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Disc Golf Terminology

Basic Disc Golf Terminology:

The following list of disc golf terminology is a collection of the basic terms that you will hear out on the course. Learning the following terms will go a long way to help learn the game.


  • Ace - known as a hole in one in ball golf. An ace occurs when a player makes their first shot, or drive, into the basket. One of the unique practices in disc golf is to have all participants in the ace group or all spectators sign the “ace disc.” Aces are more common in disc golf than ball golf as the top pros boast as many as 100+ aces in their careers.
  • Anhyzer - A disc’s flight arc that fades to the right for a right-handed backhand throw.
  • Birdie – Completing a hole one stroke under par.
  • Approach - usually the second shot of a hole, designed to place the disc within putting distance.
  • Drive - any throw off of the tee pad, or a throw from the fairway designed for maximum distance.
  • Driver – A disc designed for fast, long-distance flight.  The driver is the most difficult to control.
  • Hyzer – A disc’s flight arc that fades to the left for the right-handed backhand throw.
  • Lie - the spot where the disc comes to rest. This is often marked by a mini-disc marker.
  • Mid-range - A mid-range disc is a driver disc designed for slower and more stable flight.
  • Mini / Marker – A small disc used to mark a player’s lie.
  • Par - like in ball golf, each disc golf hole has a posted par. The par is the desired number of strokes that a player would need to complete the hole. To the competitive disc golfer, every hole is a par three, making the total par for 18 holes always 54. This serves to simplify the game.
  • Pole hole or basket – The target for catching the disc. Pole Hole is short for Disc Pole Hole.
  • Putt - The final throw(s) of the hole aimed at getting your disc to come to rest in the trapper basket. Any throw within the circle ( 10 meter radius).
  • Putter or  putt and approach disc – Putters or Putt and Approach discs are designed for short-distance and stable flight. Usually used within the circle.
  • Roller – A rolling disc advance (e.g., the disc rolls along the ground).
  • Stability - Stable: Flying straight; when released flat, a disc has a tendency to fly straight. Understable: when released flat, a disc has a tendency to fly right. Overrstable: when released flat, a disc has a tendency to fly left. (When thrown the right arm and back handed.)
  • Tee Pad - The location or designated area in which the first throw of the golf hole is suppose to take place from. Tee Pads are typically be made of concrete or rubber. A portion of a side walk or a utility marker flag or spray painted box may also be used as a tee pad.
  • The Basket - Born of the original pole hole, the game of disc golf advanced rapidly with the invention of “Steady” Ed’s Disc Pole Hole or “Basket” as it is commonly referred to by disc golfers. Once a disc comes to rest in the basket, the hole is considered complete.
  • The Circle - This is what helps defines a true disc golf putt. If a player is throwing his/her disc at the basket with in a 10 Meter or 30 Ft circle of the basket, they must follow an additional set of putting rules defined by the PDGA. Basically if you’re in the circle, your disc has to come to rest in the basket before any part of your body touches past the mini marker towards the basket. Failure to do so can lead to a “falling putt” penalty stroke.
  • Throw - The act of advancing the disc towards the basket. This can be accomplished by many different throwing styles; Backhand, Forehand, Rollers. Each throw is counted towards the player’s score.
  • Tomahawk – An overhand throw at a vertical angle.