2021 is finally here and I couldn’t be more happy. 2020 was a rough year for everybody due to Covid 19, quarantine, and yep, cancelled disc golf!
But I’m glad you found this post. You’re probably new to disc golf and if so, I’ve got some great mid-range recommendations for you.
In this post we’re gonna go over why mid-range discs are important, how they can help you, a quick thought on putters, and 7 of the best disc golf discs for beginners in 2021. Alright, let’s get to it!
Why mid-range discs are important for beginners
Mid-range discs are extremely important for beginners. They may not be flashy and they may not be the most exciting discs to start throwing, but you need to throw mid-ranges if you’re new to disc golf. Here’s why:
Easy to throw discs
Mid-range discs are just plain easy to throw. That’s simple and easy to understand. Mid-range discs have flight ratings that make them easy to throw for beginners. We’ll talk about flight ratings in a later section, but you need to know that mid-ranges are easy and will help you improve.
Mid-range discs can be used for all shots
Like I stated in the last section, mid-ranges are important because beginners can use them to play with. I talked about them being easy, so beginners should use mid-range discs when first starting to play full rounds with, just like with putters. That’s called “discing down.”
I know I wanted to try and throw drivers because I just wanted to throw as far as possible. But I was bad…and it was because I was throwing discs that are hard to throw for beginner players.
Once I switched over to playing mid-range-only and putter-only rounds, my skill in disc golf improved dramatically. But why?
Can help you focus on your technique while learning distance and other skills
As you’re learning the game, using easy to throw discs will help you learn a bunch of different skills. Those skills are as follows:
Technique: discing down will allow your flaws to come out. If you’ve got bad form and technique, and then you use mid-range discs, all of it will be exposed. Using these discs will help you focus on learning better technique and not just throwing the disc as far as you possibly can.
Throwing power: discing down can help you learn how to throw the disc harder without sacrificing technique. With a mid-range, you’re training your body to throw the disc hard to get distance with your discs instead of relying on your fast speed discs for distance.
Distance: because you’ll be learning how to develop your throwing power, your distance will develop just as well.
Strategy: lastly, playing with mid-range discs can help you develop your overall strategy. Now that you’re not throwing with high-speed or max distance discs, you’ll need to learn new shots or how to approach your shorter throws to figure out how to get to the basket. This will quickly help you learn and improve on the disc golf course.
So you can see that, If you use mid-ranges for your rounds, you’re game will improve tremendously. But let’s talk about a couple other quick things before we get to the list.
What about putters?
So just because this is a post about why mid-range discs are good for beginners, that doesn’t mean that I don’t recommend putters for this as well. The putter is also a really good option to try out for major beginner improvement. But we’re going to stick to mid-range discs for this post. We do have a couple of great posts, though, for you to check out if you’re looking for beginner putters (or if you’re moving up from mid-range discs to fairway drivers).
The second post is, “7 Best Disc Golf Putters for Beginners in 2021.”
And once you move up to intermediate play, you can add drivers into your game. But do that slowly as well. Once you think you’re good enough, check out “17 Best Disc Golf Control Drivers for Beginners.”
You can also check out our post here on the best disc golf starter sets for beginners.
The 7 best mid-range discs for beginners in 2021
The Buzzz has always been one of the best beginner disc golf discs. It’s a phenominal disc for any skill level, really, but beginners can really benefit from how straight and accurate the Buzzz can be.
If there was 1 disc that I would give to day 1 beginners, it would be the Buzzz. In fact, when I took my younger brother out to play for the first time, I gave him a Buzzz to try first. He tried a few putters and a couple of other mid-range discs, but he liked the Buzzz the best because it stayed pretty straight while he adjusted to throwing a disc golf disc.
The Buzzz has been around for a long time but it continues to be a steady reminder that new discs are not always the answer. Even though we’re heading into 2021, and the year is new, you should look to getting this true classic disc if you’re a new disc golfer. For a great review of the Buzzz, check out disc golf pro Drew Gibson’s video below ⬇️.
Link to video on YouTube.Link to video on YouTube.
The Anubis is a relatively new disc from Infinite Discs and has already become one of my favorite discs. So far, the Anubis has been very workable, easily controllable, extremely straight-flying, and has held just about every line I’ve put it on.
Here’s what Infinite Discs has to say: “The Anubis is a straight-flying, all-purpose, precision mid-range disc that will fit into the bags of both novice and professional players. Every player can count on the Anubis to hold the line whether thrown for shorter approaches or for longer distances off the tee. The Anubis will help players to fine-tune their throwing skills by flying precisely in accordance with the release from the hand.”
The Pearl is an incredibly easy disc to throw and is decent for beginners. The Pearl is part of Latitude 64’s “easy to use” disc lineup (link to that lineup here) and boasts flight ratings that suggest it could be a great disc for throwers that can’t get much power on their throws (like kids or older folks). It’s also a very lightweight disc so I wouldn’t give this to an average disc golf beginner. If you know any younger kids or older folks getting into disc golf, or if you yourself are in either of those two age classes, grab a Pearl here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
The Comet is another great beginner disc golf mid-range. Because of how old the Comet is, it’s probably the disc that most resembles a traditional frisbee. You see, back in the day, disc golf discs evolved from traditional frisbees and were only slightly different. As time went on, discs got smaller and sleeker and eventually became the modern day disc golf disc. Now, improvements have been made on the Comet, but it’s still a pretty large and wide-rimmed disc. But it’s stood the test of time for 25 years so I’d say this is a pretty good disc. Get one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
Along with the Innova Aviar and Innova Beast, the Wombat was one of the first discs I started with. I didn’t like the Aviar very much and the Beast was way too advanced for a beginner. The Wombat, though, was my saving grace. I played a lot of rounds with this disc while I learned the game so I’ll almost always add this to a top discs for beginners list.
It may not be one of the most popular discs out there, but it helped me learn the game and I think it could help you, too. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
The Tangent is an excellent choice for newer disc golfers. In my opinion, it’s a very underrated disc golf mid-range. Though it is a fairly popular and very highly reviewed disc.
But the Tangent is one of those discs that you could play an entire solo round with and probably crush your round with ease. It’s a well made disc in general but the MVP overmold just feels awesome in your hand. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
This disc is the truth! No seriously, it’s the Dynamic Discs Truth and it is an awesome beginner disc golf disc. Don’t get it confused with the EMac Truth, though. That disc is way too overstable for beginners. The regular Truth is a perfect blend of straight flight and reliability. That makes it a perfect starter disc for beginners if you were to choose this disc. You can get one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
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