We all love disc golf. Those of us who have played the game for a while probably have a good selection of discs. But what about if you’re a beginner or relatively new to the game? Do you have the right discs to play?
Well, if you don’t, I’m here to show you 17 of the best starter sets on the market today. But first, let me quickly give you some background on these starter sets and explain why they could be the right choice for you.
Why choose starter sets?
Well, there are 2 huge reasons:
- The price – whenever you buy a starter set, you are almost always getting a deal. It may not be a whole lot cheaper, maybe just a few bucks, but buying discs together in a starter pack already assembled will usually be cheaper than buying them separately. For example: the Innova DX starter pack costs around $23-25 dollars for all 3 discs. If you bought them separately, it would cost you about 30 bucks total. The same goes for almost all the starter sets in this post.
- Your inexperience – a lot of the time, especially as a new player, inexperience shines through when trying to pick out discs. My first disc choice was an Innova Beast and a Prodigy F1 – a control driver too fast for me and a really overstable distance driver that should never have touched my hands at first.
So basically, buying beginner sets can help give you the best disc golf discs for your skill level (i.e. not very good aka beginner). These sets are put together with the beginner in mind and start you out with a complete set (control driver/mid-range/putter). You may not know to pick these types of discs out, but eventually you’ll be glad you grabbed a starter set.
Is a starter set worth it?
In a nutshell, I’d say, “yes.” Starter sets are cheap, have all the right discs for your skill level, and are built with cheap plastic for beginners. These discs are meant to be torn up as you gradually build up your immunity to every kind of obstacle under the sun and start learning to throw farther.
These sets are definitely worth it…at first. Once you start getting better at disc golf, you will learn all about the different types of discs (check out our post, “What Are the Different Types of Disc Golf Discs?” for more info on this). Once you learn about what discs you use on the course, you’ll be able to try out different discs and figure out your individual playing style. Then you can buy individual discs that suit you.
Use the beginner to intermediate sets at first, then figure out what individual discs you like from there.
As a beginner, do you have to get a starter set?
Absolutely not. As a new player, I recommend starter sets because they’re easy and cheap. But my goal is to help you pick out the right discs for you. And that starts with slow-speed, easy-to-throw discs that are literally made for new players. A lot of the starter sets have these discs. But you don’t have to get any of them if you don’t want to. If you want to make it easy on yourself, pick out one of the starter sets below. If not, check out my post, the 37 Best Disc Golf Discs for Beginners (You Need These) to put together the perfect set for you.
Okay, so let’s get down to business. Here are the best disc golf starter sets for you as a new player.
What are the 17 best disc golf starter sets for beginners?
1. Innova DX standard starter set
The DX starter set is legendary. It has been around for a long time and has 3 of the best beginner disc golf discs on the market today: the Leopard control driver, the Shark mid-range, and the Aviar putt-and-approach. All 3 of these discs are ready to help the true beginner go from newbie to intermediate player in no time. These discs are made of DX plastic, which is very easy to grip and are excellent in many different weather conditions.
The DX set is one of the most popular disc golf sets sold today, as it’s both a great set and a great deal at a just a bit over $23 dollars. I put this set first because it’s just about the best 3 discs you could start out with as a newbie on the course. You can grab one of these from Innova here on Amazon.com.
2. Dynamic Discs Prime Burst starter set
I love the Dynamic Discs Burst starter set because of the great selection of discs in it. The Judge (putt and approach) is hands down my favorite putter and the Truth (mid-range) is a really great approach disc. I like the Escape (control driver) as well because it’s a decent, straight-flying driver for new players who aren’t quite ready for distance drivers. Grab a set from Dynamic Discs here on Amazon.
3. Discraft DSSB starter set
The Discraft DSSB starter set is Discraft’s best selection of discs for brand new players. If you choose this set, you will get a Magnet (putter), Buzzz (mid-range), and either a Heat, Stratus, or Avenger (driver). Some sets vary in that regard but you will always get the first 2 discs. Beyond that, either of those 3 drivers are completely fine for new disc golfers. This set normally runs about the same price as the DX set or the Easy to throw set. You can grab yours here on Amazon.
4. Innova DX starter set by Driven Disc Golf
Driven Disc Golf has added a couple of discs to the standard DX starter set, as well as some bonus items. Every set comes with the Valkyrie (distance driver), Teebird (distance driver), Leopard (control driver), Roc (mid-range), and Aviar (putter). They also give you a cool disc golf flight reference guide, instructions and scorecards for their 1025 putting game, which you can check out here as well, and a custom-made driven mini marker disc (about $12 bucks in extras) all for less than $45 bucks. Grab one of these sets from Driven Disc Golf on Amazon.
5. Axion starter set
This starter set from Axiom discs is a great set for beginner disc golfers. It includes the Envy (putter), the Alias (mid-range), and Wrath (driver – not to be confused with the Innova Wraith). The beginner should have a pretty easy time throwing with these as they are designed for new players. But this set is also a good booster pack for other Axiom fans. Grab yours from Axiom Discs here on Amazon.
6. MVP Premium starter set
This premium set from MVP Disc Golf features 3 great discs for the beginner to intermediate disc golf player. This set has a Relay (driver), an Axis mid-range, and an Ion (putt and approach disc). All 3 of those are very balanced and decent choices for the beginner disc golfer. You can grab this set here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
7. Latitude 64 starter set
This set from Lat 64 includes 3 fantastic discs for beginner disc golfers: the Ruby (putter), the Pearl (mid-range), and the Diamond. This set is specifically designed with the beginner in mind, so this would definitely be a great set of discs to either start out with or add to your collection. Grab yourself a set here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
8. Dynamic Discs Easy to Throw starter set
This starter is great for brand new players to the game of disc golf. It includes 3 discs: the Breakout (driver), Proof (mid-range), and Gavel (putter). All 3 are great starter discs. All 3 discs are grippy and straight-flying, come in the awesome prime burst plastic, and weigh between 145-159 grams. You can grab this starter set here on InfiniteDiscs.com. It’s actually a couple bucks cheaper than the DX set.
9. Dynamic Discs Prime Burst starter set with Cadet bag
The Prime Burst set with Cadet bag is basically just the previous set with a small bag to hold your discs. I actually like this set better because of that. Though, they do switch out the Truth (mid-range) with another great disc – the Evidence. You can grab this set from Dynamic Discs here on Amazon.
10. Innova Champion starter set
The Innova Champion starter set is a great transition pack for newer to intermediate disc golfers. The pack comes with a Valkyrie (driver), a Panther (mid-range), and an Aviar (putter). All of those are very solid discs for a beginner to intermediate disc golfer. I will say that this is a great pack to get once you start getting a little bit better, like toward intermediate play. But beginners won’t have a lot of trouble with it. Check this set out here on Amazon.
11. Innova Gstar Premium starter set
The Innova Gstar premium plastic starter set is a great addition to your disc golf bag. On top of a great set for beginners, this is a decent transitional disc golf set for new disc golfers who have played a little bit of disc golf already and already have some discs. I say that because this set does not come with a mid-range. They give you a Valkyrie (distance driver), Leopard3 (fairway driver), and an Aviar (putter). So you’ll just have to make sure you have a mid-range already. If you don’t you can get one here on InfiniteDiscs.com. And you can get this set from Innova here on Amazon.
12. Discraft Deluxe disc golf set
This set is a step up from the Discraft DSSB set we talked about earlier. The Deluxe set comes with an extra driver and a bag to hold your discs. The discs in the set include: Nuke SS (driver), Mantis (driver), Buzzz (mid-range), and Magnet (putter). On top of that the bag is small and sturdy and can probably hold 6-8 discs so not too bad of a deal here. Grab yours here on Amazon.
13. Innova Advanced Players starter set by Driven Disc Golf
The Innova Advanced Players starter set from Driven Disc Golf is a great driver set for a new-ish player who has started to get his or her bearings on disc golf. Note: this set is made up of all drivers, so it is not recommended as a beginner set. For a true beginner, check out sets 1-10. If you’ve already got some discs, and are looking to start testing out distance drivers, this is a great set to add to your bag. The discs included are the Katana, Firebird, Thunderbird, and Wraith. You can grab this set from Driven Disc Golf on Amazon.
14. Innova Premium Plastic Upgrade starter set
Innova’s premium plastic upgrade set is a great addition to your bag after you’ve already gotten all of the beginner discs. This set includes the Destroyer (distance driver), Teebird (fairway driver), and the Roc3 (mid-range), making this an awesome upgrade to beginner discs. Grab yours from Innova here on Amazon.
15. Latitude 64 Retro Burst Advanced starter set
The Latitude 64 Advanced starter set may sound like it’s for the pros, but the discs it comes with are great for newer disc golfers. The discs include the Saint (driver – awesome disc with superior control), the Fuse, and the Pure. All of those are easy-to-throw, low-speed discs that will help you advance your disc golf game tremendously. These discs also make a great addition to an already started beginner bag. Grab this set from Dynamic Discs here on Amazon.
16. Nite Ize Flashlight disc golf set
Now I like this flashlight set from Nite Ize because the entirety of all of the discs light up. This is good because they’re brighter than glow discs or LEDs, you don’t have to worry about lights falling off during flight, and the light is over the whole disc (not just one spot on the disc). The only problem I have is that these are just generic discs, although they do fly okay. The set comes with a stable putter, stable mid-range, and an understable driver. If you’re thinking of playing at night, check out our post, “How to Play Disc Golf at Night (in 6 Easy Steps),” then grab a set of these discs here on Amazon.
17. Infinite Deals Box starter set
This final starter set in this post is a bit of a surprise, I should say. The Infinite Deals Box starter set is basically a mystery box that InfiniteDiscs.com can send you with a bunch of discs that usually make up a set and include all types of plastic (sometimes premium plastic which are really good discs). Infinite Discs has 4 levels of this box including:
• Deals Box Jr.
• Deals Box (most popular)
• Deals Box XL
• Deals Box Extreme (awesome deal)
Buying a starter set as a new player is just the right move because of how cheap it can be for the right beginner discs. Don’t waste time with trying to figure out individual discs at first. Grab a beginner set, get out on the course, and go have a blast! I know you’ll do great!
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