Distance drivers always reign supreme. They’re the discs that everybody wants and everybody wants to play with. Ever since I first started playing disc golf, I’ve noticed the fascination with distance drivers. I mean, they’re pretty awesome, though, right?!
But you can’t just start out brand new with distance drivers. You’ve got to work your way up as a beginner. Then, once you’ve got some time under your belt, you can start slinging discs for distance. By now, hopefully you’ve played quite a bit and have honed your skills into a decent, above-average, intermediate-level player and can take on some tougher drivers.
That’s where this post comes in.
Today we’re going to go over 11 of the best distance drivers for intermediate level players like yourself. Because you’ve worked hard to improve. You’ve battled up through putters, mid-range discs, and control drivers. And you may have even begun experimenting with distance. If you have, that’s okay. I still want you to check out this post and take note of some of the recommendations. Alright, let’s check these discs out!
11 Best Distance Drivers for Intermediate Players
My #1 Pick – Dynamic Discs Sheriff
2. Infinite Discs Aztec
3. Latitude 64 Sapphire
4. MVP Wave
5. Dynamic Discs Renegade
6. Innova Wraith
7. Discraft Hades
8. Viking Discs Valhalla
9. Discraft Thrasher
10. Kastaplast Grym
11. Infinite Discs Pharaoh
First off, why I chose these discs
- They’re made for intermediate players: I won’t go too deep with this statement, but the distance drivers I put on this list are perfectly molded to help intermediate players get the most out of a distance driver. Let me explain ⬇️.
- They’re not too overstable (or understable): by the time you get to intermediate level disc golf, you may be starting to implement strategy into your game with varying shot types and throws (hyzers, anhyzers, flex shots, etc), but you’re still learning and working your way up with distance drivers. Other disc golfers will argue that at this point in your disc golf career you need distance discs that are very overstable and very understable for strategy purposes. I say that you need to use mid-range discs and control drivers for these strategy purposes. They’re right on the strategy but wrong on the distance drivers. At this point in your disc golf career, you should still be learning distance drivers and pushing the limits on your game. But don’t let me hold you back.
- They’re not too difficult to throw: the discs in this post are one step up above control drivers and range from easy distance driver to moderately hard distance driver. The toughest discs to throw on this list are the last four discs. You’ll also notice I tried my best to put these discs in order of easiest to hardest…maybe with the exception of the Sheriff. But I’ll explain why I chose the Sheriff as my #1 here in just a couple of paragraphs.
How to determine if you’re an intermediate player
- The amount of time put into the sport: to be considered an intermediate player, you have probably invested around 200 hours or more into your game overall. This includes 40-50 complete 18-hole rounds and a significant amount of time practicing the different parts of your game.
- Your distance: to be considered an intermediate player, you should be able to consistently throw your drives 300+ feet. You should also be able to have the majority of these drives hit the line that you are trying to throw the disc on AND feel confident in your driving ability. You should be able to throw all control drivers and be learning distance drivers.
- Your putting: to be considered an intermediate player, you should have your putting on lock. That means you should be able to crush 75% of your putts or better from inside of the circle. You should also feel confident in your putting ability.
- Your average round scores: in my opinion, to be considered an intermediate player, you must be able to consistently score par or or better during your rounds. You don’t have to be the best competitive player or even a really good player. You just have to be above average and should be able to play all your rounds without a bunch of practice shots or rethrows.
- Your mindset: to be considered an intermediate player, you must meet the previous four categories and you must know and understand that you are an intermediate player. Be honest about your skill level. My skill level is not even close to advanced but I do consider myself an intermediate player. If you’re a beginner, just say so and keep practicing! You can check out my beginner tips post here on the site and intermediate tips post here on the site. But if you’re close to intermediate or you are an intermediate player, let’s get to those discs! Here are the 11 best distance drivers for intermediate players.
11 Best Distance Drivers for Intermediate Players
The Sheriff has been one of my favorite discs for a long time now. It wasn’t my first distance driver, but it was the first distance driver I could actually throw well. The funny thing about the Sheriff is that I believe the speed is a bit misleading. It throws more like an 11 or maybe a 12, and isn’t that difficult to throw, but will really show you what a distance driver is designed to do: fly REALLY far. If you’re looking for a great, balanced, stable distance driver to start out with after learning control drivers, the Sheriff is a phenominal option and that’s why it’s my #1 pick for this list. Grab yours here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
I originally was going to put the Aztec as my #1 overall pick on this list due to a couple of really good reasons:
• It’s an easy transition disc from control driver to distance driver
• Doesn’t require much power to get this disc up to speed
• Flies really well and stays fairly straight
• Flies on just about any line you put it on.
• Not much turn on the front end and not too much fade on the back end.
• Very well reviewed disc and popular disc in the #discgolfcommunity.
• Overall just a really well made, awesome disc from Infinite Discs. I personally just love the Sheriff and that’s why it got the #1 spot on this list. But the Aztec was an amazing addition from Infinite so definitely worth picking one up.
Here’s what Infinite Discs has to say about it: “The Aztec is a speed 10 driver, flying straight with a little bit of fade at the end. Don’t let the speed 10 fool you, the Aztec will bring unexpected distance and accuracy to your game. This disc has a skinnier rim than the big distance drivers, making it more comfortable for most disc golfers. The Aztec is said to be a longer Exodus or Sphinx.”
The Sapphire is a great way to step into the distance driving game with Latitude 64’s “easy-to-use” lineup of discs that you can read more about here. The Sapphire is an amazing disc, especially for beginners and intermediate players jumping full tilt in distance drivers. The Sapphire is the perfect distance driver to start with and build with. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
4. MVP Wave (11, 5, -2, 2)
The Wave is a stable distance driver built specifically for intermediate disc golfers. The double mold is nice and this disc flies fairly well on most lines. It does have a bit of turn and fade in either direction so the Wave could be a good disc to start learning the notorious hyzer flip shot. It’s a good disc either way. So grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
The Renegade is an interesting disc that starts to push the limits of the distance disc for intermediate disc golfers. It doesn’t require a lot of power to get it up to speed, but you’ve got to be aware of how it flies. It has a small amount of high speed turn on the front end and then hits you with quite a bit of low speed fade once it starts slowing down. This is a great disc to continue learning distance driving with as you progress and move into tougher discs. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
The Wraith is a fairly overstable, yet very underrated distance driver in disc golf. It’s loved by a small, tight knit group of players which is unfortunate because it’s a really great disc to grow your distance driving game. If you look closely at the flight ratings, you’ll see that this disc is pretty similar to the Innova Destroyer and the Discraft Zeus…but with one very small difference: it doesn’t have to be thrown as hard. That’s good because the Wraith is a fairly tough disc to throw due to its overstability. I wouldn’t recommend it as a very first distance driver. But I would recommend this disc as something to work up into before moving into harder discs like the Destroyer or the Zeus. If you want to try something like that, grab a Wraith here on Discgolfunited.com.
The Hades is one of the newest discs in the Paul McBeth lineup of discs and is an extremely popular addition. This interesting distance driver seems to complement the Zeus pretty well, atleast from what I’ve seen, offering decent understability to offset the Zeus’ plethora of overstability. But don’t get me wrong, this disc still has quite a bit of ending fade (+2) once it starts to slow down. Great disc and awesome distance driver for intermediate players. Grab yourself here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
The Valhalla is one of those discs that’s a little bit tougher to throw, but if you can get a handle on it, it will be your best friend and has the potential to be one of the top discs in your bag. I mean, Viking Discs in general just make some great plastic. But the Valhalla is REALLY nice. The Valhalla is probably the most underrated distance driver on this list. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing with the Thrasher. Fun story: I went out of my way to return a disc after a solid round one day. The next day, I found a brand new, ridiculously awesome-looking Thrasher sitting on top of the first basket I approached during my round. After playing, not seeing anybody looking for it, and no marks on the disc, I bagged it for my own. That disc has served me pretty well to date. I didn’t use it much when I was newer, but as an intermediate player, it flew pretty well. You can get a Thrasher here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
The Grym is an interesting disc. With this disc, we’re starting to getting into the realm of more advanced-intermediate level discs. 13 speed discs are just tough to throw and breaking that 12/13 speed plane kind of takes some mental fortitude (again, my one exception is the Dynamic Discs Sheriff). The Grym, the Sheriff, and the Pharaoh are probably the three easiest 13 speed discs that I’ve personally found. Now I haven’t thrown them all, but that I’ve found so far. But the Grym is a decent step up disc toward advanced distance drivers and a different brand of disc to check out (other than the major name brand discs). Grab a Grym here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
The Pharaoh has slowly become one of my favorite disc golf discs. Not just distance drivers, but disc golf discs overall. Infinite has really stepped up their game when it comes to their discs and the Pharaoh was a really welcome addition (it also helps that Innova makes their discs). It’s a tougher disc, but intermediate level players will be able to handle it and really crush the course with 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!”
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