New Disc Golf Overstable Discs for 2018

Whether you are a power thrower who needs a lot of overstability to hold your line, or your an intermediate player who wants a great utility disc to fade hard around objects, or to chuck on a steep hyzer over trees, or you find yourself needing a disc to fight headwinds, overstable discs are an important tool in the bag. Let’s take a look at some of the new, overstable discs that have hit the market in 2018. Two of my favorites come from Westside Discs, a brand that was recently taken over (bought out) by Dynamic Discs and Latitude 64, so let’s start with those.

Bring the Beef – Overstable Discs

THE ANVIL

Dynamic Discs has ruled the overstable mid-range market for a while with the wonderful Justice, which has been a go-to for a lot of players who wanted a disc that would dramatically drop out of the sky at the end of flight. The Anvil is a worthy companion to the Justice, appearing at first glance to be a beadless version of the Justice. That makes the rim a little easier to handle for some players. The removal of the bead on the underside of the rim allows the Anvil to glide further than the Justice before making its hard fade and dropping to the earth. As such, I’d say that it is slightly less overstable than a Justice, but not by much. Mostly, it feels like a “longer” Justice that can make it down the fairway a bit further before the fade. The Anvil is a great wind fighter and a top-notch addition to the Westside family that needed a bit more in terms of mid-range discs. I love this new overstable mid-range and consider it a highlight of 2018.

  • Speed: 4.0
  • Glide: 2.0
  • Turn: 0.0
  • Fade: 4.0

 

THE WAR HORSE

Westside has put out some high speed distance drivers in the past with number that made them look like they’d be overstable meat-hooks. The Giant, the Catapult, and even the King boasted fade numbers of 3 or 4. But those didn’t really feel like they were very overstable, particularly the King which was quite understable for many throwers. Since taking over the Westside brand, Latitude 64 and Dynamic Discs have tweaked some of those Westside flight ratings to bring them closer to the expectations of the rest of the disc golf market. But I can readily say that the War Horse lives up to the overstable flight rating. As a higher speed disc, it already takes some experience to throw the disc at the right speed, but that overstability really pushes the disc into a fade sooner than you might expect. This is a disc for true power throwers and that could be used as a utility driver for tricky situations or strong headwinds.

  • Speed: 13.0
  • Glide: 4.0
  • Turn: 0.0
  • Fade: 4.0

 

RECON

White the new Recon isn’t the most overstable of the discs on this list of new releases, it is a speed 13 disc with enough fade to push it into a level more comfortable for experienced players who have some power in their throw.  The most overstable distance driver in the Legacy line-up is the Rampage, and that one certainly maxes out the overstable factor. The Recon takes the speed down, just below that of the Rampage. The Rampage has a maximum PDGA allowed rim width of 2.5 CM, while the Recon is at 2.4 CM rim width. If it helps, you can usually equate the rim width with the speed necessary to keep a disc aloft– wider rims need more speed.

The Recon is a nice, overstable companion to the new Aftermath by Legacy. It looks like the brand is fleshing out their array of distance drivers this year.

  • Speed: 13.0
  • Glide: 5.0
  • Turn: -1.0
  • Fade: 3.0

BANZAI

While the Banzai boasts a consistent and respectable fade, it won’t feel as overstable as the high-speed, distance drivers. This is a fairway driver that falls closer to a “speed 8” flight rating, and that makes it more manageable for intermediate players who want to throw an overstable disc for extra fade. This is the kind of disc that could actually find more of a regular spot in most disc golf bags, since most of us need a dependable, overstable fairway driver and overstable mid-range, even if we can’t handle the very high-speed stuff. If you’re looking for that 200-300 foot shot that needs to shape its flight around objects, then this is a great go-to. In fact, I’ve been very impressed with most of DGA’s latest disc releases. They’ve really done a lot lately to round-out their disc lineup, bringing us a great mid-range combo with the understable Tremor and the overstable Quake, plus a wonderful straight-flying fairway driver in the Pipeline. The Banzai is touted as the overstable companion to the Pipeline, and I feel like it fits that role perfectly.

  • Speed: 8.0
  • Glide: 4.0
  • Turn: 0.0
  • Fade: 3.0

KEA

RPM Discs from New Zealand has become one of my favorite of the smaller, import brands. These guys know how to make discs that fly great, feel great, and look downright stunning. Their thematic artwork is beautiful and their plastic is top-notch in appearance and performance. With the KEA mid-range, RPM was looking to add an overstable disc for shorter, control shots that need a predictable fade. They wanted to make a disc with a blunt-edge on the rim so that it could be thrown with power yet still hold a predictable line. You could say that it was modeled after the popular Mortar by Hyzer Bomb, having a similar look and feel in the hand. The KEA will never be a long distance disc with a lot of glide, but can certainly be counted on to stay on course and fade like clockwork.  It is another quality disc from the gentlemen at RPM.

  • Speed: 5.0
  • Glide: 5.0
  • Turn: 0.0
  • Fade: 3.0

 

SLAB

Though it was not released at the time of this article, except as a tester for Team Infinite, the new Slab by Infinite Discs is planned for 2018 summer release. It is designed to be a high-speed, flat-top utility disc with as much overstability as possible. This thing takes a lot of power and still fades hard. It is fun to watch it slice through the air on huge hyzer throws and then “tombstone” itself into the ground as it falls sharply out of the sky. The Slab has a lot of talk going on about it, even before hitting the market, just from folks who love flat, overstable discs for their power forehand throws, overhand throws, and dramatic fades.

Watch for the Slab to be released in July 2018, including a Garrett Gurthie signature edition, since he loved the tester the moment he picked it up and let it loose…keeping in mind that Garrett is a professional player who wins distance contests…

  • Speed: 12.0
  • Glide: 3.0
  • Turn: 0.0
  • Fade: 4.0

DEFLECTOR

I am happy to report that the MVP fans finally get what they’ve wanted from MVP when it comes to an overstable mid-range. The Matrix, while being a good disc, just wasn’t the beefy, overstable mid-range that some players had wanted. The Deflector most definitely fits the bill. It can be thrown with all kinds of power and still make the hard end-fade as advertised. It feels great for forehand, as do many of the MVP / Axiom line of discs. The packaging on the Deflectors when they were shipped from MVP to vendors was definitely inspired. The white boxes came with a sticker that says “Got Beef?” and there were little, electronic devices inside the boxes that made them play a cow “mooing” sound once the flaps were opened. Nice touch!

  • Speed: 5.0
  • Glide: 3.0
  • Turn: 0.0
  • Fade: 4.0

 

RUNWAY

Streamline discs was launched in 2017 as another spin-off of MVP, focusing on single-mold discs. The Runway is their first mid-range, and they decided to kick off their mid-range offerings with a very beefy, overstable disc. The Runway can be hard to throw for much distance because it wants to fade right away. It is a great utility mid-range for flying tight curves and feels great for forehand throws with a smooth, flat top. I would say that it is very much like a single-mold version of the Deflector in terms of flight, but the Runway rim does have a steeper “slope” to it and feels a bit different than the MVP disc.

  • Speed: 5.0
  • Glide: 4.0
  • Turn: 0.0
  • Fade: 3.5

PURSUIT

Legacy Discs has had some popular drivers over the past few years, but they’ve only had two mid-ranges, the Ghost and the Gauge. Now with the Pursuit they also enter the crowded fray of overstable disc releases of 2018. The Pursuit is beefy indeed, fading very soon after release. It also makes a great utility disc for short-range overstable needs or throwing into headwinds. It also sports a nice flat top and feels great for forehand throwers. It would be yet another contender for the same spot as the Runway, Deflector, or Anvil. Personally, I like the shallow rim depth on the Pursuit which feels great for my particular throwing style, so if you like a lower profile, this might be your choice as well.

  • Speed: 5.0
  • Glide: 4.0
  • Turn: 0.0
  • Fade: 3.5

CAIMAN

If there is one place that Innova has not had a strong presence, it is in the massively overstable mid-range arena. Though they have overstable mid-range discs and approach discs, they’ve not had anything that is more extreme to that end. The recently released Rat was expected to fly as an overstable approach, but turned out more of a straight-flyer than intended. The Gator has held a strong position as an overstable approach, but now, with the Caiman, Innova has released a small diameter mid-range that pulls through with a strong fade every time, not matter how hard you crank it. The Caiman can cover respectable distance when thrown at a high speed, but will still make a solid end-fade.

  • Speed: 5.0
  • Glide: 2.0
  • Turn: 0.0
  • Fade: 4.0