If you are a new disc golf player, or you have a low-speed throwing motion, some of the best discs that you can use to effectively control your shot and keep the disc in the air are mid-range discs. New players often overlook the mid-range, considering it a “non vital” part of their initial disc arsenal. I often see new players jump right to the drivers, and then select a putter and consider themselves ready to play. A lot of the time, if they don’t have a naturally high-speed throw with great technique, they’ll find those drivers crashing to the ground a lot sooner than a low-speed mid-range would.
Experienced players, including top pros, always have a bag that includes mid-range discs like the Discraft BUZZZ, the Innova ROC, or the Latitude 64 COMPASS. But let’s take a look at mid-range discs that are extremely forgiving to new players because they do not require a powerful arm or a lot of experience to glide easily in the right direction. Understable discs favor those lower-speed arms because they fight the natural fade of the disc. Here are some discs to consider:
WOLF – The Wolf is the most understable mid-range made by Innova. Though it may be nearly useless to experienced players as a light-weight, super-understable disc, it can be a game-saver for new players, including youth. I once played a round on a difficult mountain course with a young, newer player who struggled with every driver he threw. Those discs always turned very early into the trees, leaving him stuck in the rough. Finally he resorted to a Wolf and for the first time he was able to control his shots. It made all the difference for him. There is no shame in finding an easy-to-throw disc while you get your technique under control.
BUZZZ SS – The Buzzz by Discraft is arguably the top-selling mid-range disc on the market, holding its popularity for years. The Buzzz SS is a hybrid version which is more understable, or “super straight”, designed for little to no fade, making it a very easy disc to throw for new players.
PEARL – Latitude 64 designed a series of discs that were specifically aimed at the market for young players and for women, knowing that arm speed, weight, and rim size are factors which need to be taken into consideration for those players. The Pearl is the mid-range disc that was designed for that purpose, fitting smaller hands comfortably and weighing less than most mid-range discs on the market. It is also understable enough to fight the fade when thrown at lower speeds.
M5 – Prodigy has a alpha-numeric way of naming their discs so that they can be judged easily when it comes to design and stability. The “M” simply stands for “Midrange” and then the following numbers range from 1 to 5, with 1 being the most overstable, and 5 being the most understable. Thus, the M5 is the most understable of the Prodigy mid-range discs, making it the easiest to throw for slower arms or new players. If you become interested other Prodigy discs, you can follow the same pattern to discern which disc is best for your needs, based on the disc name. “F” stands for “Fairway Driver”, “D” is for “Distance Driver”, “PA” is for “Put and Approach”, etc. Then, once again, the numbers go from 1, being the most overstable, to the highest number being the most understable.
THEORY – This is the most popular understable mid-range from the MVP / Axiom family. It has a unique feel due to the usual “Gyro Overmold Technology” used by MVP / Axiom. It flies true and is a favorite for many players who throw backhand yet want a right curve on their throw.
STRATUS – I personally threw the Stratus by Discraft quite regularly as a new player. I loved how I could get great distance with very little fade. I highly recommend this disc for new players who struggle with discs fading too early. It is almost a mid-range / driver hybrid because of the extra distance potential.
STINGRAY – Though not quite as understable as the Innova Wolf, the Stingray is still understable enough to be very beginner friendly, and it is also available in premium Star plastic for more durability and long-term use. Though a new player may outgrow a Wolf, the Stingray remains a favorite disc even for players who have been carrying it in their bag for years.
TURSAS – This is the understable mid-range offered by Westside, and it is perfect for low power throwers. Anybody with a more seasoned, faster arm speed is going to find this disc flying irrecoverably on an anhyzer curve, but new players will be able to shape their short-range throws like a pro with the Tursas.
PROOF – Dynamic Discs released a series of discs designed for beginners, also sold as a starter set, and the Proof is the mid-range in that series. It has a flatter profile than some of the other mid-range discs listed here, so it slices through the air nicely for more distance. But it still pulls unmistakably to the understable side on that flight, so it lends itself well to beginners.
FLYING SQUIRREL – The Flying Squirrel is manufactured by ABC, a smaller company among the disc golf giants. But they make some nice discs, and this mid-range is a great one for beginners, as well as for intermediate players who like to shape a nice S-curve on the way to the target. It has an understable pull upon release, but also has more fade than most of the mid-range discs listed above. It also has a lot of glide, so it hovers nicely on the air as it makes its graceful trip across the fairway.