Garrett Gurthie In The Bag: What Discs Does Double G Use?

by Denis Flaschner, Professional | PDGA #49081

Garrett Gurthie has been a mainstay on the pro tour for years, and while we all wish we could replicate his power backhand drive, only a handful of players in the world can match his distance. That won't stop us from trying, of course. Let's take a look into his bag and see what this elite bomber throws. 

While company-sponsored "in the bag" videos are a good way of seeing what the pros throw, I'm often disappointed to discover that the discs they promote in the video are not the exact ones they use on tour. 

Lucky for us, production companies Gatekeeper Media and JomezPro now show what discs the pros are tossing on their coverage. I combed through the Gatekeeper's coverage of the 2022 Las Vegas Challenge to sort out exactly which discs Gurthie threw that weekend. Here's what I discovered. 

Garrett Gurthie's Putters

KC Pro Aviar

Dimensions

  • Height: 2.0cm
  • Diameter: 21.2cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.5cm
  • Rim Width: 0.9cm

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 2
  • Glide: 3
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 2

Popular Plastics

  • KC Pro

Named the 12x World Champion, the "Ken Climo" Pro Aviar has been a famous putter on the professional level for decades. This mold is a standard Aviar with the addition of a big bead around the bottom of the rim.

The bead adds a bit of extra depth and stability, making it a solid option for approaches and short tee shots. 

Gurthie is using it as his primary putter within the 10-meter circle. The KC Aviar is well suited for any putting style and seems especially effective for Gurthie's hyzer pitch putt style.

He squares up the basket in a straddle stance and brings the disc up on a straight vertical path, much like a softball pitch. With a slight hyzer angle, the KC Aviar follows a gentle arc up and down into the chains. 

Sonic

A Garrett Gurthie Tour Series Sonic disc with studio lighting

Dimensions

  • Height: 2.3cm
  • Diameter: 21.6cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.6cm
  • Rim Width: 0.6cm

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 1
  • Glide: 2
  • Turn: -4
  • Fade: 0 

Popular Plastics

  • DX
  • Star 

Gurthie may be the only pro on tour that consistently bags the Sonic, and it's a bit ironic that one of the biggest arms on tour also bags one of the slowest and most speed-sensitive discs on the market. This unique mold is oddly shaped and extremely understable. 

With a high dome top and super thin outer rim, the Sonic is perfect for a pre-round game of catch. Previously, Gurthie used this disc as his primary putter, but it appears to be relegated to approach duties to start 2022.

With such a slow and lofty flight, it is perfect for controlled pitch-ups to the basket that require a gentle landing with minimal chance of a roll-away.

AviarX3

A pink Innova Halo AviarX3 disc with light gray background

Dimensions

  • Height: 1.8cm
  • Diameter: 21.3cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.6cm
  • Rim Width: 1.0cm

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 3
  • Glide: 2
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 3 

Popular Plastics

  • Star
  • Champion

To round out the putter category, Gurthie carries the very overstable AviarX3. Another variant on the classic Aviar mold, this version has a recessed "puddle" top and a slightly thicker rim.

The polar opposite of the Sonic, it can absorb extra speed and torque without turning over. With its ability to hold the hyzer angle and fly on baby flex lines, this is a reliable throwing putter.

The AviarX3 is a bit fast to use as a primary putter, especially with Gurthie's hyzer pitch putt style. At slow speeds, it will get zero glide and will likely come up short of the chains.

That said, it will effectively fight the wind and is an excellent option for a short putt into a severe headwind. Gurthie leaned on it heavily in Vegas for hyzer approaches and tee shots.

The Innova AviarX3 in Halo Star plastic is available in our shop.

 

Double G's Mid Ranges

Roc3

An orange Innova Jennifer Allen Tour Series Roc3 disc with studio lighting

Dimensions

  • Height: 2.0cm
  • Diameter: 21.8cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.3cm
  • Rim Width: 1.4cm

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 5
  • Glide: 4
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 3

Popular Plastics

  • Champion
  • Pro
  • DX

The Roc3 is Gurthie's workhorse midrange. I wouldn't be surprised if he could push 550+ feet on a dead straight line with this disc.

But this midrange is all about control, and in Vegas, he often powered down on the Roc3, throwing it with a smooth, relaxed, and controlled release for shots in the 300-400 foot range with a soft, pillowy landing.

His elite power also allows Gurthie to throw the relatively overstable Roc3 on massive turnover lines.

When his card mates are going power forehand, he often opts for the drifting anhyzer turnover with the Roc3 — Gurthie bags the Roc3 in Champion Color Glow plastic, one of the more overstable midrange blends available.

Mako3

An Innova Halo Mako3 disc with pink rim and blue stamp shot in a studio

Dimensions

  • Height: 1.9cm
  • Diameter: 21.7cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.4cm
  • Rim Width: 1.4cm

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 5
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 0

Popular Plastics

  • Halo Star
  • Star
  • Champion

The Mako3 fills the understable midrange slot in Gurthie's bag. The Mako3 is a popular all-around disc for beginners and lower power players, but for big arms, it is best for controlled turnovers.

According to Gatekeeper Media, Gurthie bags the Innova Halo Star Mako3, but honestly, I didn't see him throw it on the coverage. 

Gator

A blue Jessica Weese Gator disc with red stamp

Dimensions

  • Height: 1.9cm
  • Diameter: 21.2cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.4cm
  • Rim Width: 1.3cm

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 5
  • Glide: 2
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 4

 Popular Plastics

  • Champion

The torque-resistant Gator is an overstable midrange utility disc that performs well in windy conditions. It makes up for what it lacks in glide with an ultra-reliable fade. With a deep rim and a prominent bead, the Gator is a perfect complement to the Roc, as it has a similar hand feel with extra stability, 

Gurthie carries the Gator in Metal Flake Champion plastic. This particular run is known for having a flat top and being extra overstable, allowing him to power up on the disc without fear of it turning over.

The Metal Flake Innova Gator (Jessica Weese 2022 Tour Series) is available in our shop. The discs feature a ferocious alligator stamp with multiple foil options.

Fairway Drivers

Teebird

A purple Innova Jennifer Allen Tour Series disc with blue stamp

Dimensions

  • Height: 1.5cm
  • Diameter: 21.2cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.1cm
  • Rim Width: 1.7cm

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 7
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 2

 Popular Plastics

  • Champion
  • Star
  • Halo Star 

The Teebird is, in my humble opinion, a perfect disc. That's hardly a hot take, as it has been one of the most popular drivers in the world for over two decades. From the easy-to-throw baseline DX plastic to the stable and durable Champion version, you really can't go wrong with the Teebird.

Unsurprisingly, Gurthie throws the overstable Champion Color Glow edition. With his power, he can get this disc to flip up from hyzer and fly straight for 400+ feet.

Many Innova-sponsored pros throw this disc; through the years, it bore the signature of World Champions such as Ken Climo, Paul McBeth, and Ricky Wysocki.  

We have several Teebirds available in our store, but I find the Anthony Barela Tour Series Teebird3 especially attractive. This version is a little faster with a bit less glide, but it will break in to be an all-around fairway workhorse. 

Firebird

A light blue Nate Sexton Tour Series Firebird disc with a purple stamp

Dimensions

  • Height: 1.4cm
  • Diameter: 21.1cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.2cm
  • Rim Width: 1.9cm

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 9
  • Glide: 3
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 4

Popular Plastics

  • Champion
  • Star

Gurthie carries two very overstable flat top Metal Flake Champion Firebirds. For most players, the Firebird is a popular utility driver for its reliable fade in all wind conditions.

High-power pros can get enough spin and speed on the Firebird to stretch out its glide phase and open up flight lines that casual players can only dream about. 

Where the best players at your local club might reach for the glidier Teebird, pros like Gurthie can get the same action on the even more reliable Firebird. He can push it out straight for a good 300 feet before the fade takes over, finishing on hyzer with a few aggressive skips.

Put high enough in the air, and the Firebird will spike into the ground and stick exactly where it lands. 

Most Innova-sponsored pros bag the Firebird, and it is a particular favorite among forehand-dominant players. When he needs to go to his forehand, Gurthie will often grab the Firebird.  

Leopard3 

A studio photo of a blue rimmed Innova Leopard3 disc with a black stamp

Dimensions

  • Height: 1.7cm
  • Diameter: 21.2cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.1cm
  • Rim Width: 1.7cm

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 7
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -2
  • Fade: 1

Popular Plastics

  • Champion
  • Halo Star

The Leopard3 is the faster and slightly more stable version of the popular beginner disc, the Leopard. Along with several other pros, Gurthie bags an extra stable Champion Color Glow version for controlled turnovers and on-demand hyzer flips. 

While he didn't reach for it many times in Vegas, I expect to see Gurthie using the Leopard3 to carve up heavily wooded fairways later in the year. This disc can thread the needle on tight tunnel shots.

When it slows down and lands, it will have minimal horizontal fade for a driver, allowing pros to stick the landing on tight greens.  

Roadrunner

A photo of a peach colored Lisa Fajkus Innova Roadrunner disc with purple stamp

Dimensions

  • Height: 1.4cm
  • Diameter: 21.1cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.2cm
  • Rim Width: 1.8cm

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 9
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -4
  • Fade: 1

Popular Plastics

  • Star
  • Halo Star

The Roadrunner fills the understable utility driver slot in Gurthie's bag. High-power players use this disc's extreme -4 turn to throw down massive rollers. Snap it off flat or with a bit of anhyzer, and it will easily roll over and hit the ground running. 

The Roadrunner is a perfect introduction to the fairway driver category for beginners and low-power players.

In lighter weights, this disc can be used by juniors. Between the Sonic, Mako3, Leopard, and Roadrunner, any average player could build a bag that resembles Gurthie's That's a fun fact that doesn't apply to most professional bags. 

Distance Drivers

Wraith

An image of an Innova Garrett Gurthie Wraith Disc with light gray background

Dimensions

  • Height: 1.4cm
  • Diameter: 21.1cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.2cm
  • Rim Width: 2.1cm

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 11
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -1
  • Fade: 3

Popular Plastics

  • Star
  • Halo Star (GG Signature) 

Gurthie bags two of his tour series Halo Star Wraiths for a good reason: These discs can bomb with a lot of accuracy. The standard Star Wraith is an excellent all-around distance driver that combines premium speed with maximum glide. Think of it as an easier-to-throw version of the more popular Destroyer. 

The Gurthie Tour Series Halo Wraith is a different animal. It is significantly more overstable than other runs and requires more speed to activate the subtle turn and extra glide. It also has a bit more dome on top.

My 2021 Gurthie Halo Star is by far the furthest flying Wraith I have owned, though it takes a bit more juice and a bit of forced anhyzer to get there.  

Emperor

A Garrett Gurthie Emperor disc with studio lighting

Dimensions

  • Height: 1.7cm
  • Diameter: 21.1cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.2cm
  • Rim Width: 2.3cm

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 12
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -1
  • Fade: 2.5 

Popular Plastics

  • Swirly Star (GG Signature)

Gurthie relies on his Swirly Star Emperor for maximum distance tee shots. He clearly has a lot of trust in this disc, as he ripped it on big controlled drives with just a bit of turn, a ton of glide, and a solid yet subdued hyzer fade.

Gurthie often reached for it for placement tee shots on long par 4's, putting him in position for a Roc3 or AviarX3 upshot.  

With his elite power, Gurthie can push this disc laser straight for upwards of 450 feet. If he really needs to uncork a big drive, I wouldn't be surprised to see it go over 600 feet.

The average player can expect it to be reasonably overstable, especially when brand new. Many online reviews note that the Emperor flies like a seasoned Destroyer.

Gurthie threw the Emporer on one of his most famous shots, this epic ace on a par 4 at the 2020 Las Vegas Challenge:

Destroyer

An image of an Innova Destroyer with black rim and red stamp

Dimensions

  • Height: 1.4cm
  • Diameter: 21.1cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.2cm
  • Rim Width: 2.2cm 

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 12
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -1
  • Fade: 3

Popular Plastics

  • Star
  • Halo Star

With nearly identical flight ratings and dimensions as the Emperor, it's difficult to discern why Gurthie prefers his Destroyer on certain shots. This mold is both famous and infamous for its variations between runs and plastics.

These things are like snowflakes, each unique in their own way, so perhaps his Destroyer only has some remarkable quality he understands. 

That said, the Halo Star Destroyer that Gurthie bags is popular among Innova pros and is regarded as the most consistently overstable version of the Destroyer.

Equally effective for both backhand and forehand shots, the Destroyer's perfect combination of slight high-speed turn and strong low-speed fade has made it the best-selling distance driver of all time.

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