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. For example, the Albatross (2 shots on a par 5 hole) thrown by Philo Brathwaite at the 2016 Beaver State Fling made the rounds on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and even mainstream sports television.
During 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic drastically accelerated the growth of disc golf. Between social distancing, the shut down of team sports, and increased national exposure with tournaments broadcast on CBS Sports and ESPN, disc golfs awareness is at an all time high.
Disc golf starter sets are the best 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 and you find a set of discs that will truly help you get a feel for the game.
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. We have chosen to include only kits with three discs in this article. With many disc golf manufacturers being out of stock, we have only included brands where the sets are currently available for sale. All prices listed are the current price of the products on Amazon.com
10 Best Value Beginner Disc Golf Sets for 2021
|Disc Golf Set Name||Value Rating||Beginner Friendly||Plastic Quality||Value Score|
|1.Divergent Discs Set||10||9||8||27|
|2. Infinite Discs 3 Disc Set||9||9||8||26|
|3. Prodigy Ace Line US Set||9||7||8||24|
|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 Set
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.
- Buy 3-Disc Beginner Disc Golf Set by Divergent Discs at Amazon.com
- Buy Divergent Disc Set at InfiniteDiscs.com
2. Infinite Discs 3 Disc Set
If you’re looking for the perfect combination of quality, discs designed for beginners, and affordable prices, the best disc golf starter sets on the market are those offered by Infinite Discs. The thing we like best about the Infinite Discs sets is that not only are they the best price on the market with excellent flying discs, but these sets come with durable plastic version of the amazing Sphinx driver. Most starter sets have discs in low grade, less durable plastic. This set gives you a driver that looks great, flys great, and will last through hundreds of disc golf rounds.
Just purchasing the driver alone from Infinite Discs website will cost $13. When purchasing this as a set, it’s like you’re getting the putter and midrange for just $5 each. The Anubis midrange is one of the straightest flying golf discs on the market. The Myth putter is an adequate deep dish beaded putting putter.
3. Prodigy Aceline US Model Disc Golf Set
The thing that sets the Prodigy Ace Line set apart from the other disc golf kits is the plastic quality. All three discs in this set come with a durable grippy plastic. This plastic grade is still a TPE blend, but it’s more durable than the plastic used in just about all of the other low price starter sets listed here. Now the driver isn’t quite as durable as the Infinite Discs Sphinx, but overall this is a great plastic. These are all light weight discs and great for beginners.
Perhaps the best disc in this set is the P-Model US putter. This putter is ultra straight and works great for both straight driving as well as short distance putting. The M-Model US is a solid midrange and great for straight throws with a consistent fading finish. The F-Model US driver is surprisingly stable. This disc is not the most ideal for new players, but is a solid driver to grow into.
There are several different Prodigy Ace Line disc golf sets available right now. The S-Model set includes three discs that are a little bit more overstable. We recommend the US set for beginners. New players will be able to get straighter flight paths and more distance with the Prodigy US set. If you already have good throwing form and can get some excellent distance, you may want to consider the S-Model Disc golf set.
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:
This post was curated in 2021. For other articles on top rated sets, read this post for the top rated disc golf sets of 2019.