11 Badass Female Disc Golf Players To Follow In 2023 (2023)

If you look at the gender divide in disc golf, female disc golf players are few and far between. Currently, women make up less than 10% of the professional disc golf player population. But don't despair! The sport has come a long way since its beginnings, and each year, more and more women are getting involved.

An added bonus of growing the sport and including more women: disc golf lists like these will become more popular and hopefully inspire recreational players to follow more badass female disc golf pros.

In no particular order, let's dive into our favorite female disc golf pros who absolutely crush it on the course!

11 Badass Female Disc Golfers

1. Paige Pierce

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We'll start things off with World Champion Paige Pierce, one of the best female disc golf players in the game. Born in Plano, TX, she has played disc golf since the age of 4. In 2009, she entered the professional world and took it by storm when she began touring as a pro disc golfer not even a year later.

Paige's signature style combines a slow walk-up with an explosive and powerful swing. She's super detailed about her technique and focuses on building muscle memory for slight changes.

Her timing is impeccable. Her top three tips for beginners: "Stick to your game, don't throw what everybody else is throwing, and don't aim for the basket; aim for the ground."

Paige is a badass not only for her accomplishments and sharing of wisdom but also for her beliefs regarding thePDGA treatment of women's divisionsand advocacy for positive change.

Paige's two favorite discs are the Rubber Blend Fierce and her ESP Passion.

2. Catrina Allen

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Catrina recently won the Las Vegas Challenge, making it the 11th Disc Golf Pro Tour win for her and her first win as a DGA-sponsored player. Her steady grind of "Wake up, gym, fieldwork, and putting" has clearly paid off!

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Before disc golf, Catrina was a bartender and got into the game through a friend. She took to disc golf quickly, and as an amateur, she was initially sponsored by DGA. In 2011, she went pro and never looked back. Catrina has racked up accolades and first-place titles such as PDGA World Championship 2014 and the Scandinavian Open and European Open in 2015.

3. Kristin Tattar

Kristin Tattar signed a four-year deal with Lat 64 for half a million dollars and is one of the world's best-paid disc golf professionals. She started playing in 2014, and within a year, she was considered one of the best in her home country of Estonia. Her hard work and talent paid off because only 5 years later, she won her first Major title at the USWDGC.

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She is an incredible competitive player to watch, so keep an eye out for her and her excellent putting power. She admittedlydoesn't throw full force at competitions, which is crazy to think about what her full power could look like!

Kristin also has a daughter she hopes to bring to future tournaments to inspire her to dream big!

4. Keiti Tätte

Another Estonian on our list, Keiti, has been making waves. She won the 2021 Estonian Championships, the Estonian Pro Tour in 2020 and 2021, and the Baltic Disc Golf Championships in 2019 and 2021.

She is a significant contender that is definitely worth keeping an eye out for! She's a massively smooth player who has been able to hold her own against fellow Estonian Kristin Tattar.

Keith favors straight tunnel shots and anhyzer putter shots and is currently sponsored by Lat 64. She's a self-proclaimeddisc golf addictand pushes herself with "the soul of an athlete."

Just for fun: Here's a clip of her effortless, jaw-dropping426-foot ace.

5. Eveliina Salonen

Hailing from Finland, Eveliina Salonen is a highly talented player who has won several championships at a young age. Because of this, Innova asked her to join as a sponsored player in 2017.

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She started playing disc golf at the age of 12 and has quickly established herself in the professional world with her determined attitude and killer sidearm throws. She considers versatility to be her biggest strength.

Eveliina is encouraged by the number of women in disc golf, especially in Finland, where disc golf is gaining significant traction. In her free time, she likes to stay active with floorball and golf (ball golf, that is). She used to play ice hockey, soccer, and motocross when she was younger- what can't she do?!

5. Henna Blomroos

If you've heard of Eveliina Salonen, then you've gotta be following her bestie and competitive rival, 2021 European Disc Golf Champion Henna Blomroos.

Her three favorite discs are the Star Destroyer for max distance, Roc3 for shot shaping, and the Classic Aviar for putting. Henna is also sponsored by Innova, and we'll hopefully be seeing a lot of her in the US.

Henna's form is killer, and she's able to get a ludicrous amount of distance, making her one of our favorite female disc golf pros in the game.

6. Sarah Hokom

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2012 World Champion Sarah Hokom is known for her unique and beastly forehand and is a top 10 FPO player. Her confidence and individual style have made her a standout competitor. Many things make Sarah a badass, but one major event comes to mind.

In 2015, Sarah was in a car accident where she was rear-ended at nearly 50mph on her way to Deer Lakes Park, resulting in her missing two holes and eventually losing to Paige Pierce by a single stroke.

Then, in 2021, she had to withdraw from the DD Open National Tour Event due to an impinged nerve in her throwing arm.

After some much needed rest and recovery, she's back. Not one to be kept down; we know we'll see some strong performances (more backhand, hopefully) this year.

She's also a badass in our book for calling out thegender and pay gap in professional disc golf.

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7. Missy Gannon

Discraft Elite Team member Missy Gannon closed out an epic year of disc golf with wins at the Throw Pink Women's Disc Golf Championship and the Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship, which puts her at the top all-time FPO single-season earning record ($67,029).

Like many of the stars on our list, she has an athletic background. She played volleyball, basketball, and softball growing up. Missy Gannon is also an ambassador for Uplay, a non-profit that promotes health and well-being in communities through educational disc golf programs!

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Her tagline, "Missy Don't Miss," is a definite promise. We know the Gannon Cannon will crush things in 2023!

8. Kona Panis

Kona Panis signed a 4-year, $500K deal with Dynamic Discs at the start of 2022. If that amount sounds familiar, that's because it's similar to Lat 64's deal with Kristin Tattar. She is a badass because she asks for what she knows she deserves. It's a big deal for the women's division!

She's coming off a hot 2021 season where she won the DGPT All-Stars event and the Waco Annual Charity Open. She's a super consistent player and has significant distance, and we hope to see some incredible stuff from her in 2023. She's feelingsuper confident, and why shouldn't she? She's also well known for her strong off-season work ethic.

With her Dynamic Discs partnership, Kona also advocates for growing the sport with youth disc golf and will be devoted to furthering her already strong social media game.

9. Ella Hansen

She's had some hot success in a short time, which places her on our list as someone to keep an eye out for. Currently signed to Team Discmania, Ella is a naturally talented athlete (from her Ultimate background) who played a ton of sports growing up. This rising star first picked up a disc golf disc in 2019 but has a background in Ultimate Frisbee at the University of Oregon.

In such a short amount of time, Ella signed up for tournaments on the West Coast and showed regular podium finishes. With Discmania's support, she hopes to promote the sport and develop her skills. She's hopefully well on her way to dominating the disc golf scene; did you see her massive550-foot rollerfrom the 2021 Portland Open?

Curious about her nickname "One Throw Ella"? It refers to her ability to throw a disc and nail a teammate in the end zone with one throw. She was a Callahan Award finalist, a prestigious MVP award given to one male and female player in the USA Ultimate collegiate division.

10. Juliana Korver

When it comes to professional female disc golf players, 5-time World Champion and Disc Golf Hall of Famer Juliana Korver is an established, inspirational badass who we are excited to see this year. She's a fountain of wisdom that we feel deserves a spot on our list for potentially being an incredible mentor to the newcomers.

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When it comes to disc golf, women like Juliana Korver, who constantly evolve through the years, prove that there is staying power in developing your game! You can catch her talking a lot about her process, goal-setting, mindset, and mental health, which we admire. Here's her sharing"Wisdom after 10 World Championships"with Paige Pierce.

11. Heather Young

Heather Young is one rising star to watch. Not even 20 years old, she's already a high profile Lefty. Since she was sponsored by Prodigy, Heather hasn't been throwing plastic for a super long time (she started near the end of 2017 when she received her first disc for Christmas). By 2019, Heather was on the lead card at her first Disc Golf Pro Tour Event!

This homeschooled disc golfer already has a natural talent for clean putting and a strong sidearm. Her father built an 18-hole course on the 16 acres of land in Tennessee, where she learned to dominate! Heather's form is incredible, and she's already working towards putting even more power behind her distance. She will definitely be a force to be reckoned with in the near future!

Fun fact:Heather loves purple so much that she strictly carries purple discs. If it's not purple, it won't be in her bag.

12. Hailey King

This rising star recently signed to Innova at the start of 2022 for a one-year agreement. She was previously sponsored by Discraft since turning pro. In 2021, Hailey won four Elite Series evens and received first place in the National Tour points standings.

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Fun fact: when she started playing disc golf with her dad in Wisconsin, she took to forearm throws like a duck to water and later developed her backhand.

She's the youngest competitor to even win the PDGA National Tour Series title at the age of 19, and her effortless and powerful throws caught the eye of Dave Dunipace, who has said Hailey "plays like a warrior out there." Safe to say, we can expect to see great things come from this young gun, especially under Innova's mentorship.

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FAQs

Who is the best female disc golfer? ›

Top 10 FPO Players View All
#Player Click rows to compare playersDominance Index
1Kristin Tattar128.00
2Catrina Allen56.30
3Henna Blomroos54.40
4Missy Gannon44.85
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Who is Madison Walker? ›

Madison Walker is a disc golfer. Walker was ranked #24 in our Composite Rankings FPO on November 1st, 2022. On January 1, 2022, Walker began a one-year contract with MVP.

How far should a woman throw in disc golf? ›

Disc golf needs women's tees, on every hole. If we want to test the women in the same way that we test the men, then women should play shorter holes than men. 450 vs 350Touring men, on average, can throw about 450′. Some can throw farther, some shorter, but in general, this is about right.

Who is Kat Mertsch? ›

Kat Mertsch, a Team Champion touring pro, has consistently placed in the Top Five on the Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT), placing her in the Top 20 of the UDisc FPO Disc Golf World Rankings.

Do heavier discs fly farther in disc golf? ›

Generally, you'll see lighter discs flying a greater distance due to two main reasons. One – The lighter weight of the disc helps the player to generate more arm speed, which translates into more distance.

Who is the goat in disc golf? ›

In disc golf, the GOAT debate has focused squarely on Ken Climo, winner of 20 majors including 12 world championships, vs. Paul McBeth, winner of 15 majors including 5 world championships. As in the Jordan v.

Who are the two hot geese? ›

Introducing the 2 Hot Geese - Madison Walker and Erika Stinchcomb Disc Golf Pin! A portion of the proceeds from each pin sale goes directly to Madison and Erica to support their disc golf season.

Where is Valerie Mandujano from? ›

So in 2021, Valerie hopped on the road for a full tour and her stock continued to rise. The budding star from Texas cashed in 19 out of 20 events that year and earned a spot in the top 10 in an Elite Series event seven times.

What is Paige Pierce rated? ›

Her current rating as of June 2022 is 980. She is currently sponsored by Discraft and Grip Equipment. Pierce began playing disc golf at the age of 4 with her father and his friends.

How far should a woman hit a 4 iron? ›

Driver: 290 yards. 3-wood: 260 yards. 3-iron: 215 yards. 4-iron: 200 yards.

What is a good distance for a woman to hit a driver? ›

The average driving distance for a female golfer is just under 200 yards. Male and female distances vary with the driver because of the driver's swing speed and loft. The average men's driver is about 10.5 degrees of loft, and it is closer to 12 degrees for women.

Which disc in disc golf is the easiest to throw? ›

Diamond is the choice of disc for beginners, children and players with moderate arm speed. It is only produced in weights between 150g-160g, which makes it easy to throw and control. It has an understable flight path with good glide and slight fade.

How old is Cynthia Ricciotti? ›

I couldn't be more excited to announce that I'll be representing Discmania for the 2022 season! This partnership is something that I feel fits me very well, and I'm beyond eager for the season to start.” At 19 years old, Ricciotti's an up-and-comer in the FPO field.

Where is Hailey King? ›

Starting January 1, 2022, Hailey King joins the Innova Star Team with a one-year agreement. She's the youngest competitor to win the PDGA National Tour Series title at 19 after she won the series finale 2021 Music City Open.

Who is Maria Oliva? ›

Maria Oliva is a disc golfer. Oliva was ranked #21 in our Composite Rankings FPO on November 1st, 2022. On March 18, 2022, Oliva began a one-year contract extension with Innova.

How far should you throw a midrange? ›

The typical distance to pull out a midrange is anywhere inside of 300 feet/91.5 meters. Because of their ability to glide and shape shots, midranges are great for both shorter tee shots and longer upshots.

What is a 999 in disc golf? ›

If you do not complete a round due to sickness, injury or other emergency, you will receive a score of 999 indicating you Did Not Finish (DNF) that round. You will not get a rating for that round but will receive ratings for any other rounds you completed before and sometimes after that round (if TD allows).

What is the most sold disc golf disc? ›

The TOP 100 Best-Sellers of 2021
  • Innova. Destroyer. Distance Driver.
  • Discraft. Zone. Putt & Approach.
  • Innova. Wraith. Distance Driver.
  • Discraft. Buzzz. Mid Range.
  • Infinite Discs. Alpaca. Putt & Approach.
  • Infinite Discs. Emperor. Distance Driver.
  • Gateway. Wizard. Putt & Approach.
  • Infinite Discs. Pharaoh. Distance Driver.
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What is the most bought disc golf disc? ›

Flight ratings

The Roc is quite possibly the most popular midrange disc of all time. It has been a staple in pro bags for over two decades, and for good reason.

What is a goose female called? ›

The term "goose" may refer to either a male or female bird, but when paired with "gander", refers specifically to a female one (the latter referring to a male). Young birds before fledging are called goslings.

How old is Paige Pierce? ›

What putter does Valerie Mandujano use? ›

The putter that is responsible for more World Championships than any other in the hottest Galactic colors! Stiff KC Pro material in the standard Putt & Approach beadless mold is the go to choice for most professional players.

Where is Hailey King disc golfer from? ›

After only one full season on tour, Hailey King has proven that you should get used to hearing her name. The Wisconsin native already has 17 career wins to her name at only 18 years of age, and if her 2019 debut tour is a sign of things to come, the rest of the Open Women field should consider themselves on notice.

How tall is Catrina Allen? ›

5 ft 4 in

Who is Paige engaged to? ›

Disc Golf Pro Tour - Congratulations to Paige Pierce and Alyssa Van Lanen on their engagement!

How old is Catrina Allen? ›

How far should a 60 year old woman hit a driver? ›

Average Driver Distance By Age (And How To Improve It)
Age RangeAverage Driver Distance
40-50220 yards
50-60211 yards
60+196 yards
All Golfers219 yards
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How far should a 60 year old hit a 7 iron? ›

Average 7 Iron Distance By Age
Age RangeAverage 7 Iron Distance
40-50146 yards
50-60139 yards
60+128 yards
All Golfers145 yards
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How far should a 60 year old drive a golf ball? ›

30 to 39 year olds average 233.7 to 241 yards, 40 to 49 year olds hit 225.9 to 232 yards, 50 to 59 year olds drive 215.4 to 224 yards while 60 to 69 year olds drive 204.5 to 212 yards. The over 70s average between 190.4 and 196 yards.

How far does Nelly Korda hit her driver? ›

2022
RankNameAverage Driving Distance
7Madelene Sagstrom273.399
8Lexi Thompson272.842
9Maude-Aimee Leblanc272.377
10Nelly Korda272.280
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How far should a woman hit a 6 iron? ›

Irons. Many women golfers carry the 5-iron through the 9-iron, along with the pitching wedge and the sand wedge. The 5-, 6-, 7-, 8- and 9-irons will provide 110, 100, 90, 80 and 70 yards. The pitching wedge varies in loft and can provide up to 80 yards, while the highly lofted sand wedge will provide 60.

How far should your 7 iron go? ›

A PGA Tour player hits a 7-iron between 172-215 yards. Meanwhile, a short-hitting amateur male golfer averages 120 yards with the same club. According to the USGA, golf's governing body in the United States, the average male amateur golfer hits driver 217 yards, as recently as 2019.

How far should a beginner be able to throw a disc golf disc? ›

200 ft is not bad for a beginner. Also, don't just assume that you have a weenie arm and all is hopeless. Alot of players have major flaws, that if corrected/overcome, could dramitically increase their distance.

How old is Kyle Klein? ›

September 1, 2021 by Jonah Lynne in Profile with 0 comments. At just 19 years of age, Kyle Klein has developed a reputation as the “third Crush Boy” alongside fellow Discmania sponsored pros Eagle McMahon and Simon Lizotte.

Why did Hailey King leave discraft? ›

“This was not an easy decision but we wanted to support Hailey through some changes in her life and both Discraft and Hailey felt it was good for her to experience something new,” Discraft posted on Instagram.

Who is Mr Oliva lover? ›

Maria (マリア, Maria) is a fictional character from manga series of Hanma Baki. She is a morbidly obese woman and the girlfriend of Biscuit Oliva.

Is Oliva a prisoner? ›

Oliva to Morio Sonoda. Biscuit Oliva (ビスケット・オリバ, Bisuketto Oriba), can be also romanized as Biscuit Oriba, is a fictional character from anime and manga series of Baki the Grappler. An assassin working for the US government as well as being a special jailer in the Arizona State Prison.

Who plays Maria in Baki? ›

Marie Westbrook is the English dub voice of Maria in Baki Hanma, and Mami Koyama is the Japanese voice.

Who is the number 1 disc golfer in the world? ›

Paul McBeth

Who is the greatest disc golf player of all time? ›

Ken "The Champ" Climo (born March 27, 1968, in Clearwater, Florida) is a professional disc golfer considered by many to be the best professional disc golfer of all time. His records are unparalleled. Climo has claimed Twelve PDGA World Championship titles, including nine in as many years from 1990 to 1998..

How much do female pro disc golfers make? ›

The total earnings per year are probably even higher than that, but as we do not know the details of their contracts, one can only speculate. As for FPO, female professional open players, the TOP earning FPO players are all making around the same figure per year, which stands at ~$125,000.

Who won the PDGA Champions Cup 2022? ›

Champion of Champions: Pierce Takes Dramatic Win

A champion of champions. Paige Pierce displayed the fight, the skills and, after the final putt dropped in a thrilling start to the PDGA Pro Major season, the sportsmanship that defines a champion.

What country is disc golf most popular? ›

Where Is Disc Golf Most Popular in the World?
RankCountryTotal Disc Golf Rounds Recorded with UDisc (2021)
1Åland Islands*36,320
2Finland1,199,706
3Norway1,070,806
4Iceland65,992
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29 Mar 2022

What is the hardest disc golf course on tour? ›

The “Disc Side of Hell” is without doubt the hardest fantasy disc golf course in the World! It's a par-75 monstrosity with a total length of 13,742 feet (4188 meters).

Who is the highest paid female disc golfer? ›

Paige Pierce Disc Golf Earnings Facts

Paige Pierce is the all-time leader of pro women's disc golf earners with $309,420 won from disc golf tournaments as of the end of 2021.

Can you make a living off disc golf? ›

That's an average professional rating of 1014. So, you can definitely make a living playing professional disc golf, but you have to at least break into the top 100 players.

How much does a caddy girl make? ›

LPGA caddies make a weekly base salary of around $1,200.

More importantly, caddies make around 7 to 8% of their golfers' winnings. In 2022, the purse for the USGA was $10 million, so the caddy of the winning golfer would pocket at least $700,000.

What does 888 mean in PDGA? ›

"Sufficient notice" is defined as at least 15 minutes prior to tee off assignment time. Players who DNF without such notice will be reported as an 888 code by the TD.

Can you smoke in a PDGA tournament? ›

The use of tobacco products by event staff, players, and by extension their caddies, is prohibited at all PDGA Majors and National Tour events, as well as those events held concurrently with those Major and NT events, from the two-minute warning until their scorecard is turned in.

Can you wear gloves PDGA? ›

Yes. Gloves are specifically allowed by 813.02. C as a device that controls abrasion.

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