Not long ago back in 2019, I started hearing rumors about a new, overstable disc. And up to this point in my disc golf career, I’ve stayed away from overstable discs because I’m just not that great of a player and I’m still working my way up from control drivers and a little bit of play with understable distance drivers. But Discraft released the Paul McBeth Kong and I decided to get a Prototype.
When I started playing with that disc, I realized that I was finally good enough to play with overstable discs. On the course that day, I was wondering to myself, “I need a couple discs so what are the best overstable distance drivers?” I went online and looked, but not much helped me. So I decided to make this resource for you.
This post should give you a thorough look at what overstability is, a word of caution about overstable discs, 3 reasons why you need overstable discs in your bag, and 13 of the best overstable distance drivers in disc golf today.
The 13 best overstable distance drivers
1. Innova Destroyer
2. Discraft Zeus
3. Prodigy D1
4. Infinite Discs Slab
5. Innova Wraith
6. Dynamic Discs Trespass
7. Innova Boss
8. Latitude 64 Halo
9. Discraft Nuke
10. Axiom Panic
11. Westside Discs King
12. MVP Dimension
13. Discmania PD Freak
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 you need an overstable disc
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. Check out the illustration below ⬇️
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 about overstable discs
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.
The 13 best overstable disc golf discs
Our #1 pick – Innova Destroyer (12, 5, -1, 3)
We picked this disc as the #1 overall overstable distance driver for a reason. The Destroyer has been around forever and remains one of the most popular disc golf discs of all-time. Besides the next disc on this list, the Zeus, the Destroyer is the top selling disc on InfiniteDiscs.com.
When throwing this disc, you’re going to notice quite a few things: first, the Destroyer is a very balanced disc that has a little bit of turn, but is still fairly overstable. I like the feel of the Destroyer the best in the more premium plastics – they’re a bit harder, have better grip, and a deep rim. This can be a good transitioning distance driver but is also the driver of choice for a ton of highly skilled players.
You’ll also notice that the Destroyer is extremely versatile with a consistent flight path and dependable fade. That makes it great for flex shots and perfect for long hyzer shots. It’s got the ability to be a true “go-to” disc in your bag. If you want the best overstable distance driver in disc golf, get it here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
2. Discraft Zeus (12, 5, -1, 3)
So I just want to start this out by saying that I really like the Zeus. Aside from all the hype, this is a really great disc overall. The Zeus is relatively new, launching in 2019 as the Prototype Kong and one of the hottest disc releases ever. Eventually, it was changed to the Zeus and made as such soon after.
As for performance, the Zeus is very similar in flight ratings to the Innova Destroyer, but has its own distinct flight personality. Most disc golfers, including myself, will tell you though that the Zeus is meant for distance and more distance. The one thing I really love about the Zeus is the premium plastic that they’ve made it with. After multiple round of hitting pavement, gravel, trees, roots, and just about everything else imaginable, it’s barely marked up at all.
This disc is awesome and worth every bit of the $20 dollar or more price tag. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
3. Prodigy D1 (12, 5, 0, 3)
Even though this disc is tough to throw, I’m stil a huge fan. I like the way it flies as it’s overstable but not too overstable. You’ll get a very predictable fade on the end and can definitely flex this disc if needbe (don’t worry, it can definitely handle it). You can get a D1 here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
4. Infinite Discs Slab (12, 3, 0, 4)
The Slab is Infinite Discs’ best overstable distance driver. This disc is very overstable but isn’t difficult to keep straight for the first part of flight if you can get just a little bit of power on your throw. If you want a really great disc for flex shots, the Slab should be your go to. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
5. Innova Wraith (11, 5, -1, 3)
The Wraith has been an absolutely awesome overstable distance driver over the last few years. The great thing about this distance driver is that it’s very forgiving for almost all players. And while I never recommend distance drivers for new players, this is one of the very few that could be thrown by beginners and the throws mostly turn out okay. Highly skilled golfers can use this disc for a variety of shots and drives. Grab this disc here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
6. Dynamic Discs Trespass (12, 5, -1, 3)
The Dynamic Discs Trespass is Dynamic’s version of the Innova Destroyer or Discraft Zeus. But the Trespass has a unique flight, which some love more than the Destoyer or the Zeus. The Trespass is a comfortable disc in the hand, isn’t overly difficult to throw, and will get power throwers a pretty decent amount of distance. The consistency of the Trespass and predicate fade make this disc very popular among skilled disc golfers. Grab a Trespass here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
7. Innova Boss (13, 5, 0, 3)
If there ever was a great overstable distance disc, the Boss would be it. The Boss has been used by multiple disc golf pros to break distance records in the last decade. Even though it flies far, this is a tough disc to throw due to it being heavily overstable. But the throwers that can match its need for speed will see ridiculous distance, reliability, and predictability. If you want one of the most popular discs in the world, you can get it here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
8. Latitude 64 Halo (13, 5, -0.5, 3)
Infinite Discs states that the Halo is a “premium distance driver for power throwers.” What makes the Halo special is that it’s one if the thinnest discs on the market, at 1.4 centimeters, but has a very wide 2.4 millimeter rim. That helps the Halo fly fast and far. The consistency is fantastic but you have to have the arm to throw this ultra-high-speed distance driver or else it will quickly fade on you and hurt your shot. If you’ve got the arm speed, grab a Halo here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
9. Discraft Nuke (13, 5, -1, 3)
The Discraft Nuke is a lot of things. Short and slow, though, is not one of them. This disc is pretty overstable but will turn on you just a bit in the beginning due to the -1 high-speed turn it has. The Nuke is great for flex shots and tends to stay in the air for a long time due to it’s high glide. But if you’re not prepared to throw this disc hard, it will fade very quickly on you. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
10. Axiom Panic (13, 4, -0.5, 3)
The Panic can be a fun distance driver for most disc golfers. Even though the flight numbers don’t suggest a lot of overstability, this disc runs heavily overstable whenever it flies through the air. BUT it has one of the most reliable flights you can ask for in a disc.
Here’s what InfiniteDiscs.com has to say about it: “The Panic is thoroughly overstable which helps the throw have confidence when throwing it into roaring headwinds. For power throwers, the Panic will be a useful utility driver, while newer and average throwers will get an extremely and almost instantaneous fade.” If you’re looking for all that in a disc, grab a Panic here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
11. Westside Discs King (14, 5, -1.5, 3)
The King from Westside Discs is hands down one of the fastest distance drivers on the market. So it’s naturally a part of our post, “The 17 Fastest Disc Golf Discs in the Game Today.” This is a phenomenal, unbelievably long driver that is great for skilled players looking for distance, speed, and control. The King is a bit more stable than most discs on here but it does have a very predictable fade. Grab a King here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
12. MVP Dimension (14, 5, 0, 3)
The Dimension from Maple Valley Plastics (MVP) is a very overstable, yet powerful distance driver. I put it near the end because it’s the least popular choice on this list and it’s the hardest to throw. It is still a great choice, though, and can benefit your distance game tremendously. But to be able to throw this disc, you have to be able to throw your discs fast or else it won’t help you much at all. If you think you can handle it, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
13. Discmania PD Freak (10, 4, 0, 3)
The Discmania PD Freak can be an awesome addition to any bag. Now some of you may argue that this disc is more of a fairway driver than a distance driver, but I normally consider power drivers to be more of a distance driver transition disc. The PD is no exception and can be a great way to start working your way into throwing distance discs. It’s pretty overstable, but with only a 10 speed, is not overly difficult to throw and can still offer you the same overstability that you may be looking for. Grab a PD Freak here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
Overall, as a player who wanted to steadily improve, overstable discs were a really important addition to my bag. They helped me tackle some of my accuracy issues with distance control, they helped me learn how to throw flex shots, and they’ve helped me beat the headwinds to play better in tough weather. The 13 discs on this list represent the best overstable distance drivers in the game. So if you’re looking for an overstable distance disc, don’t hesitate to grab a few of these and hit the course. You won’t be disappointed.
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