High Glide discs tend to gain height and lose speed very quickly when thrown into a headwind, so always be aware of wind conditions.

 

Putting It All Together

 

These options can have a synergistic effect when combined into one disc, but we strongly recommend choosing discs that only combine two of the above.   Combining all three will create a disc with too many limitations to be functional for broad use. If you are looking for a specific brand of disc you can check out our disc selection chart here. Remember to look for discs in the understable range -3 to -5 for the ‘turn’ rating.

 

Here are two of our top recommendations:

 

#1 Innova Star Mamba

 

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INNOVA Star Mamba Distance Driver Golf Disc [Colors May Vary] - 170-172g
  • Colors may vary
  • Star Plastic
  • Flight Ratings: Speed 11, Glide 6, Turn -5, Fade 1

 

Plastic: Star
Weight: 165-175g
MVA Benefits: Combines High Glide with Understable Flight

The Mamba is one of the most Understable high-Glide drivers available, providing MVA’s with a max-distance flight pattern at relatively low release velocities.

As stated above, stick with a heavier plastic like Star to help give the Mamba the versatility needed to be your primary driver.

 

Get a Mamba with These Exact Specifications Here

 

 

#2 Innova Blizzard Wraith

 

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Innova - Champion Discs Blizzard Champion Wraith Golf Disc, 130-139gm
  • Lighter weights = More distance with less effort and Blizzard Champion offers Superior durability in light weight plastic
  • A long and fast distance driver; A stable flyer that performs predictably into the wind
  • Colors may vary
  • Blizzard technology incorporates thousands of microbubbles into our durable Champion plastic
  • Speed 11, Glide 5, Turn -1 and Fade 3

 

Plastic: Blizzard
Weight: 130-149g
MVA Benefits: Combines Light Weight with High Glide

The Blizzard Wraith holds the current world record for fastest thrown disc (95mph!) due to its low gram weight: perfect for MVA’s in the 130-149g classes.

While much more Stable than the Mamba and with slightly less glide (5), the Blizzard Wraith’s light weight can significantly increase release velocity to help create high-speed turnover and generate the lift needed to stay in flight longer.

 

Get a Wraith with These Exact Specifications Here

 

 

Closing

As we come to the end of our exploration into the best disc golf discs for seniors, we hope you now have a comprehensive selection of discs that cater to the unique needs and preferences of more seasoned players. Disc golf is a sport that transcends age, and these senior-friendly discs are designed to ensure that the joy and excitement of the game can be relished by players of all generations.

Remember, disc golf is not solely about power and distance; it’s about finesse, control, and the satisfaction of a well-executed throw. The right discs can make a world of difference in maintaining comfort, reducing strain, and enhancing overall performance on the course for seniors.

As you continue to enjoy the game, take the time to cherish the camaraderie and connections fostered on the disc golf course. Engaging with fellow players, sharing stories, and supporting one another can enrich the disc golf experience and create lasting memories.

Whether you’re a senior player seeking to stay competitive or someone who’s embarking on this delightful journey in the golden years, these discs are your trusty companions to keep the disc golf spirit alive and thriving.

So, fellow disc golfers, go forth with confidence, embracing the joy of disc golf at any age. May these senior-friendly discs enhance your game, inspire countless satisfying throws, and create cherished moments on the fairways. Happy disc golfing, and may the love for this captivating sport continue to flourish and unite players of all ages for years to come!

 

Adam

Adam

I have been playing disc golf for over 15 years. I love sharing my passion for disc golf with others. I created golfswingguru to share my knowledge of the sport and community I love. I hope you enjoy your visit!

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