The Most Trusty Straight-Flying Disc Golf Discs

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a conversation with a player who is shopping for discs, and when I ask what they’re looking for, they reply, “I need a disc that goes straight.”

That can be a tricky request, because how straight a disc flies can depend on several factors. For example:

  • How fast are you throwing it compared to how fast it is designed to fly?
  • Are you releasing the disc flat?
  • Are you trying to compensate for an existing weakness or tendency in your throw?
  • What weight is the disc?

If you are a new player, and the disc tends to fade too early on pretty much every throw, then a “straight-flying” disc would be one that resists the fade, meaning that it would be a significantly understable disc. However, if you have some speed and power to your throw, a disc which is too understable will turn over prematurely or turn into a roller. So your experience, strength, speed, etc. are factors which will determine how straight a disc flies for you.  An experienced player will be able to throw a moderately overstable, high-speed disc straight for a respectable distance, simply because they have the power to do achieve that kind of flight, while a weaker, inexperienced player would see little distance and a very early fade from the same disc.

For the sake of this review, we are going to look at slower speed discs in the mid-range to fairway driver range, since those are discs that most players can handle, and that experienced players will generally throw with less power anyway, to get the control that they seek for shorter shots. We will simply take a look at those slower speed discs that are designed and intended to fly straight. If you are able to throw these discs straight, then you are successfully mastering a flat release and controlled speed of release which will ultimately help your game.  After all, it is best to know how to throw a simple disc straight before you worry about shot-shaping throws at all speeds in curved or varied flight paths.

ANUBIS by Infinite Discs

The Anubis was released in the summer of 2018 by Infinite Discs, a brand that is manufactured by Innova. It followed-up the Chariot mid-range which, while being fairly straight, has more of an end-fade than the Anubis.  The Anubis can be thrown successfully by players at all levels, whether thrown in sturdier plastic for longer range, or thrown in lighter, softer plastic for precise, short approaches. It is a great starter disc for new players.

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

MAKO3 by Innova

The Mako was the original version of this popular mid-range flyer, but the Mako3 quickly took over the superior version when it was released by Innova. It is a slightly faster version of the Mako, with a flatter top. It is considered one of the go-to straight flying discs on the market for a controlled, slower-speed throw. But it is also used and loved by experienced players as well for its short range dependability.

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

EVIDENCE by Dynamic Discs

While boasting a slightly understable flight path, the side-to-side movement with the Evidence is pretty minimal. If you throw this disc flat, it follows a very reliable and straight path. It has great glide and minimal fade and is a great disc for beginners to learn their technique.

  • Speed: 5.0
  • Glide: 5.0
  • Turn: -1.0
  • Fade: 0.0

FD by Discmania

The FD by Discmania was designed to be very straight-flying fairway driver. It has a lot of glide and while it may not be the fastest driver in your bag, it will become one of the most dependable. It is even popular with some of the top pro players who use it for shorter, touchy, control shots. It is one of the most popular drivers by Discmania for good reason.

  • Speed: 7.0
  • Glide: 6.0
  • Turn: -1.0
  • Fade: 1.0

RIVER by Latitude 64

I’ve always been a fan of the River. It is a fairway driver that has a slightly larger diameter than most drivers, while still not as large as most mid-range discs. It feels very comfortable to throw, and the glide is probably the highest I’ve seen on a disc golf disc. It is a wonderful disc for straight, precision throws, but also works wonderfully for shot-shaping if you release with your wrist angled one way or the other.

  • Speed: 7.0
  • Glide: 7.0
  • Turn: -1.0
  • Fade: 1.0

LEOPARD3 by Innova

The original Leopard is one of the most popular Innova starter discs as a fairway driver that any new player can handle. I’ve decided to focus a bit on the newer Leopard3 which is a slight faster version of the disc with a little bit less glide. It is a straight-flyer that again fits into the bag of players at any level who want a disc that that they can count on for moderately distanced drives.

  • Speed: 7.0
  • Glide: 5.0
  • Turn: -2.0
  • Fade: 1.0

BUZZZ SS by Discraft

The Buzzz has been one of the most popular mid-range discs for many years, and the “SS” version comes with a more understable release, making it one of the easiest discs for new players to throw. It is very fade resistant, and while it may not ever overcome the original Buzzz in popularity for all players, the “SS” is for “Super Straight” and this one was designed to be the ultra straight-flying version.

  • Speed: 5.0
  • Glide: 4.0
  • Turn: -2.0
  • Fade: 1.0

AXIS by MVP

The Axis is the straightest-flying mid-range disc by the company that created the overmold, gyro disc technology, MVP. MVP and their sister company, Axiom Discs, have a great selection of discs that have nice, flat tops which are popular for forehand (sidearm) throwers. The Axis isn’t the flattest, but it is definitely one of their discs that flies the straightest.

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