Learn More About the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Regulation Process | STM Disc Golf

As the sport of disc golf continues to grow and expand, proper regulation and approval of discs across the world are a must. The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) is the governing body for the sport and has established a process that all disc manufacturers must follow in order to approve their discs for use in tournament play. Let’s take a closer look at how PDGA regulation works and why it matters.

What is PDGA Regulation?
PDGA regulation is a set of standards set by the PDGA that all manufactured discs must meet in order to be approved for use in tournament play. This includes size, weight, shape, flight characteristics, material composition, etc. Manufacturers must submit their discs to be tested by the PDGA before they can be used officially in tournaments. The testing process takes around two weeks and costs $200 per disc model that is submitted.

The Benefits of PDGA Regulation
The primary benefit of having an organization like the PDGA regulating discs is that it helps ensure fairness and consistency across tournament play. With all approved discs being tested according to the same criteria, players have assurance that no one has an unfair advantage due to using a particular type or model of disc. It also ensures quality control so that any problems or defects in certain models can be identified quickly and addressed appropriately by manufacturers.
Another benefit of PDGA regulation is that it allows manufacturers to label their discs as “tournament legal” which helps them reach a larger audience with their products by giving consumers confidence that their purchase will be allowed for use in competitive play if they choose to participate in tournaments down the road.


PDGA regulation helps ensure fairness and consistency across tournament play while ensuring quality control over approved discs. Manufacturers submit their discs to be tested by the PDGA according to specific criteria before they can be used officially in tournaments and labeled as “tournament legal” allowing them to reach a wider audience with their products. By understanding how this process works, disc golfers can make informed decisions when purchasing new discs for competitive play or recreational use alike!

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