Best Disc Golf Fairway Drivers of 2023
In a recent blog we took a look at the top disc golf discs in each category (Distance Drivers, Fairway Drivers, Mid Ranges, and Putt and Approach). Then we checked out the top 50 disc golf distance drivers, including the top overstable and understable molds. This week, we’ll do the same with the top fairway drivers.
Fairway drivers have slightly slower speeds than distance drivers. They can be used for drives and approach shots in all but the longest distances. Their rims are narrower than distance drivers, making them easier to grip for most people. Plus, their slower speed makes throwing them within skill set of most people. Fairway drivers are also called ‘control drivers’. Let’s see which fairway drivers were the most popular, and which ones you might consider throwing for 2023.
The top 50 list is based on the direct to consumer sales at Infinite Discs for last year.
Top Selling Disc Golf Fairway Drivers
Sitting at the top of the chart is the Infinite Discs Dynasty. This speed 9 control driver is not even a year old, but is already working its way into many of our bags. This was one of Eric Oakley’s 2022 signature discs which helped propel it as one of the top fairway drivers. The Dynasty has a stable flight, with a little turn and a dependable, but not too harsh fade.
The Finish Line Era got a podium finish for the year. Finish Line was started by Drew Gibson. It is another very new brand, but is making a mark in disc golf. The Finish Line Era has a very similar flight to the Dynasty in Forged plastic, but is substantially more overstable in the Composite blend.
The Leopard and Teebird have been around for decades and are popular among disc golfers of all skill levels. Those two staples were the next two on the list, followed by Axiom’s entry in the top 10, the Axiom Insanity. The Innova Valkyrie Rounded out the top 10.
Brands In The Top 50
Innova was the top manufacturer for fairway drivers with 13 molds in the top 50. Discraft was in second, but several molds behind Innova. MVP and Infinite had the next most molds. Latitude 64 and Dynamic were the only other brands with more than two molds. There were a few manufacturers with two on the list, and a lot with one mold. In all, there were 17 different manufacturers in the top 50.
Let’s see how those molds translates to sales. We listed manufacturers of the top 50 fairway drivers and sorted them by the percentage of fairway drivers sold. There are a few interesting numbers on the list.
It is not surprising to see Innova on top, since they had the most molds. Infinite was next in line. Although Infinite is quite a bit ahead of third place, it is even more behind Innova. In third place is Discraft. The top three make up 50% of all control driver sales for the year!
Top Overstable Fairway Drivers
Just like the distance drivers, we will find the top 10 overstable fairway driver molds. This category is for overstable and very overstable discs. Here are the top 10:
- Innova Firebird
- Innova Teebird
- Innova Thunderbird
- Discraft Raptor
- Thought Space Athletics Votum
- Infinite Discs Scepter
- Discraft Anax
- Discraft Undertaker
- Discraft Captain’s Raptor
- Dynamic Discs Escape
Overstable Discs Approval Dates
I like to see what dates each mold was approved to see which molds have been around for a while, and which ones are newer. The older molds are well established and have been popular for a long time. Newer brands might be hype, but they might also be the popular for a long time. Here are the dates.
|Mold||Approval Date||Sales Rank|
|Dynamic Discs Escape||Dec-12||10|
|Infinite Discs Scepter||Apr-19||6|
|Thought Space Athletics Votum||Mar-21||5|
|Discraft Captain’s Raptor||Dec-21||9|
The oldest two molds are also the top molds. The Firebird and Teebird are more than two decades old. The Votum and Captain’s Raptor are the new kids on the block, each getting approved around two years ago as of this writing.
Top Understable Fairway Driver
For this blog, understable fairway drivers are those molds that have a turn of -2 or more. Understable discs are popular among beginners and people who don’t have a lot of arm speed. Here are the top 10 understable fairway drivers.
- Infinite Discs Sphinx
- Innova Leopard
- Axiom Insanity
- Innova Valkyrie
- Though Space Athletics Mantra
- Innova Leopard3
- Discraft Heat
- Innova Sidewinder
- Innova Roadrunner
- Latitude 64 Diamond
Innova had half of the molds in the top 10. The other five spots were taken by five different brands.
Understable Discs Approval Dates
|Mold||Approval Date||Sales Rank|
|Latitude 64 Diamond||Mar-11||10|
|Infinite Discs Sphinx||Mar-18||1|
|Thought Space Athletics Mantra||Oct-19||5|
Just like the overstable molds, Innova has a couple discs in the top 10 that have been around for decades and have earned their way in our bags. That didn’t get them the number one spot, but they did get second in the top 10. Infinite took first with the Sphinx. While not as old as most of the Innova molds on the list, it has still been around for nearly half a decade.
Next Blog Well Look At Mid Range Discs
What are the Best Fairway Drivers for You?
What will be the best fairway drivers of 2023? Will any brands catch up to Innova or Discraft? Or will the old school molds continue to dominate? The PDGA has already approved 17 new molds for this year (as of this writing). Maybe one of them will be a top fairway driver.
What is your favorite fairway driver? What fairway drivers do you think will be the best selling in 2023?