I've done it.
And a lot of you out there probably have, too.
Done what, you ask?
Looking for The Magic Disc.
Although most disc golfers are probably aware that it isn't the tool - it's the user - some of us are tempted by the local merchants and online repositories to look for that Magic Disc, that next big break for our game.
But is there any such thing?
I've heard from one or two retailers about the flow of people through their stores trying to find that Magic Disc. I sense a bit a sarcasm from them on the subject, but I can't help but think that it is this very predilection that helps to keep them in the black. I have spent hours prowling through the local joints, and I have bought a LOT of plastic. But have I found The Magic Disc?
I think I have found a few, actually.
I'm not a power thrower, but I can muster up some fair 300'+ drives, sometimes with just a good throw, but more often than not lower weights are the ticket for me (I prefer my heaviest stuff to fall in the 165 ~ 170 range). But I have found a couple of 150g jobbers that do me good, like the Champ Sidewinder, the Elite-X Surge (although practically a copycat of the 150 Sidewinder), and the DX Dragon. More standard weight drivers that have found a place in my heart (and my bag) are the Champ Valkyrie, DGA Rogue, Gateway Assassin and the Star Roadrunner, to name a few. For mid-ranges, I can't go wrong with my Champ Panther or Champ Shark, Crystal Z Buzzz, or the Z Breeze. For putting, I still like the SuperSoft Wizard best.
But are these Magic Discs?
By some subjective set of evaluations they qualify for me, but everyone is different, and I know players who can huk stuff I couldn't begin to touch and flat out bust a throw like nobody's business, discs like the Predator, Wraith, Destroyer, Beast...
I would imagine that the very incarnation of the viability of the Magic Disc scenario is that fact that some of the top players in the world allow their names to be put on their own line of favorite discs. Ken Climo likes the TeeBird, Juliana Korver likes the Valk, and Barry Schultz likes the Beast. I myself do well with Valks and even the TeeBird, but I wouldn't say that they were my Magic Discs. If I have to cough up an immediate response to the question of what my favorite disc is that I use right now, I would have to say the Star Roadrunner. If I have a Magic Disc, this is the one. I have several discs that ride close behind, but I can get the most distance with a great throw using this one.
If it doesn't hurt you financially to keep searching (and with sites like www.discaroo.com to keep the costs down), then I think half the fun of disc golf is looking for that next cool disc. But make sure you get out to the course and use those discs, because it's the only way to learn how magic they can be for you.
But you're doing that anyway, right?