If you read our article on understanding the difference between an overstable vs understable disc, you got a quick taste of disc golf discs with stable characteristics. However, we wanted to provide a more extensive list and focus on the most stable mid-range discs.
Why You Need Stable Mid-Range Discs
For some disc golf players the mid-range shot can be the most difficult. We often focus on getting distance from the Tee or perfecting our putting accuracy.
But the Mid-range shot can put you in a precarious position depending on the outcome of that tee drive. You might not be able to step into the throw, or end up throwing from an unbalanced spot. Making it necessary to have discs that can give you any advantage possible.
At 50 plus feet out from the basket, you may choose to pull out a mid-range disc. With a headwind between you and the basket it’s a good idea to use a more stable mid-range disc. Decreasing the chance of your disc from flying off into the wind.
What is an Overstable Disc?
The definition of an overstable disc golf disc is a disc who’s flight path turns the opposite direction of the throwing hand. For example right handed player throwing an overstable disc from the backhand should see it turn left. Overstable discs typically have a Turn rating of +1 or higher.
How We Came Up With Our Most Stable Mid-Range Disc List
I personally like making and researching these lists as it gives me a chance to catch up on what the manufacturers have been developing. It also lets me discover new discs to try and get feedback from our readers. At the end of the day though, it gives us all a point of reference.
So if you’re on the lookout for some new discs and you want them to be stable or even overstable…well bookmark this one because it’s full of options. We broke this article down by the top manufacturers. We then summarize their offerings of discs in the mid-range category with the stable or overstable characteristics.
From there we scoured the forums, chat rooms, and even bought a few. Ok, maybe more than a few, but who’s judging? All in the name of providing a comprehensive list that helps analyze discs in the stable range.
Stable to Overstable Mid-Range Discs Made By DiscCraft
Discraft Elite Z Wasp
Flight Numbers: 5 | 3 | 0 | 2
The Wasp is a bit more stable than the Buzzz. With almost no turn and a large bead the disc flies straight. Making it perfect for those technical shots. I personally can’t get much distance out of my Wasp, but that’s not really the intention. I use this for approach shots more than anything and consider it one of my reliable flying discs that doesn’t require much arm strength or power. Swat that basket with your DiscCraft Wasp!
Flight Numbers: 5 | 4 | 1 | 3
Coming straight from the pro line by Paul McBeth, the Malta is the solution for those needing stability with a bit of distance. This disc reminds me of my favorite Discraft Buzzz but more stable.
It has a wider diameter making it slightly beefier and perhaps not as approachable for the beginner player. I don’t pull this one out every time but find myself continually going back to it in hopes I get better with it. I’ve even seen the Malta used as a putter. Check out the Malta here: Discraft Malta.
DiscCraft Buzzz OS
Flight Numbers: 5 | 4 | 0 | 3
The Discraft Buzzz may be one of the world’s most popular discs. But if your new to the game or Discrafts lineup, you may not realize it comes in multiple formats.
The Buzzz OS version stands for overstable…exactly what we’re looking for. Many players love their Buzzz simply because of the feel in the hand and during release. The Buzzz OS provides that same familiarity with a little more stability.
So when you’re facing a headwind or need a straight shot, perhaps something that will fade hard, pull out the Buzzz OS. Put a little Buzzz in your bag: Discraft Buzzz OS
Flight Numbers: 5 | 3 | 1 | 4
Even more stable than the Discraft Buzzz Os is the Drone. With a turn of +1 this disc will cut through a headwind with little turnover, keeping it from becoming a flyaway.
Perhaps not the best option for the beginner, and maybe more of a utility disc, when I wake to a windy day I make space in my bag for the Discraft Drone. I don’t pull out on every hole, but when the wind doesn’t die, I take a step back and reload with the Drone.
With a fade of 4 the Drone allows a strong arm to launch it without fear of overthrowing the basket. Throw like theres cameras watching and add a Discraft Drone to your arsenal today!
Stable to Overstable Mid-Range Discs Made By Innova
Flight Numbers: 5 | 4 | 0 | 3
There is no mistaking why I put the Roc3 on this list. Some would argue other mid-range discs try to mimic the Roc3. Often falling short where the Roc3 stands out.
The Innova Roc3 is a staple in the #discgolfcommunity and has a following among the dedicated. It’s said to be one of the more versatile discs available. Performing well in the wind and providing the thrower with a consistent fade at the end.
This might be the perfect mid-range to transition into the stable line of discs. A recent review on Infinite Discs by user @DiscYanker says it well: “It’s overstable and beats in to be very, very straight. Beginners like to use this as an approach disc, which I suppose is fine, but you’re not getting the true purpose from this disc. On a good rip you can pop this disc out 300-320′ with minimal fade. It’s very point and shoot if you have the power for it. I would suggest beginners stay away from champ plastic and go with DX or Star to get a better, straighter flight. I think the glide is a little higher than what’s listed.” Don’t delay this obvious choice, grab the Innova Roc3 today!
Flight Numbers: 4 | 4 | 0 | 2
The Shark has to be on the list for mid-range discs from Innova. I love mine and most others would say the same. Innova claims it as the best all around mid-range and I can concur with that depiction.
I wouldn’t say the Shark is going to fly the farthest, nor would I say it’s always a smooth shot, but for some reason it feels good and releases well. The line holds true and almost always the same in flight. The Shark comes in the Innova Starter Set but over time, you will want to upgrade to the higher end plastic. Pickup the Shark here: Innova Shark.
Flight Numbers: 3 | 1 | 0 | 3
Being the second highest producer of mid-range discs (Discraft is #1) it’s no wonder Innova has options for players looking to add a stable midrange disc. But the Innova Pig is arguably their most popular choice.
The Innova Pig is bought for a couple of reasons, with the reviews citing it’s ability to just drop at the end of flight. This can be ideal in comparison to faster discs that may skip at the end or continue gliding.
With a glide of only 1 and a fade of 3 the Pig is sure to fly like a brick…perfect for parking the disc next to the basket for an easy layup. Perhaps more of a utility disc, I pull mine out when on an upshot or facing the wind. I also sometimes use it to putt with as it gives me confidence it won’t get caught in the wind.
Pick up a Pig here: Innova Pig
Stable to Overstable Mid-Range Discs Made By Dynamic Discs
Dynamic Discs Lucid Justice
Flight Numbers: 5 | 1 | .5 | 4
We featured the Lucid Justice in our Overstable vs Understable article and rightfully so. With a speed of only 5 and a turn of .5, this overstable disc should justifiably be on your list to try. The one downside to this disc is the fade spec. At 4 its going to drop quickly towards the end of its flight…that might put off the beginner.
But with lucid plastic you’ll be sure to have plenty of time getting used to the nuances before it gets heavily chipped. The Justice feels great as both a backhand and forehand.
Note: I reached out to Dynamic Discs for an understanding of why the Glide rating went from a 3 to a 1…their response: “When DD bought Westside, we noticed there were inconsistencies with the flight numbers across the 3 brands so we updated the flight numbers on some discs.
I don’t have an exact list of which molds were updated but that is most likely the reason you’re seeing 2 numbers.” Pick one up here: Dynamic Disc Justice.
Dynamic Discs Emac Truth
Flight Numbers: 5 | 5 | 0 | 2
The Truth is a popular disc and the Emac is said to be the more stable version of it. I was told to use it on upshots as it won’t turnover and fly off into the woods. We have a lot of upshots here in the highlands so this was rewarding to test out…those who mentioned it were really telling the truth.
Ok, too soon, maybe, but the bottom line is that this disc is a solid choice for your mid-range stable disc section in the bag. Select your DD Emac Truth and let us know if we are lying in the comments below.
Stable to Overstable Mid-Range Discs Made By Discmania
Flight Numbers: 5 | 3 | 0 | 4
Designed to have no round surfaces. The Mutant has a low glide and can cut through a headwind. If you need a mid-range shot to fade quickly and get you out of a tough spot, this is the disc. It may take some time getting used to the rim and the way it feels during release. I use it more as a utility disc to layup and park the disc where I need it. Choose your Mutant here: Discmania Evolution Mutant.
Flight Numbers: 4 | 3 | 0 | 2
If John Williams directed Discmania to develop a masterpiece it might just be the perfect music to the way this disc feels during release. The Maestro has a nice bead to it, making it smooth for both the backhand and forehand thrower. It won’t fade as much as the Mutant, which is nice when you need something to loft a bit longer towards the end of the flight. Conduct your shot and put the Discmania Maestro in the orchestra today.
Stable to Overstable Mid-Range Discs Made By Latitude 64
Latitude 64 Compass
Flight Numbers: 5 | 5 | 0 | 1
The Compass gets featured in our Build a Trilogy Disc Golf Bag article, and for good reason. The Compass is a popular midrange disc that is often chosen by new players who want a versatile option. It was designed by professional player Ricky Wysocki and is a straight-flying, middle-of-the-road choice. While the writer prefers the Innova Wolf, they sometimes use the Compass when they need a “reset” and want a neutral flight. The Compass is good for understanding wrist angle and can help beginners improve their throws..
Find your direction with the Latitude 64 Compass here: LT 64 Compass
Stable to Overstable Mid-Range Discs Made By Kastaplast
Kastaplast Gote K1
Flight Numbers: 4 | 5 | 0 | 1
I recently reviewed the Kastaplast Grym distance driver and have to say it might be my favorite disc at the moment. With that, I am excited to get my hands on a few more of their lineup including these two options…
First the Kastaplast Gote…this is a slower speed mid-range with a little more stability then our next option. Arguably easier to throw, the Göte is a midrange disc with a larger diameter than the Kaxe midrange driver. It is slower and more maneuverable on shorter holes or when using less power.
Try the Kastaplast Gote here: Kastaplast Gote
Flight Numbers: 6 | 4 | 0 | 3
Next from Kastaplast is the Kaxe lineup. It comes in two versions, the original Kastaplast Kaxe and the Kastaplast KaxeZ…essentially the difference is that one has a bead and the Z version doesn’t. Also, the Z version might be a little less stable but I would argue neither are the most overstable discs on our list.
Bead or not is a personal preference for the most part, although some would say with it, discs become a little more stable and glide a little better. Thought of as a multi-purpose disc, the Kaxe can handle a decent amount of speed and head-wind, but will also perform better than the typical mid-range driver when powered-down.
Kick the bogeys down a notch with the Kastplast Kaxe!
Stable to Overstable Mid-Range Discs Made By Axiom
Flight Numbers: 5 | 4 | 0 | 2.5
I could be wrong but I believe the Pyro is the first stable midrange disc from Axiom. Although I don’t own one, I have gotten the chance to throw it at a local shop that lets you test before you buy.
The Pyro has a Proton core and Prism rim. Giving it high durability and a dual tone color. The color difference comes at an advantage in low-light “search and find rescue operations”.
Though not as stable as some on this list, the Pyro makes a great addition to your MVP/Axiom discs lineup. They never disappoint on the design side and I for one look forward to adding a few from their offerings this season.
Pick a Pyro here: Axiom Pyro
Stable to Overstable Mid-Range Discs Made By Prodigy
Prodigy Ace Line M Model S
Flight Numbers: 6 | 4 | 0 | 3
Don’t let the long winded name detour you. The Ace line from Prodigy has it all, including a fairway driver, mid-range, and putter. This is arguably their most popular line of discs and has something for everyone to try.
PRODIGY FLIGHT & PLASTIC INFORMATION
A quick detour to explain the Prodigy Disc naming system straight from the manufacturer: “designed to help players figure out what disc they need for each shot quickly and easily. The letter in the model name represents the type of disc. For example, the ‘M’ in M4 stands for Midrange Disc. The number in the model name represents the stability of the flight path. Our models range from 1 to 7 – ‘1’ being the most overstable and ‘7’ being the most understable. Therefore, the “4” in M4 means that it falls in the middle of our stability rating, making it a slightly understable, depending on the model range in that series.”
The line M Model S is exactly what we are looking for, stability with a bit lower speed. These flight characteristics are perfect for the beginner looking to work different shot shapes by changing the release angle (read our article on shot shapes if you’re new to the game: The basics of disc golf throws).
I think Prodigy describes the M Line best: “Players will be able to navigate tight fairways or throw longer approaches with confidence. Work with it at any angle to hit that perfect line. With a slightly larger diameter than drivers, M Model discs are designed for control and provide a great tool for players to learn different disc flights on both drives and approach shots.”
So be sure to include one of the Line M Model S discs in your quiver for when you’re just not sure what to throw.
A Stable Selection…
All of the discs on this list are great options for your mid-range shots. We not only purchased nearly all of them but bagged them on a regular basis. We also took the time to view others’ opinions and read their reviews in order to keep the selection as stable as possible (pun +1).
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