Like most things in 2021, the prices of disc golf discs are inflating. Nevertheless, that does not mean that there are not still some great affordable disc golf discs out there. In this guide we will help you understand disc characteristics, plastics, and brands that make great discs at the lowest prices. When it comes to frisbee golf discs, the thing you are really looking for is value.
Most people new to disc golf begin their online shopping at portals like Amazon, eBay andor Walmart Marketplace. These websites are chalked full of really cheap disc golf discs. But, as is the case with many things, you usually get what you pay for. Inexpensive discs do not usually equal good discs. To help you avoid the pitfall of wasting money by purchasing junk, we have compiled this guide to help you find the best cheap disc golf discs. All of the discs we recommend have been tested, rated and reviewed.
- Understanding Disc Golf Plastics
- Top 6 Inexpensive but Quality Discs
- More Ways to Get Cheap Discs
Understanding Disc Golf Plastics
Cheap TPE Plastics
The first thing to understand when purchasing an inexpensive golf disc is that plastic type matters. Most of the major disc manufacturers produce their popular discs in multiple plastics. While you might think you found a a popular disc mold at a really great price, you’re really just getting the crappy plastic version of the disc.
TPE plastic (thermoplastic elastomer) discs typically cost less than $10 per disc. In many instances you can purchase them for less than $8 per disc and in bulk sets are often even less expensive.
While these inexpensive disc plastics look pretty to the wallet, they are not durable and will not last long, especially for disc golf drivers. While the major manufacturers still make adequately good base plastic TPE discs, the Chinese knock off versions are fodder for the landfill. Discs in low great plastic actually offer far less value as they will ear out after only a few disc golf rounds.
Quality TPU Plastics
On the other hand, premium plastic discs are typically made of TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane). These discs are usually twice the cost, between $14-$20 per disc, but last at least five times as long.
Quality plastic discs can last for many years. If you plan to play more than a couple rounds of disc golf ever, do not buy a budget disc in a base plastic. After hitting a few trees, poles, or paved surfaces your new base plastic discs will not fly the same. If the plastic grade is especially low they may even warp, bend, or fold making discs in this plastic completely unusable like in the picture above.
In addition to increased durability, premium TPU plastics look and feel better. By paying a little bit more money you get much more life out of your golf discs.
While most of the really cheap discs are available in the low grade plastics, there are still quality, durable, discs available in affordable plastics. The nice thing is that for putters and some midrange discs, for frisbees that you are not going to throw at max power, the base plastic versions are very acceptable. These are great discs at a great price! The discs we recommend below can all be purchased for less than $15 each.
Top 6 Inexpensive but Quality Discs
|Disc Name and Plastic||Disc Type||Best Choice For||Plastic Type|
|Divergent Discs Kraken||Understable Fairway Driver||Beginners and Intermediate Players||Grippy/Durable|
|Prodigy P-Model US||Putt and Approach||Long Putts||Affordable Putters|
|Viking Discs Rune||Putt and Approach||Short Putts||Grippy/Putter|
|Divergent Discs Kraken||Straight Fairway Driver||Long Straight Shots||Durable|
|Remix Battleship||Overstable Midrange||Forehands, Approach Shots||Durable|
|Infinite Discs I-Pharaoh||Max Distance Driver||Maximum Distance||Grippy/Durable|
1. Divergent Discs Kraken
2021 Update – Divergent now has 6 different disc molds and they are all in the same great affordable plastic. These discs are all designed for the recreational player with a beginner to intermediate skill level. If you want even cheaper discs, try buying these great discs as part of sets.
- Best Price. Under $12
- Ultra Grippy Plastic
- Straight Flight
- Friendly for all skill levels
- Plastic is not quite as durable as some of the others.
2. Prodigy P-Model US
This disc feels great and has a stiff but grippy feel. As a thrower this disc is ultra straight. It’s lack of end of flight fade makes it especially valuable for making many long putts. While this is a cheap disc when purchased individually, by purchasing as a pack you can get them for less than $7 each!
- Great for Putting and Approach Shots
- Excellent Feel
- Plenty Durable for its intended purpose
- Least expensive quality disc when purchased in bulk
- Not the most attractive or stylish disc
- Does not fly very far
3. Infinite Discs I-Blend Sphinx
Any disc you can get in I-Blend is a steal. This is my personal favorite plastic and the low price makes it even better. Unfortunately, the 2021 supply side disc shortages have made supply of all the Infinite Discs molds hard to get.
- Excellent Driver for all Skill Levels
- Great for Distance for Beginners
- Straight Flyer on Hyzer Flip Shots
- Currently out of stock on Amazon.com
4. Viking Discs Rune Putter
- Great Feel/Excellent Control
- Flat Top – Good for short putts and approaches
- Large Bead
- Plastic is not the highest quality if using it for driving.
5. Remix Battleship
- Premium Plastic
- Consistent overstable finish
- Good for forehands
- Not very beginner friendly
- Does not fly very far
6. Infinite Discs I-Pharaoh
My favorite plastic for the perfect combination of low price, excellent grip, and adequate durability is Infinite Discs I-Blend plastic. I don’t know if it’s just me, or if it’s a psychological factor that I have a disc I love that I also payed a very low price for, but to me I-Blend plastic seems to fly farther than other plastic types, including discs in the same mold. This I-Blend plastic feels great, is durable, and is priced almost as low as base plastics. Because I like this plastic so much, along with the outstanding molds, I have selected two different Infinite Discs molds in this plastic.
- Provides Maximum Distance
- Thick rim
- Attractive stamp design
- Too much speed required for beginners.
More Ways to Get Cheap Discs
While the discs I recommended above are excellent cheap discs that you should buy today, there are a number of other ways to get quality frisbee golf discs at a low cost.
Cheap Disc Golf Sets
For new players and first time buyers, the initial disc golf equipment purchase is usually a disc golf set rather than individual discs. Disc golf sets provide economies of scale where you are able to three or four discs packaged together at a cost less expensive than buying each disc separately. If you’re in the market for a cheap disc set, be sure to read our article on the best disc sets here.
Get Cheap Discs by Purchasing Bulk Sets
In addition to purchasing disc golf starter sets, a great way to get disc golf discs at the absolute lowest cost is to purchase Bulk Sets and Mystery boxes. By purchasing package sets, your cost per disc dramatically decreases. Amazon and Infinite Discs have a healthy number of package sets that include a full set variety of discs or putter packs where you can get a stack of putters at a much less expensive cost than if you were to purchase them all individually.
X-Outs, Factory Seconds and Misprint Discs
Another way to get cheap disc golf discs is by purchasing X-Outs and misprints. X-Out discs are also known as factory seconds. Discs become X-Outs when there is an error in the manufacturing process. Often times these issues are the result of coloring or foreign particles that may enter the plastic while the discs are getting molded. Sometimes a disc will be marked as an X-Out because it has more or less dome than normal. In most instances, factory seconds and X-outs fly just as well as non X-Out discs.
Discs are marked as misprints when a an alignment or foil issue happens during the hot stamping process. Most disc manufacturers use foil hot stamp machines to place the print on disc golf discs. This is actually very old technology and requires some trial and error to get the hot stamp machine stamping different molds properly. Based on the different mold shape and plastic type, the hot stamp machine requires different weight or pressure settings. While hot stamp operators get the machine warmed up, they often go through a number of “mess ups” where the stamp on the disc has drop out, or adds extra foil in places where it is not supposed to be. This is especially common when running tournament or special addition stamps with detailed artwork.
Purchasing discs used is another great way to get discs really cheap. My local pro shop has used discs for as little as $3.99 each. If there is a local disc golf store in your area, check to see if they have a used discs section. If not, you can often find used discs for sale, sometimes in bulk lots, on eBay.
While it is possible to get new discs at very low costs (less than $10 each), these discs will likely be low quality. Instead of making your disc golf selection solely on price, you should choose discs based on value.
We have suggested five discs that provide the best value in disc golf right now. Fairway and high speed drivers will not last more than a couple of rounds in base plastics. Be sure that you purchase drivers in premium TPU plastic blends.
Because you don’t throw mid range discs and putters as hard, inexpensive low grade plastic is usually an acceptable budget friendly choice for these discs. Lastly, purchasing discs in bulk, as x-outs, misprints, or used, is a smart way to get cheap disc golf discs.