Although many people think disc golf goes into hibernation during the winter months, the sport actually does not die when the air gets chilly! In fact, quite the opposite. Local leagues and clubs gather throughout the winter and continue to compete on a weekly basis. Tournaments, known as “ice bowls”, are hosted during winter months and profits from the competition are typically donated to local charities and food banks.
To my surprise, the highest rated disc golf disc is a speed 7 fairway driver. The Innova TeeBird is the standard of excellence and nearly every driver is compared with this top rated disc. While it’s not the fastest disc, the TeeBird is loved for its accuracy, control, and ability to resist turning over. From twenty different voters, the TeeBird has a perfect 5 star rating. Every voter has said that this disc is a “must have.” While there are 18 discs on our website classified with speed 7, only three of them have ratings above 4.5. Here is more information about the top rated fairway drivers as rated by our reviewers:
Innova TeeBird – The gold standard of disc golf drivers. This classic disc is found in the bag of thousands of serious disc golfers. Here
are some of the comments by the 20 voters who rated the TeeBird with a perfect rating of 5.0. Sean Steele says:
Probably the smartest thing you can put in your bag for whatever skill level. If you’re a beginner a DX Teebird can be your max D overstable wind fighting driver. As you progress and get better you will get more in other plastics yet still love this disc. It’s the one disc I can reach for when I don’t know what else to throw and instantly give me confidence. Fights wind, bad form, and anything else you can do to make it not work and it still works. Best rating I can give for any disc.
I recently lost both of my TeeBirds in one round. I nearly quit the game of disc golf, not wanting to go on without the single greatest disc ever created. I’ve talked 2 friends into buying some and they’ve turned to it almost as much as I have. It’s the perfect problem solving disc that will help you out of any situation as well as give you added confidence to fire one down a narrow fairway. There’s really nothing this disc can’t do. Twas truly a dark day when they went missing. I mourned for the appropriate 5 days before getting back on the course.
Innova TL – A relative of disc golfs top rated driver, the TL (Teebird Less Overstable) has slightly less fade at the end of its flight. Not nearly as many disc golfers have experienced the TL, and from four votes, this disc has a rating of 4.75. Clayton Upper says:
If you are ever stranded on a desert island, and that desert island for some reason has a ancient disc golf course, and you have one disc, this should be it. It is very versatile. It powers down nicely, so can be thrown mid range distance without a huge fade out. It can also be powered up nicely, especially on anny routes, to fall just a few feet shy of the big rimmers, with a lot more forgiveness. Beginner friendly and expert sexy.
Latitude 64 River – The River is loved for its amazing glide. For newer disc golfer, this disc will fly farther than anything else. While it glides farther, the River is “touchier” than the TeeBird, and it doesn’t have as high of rating. From 14 votes, the river has a rating of 4.5. Kyle Cook says:
My current driver of choice, especially in the Gold Line plastic. Not only do these discs look AWESOME, they fly great. You can easily put the River on a variety of lines, and count on it to finish reliably every time. I like to throw disc on a straight line and just let the disc do the work The pearl look to the Gold Line is an added bonus.
To check out all the speed seven drivers with ratings and reviews, click this link.
Prodigy Disc Golf has entered the scene by making a huge splash, pulling the biggest names in disc golf to join their team at launch.
Prodigy’s lineup will be a “limited release” and they announced that they would like to have their full lineup available by mid-spring. The first discs will be the drivers, followed by putters, then midrange, and capping off their releases with fairway drivers. Prodigy is using (what appears for now) a very basic naming scheme such as the “D1” and “D2” for distance drivers. The naming scheme appears to be very similar to that used by Lightning Discs.
[two_third]Much is still unanswered about Prodigy discs – what will the quality of plastic be? Will they bring any unique aspect to the sport?
Speculation also surrounds Prodigy, but by pulling heavyweights in the sport immediately at launch, they have established immediate credibility.
This is the second major disc golf lineup brought to attention in just one month, as Dynamic Discs released their lineup earlier in December.
This gives players even more discs options to become familiar with to find the perfect disc to dominate the game.
We at InfiniteDiscs.com are pursuing retail agreements, and hope to be able to release the Prodigy lineup as it becomes available. You can see our full lineup of Prodigy Golf Discs by clicking here: Prodigy Golf Discs
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When it comes to highest rated putters, the new MVP discs are very popular. Gateway also offers some putters that rank in our top six, and Innova and Discraft each have just one overstable putter that are highly rated.
[quote][one_half]I ditched my Ions and Anodes for the rhyno, I have SE’s and you just can’t deny what they do in the wind! I straddle putt with plenty if zip on them and they really hold the line.
[/one_half][one_half_last]This is my putter of choice, it has made my anhyzer putt skill really come up from the ashes!As an overstable putter yet it is still a disc to be counted on. I also use it as a approach shot disc where my mid range might be to much for.
Feedback & Reviews on the MVP Ion:
[quote][one_half]The Proton (not soft) is very stiff. This putter is probably best for driving or longer putts. Has a tendency to roll when hitting the ground. Best wind putter (for putting, not driving) I have ever used; fights a headwind like a champ. Many players can throw Ions a long way and serve more as a midrange than a putter.
[/one_half][one_half_last]Ion takes over when I need to anhyzer around something on a putt or approach. This disc is perfect for me for the 75′ and out go for it situations. Nice dependable flight and stability with the small beaded rim.
Feedback & Reviews on the Discraft Zone:
[quote][one_half]The zone is the most overstable putter by Discraft. It has a consistant and predictable fade. This is not a disc for begginers. I find this disc very useful in wooded courses and for my second shot approache, ESPECIALLY when there is wind! In my experience this disc will skip when landing, so if you need that extra skip towards the basket, this is a gread disc for that purpose! I highly reccomend this disc, it will get a lot of use!
[/one_half][one_half_last]This disc is very predictable and very comfortable in the hand. It has more of a midrange feel to it than a putter. I like using it for approach shots and holes 300′ or under that require a lot of hyzer. I also throw forehand anny flips with this disc to get out of trouble, which has saved me many times.
Feedback & Reviews on the Gateway Magic:
[quote][one_half]I own 7… If that’s not a testament enough I will explain more. This disc is everything you want in an understable putter. Not so understable though that it won’t hold a line. And like every gateway disc you can get it in exactly the grip you want it in.
[/one_half][one_half_last]Excellent understable putter. Little wrist, and it will go dead straight 40 feet. It is Gateway, so you can get whatever plastic feel you want. Not a great driving putter, but can be used for short anhyzers. Only disc I putt with.
Feedback & Reviews on the Gateway Wizard:
[quote][one_half]The Wizard is one of (if not THE) top-rated putter because it does everything a putter should do. Flies straight, sticks to chains, doesn’t skip and doesn’t roll away.
[/one_half][one_half_last]I carry 3 at all times in various grades and degradations. I prefer the “eraser” feel of the ss and SSS plastic since I play in wind and rain a lot. The Wizard and Warlock are responsible for about -2 on my overall score since I adopted it. It just does what I tell it to every time. I put in a “fencer” stance with a lot of oomph…
Feedback & Reviews on the MVP Anode:
[quote][one_half]As a beginner I can tell you that this disc has a solid spot in my bag, but not as my go to putter. I actually use this more on upshots and putts outside my normal circle. It flies really straight and ends up right where you put it. I don’t drive putters yet, but I hear it is the cats pajamas for that.
[/one_half][one_half_last]I went out with two putters, my old reliable Aviar that I know and love and this bad boy. Every time I needed to putt, the Anode came out and it never disappointed. Sorry Aviar, you now take the back seat.
The average disc golfer doesn’t want to try EVERY disc on the market just to find out what the best discs are. We’ve had discs on our site rated and reviewed by hundreds of avid disc golfers to help you determine the best golf discs. If you’re looking for the perfect disc, this is the place to start…
Top Rated Distance Drivers
When it comes to highly rated distance drivers, understable discs hold the top spots, and Latitude 64/Westside discs are highly regarded. The Saint and Flow have the best overall ratings with nearly every reviewer saying these discs are “must haves.” It’s also interesting that the discs with the highest ratings are generally understable/stable and in the 9-11 speed category. This is likely due to the fact that the average disc golfer isn’t powerful enough for the ultra high speed discs. Moral of the story: If you don’t consistently throw for more than 350 feet, you’ll probably be happiest with a moderate speed distance driver.
When you realize that there are hundreds of different disc golf discs with infinite variations of plastics, weights, and colors, purchasing discs online can seem overwhelming. Whether you are new to disc golf, want to purchase discs as a gift, or just want to know more about specific discs, our online guide will help you determine the best golf discs and make it easy to purchase them from InfiniteDiscs.com
Frisbee Golf? Disc Golf? Frolf?
The first thing to know about the flying objects thrown at chain-filled baskets is that they are known as discs, not Frisbees. Although Frisbee is the generic term that many of us grew up with, Frisbee is a registered trademark of the Wham-O toy company. The discs used for disc golf are specifically designed for that sport. We call those smaller diameter, faster and further flying objects, discs, golf discs, frolf discs, or, disc golf discs.
Types and Uses of Golf Discs
There are primarily four different types of golf discs: distance drivers, fairway drivers, midrange discs, and putters. For new disc golfers, it’s the distance the disc provides that matters most.
While any disc can be used for most shots (some better than others), discs are primarily classified by how fast they “fly” – or cut through the air.
Maximum Distance Drivers: Discs are classified as distant, or maximum distance drivers when they are able to cut through the air at very high speeds. These discs have the potential to go very far — in excess of 400 feet, when thrown with the right power and technique. When not thrown properly, these discs lack control, get less distance, and lead to frustration. Maximum distance drivers have thick rims (2.1cm or greater) and a speed rating of 10 or higher.
Control Drivers: Control or fairway drivers are discs that just don’t travel as fast as distance drivers potentially can. In general, fairway drivers have thinner rims, are more stable, can fly straighter, and are easier to control. Many of the discs currently classified as “fairway drivers” are the power discs of the past. As disc golf technology and innovation continues to improve, the distance these older discs can fly is less impressive. With that said, for beginning disc golfers, fairway drivers will usually perform better than the max distance drivers.
Midrange Discs: Midrange discs are slower flying and have rounded, less aerodynamic edges. Some midrange discs can fly almost perfectly straight. Like fairway drivers, many midrange discs are just older discs that used to be considered distance drivers. Midrange discs are designed to give maximum control and accuracy without sailing past the target. It’s not uncommon for experienced disc golfers to tee off with midrange drivers, or even putters.
Putt and Approach: Putters are the slowest flying disc golf discs. They are usually easy to control and won’t go too far. Compared with drivers, putters almost always fly very straight. They are good for not just landing in the basket, but also for approach shots– landing close to the basket to set up easy putts. If you’re looking for a disc that will fly straight without a big end of flight fade, you may want to consider throwing a putter.
Disc Golf Flight Paths
Innova set up a system of flight ratings to help consumers determine how discs fly relative to other discs. Several disc manufacturers have adopted this rating system, for those that haven’t, we’ve implemented these numbers to help you better compare discs from different manufacturers. The Innova Flight rating system breaks the flight path into four categories, written in this order: Speed, Glide, Turn, & Fade.
Distance – Speed & Glide
Speed: Speed is the first rating discs are given in the Innova rating system. The fastest flying discs have speed ratings of 13-14, while slow, blunt edge discs have a rating of 1-2. Innova classifies distance drivers as discs with a speed rating of 8 and above, fairway drivers speed 6-7, midrange 4-5, and putters less than 3.
For new disc golfers, speed does not equal distance. A lightweight speed 6 disc will likely fly farther than a speed 13 power driver. Higher speed discs have thicker rims and are harder to throw accurately.
Glide: Glide is a discs ability to stay in the air. Discs with higher glide numbers will generally fly farther than discs with lower numbers. Glide is good when you’re going for distance, but can be a bad thing for putts and approach shots. Overshooting the basket is often worse than not throwing far enough. Glide ratings are between 1 and 7; discs with a glide ratings of seven will maintain loft longer.
Stability – Turn and Fade
Stability is the ability discs have to fly straight. Most golf discs have the tendency to curve to the left for right hand backhanded throws. Depending on how hard you throw, discs behave more or less stable.
Discs that curve to the right are known as “Understable,” discs that fly mostly straight with a minimal gradual fade are”Stable“, discs that fade to the left are “Overstable.” On our site we have also classified discs that have very high fade rates, meaning they have a monster fade way left, as “Very Overstable.”
Turn: The third rating is known as turn. Turn is the tendency for discs to curve to the right in the early portion of the flight. For new disc golfers, understable discs with high (negative) turn ratings provide maximum distance as they aren’t pulled left as quickly as overstable drivers. Players whose maximum throwing distance is less than 200 feet, likely won’t notice any turn or “understableness” in the flight paths of these discs, as all throws will fade to the left.
Once players get more speed and power in their throws, understable discs “turn” or start curving to the right at the beginning of the flight before fading to the left at the end. On powerful throws, this turn is so hard that discs actually turn over and crash into the ground without fading back.
Fade:Innova, Discmania, Latitude, Legacy, DGA, and Westside indicate a discs stability in their “turn” and “fade” ratings. Turn is rated from 1 to -5, with -5 being the most understable rating. While these discs turn to the right when traveling at high speeds, they still “fade” to the left at the end of the flight when the disc slows down. This rating is known as “fade.”Fade is the last number in the flight ratings. A disc rated 11/4/0/4 would have a very high degree of fade. This disc would fade to the left approximately 80%.
Some discs have very high turn ratings and significant fade. These discs actually fly in an “S” pattern, and while they aren’t stable and don’t fly in a straight line, the net effect is that they land approximately where you aim. The most stable discs have ratings like 4/5/0/0. The 0’s indicate that the discs won’t turn or fade much.
Discraft Stability Ratings
Discrafts ratings are a bit more simple. Discs that have a tendency to turn to the right have a “-” (negative) stable rating. Straight flying discs are rated at “0,” and highly overstable discs have positive ratings between .5 and 3.
While overstable discs are designed for ultra power throwers, they do have a place for beginners for shots that need a very sharp curve around trees or other obstacles.[/box]
Choosing Plastic Type:
The plastic type you choose has an impact on the way discs fly, especially as discs wear over time. Different plastics also vary in the feel of the grip, which affects the throwing release.
While there are technically dozens of different plastics made by different disc manufacturers, the major players, Innova, Discraft, Latitude 64, Millennium, Discmania, and Westside, use plastic blends that are very similar (in some cases exactly the same).
Basic Plastics:(DX, Pro D, D-Line, Eze Line) – Innova and Discraft (the biggest U.S. disc manufacturers) offer some of the least expensive discs on the market, mainly because they come in very low grade plastics. Their low grade plastics offer a good grip, but the discs wear quickly. Discs made with Pro-D and DX plastic get scratches and nicks very easily. This external damage makes disc become less stable over time. One power throw into a fence can leave a major flight altering impact.
While we don’t recommend the basic plastic lines for drivers, discs in these plastics are adequate for more durable putters and midrange discs that aren’t thrown with as much force. It is also nice to have a few cheap drivers when disc golfing near hazards where you have a good chance of losing a disc.
Middle Grade:(Pro, P-Line, Elite X, Millennium Standard) – The least common plastic used for golf discs is the middle grade used in the Innova Pro, Discmania P-line, or Discraft Elite X. Millennium’s standard plastic comes in a similar plastic grade. Mid grade plastic is more durable than the base lines, but your disc may still be in danger if you throw it into a sharp tree limb or brick wall. Discs in this plastic are more expensive than the base grade, but less expensive than the better plastics. While some discs are only available in mid grade plastics, most disc golfers choose to either go cheap, or go for premium plastics.
Ultra Durable:(Innova Champion, Discraft Z-Line, Discmania C-Line, Latitude 64 Opto-Line, Westside VIP, and Millennium Quantum) – Most of the major disc manufacturers offer an ultra-durable plastic. This plastic is smooth, clear, and very hard. These discs can take the abuse of rough courses and their flight paths remain relatively steady. The disadvantage of the durable plastics is that they don’t offer the grip that other plastic grades provide.
Ultra Light: (Blizzard Champion, Zero-G, Opto-Air) – The newest thing for disc golf manufacturers is creating discs in ultra light weights. Lighter weight discs allow for more distance, especially for newer players. Advanced players typically don’t like the ultra light discs, and feel out of control when throwing them. The ultra light weight discs can travel a greater distance, and the current distance world record was made with a 134 gram Innova Blizzard Champion Boss.
Premium Plastics: (Innova Star, Discmania S-Line, Millennium Sirius, Discraft ESP, Discraft FLX, Discraft Titanium, Latitude 64 Gold Line, Westside Tournament, Skyquest Premium) – The major disc brands all offer a premium plastic that provides outstanding durability and an excellent grip. These discs are more expensive, but provide optimal performance and control.
There are several different plastic variations that other manufacturers also produce including ultra soft putters and discs made of rubber.
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Choosing Disc Weight
Disc golf discs come in a variety of different weights. Most discs weigh between 165 and 180 grams. Some discs also come in special plastic blends designed to weigh less.
Lighter weight disc flight paths are going to be more understable and more likely to turn over. Heavier discs are going to be more overstable and less likely to turn over. For beginners, youth, and players with slower arm speeds, lighter weight discs will perform best.
When ordering discs on our site, if you have a weight preference, add it in the box and we will do our best to get as close as possible, otherwise we will simply send you the most popular weight class for that disc. Make sure you pay attention to the available weights before requesting a certain weight.
Golf discs come in a variety of different colors, usually bright. Light colored discs are great for playing on green grass courses, but not so great if you are playing on dead grass or rocky terrain. It’s nice to have a variety of different color discs so you can quickly grab the disc you want out of your bag.
When ordering discs from InfiniteDiscs.com, you can give a color preference by adding the information in the order form text box. We can’t guarantee it will be available, but we will do our best.
Under each disc description on InfiniteDiscs.com, we provide the basic disc dimensions:
Diameter: This is the diameter of the disc from rim to rim. Most golf discs don’t vary much and are generally between 21 and 21.4 centimeters.
Height: This is how tall the disc is. Faster discs generally have less height. The average distance driver is 1.65 centimeters tall, the average fairway driver 1.77 centimeters, average midrange 1.97 centimeters, and average putter 2.11 centimeters tall.
Rim Height: The rim height is measured on the inside where you grip it. Tall discs usually have taller rims, but this is not always the case. It depends on the thickness of the plastic, and how much exterior curve the disc actually has.
Rim Width: This is also known as “Wing Length” and refers to the width of the disc’s rim. Faster discs typically have wider rims. The PDGA has set a limit so that rim width can be no thicker than 2.5 centimeters. Knowing the rim width can be very important for comfort of grip. Disc golfers get used to certain widths and like to find other discs of similar size. Discs with very wide rims can be hard for many disc golfers to control. Of the discs we sell, the average rim width for distance drivers is 2.11 centimeters, 1.67cm for fairway drivers, 1.27cm for mid range discs, and .98cm for putt and approach discs.
Dyed: Some discs are dyed with a unique design, which typically resembles a tie-dye pattern. These discs come in wide a variety of colors. Some discs are dyed multiple different colors, other dyed discs have just one color in different shades and intensities. Dyed discs are always coveted during a round of play, and many different plastics are dyed. The main manufacturers have a greater variety of dyed discs available. Custom dye patterns are not available from Infinite Discs yet. In some cases, the custom print provided by the manufacturer is removed when the disc is dyed.
Glow-in-the-Dark: These discs are a must when heading out at night. The only drawback is that the glow-in-the-dark plastic needs a “charge,” and is charged only by light. So if you have been keeping your disc in your dark bag and then pull it out for a round of night play, you’ll have difficulty finding it. It is best to shine a light directly on the glow in the dark disc directly before throwing.
Float in Water: Floating discs are another must have when making a precarious shot near a water hazard – especially a murky water hazard. Warning floating discs also float in flowing streams, where the floating characteristic can actually play against you – as you watch your disc float into unreachable territory. In some cases, a floating disc is not the best choice around water.
Light Up: Light up discs are unique to the Black Jax, Axe line. This disc solves the problem of charging your glow-in-the-dark disc, and it will riddle nearby residents who begin calling their local police stations after sighting flying saucers.
Beginner: Most of us fall into this category, whether we would like to admit it or not. Beginners are the casual players who head out to the disc golf course from time to time just for some fun. While many beginners claim a great throw and a great game, they most likely have never eclipsed the 250′ foot throwing mark. Beginners have established their own technique and could typically use a few pointers from a pro. Beginners throws typically have less snap on them, thus limiting the distance of their disc flight. Beginners are also a bit more of loose cannons when throwing. Although they have some amazingly accurate shots, many of their shots also end up way off target.
A large lot of us are also in this category. Many intermediate players are found in their local leagues and may occasionally end up even-par after a round of tournament play. Intermediate players typically throw over 250′ and may occasionally have throws that sail close to the 400′ mark. Intermediate players have developed some technique, but have not yet mastered it. Intermediate players also typically have a small variety of throws which they can refer to in different situations. Accuracy is there or still developing for many intermediate players.
Professional/ Open: Where few of us are, and many of us aspire to be. 400′ throws are not uncommon among the professional players, many of whom are capable of launching 500′, or even more. Professional players are in a league of their own, aka “open,” and many have developed their own style. A professional player’s disc will fly slightly differently than an intermediate player because they have mastered technique and snap, showing ability to bounce, turn and fade their disc as precisely the right moment.
Every disc is given a rating by our bias users, as well as our bias selves. Every disc performs slightly different for every user, and slightly different on any given day. These ratings are then suggested to be taken lightly. Over time, as more ratings are generated, they will more accurately reflect a typical experience that you will more likely have with the disc. You may be inclined to shop for a disc that does well with others, but keep in mind that you may find that your favorite disc is rated as 3 stars by others. Feel free to rate the discs as you feel they perform, and remember, users who rate the discs and comment are eligible to win free merchandise!
Discmania announced today that they are launching the Psycho P2 in their P-Line plastic. This gives the disc a new price point, where it was previously available in the very affordable D-Line and in the premium, most expensive, S-Line.
Discmania is manufactured by Innova, so each plastic line is very comparable to any Innova plastic. The P-line is exactly similar to the Pro Line plastic. Discmania states that this plastic is “a plastic blend very similar to that used in Innova’s KC Aviars, so you know it will only get better with age.”
[one_half]Whether it gets better or not with age is up to the individual player, as they adjust as the disc adjusts. The JK Aviar is a very smooth disc with a grippy texture and an easy release.
The new plastic option will probably be your smartest decision in purchasing this putter. The reason being, putters do not require a higher grade plastic as they avoid the abuse that a distance driver may experience. [/one_half]
[one_half_last][box type=”download”]Discmania claims that this will be the putter of choice among the pros by next year. We’ll see if that’s true or not, but either way… You can purchase the disc by clicking here.[/box][/one_half_last]At the same time, the increased durability from the lower D-line plastic means that you can keep this disc in your bag for a long time and plan on it being dependable each time you pull it out for a nice short putt.