All Disc Golfers are different, and with individual players' unique combinations of throwing techniques and release velocities, no disc will fly exactly the same for two different people.
However, the recommendations assembled below represent discs proven to provide the best overall results for the broadest range of players, and we strongly encourage our members to include the appropriate discs below in their bags.
These discs can help significantly improve your game by combining the best possible molds, plastics, and weights for optimal performance.
Best Distance Drivers
Backhand Drives - Farthest Flying Disc for Beginners & Intermediates
Mold: Avenger SS
Weight Class: 167-169g
The Proof: The "Avenger SS" model was created to provide extremely long, gliding turnover drives at a wider range of release velocities than their best-selling standard Avenger, and the resulting driving distance improvements vastly exceeded all expectations.
The Avenger SS's combination of balanced stability and high glide performance significantly extend the disc’s time-in-flight, while its gentle Fade performance provides additional distance by ensuring a longer, straighter finish.
Backhand Drives - Most Versatile Disc for Beginners & Intermediates
The Proof: The Valkyrie is a true anomaly: while its relatively narrow rim and perfectly balanced Turn and Fade make it an ideal driver for backhand beginners, it also held the world distance record (830′) for an incredible ten years.
When used by Beginners and Intermediates, the Valkyrie will not provide as much distance as the Avenger SS (above), but it does provide superior wind-resistance and distance control, making it the most versatile option in this category.
Because this combination of “user friendliness” and long-term distance potential make the Valkyrie a disc beginners will never outgrow, to increase longevity and help players generate additional turnover we recommend the durable, relatively understable Pro plastic.
Backhand Drives - Best Disc for Advanced Players
In fact, Paul typically competes with six different Destroyers in his bag.
Paired with the overstable Star plastic and a moderate/heavy weight of 165-172g, the Destroyer delivers even more predictable flight in a wide variety of weather and wind conditions while still generating superior distance.
To reiterate, this disc is not for beginners, but advanced players with good release velocity will significantly benefit from the Destroyer's combination of high-distance and consistency.
Forehand Drives - Best Disc for Beginner & Intermediate Players
Weight Class: 170-175g
The Proof: To generate superior distance, the best forehand discs must help minimize Off-Axis-Torque (OAT) and the resulting velocity-reducing turbulence (read our full analysis on Forehand vs. Backhand drives).
Because of this, the optimal discs must be torque resistant, overstable, and perimeter weighted to maximize the gyroscopic stabilization effect.
Not only are Firebirds the most Overstable distance drivers we've ever tested, they have a relatively wide rim for their Speed class (shifting a large percentage of the disc's weight to the perimeter).
These two features combine to provide superior distance by quickly dampening unwanted wobble, helping the disc produce more predictable flight patterns, and maintaining initial flight velocities for the longer period of time.
Forehand Drives - Best Disc for Advanced Players
Weight Class: 172-175g
The Proof: The Icon Cannon is the current distance World Record Holder for forehand drives. How?
The Cannon has the widest allowable legal rim width (2.5cm), providing superior OAT resistance, preventing wobble turbulence, and allowing the Cannon to maintain its velocity for the longest period of time.
Legacy's Icon plastic tends to produce the most overstable version of Legacy's molds (preventing the excessive turnover often produced by OAT), and the heavy 172-175g weight class further increases overall torque-resistance.
While the extra wide rim and heavier weight can be difficult for beginners and intermediates to manage, they are a perfect match for the high release velocities of advanced players.
Best Fairway Drivers
Most Accurate Fairway Driver
Weight Class: 165-172g
Overstability combined with High Glide produces the most predictable flight patterns while still maintaining good distance, even at moderate throw velocities. Additionally, the TeeBird has unusually low Fade for an Overstable disc (+2), providing longer, straighter finishes that allow players to use the TeeBird as a distance driver in many situations.
Choosing Innova's most overstable plastic (Champion) further increases the TeeBird's already outstanding wind resistance.
Most Versatile Fairway Driver
Weight Class: 167-176g
The Proof: While the TeeBird may have more precision and wind-resistance, the F5's balanced Turn and low Fade make it one of the easiest discs for players to throw consistently straight and far, including relatively new players.
The F5 not only flies further than the Teebird for most players, balanced Turn and Fade also allow the F5 to hold a wide variety of flight lines while still providing great distance, which is why the F5 is also one of the top 2 most popular professional fairway drivers.
Best Midrange Discs
Best Driving Midrange
Weight Class: 170-172g
The Proof: The Buzzz is the current Ace record holder at DiscGolfScene.com (a massive repository of disc golf round scores), representing almost 1 of every 14 reported aces in their over 1,200,000 posted scores.
Additionally, In a recent large player poll, the Buzzz was overwhelmingly selected as the one disc all new players should have in their bag.
Best Approach Midrange
Weight Class: 165-169g
The Proof: The Roc pairs predictable, overstable (Turn 0) high-speed flight with moderate Fade to produce the most consistent flight patterns, distance control, and wind-resistance we've documented in a midrange disc.
Overall Best Putter
Weight Class: 175g
The Proof: The Aviar has been used by more professionals to win more PDGA world championships than all other putters combined. The Aviar is also the go-to putter for 5-time Putting Champion Jay “The Yeti” Reading, considered by many to be the best disc golf putter of all time.
The grip of the XT plastic helps to improve release consistency, and the max weight class (175g) provides additional wind-resistance.
Best Specialty Discs
Distance Roller and S-Shot Disc
Weight Class: 165-169g
The Proof: The Mamba is the most Understable distance driver we've documented, making it the perfect choice for a wide range of specialty shots that require significant turn-over during high-speed flight. Examples:
Durable Star plastic keeps the Mamba from becoming too understable (even with lots of use), and the moderate weight of 165-169 provides great flexibility in shot selection.
Best Driver for Maximum Distance
Weight Class: 151-164g
The Proof: The Innova Boss has the proven Turn/Fade balance for maximum distance and holds the top three spots on the Longest Recorded Drives list (all in the 151-164g weight class).
The record? 1,108.9 feet (338m) by Dave Wiggins throwing a 154g R-Pro.
Why does it fly so far? The relative light weight combined with one of Innova's most understable plastics work together to provide the release velocity and turnover needed to realize maximum distance with an overstable, ultra wide-rim driver.
To further optimize your game, please watch our #1 Video Guide Series video, "How to Find the Best Driver for Maximum Distance." You'll learn the correct methodology for choosing your next disc based on the flight patterns you are experiencing with your current discs.
Also, If you have any specific thoughts or questions, let us know using our contact page! We're always happy to help.
Have a great Round!