I love disc golf. Ever since I started playing back in 2016, I’ve enjoyed every minute that I’ve played and every hour that I’ve put into growing this site. It’s been a crazy ride.
But thinking back to the very beginning, I always remember why I write a lot of posts for beginner disc golfers. Because I was new once and I did it all wrong. I used high-speed, overstable drivers and other discs. That wasn’t good and it took me a long time to get better.
Beginners need the right information, including the best understable disc recommendations for when you’re first starting out. Well, that’s what I’m bringing you with this post.
Today, we’re gonna’ be looking at a few things including:
- A quick look at what stability is and why it’s important to understand when playing disc golf.
- 3 reasons why beginners need understable discs and…
- The 11 best understable disc golf discs for beginners.
(Note: all throws are assumed to be with a RHBH – right-handed backhand thrower)
Stability is a disc’s tendency to turn over to the right, fly straight, or fade to the left during the flight of the disc. Discs, when released, will fly according to their stability.
Overstable – these discs will fade to the left quicker after they’re thrown. Basically, overstable discs are harder to throw for newer players. If an overstable disc is not thrown hard enough or flat enough, it will begin to fade to the left faster after being thrown (most of the time resulting in a poor throw). Newer players normally can’t handle overstable discs at first.
Stable – these discs will fly straight after being thrown. Stable discs are fine for beginners. These discs mostly stay fairly straight so I do recommend quite a few straight-stable discs to beginners. Some stable discs are tough to throw as well but aren’t too bad for new players.
Understable – these discs will turn to the right when first thrown and normally won’t fade a lot on the end of flight. For brand new players and beginners in general, I always recommend understable discs. In the next section, I’ll give you 3 reasons why.
Lastly, if you’d like to know more about stability, or if you’d like to learn more about flight ratings, check out the two posts below ⬇️:
3 reasons why beginners need understable discs
1. Easy to throw: understable discs are easy to throw and offer newer players straighter flights for longer periods of time. That helps new players learn the game.
2. Distance: straighter flights for longer periods of time equal more distance for beginner disc golfers.
3. Shot shaping: after you get a little bit better, your super understable discs can be utilized for tough specialty shots like huge anhyzers, hyzer flips, and flex shots. These are tough but understable discs are the best for these types of shots once your skills improve.
A quick word of caution on Distance Drivers
One thing you’ll notice about this list is that I didn’t put any distance drivers on it and there’s only a couple of control drivers. That was on purpose. The reason is because distance drivers and most of the control drivers are too hard to throw for beginners. I put two fairly easy, pretty understable control drivers on this list. They’re pretty easy to throw but I still wouldn’t recommend them to brand new players.
So if you’re a brand new player, I would stick to putters and mid-range discs. Once you improve a little bit, you can try out the control drivers. Then, down the road a ways, you should improve enough to start throwing distance drivers.
11 best understable disc golf discs for beginners
My #1 Pick – Latitude 64 Ruby – putt and approach (3, 5, -3, 1)
The Latitude 64 is my #1 pick because it is one of the best beginner discs on the market. This thing is very understable at 3, 5, -3, 1, and it can really help new players get a handle on learning disc golf because it’s just so dang easy to throw. I mean, it’s part of Latitude 64’s “Easy-to-Use” lineup of discs so that should tell you something right there.
Starting with its speed, you really don’t have to put a lot on it for it to fly like you want it to. It has good glide with that 5 glide rating. The -3 turn shows itself almost immediately after the Ruby is thrown, so new players will benefit the first time this takes flight. And with only a 1 fade, this thing won’t break too hard to the left at the end of its flight. This disc is a new player’s dream disc because of how it flies.
If you’d like to grab a Ruby, check it out here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
2. Dynamic Discs Deputy – putt and approach (3, 4, -1.5, 0)
The Deputy is an interesting, fairly understable putt and approach disc from the brilliant minds of Dynamic Discs. It’s also extremely popular yet this is one of the few discs from Dynamic that I don’t have a lot of experience with. Regardless, I still like this disc.
At 3, 4, -1.5, 0, the Deputy isn’t quite as understable as the Ruby, but you will still get a decent amount of high-speed turn on it. It’s only a 3 speed, so pretty easy to throw and the glide of 4 is decent for this putter. The Deputy is a fairly straight-flying disc, so you don’t get hardly any fade on the end of this disc.
If you’d like to try the Deputy, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
3. Discraft Fierce – putt and approach (3, 4, -2, 0)
The Fierce was the first disc in Discraft’s Paige Pierce lineup of discs. While this disc was a big hit when it launched, it didn’t quite match the popularity of Paul McBeth’s lineup. This disc was still more popular than most everything else out.
The disc itself is a beadless, understable putter with a grippy plastic feel. Most of what I like in a putter. The flight ratings sit at 3, 4, -2, 0, making this disc just a touch more understable than the Deputy above. Almost no fade. Finally, a 3 speed and a 4 fade make it very easy to throw.
If you want to try the Fierce, pick one up here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
4. MVP Spin – putt and approach (3, 4, -2, 0)
The MVP Spin has a flight that is almost equal to the last disc, the Discraft Fierce. The plastics between this one and the Fierce, though, couldn’t be any more different. The Fierce is super grippy, while the Spin is a very smooth double mold. Classic MVP ingenuity.
Here’s what MVP has to say about the Spin:
“The Spin has a deep profile like the Ion and Anode, which makes it great for glide-filled lofty flights. Its controlled understability makes it suitable for both new and advanced players alike.”
5. Innova Panther – mid-range (5, 4, -2, 1)
The Innova Panther is one of the absolute best understable mid-range discs for beginner players. In fact, this comes in the standard Innova starter pack along with the Leopard (later in this post) and the Innova Aviar putter (could’ve been on this list as well). The Panther, though, is an awesome disc.
The Panther is incredibly straight-flying and sports flight ratings of 5, 4, -2, 1. Obviously, mid-range discs are a little bit tougher than putters, but the Panther is hands down one of the easiest discs to throw.
So if you’d like to try out the Panther, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
6. Axiom Paradox – mid-range (5, 4, -4, 0)
The Axiom Paradox is one of my new favorite discs. This thing is a super understable beast of a disc. I mean, it just wants to turn on you. And with flight ratings of 5, 4, -4, 0, you can easily see why. This is probably the most understable disc on this list, maybe besides the Ruby, but I like it for a couple of reasons.
First, it’s easy to throw for new players. It’s very understable and great for beginner players. It has decent glide and hardly any fade at all. Second, it’s a fantastic utility disc for more advanced disc golfers. Once you improve, you can use this disc for tons of different skill shots. Lastly, it’s just fun to throw.
If you’re looking for something very understable, check out the Paradox here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
7. Discraft Comet – mid-range (4, 5, -2, 1)
The Comet is just a great disc overall. It is probably the thickest disc on this list, probably being the disc golf disc that most resembles an actual frisbee. But that’s because this disc has been around for over a decade. It was designed when discs were a little bit larger and less aerodynamic, but this disc has been so popular that it’s still hanging around all these years later.
The classic understable flight path of the Comet shines through when first thrown. That in itself makes this a great beginner disc. Flight ratings of 4, 5, -2, 1 also show that it’s an easy disc to throw and one that will almost always do what you want it to do. Because of that, I’m sure it will continue to hang around for many more years.
If you want to try out the Comet, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
8. Prodigy M4 – midrange (5, 5, -1, 1)
The Prodigy M4 is a fun disc. Now I’m not a huge fan of Prodigy, but they have a couple of discs that I really like. The M4 is definitely one of those discs. It flies similar to the Discraft Buzzz, but feels just a little bit more understable, so it deserves to be on this list. It’s also extremely popular in the #discgolfcommunity so a lot of other agree with me on this.
As for flight, it has a 5 speed and 5 glide. Not too hard to throw and it can get you some good distance. The -1 turn/1 fade make this disc turn a bit and fade some on the end. But to me, there’s more turn than fade. I like it.
If you want to try out the M4, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
9. Discraft Buzzz – mid-range (5, 5, -1, 1)
The Buzzz is hands down one of the absolute best discs for beginners. Well, it’s honestly one of the overall best disc golf discs period. Why? Because it’s just so versatile. It can be used for a ton of different shots and utilized by almost all disc golfers for some part of their game. It’s simply a great disc. And the new ESP plastic is the bomb.
This is probably the most stable disc on this list, but it’s a really awesome disc for beginner disc golfers so it made it on here. It has similar flight ratings to the Prodigy M4 but is a little bit straighter.
If you’d like to try out the Buzzz, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
10. Innova Leopard – control driver (6, 5, -2, 1)
Before you go out and grab a control driver, I want you to ask yourself if you’re a skilled enough disc golfer. Have you improved after playing 10-12 rounds? Can you actually throw a disc straight and with some power? If so, the Leopard is the perfect disc to step up into throwing drivers. It’s super easy to throw with only a 6 speed and it has good glide. Plus, the understability can really suit newer players.
If you’ve got what it takes to start throwing control drivers, grab the Leopard here on Discgolfunited.com.
11. Infinite Discs Sphinx – control driver (9, 6, -3, 1)
The Sphinx is a pretty tough disc to throw from a beginners point of view, but can be a perfect transition disc once you step into control drivers and have tried out the Leopard.
Here’s what InfiniteDiscs.com has to say about the Sphinx:
“The SPHINX is the perfect disc for new players who want a distance driver / control driver crossover that won’t fade too soon while covering as much distance as possible. With an understable release and manageable speed rating, the Sphinx can fly with accuracy and ease. For experienced players the Sphinx is a wonderful, understable utility disc for hyzer-flips, long anhyzer throws, or power rollers. The Sphinx will stand the test of time as a disc that earns a spot in any bag.”
So that’s it, disc golfers!
So that’s all she wrote, or should I say all I wrote, on the best understable disc golf discs for beginners this year. You’ve seen 11 awesome discs and hopefully we’ve been able to help you find and choose a couple in this post. If not, no worries. I still appreciate you sticking around and reading this post. If you’re looking for more discs, check out the following three posts below!
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