Welcome to 2021! After the 2020 we’ve all had, I think celebrations are in order! I’m going to celebrate with disc golf. Hopefully you will, too.
Now that we’re in the new year, we’re all going to need some new discs. And distance drivers are the best so we definitely need some of those. The one shining light of 2020 was that there were so many awesome distance drivers released. That’s what we’re going to look at today so that you can find a great new distance driver in 2021.
I won’t keep you any longer. Let’s dig in to this post!
If you’re a beginner…
Before you read on any further, I want to know if you’re a brand new player. Assess your skill level now. If you’re a beginner, stop reading this post and DO NOT buy any of the drivers on this list. Why? Because they’re all way too advanced for new players. They’re too hard to throw and they will only leave you frustrated and angry. I suggest playing for 6 months or more before you even consider picking up any drivers, even the easier to throw control drivers.
As a beginner, you need beginner discs. I want you to start out with putters and mid-range discs. These discs are easy to throw and will help you learn the game and learn how to throw a disc correctly. Check out the following posts below ⬇️.
If you think you can handle distance drivers, let’s check out the list below ⬇️😀.
The 11 Best Disc Golf Distance Drivers in 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 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 apprars 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.
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.
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.
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!”
The Zeus has been one of the hottest selling disc golf discs that 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 best discs 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 a 2021 list.
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.
I reluctantly put the Destroyer on this list because it’s not even close to a new disc…but it continues to be the most sought after and top selling disc almost every year. Why? Because it’s just a well balanced, high-flying, ultra reliable distance driver.
Here’s what InfiniteDiscs.com has to say: “The Destroyer is the #1 selling disc on InfiniteDiscs.com. This was the first Speed 12 driver and is one of the primary discs used by many professional disc golfers. For less experienced players, the Destroyer excels for forehand throws. The Destroyer is overstable, but has a degree of turn to help provide incredible glide and distance. Intermediate players will get more distance on forehand throws with the Destroyer than just about any other disc. The Innova Destroyer is a very thin (1.4cm) disc, and has the perfect sized rim (2.2cm) for high speeds, without being uncomfortably thick. As such a popular driver, the Destroyer comes available in all the major plastics.”
Halo Star Plastic: Innova introduced Halo Star plastic in 2020 and it was an instant hit. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s basically Star platic with a different color Halo ring around the edge of the disc. Check the feature pic or the destroyer pic above to see the new awesome looking Halo plastic.
Don’t forget about the book!
Before you go, don’t forget to check out the best beginner disc golf book on the planet, “The Disc Golf Player’s Manual.” This ebook is packed with over 200+ pages of the best tips, tricks, and advice for new players.