Back when I first started playing disc golf, one of the first discs that I received as a recommendation was the Innova Beast, a very popular distance driver.
Now the Beast is an awesome disc…but it was an absolutely terrible disc to give to a brand new beginner. So I played horribly with it and eventually stopped using drivers until I got a bit better.
But even as a beginner, I was fascinated with distance drivers.
Distance drivers are just so epic. They’re the discs that fly fast and far. They give all players the illusion that they can bomb it down the fairway or wherever they throw. I mean, we all want to throw 500 feet. And distance drivers tell us that we can.
Now actually doing that is probably not going to happen for most. And doing that as a beginner is absolutely not going to happen. But why not try?
Most new players, myself included back in the day, don’t want to listen to those better players telling us not to throw distance drivers. Nah, distance drivers are epic. So we’re going to check out 11 of the best distance drivers for beginners in this post and give you some detail about all of them.
Forget about beginner tips and what you’ve learned up to this point. You want the good stuff….the fastest and farthest-flying discs in the game: distance drivers. We’ll I’ve got 11 of the best distance drivers for you in this post.
Word of caution ⚠️
I do want to add this in, though, before we get to the good stuff.
I want to stress to beginner players how tough distance drivers can be. Anything with a lot of speed and stability is VERY hard to throw for new players. I usually don’t recommend distance drivers at all, but you want some, so I’m going to show you my best recommendations.
So in this post, I’ve given you my 11 best recommendations and I’ve made sure to really list them from easiest to throw to hardest to throw for beginners. So let’s check them out!
11 best disc golf distance drivers for beginners
1. Discraft Avenger SS (10, 5, -3, 1)
Like I said above, I’m going to start with the easiest distance driver for beginners and go all the way up to the hardest distance disc for beginner players.
With that being said, the first disc on this list is the Discraft Avenger SS. This disc is spot on for what you need as a new player. It will easily get you your distance and it doesn’t even have to be thrown that hard (speed of 10). It has good glide, a fair amount of turn, and minimal fade making the Avenger SS one of the best distance driver choices for new players. If that’s what you want, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
2. Innova Beast (10, 5, -2, 2)
So even though I didn’t have the best beginner experience with the Beast, that doesn’t mean you won’t. I was going to put this at #1, but I thought back to my experience and decided to give the top spot to the Avenger SS. The speed of the Beast is the same, but the Avenger has more turn, therefore making it just a bit more beginner-friendly. I wouldn’t go out with this as a day 1 beginner, but after a few rounds, the Beast shouldn’t be a problem. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
3. Discmania CD3 (11, 5, -1, 2)
The CD3 is another excellent distance driver for beginners. You have to throw it just a bit faster than the Avenger SS, but it flies fairly similarly to it. You might get less turn but the flight paths are pretty much the same if you throw it hard enough. And the turn is enough for newer players to not have much trouble when driving for distance. The CD3 is a great choice when it’s actually in stock anywhere. If they have it, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
4. Innova Wraith (11, 5, -1, 3)
The Wraith is a super popular disc in the #discgolfcommunity. Don’t let the 11 speed fool you. It’s a tough disc to throw at first, but if you get the hang of it, it can really be a solid distance driver in your bag. Many players swear by the Wraith, and a lot of players bag it instead of a Destroyer since they fly fairly similarly (the Wraith has a touch less speed). If you’re looking for something a bit more overstable than the Avenger SS or the CD3, the Wraith is the way to go. Grab a Wraith here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
5. Discraft Hades (12, 6, -3, 2)
The Hades is fantastic. As one of the newer additions to the Paul McBeth lineup of discs, they really got this distamce driver right. It’s a perfect hyzer flip disc and has a lot of turn and fade. If thrown correctly, it will give you a nice flip, great glide, and an awesome ending fade. But you’ve got to get some power behind the Hades. If you think you can throw it, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
6. Prodigy X3 (12, 5, -1, 2)
The X3 is a really nice way to add some distance to your bag. Prodigy has always, in my opinion, had very solid discs in almost every disc type and plastic. I haven’t thrown that many Prodigy discs, but I’ve always liked them. And the X3 continues that for me. I like this disc because it’s a good disc for stepping up into distance drivers. I think you’ll like it, too. Grab yourself an X3 here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
7. Innova Destroyer (12, 5, -1, 3)
So let’s talk about the Destroyer. I’m not sure it’s one of the best distance drivers for brand new players, but it’s one of the best distance drivers ever made. It’s also been the most popular and best selling distance drivers on the market for years now. So I wouldn’t start out with the Destroyer on day 1, but I might build up to it as a next step up from control driver. If you want the Destroyer anyways, feel free to grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
8. Innova Katana (13, 5, -3, 3)
The Katana is an interesting disc. Innova calls this disc the “Sidewinder on Steroids.” And yeah, I believe them. It’s not that hard to throw, but it has A LOT of turn and A LOT of fade. So be ready for a crazy shot. Once you learn disc angles and how to throw the disc properly, this is a great disc for winding and weaving your way around the course. Grab the Katana here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
9. Dynamic Discs Sheriff (13, 5, -1, 2)
The Dynamic Discs is my all-time favorite distance driver. I started using this when I was a fairly new player and I really played well with it. Ever since then, the Sheriff has been my go-to distance driver. Even though it shows a +2 for the fade, I would say it’s more of a +1 and so it actually throws fairly straight after each and every throw. Man, this disc has really thrown well for me for a long time and I definitely recommend this disc highly. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
10. Infinite Discs Pharaoh (13, 6, -1, 2)
Ths second to last disc on this list is the Infinite Discs Pharaoh. The Pharaoh is by far my favorite driver from the Infinite Discs lineup, but I’ve got to tell you right off that this disc is pretty tough if you can’t throw fast and with a lot of power. This 13 speed disc is a true 13 speed. But if you can throw pretty hard, you’ll definitely like this disc. Infinite did a great job with the Pharaoh.
Here 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!”
If you want the Pharaoh, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
11. Legacy Cannon (14, 5, -3, 3)
The final disc on this list is tough! But it’s a pretty cool disc. So I threw it in just for the hell of it. This is definitely not a day one beginner disc, or really a beginner disc at all, but it’s something to pick up after you’ve gotten the hang of everything up to control drivers. Then you can move up to the Cannon. But you have to throw this disc HARD. If I had to compare this disc, I would say it’s similar to the Katana we talked about earlier, but with more speed. But if you can sling the disc with some power, the Legacy Cannon should definitely have a spot in your bag. Grab the Cannon here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
So all in all
The discs on this list arent exactly the perfect starter discs for brand new beginners. But so what? You guys wanted the best distance drivers for beginners and I delivered 11 of my top choices to you. So go grab some of these and get out on the course! Thanks for reading, disc golfers!
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