New to disc golf? I am glad to know that you have found this excellent sport to play. While the game of disc golf appears to be rather simple, a lot goes into perfecting ones play. The key to maximizing the efficiency of your throws is using the best disc golf discs for your skill set.
Unlike Frisbees, disc golf discs are designed to travel long distances with the right speed, fade, and turn, among other aspects. Many people ask me about what are the best disc golf discs for beginners, and I always tell them it depends on arm speed, throwing style, and personal preference.
The disc that works best for you will not necessarily suit another individual. This is the reason why I have prepared this buying guide to help you understand what goes into choosing the best discs for beginners.
The products I have mentioned are tried and tested personally by me, as well as the many different beginners that I play with. This review is from my personal perspective and others may have differing opinions.
Let’s jump right in!
- Best Discs for Beginners Reviews
- Choosing The Best Disc Golf Discs for Beginners
- Frequently Asked Questions
Best Discs for Beginners Reviews
A lot of so called disc golf “experts” claim that it’s best to only throw putters and midrange discs when you are new. I disagree with this sentiment. The fact is that you will have more fun by throwing farther, and having the right driver, in the right plastic, and at the right weight will allow you throw farther and have more fun. To fully enjoy disc golf and the amazing flight of frisbee golf discs, you will want a variety of different disc types with different flight patterns and characteristics. In your hunt for the best disc golf discs, I’d encourage you to consider my recommendations. I was once a beginner myself who tested out hundreds of disc golf discs and since that time have introduced nearly a hundred different new players to this great game.
In this section, I will be covering a comprehensive list of 9 best beginners disc golf discs for 2020.
I have divided this review into three categories based on the type of discs.
So, let’s get started!
Best Beginner Discs Comparison Table
|Product||Type of Disc||Flight Ratings||Basic Description|
|Innova Aviar Approach and Putt Golf Disc||Putt and Approach||Speed: 2 Glide: 3 Turn: 0 Fade: 1||Neutral Beaded Putter|
|Gateway Wizard Disc Golf Putter||Putter||Speed: 3 Glide: 3 Turn: 0 Fade: 2||Stable Beaded Putter|
|Viking Discs Rune||Putter||Speed: 2 Glide: 4 Turn: 0 Fade: 1||Stable Beaded Putter|
|Gateway Voodoo||Putter||Speed: 3 Glide: 4 Turn: 0 Fade: 1||Stable Beadless Putter|
|Dynamic Discs EMAC Truth Disc Golf Midrange||Mid-Range||Speed: 5 Glide: 5 Turn: 0 Fade: 2||Stable Mid|
|Yikun Tomahawk||Mid-Range||Speed: 5 Glide: 5 Turn: -3 Fade: 0||Understable Mid|
|Discraft Buzz Elite Z Golf Disc||Mid-Range||Speed: 5 Glide: 4 Turn: -1 Fade: 1||Stable Mid|
|Innova DX Leopard Golf Disc||Fairway Driver||Speed: 6 Glide: 5 Turn: -2 Fade: 1||Understable Driver|
|Innova Champion DX TeeBird Golf Disc||Fairway Driver||Speed: 7 Glide: 5 Turn: 0 Fade: 2||Stable Driver|
1. Innova Aviar Approach and Putt Golf Disc
The Innova Aviar putter incorporates a rounded, smooth nose with a flat top and no bead on the bottom rim. This is the putter that defines disc golf putting. The best part, Innova Aviar is available in the widest selection of weights, going as low as 145 grams to as high as 175 grams. The disc is intended to cater to the needs of both beginners and advanced users. The Aviar is available in a variety of different plastics. My personal favorite is the grippy XT blend, but the inexpensive DX plastic is super straight flying and great for beginners.
The printed flight ratings of the Aviar are – Speed: 2, Glide: 3, Turn: 0, Fade: 1
Overall, this is a solid putter, and if you are just starting, you should definitely consider an Aviar. These discs are affordable, beginner-friendly, can work for a variety of different disc golf shot types, and are consistent and reliable.
- Affordable disc especially in DX plastic
- Available in a variety of weights
- Best for accurate approaches and putts
- Available in many plastic options
- Its rim is just a little too deep for some
- Some disc golfers prefer a flat top over a rounded edge
2. Gateway Wizard Disc Golf Putter
You will appreciate the intensity that this putter will bring to your game, especially if you are a seasoned player. The most desirable feature of Gateway
Leaf Stamp Wizard Disc Golf Putter is its weight. It is slightly on the heavier side, giving you a foolproof throwing plan for every course and wind condition.
It weighs between 170-176 grams, offering the much-needed balance in mid-air. That means it is a great putter in windy conditions. What I liked the most about this putter is that its plastic is grippy enough to grab chain every time.
This putter handles controlled power exceptionally well, making it an excellent choice off the tee for upshots and mid-range drives as well.
Overall, Gateway Leaf Stamp Wizard is a phenomenal disc with a feature set that makes it an appealing putter to any disc golfer. I can’t think of anyone who shouldn’t try this disc.
- Great off the tee
- Heavy weight
- Stable putter
- Stronger flicks are sometimes not released cleanly
3. Viking Discs Rune Disc Golf Putter
It is the grippy baseline plastic that spruces up the feel, making it easier to hold as you throw it out in the field and go for the chains. Viking Ground plastics is one of my all out favorites for putters. It has the feel of a premium mid grade plastic but at the price of a premium mid grade putter blend.
The shape of the Rune has a flat top and it is comfortable in the hand as well. In terms of performance, it exhibits a predictable steady flight. It goes straight and wraps up the flight with a predictable slowing putter fade.
I also think that the glide rating is true to its value which explains its reliable performance for putting and approach shot. With its consistent flight, it’s safe to say that it is one of the best driving putters I’ve tried.
What I also like about the Rune is how it easily adapts to every player, especially those who are amateur disc golfers. Given that it is a putter, it does not require a lot of arm power, making it very beginner-friendly.
Therefore, if you are just working on your putting techniques or someone who is a newbie in disc golf, you can give the Rune a shot. I’ll mention once again that the premium feeling Ground plastic falls under the ultra affordable pricing mark.
The only slight pitfall I found with this disc is the durability of the plastic if you use it for driving on rough terrain. Although it doesn’t break your bank with its price tag, over time the wear will have a significant effect on the disc’s flight. If you plan to use your Rune as a driving putter, you may want to consider purchasing it in one of the more premium plastics. My favorite as a driving putter is in the Armor blend.
- Ideal for wet and cold weather conditions
- It is made of a grippy plastic that lends a tacky feel
- It is a reliable driving putter
- It performs with a predictable flight and fade
- It delivers an accurate glide
- Ideal option for beginners
- PDGA Approved
- The plastic feels a bit flimsy
- It tends to turn over quickly when thrown with a lot of power
4. Gateway Voodoo Putter
Besides its cool aesthetic features, this golf disc utilizes a premium quality Evolution plastic that highlights its hard but comfortable feel. Compared to other Gateway putter discs, this one has a unique touch. It is soft but not bendy and flimsy.
The resilience of this plastic is just incredible. I’ve had mine for quite a couple of months and still doesn’t chip! No dings, scratches, or dents.
It also features a rubbery material that feels soft and tacky at the same time which I find an advantage, especially in cold temperatures or conditions. It reinforces the grip that ramps up the feel and makes it much easier to hold and throw.
As a putter, it delivers and gives off a smooth release for approach and long putting. I also suggest you try it out in the field if you’re targeting a drive off the tee.
When thrown correctly, it executes a straight flight and stays on the path of where I want it to go. It also renders a decent amount of glide with a predictable fade at the end, especially in longer puts.
I also tried to throw it flat and it delivered a good and gentle turning flight. Moreover, it holds the line pretty well and can also battle the wind with enough stability. With such superb performance, I can say it isn’t really stupid at all!
If you are a beginner and trying to keep up with your throws, this one’s a dependable putter. I found it very submissive with my throws. I’m surprised how it just goes to where I aim it and lands on the ground without sliding too far.
The only thing that seems to be mind-boggling to me is how the manufacturer labeled it as super soft. Well, in fact, the disc is more on a tough and sturdy side due to some modifications in the rim.
Nonetheless, it isn’t really a big deal as it still contributes to its durable quality and outstanding performance.
- Crafted with premium plastic for awesome durability
- It renders a grippy and soft feel
- It offers an advantage during cold and wet conditions
- It has enough stability to battle the wind
- Performs competently for approach and long putting
- An ideal for first-time disc golfers
- PDGA Approved
- It isn’t really that “super” soft
5. Dynamic Discs EMAC Truth Disc Golf Midrange
When it comes to its plastic, this midrange golf disc uses Prime Burst which is a special type of plastic from Dynamic Discs. Besides the cool embellishment of the burst effect, this premium quality plastic lends an excellent grip.
It enhances the feel, keeping the disc intact in your hand even when the weather conditions waver. Whenever I go for a forehand shot, this disc does not fail to impress me with its fantastic feel. Plus, it has a beautiful flat top that makes the throw easy-peasy.
Sifting through its flight details, this has been a very reliable midrange disc for upshot drives and approach throws to the basket. When it gets a little breezy, it has enough overstability to handle it.
It has the ability to hold the line and takes on a consistent flight path with whatever shots or throws you put on it. It has a nice glide that keeps it in the air for a longer time.
Not only does it acquire longer distances but it can also adapt easily to different courses. It performs up to par whether you’re playing in wooded locations or out in an open field.
As it moves toward the end of its flight, it goes for a predictable finish with an impressive distance at around 300 to 350 feet.
With its versatility, it’s one of the midrange discs I make sure to have in my bag. Apart from its excellent flight, I like how it isn’t picky with who can use it. Target players? Everyone.
Therefore, if you’ve just been developing your techniques with a midrange disc or you need an alternative or replacement for your old one, it’s safe to say that this golf disc is quite a steal.
- Made from premium quality Prime Burst plastic
- It lends a great feel in the hand
- A very reliable for upshot drives
- It provides an incredible grip for versatile throws
- It delivers longer flight while obtaining great distance
- An ideal midrange disc for everyone – beginners and professionals
- PDGA Approved
- It may sometimes bear left so hard when thrown with little arm power
- The Prime plastic isn’t very durable
6. Yikun Tomahawk
The Yikun Tomahawk is hands down one of the best disc golf discs for new disc golfers. Although the flight ratings say that this disc has a 0 turn rating, this mid is actually very understable. The Tomahawk is one of the few disc golf discs that will finish the flight flying straight rather than fade to the side at the end of the flight as the disc flows down.
The Tomahawk is an excellent choice for Ultimate Frisbee players converting to disc golf as it has a very similar flight. Throw it at a hyzer angle and the Tomahawk will flip up and fly straight. This disc is perfect for thickly wooded courses and tunnel shots. This disc is fantastic for touch approach shots and forehand throws.
Thanks to the understable nature of the Tomahawk, this disc is also excellent for curving shots that you need to turn in the direction opposite the normal disc golf rotation. For right handed players making backhand throws, by releasing this disc on an anhyzer angle, you can get the Tomahawk to fly and finish to the right. Because this disc is so understable, it is only recommended for experienced players as a utility disc for select shot types.
When it comes to disc feel and structure the Tomahawk is unique. This disc uses a unique double mold technology. The outer rim features a grippy rubbery feel while the inner flight plate is made up of plastic similar to that found on an Ultimate Frisbee.
Despite its name, the Tomahawk is not actually a very good disc for overhand Tomahawk throws, but this is a fantastic first disc for beginners.
- It is a very versatile midrange disc
- It impressively finishes flying straight
- Excellent for straight flights and controlled approaches
- Excellent durability that endures highly rugged courses
- Double mold technology exhibits attractive aesthetics
- PDGA Approved
- Too understable for power throwers
7. Discraft Buzzz Golf Disc
The Discraft Buzzz has a perfectly flat top and flat outer edges with very little rounding curve. I find this shape very comfortable for both forehand and backhand throws. The flat top of the Buzzz helps make it one of the most consistent releasing midrange discs, especially for sidearm shots. This disc has a smooth, consistent release and comfortable feel with both grips. This, of course, results in a steady shot that generally results in some consistent and fantastic accuracy.
The Buzzz has a ‘0.5’ stability rating meaning it will fly mostly straight if your throw is level. The best thing I found about Discraft Buzzz is that it’s available in so many different plastic varieties. This disc is ultra cheap in Pro-D blend and their are a variety of ultra premium full color foil versions as well if you’re looking for a disc that will really stand out on the course.
Thus, if you are a beginner or just looking for a quick addition to your disc golf kit, believe me, the Discraft Buzzz is an excellent choice.
Overall, it is an excellent mid-range that will help you master your shots and shave strokes off your rounds. Throw it hard and it will hold any line you put it on.
- Recommended for all skill levels
- Offers the best accuracy in all conditions
- Smooth flat top
- Not the best disc for brand new players
FAIRWAY DRIVER DISC
8. Innova Leopard Golf Disc
The Innova Leopard Golf Disc is a part of most Innova disc golf discs starter kits due to its limited fade and easy-to-throw reliable flight. Beginners and those who are just starting out will likely be able to throw the DX Leopard as far as any other disc, making it the best Innova disc for beginners.
If you are an advanced player, you will notice that the Leopard has a high turn and glide making it an excellent disc for manipulating the flight pattern and sneaking around the obstacles. I would recommend a disc like this for every beginner’s arsenal.
While many consider the Leopard to be the best driver for new players, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this fairway driver initially. When I started playing disc golf my forehand was my stronger throw and the Leopard just didn’t fly well for my throwing this style. Nevertheless, after practicing a few backhand throws, I was a fan, and the Leopard soon became one of my straightest flying and most controlled discs.
Overall, this isn’t the best forehand disc for beginners as is the case with most very understable drivers. It almost always turns sideways and ends up a roller when I throw it with my imperfect sidearm release.
For backhand throws the Innova Leopard is a straight flying, easy to throw driver – a great choice for beginners to improve your game and you lower your scores. The Leopard is available in a variety of different plastic types. If you’re looking for a disc that is ultra cheap, I’d recommend it in the DX plastic. If you want a disc that still feels good and will last for years, I’d recommend the GStar plastic blend.
- Best straight line driver
- Beginner friendly
- Extremely useful for turnover shots and long straight shots
- Available in the broadest selection of weights and plastics
- Not great for forehand throws
9. Innova TeeBird Golf Disc
The TeeBird is quite overstable, meaning when thrown flat, the disc will fly dead straight with plenty of fade as it begins to slow down. While this isn’t the best disc for beginners for backhand throws, it is adequate but works excellent for forehand shots.
I really liked the Innova TeeBird for hyzer shots, and throws that need to curve hard to get around obstacles. It works great with my forehand as well. If I need a shot to curve left, I throw the Teebird backhand. If I want it to curve right, then a forehand throw will do the trick.
The TeeBird has been a consistent top selling disc for years and thus is available in a full variety of different plastic types. In Champion plastic it is a bit more overstable than its counterparts like Star or DX. Hence, if you are looking for a less stable version, choose the TeeBird in DX or GStar plastics.
Overall, this is a great fairway driver for beginners. It’s excellent for those shots that you need to curve one way or another and works well for both backhand and forehand throws. While the TeeBird is good for beginners, I would also recommend this disc to advanced players as well. As you progress your disc golf skills, the TeeBird is a disc you can rely on for years.
- Accurate fairway drives
- Available in different plastic materials
- Excellent for pin-point accuracy – extremely reliable
- Not the farthest flying disc for beginners
Choosing The Best Disc Golf Discs for Beginners
Disc golf is easy, fun, and a great sport to play. If you are new to the sport and get the best disc golf starter set, that’s it; you will be hooked. While it is becoming hugely popular all over the world, it is also a rapidly growing professional sport.
Now that you know how amazing this sport is, all you need is- a decent disc golf disc and a nearby course.
However, with hundreds of different designs and molds and plastic types from over a dozen different brands, choosing the best disc golf discs for beginners is anything but easy. So, here is a breakdown of criteria that will help you select the perfect disc golf discs for your level.
Type of Discs for Beginners
For beginners, I would strongly recommend a neutral flying putters for learning your release angles and developing good form. Most new players think that putters are only for very short throws where you toss the disc into the basket. The reality is that putters can still go hundreds of feet and offer a much straighter flight path than many midrange and drivers. Don’t only use your putters for putting, but use them for throwing for most shots within 150 feet.
When selecting a midrange and driver, for backhand throws, you will want to make sure that the discs you are selecting are very understable. For forehand throws a stable or even overstable driver will usually perform better as the technique used for flick throws generates more spin.
Weight of Disc for Beginners
As you start to understand the best disc golf for beginners, you also need to realize that not all discs are the same. The same disc mold will actually vary in flight and ability to handle the wind based on its weight. Different disc golf discs come in many weights. In the following bullets, I will explain how these weights differ.
Light Weight 140-159 grams: These discs are consider very light discs and are highly recommended for new disc golfers. It is easier to throw lighter discs and get more distance with them. However, light weight discs are more affected by wind. In Japan, disc golf discs are only allowed if they weigh 159 grams or less. Lighter weight discs flight path is more “understable” than the flight paths of heavier discs.
Middle Weight 160-170 grams: Disc golf discs which range from 160 to 170 grams glide better than heavier weights. Discs in this weight range are better in the wind than the ultra light discs, however, they will not fly well in windy conditions as heavier discs. Moreover, you often have more control over the discs in this range because you do not need to throw it as hard as you can to get the intended flight path. Lighter discs will help you get to know good form and control, which is an essential aspect of disc throwing.
Max Weight 174+ grams: The PDGA regulates the maximum weight that discs are allowed. This weight limit is primarily based on the diameter of the disc. For wide diameter discs, which includes many midranges, the maximum weight is usually 180 grams. For most putters and midrange discs, the max allowed weight is usually 174 or 175 grams. For max weight discs you will have to throw them harder to get the same distance. In general, heavier discs are more reliable in wind. Professional player primarily just throw max weight discs. But until you have pro form, you must try and throw it harder, which often makes you lose control.
For drivers, the discs you are throwing because you want distance, I would personally recommend discs in the light weight class. For midrange and putters the weight is not as important as the control offered by discs in those classifications is more important than the distance they provide.
Disc Speed and Stability for Beginners
You should understand that different companies produce an array of discs for different skill levels. Most of the major disc manufacturers actually cater their new disc releases for the pros they sponsor. These discs are generally not intended or recommended for beginners. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for the best beginner discs:
Speed – In order to gauge the disc suited for your skill level, examining the speed rating can help. Most disc manufacturers list the speed rating as the first number in the four digit flight ratings. The speed metric of a disc refers to the rate at which a disc can travel through the air from 1 to 14, with 14 being the fastest. The higher the number, the higher the required speed coming out of the hand required to throw the disc. A higher speed disc does not mean that it will go farther or faster. In most instances, drivers in the 6-9 range are best for new players.
Stability – Stability is the discs ability to fly stable (straight). At the end of the flight as they are slowing down, all golf discs fade, especially drivers. The higher the disc speed, the more potential it has to fade. To help compensate the lack of speed you have as a beginner, an “understable” disc will help. Stability is primarily determined in the third number of the 4 digit flight ratings. The lower the negative rating, the more understable a disc should be. Beginners should choose understable discs.
Remember: You don’t need a high-speed driver as a beginner. It is because there’s a 99% chance that you lack the proper arm speed and technique to throw it the way it needs to be thrown to fly properly. Unless a high speed driver is both understable and in a light weight, it will not provide maximum distance for you.
Most beginners assume that a higher speed, higher glide disc is better for your game, but this is probably false. If you don’t throw it properly, with the required speed and torque, all of these high-speed drivers will fly a limited distance and bomb hard to the left. Using high speed discs and try to throw as far as possible is a mistake that most beginner make.
Plastic Types for Beginners
It is always important to know the type of plastic that the disc golf discs are made up of. This way, you can determine which ones meet your preference and suits your skills the best.
Many discs are made in low grade “base plastics” as well as a variety of different, more expensive, premium blends. The base plastics are typically made of TPE polymers while the premium plastics are made of a variety of TPU polymer blends. Some TPU blends focus on durability while others focus on enhanced grip.
I recommend different plastic types based on the type of disc you are getting and your throwing style. I personally prefer the most grippy discs for backhand throws and like the more durable blends for forehand.
For beginners, I recommend choosing base plastic for putters. It is the cheapest and base plastic has a good feel for putting. However, the base plastic tends to wear easily which alters the flight of the disc. If you are going to use your putter for throwing, you’ll likely want to also consider one in a more durable blend. New disc golfers regularly try new putters out, trying to find the one that works best for them, the one that will shave the strokes from their game. Knowing that you will likely test several putters before you find the one you love, it’s nice to spend a low price on the disc until you find the putters that best suit your needs.
For drivers I recommend choosing a premium blend. Because the shape of a driver is more aerodynamic, and due to the fact that you throw them harder, drivers are far more susceptible to flight altering wear and tear. Some blase plastic drivers do not last more than a few rounds of disc golf.
When it comes to the midrange, most players prefer the durable premium plastic blends, but base plastic mids are usually adequate for beginners if you’re looking to save some money.
For more information about plastic types and what they mean, check out our article on the Best Cheap Disc Golf Discs.
Skill and Power Mindset of Beginners
You can buy every disc in the world. You could be the strongest, most athletic person on the course. But if you do not have enough knowledge on the discs you’re throwing, you are not going to win any tournaments.
Disc golf technique requires practice and muscle repetition. Focus on smooth form rather than on power. A higher disc speed does not necessarily mean that you will get more distance. Your technique has a great impact on the distance. So if your technique improves, you can get more distance. Be patient with your disc golf game and you will likely see more satisfaction in the long run.
The truth is, it does not matter how fast you start a throw. Instead, it only matters how you end it. Hence, you should start your throw slow like Tai Chi to set your aim up. The speed the disc comes out of your hand is what matters most.
Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the most commonly asked questions about disc golf discs over the internet.
What Are the Best Disc Golf Discs for Beginners?
For beginners, I would say go for neutral flying putters and understable midrange and driver discs.
Throwing putters is much easier to keep straight. A putter is recommended because as a beginner, you don’t have that arm strength to keep a faster flying disc straight (except for really understable mids like the Tomahawk we recommend). The shape of disc golf discs, designed to make them go far, makes them “fade” or curve at the end of the flight as the disc slows down.
Disc types like drivers and midranges are more likely to fade out and finish left, but a putter can stay in a straight line while helping you learn good form and arm control.
How to Increase Arm Speed Disc Golf?
You cannot master your arm speed overnight when starting out. It takes practice and repetition to throw like a real disc golfer. First, start with less stable, lower-speed discs, as you would want to focus more on a controlled throw. Trying too hard will put a strain on your muscles and almost always leads to inconsistent throws.
Based on my experience with the products mentioned, I am recommending them to you as excellent choices for those new to disc golf. Moreover, I have designed the buying guide after my experience with a plethora of trying many, many, disc golf discs.
I hope that you find the best disc golf discs for beginners from this list. If you have input or questions regarding any point or segment of this article, you are always welcome to ask. I am more than happy to cater to your disc golf discs related issues.