The sport of disc golf is growing rapidly. That growth has been fueled, in part, by videos of phenomenal shots that have gone viral on Youtube as well as professional coverage on ESPN. The Albatross (2 shots on a par 5 hole) thrown by Philo Brathwaite at the 2016 Beaver State Fling went viral with rounds on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and even mainstream sports television.
Disc Golf Starter Sets
Disc golf starter sets are the easiest way to take that first step towards becoming a disc golfer. Let’s take a quick look at some of the best disc golf starter sets that are available and the pros and cons of each. If you’re going to drop even a small amount of money on new discs, you will find your experience much more rewarding if you know what you’re getting. With so many different options, you’ll want to find a set of discs that will truly help you get a feel for the game at the best value.
To determine the best disc golf sets we have compared a number of the top selling starter kits comparing, value, beginner friendliness, and plastic quality. A good disc golf set typically has three discs; a driver, a midrange, and a putter. 2022 has also introduced a number of complete sets that contain eight discs — giving you a full arsenal of different discs in one purchase allowing you to get even more bang for your buck. All prices listed are the current price of the products on Amazon.com
10 Best Value Beginner Disc Golf Sets
|Disc Golf Set Name||Value Rating||Beginner Friendly||Plastic Quality||Value Score|
|1.Divergent Discs Set||10||9||8||27|
|2. Divergent Max Performance Set||9||9||8||26|
|3. Divergent 5 Disc Value Set||10||10||5||25|
|4. X Com 3 Disc Set||9||10||5||24|
|5. Innova DX Disc Golf Set||7||10||5||22|
|6. Dynamic Discs Starter Pack||7||8||5||20|
|7. DGA Disc Golf Set||3||7||10||20|
|8. Latitude 64 Starter Pack||4||10||5||19|
|9. Discraft Beginner Kit||3||7||5||15|
|10. Yikun Set||3||6||5||14|
1. Divergent Discs Original Set
All three discs in the original Divergent Discs set very beginner friendly. The thing that really makes this set stand apart and take the spot as our #1 recommended beginner set is the fact that the plastic look and feel of these discs is amazing. Most starter sets come with a cheap baseline plastic, but the Divergent plastic is ultra grippy, looks great, and is the same or an even lower price! If something is of better quality and less expensive, it’s usually a good choice.
For beginners, the Leviathan midrange might just be the best disc on the market. The Narwhal putter is ultra straight and works well as a driving putter. The Kraken driver is similar to the Innova Leopard, but is in a better plastic. It’s easy to throw and get control.
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2. Divergent Discs Max Performance Set
If you’re looking for the perfect combination of quality, discs designed for beginners, and affordable prices, this is as good as it gets. The thing we like best about the Divergent sets is that not only are they the best price on the market with excellent flying discs, but these sets come with more durable plastics. Most starter sets have discs in low grade, less durable plastic.
Purchasing the discs individually from Infinite Discs website will cost $12 each plus shipping. When purchasing this as a set, it’s like you’re getting the putter and midrange for just $4 each. The Kapre midrange is one of the straightest flying golf discs on the market and works for beginners and experienced players alike. The Nuno putter is an adequate deep dish beadless putting putter excellent for everyone.
The reason we rank the new Max Performance set second rather than first is because we have mixed feelings about the Basilisk Driver. The Basilisk is a wide rimmed distance driver. Many new players will be be able to get more distance with the Basilisk than any other disc. This disc goes the distance with so little effort. But, if you have too much power the Basilisk becomes too flippy and hard to control. For this reason, most disc golf sets only come with a fairway driver because they are easier to control. The Kraken Driver in the first Divergent set is something players of all skill level can use. The Basilisk is a disc that is only useful to beginners and low arm speed players.
The nice thing about the two Divergent Sets is that they each contain completely different discs that are ideal in varying situations. You can double your set savings by purchasing both disc golf sets rather than paying the individual price for each disc.
3. Divergent Discs 5 Disc Value Set
If you’re more interested in trying more discs, try this Divergent set. The TPE plastic used in the Value set won’t withstand as much wear and tear, but I actually prefer the feel of the plastic for the Nuno putter and Kapre midrange. The Kapre mid is sooo good in MaxValue plastic. It might be the straightest flying disc golf disc period.
One other thing to note in the plastic variations is that the MaxValue plastic is that it is a little bit stiffer and isn’t quite as domey as the MaxGrip blend. I personally prefer the flatter nature and stiffness of these discs in comparison.
While many disc golf beginners are unable to notice a different between different disc types, it is easy to learn the difference between the three drivers included in this set. The Basilisk distance driver has a very wide rim and is really easy to just get more distance out of. The Tiyanak fairway driver is so beginner friendly. This might be the best beginner driver I have ever thrown, and is another reason this set made the number five spot. The Kraken fairway driver has a nice stable flight and is better in headwinds. This is a super solid driver that new players can grow into.
All in all, if you’re looking for value, and want to experience the joy of multiple disc types in your starter kit, try the Divergent Discs 5 Disc set today.
4. X-Com 3 Disc Beginner Set
X-Com is another newer disc golf set that has hit the disc golf scene this year. These discs are made in China by a company that specializes in disc sports. This set includes discs that are excellent for beginners with very a easy to throw driver, midrange, and putter.
The plastic quality in the X-Com set is not as high quality as in the disc golf sets listed above, but this is the most affordable disc golf set. It also ranks highest in the “beginner friendly” metric.
In addition to the basic three disc set, X-Com also offers a 4 disc set (also includes a more stable driver good for advanced players and fading trick shots) and a bag. This additional set is a good choice if you’re looking for a few more discs and a handy way to carry them around the course.
If you’re on a budget but still want an excellent disc golf kit, buy an X-Com three disc set today.
5. Innova DX Starter Set
One of the best-selling brands in the disc golf scene is Innova. They sponsor a lot of pros and they also make a lot of great discs for beginners. The most popular of their starter sets is the DX Starter Set.
DX is a plastic type. New players often don’t know that the same disc models are commonly available in several different plastic types, from soft to durable. DX is the basic, most affordable plastic type from Innova. Buying a soft, less expensive plastic is actually fine for beginners. That way you can get a feel for the different discs and how they fly before spending $10, $15, or $18 per disc on the more long-lasting, durable plastics.
The discs included in the Innova DX Starter Set are very basic and friendly for new players. They include the popular Aviar putter, the Leopard short-range driver, and a Shark mid-range disc. Most starter packs will include a putter, mid-range, and driver. That doesn’t mean that you’ll be covered in all possible throwing situations, but it covers the basics. If you can learn to throw with these discs, which also happen to be light-weight, then you’ll be ready to move on to other discs with varied designs and purposes.
6. Dynamic Discs Starter Pack
Dynamic Discs is a rapidly growing presence in the disc golf market, and this is their basic introductory set to the game of disc golf. It includes their very popular putter, the Judge, plus the Truth midrange, and the Witness driver. All three discs are excellent for learning and are featured in Dynamic Disc’s Prime plastic, which is their basic, soft plastic. The set also includes a basic disc carry bag that can hold up to eleven discs so you can carry your growing collection around the course.
Dynamic Discs has also recently designed more discs for new players, which includes discs like the Gavel putter, the Proof mid-range, and the Breakout driver. Those were assembled into an easy-to-throw starter set in 2016, which is now available.
7. Innova Champion Starter Set
If you are willing to pay the extra $10 to get a starter set with the more durable plastic, then this is the Innova set to grab. “Champion” doesn’t necessarily mean that it is designed for experienced players– it is merely the name of their more durable, translucent plastic type. The Champion plastic will last a lot longer than DX, and thus can give you more long-term value since you may find yourself throwing these discs for years to come, even as you add new ones to your collection. The discs included are the Aviar putter, the Panther mid-range, and the Valkyrie distance driver, which is actually a really good driver disc to work on your distance. The Valkyrie has the potential for longer throws than the Leopard, so that may also be a consideration if you are a beginner that feels like you’ve already got a basic grasp on throwing because of past experience with frisbee or Ultimate. It’s a step up in price, but also a step up in quality, but most disc golfers don’t prefer to have a premium plastic putter, so you can save some cash elsewhere.
8. Latitude 64 Beginner Disc Golf Starter Pack
Latitude 64 is a quality disc maker from Scandinavia, and they’ve got some great discs that are designed for beginners. The “Junior” starter set is a perfect set for younger players or for women who need light-weight discs designed for smaller grips. With names like the Ruby putter, the Pearl mid-range, and the Diamond driver, you can tell that the female market was on Latitude 64’s mind when putting this set and these disc models together. I have a teenage daughter that is a new player, and she throws these discs much more easily than some of the heavier, beefier discs that I carry around. But even though it is called a “Junior” set, don’t think it is only for kids. It is great for anybody of any age who doesn’t feel like they have a lot of power and throwing ability.
9. Discraft Disc Golf Set
Discraft is another very popular brand in the disc golf market, and this is their basic, affordable starter set. These discs all come in their Pro-D plastic, which is Discraft’s cheapest, soft plastic. Once again, that is not a bad thing for beginners. The discs won’t last forever with regular use, but they are great for attacking the short disc golf learning curve. The discs included in this set often vary, but they always include a basic putter (like a Magnet or Soft APX), a mid-range (usually a Buzzz) and a driver (like an Avenger SS or XL). Though you can get different discs in the set, they are selected with new players in mind, so you won’t get anything that you can’t handle. If you end up liking any of these discs, you can always upgrade later to a more premium plastic type, like Elite X or Elite Z. This set features discs that I started with, and I’ve never regretted starting with discs like the Avenger SS, Buzzz SS, XL, etc.
Discraft also makes a deluxe version of their starter set which adds another driver, like a Stratus, or a Cyclone (both of which are excellent for beginning players) but also throws in a small disc carry bag so that you can easily carry your new disc collection around on the course. The bag has room to fit a few more discs. Basically, you’re paying an extra $20 for the fourth disc and the bag, which is an excellent value since even a basic, Pro-D plastic disc would cost you another $8 and a starter bag can run $15-$20 by itself. I strongly recommend this set for anybody who really wants to give the game a try.
10. Yikun Disc Golf Set
The final disc golf set to make our top ten list is the Yikun Disc Golf set. This set ranks the lowest on our scale in terms of value, beginner friendliness, and plastic quality. The interesting thing is that Yikun Discs makes some of the best beginner friendly discs on the market, but for some reason those discs aren’t included in their set that is currently available at Amazon.com.
At it’s current price of $23.99 this wouldn’t be a recommended set. The reason it still made it is that in the past Yikun has offered 4 disc sets for roughly the same price. At the time of this post, that set was not available but if it is available in the near future, consider getting a set with four discs for roughly the same price as a set with only three..
If you’d like more information about selecting discs for beginning players, here are a couple very informative articles that you can use as reference: BEST DISCRAFT DISCS FOR BEGINNERS
Best Complete Disc Golf Sets
A new product that’s just become popular this year is the complete disc golf set. These sets are designed for players who want more disc varieties than found in their starter set, players who just want even more different discs to try, and those just looking for a great value on disc golf disc. Here is our recommendation of the top complete disc golf sets of 2022.
Divergent Discs Complete Set
Once again, Divergent Discs takes the #1 spot for recommended sets of this variety. For the same reasons as before, Divergent Discs are made for and thus great for beginners. The Divergent Complete set contains the six discs in the two 3-Disc starter sets as well as an overstable fairway driver and a maximum distance driver that isn’t quite as flippy as the Basilisk. As a plus, this set includes a disc golf bag. If you don’t already have one of those and are looking for lots of discs at a rock bottom price, get this set today.
Viking Discs Complete Sets
Viking has a number of different complete sets. All are excellent values and save you substantially over buying the discs individually. The sets come in a variety of different Viking plastic grades. Viking’s ground plastic is far less durable than the MaxGrip plastic of the discs in the Divergent Set. I don’t recommend this plastic for drivers and don’t recommend this set unless you’re simply looking for affordable discs to try. If you’re looking for discs that will last for many rounds of play, consider one of these different complete sets.
My favorite of the Viking sets is the 8 Disc Tournament set. The thing I like best about this set is that it gives you a variety of discs in both Armor and Storm plastics. This is a great way to try the quality of both their plastics to see which one you like best. This set does not include any putters but only midrange discs and drivers.
Best Set if You Need a Putter
The fastest way to improve your disc golf score is to improve your putting. The best way to improve your putting is with more repetition and practice. The easiest way to get more putting practice is with multiple putters. The Viking Discs Hobby Set is unique in that it includes 3 putters!
The Viking Discs Rune is one of the highest rated putters in all of disc golf. This set includes two matching Rune’s in a grippy base plastic, and a third Rune in ultra durable Storm plastic to be used as your throwing/approach disc. The Hobby set is a fun way to improve your putting and approach game while trying out a few other new discs while you’re at it.
If you’re all in on the cheap ground set, or like all your discs in durable plastic blends, also consider the Ground, Storm, and Armor sets.
This post was curated in 2022. For other articles on top rated sets, read this post for the top rated disc golf sets of 2019.