Overstable control drivers are some of the best discs in all of disc golf. But you probably already know that.
The great thing about overstable control drivers is that there are so many great options on the market today. The bad part of that is that there are so many, it’s almost hard to choose the best one. So I did the hard work and researched them all. I looked at almost ever overstable control driver on the market and picked the best 11 out of the bunch.
In this post, we’re going to go over a couple of things:
- First, we’re going to go over overstability.
- Next, we’ll take a look at 3 reasons why you need overstable control drivers in your bag and…
- Last, we will look at the 11 best overstable control/fairway drivers in the game today.
Alright, so let’s get to it!
What is overstability?
Overstability is a disc’s tendency to fade to the left, (RHBH thrower) against the direction of the spin, earlier on in flight than stable or understable discs.
You’ll often hear the terms high-speed turn and low-speed fade associated with stability. Normally, a disc with a lot of fade makes a disc overstable and a disc with a lot of turn may make the disc understable. So discs on this list will feature less turn and more fade.
As we just stated, overstable discs tend to fade to the left earlier in flight, more, and at higher speeds compared to other stable or understable discs. This is because overstable discs need to be thrown harder and with more spin. That makes overstable discs tough for beginners and gives most heavily overstable discs the the label of “meathooks” because of how much the may hook around to the left at the end of flight.
For more on stability in disc golf, check out our post, “The Complete Disc Golf Stability Guide.” It’s very important to understand stability and this post can teach you everything you need to know.
3 reasons why you need an overstable control driver
1. Distance control: For the intermediate players on up who are good at disc golf, an overstable disc offers better accuracy and control. Overstable discs tend to fly more predictable flight paths if thrown up to speed. That’s why highly skilled players love them…well, one of the reasons.
2. Flex shots: these kind of shots are really cool and offer the skilled disc golfer a really great option on the course. This shot is extremely tough to master, though, but is a great shot to have in your thrower’s toolbag. The thrower will throw the disc with an anhyzer release, meaning the disc will start to turn the disc to the right. Then the overstability kicks in and allows the disc to wind back and fade left.
3. Windy rounds with headwind: lastly, overstable discs are fantastic for wind. Overstable discs in the wind resist flipping and turning over more than stable or understable discs. These more stable discs tend to be able to handle stronger headwinds.
So for all of those reasons, check out our list below ⬇️ and grab a couple of the best overstable disc golf discs in the game today!
Word of caution on control drivers
Our word of caution today is regarding why you shouldn’t play with overstable discs. Now there are a lot of reasons why you should play with overstable discs, but if you’re a newer player, we caution you to stay away from anything overstable.
Overstable is very hard for beginners and newer players because these discs are made for players who can throw harder and can get a disc to spin more and fly straighter before it starts to fade to the left (RHBH thrower). Newer players tend to not be able to get discs up go speed and normally can’t get overstable discs to fly straight during flight. Most new throwers will throw an overstable disc and it will break hard to the left and continue left. This makes for bad throws and lack of improvement. Newer players need understable discs for just this reason.
But if you’re an intermediate to advanced player, overstable discs can be a brilliant addition to your bag.
11 best overstable disc golf control/fairway drivers
My #1 Pick – Innova Teebird (7, 5, 0, 2)
The Teebird is hands down my number one pick because it’s not just an awesome disc, but one of the most popular discs in all of disc golf. When I was doing research on the best overstable control drivers, this disc came up and was recommended more times than almost all of the other discs on this list combined. On top of that, it’s just a really great disc to throw. It only requires a little bit of speed, has fantastic glide, no turn and a moderate amount of fade.
Here’s what Innova says about the Teebird:
“The TeeBird is one of our most accurate and reliable fairway drivers. It has a combination of straight flight, high glide and good speed that make it accurate and long flying both upwind and downwind. It is a popular choice for pros including 12 time World Champion and Hall-of-Famer Ken Climo as well as 2009 World Champion Avery Jenkins. The Teebird is very versatile driver; Excellent for pin-point accuracy, distance and sidearm.”
2. Discraft Anax (10, 6, 0, 3)
The Anax is Paul McBeth’s signature control driver in his Discraft lineup of discs. Paul likes overstable and he got it with this disc. Fantastic control driver and hugely popular in the #discgolfcommunity.
Here’s what Discraft has to say about it:
“Introducing the 3rd disc in Paul McBeth’s lineup – The Anax (pronounced ‘aa·nuhks’). A strong, overstable fairway driver with the sharp rim of a distance driver but the comfort, thinner rim, and precision of a fairway driver.”
If you’d like to try out the Anax, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
3. Viking Discs Berserker (7, 5, 0, 2)
The Berserker is a really great disc that flies very similarly to the Teebird. Same flight ratings and everything. I really like this company so far and the Berserker is an excellent choice for an overstable control driver.
Here’s what Infinite Discs has to say about it:
“The Barbarian fills the Viking Discs slot of stable fairway driver. The Barbarian flies straight and true, before reliably fading at the end of the flight. Use this trustworthy disc in wooded and open courses alike!”
4. Infinite Discs Scepter (9, 4, 0, 4)
The Scepter is a great disc. But it is REALLY overstable. I compare this a lot to a Firebird, but with a little more glide. Pretty similar features, though, overall. If you like that disc, you’ll like this as well. Great meathook disc from Infinite Discs.
Here’s what they say about the Scepter:
“The Scepter is a flat-top, overstable fairway driver for power throwers or for utility use to get around obstacles on the disc golf course. It is very comfortable for forehand use and will always fight out of anhyzer releases. You can count on the Scepter to slice through headwinds and to make a dramatic end-of-flight fade.”
5. RPM Discs Kiwi (10, 4, 0, 3)
Up to this point, I really like what RPM Discs is doing. This brand out of New Zealand has created some really nice plastic and the Kiwi continues that with an overstable control driver option for disc golfers.
Check out what RPM has to say about this disc:
“The Kiwi is able to be thrown by anyone but for distance in a head wind we recommend Intermediate to experienced players use this disc. Beginners can enjoy this disc for its over stability or for hard forehand throwers who release on a lot of cut angle or Anhyzer.
The latest iteration is a more over stable than the previous versions of the disc and will hold a consistent angle through high speed with a sharp fade to finish. The extra stability makes it well suited as a utility roller too.”
6. Thought Space Athletics Votum (9, 5, -1, 2)
I don’t know much about the Votum as it just came out in late 2021. Hopefully I can get my hands on it soon so I can test it out. Looks like an interesting disc, though.
Here’s what Thought Space Athletics has to say about the Votum:
“Designed to be a stable counterpart to our first fairway driver the Mantra, the Votum handles power for a straight flight with reliable fade at the end.”
7. Dynamic Discs Felon (9, 3, 0.5, 4)
The Felon is a really fun disc. It’s ridiculously overstable and another awesome disc from Dynamic Discs. It’s one of the faster control drivers and offers you a lot of meathook overstability. I mean, this disc is a true meathook disc. It’s going to fly extremely well for you and then predictably fade hard at the end. Great disc.
Here’s what Dynamic Discs has to say about the Felon:
“In the same vein as our game changing Escape, the Felon is a fairway driver that feels great in your hand and comes out easy. Crafted in response to the unforgiving Kansas winds, the Felon is the wind-fighting fairway driver that your bag is calling for. It will continue to sail, without turning over, despite the headwind that is challenging your confidence. When the wind is down, it has an incredibly predictable hyzer finish. When you are facing a low ceiling shot where you need good glide and a strong finish the Felon is your answer. You asked and Dynamic Discs has delivered.”
If you want to try out the Felon, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
8. MVP Volt (8, 5, -0.5, 2)
The Volt! It’s an electrifying disc (pun definitely intended). On a more serious note, this disc is a fantastic option for the overstable control driver slot in your bag. This is probably the least overstable disc on this list, but regardless, it’s still a great disc.
Here’s what MVP has to say about the Volt:
“The Volt is geared for long, accurate placement shots; it can hold a long straight line with a solid, forward penetrating fade. Reach for the Volt when accuracy is needed on long, tight fairways.”
9. Legacy Rival (7, 5, 0, 2)
The Legacy Rival is a really great, super popular overstable control driver that is ready for the course. This disc is relatively easy to throw and doesn’t fade too hard, making this disc predictable and reliable.
Here’s what Legacy has to say about the Rival:
“The Rival is a speed 7 fairway driver designed for distance and accuracy. This disc is a great weapon for head winds and control shots. The Rival will hold a straight flight with a slow fade at the end.”
If you’d like to try out the Rival, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
10. Westside Discs Stag (8, 6, 0, 3)
The Stag is a great overstable control driver. I mean, this disc takes “control” to a whole new level. It’s extremely reliable for shot-shaping and it’s highly versatile as well (so a lot of options for you on the course).
Here’s what Dynamic Discs has to say about the Stag:
“The Stag is a perfect addition to everyone’s bag. It has a good stability level and a smaller rim design to accommodate everyone. It is controllable, predictable, and will have a good release in the hand of any player. This is a great disc choice if you only want to carry only one fairway driver. For professional players the Stag will be straight tunnel disc that finishes with Hyzer. For lower arm speeds the Stag will finish left with a little less flare than drivers with the same flight integrity level.”
11. Prodigy F1 (7, 4, 0, 3)
The F1 is a meathook of a disc. This heavily overstable control driver doesn’t require a lot of speed but is fairly tough to throw because of that overstability.
Here’s what Prodigy says about the F1:
“The Prodigy Disc F1 is a medium speed, significantly over stable fairway driver with very predictable and controllable flights and a strong finish. It is designed for power throwers. This disc is also an excellent choice for thumber and tomahawk shots.”
All in all
This list has gone over 11 of the absolute best overstable control drivers in the game today. There are a ton of great overstable control drivers on the market, but list covers the best of the best when it comes to this category of discs. Hopefully, you’ve been able to get some good recommendations out of this post. If not, I still appreciate you checking it out! And don’t forget about our related content below!
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