Having mastered the basics of Disc Golf, Intermediate players must develop a wider variety of shots and optimize their driver selection to support a more diverse range of course layouts and wind conditions.
But which discs are the best?
In this article, we'll cover the two discs intermediate players can use (in conjunction with the Foundation Disc Set) to ensure they have a superior disc option for almost any in-game scenario they may encounter.
Before you Proceed: WATCH THIS VIDEO
This video not only defines the key characteristics of the two critical Intermediate discs, it demonstrates exactly how and when to use them:
Are you Really an Intermediate Player?
We define Intermediates as meeting at least one (preferably two) of the following three criteria:
Have played at least 50 full (18 Hole) rounds of Disc Golf
Average no more than 9 Shots over par for a typical 18 Hole round (this varies by course, use your judgement).
Average drive distance is over 300 feet, landing "consistently" in the fairway (also varies by course).
If you do not currently meet these criteria, check out our 3-Disc Foundation for Beginners. These discs will help you accelerate your gains, and will remain a part of your Intermediate Bag as your game progresses.
Intermediate Disc #1: Overstable Driver
Here's Why: The Firebird's extreme overstability produces highly consistent and predictable overstable flight lines, even when thrown at very high speeds and/or into strong headwinds.
Additionally, the Firebird's high Fade performance provides the highest levels of distance control you will find in a driver while also ensuring the Firebird can maintain a solid Hyzer angle for the full duration of its flight.
For Forehand shots (which are prone to wobble/flutter caused by off-axis torque), the Firebird's wide rim provides good torque resistance to prevent wobble/flutter, and its overstable aerodynamics sharply reduce the negative effects of any remaining flutter.
To fully optimize the Firebird for its intended use, it is best paired with Innova's most overstable plastic (Champion) and used in the heavy 165-175g weight class.
Intermediate Disc #2: Understable Driver
Here's Why: The Mamba is the most understable distance driver on the market today (-5 Turn), providing the ideal platform for three essential specialty shots:
- Hyzer Flip: extra straight distance drive for narrow fairways
- Anhyzers / S-Shots: maneuverable drive to avoid hazards
- Distance Rollers: extreme distance on clear ground or under a low canopy
The moderate weight (165-169g) provides the increased consistency needed with very understable discs, and the Star plastic helps ensure the Mamba maintains its out-of-the-box performance for a longer period of time without becoming too understable.
Value Pack for our Members and Readers
Because we highly recommend the addition of both of these discs to your Intermediate bag (and as the second step in your complete 7-Disc bag building process) we've put these two discs together as a value pack for increased ordering convenience and combined savings.
Conclusion and Follow-Up
If you have any questions about this or other Disc selection topics, please don't hesitate to reach out through our Contact page. We are always happy to help our fellow players advance their game!