Can you believe it? 2020 is coming to a close and we can officially forget about how horrendous of a year it was. Wow…Covid really did a number on the disc golf world. But as we move into 2021, there’s still some light at the end of the tunnel: professional disc golf is going strong, disc golf stores are finally getting restocked, and more new discs are coming out monthly.
I’m excited for 2021. Because the discs on this list are only a small highlight of what’s to come. Those 2021 discs currently in the works are sure to not disappoint. Below, I’ve highlighted 21 of the best discs that you need to check out this year. There are a couple on here that might look familiar. Never fear, though, because there have been a few discs that have been on a tear for awhile now and still deserve to make this list. Let’s get to it!
3 reasons why you need some of these discs
1. You deserve new discs: oh yeah, I’m trying to get you to buys some discs. I won’t even lie to you. But for real, you deserve to grab some of these new discs. Just like myself, I’m sure you work hard so that you can play hard. Put your money to good use on some of these new discs.
2. These discs are fresh: most of the discs on this list are fresh off the press or have only been released for a short while. These brand new releases are very well made, fly phenomenally, and feature some of the best plastic available today.
3. The classics: there are a couple of discs on this list that aren’t new but are absolutely needed in your bag. I only put a couple of them on the list, and some are featured in new plastic.
4 quick notables from 2020
1. Drivers dominate again: just like the best discs of 2020 list that you can read below, distance drivers dominate. I mean, it’s cool. Distance is sexy. Drive for show. Putt for dough. Know what I’m sayin’?
2. Big name brand and big names: Paul McBeth and Eagle McMahon. Discraft, Discmania, Innova, and Dynamic Discs. They’ve once again come out on top and will continue to do so at this rate.
3. Not as many releases in 2020: I’d say that 2021 will probably be better. But who knows, really? Covid-19 had essentially shut down the world for months in 2020 and might continue to do so. Come on 2021, you can do better!
4. Very few smaller brand releases: the smaller brands only had a few releases so I tried my best to include…but see #2 above ⬆️.
The 21 Best Discs of 2021
The Cloudbreaker 2 has been by far the most popular disc of 2020 due to the continued success of disc golf pro Eagle McMahon. You may have trouble getting one of these right away since it’s been so crazy popular. The flight ratings of 12, 5, -1, 3 make it fairly similar to the Discraft Zeus from our 2020 list.
Here’s what Discmania has to say about their disc: “This year’s Cloud Breaker 2 comes in our popular Swirly S-Line plastic. This very grippy blend is perfect for those high powered drives. When combined with the smooth and consistent profile across the top, the Cloud Breaker 2 can easily slot in as your go-to distance driver…Stronger arms will see a little bit of turn when thrown at full power… There is enough stability to stand up to a decent wind, but you can still shape quite the shot with it. As the Cloud Breaker 2 slows down the very predictable and reliable fade will show up. It’s the exact type of flight you want out of a pure distance driver.”
The Instagram link below shows a short and sweet intro video for the Cloudbreaker 2.
Also, check out Eagle McMahon’s introduction of the Cloudbreaker 2 below.
If they will ever come back in stock, Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
The Fierce is Paige Pierce’s new signature putter model. If it wasn’t for the Cloudbreaker 2’s insane popularity, I would’ve given the #1 spot on this list to the Fierce. With flight ratings of 3, 4, -2, 0, this understable putter is great for putting but exceptional for approaches. It’s a very versatile disc that Discraft really did a great job with. Get one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
Two putters in the first three picks…that’s pretty good! I give the ruin #3 because it seems to have been one of the most popular new Infinite molds of 2020…that and the Eagle McMahon/McBeth/Paige Pierce discs can’t completely take over the top 3 spots. Though, they certainly dominate this list. With flight ratings of 3, 3, 0, 3, I would say the Ruin is somewhat similar to the Westside Discs Harp and flies pretty much the same. This disc will be great for your approaches!
Here’s what InfiniteDiscs.com has to say: “The Infinite Discs Ruin is the small diameter, overstable approach disc manufactured by Innova that everyone’s been waiting for! This beadless approach disc has very little glide and will start fading right out of the hand, giving your upshots perfect, predictable placement.”
The Hades is one of the newest drivers in the Discraft Paul McBeth lineup and it definitely won’t disappoint. Just like the Zeus, and with flight ratings of 12, 6, -3, 2, you need a good, strong arm to really throw this disc up to speed. Both the Zeus and the Hades are speed 12 so there are some similarities there but the Hades is way more understable and should glide just a little bit more than the Zeus. It looks like the Hades is a perfect transition disc up to the Zeus, so grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
The Raider is one of those ridiculously underrated, overstable distance drivers that didn’t really get much attention in 2020 at all. But the popularity of this disc in the #discgolfcommunity really speaks to how good the Raider is. With barely any turn and a lot of fade, the Raider really needs a good arm behind it (due to flight ratings of 13, 5,-0.5, 3). It’s 13 speed only reiterates that need . The Raider is a win in my book. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
With flight ratings of 12, 5, -3, 1, the Maya is a fun and very understable distance disc that Infinite Discs has released for those who love the brand and wanted something that would fly for a mile! Oh, and I love that feature stamp. So cool!
Here’s what InfiniteDiscs.com has to say about the Maya: “The Maya is an understable distance bomber! Beginner to Intermediate players will find the Maya to be an awesome straight flying distance driver, while advanced to open players will utilize the Maya for massive understable distance shots.”
I’ve got to say that I know very little about the Mint Discs brand but the Freetail, as well as a couple of other discs in their lineup, are now on my radar. After researching the Freetail, though, it seems to have had a pretty good run in 2020 and looks to be really helping Mint Discs to have a breakout year in 2021. From everything I’ve seen so far, the Freetail (flight ratings of 10, 6, -3, 2) is a very reliable hyzer flip disc and definitely plays to its flight ratings. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
So far, I like the name: Invictus is Latin for “Unconquered.” I haven’t yet had a chance to test this disc out yet with so many others being released. But from what I’ve heard, the Invictus is a meaty, yet semi-friendly distance driver. With flight ratings of 11, 4, 0, 3, this shouldn’t be a disc that’s too tough to throw and should give you a really nice ending fade on your drives. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
With flight ratings of 9, 5, -1, 2, I’m very curious about this disc. According to InfiniteDiscs.com, “the LOTS is designed as a straight-flying, highly workable, fairway driver…[and] it will hold any line you put it on.” I love the origin of the name as well: “LOTS” in Swedish is a pilot/ship captain who leads their ship through troubled waters and narrow passages. Pretty cool. Grab one of these here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
The Inca has been a really solid addition to the Infinite Discs line in 2020. Up to 2021, this mid-range has been very popular in the #discgolfcommunity. With flight ratings of 5, 5, 0, 3, this disc can really replace any upshot disc in your bag with a super reliable fade.
Here’s what InfiniteDiscs.com has to say: “The Inca is the quintessential mid-range with a beaded rim and a dependable fade at the end of flight. It is designed to handle power, so you can give it some heat off the tee or across the fairway.”
I wanted to try to diversify this list a bit more but there just haven’t been as many smaller brand discs released that have found any overwhelming popularity this year. So I’ve decided to stick one pick in here that I’ve liked so far. Prodigy has rebranded their line of discs and have come out with the P Model, M Model, F Model, and D Model. These obviously stand for putter, mid-range, fairway, and distance, respectively. None of them have been very popular, and the different sub-models of US, OS, and S have kind of just made them confusing. It shouldn’t be like that but it has been so far.
But there is one diamond in the rough and that’s the Prodigy D Model S. So that one makes our best of 2021 list. With flight ratings of 13, 6, 0, 2, the D Model S flies similar to a Destroyer and it will really fly far if you can get the arm speed behind it. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
The Tactic has been another fairly underrated disc in 2020. With flight ratings of 4, 2, 0, 3, the Tactic flies almost exactly like the numbers suggest. Like other meaty mid-range discs, the Tactic is perfect for almost any scenario within 100-150 feet of the basket. If you’re looking for a great approach disc, grab a Tactic here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
RPM has had some really interesting discs over the last couple of years. The Kotare, though, is probably one of the best releases. It sports flight ratings of 12, 5, 0, 3, and appears to be a very overstable disc. I would say that the description and flight ratings are pretty spot on for this one. Grab a Kotare here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
Not to be confused with the Aviar, this brand new disc from Innova has definitely peaked my interest. It’s been out of stock for most of its release so I haven’t been able to grab one yet. But I’ve heard a couple of great reviews so far. The Avatar has flight ratings of 5, 4, 0, 2, so yet another decent overstable mid-range to try out. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
With flight ratings of 11, 4, 0, 2.5, this could be a very interesting crossover/distance driver from Dynamic. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
Since its release, the Sapphire has been a low-key popular disc from Latitude 64. Probably because it’s one of the only semi-beginner friendly discs released in 2020. With flight ratings of 10, 6, -2, 1.5, this still isn’t exactly a beginner disc. But this still has been designed for their “easy to use” line of discs. Hopefully 2021 will look to the beginner a little bit more, but who knows? High-powered distance discs and high-fade mids are sexy…so that’s probably what will keep being released. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
While the Pharaoh isn’t a brand new disc anymore, it was a really awesome disc for a lot of players at the end of 2019 and through all of 2020. With flight ratings of 13, 6, -1, 2, this really nice distance driver has officially found a place in my bag. If you’ve read any of my other disc recommendation posts, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of the Dynamic Discs Sheriff. This disc is VERY similar with just a bit more glide. BUT you have to throw the Pharaoh hard to get the desired results. Once you do, though, you will love it.
Here’s what Infinite Discs has to say about the Pharaoh: “The Pharaoh is the quintessential distance driver, built for a high speed release and maximum distance. The fade is not overpowering, making this a distance driver that will work wonders even for intermediate players. Throw the Pharaoh off the tee when you need to cover as much territory as possible. Rule your local disc golf course with the Pharaoh!”
18. Discraft Paul McBeth Zeus – Distance Driver
The Zeus has been one of the hottest selling disc golf discs the disc golf world has ever seen. I mean, dang! We’re up to 2021 and this disc is still selling out every restock at most of the online disc golf retailers (you can find some on Ebay for those ridiculously inflated prices). The only reason that it’s not #1 on this list is because it wasn’t really that new to 2020. Now if you got the chance to read last years post, “The 20 Best Disc Golf Discs of 2020 (Best of the Best),” you’ll see that it was #1 on that list and it definitely deserves another spot on this one.
With flight ratings of 12, 5, -1, 3, this disc is very overstable so you need to be able to handle it. But for those who can, the Zeus will help you dominate on the course in many different driving and long shot situations. This is a great disc, but not recommended for beginners. If you think you can handle it, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
19. Innova Destroyer – Distance Driver
The Destroyer will always make a best of the best list, no matter what year it is. It’s hands down one of the best disc golf discs ever made and has been a top-selling disc for years now. It’s also one if the highest rated discs on InfiniteDiscs.com. You can checkout the Destroyer and read some if the reviews here on their site.
20. Innova Invader – Putt and approach
The Invader sports decently beginner-friendly flight ratings of 3, 2, 0, 1. So far since its release, it’s been a really stable and reliable putt and approach disc. I’m definitely excited to get my hands in it. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
Approved 12-5-2019 as a prototype and “super straight mid-range” according to DZDiscs.com. The Bounty was Introduced as a 2020 Trilogy Challenge disc.
Here’s what Trilogychallenge.com has to say: with flight ratings of 4, 5, -1.5, 0.5, “the Bounty brings a different feel to the Dynamic Discs midrange lineup. With a shallow rim and bead, the Bounty is a slightly understable midrange that acts like a slower Maverick. At shorter distances and slower speeds, the Bounty will fly very straight with good glide and minimal fade. When thrown with more speed, the Bounty will slowly move to the right without burning into the ground. Use the Bounty to shape shots in the open or in the woods, and you’ll love the control you gain!”
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