A simple circle of plastic, how different can they be? When you are looking at disc golf discs, it can be easy to start thinking that they can't be much different from one another. When I began playing I randomly picked a disc with the coolest name and graphic and began playing. After doing research you begin to realize that disc golf discs can vary drastically depending on throwing technique, individual release velocity, disc material, among other factors. Disc golfers can be swamped with options when looking for discs and it can feel like a wild search, but thankfully below you'll have some help! No matter if you're looking for understable or overstable discs, there's something here for everyone! Your buying decision doesn't have to be overwhelming!
- 1 Disc Comparison Table
- 2 Best Distance Drivers - Maximize Distance
- 2.1 Distance Drivers for Backhand Drives - Farthest Flying Disc for Disc Golf Beginners & Intermediates
- 2.2 Backhand Drives - Best Distance Drivers for Advanced Players
- 2.3 Distance Drivers for Forehand Drives - Best Disc for Beginner and Intermediate Players
- 2.4 Forehand Drives - Best Distance Driver for Advanced Players
- 3 Best Fairway Drivers Discs - Consistency and Accuracy
- 4 Best Midrange Discs
- 5 Best Putters
- 6 Best Tomahawk Disc
- 7 Best Disc Golf Brands
- 8 Final Thoughts on Selecting the Best Disc Golf Disc
Disc Comparison Table
Type of Disc
Type of Shot
Beginner - Advanced
Beginner - Advanced
If you are like many disc golfers looking to maximize your distance and the control of your teeshots, then you need to take a look at the recommendations below of the best discs for your technique and experience. These reviews outlined below are customized discs based on the type of disc you're looking for (Distance, Fairway, Midrange, Approach, and Putter), the technique you will be using (Backhand, Forehand, Tomahawk), the material (Champion, Z-Line, Star, and DX) and the weight of the disc. Significantly improve your game by picking the best distance drivers, midrange, or putter for your individual needs and experience! If you have any questions before we begin or have some suggestions, shoot me an email, and I'll get back to you!
Best Distance Drivers - Maximize Distance
Distance Drivers for Backhand Drives - Farthest Flying Disc for Disc Golf Beginners & Intermediates
The first disc on our list is the understable Avenger SS, manufactured by Discraft. Although we recommend this disc to those that would consider themselves beginners or intermediate disc golf players, this disc can truly pack a punch which makes it a great choice. It was designed to provide extremely long shots with a casual turnover at the end while being slightly more beginner friendly with the release velocity. As a disc golf player, I would say this is my favorite disc golf distance driver, and one that's always in my bag!
One of the main things about this disc which makes it a great disc for beginner and intermediate players looking for distance is it's balanced stability and it's long flight time. No matter what skill levels you're dealing with, this allows you to get the long straight flight pattern you're looking for while the gentle fade at the end provides even a bit more distance onto your drive. Along with this, out of all the plastic options for this disc, I recommend going with the Z-Line plastic because it will last you longer and if you are looking for stability in a disc, then you want the plastic to remain perfectly in shape. If you're looking for solid distance, then I would consider the Avenger one of the best for you!
Overall this is a great disc for someone that is looking for a understable backhand driver that will add some distance to your shots, while giving you that consistency that you need, then take a look at the Avenger SS by Discraft!
Backhand Drives - Best Distance Drivers for Advanced Players
There's a reason this disc is one of the most commonly used discs by professional players and is extremely popular for maximum distance. In fact, four time PDGA Champion Paul Mcbeth features 6 different Innova Destroyers in his bag! This overstable disc is decently heavy at 160g-175g which definitely makes it optimal for experienced disc golfer with a high release velocity which allows for maximum distance and isn't affected by the wind quite as much! Along with being good for wind shots, the weight also adds great power. These discs are popular because they are pretty easy to pick up, and are an excellent choice and will add a lot to your game! I would suggest buying this disc, because it has something for everyone!
This disc is a favorite by many on the professional tour because of it's long distance, durable, and it's dependability in rain and windy conditions. There are other discs that claim to offer distance or offer dependability in turbulent weather, but the Destroyer is one of the only discs that offers both of these, and this thing can really fly! This wide rimmed disc is one of my favorite discs, and what I would consider the best distance driver available! The wide rim definitely gives you a more consistent hold and grip, and just feels very comfortable no matter the throw.
Distance Drivers for Forehand Drives - Best Disc for Beginner and Intermediate Players
The next disc on our list is the Innova Firebird! This disc is one of the best discs for forehand drivers that are looking for distance! Along with this, it's probably one of the best disc golf discs for immediate players and is extremely popular due to how easy it is to pick up. This overstable disc is perfect for forehand shots because of its weighted rim which helps to increase the stability and reduce wobble, while adding a great grip. This is a pretty heavy disc to throw which makes it a great choice for forehand drives because this added weight on the perimeter of the disc maximizes the gyroscopic stabilization effect which helps to keep this disc straight flight down the fairway. If you're looking for a disc that can simply fly straight no matter the arm speed, then these discs are a great choice for beginners or advanced players alike, so put it in your bag! No more going on a search to find your discs, this thing will be right in the fairway, very predictable. Buying this disc will be great for your game!
The glide of the Innova Firebird is pretty low, and this helps to prevent the disc from sailing too high in the air, especially if you're playing in windy conditions, this also makes it a great beginner disc. This disc strives for low thrown drives that will seem to travel forever. I also recommend the Champion grade plastic for this disc because it adds to the stability of this disc, and will ensure that your drives are consistent no matter the age of the disc. Overall if you are someone looking for a forehand distance driver, the Innova Firebird is a great choice because of its stability and weight.
Forehand Drives - Best Distance Driver for Advanced Players
This Nitro by MVP Disc Sports is a unique state of the art disc created for stability, which makes it perfect for forehand throws. This disc is slightly different than your standard disc because the center of the disc is made of extremely thin plastic, and the majority of the weight is in the rim. This allows the disc to be overstable and really increases the stability more so than a traditional disc. It makes it a little more difficult to throw, but it's one of the best disc golf discs for advanced players available and really allows for maximum distance as well. On a side note, I love the purple color of the featured image above, but these discs also come in a few different colors which make it great for playing in Autumn, so you can easily identify your disc. As an advanced player, if you are looking for additional discs to add some range for your game and you have some experience, I suggest you give this popular disc a shot... People will be impressed with your drive, this thing really flies.
This overmold disc provides a delayed on your drive which gives you additional distance and gives you straighter finishes on your drives. Because of the overmold design which makes the center of the disc dramatically lighter than the rim of the disc, this gives you the stability you need for flick/forehand drives. The MVP Nitro is the best disc for forehand drives!
Best Fairway Drivers Discs - Consistency and Accuracy
Most Accurate Fairway Driver
The Teebird by Innova has a deep history in disc golf. This disc has been used to win nearly 20 PDGA World Champions and is one of the most popular fairway drivers used by professionals and regular people today! The main reason this disc is so well liked by professionals is because of the stability and it just keeps going. Both of these pair up to give you one of the most consistent and predictable flight patterns while still giving you good distance, makes it great for any skill level, especially for fairway drivers. This is one of the best discs for accuracy and consistency. With this disc, you won't have to go on a search to find your disc, the consistency will keep it right on the fair!
Because the stability of this disc is what makes it a great option as an accurate fairway driver, I recommend you stay with Innova Champion grade plastic because this will ensure that the disc doesn't change shape or flight after being worn in, and also adds stability. Overall this is a great disc for those who are looking for "old reliable" which can give you some distance on your drives and also give you a smooth and predicable flight path. There's a reason why this is one of the favorite discs of professional disc golfers, you should give it a try!
Most Versatile Fairway Driver
If you're looking for a disc that is built off of its consistency and ease of throw, then the Innova leopard should be pretty high up on your list. I've given this disc the label of the most versatile fairway driver because it's a great fairway disc due to it being quite predictable, but it also packs a little bit more of a punch than the TeeBird above, and gives a bit more distance. This gives you the ability to recover off of a poor drive, or have the distance to hit a long second shot.
Overall there's a good reason why this disc was listed as one of the top most haves for anyone looking for a fairway driver. If you're looking for a good option for second shots or even just a straight drive, then definitely take a look at the Innova Leopard.
Best Midrange Discs
Best Disc for Approach Shots
When you're looking for an approach disc to ensure that you are setting yourself up for an easy put, you want to make sure you have a consistent trajectory, you have your distance ranged in and you have the stability you need. The Roc3 by Innova is another pro favorite because of it's consistency in midrange approach shots. It's very similar to the Innova Aviar. I would argue that this is one of the best discs for approach and midrange shots. This midrange allows you to easily get a bit more distance than most midranges, while still, providing a subtle fade at the end which lets you touch it down right where you need it. I would rate this very highly on my approach discs along with the Aviar.
The Innova Roc3 comes in a few different innova plastics, but I definitely recommend that you go with the Innova Champion grade plastic because it holds its stability better than most other plastics. Many consider this the best mid-range ever made, and once you have this disc beat in a little bit, it will never seem to fail you!
Best Midrange for Reliability
The Buzzz by Discraft is with out a doubt one of the most popular discs in the world, and truly a straight flyer. Commonly described as a "mid-range" disc, this disc is a jack of all trades and allows you to get more distance and control than a traditional mid-range disc. This true midrange disc is extremely reliable and suits a great range of throwing styles and situations. This disc also suits a great number of angles which means the disc will perform exactly how you want it to based on your shot selection. I would argue that these are one of the best for midrange shots time and time again.
Many discs today are created with a specific type of shot in mind. But the beauty of the of Buzzz by Innova is that it takes the consistency and reliability of your favorite shot, and it gives it to you in every throwing style and any shot you need to make. This disc reminds me of a few by Dynamic Discs because of its straight flying which makes it the ultimate disc. These flight ratings are a good guideline to follow when looking for reliability. The Buzzz gives you the uttermost confidence in any midrange shots your might encounter!
Best Overall Putter
There's a reason the PA3 by Prodigy is one of the most popular putters on the PDGA tour currently, this thing just flies straight. With one of the straightest flight patterns of any putters I've seen under 30 feet, it has quickly become my go to putter. This true putter features a beaded edge which can be off-putting for some but this doesn't feel like a traditional beaded rim. The disc has a good feel, and features the beaded rim which fits quite nicely and easily in your hand, I would argue that it's one of the best putter discs available. If you are looking for more controlled putting, short or long, then these are the discs for you! After sinking some deep putts, you'll feel super about your short game!
As you can see this is an extremely stable disc, and is really one of the straightest flight patterns out of any putter on the market. Along with this, although it is a beaded putter, many players have found that they get an extremely consistent release with it, even if they've had trouble with beaded discs in the past. Overall this is an extremely consistent and dependable putter, which will soon be your go to!
Best Tomahawk Disc
If you are looking for a disc that will help you get our of the thick of it, then you need to take a look at the DGA Hellfire. This extremely overstable disc is designed pretty much exclusively for utility shots, and it really excels at tomahawk/overhand shots. This disc is extremely fast, and if thrown off the drive be careful of the absolute meat hook of a turn in the flight path! This is one of my best discs for tomahawk shots because of it's overstable design, and it's a perfect disc to have in your locker.
As you can see, this disc is built for speed, and this translates perfectly for tomahawks and spike hyzers. Although you might not need this disc every hole, if you are looking for a disc that can help you get out of trouble, then this is the disc for you!
Best Disc Golf Brands
After looking through our list of discs, it's fair to say that there are quite a few more brands available today than there were even a few years ago. When you're looking for discs, it's good to know at least a little bit about some of the brands in the industry so you know what kind of quality you're going to receive.
Probably the most famous brand in the industry, Innova has been around for the past 35 years, and you'll often have at least one of their discs in your bag at any given time. They have discs available for both beginners and advanced players, and have many professional players that are sponsored and have endorsed them. You can feel that you're in safe hands if Ken Climo, the 12 time world champion fully endorses the use of Innova Discs!
Although maybe not as well known as Innova, Discraft is a very respected company in the disc golf industry ever since 1978. Their most famous discs, the Nuke and Buzzz made our list above, and are trusted by beginners and professionals alike. One of the most famous names in disc golf, Paul McBeth is on the Discraft Team and only uses their discs!
A relatively new brand in the industry, Infinite Discs started out simply as a disc marketplace. They quickly grew to the biggest online disc golf marketplace in the world, and decided to get into disc manufacturing as well. They quickly found some success and started their own team. One of my favorite discs from Infinite is the Mantra distance driver.
Final Thoughts on Selecting the Best Disc Golf Disc
The more you begin to play disc golf, the more you being to realize just how different discs can be. Whether you're looking for a disc to give you more distance off drives, or you're looking for a consistent mid-range disc, there are discs out on the market that will fit your needs perfectly. I hope the reviews of some of my favorite discs from Innova, Dynamic Discs and others have been helpful, and you find a great disc golf disc for your needs. If you need anymore help finding a great disc for your play style, please leave a comment below or sign up to our newsletter with your email address! I hope this article has helped with your buying process and I hope get's you back out on the disc golf course soon!. Along with this, if you subscribe you'll also get premium offers and discounts on discs and equipment.
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