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28 Best Gifts for Disc Golfers (2023 Buyer’s Guide)

You have family members, friends, and colleagues who play disc golf, but you don’t. You want to give them Christmas and New Year gifts they can use for their sport, but you can’t ask them what they want to surprise them. How do you know which ones to give—surefire gifts they won’t exchange?

The best gifts for disc golfers are accessories and gadgets that complement the equipment they already have. These include portable practice baskets, multi-pocketed backpacks, gift cards, basket lights, specialty discs, and UV flashlights. The deep-pocketed can give club memberships or golf carts.

This 2021 guide gives you the score on the best presents for disc golfers, whatever their skill level. We hope our suggestions below will provide you with some ideas for buying the perfect gift for your beloved disc golfers.

What Is Disc Golf?

To the uninitiated, disc golf is a sport where players throw a flying disc or frisbee into a target. It is informally known as frolf or folf, an amalgam of frisbee golf. The sport originated from Canada, subsequently spread to the US, then to 40 other countries.

Disc golf, like the regular kind, is played on a course with nine or 18 holes. Players complete each hole from a tee area by throwing discs into a series of baskets. They do this repeatedly from where the previous disc landed until they reach the last target. The objective is to shoot each disc into every basket with the least number of strokes. You don’t do much running in this game, similar to golf. The player with the least throws wins the game.

Unlike standard golf, disc golf is a cheaper hobby to maintain, as the equipment is affordable. It is an excellent form of physical exercise anyone can take up. One doesn’t need to be athletic or in tip-top shape to play. The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) counts 53,366 active members in 2019, according to their review last year.

Gift-givers, wise up to these most popular disc golf brands: Innova, Latitude 64, Westside, MVP, Discmania, Discraft, Dynamic Discs, Kastaplast, and Prodigy when choosing accessories and equipment for Christmas and New Year presents.

Disc Primer

The most obvious gifts for frolfers are discs. True frolfers can never have too many golf discs, which are smaller than recreational frisbees for ultimate flying discs. General-purpose frisbees for playing ultimate or guts have the traditional shape of a catch disc. Their manufacturers are not too strict on specifications. Golf discs, on the other hand, are engineered for accuracy, speed, and control.

PDGA-approved golf discs weigh 7.1 ounces and measure 8.3-11.8 inches in diameter. They are classified into drivers, mid-range discs, and putters. Disc composition varies. The budget ones are made of base plastic.

How to Buy Discs

Choose maximum distance drivers, discs that offer more driving distance.
Choose discs that make more putts.
Pick collectors’ items, those with holiday greetings, or personalized ones, as recipients are more likely to hang onto these as keepsakes.
Read disc reviews, especially those that begin with “Best of,” to narrow down your choices.

Discs as Gifts

Frolfers treasure gift discs that lend them more accuracy and distance or improve their game. Golf discs are perfect presents as they are light, easy to order, available in sporting goods stores, and cheap. They cost $12 to $30 each, depending on the brand, material, and design. Choose from these categories:

Collectibles

The sport has a booming collectors’ market—Facebook groups like Dollar Disc Golf Auctions auction off collectible discs or rare ones. Many disc manufacturers produce limited special editions or first editions. Old specialty discs and those signed by prime frolfers are collectors’ items and are worth lots.

Give the avid disc collector a signature edition disc—one with a celebrity player’s signature like Paul McBeth. Most popular brands run special edition stamps and plastics for their sponsored professional players.

Disc golf e-tailers issue alerts to subscribers of their newsletters whenever they have limited edition discs on sale. So if you want to have first dibs, hit that subscribe button. Collectibles are available here.

Holiday Editions and Stamped Discs

These discs have holiday-inspired images, greetings, or logos printed on them. Themes commemorate global celebrations, including Halloween. Examples of stamped discs are the Great Beard series, the utilitarian Storm, and the macho Bomber. Also in demand are discs with funny quips or images stamped on them like the Pig Stamps series. Find holiday selections here.

Camouflage Discs

These discs look like the elements in a disc golf course, such as leaves, lawns, and trees. Two popular brands in this category are the Emac Truth mid-range disc and the Raider distance driver.

Glass Mini Discs

Pyrohyzer makes unique handmade glass discs pretty enough to display. Their prices depend on additional features, such as etching, glow-in-the-dark capability, and swirl or shatter patterns. Players use these discs, available in mini and micro-mini, during rounds.

Pocket Discs

These soft, floppy, pocket-sized hand woven discs are for catching and throwing around indoors. Regular-sized discs cost $10. Heavier, larger, higher-performing distance extenders called “El Grande” cost $20.

Boxed Sets

Multi-disc sets hold models with stock stamps, tournament stamps, and limited-edition prints from various brands. Most packaged sets come in boxes, but those with ten discs or more come in bags.

Infinite Discs sells the Infinite Starter Set, an affordable package for beginners. It comes with a lightweight putter, mid-range, and driver. The Discraft Starter Three-Pack Beginner Disc Golf Set also holds similar items.

Putter Packs

Putting is one of disc golf’s most important aspects. The Tomb works as a mid-range stand-in or an approach disc for putting.

Having several putters handy saves players from continually scrounging around for one. So bulk packs are a good bet, especially for absent-minded frolfers who tend to misplace their putters or frustrated ones who need more practice. Cheap 10-pack starter sets are available from sporting goods stores.

Disc Golf Carts

If you have the cash to burn, present your frolfer with a golf cart. Nothing beats getting to the next target than rushing it in style on a vehicle (except maybe a helicopter). Those on a budget can still buy a golf cart—just the modest kinda wheeled backpack. These are some affordable ones:

Rovic RV1D

The RV1D is Rovic’s first compact three-wheel cart with extra storage space for accessories. It’s foldable into a compact size for more comfortable transport. Its backpack mount accommodates most backpacks.

Zucca

This is an all-terrain cart built to hold many discs and accessories. It doubles as a seat for lengthy rounds. Extra features include sleeves for putters, drink holders, pouches, and padded seat cushions.

MVP Rover Cart

This is a basic disc golfer’s backpack on wheels, handy for quickly moving equipment around on the course. Despite its lack of exciting features, it is still a bargain at $23 with a collapsible basket.

Portable Practice Baskets

Off the course, these baskets provide frolfers a fun way to practice disc golf in their garages, gardens, or yards, use them when camping, or set up bespoke courses in areas where standard ones are absent. Basic baskets cost $40 online, while high-quality ones cost $150 or less.

These are a few of the popular ones:

DGA Mach Lite and Mach Shift

The first portable basket is a best-seller because you can easily collapse, fold, and transport it in the included shoulder bag. This well-designed, robust collapsible basket has various color options.

The second basket is a three-in-one that can be converted into three formats: a standard-sized one with double-layered chains, a compact practice unit for putting, and a micro-sized one for players who prefer small targets. It’s more expensive than other baskets, but its flexible configurations make it worth the price.

Top-of-the-Line

One of the best choices in the $150 range, the Discraft Chainstar Lite, is a high-quality basket with various color options. These three have 24 chains:

The last one has a transit bag for carrying the basket everywhere.

Disc Racks

Both disc golf racks and practice bags offer storage and double as tools for sorting extra discs in the car, garage, golf course, or home. Racks are a convenient storage option for organizing many discs. Some models have front hooks for hanging bag tags and towels. Others have shelves for displaying trophies or storing bags.

Umbrellas

Disc golf umbrellas are essential in keeping frolfers and equipment from getting wet. They’re 1.5 times bigger than normal ones. Their structural steel composition also makes them heavier.

Two layers of cloth with a significant gap between them cover the foundation. This gap allows wind to pass through the umbrella without affecting its stability. The interlocking edges of the cloth layers protect frolfers from the rain.

These are the three best disc golf umbrella brands:

  • Innova: This is the top choice because its square design, vented with double-layer construction, covers a large area. It is made of 100% polyester fabric and fiberglass ribs. It opens automatically with a button flush-mounted on the grip handle. It also has a storage sleeve.
  • Dynamic Discs: This model has an internal ribbing system and a reinforced plastic and fiberglass shaft. The manufacturers used dye sublimation printing for extensive color saturation, creating a wide array of colors and designs. A polyester sleeve offers storage options, but this umbrella doesn’t have a warranty card nor an automated button.
  • MVP Orbit: This retractable umbrella is cheaper, more compact than the previous two, and comes in 46 and 68 inches. It has a comfortable handle and grip that guards against sweat. Color choice is limited.

Disc Club Membership

Frolfers, like regular folk, appreciate being part of a community. That’s why membership in disc clubs is precious. One such club is the Infinite Discs VIP Club. Each member gets a unique collectible disc monthly, discounts, and exclusive access to new releases. Choose from pre-paid annual or month-to-month payments.

Tournament Registrations

Disc golfers, regardless of their skill level, like joining tournaments. Pay for your frolfer’s next one. Whether they win or not, they go home with cherished giveaways, like player packs filled with disc golf goodies.

More importantly, they get to play in championship courses, especially if the tournament is national. Examples are the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship (where women’s teams have a significant presence), the Glass Blown Open, the Ledgestone Insurance Open, or the Las Vegas Challenge. Know your frolfers’ divisions before you register them. Keep an eye out for registration deadlines, as slots sell out fast.

If you feel national tourneys are too ambitious, try local ones. Tournaments are usually listed here. For newbies who haven’t participated in matches yet, an Ace Race or a Trilogy Challenge is a good bet. These competitions are often promotional affairs, so there’s no pressure to win. Prizes are up for grabs for frolfers of various proficiencies.

If your frolfer is female, consider enrolling her in women-centric tourneys. Check out Sassy Pants, an advocate for women in disc golf championships.

Bags

Newbies appreciate basic starter bags. For golfers already owning bags, upgrade their existing ones with high-end backpacks with more storage space for carrying additional accessories and discs.

Bags with a 10-disc capacity range from $30-40. The lightweight Disc Living Frisbee Golf Bag with a belt loop fits up to 10 discs. The Throwback Sack sports a comfortable strap and extra padding. There is also the 18-disc Dynamic Discs Paratrooper Disc Bag and the lighter and cheaper Dynamic Discs Trooper Disc Bag.

The Infinite Discs Slinger golf bag is a nifty disc golf bag that slings over the shoulder. Small, lightweight, and inexpensive, it’s preferable to recycled six-pack boxes or coolers. Designed for ease and comfort while lugging equipment around during quick rounds, it’s an excellent crossover between backpacks and regular shoulder bags.

The adjustable strap allows you to hand-carry the bag, throw it over your shoulder, or sling it across your body. The deluxe version has embroidered logos, is made of sturdier materials, and has more storage capacity.

Backpacks

The Huck Pack ($35) is an excellent entry-level backpack for new frolfers or a cheaper disc carrier for experienced ones. It sports two water bottle holders and a large multi-disc storage capacity. Other affordable options include the Prodigy BP-3 ($40), the MVP Shuttle Bag, and the Latitude 64 Core Bag. The last two cost between $23 and $40.

Apparel

Tees, sweatshirts, hats, or jackets printed with disc-related designs, slogans, logos, or advertisements make great souvenirs. An example is the Horizon Pullover Hoodie ($38), made of 100% recycled material. Online print-on-demand companies allow you to upload your designs, and they will print these on your chosen media.

Puzzles and Games

Frolfers don’t spend all their sporting time outdoors. In inclement weather, they use puzzles and board games for entertainment indoors—reflecting the disc golf experience, of course. Some puzzle kits varying in challenge levels contain 500-1,000 pieces. An example of a game meant for the outdoors is the Go Gater Folding Gater Jam from EastPoint Sports. This store offers a wide selection of both indoor and outdoor games.

MiniDisc Catchers

The Desktop Disc Catcher ($35) is a marvelous gift for the antsy disc golfer. With this mega-compact practice basket measuring a mere 12 inches, frolfers can play on or off the disc golf course. This gadget allows them to bring their favorite sport to work too! It has four parts that are easy to assemble and connect.

Disc Retrievers

These were initially designed for frolfers who play on courses with water fixtures, but disc golfers of all skill levels should carry one because these are useful for retrieving trapped discs. Basic retrievers cost less than $20.

Examples are the Hive Disc claw retriever, the Disc Gator —a clamp attached to a pole, and the Kwik-Stik. The last one is the most popular. Its telescopic pole extends to an amazing reach and offers different methods to trap wayward discs. The hooked version costs $40. Its advanced cousin, the Kwik-Stik XLF, is more expensive at $45, but experts rate it as the best disc retriever on the market.

Resistance Bands

These compel the body to operate as a complete entity by training movements instead of muscles, resulting in improved acceleration in synchronized motion. The ProPull resistance Band Training Kit is popular with serious frolfers who aim to improve their prowess and slinging speed. Its bands can be secured to poles or trees.

Pouch Accessories

The Power Pocket Pouch ($38) is a useful disc golf cart accessory that connects to the cart handle, enabling it to hold up to eight discs, a clipboard, a phone, a wallet, a mini marker, and a scorecard. It has grommets to hang towels on.

Portable Chairs

In disc golf terminology, these are called tournament seats—indispensable mobile folding stools for disc golf events lasting an entire day. Buy them for around $30. Disc golfers will appreciate this gesture, as they usually don’t like spending on these items themselves.

Grip Enhancers

These are tools for quickly drying equipment and hands in hot, moist, oily, or sweaty conditions. They prevent grip slips and are much better than using rags. As most enhancers are made from natural materials, they are less likely to cause allergies.

The most popular are Whale Sacs, professional disc golfer-designed, clay-filled, hand-sized bags. They come with strips for tying onto carts or backpacks.

Many grip enhancers are filled with soil, beads, or sawdust. Chalk bags filled with clay, magnesium carbonate, or wooden powder don’t leave a sticky residue, unlike rosin. They come in pouches for no-mess, easy transport. They also have pull strings and carabiners (linking connectors with safety closures) to tighten and secure onto backpacks.

Other grip enhancers include PDGA-approved birdie bags filled with a kiln-dried hardwood powder blend, resealable poly bags filled with rosin extracted from pines, and Dynamic Disc Dirtbags without chemicals.

Criteria for choosing grip enhancers:

  • Safety—No chemicals, please.
  • Grip—Generally dependent on the filler.
  • Absorbency—Choose those that dry out fast.
  • Price—The best grip enhancers cost only $5-10.
  • Extra pouch—This is necessary, so if punctured accidentally, your grip enhancer won’t leak onto the rest of your bag’s contents.

Gifts for Newbies and Potential Frolfers

Newbies may love gadgets, but sometimes, they benefit more from presents less specialized, which include:

Beginner Discs

Experts recommend the Buzzz by Discraft to beginners for its versatility and easy-to-manage mid-range driver. Another professional recommendation is the Innova Leopard. As a driver, it’s faster than the Buzz but slower compared to most drivers. It’s, however, easy to control.

Beginner Sets

Disc golf sets make wonderful gifts for those still considering the sport and who have yet to play. The simplest sets contain just two discs, while the more advanced ones contain several discs, both standard, mini, towels, and bags. Take note that not all discs are appropriate for beginners.

Special Considerations

If your frolfer is female, consider buying your gift from companies like Disc-Diva, geared toward women. Disc golfers, regardless of skill level, should own the PDGA Official Rulebook. This is essential reading material for any neophyte.

Stocking Stuffers

These items are small, cheap, don’t occupy much space, and lighten up the Christmas season.

Hand and Foot Warmers

These are indispensable for playing in cold weather, as they provide safe, air-activated, natural, long-lasting heat. HotHands sells hand and foot warmers. Their Hand Warmer Value Pack and Insole Foot Warmers are perfect on-the-go.

Mobile Power Banks

These external battery packs are essential on the course for ensuring phones are always powered up. Disc golfers recommend the Anker PowerCore 10000 portable charger for its ultra-compact size, high speed, power capacity, and price. The manufacturer claims this power bank’s exclusive VoltageBoost and PowerIQ components work together to deliver one of the fastest charges in the industry for any mobile device.

Flight Towels

These have attached fobs made from disc rims. They not only dry discs, but they’re also practice tools for whipping through the air (in place of discs). This motion improves the player’s gripping and throwing ability. An example is the Innova DewFly Microsuede Disc Golf Towel.

Mini Markers

Frolfers need objects to mark the spots where their discs landed. These are called mini markers. They come in different formats: glass, metal, or wood. Many markers have logos and brands imprinted on them.

Gloves

These not only protect golfers’ hands from the elements, but they also provide enhanced grip on discs, even when they’re wet. Friction Gloves are made thicker for lower temperatures. Retailers also sell them in singles to give frolfers a choice of using the glove to either cover one hand or give it an extra grip.

Basket Lights

These are mini lights attached to disc golf baskets for night-time rounds. Examples are GlowCity, a set of two multi-colored, remote-controlled, and waterproof LED lights. A Pack of 10 MVP Flat LED Tri-Lite Disc Golf Lights.

UV Flashlights

UV Flashlights are used to charge glow-in-the-dark discs. The DemoGrid Deluxe UV Flashlight has a disc-charging UV light and a white light for guidance around dark golf courses. Its magnets allow users to attach it to metal disc golf carts, car trunks, or wherever they need lighting while charging discs. It fits into pouches of most disc golf backpacks.

Putting Targets

DiscDot putting targets are small plastic balls that connect to the chains of a disc golf basket. Players can use them as specific targets to aim for while they are putting. The balls ensure golfers know if they’ve hit their targets. They are available in glow-in-the-dark plastic—useful for night-putting. DiscDot sells other products like glowing zipper pulls and distance markers. Despite the low price of these gadgets, experienced golfers swear to their effectiveness.

Gift Cards

These are mega-safe bets for persnickety frolfers challenging to buy for or disc golfer fans who have everything. They are also useful for people who don’t know what to give, as they are not into the sport.

Infinite Discs is a popular website for buying gift cards. The site carries more than 40 famous disc golf brands plus some not-so-popular ones. They sell one of the largest selections of golf discs and accessories in the country. This e-tailer claims to offer reasonable prices and quick shipping. Each disc sold on the site has a photograph, so browsers can see what they can potentially buy. Other disc golf e-tailers are 1010 Discs and OTB Discs.

Gift cards ensure your gifts will get what they want. They come in two formats:

E-cards ($10-300)—Recipients receive codes in their email inboxes, which they can use to buy products online.
Physical gift cards ($5-250)—These plastic cards can be used to buy merchandise in-person from affiliate stores. Choose to wrap them or hide them in Christmas stockings.

Conclusion

Some people are challenging to buy gifts for. Many disc golfers fall into this category because they have specific sporting needs. Worse, if they’re the nitpicky sort. We hope that this guide has done its job of giving you ideas for the disc golfers’ gifts in your family, workplace, or neighborhood. May they get hours of enjoyment from your well thought out presents.

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