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Approach Discs

Approach Discs

The devastating approach disc.  This is the most under-utilized disc in the sport.  Most people will forego this disc not knowing what its true purpose is.  Basically, an approach shot is a throw, not a putt, and it is designed more to keep you near the basket than to get in it, although the best approach is also a run at the basket.

The Difference between putt and approach -

A putt is usually just a simple flick of the wrist with little or no twisting of the torso, whereas an approach is typically thrown from the side with at least some twisting of the torso and hips.  A putt is designed to move significantly slower than a throw.  An approach shot, although the slowest throw in disc golf, is still not as slow moving as a putt.

The Difference Between a Putter and an Approach Disc -

First, it`s important to understand that this isn`t set in stone.  Plenty of people use putters for approach shots and approach discs as putters.  Heck people even use drivers as putters(not recommended).  But the true purpose of a putter is for short shots, generally 200 feet or less.  Sure, they can be thrown further, but not without a lot of effort, especially if you have a low ceiling.

This is why, when 200 feet gets a little hard with a putter, we can step up to an approach disc.  They move a little quicker, sometimes have more glide.  They`ll generally handle a shot in the 150-200 foot range a little easier, allowing you to focus on accuracy.

Why Not Just Use a Midrange?

One thing most approach discs do have in common - the ability to stop abruptly somewhere near the target.  This is one reason why a midrange disc would be less ideal for these shots.  Another reason is the faster speed and higher torque required to make a midrange perform also makes it less appropriate for these shorter shots.

Hint:  Always keep an approach disc in your bag.  It fills in the short distance deadzone between a putter and a midrange.

Disc Golf Trivia -One of the first true approach discs to hit the market in the mid 80`s was the XD, then known as the Aviar XD.  At the time it was hailed as a Revolutionary new "distance" driver.  As a matter of fact the "XD" initially stood for "extra distance".

 

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  1. Neutron Envy

    Axiom Neutron Envy

    Regular Price: $19.95

    Special Price: $15.95

    • Stable driving putter
    • Stunning dual-color premium plastic
    • Shallow, squared inner rim feel
    • Similar stability to MVP Ion
    • Less nose angle-sensitive than Ion
    • Slow, steady drop and fade
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  2. C-Line P3

    C-Line P3

    Regular Price: $15.95

    Special Price: $13.95

    A sweet, domey approach driver with a lower profile along the lines of an XD with a slightly different(more blunt) edge, the P3 is perfect for those demanding controlled approach shots that need to be deadly accurate with no room for error.

    Special Niche Capability - Stops on a dime.  Some of the best breaks in the business!

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  3. CFR Champion Glow Rhyno Factory Second
  4. CFR Star Goblin Best Shot

    CFR Star Goblin Best Shot

    Regular Price: $24.95

    Special Price: $17.95

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    Champion Dart

    Regular Price: $16.95

    Special Price: $12.95

  6. Champion Rhyno

    Champion Rhyno

    Regular Price: $15.95

    Special Price: $13.79

  7. Champion XD Plus

    Champion XD Plus

    $23.95

    The famous XD in the Easy-release Plus Mold. Stiff and domey with good stability.
    Far and away our Best-selling Approach Disc.
    The Champion XD+ stops on a dime, parking you near the basket every time.

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  8. Classic Judge Soft

    Classic Judge Soft

    Regular Price: $11.95

    Special Price: $9.95

  9. DGA Blunt Driver
  10. Discwing Baseline Crosshair

    Discwing Baseline Crosshair

    Regular Price: $11.95

    Special Price: $9.49

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  11. Discwing Baseline Transcend

    Discwing Baseline Transcend

    Regular Price: $11.95

    Special Price: $9.19

  12. DX Ace
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    DX Aero

    Regular Price: $8.95

    Special Price: $7.95

  14. DX Dart

    DX Dart

    Regular Price: $8.95

    Special Price: $7.79

  15. DX Flat Top Rhyno Custom

    DX Flat Top Rhyno Custom

    $9.95

    ALL of these weigh 175 grams to insure proper wind fighting performance and consistent flight with minimum glide.

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