The Best First Disc Golf Driver for New Players

As a beginner in disc golf, it can be tempting to reach for those 14 speed distance drivers. While it's a worn out piece of advice, don't do that. My game was transformed by throwing slower discs off the tee and working up to higher speeds as my form improved. 

Fairway drivers (particularly the seven to nine speed range) are an important slot in the bag of any player, but there are a few discs that stand out as great for certain shots or learning discs.

Innova IT (7/6/-2/1)

The Innova IT is an exceptional disc for beginner and intermediate players for so many reasons. Its understability and glide provide solid distance even when thrown at slower speeds. However, even as arm speed progresses, the IT can be a phenomenal disc to bag for hyzer flips, turnovers, or rollers. Understable discs are perfect for teaching release angles, and the IT is one of the best on the market. As far as hand feel goes, the IT is very unique, with a taller feeling rim than most drivers, making it a true bridge between a midrange and a fairway driver. Innova's plastic also makes this a great disc to bag multiples of -- Champion tends to fight out of the turn much better than other plastics, which won't come back as much.

Axiom Crave (6.5/5/-1/1)

The Axiom Crave is a nuetral fairway driver that will hold any line you put it on. Out of all the discs on this list, the Crave has the greatest potential to become the workhorse of your bag. There's not a ton to say about it, which in this case is good. The Crave is a straight flyer that goes where you want it to when thrown hard enough. It also tends to be a very forgiving disc amongst its kind when it comes to slower throws. 

Discraft Athena (7/5/0/2)

The Discraft Athena is a great choice to fit the stable/overstable fairway slot, with its reliable fade. Although there are a ton of options, such as the Innova Teebird or Latitude 64 Explorer, Discraft's ESP plastic is a personal favorite of mine, and the Athena flies extremely similarly to the aforementioned discs. For a reliable, stable disc, you can't go wrong with the Athena.

Latitude 64 Diamond (8/6/-3/1)

Although it can be extremely understable, you can't mention beginner fairway drivers without naming the Latitude 64 Diamond. As part of Latitude 64's "easy to use" line, the Diamond is understable and very lightweight. It won't handle wind very well, but the Diamond and other discs in the line could prove to boost your distance. If you've never tried throwing lightweight discs, the Diamond is a spectacular one to test out. The difference between max-weight discs and this is insane, and might just fit your game better.


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