Hello friends I have been meaning to post lately and haven’t had any ideas until today. It is funny how it happened. I opened up the Facebook app on my phone and the first thing that showed up on my timeline was Facebook reminding me that one year ago today I posted my first In My Bag on my blog. So, since I still have another whole week until I go back to school, I decided I would do another In My Bag update because I never did the summer one I promised and missed fall as well. (I actually just looked at my last In My Bag and it looks like I wrote it while recovering from wisdom teeth removal… Glad I don’t have to do that again.
Okay you know the drill, I’ll start with putters and build my bag up from there. I try to buy all my putters at max weight.
K1 Line Reko
I am a disc golf purist in the way that I don’t think people should mix brands. I just think everything is cleaner if you throw one brand. I also believe that Innova is the best choice. Since Innova allows their pros to throw both Innova and Discmania then I allow that; I do not consider it mixing. So you must be wondering why I have a Kastaplast disc in my bag. And all I can say is that I apologize for being a hypocrite.
The Reko is the best putter I have EVER thrown. It has grippy hard plastic, it flies where I throw it, and it keeps its line. (“Keeping its line” means that if you throw it backhand with the right edge up then it gradually curves left the whole way with no fade at the end. If you throw it backhand with the left edge up it will curve right with no fade.) Anything you could want from a putter, the Reko does. You can even use it as a driving or upshot putter and it acts as a midrange! Also, I have failed to find an Innova or Discmania option that rivals it, but I got pretty close when they came out with the P1x.
In my search for a putter to use instead of the Reko, I found the P1x by Discmania. It was only available in D-Line when I first bought it, and so it tends to be less grippy than my other putters. I mostly use this for approach putts and laying up. Beware of non-grassy greens, it likes to skip a tiny bit. All in all, it does everything the Reko does, except it does not drive off the tee at all.
I found the P1x in X-line plastic on Discmania’s website. They were having a sale for like a week on putters and mid-ranges so I snatched one up. This is the preferred plastic for me and the putters I use, and it is interesting that my D-line has a rating of 2300 but my X-line is a 2301. I have been trying to get myself away from the Reko and this the disc I have been putting a lot with lately. I don’t use it for anything but putts. (A quick note: I bought my first P1x as soon as the first shipment was on the shelves of my local store. This was BEFORE Simon Lizotte decided to change his putter from the P2 to the P1x. His decision did not influence mine.)
I have two of these in my bag right now, and have had them in my bag at least a year now. Upsides are how they hold any line you throw them on, and the outer rim has the right grippy feel. They are great for upshots because they stick their landings and they make really hollow sounds when they hit things. Only downside is that they can easily be thrown too hard and require good control.
On to the Mid-Ranges.
KC Pro Roc
Feels like 174 grams
Bought this used because I lost my original one in a pond. It is really the only mid range that I use consistently. The KC plastic is really the only time Innova has had success making a signature plastic. The McPro is trash. KC Pro just feels good, and that’s all I have to say about this disc. It flies straight and does its job. Get one if you don’t have one.
This is a recent addition to the bag. I bought it online when I bought my X-line P1x. It is sort of a mystery to me still. I haven’t thrown it enough to truly understand what it can do, but when I don’t throw it hard enough it acts like it is really avertable, but when I throw it too hard it just turns over, and that is confusing. I will get back to you once I get more reps with it.
Now for my one fairway driver. I only need one because I do not throw it very much. My arm is too powerful to drive with one, and there aren’t many short holes I can’t drive with a mid-range.
The good things about the Leopard are its predictable skip and its control. This is a very good disc for wooded courses and I recommend it to beginners. When you are first starting in disc golf you cannot find a better disc, in my opinion. That being said, they are best for beginners who choose drive backhand. If you are trying to learn how to throw forehand with a Leopard then you will probably not be satisfied.
ANDDD NOWWWW the distance drivers! It is sort of interesting how much your distance selection changes as your form improves. Mine definitely has. Here is a list of drivers I have removed from my bag since the last update:
Glow Champion Destroyer
Wow. So that means I only have three drivers left from my Spring post, and with the removal of the Glow Champion Destroyer, which I gave to a college friend, I no longer have any drivers that were part of my original bag. All the rest are new. I’ll start with the three from last time.
Blizzard Champion Boss
If you want a disc that is purely overstable and will come back left when you throw it flat then this is what you want. This is NOT a beginner disc. Heed my words, if you have only played a couple months then you are wasting money buying this disc. I use it only when there is a wide open fairway that I can really crank.
The Freak is just a cool name for a run of the mill PD. I use this for drives where I need a Leopard that can handle more zip off the tee. The downside, as is the problem with all P-Line discs, is the plastic beats in fast and gets rough around the disc’s rim. If you have learned good technique with the Leopard then the PD is your next step up for backhand drives.
This is a “meat hook” disc. I think that’s the unofficial term for it, and that is exactly why I bought it. You just throw it flat and you’re guaranteed to have it come back left, no matter how much wind or how hard you throw it. Everyone needs a reliably overstable disc like this in their bag. Only con is that the rim is very pointy and sometimes uncomfortable to hold.
I have two of these in my bag. The best driver on the market for distance and control. This has always been the case for Destroyers and probably will never change. Nothing is better than throwing a perfect s-line with a Star Destroyer. Once you’re capable of it you’ll know what I mean.
Color Glow Destroyer
Does essentially what a Star Destroyer does, just is different plastic. Also, it is a really attractive disc.
Ever since I watched Simon Lizotte play disc golf for the first time, I have wanted one of these drivers. I can never find them at the store and the online ones are pretty pricy. This one finally turned up on a used shelf and I got ahold of it. It’s red and I do not typically throw red for some reason, maybe it is just too brash. Anyway, I still need more practice with it to know what it does, but I am sure it will be useful at some point!
The least domed driver I have thrown. I mean it has a very flat top. As you can tell from my disc selection I prefer mostly flat discs. I do not think it makes any physical difference, but mentally I think that they make me feel like I am throwing farther. This is my favorite disc for tunnel shots and forehand drives. It is on my list for discs to get more of in the future.
Feels like 170 grams
This disc is brand new to my bag but it is used. I have yet to throw it so I can’t give any insight, and I assume it will react the same way that a Star Boss would. Who knows how much the change in plastic affects its flight.
And that is all of the discs in my bag! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and will check out the rest of my blog. Rock on and keep throwing plastic, my friends.