So, you're looking to upgrade your discs and wonder what the next level of disc have to offer.
The best disc for intermediate players in our opinion and the opinion of many others is the Dynamic Disc. This disc is perfect for slower throw speeds but results in greater distance. It's also accurate and suitable for many approach shots.
However, there are a few others that might take your fancy.
Let's have a look at 5 suitable options for intermediate players who want to step up their game.
Having the right disc for your skill level not only makes you a better player, but also makes the game fun.
As an intermediate player, it’s time to take your distance game and strategy to the next level.
Your speed and skill are improving, so you need new a disc upgrade.
You’re now able to throw harder to achieve more speed with an overstable fairway driver.
It works great in windy situations and for hyzer shots. It’s also perfect for sidearm throwers as you’ll put less spin on the disc than a backhand thrower.
Another significant upgrade should be the overstable midrange disc.
They work best in headwinds (wind blowing opposite to the direction of your disc).
Since you’re intermediate, go for a heavier one as it’s more wind-resistant.
These two upgrades will help you achieve shots you never could as a beginner.
There’s no number of discs set in stone for this level. Each player usually carries the number of discs they are comfortable with.
Some will have 10, others 15, and some even 20. However, as you’re just starting at a new level, you can start with 6 discs, 2 of each type – driver, midrange, and putter.
Almost every experienced player will tell you they’ve lost a disc or two while playing.
It helps to have a few extra ones on hand just in case.
The PDGA is a great reference for advice. Go check them out here!
Your skill level has nothing to do with the price of a golf disc. Instead, it’s more dependant on the quality of plastic used to make the discs.
All levels of disc golf have both low quality plastic discs and high-quality plastic gifts.
As a beginner, you probably used starter sets, which are typically made from low-quality plastic.
However, some individual discs for beginners are high-quality.
If you continue using the same quality of plastic that you’ve had as a beginner, you might not spend more.
However, if the quality was low and you’re looking to get better ones, you’ll part with some extra cash.
The discs made with the best plastic will cost you the most money.
On average, a disc golf disc costs between $13 and $15. However, the actual prices range from $8 to $20.
The price of each disc depends on the plastic grade quality, manufacturer, and type of disc.
Now that you’re more serious about disc golfing, you might as well know what types of plastic grade to look out for:
These low-grade plastic discs may have a good grip but wear quickly.
Examples include Innova DX, Kestrel Plastic, Prime, Yikun Tiger Line, Pro D, and Retro Line.
DX and Pro-D plastic discs get chipped and scratched quickly, reducing their stability over time.
A powerful throw into a tree will affect its flight ability.
This low-grade plastic is not recommended for drivers.
However, it may be adequate for midrange discs and putters that are thrown with much less force.
If you’re disc golfing in an area where you’ll likely lose your disc, a few cheap ones wouldn’t be a bad idea.
This grade is not commonly used for golf discs. Some examples include P-Line, Sure-Grip, BT Hard, Biofuzion, Jawbreaker/Rubber Blend, and KC-Pro.
Although it’s more expensive and lasts longer than the basic grade, your disc will still get damaged if you throw it into a hard object.
Discs in this grade are rare because disc golfers will buy cheap (basic grade) or premium.
Most large disc manufacturers produce ultra-durable plastic.
Examples are Innova Champion, Dynamic Discs Lucid, Discraft Z, Prodigy 400, Latitude 64 Opto, C-Line, Yikun Phoenix Line, and Viking Storm.
The discs are solid, smooth, and clear. This grade can endure rough conditions and hard throws without altering its stability.
The only downside to it is it lacks the grip other plastic grades have.
Ultralight discs are perfect for beginners as they can throw them over a long distance.
More advanced players find a challenge with these discs as they lack grip and make them feel out of control when throwing them.
Some examples include Opto-Air, Zero-G, and Blizzard Champion.
All the huge disc brands produce premium plastic discs that are durable and have outstanding grip.
Talk about the best of both worlds. Examples include Innova Star, Latitude 64 Goldline, Discraft ESP, Dynamic Discs Fuzion, S-Blend, and Infinite Discs.
They are pricey, but the excellent performance and control make it worth the price.
Now that your arms are stronger and you can throw between 250 and 350 feet, you should throw discs that are mid-weight, heavier than younger and beginner player level.
The appropriate weight for intermediate players is between 170 and 172 grams.
They are more stable in flight and less affected by wind than the lighter ones.
That said, some intermediate players prefer to throw lighter weights for specific shots.
Sets were a great option when you were a beginner because you had all the types of discs in one set to help you navigate the game easily.
In any case, most sets are manufactured for beginners.
Unfortunately, many manufacturers make these sets with inferior quality plastic because beginners are usually more concerned about cost and are just getting into the game.
At the intermediate level, the game is now more important to you, so it’s essential to select specific individual discs that match your skill and give you the speed or stability you require.
It doesn’t matter if they are from separate manufacturers. Quality individual discs are more expensive than sets, but it’s important to have excellent quality.
They always say ' a bad player blames his equipment' but having the ' Right' equipment is essential to get the best out of any player.