The Best Disc Golf Mid-Ranges For Perfect Approaches In 2024

No matter how I place the best disc golf mid-ranges, people will always have their favorites, even if it’s specifically for the perfect approach. 

It’s like arguing politics over Thanksgiving dinner. Nothing comes of it, and everyone leaves in a foul mood. 

But that’s the beauty of disc golf. My knee-jerk impulse is to choose the Buzzz. After all, it’s easily the highest-ranked mid-range on the planet. 

However, I will be the guy who brings canned cranberry to the aforementioned Thanksgiving dinner and opt for the Dynamic Discs Justice.

The Best Disc Golf Mid-Ranges

  1. Dynamic Discs Justice (Best Disc Golf Mid-Range Overall)
  2. Doomsday Discs Desolation (Best Disc Golf Mid-Range for the Price)
  3. Kestrel Mid-Range (Best Disc Golf Mid-Range for Beginners)
  4. Dynamic Discs Verdict (Best Disc Golf Mid-Range for Intermediate Players)
  5. Dynamic Discs Emac Truth (Best Disc Golf Mid-Range for Expert Disc Golfers)
  6. Kastaplast K1 Kaxe Z (Best Disc Golf Driving Mid-Range)
  7. Discraft Buzzz (Best Disc Golf Approach Mid-Range)
  8. Innova Mako 3 (Honorable Mention)

Testing Procedure

Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not going toe-to-toe with Paul McBeth anytime soon. But I do play enough to know whether or not a mid-range is worth my time. As I’ve said before, the only way to learn the value of a disc is to get out there and start slinging it. This is why my rankings are based on years of throwing these disc golf mid-ranges.

Disc Golf Mid-Range Reviews of Our Top Picks

There are probably some names on there that some of you recognize and a few that are new to the shuffle. Kestrel, Doomsday, Yikun, etc, are newcomers (to a degree) in the great scheme of things and already making a name for themselves.

There’s nothing at all wrong with a diverse array of discs, however, and a few of these are quite good. 

Dynamic Discs Justice- Best Disc Golf Mid-Range Overall

Features

  • 5/3/0.5/4 Flight Pattern
  • Extremely Overstable
  • Five plastic types
  • Advanced Skill level
  • Beaded

Specs

  • Diameter: 21.3cm
  • Rim Width: 1.5cm
  • Weight: 176g Max
  • Height: 1.7cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.3cm

Why We Chose It

There are other mid-ranges out there with a brutal fade and relatively zero turn, but the Justice simply takes the cake for various reasons. Its only fault is its heavy fade at the end. But honestly, the versatility this disc offers, especially in the woods, is bar none.

You can also make it work in the open if you need to. Once you understand its range and curve, you’ll be parking this mid-range beast under every basket you come across. It’s the best weapon in your disc golf bag when you’re on a densely wooded course, and it will take a long, brutal beating before it loses its luster. 

Doomsday Discs Desolation – Budget-Friendly Disc Golf Mid-Range

Features

  • 5/5/0/2 Flight Numbers
  • Slightly Overstable
  • One plastic type
  • Beginner Skill Level
  • Beadless

Specs

  • Diameter: 21.2cm
  • Rim Width: 1.5cm
  • Weight: 176g Max
  • Height: 2.1cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.6cm

Why We Chose It

Doomsday is not a brand you hear about as much as Innova, the Trilogy line, Discraft, Axiom, etc. But the Doomsday Discs Desolation is more than equal to the other, more popular brands. This disc reminds me of the beginner-friendly Kestrel. You don’t need a meathook to bend it to your will, and it’s a great disc for breaking new players into the game.

The Desolation has an easy flight pattern with a moderate throw behind it. It’s fairly straight, with a light fade at the end. That fade becomes more brutal if you let it go on a hyzer, however. The disc’s biggest drawback is the singular plastic mold it comes in. It’s relatively grippy, but it might not be for everyone. 

Kestrel Mid-Range – Best Disc Golf Mid-Range for Beginners

Features

  • 3/3/0/2 Flight Numbers
  • Low speed and stable
  • One plastic type (Standard)
  • Beginner Skill Level
  • Beaded

Specs

  • Diameter: 21cm
  • Rim Width: 1.2cm
  • Weight: 171g Max
  • Height: 1.5cm
  • Rim Depth: 1cm

Why We Chose It

Kestrel’s Starter Kit is “basic” personified. You won’t find anything wild and crazy, and the disc aesthetics are straightforward. The Kestrel Mid-Range is an excellent short par 3 disc where you’re only dealing with light turns, and you need an easy fade. Controlling this disc is a breeze.

A throw with precision and average strength behind it will net you a smooth release and a straight line. Since the disc is very low speed, almost putter-like, it’s more stable than the 2 fade number indicates. It settles nicely and easily, especially when you need it on hard ground or a slope.

Dynamic Discs Verdict – Best Disc Golf Mid-Range for Intermediate Players

Features

  • 5/4/0/3 Flight Numbers
  • Very Overstable
  • Four Plastic Types
  • Intermediate to Expert Skill Level
  • Beadless

Specs

  • Diameter: 21.7cm
  • Rim Width: 1.5cm
  • Weight: 180g Max
  • Height: 1.7cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.2cm

Why We Chose It

The Dynamic Discs Verdict is far and away one of my favorite discs. The level of versatility on it is insane, especially when you beat it in a little. You see, even though it has a high Fade number, a slightly to moderately beat-in Verdict is heaven-sent for the finesse players out there. 

With the right juice behind it and a flat release, the Verdict will perform one of the sickest yet streamlined S-curves in the game. If you need a bob-and-weave disc or one that handles strong doglegs, the Verdict is your disc. It’s so useful that it should be in your bag. 

Dynamic Discs EMac Truth – Best Disc Golf Mid-Range for Experts

Features

  • 5/5/0/2 Flight Numbers
  • Overstable
  • Five Plastic Types
  • Beginner to Expert Skill Level
  • Beadless

Specs

  • Diameter: 21.7cm
  • Rim Width: 1.5cm
  • Weight: 180g Max
  • Height: 1.8cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.2cm

Why We Chose It

It may seem counterproductive to call the EMac Truth the best disc for experts. However, it’s much harder to take a stable disc and turn it into a do-it-all mid-range than it is to take an overstable or understable disc and make it versatile. I labeled it Beginner to Expert because a beginner can be successful with it.

However, it takes an expert to unleash the maximum potential of the EMac Truth. To me, it feels like a slightly overstable disc, and since I tend to put too much mustard behind it, I often flip it or send it sailing in a never-ending anhyzer. This is the perfect finesse disc and, once you master it, one of the best of the best. 

Kastaplast K1 Kaxe Z – Best Disc Golf Driving Mid-Range

Features

  • 6/5/0/2 Flight Numbers
  • Stable
  • Two Plastic Types
  • Intermediate to Expert Skill Level
  • Beadless

Specs

  • Diameter: 21.1cm
  • Rim Width: 1.5cm
  • Weight: 175g Max
  • Height: 1.9cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.3cm 

Why We Chose It

This is probably one of the weirdest disc names in the sport, besides maybe the Sockibomb Slammer. The Kastaplast K1 Kaxe Z is also one of those hybrid discs, like the Harp or the Sockibomb. It can serve as a fairway driver if you need it to, holding a steady line even with a relatively strong release. 

I wouldn’t put it up there with the best of the sidearm mid-ranges, but it’ll do that, too, if you’re used to its pattern and release. It has a light fade and flies fairly straight. The more juice, the more pronounced the S-curve when you need it. It’s a fantastic option for tunnel shots as well. 

Discraft Buzzz – Best Disc Golf Approach Mid-Range

Features

  • 5/4/-1/1 Flight Numbers
  • Slightly Understable to Stable
  • Six Plastic Types
  • Beginner to Expert Skill Level 
  • Beadless

Specs

  • Diameter: 21.7cm
  • Rim Width: 1.2cm
  • Weight: 195g Max
  • Height: 1.9cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.3cm

Why We Chose It

Look, I’m definitely in the “Buzzz is one of the best mid-ranges of all time” camp. However, it’s the best of all time in terms of its “classic” status. I’m open-minded enough to know there are a lot of mid-ranges that have hit the market since the Buzzz, and some are better in some ways. 

Sacrilege. I know.

Under normal scenarios, the Buzzz’s flight path is a moderate S-curve, becoming more pronounced with a stronger release. I notice that the Buzzz loves to stay in the air longer than it looks, even though it’s a relatively flat-topped disc. I love its flight pattern, and when you hit the right release, it’s a thing of beauty. 

Innova Mako 3 – Honorable Mention

Features

  • 5/5/0/0 Flight Numbers
  • As stable as it gets
  • Four Plastic Types
  • Beginner to Expert Skill Level
  • Beadless

Specs

  • Diameter: 21.7cm
  • Rim Width: 1.2cm
  • Weight: 181g Max
  • Height: 2.1cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.4cm

Why We Chose It

Nothing epitomizes the stable mid-range better than the Innova Mako 3. I couldn’t finish this list without old reliable making it on here somewhere. The Mako 3 was one of the first discs I ever had in my bag, and it remained in my bag until it was practically beat to a pulp.

With a calm, controlled arm, the Mako 3 is one of the straightest flyers, dependably so, even if you beat it in a little. The more beat-in it becomes, the more versatility it gains as that S-curve creeps in. The Mako 3 is a highly dependable disc, and I can’t recommend it enough as a mainstay in your bag.

How To Choose The Best Disc Golf Mid-Range

Everybody has their preference when it comes to mid-range discs, whether it’s beadless, beaded, flat, domey, thick, thin, straight and solid, or flippy. I like a good combination of highly overstable discs in my bag, while some may prefer the understable variety.

Durability

Some of the discs on here come in basic plastic only, especially those mostly reserved for beginners. The thing is, you want to get a durable disc, but that doesn’t mean your basic plastics don’t have a use. The more beat-in a disc becomes, the more its flight path changes, becoming advantageous in entirely different ways.

Price

Beginners are going to pay less for many of their discs. However, you can find some fantastic deals on starter sets and other sets that include multiple popular discs within a specific brand. Disc golfers tend to turn into collectors, however, so it’s generally a matter of time before those dollar signs start racking up.

Feel 

To me, this is the most important factor. A good grip is where everything starts. Your release is 90% of your game, and how well or how loose your grip on the disc is makes a huge difference. 

Flight

I prefer versatility, so I bag very overstable, strongly overstable, and somewhat overstable mid-ranges. That’s mostly because I play wooded courses almost exclusively (that’s what’s around me). But the flight pattern desire is a matter of what courses you have and what you’re trying to achieve. 

Final Putt: Best Disc Golf Mid-Ranges

While putting remains my number one when it comes to making or breaking a game, the approach is a very close second. You can correct a bad drive, but it’s not as easy to correct a bad approach, and you’re usually putting a long way off when you mess up on the approach. 

All-in-all, these are the eight best disc golf mid-ranges in the game, in my oh-so-humble opinion. Of course, my opinion comes from my experience with them and my love of the game. 

Even if you’ve never tried any of the above, however, you should mark them down as must-haves if you want to improve your game.

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