Best Disc Golf Drivers for Beginners

Beginner Picking out first Disc

Summer is here and disc golf courses are becoming overcrowded throughout the country. During this annual flock to the courses the great sport we call disc golf is being discovered by thousands of new rookies. As beginning disc golfers learn about the complexities of the game, the first thing they typically want to know is, “what are the best disc golf drivers?”

To a new disc golfer, the ‘best’ driver typically means the one that will fly farthest —  It’s all about getting distance. Beginners rarely want to start out with a “slow” midrange or putter.

When a new disc golfer first glances the many varieties of available drivers, they often assume that high speed discs will go farther. Experienced disc golfers know this is rarely the case. Until a player develops sufficient technique, other discs are best.

True, not all new players to the sport will start be at the same skill level. Define beginner as you would like. What we want to know is which disc is the best for your typical beginner.

Best Discs for New Players

We’ve asked the following questions to our site visitors:

  1. What prior disc-throwing experiences did you have before you played disc golf?
  2. What drivers do you recommend for new disc golfers?
  3. What discs worked well for you when you were new to the game? Why?
  4. What new discs have you seen work well for beginners that you wish you would have had?
  5. What disc advice would you give to a beginner?

Hopefully, advice from experienced disc golfers will help you select discs that will decrease the learning curve, and help you to get better more quickly.

Summary of Your Responses

After carefully reading all of your posts these are the main tips you’ve shared:

1. Disc golfers come from many different backgrounds including, but not limited to:
Ultimate, Catch-and-throw Frisbee, baseball, discus, catch with the dog, and badminton. Ok, that last one might not be true..

2. Here is a list of the most recommended drivers for beginners according to this post:

**22 other discs were mentioned one or two times.

3. Here are some discs that worked well for the experienced players when they were starting:

**20 other discs were mentioned one or two times.

4. Here are some discs that the experienced players wish they had when they started:

Others also mentioned:

5. Here are some common tips from the experienced players for those new to the sport:

  • Try driving with a putter, then moving to a mid-range, then finally a driver.
  • Play disc with others who are experienced and ask for tips.
  • Watch YouTube videos to learn proper throwing form.
  • Focus on your form first, not your distance.
  • Play often, and practice your throws in an open area.
  • Don’t get discouraged, and HAVE FUN!

This summary is a great overview of many posts. Feel free to read more below and find some real gems of advice!


Prodigy M3 – Version 1 & 2

In case you haven’t heard yet, Prodigy is sending out their two newest products, the PA-2 and the M3.

The M3 has actually already been released by Prodigy. Before you get too confused, that M3 has been renamed by Prodigy as the M2. So if you already purchased the M3, rename it as the M2. Do this however you would like – over here, we simply used a marker over the 3 to make it appear as a 2 (that was actually what Prodigy suggested).

Here is another way to tell if your M3 is actually an M2. If it is an M3 with a “Proto” or “First Run” stamp, it’s an M2. The new M3 will only have the M3 stock run stamp on it.

With the name changes, here are some other questions which come to mind:

  • Is Prodigy ever going to release any other new discs?
  • Or are they sticking to four withing each category?
  • What if they release a driver which falls in the middle while both the D1 and D4 already have stock run stamps?
  • Will they call it they start using decimals, ie the D2.5?
  • Will there be a Fall 2013 version of the M3, or another overhaul with the Spring Collection?
  • What will Prodigy name a disc which more overstable than the D1?

Feel free to weigh in!

New Discs In 2013

New Disc Releases in 2013So far it’s been a big year for new golf disc releases in 2013. Nearly all manufacturers have come out with new drivers, putters, and especially midrange discs. If you filled your bag with strictly newly released 2013 discs, you’d have nearly 30 in that bag.

Here is a recap of the new discs of 2013.

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ABC Discs has finally made one new release this year:


  • BeeLine – Available as an ultra high speed distance driver. This ultra fast driver with an ultra thick rim is described as a “faster Katana.”


The new releases from Discraft this year have been rather disappointing — as none of the discs have actually been “new.” Discraft has increased the plastic mold variety for several of their existing discs, and released the Zombee (the disc used for the 2012 Ace Race).

    • Zombee – This disc was designed specifically to bring more aces. It’s been described as a faster Buzzz.



    • Glow Nuke SS – When you have a great disc, you want to play with it in the dark, too.


    • Titanium Nuke SS – This ultra fast popular driver is now available in Discraft’s most premium plastic blend.


DGA has released a new putt and approach disc:

  • Breaker. This flat, overstable putter is said to be a “game changer.”

Dynamic Discs

The folks at Dynamic Discs have been hard at work expanding their new product line. This year they have added a midrange disc as well as a distance driver.

    • Suspect – This slower, overstable, all-purpose midrange is supposed to fit the tweener slot between a putter and a midrange disc.


    • Renegade – The renegade is a fast understable/stable distance driver that provides “easy” distance.


When you’re the worldwide leader in disc sports and manufacture more than 80 different golf discs, it’s hard to come up with something that is new.

Innova has released the Tern, an understable high speed distance driver, and a new ‘3’ version of their most popular midrange discs.

All their new discs come in the beautiful “Jolly Launcher” Champion plastic. This plastic looks great and has been compared with Discraft CryZtal Z plastic.

    • Tern – Understable high speed driver with excellent glide.


    • Roc3 – A new version of one of the most popular discs ever.


    • Shark3 – Remember that midrange you got in your first starter set? It’s been re-tooled with a new plastic and #3.


    • Mako3 – Arguably the straightest flying midrange on the market.

Latitude 64

Europe’s leading disc golf manufacturer has released two new discs this year: a straight flying control driver, and an overstable midrange.

    • Mace – The amazing Mace is described as the all purpose overstable midrange, perfect for one-disc tournaments.


    • Fury – Latitude 64 is known for producing drivers that have amazing glide. The Fury lives up to that reputation. What disappoints many people is this disc is only slightly different than the popular Saint.

    • Stilleto – If the Innova Ape and the Nuke OS aren’t overstable enough for you, you may want to check out the Stilleto. Latitude 64 says that this new discs will likely be the most overstable driver it will ever make.


Legacy has released one new disc so far this year:

  • Patriot – This understable fairway driver came out in February. At first it was a very hot item.  But, we haven’t seen a lot of interest for the Patriot since March.


MVP continues to produce new, high-quality discs with the unique gyro technology. They have released a new fairway driver and two new midrange discs this year. Perhaps their most successful release of 2013 is the Nano, which is actually a mini.

    • Shock – The Shock was supposed to be the more overstable MVP control driver. The first run of this disc was a bit of a disappointment to people who wanted a more overstable Volt.


    • Tangent – This understable midrange has been very highly rated. While being understable, it is very flip resistant. This is a great all-purpose disc for beginners.


    • Tensor – As the most recent MVP release, the Tensor is an overstable midrange driver.


Prodigy Disc has made an instant major impact on the disc golf world. All of their discs are new this year, and all have been wildly popular. If you’re a disc manufacturer looking to make an immediate splash with the release of new discs, learn from the Prodigy model.

Prodigy has released several new discs each month, and all have been very successful. Below is a breakdown of the Prodigy discs released thus far. (We expect the fairway drivers some time this summer). Prodigy discs are primarily available in series 400 plastic. This is a premium plastic blend that provides exceptional grip and durability.

Drivers – While the Prodigy drivers have been very successful for experienced disc golfers, the intermediate folk haven’t been as happy. Prodigy has not yet released their drivers in very light weights.

    • D1 – The D1 has been very popular, especially for powerful throwers. Many disc golfers were expecting a more overstable disc.


    • D2 – The D2 is slightly less overstable than the D1.


    • D3 – This stable-flying high-speed driver has been very popular.


    • D4 – This is the most understable of the Prodigy drivers and still a top seller, but a little to much to handle for beginner and intermediate players.

Midrange Discs – The three midrange discs released by Prodigy have been very highly rated. They are great driving mids and all have a similar feel in the hand.

    • M1 – The most overstable of the Prodigy mids, this disc is fantastic for midrange drives.


    • M3 – The M3 is a very stable flying disc that won’t flip over. Apparently the initial runs of the M3 were a little more overstable than Prodigy intended.


    • M4 – Touted as the best disc ever, this stable/understable mid holds a line and goes where you want it to go. The M4 is currently the only Prodigy disc available in two different plastic blends.

Putters – The putters are the most recent release by Prodigy. So far, people seem to like these putt and approach discs. However,  the one complaint we’ve heard is that disc golfers would like to see them in a softer plastic blend.

    • PA-1 – An overstable putter that remains overstable even in lighter weights.


    • PA-4 – Understable putter with minimal fade.


If you haven’t heard of Prodiscus, you are not alone. This Finnish disc manufacturer is beginning to get very popular here in the United States. Their line of discs is growing; they have added two additional drivers this year.

    • Slaidi – A great high speed driver with a moderate-sized rim. This is a great disc for long forehand drives.


    • Laseri – An overstable control driver that flies like a laser before finishing with a solid fade.


Westside Golf Discs has released three quality discs in 2013.

    • Stag – A great stable fairway driver with excellent glide. Our reviewers indicate that this disc is less overstable than the flight ratings indicate.


    • Tursas -A great understable driver that can handle a good degree of power without flipping over. This is a highly recommend mid for beginners.


    • Underworld – This understable fairway driver has a pretty sick logo.


Total Releases to Date: 27

How many more new releases will there be this year? Who is going to release these discs? It appears for now that the manufacturers are slowing down on new releases.

Frequently Asked Questions



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Q: What are your shipping rates?
A: The first disc is only $2.81. Each additional disc is just $1.98.
A note from the owners: While these shipping prices may add up, they are still relatively low. What Infinite Discs charges for shipping does not fully cover the cost on our end. Once the cost of postage and materials are calculated in, we about break even on shipping. Once the cost of time is calculated in, the cost of shipping runs in the red. So before you are enticed by any “free shipping” promotions elsewhere, consider the generously low cost of the discs which we provide.

Q: Free shipping?
A: Shipping is free on orders over $150. Read about it here.

Q: Can you expedite shipping?
A: Yes. Read about it here.

Q. Do you ship internationally?

Shipping overseas is very expensive, and is not currently an option in our online checkout. However, if you are willing to pay ~$30 for up to 3 discs and $50 for up to 9 discs, we can do a custom order for you. Email with your address and the number of discs you would like, then we can give you an exact quote on what international shipping will be for you.

Other General FAQ

Q: Am I receiving the disc in the picture?
A: Not likely. The picture was taken of that disc model, but not the specific disc which you are ordering. Pay attention to the color and the weight in the drop down menu when you select which disc to order.

Q: Do you offer any customer rewards?
A: We reward each customer with up-front great prices from their very first purchase!

Factory Seconds and Misprints

Factory Seconds

Factory second golf discs (also known as X-Out) have slight factory defects that don’t meet manufacturer standards. These defects are cosmetic and are not supposed to affect flight characteristics or durability.

Air Bubble in RimThere are several reasons why certain discs get classified as factory seconds. The most common defects come from unwanted air bubbles in the rim, black specs that somehow end up in the disc, and errors in color configuration.

With some of the factory seconds we have seen, we can’t even tell why they didn’t meet manufacturer standards.

Latitude 64 Factory Second Riot With Blem From ColoringTo make things slightly more confusing… When golf discs have serious defects that may alter flight, manufacturers like Innova and Latitude 64 recycle the plastic rather than try to resell it. Discs made from this “recycled plastic” are sold as a unique plastic blend called “echo star” or “factory second recycled.” These discs aren’t actually factory seconds, they are simply a different plastic blend made from recycled materials — and usually priced less.

We also have several factory second recycled discs available for sale. This plastic is an option for most of the common Trilogy Discs. These plastic types are known respectably as “factory second recycled”, “reprocessed” and “Bio Fuzion” and are found under the individual disc pages.

Latitude 64 factory seconds have an oval silver stamp marking them as “factory second.” Innova marks their factory seconds (including Discmania and Millennium Discs) with a big Innova-X stamp. Prodigy seconds are marked with a small “Prodigy X” stamp.

Click this link to search from our assortment of X-Out Factory Second Discs

Misprint Golf Discs


Double Stamped Disc

Misprint discs met manufacturer standards for the actual disc, but have flaws with the printed stamp. In many cases these discs were stamped multiple times. This Dynamic Discs Trespass was stamped twice in slightly different places.


Minor Stamp Blemish

In other instances the foil didn’t set properly and created a flaw in the print.  Sometimes these print blemishes are very minor. In this Misprint Latitude 64 Halo, you can see how the O is slightly faded, and how part of the Gold Line emblem is blank.

Once in a while discs are simply given the wrong stamp. While it may have the Ape stamp, it’s actually a Valkyrie. Always look at the handwritten or engraved disc name on the bottom of the disc to determine the actual mold.

Double Stamp Misprint

Unique “3D” Misprint

The reality is, after a few throws disc stamps are going to get scratched anyways. Discs that are double stamped are unique, and sometimes create even more impressive artwork. The double stamp of this Westside Stag gives it a unique 3D effect.

If you’re the type of person that likes high quality discs but not high prices, misprint and factory seconds are your best bet for low cost discs.

To view the misprint and factory second golf discs we currently have available, the links below will take you directly to all the search results.

Best Way to Find Misprints and X-Outs

The best way to find misprints and X-Outs on is by using our “Advanced Discs Search

Under “Stamp” you can select “Misprint” or “X-Out” and then narrow down your factory second search by disc brand, type, color, or flight ratings.

For detailed instructions on how to use our advanced search, watch this video:

Latest Releases: L64, MVP, & More

[box type=”bio”][one_half]Upcoming Releases, Pre-Orders, SalesWithin the last week there has been a huge wave of excitement for the latest releases from several disc manufacturers. We are taking a closer look at each of these discs as they are released chronologically.



MVP Sale

Ending April 26, 2013

Every MVP disc available on the market is for sale until the end of day, April 26th while supplies last. Proton and Neutron plastic are both under $14 for just a short time. The average going rate for these discs elsewhere? Anywhere between $15 – $19 ($15 for Proton, and just under $19 for Eclipse).

So if you’re considering MVP, now is the time to capitalize on some great deals! View prices and product availability of this current MVP sale here: [/two_third][one_third_last][button link=”” type=”big”]MVP Sale[/button][/one_third_last]

Latitude 64 Fury

Available April 25, 2013

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Prodigy Putters

Available May 1, 2013

The Prodigy PA-1 and the Prodigy PA-4 putters are both scheduled to arrive early next week. Pre-orders for these are for the Series 400 Prodigy plastic, which is the same premium blend as Prodigy’s drivers and midrange discs. These discs remain at our same low price at $15.99.


Prodigy PA-1

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Prodigy PA-4

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MVP New Releases

Available May 5, 2013

The Tensor and Nano are MVP’s newest releases, and they are expanding their plastic options for the Tangent, releasing it in both Proton and Eclipse plastic. Pre-orders for each of these are currently on, and the MVP sale prices will remain in effect for these pre-orders until April 26th.


MVP Nano

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MVP Tensor

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MVP Tangent

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Midrange March Madness – Mace/Suspect

New Midrange DiscsJust when you thought there couldn’t be more new midrange golf discs this month, we received the all new Latitude 64 Mace and the Dynamic Discs Suspect. March has already brought us the Westside Tursas, MVP Tangent, Prodigy M1 & M2, and the 10th Anniversary Buzzz (old but new at the same time).

We’ll call it Midrange March Madness.

Both these new discs are overstable. The Mace is currently available in the grippy inexpensive Zero Line plastic, as well as the premium Goldline plastic. To differentiate things a bit, the all new Suspect is available in Lucid (Latitude 64 Opto Line) plastic.

For more details about flight paths, and dimensions, or if you want to be the among the first to get your hands on a first run of these new mids, here are the links:

New Line of Discs – Prodiscus

IMG_2063Yesterday we received a shipment from Finland — a box of Prodiscus Discs.

Prodiscus discs are available in two different plastics. The Premium plastic is like a gummy Innova Champion plastic (very similar to Prodigy plastic), while their basic plastic is like a soft pro plastic. These discs look great, and fly better.

Prodiscus currently has six discs on the market including two distance drivers, two fairway drivers, a mid range and a putter. Once they get something understable, I’ll be happy playing a Prodiscus only bag. I was very satisfied with these discs during my test round with them, and especially liked the JOKERi putter.

Here are more details about each disc:

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Distance Drivers:

SLAIDi 12/5/0/3
LEGENDa 13/5/-1/3

Fairway Drivers:

RESPECTi 8/4/0/2


MIDARi 5/4/-1/2


JOKERi 4/3/0/2


These discs are new to us, as well as to most of you. Like always, if you’ve thrown Prodiscus in the past, please rate and review these discs on our site. Our goal is to provide the best disc golf shopping experience, and it’s nice to hear what others think of discs before deciding to buy them (especially online).


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