Best Beginner Disc Golf Sets

 

The disc golf starter set is an amazing way for people just getting into the sport to get the discs that will be useful to them, at the best possible price. Starter sets are created with idea that the people who will be using them don’t have the skill to throw faster, more stable, or heavier discs. With a few exceptions, I always recommend starter sets to people new to the sport. I’ll talk about the exceptions later, but for now, let’s look at some of the best disc golf starter sets.

 

 

 

Infinite Discs Starter Set

 

1 – Infinite Discs Starter Set – At the risk of sounding like a homer, I really think this starter set is awesome! It features two discs in the I-Blend plastic, and one in D-blend.  The I-blend Sphinx and Anubis are excellent for beginners because of their flight and speeds, but they will continue to find a place in their bag as their skills improve. The D-blend Alpaca is a popular mold and plastic choice with people from a variety of skills levels, which makes this putter the perfect option for a disc golf set.

The Sphinx and Anubis are staples in my bag. The I-blend plastic feels wonderful to me, and it has the added bonuses of being less expensive than other plastics, and very durable. The Alpaca is a very popular putter that you can use at any skill level. The plastic types, the perfect molds, and the relatively inexpensive price that the Infinite Discs Starter Set gets the number one spot.

https://infinitediscs.com/Products/Package-Sets/114/Infinite-Starter-Set

 

 

Divergent Discs Starter Set

 

2 – Divergent Discs Starter Set –One of the many new companies in the disc golf world, Divergent Discs produces high quality plastics at a good price. The bargain prices and molds that cater to newer disc golfers means that beginners can get discs designed for their skill level, while still getting good quality. That will let people continue to throw those discs, even as their skill level climbs. Base plastics don’t always have a long life and will be discarded as they wear, and the thrower improves. The MaxGrip plastic used in the Divergent set feels great and is very durable. You’ll get the Kraken, Leviathan, and Narwal molds. Excellent for beginners.

https://infinitediscs.com/Products/Package-Sets/18202/Divergent-Discs-Starter-Set

 

 

Viking Discs Starter Set

 

3- Viking Discs Starter Set – This starter set is made out of base plastic, and contains three molds that are sure to make you a fan of Viking Discs. The Rune is a putt/approach disc that straight and excellent for beginners. The Axe is a midrange with a little bit fade. And the Ragnarok is a great driver that will deliver nice flights for less skilled hands.

https://infinitediscs.com/Products/Package-Sets/17838/Viking-Discs-Starter-Set

 

 

Divergent Discs Glow Set

 

4 – Divergent Discs Glow Set – Want to take an already great brand of discs and make them better? Make them glow discs! The Divergent Discs Glow Set is slightly stiffer than the regular MaxGrip plastic, but still has the durability. With this set you have the option to play a round during the day, then break out the UV flashlight and play at night. This set includes the Kraken, Kapri, and Narwal molds.

https://infinitediscs.com/Products/Package-Sets/18539/glow-in-dark-disc-golf-set

 

 

XCom 3-Disc Premium

 

5 – XCom 3-Disc Premium – X-Com is another small, newer brand that people might not be familiar with, but that has amazing discs. Their premium starter set is perfect for beginners who still want to throw quality discs. Despite being a ‘premium plastic’, it is not too overstable for beginners. The flight of these molds are straight. They are also suitable for younger players. The molds in the set includes the Bennu, the Griffon, and the Helios.

https://infinitediscs.com/Products/Package-Sets/18520/X-Com-3-Disc-Premium-Starter-Set

 

 

Other starter set options

 

If you want to start with more than three discs, check out these multiple-disc sets. Some of these discs are more advanced than those designed for beginners.

 

Yikun

The 9-disc set from Yikun is a complete disc golf set that covers every situation on the course. The set includes base and premium plastics. It’s a great way to have a complete bag with just one set.

https://infinitediscs.com/Products/Package-Sets/18580/Yikun-9-Disc-Complete-Set

 

Yikun’s 7-disc set is similar to the 9-disc set, but with more base plastic discs. It is a great option that fills most of a disc golfer’s needs.

 

https://infinitediscs.com/Products/Package-Sets/18579/Yikun-7-Disc-Complete-Set

 

Viking Discs

 

Viking offers multiple-discs sets in different plastic types:

 

 

Ground/Storm plastic mix: https://infinitediscs.com/Products/Package-Sets/18497/Viking-Discs-Starter-Set

 

 

 

Divergent Discs Family Pack

 

This driver/putter pack gives the family enough discs to play together.

 

https://infinitediscs.com/Products/Package-Sets/18468/Divergent-Discs-Family-Pack

 

Divergent Discs 8-Disc Set with Bag

 

https://infinitediscs.com/Products/Package-Sets/18470/Divergent-Discs-Complete-8-Disc-Set-with-Starter-Bag

 

 

 

 

Inexpensive Sets

 

If cost is a deciding factor for your beginner set selection, check out these base plastic starter sets. They offer the discs you’ll need to get playing, and give you a starting point for your disc golf bag.

 

UPlay Disc Golf Set

 

https://infinitediscs.com/Products/Package-Sets/18477/Uplay-Intermediate-Disc-Golf-Set

https://infinitediscs.com/Products/Package-Sets/18111/UPlay-Disc-Golf-Beginner-Starter-Set

 

Hero Disc Golf Starter Set

 

 

https://infinitediscs.com/Products/Package-Sets/18390/Hero-Disc-Golf-Starter-Set

 

Discmania Active

 

 

https://infinitediscs.com/Products/Package-Sets/18269/Discmania-Active-Soft-Disc-Golf-Set

 

 

Starter sets were made with beginners in mind. The discs included are lower speeds and usually lighter. Although the plastics are usually base and not as durable, that is not a bad thing for beginners. The one exception would be sets that include some plastic types. Champion plastic, and those similar to it, are typically more overstable and challenging to throw for beginners. And they take a long time to ‘break in’ due to their high durability. Once you develop the skills to handle more overstable flights, Champion plastic is great. Until then, stick to the base plastics.

 

Comment and Win!

 

Let us know about your experiences with Beginner Sets. Did you start with one? If so, which one and how did you like it? If not, what was your first disc? Did this blog help you decide on a set? If so, which one appeals to you? Let us know in the comments and we’ll pick one comment at random and send them a $25 gift card.

 

Check out our blog about the best disc golf practice baskets here: https://infinitediscs.com/Products/Package-Sets/18111/UPlay-Disc-Golf-Beginner-Starter-Set

 

 

New Disc Releases

New Disc Releases – Aug. 1-13

 

Hooligan Discs Yeet – Drew Gibson

Drew Gibson now has his own signature Hooligan Disc… The Yeet

The Yeet is an overstable driver that is good for all players, from beginners to professionals. Hooligan Discs is an up and coming brand that works in partnership with Lonestar discs. So far, they have provided two top-quality discs for you to try. Stay up to date on the uprising of Hooligan because they are bound to make some great new molds.

Flight numbers: 12 | 5 | -1 | 3

Doomsday Discs

This is a new, up-and-coming disc golf company focused on making plastic to throw during the end of the world. Read our most recent blog post HERE about this company to learn more about their depressing lineup.

Bleak

This is Doomsday’s first putter, available in both premium and base plastic. It is straight-flying, and is perfect for off the tee or in the basket. It is an all around great putter, get it here.

Flight numbers: 3 | 4 | -1 | 1

Dystopia

This mold is great for all players, and has little turn/fade. It also comes in both a base and premium plastic for your preference. Get a Dystopia today, before it’s too late.

Flight numbers: 10 | 6 | -1 | 2

Infinite Discs

Slab

The Metal Flake Slabs have been out of stock for a while, so it feels good to have them back in stock! This run of Metal Flake Slabs is a stock stamp restock

The Slab is a workhorse and can come in handy in a lot of situations. Whether you want a disc that fights the wind or you are in need of a dependable fade, the Slab is for you! Keep a look out this week for the stock stamp edition of this popular mold (Wednesday Midnight California Time).

Flight numbers: 12 | 3 | 0 | 4

Maya

Do you need more distance when throwing? Then the Maya is for you! This is an understable bomber that is great for players of all types.

The Metal Flake Glow plastic was the one released this past week, and people are raving about the feel of this plastic and how well it holds the line they want it on.

Flight numbers: 11 | 5 | -3 | 1

 

Prodigy

H7

The H7 is a fast, very understable driver from Prodigy. The H7 will be a useful tool for a wide variety of players. It’s understability will help beginners and lower arm-speed players throw long turnover shots. Players with more power will achieve hyzerflip turnovers and long rollers.

Flight numbers: 9 | 2 | 1 | 1.9

Stryder

This next disc in Prodigy’s Collab series – the Stryder. The Prodigy Airborn Stryder is a controllable midrange developed for Cale Leiviska. Cale is a master of throwing the midrange, and now he has one to call his own. The Stryder can handle power and still maintain its point-and-shoot purpose. The Stryder goes straight with a touch of stability at the end.

Flight numbers: 6 |4 | 0 | 3

Clash Discs – The Cookie

The Cookie is a straight to stable fairway driver by Clash Discs. It offers a reliable flight path and can be easily manipulated to hold different angles. Clash Discs designed the disc to have just enough torque resistance so it is also a great choice for forehand players.

Flight numbers: 7 | 5 | 0 | 2

MVP/Axiom/Streamline

Tesla

The Tesla has a slight turn and reliable fade, but they also help players gain maximum distance. Some say it is the “big brother” of the Volt, another acclaimed fairway driver.

Flight numbers: 10 | 4 | -0.5 | 2

Jet – Proton SL

The Jet is an easy to throw understable distance driver for everyone. It works well as a big turnover disc, a hyzer-flip machine, or a straight flying driver; all depending on your arm speed. This is an understable compliment to the Trace, filling a much needed spot in your bag.

Flight numbers: 11 | 5 | -3 | 2

Insanity

The Insanity is Axiom’s first distance/control driver with a 20mm rim width. This disc is slightly less stable than the ultra popular MVP Inertia. If you’re looking for a straight flying GYRO driver with loads of attractive color options, you might as well try Insanity.

Flight numbers: 9 | 5 | -2 |1.5

Guru Discs – Glacier Line

Night Trooper

The Guru Night Trooper is an easy to throw fairway driver designed to give new disc golfers maximum distance and control.

Flight numbers: 7 | 6 | 0 |2

Mad Mission

The Guru Mad Mission is a stable flying approach midrange with a flat top and thin rim. This disc excels for short drives and consistent approach shots.

Flight numbers: 3 | 3 | 0 |2

Short Slacker

When thrown with high speeds the Short Slacker exhibits a significant amount of high speed turn for gliding S-Curve flight paths. New players will find that the Short Slacker has a significant amount of low speed end of flight fade.

Flight numbers: 11 | 5 | -1 |2

Monthly Top Selling Discs

TOP-SELLING DISCS OF JULY, 2022

Welcome to the top-selling discs report! At the beginning of each month, we will take a look back at the previous month to calculate which discs sold the best. You have a chance to win a $20 gift card each month if you correctly guess a certain spot for the next month (see below for more details).

Each month, we look at the top 50 disc sales data for mold AND plastic type to see which disc rose to the top. Due to this, it is possible that a single model could show up on the list several times, each representing a different plastic type. This also helps us to know which disc in which plastic are the most popular among our customers.

Here is the breakdown of the top 50 molds from July 2022 at Infinite Discs:

 

#1 – Discmania Glow D-Line Flex 3 RAINMAKER
#2 – Thoughtspace Athletics Nerve TEMPLE
#3 – Discmania D-Line Flex 2 P2
#4 – Thoughtspace Athletics Ethos MANTRA
#5 – Infinite Discs G-Blend EMPEROR
#6 – Infinite Discs Signature Metal Flake C-Blend SLAB
#7 – Discraft ESP BUZZZ
#8 – Infinite Discs Splatter S-Blend ANUBIS
#9 – Discraft Special Blend LUNA
#10 – Thoughtspace Athletics Aura PATHFINDER
#11 – Thoughtspace Athletics Signature Ethos PATHFINDER
#12 – Innova Star WRAITH
#13 – Innova Star DESTROYER
#14 – Mint Discs Apex LOBSTER
#15 – Infinite Discs Metal Flake C-Blend Glow EMPEROR
#16 – Infinite Discs Signature Swirly S-Blend DYNASTY
#17 – Discraft Signature ESP HADES
#18 – Infinite Discs I-Blend PHARAOH
#19 – Infinite Discs Splatter S-Blend PHARAOH
#20 – Thoughtspace Athletics Ethereal PATHFINDER
#21– Finish Line Forged ERA
#22 – Innova Star HAWKEYE
#23 – Innova DX AVIAR
#24 – Discraft Z Line BUZZZ
#25 – Innova Champion MAKO3
#26 – Thoughtspace Athletics Nebula Ethereal OMEN
#27 – Infinite Discs I-Blend SPHINX
#28 – Innova DX LEOPARD
#29 – Innova Star MAMBA
#30 – Thoughtspace Athletics Aura MANTRA
#31 – Axiom Neutron PARADOX
#32 – Discraft Jawbreaker ZONE
#33 – Infinite Discs Signature P-Blend Glow ALPACA
#34 – Dino Discs Egg Shell PTERODACTYLUS
#35 – Innova R-Pro PIG
#36 – Elevation Discs Rubber KOI
#37 – Infinite Discs D-Blend ALPACA
#38 – Discmania C-Line FD
#39 – Clash Discs Steady SODA
#40 – Discraft Prototype Putter Blend FIERCE
#41 – Discmania Signature C-Line P2
#42 – Latitude 64 Opto DIAMOND
#43 – Innova DX POLECAT
#44 – Innova Star VALKYRIE
#45 – Infinite Discs Swirly S-Blend PHARAOH
#46 – Innova Halo Star DESTROYER
#47 – Innova Halo Star WRAITH
#48 – Infinite Discs P-Blend ALPACA
#49 – Innova KC Pro KC AVIAR
#50 – Innova Star SIDEWINDER
#50 – MVP Prism Plasma ENVY

There is quite a good mix of brands this month, with a total of twelve showing up in the line up. Five of those twelve brands only had one or two molds show up with high sales numbers. One surprise is the Mint Discs Lobster making it into the #14 spot! The Lobster was a very popular release and a great success for mint.

The rainmaker came out near the end of July, showing us that it was a highly anticipated and sought after mold. It is no surprise to see it at the top!

Another fun mold we see in the #34 spot is the Dino Discs Pterodactylus. Dino Discs have become popular for kids and those with slower arm speeds. If you know someone that would benefit from a light weight disc (~120g) then Dino Discs are a great choice!

 

*All this data comes from Infinitediscs.com sales ONLY

The Guessing Game

Every month you’ll be able to place your guess for a certain spot on the chart for the next month. The first person to guess the disc and plastic type correctly for the named chart position will win a $20 gift card for the Infinite Discs online store.

PLACE A GUESS for next month. If you can by the first to guess the #12 spot for August, then you can be a winner. Leave your guess in the comments on this blog.

Thanks! See you next month

 

Want a recap from last month? Click “Read More” to see June’s data.

TOP-SELLING DISCS OF JUNE, 2022

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Best Distance Driver For 2022

Best Distance Driver of 2022

 

We looked at the best selling molds, the best rated molds, and counted your votes for your favorite mold, and we can declare the winner of the Best Distance Driver. And boy was it close! The Innova Destroyer and Wraith traded position on top of the sales and fan vote categories. And the ratings were separated by a hundredth of a point!

The top five were all Innova/Infinite, which is not surprising after seeing the results of the individual categories. Four of the top five molds have fairly similar flights, the exception being the 5th place Maya, the only understable mold. Here are the top molds and their ranking in the different categories.

Mold Sales Rating Fan Total
Innova Destroyer 1 4.63 2 7.63
Innova Wraith 2 4.64 1 7.64
Infinite Discs Emperor 3 4.75 3 10.75
Infinite Discs Pharaoh 4 4.71 4 12.71
Infinite Discs Maya 5 4.58 5 14.58

Here are some comments mentioned by fans:

Matt M – “Destroyer has to be my all time mold. Why? There are so many different throws you can make with it. A controlled spike hyzer, a sidearm flick, an all out distance bomber.”

David M – “My go-to is a seasoned Star Destroyer. It has a good feel for backhand and forehand. One at a lighter weight like 167-170 if I’m wanting a little more turn. The Destroyer is the gold standard for good reason.”

Tom – “My favorite driver has always been the Wraith. As they break in the develop a little instability so I can bag several Wraith of various plastic / beat in yet have the same grip. The Wraith is also very good in wind as I find it very reliable and wind resistant. Plus what is not to like about the Halo Wraith, wicked cool stamp.”

In this series exploring the best discs of 2022, we started with putters and have been moving up the speed ratings until this week. You can check out the survey results for Putters, Mid Ranges, and Fairway Drivers by clicking these links. Today, we will finally check out the highest-speed discs, the distance drivers, or high-speed drivers. Once again we will look at the sales data to see what people are buying. Then we will rank the molds by their Infinite rating. Finally, we will ask you to vote for the distance driver that you feel is the best. Then we will compile the information and declare a winner! We will also award one lucky commenter a gift card for their input.

Best Distance Drivers

 

There is something about the feel of a distance driver that sets it apart from other types of discs. The wide rim makes you feel like there is something significant in your hand, both in terms of mass and of potential distance. The sharper edge has a distinct feeling that is unlike other discs. Their higher speed rating requires a little more effort in your throw, making the movement a little more physical. All of these things add up to a different experience when you throw a distance driver.

The high-speed, or distance driver category has been the bane of many new disc golfers. Someone new to disc golf may not understand that the name of the category refers to how fast the disc must be thrown in order to fly like it’s designed to do. Instead, newer players regularly buy discs that they don’t have the skill to be able to throw properly. Therefore, many bad habits might be formed before the disc golfer understands the need to start by throwing lower-speed discs. Lighter plastics can help someone without the arm speed to throw higher speed discs. However, there are benefits to throwing lower speed discs when starting out.

High speed drivers account for slightly over a quarter of all disc sales at Infinite. That’s pretty close to where we could expect it to be. It does trail putters as a category by a couple of percentage points.

 

 

 

 

To find out which molds were the most popular, I pulled up a list of the top 20 discs that were sold in the past year. Below is a chart with the top discs, along with the percentage of all distance drivers sold:

Rank Brand and Mold % of all distance drivers
1 Innova Destroyer 10.5%
2 Innova Wraith 9.0%
3 Infinite Discs Emperor 6.5%
4 Infinite Discs Pharaoh 5.2%
5 Infinite Discs Maya 3.2%
6 Innova Beast 2.3%
7 Innova Shryke 2.1%
8 Innova Mamba 2.1%
9 Discraft Avenger SS 1.9%
10 Discraft Nuke 1.9%
11 Innova Tern 1.7%
12 Discraft Force 1.5%
13 MVP Photon 1.5%
14 Discraft Surge SS 1.4%
15 Discraft Hades 1.4%
16 Innova Boss 1.4%
17 Discraft Zeus 1.3%
18 Discraft Thrasher 1.3%
19 Discraft Scorch 1.2%
20 Innova Katana 1.2%

 

Brands in the Top 20

 

Although most people know about the popularity of the Destroyer and Wraith, they may not know that one out of every five distance drivers sold at Infinite is one of those two molds! Those are some successful molds. In addition to holding the top two spots in the category. Innova is also responsible for 8 of the top 20 distance drivers we sell. That ties Discraft, who also holds 8 of the top 20 spots. In a distant third place is Infinite Discs, with 3 of the top 20. There were only four manufacturers in the top 20, and here is a chart with the breakdown:

 

 

 

Although Infinite Discs only had three molds in the top 20, those molds accounted for a significant portion of the distance drivers sold. In fact, sales of Infinite’s three top-20 molds surpassed Discraft’s eight molds in the top 20. Here is a list of the four manufacturers in the top 20, with the percentage of overall distance driver sales for the past year:

 

 

 

 

Best Rated Discs

 

Now let’s take a look at the Infinite Discs rating for the top molds. These are the ratings that customers have given each mold when they give a review. The ratings give us a picture of how people feel about the disc once they’ve had a chance to throw it. That’s a more accurate indication of the long-term view of people’s opinions of the disc, assuming it’s been around long enough for a significant number of people to rate the mold.  Infinite Discs’ Emperor and Pharaoh top the list, with ratings a bit above the rest of the group. Here are the top 20 discs, sorted by Infinite rating:

 

 

Infinite Discs Emperor 4.75
Infinite Discs Pharaoh 4.71
Innova Wraith 4.64
Discraft Zeus 4.64
Innova Destroyer 4.63
Innova Tern 4.61
Innova Shryke 4.6
Discraft Surge SS 4.59
Infinite Discs Maya 4.58
Discraft Hades 4.58
Discraft Thrasher 4.58

 

Fan Vote Results

We asked you to let us know which mold you considered to be the best distance driver. You responded by the hundreds, and we’ve compiled a list of the top molds. Just like the top mold sales, the fan vote was all Innova/Infinite. Topping the list wasn’t the popular Destroyer. It was the Wraith, which is like a slightly slower Destroyer. In addition to the brands you would expect to make the list, there were votes for many other brands, including Divergent Discs, Viking, Millennium, Legacy, Axiom, Kastaplast, Thought Space Athletics, and DGA.

 

Here is a list of the top voted discs, along with the percentage of people who voted for that mold.

Mold Percentage of Votes
Wraith 13.9%
Destroyer 9.4%
Emperor 4.5%
Pharaoh 4.1%
Maya 3.7%
Boss 3.4%
Grace 3.0%
Mamba 3.0%
DD3 2.2%
Shryke 2.2%

 

Thanks to everyone who voted! We randomly selected one voter to win the $50 gift card. And the winner is:

 

Let Us Know Your Favorite!

 

Now it’s your turn to let us know about your favorite distance driver. Even if your disc didn’t make the list, let us know what it is, and why it is the best disc for you. This is a great chance to show people looking for a distance driver why your favorite disc works for you!

Best Fairway Driver of 2022

Best Fairway Driver of 2022

 

To find the best Fairway Driver of 2022, we looked at the sales date and mold ratings to determine which discs you are buying the most, and which ones you rate the highest. Then we reached out to you to have you vote for the mold that you throw the most. Combining all of that data we can now announce the Best Fairway Driver of 2022! Here are the top molds:

Disc Sales Rating Fan Vote Total
1 Innova Leopard 3 4 2 9
2 Innova Firebird 1 9 3 13
3 Innova Teebird 2 14 1 17
4 Innova Thunderbird 6 11 4 21
5 Innova Leopard3 7 8 7 22

Although Innova is the consistent leader in disc golf sales, we didn’t expect a clean sweep of the top spots in the category. The fan voting really cinched it for several of the molds. The results of the fan voting is listed near the end of this blog. For now, let’s take a closer look at the top molds.

Although I would be tempted to call the top three molds, ‘old-school molds’, if I did, I would immediately get corrected by someone who has been playing disc golf from its beginning, who would remember when the Leopard, Firebird, and Teebird were the newest kid on the block. Those three molds were released in 1999, 2000, and 1999 respectively. They started selling when there were far fewer choices than we have now, at a time when ‘e-commerce’ wasn’t the popular way to shop for disc golf discs. Although that might have been a giant assist in getting the molds off the ground, they have since proven themselves as useful discs in our sport.

Innova Leopard – The flight of this popular disc is such that it can be used by a wide variety of arm speeds. The Leopard is a commonly found in starter sets because it can be thrown rather easily by someone who lacks the proper form for throwing faster molds. It is also useful for people with more experience, who will gravitate to heavier discs and more stable plastics. The Innova Leopard looks like it will be a staple in disc golf for a long time.

Innova Firebird – Even for newer disc golfers, the overstability of the Firebird can be tamed enough to use this utility disc in a variety of situations. Excellent for flick shots and headwinds, it can be flexed with full confidence that it will come out of the anhyzer and finish strong. Need to throw an must-have hyzer? Count on the Firebird to deliver. Its lower speed and variety of plastics makes it easy to see why the Firebird is consistently among the top discs.

Innova Teebird – While more overstable and a little faster than the Leopard, the Teebird can still find a home in the bag of players at a variety of skill levels. It is commonly used to shape shots in tight fairways, and is a reliable disc in medium-range shots. Like the Leopard, it can also be seen in the hands of newer players, typically in DX plastic. Even at its low speed the Teebird can be thrown into the wind with confidence.

 

 

Fairway Drivers

 

Moving up in speed on our list of best discs of 2022 we find the fairway driver. The fairway driver, or ‘control’ driver, fills the gap between the versatile midrange and the higher speed distance driver. Fairway drivers are easier to throw than distance drivers for a couple of reasons. First, their lower speed means that you don’t have to generate as much arm speed to be able to get the disc to fly like it should. That makes the disc more useful for newer disc golfers, as well as more experienced golfers that can shape the disc more than newer players. And second, their slightly smaller rim diameter means they are easier to throw for people with smaller hands. (The smaller rim, by definition, means that disc has a lower speed).

Using the common 4-number flight rating, the fairway drive has a speed rating that falls from speed 6 to 9. Some manufactures list speed 9 discs as distance or ‘high-speed’ drivers. But enough list speed 9 as fairway drivers, so that’s what we will go with for this blog post.

Like any other disc type, fairway drivers come in a variety of stabilities, from very overstable discs to molds with a lot of turn. Checking out the molds in the top 20, below, reveals a wide variety of flight characteristics, giving us a ton of different flights within on disc type. Here are the top 20 discs based on sales:

 

2022 Sales rank Disc Mold Percent of Sales
1 Innova Firebird 5.2%
2 Innova Teebird 4.7%
3 Innova Leopard 4.3%
4 Infinite Discs Exodus 3.9%
5 Innova Valkyrie 3.8%
6 Innova Thunderbird 3.5%
7 Innova Leopard3 3.4%
8 Infinite Discs Sphinx 3.1%
9 Infinite Discs Scepter 3.1%
10 Thought Space Athletics Mantra 3.1%
11 Discraft Undertaker 2.9%
12 Innova Roadrunner 2.5%
13 Discraft Heat 2.4%
14 Infinite Discs Centurion 2.2%
15 Discraft Raptor 2.1%
16 Innova Sidewinder 2.0%
17 Discraft Passion 1.9%
18 Innova TeeBird3 1.8%
19 Thought Space Athletics Votum 1.7%
20 Discraft Anax 1.7%

 

Best of the Best

 

Innova is the king of the top 20, holding nearly half of the top 20 spots, and a majority of all fairway drivers sold. That’s not surprising, given that Innova has been around for a long time and offers more fairway driver options than some smaller companies have molds in total. Discraft has a fourth of the top 20. Their chunk combined with Innova’s heaping pile doesn’t leave a lot of spots for other brands. Infinite Discs and Thought Space Athletics still managed to land in the top 20, with Infinite nearly matching Discraft with the number of molds represented. In fact, even though Infinite has one few mold, their total sales exceeds that of Discraft. Here is the percentage of sales of the top 20 molds:

 

 

 

Most Molds Sold

 

Looking at how many fairway drivers each brand offers, we see several that offer quite a few molds, but still didn’t end up in the top 20 for percentage of sales. That goes to show you how popular the top 20 brands really are. Here are the top 20 brands based on the number of different molds sold:

 

 

Best Rated Fairway Discs

 

Turning our focus from the sales records, we look at how our customers feel about certain molds once they try them out and review them. We’ll check out the top 20 molds in sales, and compare their customer rating. Topping the list are three molds from Infinite Discs. The Sphinx, Scepter, and Centurion hold the top three spots, and TSA’s Mantra was the fourth-highest rated mold. Rounding out the list at number 20 is the relatively new fairway driver from Discraft, the Passion. Here are the top 20 molds and their average rating:

 

 

Fan Vote

We asked you to tell us about your favorite fairway driver. Below are the top 20. Innova certainly dominated the polls! Over half of the top 20 molds belonged to them. Infinite and Latitude 64 were tied in distant second with three molds. In addition to the top molds, there were a lot of discs that didn’t make the cut, but still received some love from the fans. There were also votes for molds from Lone Star, Millennium, MVP, Gateway, Legacy, Streamline, and Axiom. Here’s are examples of feedback about some of those mentioned:

Joshua – “I’d have to say the Lone Star Disc’s Mad Cat! That thing is so reliable and glides a ton!

Adam – “I love the Axiom Clash. It’s a perfect straight flying control driver that has the stability to resist any power, but has a gentle reliable fade at the end. Great for both forehand and backhand, it is perfect for any skill level.

 

Here are the top 20:

1 Innova Teebird
2 Innova Leopard
3 Innova Firebird
4 Latitude 64 River
5 Innova Thunderbird
6 Infinite Discs Centurion
7 Infinite Discs Sphinx
8 Latitude 64 Explorer
9 TSA Mantra
10 Infinite Discs Exodus
11 Innova Sidewinder
12 Innova Leopard3
13 Innova TL3
14 Innova Valkyrie
15 Latitude 64 Diamond
16 Innova Roadrunner
17 Innova Teebird3
18 Discraft Undertaker
19 Discmania Essence
20 Innova Eagle

We asked you to tell us about your favorite fairway drivers and you responded! We randomly selected one commenter to win a $50 gift card. And that winner is:

Brad H.  Congrats! The card will be added to your account.

We Still Want Your Feedback!

 

Post below and tell us about your go-to fairway driver. Is there one that you throw every round? Tell those looking for the best fairway driver why you like YOURS!

 

 

 

Best Midrange Disc Golf Discs for 2022

 

The Best Midrange For 2022

Fan Vote Sales Rank Rating Overall
Discraft Buzzz 1 1 5 2.3
Infinite Discs Chariot 2 3 3 2.7
Axiom Hex 3 8 1 4.0
Innova Mako3 6 2 9 5.7
Infinite Discs Anubis 12 4 8 8.0
Innova Roc3 4 6 14 8.0

Taking first place in two of the three categories used to select the best midrange is the popular Discraft Buzzz! This perennial winner continues to dominate the category, and it is easy so see why. The Buzzz feels comfortable in your hand and has a nice, straight flight that can be utilized by beginners and experts alike. If you don’t have one in your bag, click the link in the chart above to see what the Buzzz is about!

Infinite Discs and Innova both had two molds represented in the top 6, with the Chariot within striking distance of Buzzz. Axiom also made waves with their new mold, the Hex. Not even a year old, the Hex took the top rated spot and with another year of sales might just make a bid for number one. Click the links above to check out the other molds on the list.

Best Disc Golf Midrange Discs

Like putters, midrange discs are known for their versatility and utility. They come in a variety of stabilities, rim sizes and shapes. They can easily be used as drivers off the tee pad, and just as readily be used to approach a basket. The ease of shaping their flight combined with their softer landing compared to a higher speed disc increases the number of shots that you might feel the need to pull out a midrange. Which midrange are we reaching for the most often?

Let’s take a look at its popularity for the past year. New molds always take a small chunk of the market share as people try some of the new molds being released. Even so, there is no other disc near the level of the Buzzz. Here are the numbers for the past year:

Top Five All-Time Sales

 

Not only are the Buzz sales for last year nearly double the numbers of the second most popular disc, the Mako3, the gap between first and second place for sales since Infinite began is even more pronounced. Here are the top-selling midrange molds since 2012, when Infinite began:

 

The Buzzz Family

 

As you can see, the Buzzz just dominates the competition. It has a straight flight that is easily shaped, and the Buzzz feels amazing in the hand. It comes in a variety of plastics, too, so you can choose the one with the feel and stability that is right for you. One thing to point out with those high number for the Buzzz is that the percentage does NOT include the Buzzz’s siblings, the Buzzz OS, Buzzz SS, and the Buzzz GT. If you add those molds to the numbers, the Buzzz family sales would be over 17% of all midrange discs sold at Infinite last year!

 

 

Top Rated Midrange Discs

 

Another factor we use in determining the best midrange disc is the customer rating found on our website in the review section of a disc. That tells us what you think about a disc once you buy and throw it. Newer molds don’t have a lot of reviews, so we only took molds that had at least 15 reviews. Here are the top rated molds:

 

 

Best Midrange Discs For Beginners

 

While the midrange disc is an amazing utility disc that can be shaped, floated, used for hard right or left corner shots, or accurate shorter shots, certain molds can still be bricks in the hands of newer players. Without the skill to throw overstable midrange discs, beginners will find little use for many of the discs in the previous lists. With that in mind, let’s looks at some of the discs that are manageable for those in the Recreation or Novice divisions.

 

Top Midrange Discs for New Disc Golfers
1  Kon Tiki
2 Pathfinder
3 Meteor
4 Sol
5 Buzzz SS

 

Newby versus OG

 

As we see more new companies and molds enter the market, we will see them chipping away at market previously held by molds we have been playing with for years. Sometimes those molds will succeed in the short term due to some great marketing. Even molds that have been around longer than some of us have been playing can receive a boost when a top-tier pro starts throwing that mold. Ultimately, the hype will fade and the cream will rise to the top, and we will see the most popular molds more often in the future. Let’s take a look at some of the previous years’ top molds to see which names are still making the list.

 

Top 10 Midrange Discs by Year Comparison

 

2018

2020

2022

Discraft Buzzz

Discraft Buzzz

Discraft Buzzz

Discraft Comet Innova Mako3 Innova Mako3
Dynamic Discs Emac Truth Innova Roc Infinite Discs Chariot
Innova Gator Innova Roc3 Infinite Discs Anubis
Dynamic Discs Justice Discraft Comet Discraft Buzzz GT
Prodigy M4 Discraft Buzzz SS Innova Roc3
Innova Mako3 Discraft Malta Innova Roc
Discmania MD3 Dynamic Discs EMac Truth Axiom Hex
Hyzerbomb Mortar Discraft Buzzz OS Infinite Discs Kon Tiki
Innova Roc Discraft Meteor Elevation Disc Golf Interceptor

Fan Vote

 

We asked you to vote for your choice of the best midrange disc, and you responded! We’ve added up your responses and have posted them below. This year, 30 different molds were selected by you as your choice for #1. Here are the top molds and the percentage of votes:

 

1 Discraft Buzzz 18.5%
2 Infinite Discs Chariot 10.8%
3 Axiom Hex 10.8%
4 Innova Roc3 6.2%
5 Dynamic Discs EMac Truth 6.2%
6 Innova Mako3 4.6%
7 Discmania MD3 3.1%
8 Discmania Origin 3.1%
9 MVP Reactor 3.1%
10 Innova Roc 3.1%

 

Some of the comments about the Buzzz:

Kjell R – “By far the best mid I’ve ever thrown.”

Brian J – “Buzzz Buzzz Buzzz”

Kit H – “The Buzzz holds the line so reliably. I bet the Chariot will keep gaining, though! Such a nice disc.”

We also randomly selected a winner for the $50 gift card and Kit H (see the comment above) was chosen as our winner. Congrats, and thanks for commenting!

 

We Want Your Feedback!

Once again we’ve looked at the sales numbers and the ratings of the top midrange discs on the market, now we need to hear from you. Post below and let us know your choice for the best midrange.

 

The 100 Best-Selling Discs at Infinite Discs in 2021

Here is a year-end report of the 2021 best-selling discs at Infinite Discs. This tally of course only counts the discs sold through the Infinite Discs retail website. It is not total market tally of discs manufactured or sold through all sources.

Please keep in mind that we were also in a pandemic year and not all discs were available all of the time throughout the year. We could only sell the discs that were available to us through the manufacturers. Obviously, we can’t tally discs that “would have sold if we’d had them in stock.” This is simply a chart based on what we sold because we had them.

The TOP 100 Best-Sellers of 2021

1. Innova Destroyer Distance Driver
2. Discraft Zone Putt & Approach
3. Innova Wraith Distance Driver
4. Discraft Buzzz Mid Range
5. Infinite Discs Alpaca Putt & Approach
6. Infinite Discs Emperor Distance Driver
7. Gateway Wizard Putt & Approach
8. Infinite Discs Pharaoh Distance Driver
9. Innova Firebird Control Driver
10. Innova Aviar Putt & Approach
11. Innova Mako3 Mid Range
12. Innova Teebird Control Driver
13. Infinite Discs Chariot Mid Range
14. Innova Leopard Control Driver
15. Axiom Envy Putt & Approach
16. Dynamic Discs Judge Putt & Approach
17. Innova Valkyrie Control Driver
18. Innova Thunderbird Control Driver
19. Innova Leopard3 Control Driver
20. Infinite Discs Maya Distance Driver
21. Infinite Discs Anubis Mid Range
22. Infinite Discs Sphinx Control Driver
23. Infinite Discs Scepter Control Driver
24. Thought Space Athletics Mantra Control Driver
25. Innova Pig Putt & Approach
26. Infinite Discs Exodus Control Driver
27. Discraft Undertaker Control Driver
28. Dynamic Discs EMac Judge Putt & Approach
29. Innova Roadrunner Control Driver
30. Innova Beast Distance Driver
31. Discraft Buzzz GT Mid Range
32. Innova Shryke Distance Driver
33. Discraft Heat Control Driver
34. Innova Mamba Distance Driver
35. Dynamic Discs Warden Putt & Approach
36. Discraft Avenger SS Distance Driver
37. Infinite Discs Centurion Control Driver
38. Discraft Roach Putt & Approach
39. Innova Roc3 Mid Range
40. Discraft Nuke Distance Driver
41. Thought Space Athletics Praxis Putt & Approach
42. Streamline Pilot Putt & Approach
43. Discraft Raptor Control Driver
44. Innova Sidewinder Control Driver
45. Innova Tern Distance Driver
46. Prodigy P Model S Putt & Approach
47. Latitude 64 Pure Putt & Approach
48. Axiom Hex Mid Range
49. Discraft Passion Control Driver
50. Innova Roc Mid Range
51. Infinite Discs Ruin Putt & Approach
52. Infinite Discs Kon Tiki Mid Range
53. Innova TeeBird3 Control Driver
54. MVP Photon Distance Driver
55. Discmania Link Putt & Approach
56. Discraft Surge SS Distance Driver
57. Discraft Force Distance Driver
58. Elevation Disc Golf Interceptor Mid Range
59. Discraft Luna Putt & Approach
60. Discraft Banger GT Putt & Approach
61. Discraft Anax Control Driver
62. Thought Space Athletics Votum Control Driver
63. EV-7 Penrose Putt & Approach
64. Axiom Insanity Control Driver
65. Viking Discs Rune Putt & Approach
66. Divergent Discs Alpas Putt & Approach
67. Innova Boss Distance Driver
68. Latitude 64 River Control Driver
69. MVP Ion Putt & Approach
70. Thought Space Athletics Pathfinder Mid Range
71. Westside Harp Putt & Approach
72. Axiom Crave Control Driver
73. Discraft Thrasher Distance Driver
74. Discraft Zeus Distance Driver
75. Discraft Hornet Mid Range
76. Innova Katana Distance Driver
77. Discraft Hades Distance Driver
78. Discraft Sol Mid Range
79. Discraft Meteor Mid Range
80. Dino Discs Pterodactylus Distance Driver
81. Discraft Scorch Distance Driver
82. Infinite Discs Tomb Putt & Approach
83. Thought Space Athletics Muse Putt & Approach
84. Dynamic Discs Deputy Putt & Approach
85. Innova Eagle Control Driver
86. Latitude 64 Diamond Control Driver
87. Axiom Proxy Putt & Approach
88. Discraft Fierce Putt & Approach
89. Discraft Stalker Control Driver
90. Dynamic Discs Trespass Distance Driver
91. Innova Nova Putt & Approach
92. MVP Nomad Putt & Approach
93. Axiom Paradox Mid Range
94. Prodigy P Model US Putt & Approach
95. Streamline Trace Distance Driver
96. Dino Discs Triceratops Putt & Approach
97. MVP Volt Control Driver
98. Elevation Disc Golf Koi Putt & Approach
99. MVP Wave Distance Driver
100. Dino Discs Stegosaurus Mid Range

The DESTROYER by Innova held tight in the #1 spot for 2021, followed by the ZONE by Discraft. Other small brands made the list as they claw their way into the disc golf market. We’re always excited to see the newer disc lines that make a splash each year.

Here is a charted look of those top 100.

We look forward to seeing how things change up in 2022. Will the availability of popular discs be better? If certain discs were available regularly, it would be interesting to see how the sales shuffle. It will also be fun to see which of the newer brands continues to push its way onto and upward on the chart.

 

 

Best Beginner Discs for 2022

Discs for Beginners

Best Disc Golf Discs for Beginners

With the unprecedented growth we’ve seen in our sport the last couple of years, one question comes up repeatedly among those starting out in the sport. “Which disc should I start with as a beginner?” Someone just starting out in the sport doesn’t have the technique and arm speed that many discs need in order to get any distance. Fortunately, there are many molds that are made for people without the ability to throw faster, heavier, more overstable discs. Let’s take a look at some of the best discs for beginners.

The biggest factors in deciding which molds would be best for beginners are weight, speed, and price. Speed is the first number in the common four-number flight rating. The higher the speed number, the faster we have the throw the disc in order for it to fly like it should. Since most beginners can’t generate a lot of arm speed, lower speed discs will fly farther than high speed discs for them. Throwing a lighter disc helps newbies throw farther, since it takes less effort to throw.

Disc Golf Brands Focused on Beginners

While the dominant disc golf brands cater to and focus primarily on the advanced and professional players they sponsor, their are a few disc golf brands that focus specifically on beginners. If you’re looking for affordable beginner discs to get started in disc golf, these recommended brands are a great place to start.

Dino Discs Logo

Dino Discs – Discs designed for Kids!

The Dino Disc brand makes a unique, ultra light disc golf discs designed for kids. These discs are ultra light weight and feature colorful plastics and dinosaur themes. Dino Discs are recommended for young children aged 10 and younger.

Divergent Discs Logo

Divergent Discs – Discs for Recreational Players

Divergent is an up and coming disc golf brand with a focus on recreational players who have a throwing distance of less than 300 feet. They now offer a full line of discs for casual players. One of the best things about Divergent Discs is that the plastic quality is substantially better than other disc brands at affordable prices.

Sune Sport

Like Divergent, Sune Sports Discs are designed specifically for beginners and recreational disc golfers. They have starter sets and 7 different low costs discs that all work well for beginners. Two of the discs are in an ultra soft light weight. “safety line” plastic that is ideal for kids.

The Best Single Disc for a New Disc Golfer

Choosing a Winner

To find a winner, we looked at the key components mentioned above, combined with sales. Letting the market speak, while not necessarily definitive, is a great way to see what molds people are drawn to. As a bonus consideration, we gave points for molds that players can continue to use as their skills improve. We also favored molds that came in base plastics.

Beginner Disc Golf Plastics

Plastic types affect the flight of the disc and should be considered heavily when comparing beginner discs. More stable plastics such as Champion can change a mold from a nice beginner disc to something too overstable for inexperienced players. Entry level plastics not only make a mold less overstable, they also break in faster to add more ‘flip’ to the flight of the disc. As a nice bonus, entry level plastics are less expensive, making it less costly to get into disc golf. Most of these popular disc molds are available in a variety of different plastic types and prices.

Here are discs considered the Best Beginner Discs:

  • Innova Shark
  • Innova Leopard
  • Infinite Discs Sphinx
  • Latitude 64 Diamond
  • Latitude 64 Jade
  • Discraft Heat
  • Discmania FD
  • Dynamic Discs Breakout
  • Divergent Discs Kraken

Innova Shark – The Innova Shark is a popular midrange that is found in many starter sets. Its straight flight and low speed makes it a good candidate for a beginner disc. It is available in lighter weights in DX plastic. It still has a strong finish at the end, but even beginners should get a good flight out of the Shark.

Innova Leopard – Another mold that is frequently found in starter sets is the Innova Leopard. It is a good combination of low speed, lighter weights, and a little understability. Those qualities make the Leopard popular for beginners and advanced players alike. In Innova’s DX plastic, the Leopard is a very inexpensive beginner disc.

Infinite Discs Sphinx – There are several speed 9 molds on the list, and the Infinite Discs Sphinx is one of them. This mold comes in a variety of weights and plastic types, and the lightest weights make a great starter disc. Plus, as your skill improves, you can keep using the Sphinx by simply get a heavier disc and/or a more stable plastic.

Latitude 64 Diamond – The Latitude 64 Diamond is one of a few molds that were targeted at beginners. Initially, the Diamond was only available lighter weights, which is better for beginners. Its lower speed means the rim is the right size to feel good in the hand while being narrow enough for smaller hands to easily grasp.

Latitude 64 Jade – Another mold that was designed specifically for beginners is the Latitude 64 Jade. It is one speed faster than the Diamond and slightly less understable. However, the light weight of the Jade makes it good for newer players. Although it might make a good beginner disc, the higher speed might make a better second disc, after throwing something lighter or slower.

Discraft Heat – The Discraft Heat was one of the molds in the Discraft Ace Race a few years ago. Its flight numbers are similar to the Sphinx, with a lot of understability or ‘turn’. It is a fairway driver that in more inexpensive plastics make a great option for beginners. For more experienced players, the Heat is popular for turnover shots and rollers.

Discmania FD – The Discmania FD is another one of the molds on this list that can be used for beginners as well as experienced players. Starting with base plastics, newer playing will find the FD easy to hold and throw. Once a player advanced in skill level and distance, getting the FD in premium plastics will give them a useful tool in their disc golf arsenal.

Dynamic Discs Breakout – The Dynamic Discs Breakout is another mold that was designed with the beginner in mind. It is available in desirable lighter weights, and a few different plastic types. It doesn’t have the understability that some of the other molds on the list have. But, the lighter weight can help compensate for the straighter flight.

Divergent Discs Kraken – The Divergent Discs Kraken is a fairway driver that has a little flip to its flight, followed by a solid fade. It is available in lighter weights, making it a solid candidate for a beginner disc, even though the plastic is a premium plastic. The Kraken’s flip makes it a good disc for more experienced players looking for a roller disc. One nice thing about the Kraken is that it’s least expensive plastic is substantially more durable than most of the other mentioned beginner discs.

 

Percentage of sales among the top candidates for Best Beginner Disc

 

 

 

And the winner is…

 

 

 

Innova Leopard! There is a reason this mold is found in many starter sets. Its low speed means the disc is easy to grip and throw for beginners. The Leopard has a flight has a good amount of turn and a gentle fade at the end. Available in base plastics the mold is inexpensive as a starter disc. And it is available in premium plastics. Even though the Leopard is great for beginners, it can find its way into the bags of advanced players. With the turn of the Leopard it can be used as a turnover disc that will hold its turn for most of the flight. In tight woods the mold can be gently thrown on a hyzer-to-flat flight and get a decent amount of distance. Check out the Innova Leopard HERE.

Runner-ups –

Discmania FD – The FD is a great disc to start with, and one that you can keep throwing as your disc golf ‘career’ advances. As of this writing, the FD is unavailable due to material shortages. Click HERE to sign up for a notice when the mold comes back in stock.

Infinite Discs Sphinx – Just like the FD, the Sphinx is useful for players with a wide range of skill levels. In lighter weight I-Blend plastic, the Sphinx can be easily thrown by beginners and younger players, even though it is a faster mold than the FD. As of this writing, the Sphinx is unavailable. Click HERE to sign up for a notice when the mold comes back in stock.

Your Take

What do you think the best disc golf discs, sets, and brands for beginners are? What worked for you when you were just starting to play disc golf. Let your voice be heard in the comment section below.

 

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