Best Midrange Disc of 2020

Best Mid range golf discs

Our quest to find the most popular discs of 2020 continues this week by examining the data to find the best midrange disc. We’ve looked at the best drivers as a whole, distance drivers, control drivers, and now midrange discs. A usual, we’ll look at the sales for 2020 so far, and compare that to the reviews and ratings for the year. Then, we’ll count your votes by looking at the comments on this blog. We’ll add up all of these categories and declare a winner.

Best Disc Golf Midrange Discs

Sales Rank Star Rating Fan Vote Average
Discraft Buzzz 1 1 1 1
Innova Mako3 2 2 4 2.7
Innova Roc3 4 7 2 4.3
Innova Roc 3 5 7 5
Discraft Buzzz SS 6 3 8 5.7

The Discraft Buzzz Swept all three categories to take the title of the best midrange disc. Discraft also took six of the top ten spots, with Innova sporting three molds in the top ten. Dynamic Discs’ Emac Truth fills the number six spot, and is the lone non-Discraft/Innova manufacturer.

Midrange discs, or mid’s, fill the ‘gap’ between putters and fairway drivers. Not quite as easy to control as putters, their ability to be thrown slower than a fairway driver makes them a great choice for technical shots, shot shaping, and controlling the ground action once they touch down. The rim of a midrange feels slightly more ‘meaty’ in your hand than a putter. The flights, like all categories of discs, range from flippy to very overstable.

Most people have a few different mid’s in their bag for a variety of needs. The midrange disc is probably one of the easier discs to shape. I’ve heard many people say that if they played a one-disc round, they would choose a midrange as their single disc. That shows the versatility of this class of disc.

The Perfect Combination

In addition to choosing a disc for its flight, the feel of the disc can vary from disc to disc. Some are beaded, while others are beadles. Some have a sharper rim, while others are rounded. The depth of the rim can vary a bit, adding to the feel of the disc. And of course, the plastic type affects the feel. All of those factors go into how we choose our discs. One manufacturer has apparently found the best of all of these characteristics to create an amazingly successful mold: the Buzzz.

Top Sellers of 2020

When we look at the top sales for each category (Distance driver, control driver, midrange, and putt/approach) there are molds that are clearly in first place. Meaning, significantly ahead of the next closest competitor. In no other category was this gap between first and second place as big as the midrange disc. The Discraft Buzzz was not only way ahead of the second place Mako3 in sales, it was ahead of the next four molds combined!

Keep in mind, we separated the sibling discs, the Buzzz OS and Buzzz SS, into their own sales numbers. That means the sales domination is held by the Buzzz, and the Buzzz alone. We have sold more Buzzz’s than the bottom half of the top 20 molds! Let’s take a look at the top 20 midrange discs according to sales.

Rank Midrange Brand and Mold
1 Discraft Buzzz
2 Innova Mako3
3 Innova Roc
4 Innova Roc3
5 Discraft Comet
6 Discraft Buzzz SS
7 Discraft Malta
8 Dynamic Discs EMac Truth
9 Discraft Buzzz OS
10 Discraft Meteor
11 Discraft Archer
12 MVP Reactor
13 Discraft SOL
14 Discraft Wasp
15 Innova Shark
16 Prodigy M4
17 Infinite Discs Anubis
18 Kastaplast Kaxe Z
19 Innova Gator
20 Dynamic Discs Truth

The Discraft Domination

Discraft dominates the category, with six of the top ten discs manufactured by them. Innova has a few molds in the mix, with the Dynamic Discs’ EMac Truth the sole mold in the top ten that is not an Innova or Discraft disc. Then next ten spots contains molds by MVP, Prodigy, and Kastaplast, in addition to Innova, Discraft, and Dynamic Discs.

The Buzzz was approved as a mold in 2003, so it has had time to gather a following. Its straight flight makes the Buzzz popular among all skill levels. The gentle turn and equally soft fade make the disc shapeable and able to meet a large variety of shot needs. Throw in a variety of plastic types, with a dash of swirly colors, and mix in the names of a world champion or two to get an undisputed winner of the most midrange sales of 2020.

Rating and Reviews

You, the customer, spoke volumes in voting with your wallet. And you made it equally clear with your reviews and ratings how you felt about the mold. The Buzzz was, again, above the competition in ratings and favorable reviews.  Here are the top molds and their ratings.

Disc Mold Star Rating # of 2020 Reviews Weighted Score
Discraft Buzzz 4.8 70 5.44
Innova Mako3 4.74 40 4.95
Discraft Buzzz SS
4.72 20 4.65
Kastaplast Kaxe Z
4.92 6 4.65
Innova Roc 4.71 19 4.62
Discraft Archer 4.81 9 4.58
Innova Roc3 4.55 27 4.58
Dynamic Discs EMac Truth
4.7 16 4.57
Discraft Buzzz OS
4.68 17 4.57
MVP Reactor 4.83 6 4.56
Discraft Comet 4.63 17 4.52
Prodigy M4 4.77 4 4.47
Discraft Meteor 4.69 9 4.46
Discraft Malta 4.65 10 4.44
Innova Shark 4.46 21 4.40
Infinite Discs Anubis
4.66 6 4.39
Innova Gator 4.55 9 4.32
Dynamic Discs Truth
4.54 7 4.28
Discraft Wasp 4.44 5 4.15
Discraft SOL 4.16 4 3.86

Best Midrange Discs of 2020

Combining the top ten of each list we have the following discs in the running for the best midrange:

This Year Compared to All-Time Sales

I wanted to see how the list of the top sellers for 2020 compared to the top sellers since Infinite started, so I pulled up the sales records for all midrange discs sold by Infinite and compared the two lists. I added the year that the all-time best sellers were approved, so we can see how some of the newer molds compare to some of the older molds. The oldest mold on the top 10 all-time discs is the Roc, which was approved in 1987. The newest discs on the all-time list is a tie between the Roc3 and the Mako3. Both were approved on the same date in 2017. Here is the comparison.

All-Time Sales Rank Mold Year Approved 2020 Sales Rank Mold
1 Discraft Buzzz 2003 1 Discraft Buzzz
2 Innova Roc3 2017 2 Innova Mako3
3 Innova Mako3 2017 3 Innova Roc3
4 Innova Roc 1987 4 Innova Roc
5 Discraft Comet 1995 5 Discraft Comet
6 Dynamic Discs EMac Truth 2016 6 Discraft Buzzz SS
7 Discraft Buzzz SS 2008 7 Discraft Malta
8 Discraft Buzzz OS 2014 8 Dynamic Discs EMac Truth
9 Discmania MD3 2013 9 Discraft Buzzz OS
10 Innova Gator 2000 10 Discraft Meteor

Although the total number of sales for a given mold may not indicate how popular it will continue to be in the future, it does show how big of an impact the older discs have made over time. It also shows how the newer discs have started out in popularity.

Average Yearly Sales

Although it isn’t necessarily an even comparison, I took an average yearly sales number for each mold in the top all-time molds to see how that changed the rankings. Here is what I found.

Rank, Average Yearly Sales Mold Year PDGA Approved
1 Innova Roc3 2017
2 Discraft Buzzz 2003
3 Innova Mako3 2017
4 Dynamic Discs EMac Truth 2016
5 Innova Roc 1987
6 Discraft Comet 1995
7 Discraft Buzzz OS 2014
8 Discmania MD3 2013
9 Discraft Buzzz SS 2008
10 Innova Gator 2000

Fan Voting Results: Best Midrange Disc 2020

Mold Percentage of Votes
Discraft Buzzz 26.1%
Innova Roc3 7.2%
Dynamic Discs EMac Truth 7.2%
Innova Mako3 5.8%
Discraft Comet 4.3%
Westside Tursus 2.9%
Westside Warship 2.9%
Latitude 64 Fuse 2.9%
Discmania MD4 2.9%
Discraft Meteor 2.9%

The fan voting for the best midrange disc was certainly lopsided. Although there were votes that were cast for dozens of different molds, the Discraft Buzzz was easily the fan favorite. The Buzzz flight has a little turn and a soft fade making it a shapeable, controllable, straight flying disc.  A voter with username Tay pretty much summed up the Buzzz:

– The Buzzz “really can do any shot. My new favorite (shot) with it is the forehand flex. Wow!”

A few Trilogy molds made the top 10 in fan voting, but were not in the top ten for sales nor star ratings. Westside’s Tursus and Warship made the fan-favorite list. Also, the Latitude 64 Fuse received about 3% of the votes. Numerous smaller manufacturers received one or two votes. Even Vibram received one vote with their Obex.

Best Midrange Discs for Beginners

While many of the recommended best mids are great for players of all skill level, more understable discs work better (and fly straighter) for beginners.  From our top mids above, these are the five best midrange discs for beginners:

  1. Westside Tursus
  2. Latitude 64 Fuse
  3. Discraft Meteor
  4. Infinite Discs Anubis
  5. Innova Mako3

What do you think is the Best Midrange Disc of 2020?

We want to hear what you think is the best midrange disc. And we want to hear why you like that disc. What makes your favorite disc so valuable to you? If your favorite mid didn’t make the list, we still want to hear what it is.  Comment below to help our readers select the best midrange disc.

164 comments

  • Number one go to mid is my buzz. Reliable flight and great for flexing thru the trees. I also have a ROC3 when I want a bit more turn at the finish

  • I started playing in 2004 and the first disc I bought was a Wasp. A lot of people started mentioning to me that Discraft was making a new modified version of the Wasp, the Buzzz. I got one within the first few months I was playing and I’ve never played a round without one since then. Buzzzes are predictable, consistent, and comfortable in the hand. I have used dozens of different midranges over the years, but “Buzzz” has been my answer to “What’s your favorite disc?” and “What do you think is the best disc?” since at least 2005!

  • My fav disk would be the Thor by guru disks, this disk is my favorite mid range because it is so versatile for me. I can back hand and forearm and keep the disk straight and it has a nice dip at the end of the throw, overall my favorite mid disk

  • MD3. Not a fan of beads and the right amount of fade for me. I like the Kaze Z as well but it’s wing shape is not a mid.

  • My favorite mid of all time would be the Titanium Buzzz. I think in the Ti plastic, the Buzzz becomes even more forgiving than normal. The Buzzz wants to go straight with just a touch of fade (maybe a touch of turn depending on how you threw it). What I’ve found with the Ti plastic, if your angle was just a little off, the Buzzz says, “No problem. I’m not going to over-react brah!” The Buzz will go just a tiny bit errant but mainly hold your intended line. It seems to me that you really need to exaggerate the angle a bit to get it to go away from straight.

  • The Innova Champion Wombat3 is my go-to midrange for woods golf. Flies straight and holds whatever angle you put on it. So much glide!

  • I’m all about that reactor! MVP did a good job on that mid-range

  • I’m a huge fan of the volt. Such a controllable disc. Really a work horse. Truly a special driver. Anyone can use it and everyone needs one

  • I’ve been a long time user of the buzzz and buzzz os, which have both served me very well. I’d cycled through a number of other midrange discs to no avail, until I met the Westside gatekeeper. It’s pretty similar to the buzzz in stability, but it’s even more comfortable in the hand to me and actually holds stable on straight forehands. It’s made its way into my bag as a “glidey buzzz” that can glide just a little bit further, and flex back when thrown with a bit too much anhyzer.

  • Prodigy MX-3 was my mid of the year this year. Made the bag immediately despite my typically preferring beadless mids (Buzzz, MD3 previously, each fantastic discs as well). I’ve got one in the 400 plastic that flew like my beat in M2, pretty much right away. It’ll slide right when thrown hard, but still has a reliable soft finish at the end. Can’t recommend it enough if you throw Prodigy or are thinking about trying out some Prodigy plastic.

  • Robert Eichelberger

    Discraft Comet. It’s a disc that can do all things well. I do love the buzzz, but the Comet just does more.

  • Kaxe Z is my favorite. The feel in the hand with the K1 and K2 plastics make it a pleasure to throw in all conditions. Point, shoot, glide and stick the landing. A+

  • The best mid for me is the Westside Tarsus. It is easy to throw and has a reliable fade. I would vote Tarsus .

  • The Discraft Archer and Comet are a midrange super-duo. Thrown at a hyzer, either will go perfectly straight. The Archer is fantastic at understable needs as well as long, downhill drives. The Comet has been in my bag since the first gen came out and can be any type of disc up to 200′ including a perfect flick recovery.

  • Comet and the woods. Name a more iconic duo.

  • I bag a Buzzz ESP and a Legacy Pursuit. The Pursuit deserves more respect when you need an overstable mid and in the wind. The Buzzz is great for shot shaping including anhyzer lines. Great discs!

  • I have Stingray, Wombat 3 for beginner

  • Wow, not a lot of love for the Lat 64 Compass. Picked it up on an impulse buy, hasn’t left my bag since. It basically is the ONLY midrange in my bag. Kicked out a buzzz, a gator, and a fuse. The only other one i carry is a Justice. The Compass is just so darn good! Sometimes I’ll just rip it hard and have it soar past my friends drivers. Thanks SockiBomb!