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We're getting a lot of newbies into the Throw Shop, even after only two weeks of operation - www.throwshop.us - and I'd like to see suggestions for what discs we should help them select.

By inclination, we're suggesting lighter discs and less stable discs. For example, using Innova and Discraft examples, for drivers we would suggest a Valkyrie or Leopard or Avenger SS.

When we can, we get them outside and see what their natural throw tendency is before we recommend. And we also tell them that they can expect to come back and buy more stable discs after they get a little better.

Thoughts?

Tags: disc selection, new, newbies

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You and me both. I've been playing for a year, and I really wish I had my Leopard, Sidewinder, Meteor, and Monarch when I started out. Want to know what one of my first drivers was? A f-ing Avenger. Early putter? A f-ing challenger. Most of my bag was fast, heavy, and overstable. I'm out there wondering why the hell I can't get my discs to fly straight...
A Dx Shark is also pretty good as others suggested.
I'd suggest for them to start out with the Aviar, then upgrade as they see fit
Our local shop Extreme Trends gave really good advice.

After all it is (still) a free market and it is in the best self-intrest of all business owners to give good advice. As an example: Let us say, Bob gave the advice to buy the most expensive disk, after all expensive is good. And let us say I spent $25. Let us all say he has a 100% markup and bought the disk for $12.50 after all the expenses related to the selling the disc (rent, payroll, taxes, insurance, utilities, and an assorted other items) Bob only makes $2.50 for the $25.00 disc. Not a bad profit. However the bad news is, the disk sucked and I no longer go to his store. The bad advice is not in the best self-intrest of the business owner. But the owner has another option.

Suggest that not only do I buy a cheaper disk, I buy a used disk. In this case I bought a $4.00 kite. Let's again assume that the markup is 100%. After all the related expense he makes $.50 (50 cents). However, this time the Kite flew wonderful in my hands and it is a great disk. Not to mention I am only out $4.00. Now I go back, so far this season I have purchased an easy $200 in stuff (Bags, straps, and a bunch of disks). Like wise I have brought in 2 new customers who have spent at least $50.00 each, plus I talk up his store and convince people (at least 5) to buy local, if they have what you want, rather than save $1.00 over the internet. Please notice it is well in the best business intrest of Bob to lose $4.50 on the first sale. He has more than made it up
All new players should pick up a buzzz or similar midrange and throw it almost exclusively until they can throw it correctly and understand why it flies the way they it does for them when they release it.

Then when they have proper form, then they should select a driver that matches their power level.

By almost exclusively I would suggest they also get a putter and whatever it may be stick to it and not bounce between putters.
I hear that! Flx avenger, 175 boss, star destroyer, what the freak man?! when i first started i was so discouraged. it tears your form apart as a beginner to try and throw those heave overstable discs. I been playing for about 8 months and i practice about 1 hour 3-4 times a week and play 2 times and I still can't put them back in my bag. I find a easy disc to control for me right now is a lighter beast. Beasts have worked for us since the beginning and you can utilize it as you develope and it will still have a place in the bag. I got a pile of overstable discs I can't throw yet. Bums me out.
comet in any plastic flys true. I really like it especially to build confidence and develope.
Yes, I agree, and I know how it feels to be new and want to gun it down so if you absolutly HAVE to have a driver just pick up something understable, not crazy understable but something forgiving to less than rightiouse form like ss avenger or xpress.

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