Discraft Discs for Beginners

So you’ve gotten a few disc golf rounds under your belt and you’re ready to make your first disc purchase, but with so many choices out there where do you begin? In this post we’ll be giving you our recommendations on the best Discraft golf discs for beginners. You can also check out our guide to the best Innova Golf Discs for Beginners.

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Here is our summary of all the discs we review in this post. They’re all linked to infinitediscs.com where you can learn more and purchase if you’re ready! We recommend you read our Guide to Disc Golf Disc Weights before making your purchase. Feel free to skip ahead to whichever discs interest you most!

Drivers

These are the fun ones. Everyone wants a high speed driver that they can throw at full power. As a beginner, it is important to find drivers that allow you to get maximum distance using a hyzer flip or s-shot. If you are throwing a very overstable high speed driver, you won’t be able to get great distance because it will fade out too quickly in the flight path! As you increase your arm speed these discs will become more viable.

Discraft has two great discs that served me well when I made the jump up from the starter pack.

Z Nuke SS [Infinite]

Our first driver recommendation is the Z Nuke SS. Some highlights include:

  • Made with Discraft’s tour level plastic. It has great durability and holds its stability well.
  • High speed driver that is possible for beginners to throw well.
  • Awesome disc to learn how to throw a maximum distance style shot (like a hyzer-flip).
  • A great disc to get comfortable forehand driving as well. I’ve had great success throwing this on a slight hyzer and getting it to stand up before fading slightly at the end.

The Z Nuke SS is best used for:

  • Long backhand drives.
  • Hyzer flips.
  • Forehand drives and forehand stand-ups.
  • Flat shots with a skip at the end.

What sets the Z Nuke SS from other high speed drivers is its control and stability. Most high speed drivers are overstable out of the box and take a while to get beat in to get a full flight. The Z Nuke SS is a great beginner high speed driver out of the box, for both forehands and backhands. It isn’t particularly high glide, either, which makes it easier to control than other speed 13 drivers.

Z Heat

Our second driver recommendation is the Z Heat. Some highlights include:

  • Made with Discraft’s tour level plastic. It has great durability and holds its stability well.
  • High glide helps with extra distance for slower arm speeds.
  • Great for throwing straight shots with a faster disc.

The Z Heat is best used for:

  • Tighter distance shots with a backhand or forehand.
  • Drives that hold true to their release angle (i.e. a full hyzer drive).
  • Hyzer forehands with a skip at the end.

Overall, the Z Heat is a great utility control driver. It is neutral out of the box, which allows for long straight lines with both the forehand and backhand. As it gets beat in, it also becomes a great controllable hyzer flip disc. It is especially great for new forehand throwers, because its high glide and neutral stability help players developing a forehand drive.

Mid-Ranges

Discraft has an awesome selection of mid-ranges, but both of our favorites are in the Buzzz line.

ESP Buzzz

Our first mid-range recommendation is the ESP Buzzz. Some highlights include:

  • A neutral disc that flies true to the release angle you release it on.
  • Made with one of Discraft’s best plastics. The ESP has slightly less durability than the Z, but is a little better for a grip in nice conditions.
  • Nice comfortable rim shape that fits well in the hand for both backhands and forehands.

The Buzzz is best used for:

  • Backhand control lines (hyzer, anhyzer, flat).
  • Forehand control lines (hyzer, anhyzer, flat).
  • Approach shots that require a small skip.
  • Tight lines in the woods.

The Buzzz has been by far my favorite mid-range. It is a very true flying disc and it performs well when thrown hard, soft and in between. It is my most used disc on par 3s and it is great for control shots that don’t need too much distance. The ESP plastic holds the stability of it well over time and is very comfortable in the hand.

ESP Buzzz SS

Our second mid-range recommendation is the Buzzz SS, which is the understable Buzzz. Some highlights include:

  • Made with one of Discraft’s best plastics. The ESP has slightly less durability than the Z, but is a little better for a grip in nice conditions.
  • Nice comfortable rim shape that fits well in the hand for both backhands and forehands.
  • Slightly wider-rim than the Buzzz allows for more distance off of skips.
  • Great for shaping shots with.

The Buzzz SS is best used for:

  • Hyzer stand-ups with both backhand and forehands.
  • Forehands that finish with a slight fade and skip.
  • Control shots off the tee or in the fairway.
  • Short rollers.

These discs are only different by one flight number, but I found them to both be very useful on the course in their own ways. The Buzzz SS is most useful for forehands. I prefer the hyzer stand-up with Buzzz SS and I love the extra skip I get on shots with it. It is also great for longer Par 3s that require a full shot shape since the Buzzz SS can be hyzer flipped. Why get one Buzzz when you can have two?

Putters and Approach

Putters seem like the simplest discs; they don’t go very far, they all fly pretty similarly. However, just like mid-ranges and drivers, it is very common to bag multiple putter molds and for good reason. After starting out with just one putter I added the Zone and Roach, which are now my go-to Discraft putters and approach.

Jawbreaker Zone

Our approach disc recommendation is the Jawbreaker Zone. Some highlights include:

The Zone is best used for:

  • Forehand approach shots.
  • Backhand approach shots.
  • Short flex shots.
  • Scramble shots that involve upside downs (thumbers, hammers, etc.)

The Zone is a terrific approach disc. It is overstable, so you can always count on a consistent fade at the end of the flight. This combined with the comfortable rim and grip makes it very easy to control around the basket. This has come in really handy at wooded courses when I find myself hitting tighter approach lines or scrambling more often.

Jawbreaker Roach

Our putter recommendation is the Jawbreaker Roach. Some highlights include:

  • Beadless putter with a comfortable in the hand profile.
  • The best grip Discraft has to offer.
  • High glide makes it easier for beginner putters to expand their distance.
  • Flies very similarly to an Ultrastar.

The Roach is best used for:

  • Putting
  • Long Putts
  • Straight shots on short holes.

The Roach is a terrific beginner putter because it has very high glide. As a beginner, it is easy to come up short on a lot of putts because the disc drops out of the air. The Roach is great if this happens to you. It also is very comfortable in the hand; it has a low profile and is easy to grip.

Conclusion

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, so let us know which Discraft discs you think are the best for beginners in the comments below!

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