We all love disc golf. Whether it’s the challenge, the frustration, or the sheer awesomeness of sinking an impossible putt, this game pulls you in and gets you hooked from the jump. But we all want to get better at it and improve our game. Because no matter how fun it is, it’s also really hard.
You should know by now, I’m quick to tell my story: I’d like to think that I held the record for how bad someone can actually be starting out. I mean, there’s true beginner and then there’s “dude, you suck.” That was me. But gradually, I got a little bit better and smarter at disc golf. I practiced a lot and learned everything I could. Now by no means am I an advanced player, but today I can mostly hold my own out on the course.
I was SO bad when I first started because I was given drivers as a beginner. I soon learned that drivers as a beginner disc golfer just doesn’t work. I wanted to improve, so I started researching. I learned to put down the drivers and disc down. Luckily, I had bought one mid-range: my Innova Wombat. You need a good stable to understable mid-range at the core of your game AND as a new player.
So today, I’ve got a list of the 13 best understable mid-range discs. These discs are somewhat slow, accurate, and will help you improve. They’re exactly what you need at the center of your disc golf game.
The 13 Best Understable Mid-range
1. MVP Tangent
2. Discraft Comet
3. Latitude 64 Fuse
4. Innova Panther
5. Infinite Discs Anubis
6. Prodigy M4
7. Discraft Buzzz SS
8. Dynamic Discs Evidence
9. Axiom Theory
10. Innova Foxbat
11. Discraft Archer
12. Westside Discs Tursas
13. Innova Wombat
What is understability?
Understability is a disc’s tendency to turn over to the right (RHBH thrower) when first thrown and doesn’t need as much speed and spin on the disc to fly as such.
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 more turn and less fade.
To put it simply, though, understable discs are just easier to throw and will turn more to the right for you (if you’re a RHBH thrower). This makes understable discs fantastic discs for beginners and newer players. They’re just plain easier to throw.
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 understable disc
1. If you’re a newer player
Like I said, easier to throw. When I was new, I didn’t understand stability at all. I was bad at disc golf and the discs I chose to play with were way too tough for me to play with. Now I normally don’t suggest distance drivers to brand new players, so if that’s you, I’d recommend starting with a couple discs from our best discs for beginners list here. But if you’ve played a few rounds and absolutely cannot wait to play with distance drivers, this list has you covered. These discs are the easiest distance drivers to throw and can benefit you in many ways.
2. Shot shaping
With understable discs, you have the ability to perform a couple different shots that allow you to creatively bring yourself options on challenging holes. There are two different, highly-effective shot types that you can perform with understable disc golf discs.
• Hyzer Flip – this is a tough shot used often by skilled disc golfers. In order to achieve this, you have to throw an understable disc with a hyzer throw. As the disc is released and begins curving to the left (RHBH thrower), the understability will kick in and make the disc curve to the right. Check out Eric Oakley’s quick demonstration of this shot in the video below ⬇️.
• Turnover shot – the turnover shot is another way to avoid challenging obstacles. With this shot, you’ll use an anhyzer throw with an understable disc. Your throw will start out curving to the right and continue to curve around to the right because of understability. This allow you to curve thr disc around obstacles with the shape of the shot similar to that if a half circle. For more on this, check out DiscGolfKyle’s quick tips in the video below
Lastly, understable discs can be used to get a little bit of extra distance on your throws. The understability allows the disc to stay a little bit straighter before it fades due to more high-speed turn. This can help you get some extra feet of flight on your throws, possibly leading to better overall scores at the end of the day.
The 13 Best Understable Mid-range
Our #1 Pick – MVP Tangent (4, 4, -0.5, 0.5)
The Tangent has really grown on me lately. It’s also made me rethink its position at #99 on my top 101 best disc golf discs list. I may be moving that disc a little closer to the top real soon.
The Tangent, though, is just an absolutely fantastic understable mid-range. It’s one of the most popular mid-range discs in the #discgolfcommunity and for good reason: first, the Tangent feels great in your hand. Their two-plastic overmold also looks really nice (especially in the premium plastic). What I like about the Tangent the most is the versatility between skill levels. This is the ideal disc for beginners and intermediate players, while this will fly perfectly straight for advanced players on any line you put it on. If you can only get one disc off this list, grab a Tangent here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
2. Discraft Comet (4, 5, -2, 1)
The Comet has been one of those super steady, ridiculously reliable discs for a LONG time…like decades. As disc golf discs have evolved, the Comet has mostly stayed the same and provides a frisbee-like feel to your mid-range game because of how big it actually is.
The Comet is nice in that it can hit a lot of different shots for you on the course. It’s very versatile, like almost all the discs on this list, but it has a way of flying that sets itself apart from the majority of other mid-range discs. That’s why it’s been so popular for so long. If you want a Comet, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
3. Latitude 64 Fuse (5, 6, -1, 0)
I’ve been on my Latitude 64 kick here lately, because I’ve been throwing more of their discs and slowly finding out why they’re one of the best brands in disc golf. And one of the best reasons to try Lat 64 discs is because of their ability to make discs with a ridiculous amount of glide. The Fuse is just one more example of a Lat 64 disc that will fly forever. With a 5 speed and 6 glide rating, this disc will get up to speed, fly straight, then continue to fly for a long time. Grab a Fuse here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
4. Innova Panther (5, 4, -2, 1)
The Innova Panther is a really awesome mid-range and part of the Innova Champion 3-disc starter set. First off, I would say that this disc isn’t quite as understable as the flight ratings say. It has more of a -1 turn rating. I feel like the glide is actually a bit more at maybe a 5 instead of a 4. Innova states that the Panther is “a great disc for medium and short range shots and slow controlled turnover shots. Makes a good mid to long range roller disc.” Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com or here on Discgolfunited.com.
5. Infinite Discs Anubis (5, 5, 0, 0)
I’m already a big fan of the Anubis. This disc has really made me like the Infinite Discs brand more and more. They’ve also got a really great stable and overstable mid-range in their lineup. The Anubis, though, is one of the best understable mid-range discs out there today.
Here’s what Infinite Discs has to say about it: “the Anubis is a straight-flying, all-purpose, precision mid-range disc that will fit into the bags of both novice and professional players. Every player can count on the Anubis to hold the line whether thrown for shorter approaches or for longer distances off the tee. The Anubis will help players to fine-tune their throwing skills by flying precisely in accordance with the release from the hand.” Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
6. Prodigy M4 (5, 5, -1, 1)
The M4 is a slightly understable, highly underrated disc golf mid-range. Prodigy has really stepped it up in the last couple of years. And this disc has played a part in that. The M4 shoots straight, has a small bit of turn, then a little bit of fade. This disc will come out for those shots where you have to hit your line or die…you know, tight water shots, tight ob shots, and those through a tunnel. If that’s what you need, get an M4 here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
7. Discraft Buzzz SS (5, 4, -2, 1)
The Buzzz SS is the least popular version of the Discraft Buzzz but it still tops the chart with being one of the most popular understable mid-range discs in the game. Not only is it popular but highly-reviewed as well. This disc will normally give a little bit of turn, fly pretty straight, and then give just a subtle fade on the end of flight. Grab a Buzzz SS here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
8. Dynamic Discs Evidence (5, 5, -1, 0)
I love the Evidence. I don’t personally own one, but I’ve used my buddy Hunter’s disc so many times that it now feels like my disc. I use his disc a lot because it’s been so awesome to me every time I’ve thrown it (and I just haven’t bought one yet). This disc gets a pretty decent amount of distance but it’s just dead on accurate and set in its ways. The Evidence is being retired by Dynamic Discs, though, so get one now before they run out of them. I should probably pick one up myself, should I? You can get one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
9. Axiom Theory (4, 4, -1.5, 1)
The theory is a really nice understable mid-range that is perfect for beginners. Here’s what Axiom says about their disc: “The Theory is the perfect complement to the Alias. A flat release with moderate power will allow a gradual and predictable turn with great drift. Low power throwers can achieve very straight, neutral lines. Power throwers can also use this for consistent hyzerflips with an extended glide.” Pick one up here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
10. Innova Foxbat (5, 6, -1, 0)
Now the Foxbat is an interesting disc. In one of the weirdest statements I’ve read in awhile, InfiniteDiscs.com states that, “if you’ve ever wanted to see a fox fly like a bat,” this is the disc. As funny as that is, this disc is one that really flies. With a glide of 6, it will get you some good distance down the course. It’s also one of the fastest understable mid-range discs that I’ve seen in awhile. But it’s a good disc for just about any skill level. Beginners will like it due to it being easy to throw and not too demanding. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
11. Discraft Archer (6, 5, -3, 1)
The Archer is a very highly reviewed disc from Discraft. It’s a perfect introduction disc for new players with it’s heavy understability. But I would recommend it for just about anybody as a really solid distance mid-range. This disc, along with the Latitude 64 Fuse, are probably the best two discs on this list as far as distance goes (no pun intended). If you throw this disc with power, you can get 250-300 plus feet out of it. This disc is also probably the most underrated disc on this list. If you want one, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
12. Westside Discs Tursas (5, 5, -2, 1)
The Tursas is an excellent mid-range choice for your disc golf game. While there are better discs available, it’s a very capable and fairly understable option for use with turnover shots and if you need a decent ending fade at the end of your flight. You can get one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
13. Innova Wombat (5, 6, -1, 1)
Oh, man, I love my Wombat. Obviously, I’m not going to put this disc first because it’s really not one of the best mid-range discs out there. But it’s #1 to me. This disc single-handedly helped me improve my disc golf game so I’d highly recommend it if you’re brand new and just need a solid, slightly understable, straight-flying disc golf disc. The feel of this disc is fairly bulky but not so much so that it hinders your game. The glide is fantastic on the Wombat, allowing brand new players to get a bit extra distance on their throws. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
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