There are a lot of different disc golf sets available online. As noted in my recent Halex Disc Golf set review, some of them are absolutely garbage. Some like the Kestrel Disc Golf set are decent, and some like the Remix Disc Golf Set have good discs for advanced players, but are just not good for beginners and so should not be marketed as “starter sets.” So what is the best disc golf starter set available today?
While I had a lot of fun buying and trying many of the different starter set options, you most likely aren’t interested in spending hundreds of dollars trying them all just to get the best disc set. Most likely, you just want to get the best value set, so that you can go out there and play frisbee golf. After going through dozens of different package sets found on Amazon, E-Bay, and Walmart.com this is my ratings of the 10 best disc golf sets according to value, plastic quality, and appropriateness for beginners.
Top Beginner Disc Golf Sets of 2019
Infinite Discs 3 Disc Starter Set
Innova DX Disc Golf Set
Discraft Beginner Disc Golf Set
Infinite Discs 2 Disc Set
Latitude 64 Starter Pack
Remix Starter Set
Kestrel Disc Golf Set
Yikun Disc Golf Set
Dynamic Discs Prime Disc golf Set
DGA Disc Golf Set
1. Best Disc Golf Set: Infinite Discs 3 Disc Starter Set
The Infinite Discs 3 disc set takes the #1 spot because it ranks high in all three of my criteria. In terms of value the Infinite Set gets a 10. The difference between this and most of the other sets is that the Sphinx driver comes in a durable grade plastic while most of the drivers in the other sets are base plastics. In my opinion, disc golf drivers should never be purchased in a base plastic. This premium blend plastic also contributes to the high value rating as this set has the same price as, or less than, most of the other quality disc golf starter sets that made the top 10, most of which do not have any premium plastic discs.
Lastly the discs in the Infinite set are very beginner friendly. The light weight Sphinx Driver is perfect for most beginners that they will they find they can get more distance with the Sphinx than just about any other golf disc. The Anubis midrange is very glidey with a flight similar to an Ultimate Frisbee which makes for an easy transition for new players. If you don’t have time to read the entire lengthy blog post highlighting each of the top starter sets, buy an Infinite Set now.
2. Innova DX Disc Golf Starter Set
The Innova DX set ranked #2 from my criteria because all three of its discs are very beginner friendly. The discs in the Innova set are all light weight and have good flights for beginners. The Innova Leopard is a sneaky long fairway driver that will fly straighter than almost any other driver for a new player. The Aviar Putter is the #1 putter and has a beautiful straight flight path. The plastic quality isn’t as good as the Infinite set, but for less than $20, this starter set is still an excellent valuable.
3. Discraft Beginner Disc Golf Set
The Discraft Beginner set made the #3 spot because of value. I’m not sure if this item was temporarily on sale, but at 3 discs for $16.96 (including Prime shipping) you can’t beat the current price on Amazon.com. The reason this set didn’t get a higher rating is because while the discs in it aren’t bad, they aren’t exactly the best for beginners. The Surge driver requires a lot more arm speed to achieve the intended flight path than most new players have. Most beginners will simply notice that the Surge fades, fades hard, and likely won’t get as much distance for new players as a more understable driver like the Leopard or Sphinx.
This set would likely be rated #2 on my list if Discraft had used the Avenger SS or Heat driver instead of the Surge. The Buzzz midrange is the #1 selling midrange in disc golf for a reason, and while adequate for beginners, is a little more overstable in flight than I like putting in the hands of true newbies. The good news for those that choose this set is that beginner status does not usually last for very long as players get experience they will learn to love the stable flight of the Discraft Buzzz.
4. Infinite Discs 2 Disc Set
Whenever I take new disc golfers to the course, I give them two discs: an understable fairway driver and a putter. When new players have more discs than this it’s easy for them to get confused. It’s hard for a new player to remember what each disc does and thus errant throws are more frequent when they have more discs. The main purpose of the first few disc golf rounds is to learn how to throw the discs properly, and you have a lot more fun when your discs actually go where you want and expect them to go. When too many discs get involved, it’s harder to learn how to throw properly because the different discs fly so differently that unnecessary variables befuddle the learning curve for the average newbie. When you try and correct a previous throwing error but then throw a disc with a completely different flight path frustration compounds, the game isn’t as fun, and players are less likely to want to try again.
Because there are only 2 discs in this starter set, I actually think that this is the best set for true beginners. And it’s not just that there are only two discs, both of these discs are extremely good. The Sphinx is an amazing driver that just flat out gives new players more distance AND it is available in a durable plastic that will last for many rounds. Not only is the Sphinx a good driver, but the Tomb is a very versatile disc that is kind of like a crossover between a putter and a midrange. It is a great driving putter that will go almost just as far as a midrange and has a nice neutral stable flight. New disc golfers rarely realize that putters aren’t just for putting and that you can actually throw them. The Infinite Discs Tomb works well for throwing forehand, backhand, and will work just fine for short range putting as well.
The final reason this disc golf set is this high on my list is the low cost. The driver alone in the quality I-Blend plastic is worth the low Amazon price of $15.99, and it’s almost like you are just getting the second disc for free. If you’re looking to just get started on the course, I highly recommend the Infinite 2 Disc Set.
5. Latitude 64 Starter Pack
While these discs are in a base “Retro” plastic that isn’t the most durable, all three discs are great for beginners, women and children. In addition to the Diamond, the beginner friendly Pearl midrange and Ruby putter are light weight and offer excellent straight flight paths for players with primitive form. In terms of design for a player before they develop the skills, this one is perhaps the best disc golf set for the true beginner.
The reason the Latitude 64 set doesn’t rank higher is because in terms of value, it lacks. With all three discs in base plastic, it is still priced at least $5 more than the top ranked three disc sets.
6. Remix Discs Starter Set
The Remix Disc golf set makes the top 10 disc golf packs, and is the highest rated set not made by a major disc golf manufacturers. The Remix discs are available in amazing premium plastics. They have an excellent grippy feel but are still very durable. Even the Juggernaut putter is available in a nice mid-grade blend that would normally retail for $12+ if marketed by a mainstream brand.
In terms of value for the price this package set is a deal! Here you get quality plastic at the same price as the Latitude 64 set. So why is the Remix set only ranked #6 on our list of best beginner sets?
The reason is simple. the flight of these discs are terrible for beginners. They flat out should not market this as a starter set. Fortunately for Remix, they partnered with a manufacturer that makes quality plastic. However, the midrange and driver in this set are both very overstable and will prove to be ultra frustrating for new players. Even intermediate players will struggle to get good distance out of the Ronin driver, and the Juggernaut Putter will fly farther than the ultra overstable Battleship mid.
If you’re an advanced player looking for a bundled package set deal on overstable premium plastic discs, try the Remix disc golf set. However, if you are planning on playing in tournaments, you may want to avoid these discs as they are not currently PDGA approved for tournament play.
7. Kestrel Disc Golf Set
Kestrel is another disc golf brand I had never heard of until I started out my quest to find the best disc golf set on the internet. While the Kestrel brand is unknown by the mainstream disc golf world, their disc golf starter set is a pretty good one. Kestrel discs are made by Yikun discs in China. These discs are good for beginners, but all are in a base plastic that is not quite as durable as the Innova, Dynamic, or Discraft sets. Nevertheless, unless you throw really hard and regularly play disc golf in thickly wooded courses, these discs will probably last you through a disc golf season.
The Kestrel driver is an excellent disc for beginners with a nice moderate width rim and an understable flight path. It is very similar to the Innova Leopard. I really like the lid style putter in this set. The putter is good for beginners and features grooves on the top flight plate which give it a similar feel to an ultimate frisbee. The Kestrel midrange disc is more like a driving putter, but it offers a good stability to complete this as a versatile disc golf set.
The Kestrel set ranks just higher than the #8 Yikun set simply because it offers a little more value. This set comes with a simple draw string bag which is handy for carrying a basic starter set of discs around. If the bag is of no value to you, then I’d actually rank the Yikun Disc golf set below ahead of the Kestrel set.
8. Yikun Disc Golf Set
China’s #1 Disc Manufacturer has come a long way in their quality since they entered the disc golf scene in 2014. Unlike most Chinese disc manufacturers, Yikun actually focuses on technology and innovation and is dedicated to growing the sport and making the best discs on the market. Yikun’s plastic quality and consistency has substantially improved over the years and they arguably make some of the best discs on the market. Yikun now manufacture discs for Discmania which is one of the top disc golf brands used by advanced and professional players.
While the Yikun beginner set discs are all in base plastic, this plastic appears to be a newer, slightly more durable, version than the plastic used in the Kestrel set. The Hu driver is a little bit faster than the Kestrel driver, but as an understable speed 8 disc is still excellent choice for beginners. The Kui midrange is a stable flying mid that is probably beyond desired overstability for a starter set. It’s a fine disc, but not the best choice for a starter set. The Gui putter is a little more traditional disc golf putter than the Kestrel lid putter. It is a stable flying putter that will work for beginners.
Overall, the Yikun set is not the best disc golf kit for beginners, but is a solid overall set that is good enough to make our top 10.
9. Dynamic Discs Prime Disc Golf Set
Like the Latitude 64 set (Dynamic Discs are manufactured by Latitude 64 in Sweden), all three discs are in the basic Prime plastic. This plastic is probably a little bit more durable than the plastic in the Yikun and Kestrel disc golf sets, but these discs will still show significant wear after the first round.
The reason the DD set does not rank as high as the Latitude set is because none of the discs included are ideal for beginners. The Judge putter is one of the top selling disc golf putters and is a very good putter for players of all skill level. The Truth midrange is a straight flyer for experienced players, but is too overstable for a true beginner. The same applies for the Escape driver which offers a straight flight for advanced players, but is very overstable for new and recreational disc golfers.
The thing that surprises me is that Dynamic offers some of the best beginner discs on the market. The Deputy is a fantastic understable putter used by Paige Pierce, the top female player in the world. The Patrol midrange is a fantastic understable midrange and one of my personal favorites. The Witness Driver is an easy to throw understable driver that gives new players lots of distance. Unfortunately, these are not the discs used in the Dynamic Discs starter set. Perhaps a future beginner kit will include a more beginner friendly option.
10. DGA Disc Golf Set – Beginner 3 Pack
The final disc golf set to make my top 10 is the DGA Disc Golf Beginner 3 Pack Set. This set is really similar to the Dynamic Discs Prime set in terms of quality and beginner friendliness. On our comparison chart the DGA set received exactly the same points as the DD set, but we chose to rank it lower simply based on brand awareness. DGA is a lesser known brand than Dynamic Discs kit.
One nice thing about the DGA starter set is that even though the natural flight of the discs in it aren’t the most understable, they are all light weight. All three discs in this set are in the 150 gram weight class, which means they weigh less than 159 grams. While it’s nice for beginners to have light weight drivers and midranges, in my opinion the only reason to have a light weight putter is if you want to use it for playing catch. I think it is much easier to control a heavier putter, especially in windy conditions.
Overall DGA make a solid disc golf set that will prove adequate for new players starting to take up the great game of disc golf.
The 5 WORST DISC GOLF SETS
While the internet has many good starter sets to choose from, there are also some products listed as disc golf sets that are absolute junk. Unfortunately for my wallet, but fortunately for yours, you don’t have to buy them to see how worthless they really are. These disc golf sets are all made by companies that didn’t do much research before manufacturing their product. Click the appropriate links to read my full reviews on these jokes of disc golf sets.
- Franklin Disc Golf Set – Bad discs where the driver and midrange are identical, poor plastic, terrible flight.
- Halex Disc Golf Set – Essentially the same as the Franklin discs (pretty sure Franklin copied their mold), with slightly less bad plastic.
- ESP Disc Golf Set – Better flight than the Franklin and Halex sets, but still really bad with hard stiff plastic that hurts to throw.
- Versus Sports Expert Disc Golf Set – Decent enough discs, but all three are exactly the same.
- Disc Eagle Set – Ultra hard plastic, disc molds are better than ESP though.