If you’re a disc golfer, then chances are you’ve considered dyeing your discs at some point. After all, who doesn’t love a custom-colored disc? Dyeing discs is a great way to show off your personality and style on the course. Plus, it can really come in handy if you lose a disc in tall grass or in water—a brightly-colored disc is much easier to spot than a white one!
While Paige Pierce and Disraft have not officially launched a video, and Discraft has not completely updated her page, we can have a pretty good idea about her bag in 2021. The following discs have been compiled from several videos on YouTube. If you haven’t seen her Disc Golfing on the Big Island video, she has great flight videos of some of her discs.
Be sure to check out her website and her Patreon for all her latest news and updates.
Congrats to James Conrad as he moves to MVP in 2021! James was with Innova for a long time and had his staples molds there. His new bag will no doubt be a work in progress as he moves from Innova to MVP discs. So far in early 2021, his disc selection is fairly top heavy with distance drivers. Here’s how the selection looks so far:
Disc golf is great way to get out in nature, get your steps in and heart up, meet new people, and the sport is growing like crazy! I’m constantly running into new players every time I hit the course, from all walks of life. If you’re just starting out and want to improve your game, or know someone that is, let’s get started with our beginners guide to disc golf!
If you hit up courses and haven’t discovered UDisc, you are missing out. UDisc is a digital scorecard, and so much more. With it’s extensive directory of courses and maps, it will show you to you next hole, help you keep track handicaps, and allow you to link up your PDGA #. It’s has been a great addition to my game, and I love to be able to keep track of my improvement on the course. While you still need to keep track of your discs, at least you won’t get lost finding your next basket!
“A Free UDisc Pro 1 month trial is included with the app.
A yearly subscription is just $5, less than half the cost of a disc.”
Udisc is well worth the small cost!
Perfect Putt 360
Perfect Putt 360 is great if you have a basket at home, but it’s also great to use on a practice basket at the course. The putting app is great for building a routine around your putting practice. You first measure out five distances: 10′, 15′, 20′, 25′ and 30′. You then throw 10 discs at each distance, keeping track of number of makes with special attention to first and last throw. Extra points are awarded for first and last disc makes so focus up. As you progress in distance points progress in value. Perfect Putt 360 is a great tool to increase some repetition and normalize some distance putts into your game.
Last week, my arms while getting a great workout, were getting tired of carrying around my ten year old, half broken, Innova bag that I cram way too many discs into. I wouldn’t mind it, but it started to affect my game a bit. It’s a great little square bag that I’d take out over the last ten years or so, but the time has come for an upgrade! Personally, I like the minimalist approach to disc golf; the less discs, the less over-thinking it, but I would like a little extra room to try out a new disc or two. So where to start evaluating the right disc golf bags for me?
My round yesterday tracked us at 5 miles, wow! 27 holes over mountainous terrain. On a pitch and putt 9 hole course weight not matter much, but for expeditions (and lost disc hunting) weight might be an issue. And it’s not just the weight of the bag. Higher capacity and more storage means more added weight. On that note, make sure you clean out your bag before heading out.
On my trek yesterday I took out a new bag I picked up called the NutSac (great name). While I love this bag for the price, materials, capacity, and overall look, I found that it’s circular shape kept falling over to the point I was going to loose something from the storage or a disc. It was lightweight and easy to carry, but became an annoyance. For my hilly areas, I think a more square or rectangular bottom would perform better.
Disc golf bags come in lots of options these days. Choose from a backpack, napsack, or over the shoulder cooler-style bag. A few things to look for before you buy are the quality of the straps, the shape of the bottom (how will it stand), and the various capacity and encloses of storage.
How much storage is another important thing to consider when purchasing a new disc golf bag. What do you want to carry with you out there. Here’s a short list of what you might consider:
mini disc marker
sand paper/repair kit
The list goes on. Consider your needs and find the right bag for you.
Obviously this is totally a preference thing. Remember, just because it can fit up to all those discs, doesn’t mean it has to. What you don’t take out with you could hold extra storage, or just a lighter load.
Good luck deciding on your next disc golf bag. There are a lot of factors to consider, there might be some compromise in there as well, and don’t be afraid to try a few out before making a decision. Amazon has a bunch, including the NutSac. Remember to check those return policies.
Build your disc golf bag. It’s something that you will be doing throughout your disc golf days. Here are some ways to build your bag.
With so many discs out on the market, each available in unique plastics, you can really spend a long time finding the perfect discs for your bag. Most people start playing disc golf by going with a friend and using their discs. If they like it they might buy one or two depending on the color or shape. I did this. I then bought a few discs based on their look and played with them over and over and eventually started to figure out what they are supposed to be used for (ie. their disc flight ratings).
Eventually, over the course of a few years I realized a few of the discs I liked better than others. Some just seemed to fit in my hand better and released cleanly and went where I wanted them to go. Then I learned about the ratings and started seeking out discs that lended to the courses I liked to play and the types of throws I felt most comfortable with.
My friends always had these enormous bags they would take out and I wondered if they knew what each disc was capable of, after all they were better players than me, but not by much. After watching a few videos of the pros “What’s in my bag” on YouTube, I started to build a strategy for myself. And while part of it is just what I’ve had access too, I’ve began to see what kinds of discs I’d likely incorporate into my future bags.
Building a disc golf bag strategy:
1) Determine on number of discs you’re comfortable carrying
I want to build a bag that doesn’t have a ton of discs in it, between 10-12 max. I just feel that for my current needs I don’t need anymore than that. Some people haul around these 20+ disc bags and for me that just seems to much. At some point the paradox of choice has to interfere and I don’t want to be mentally stuck trying to decided between two discs.
2) Have a few discs molds of your favorite go to disc
One thing I noticed about the pros is that they rely on a handful of models of discs, in different plastics, weights, and wears. This kind of struck me when I first realized it. It makes sense though, you get comfortable with a particular disc in your hand, then each plastic lends itself to different wear and stability. So In my bag I try to have only a handful of models and some with different weight or plastics. For example, I’m currently holding two Innova Firebird’s: one at 150g one at 175g — the 150g is my go to disc, but I picked up the 175g for extra windy situations.
3) Change your bag depending on the conditions of the course
Disc selection is going to be different for everyone. That’s what makes the “What’s in my bag” series so interesting. For me, I currently have 4 distance drivers, 3 fairway drivers, 1 mid-range driver, and two putters, and one beat-up semi-experimental roller disc. So my bag is somewhat an all around bag right now, but depending on where you’re playing you might want to switch up your bag for the conditions of the course.
5) Take notes on practice rounds & aim for continuous improvement
Hands down the best way to continue to get better and to always have the bag that is perfect for your course is to take notes. I’ve been using the memo function on my android to make quick remarks from the day. Nothing too serious. Just reminders, discs that worked out particularly well on certain holes, and things I learned from the day. You’ll thank yourself later when the beers you had erased your memory (speaking from personal experience).
So that is how to build your bag. It can take time, and there’s probably at least one disc that is not in your bag that feels probably feels better in your hand and can get the job done better. Another plastic that is just around the corner — So try new discs! Don’t forget to bring a disc or four that you want to experiment with on practice rounds, and take notes! Load up that bag everytime you take off for a round and you’ll continue to knock strokes off your score.
What’s in my bag playlist
One of the most iconic sports figures of all time, Kobe Bryant, coined a mindset called the “Mamba Mentality”. Though it originated on the basketball court, this relentless mindset, focused on continual growth and resilience, can be applied to any challenging situation – including improving your disc golf game.
“At times you have to learn the steps to becoming a national champion, and one of those steps is losing, because it’s all about momentum, and momentum doesn’t mean it’s a positive thing. You can have momentum to lose and be defeated. You can have 24 hours to bask in your victory, or you got 24 hours to agonize in your defeat, and then we put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward.”