The 15 Best Discs For Backhand Throws (2024)

Denis Flaschner, (Pro) | PDGA #49081

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Four disc golf discs representing our pick for the best backhand discs

Here’s how we picked this list of the best discs for backhand throws (skip ahead to jump straight to the reviews.)

Learning the ins and outs of disc golf means taking in a mammoth amount of information- throwing technique, disc reviews, wind reads, shot strategy, etc. Let’s take it back to simpler times and discuss the humble backhand. Do you consider yourself a backhand thrower? Chances are, you’re in the majority.

Many of us learn the backhand first (unless you’re one of those freakish, naturally gifted forehand-dominant players), and there is no shortage of discs to choose from. But are some discs just better suited to backhands, especially when it comes to learning the game? We think so.

Join us as we dive into the 14 best discs for backhand dominant disc golfers- we’ll cover discs that we believe are suited to a wide variety of skills and abilities; hopefully, you’ll come away with some fresh insights (and maybe a new disc!)

If you are a beginner learning the ropes, you can learn the basic disc golf rules after reading this backhand disc review!

An Overview Of Backhand Throws

When it comes to maximum distance, some disc golfers swear by their backhand, whereas some strictly insist on using their forehand. Even though it’s an ongoing discussion on various forums (that often ends up spinning into threads of technique commentary and pretty helpful YouTube video links), we think that backhand throws are the way to go.

While a few players can throw forehand shots farther than their backhand, overall, more players can throw backhand farther. We’ll quickly cover the mechanics of backhand throws; if you’re curious, you might pick up a tip or two to extend your potential distance. Or get your throws to fly straighter.

Understanding Your Backhand

A couple of big things separate backhand and forehand (or sidearm, as some refer to it): your range of motion and muscle groups that are utilized. With backhand, your range of motion is farther: the disc travels from behind your body to a full extension outwards. The disc is able to fly farther due to having that range of motion to gather speed.

You’re also utilizing different (and larger) muscle groups to generate power when you’re throwing backhand. You’ll draw from your arm muscles and your legs, hips, core, and shoulders to drive that disc explosively. Forehand shots also use these muscle groups to a lesser extent.

Your wrist is also an important player here. Your wrist angle determines your throwing angle, and the main three are hyzer, flat, and anhyzer. You’ll complete your follow-through upon the disc’s release, carrying all your motion to the side.

A powerful and accurate backhand can allow you to achieve a variety of shot types, and the more you practice, the better equipped you’ll be out on the course! Some intentional backhand shots executed with an understable disc, for example, include rollers, hyzer flips, and turnover shots.

What Makes A Good Backhand Disc?

The beauty of backhand is: any of the four types of discs (distance drivers, control or fairway drivers, mid-range, and putt and approach) can be used! Determining what makes a good backhand disc will require a closer look at the flight ratings.

Speed, glide, turn, and fade: these four numbers will tell you how the disc will behave. Luckily for you, backhand shots can be used with any speed rating, provided that you have the arm power for it. The higher the speed number, the more potentially frustrating the disc will be if you aren’t able to power it up the way it requires to fly. For beginners, lower speeds are where it’s at.

Just like speed, any amount of glide is excellent for backhands. We’re partial to discs with higher glide ratings as they can be more forgiving, especially for beginner disc golfers. For maximum distance, you’ll want a disc that soars- so noting the glide rating can be helpful when you’re out buying discs.

Turn and fade will mainly dictate the direction of the disc’s flight path. The turn rating will help you understand where the disc will head once released from your hand. For example, a disc with a turn rating of -5 and a speed rating of 5 would be considered a very understable midrange disc.

Paul McBeth throwing a disc backhand

Understable discs tend to be more favorable for slower arms and rollers, as the disc will fly straight for a tad longer.

The fade number dictates where the disc will go near the end of the flight path. On the typical RHBH throw, discs tend to fade to the left. Very overstable discs are designed to fade hard and are typically utilized by more intermediate to advanced players who select them for a specific need or shot type.

There’s no hard and fast rule for what makes a disc a “backhand disc.” However, there is a plethora of discs out there that can suit your skill level and help improve your backhand throws. Discs also have a funny way of pointing out significant form errors, so be sure to practice throwing discs within your skill range.

We’ll include our suggestions for the best disc golf discs for beginners working on their backhand at the end! But for now, let’s get into distance drivers and mid-range discs that will suit backhand dominant players.

Best Disc Golf Drivers For Backhand

In no particular order, here are some of our favorite distance drivers for backhand throws.

MVP Volt

MVP Neutron Volt Blue/Purple/Teal Marble Color with Black Rim and Stamp

MVP Volt Flight Numbers:

  • Speed: 8
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -.5
  • Fade: 2

I recently had the chance to try out the MVP Volt, and let me tell you, this baby is a workhorse driver! The Volt has the perfect balance of speed, glide, and stability, making it a versatile choice whether you are brand new or James Conrad 😉

MVP’s GYRO overmold technology ensures a reliable and consistent flight, so you can trust it to handle long drives and tricky shots. Plus, it’s available in a variety of eye-catching colors and plastics like Neutron, Proton, Plasma, and Electron, so you can pick the perfect one to match your style.

Discraft Avenger SS

A pink Discraft Avenger SS with a blue stamp

Discraft Avenger SS Flight Numbers:

  • Speed: 10
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -3
  • Fade: 1

This understable disc is a fantastic choice for everyone, from beginners to more advanced disc golfers. In Z-plastic, the Avenger SS is highly durable (giving you longevity) and also doesn’t sacrifice excellent grip.

As a 10-speed driver, the Avenger SS can help throwers with big arms achieve some maximum distance when thrown backhand.

The Avenger SS’s understable profile also aids in shaping creative shots, like long turnovers or gentle hyzer-flips, expanding your strategic options on the course. Its controllable speed and turn make it a go-to disc for technical shots that require precision and finesse. Additionally, this disc’s smooth fade at the end of its flight ensures a predictable landing, minimizing the risk of rolling or unwanted skips.

Innova Destroyer

A photo of a black Innova Destroyer in Halo Star plastic

Innova Destroyer Flight Numbers:

  • Speed: 12
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -1
  • Fade: 3

The Innova Destroyer is an overstable disc that is perfect for backhands and, therefore, better suited for more intermediate and advanced disc golfers.

With it being a 12-speed, the Destroyer can definitely handle a lot of torque, even in headwinds.

You’ll find that the Innova Destroyer thrives when you need to cover significant distance with control. Its overstable nature allows you to trust it in windy conditions, ensuring it won’t turn over easily when faced with headwinds.

MVP Octane

A maroon colored MVP Octane disc

MVP Octane Flight Numbers:

  • Speed: 13
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -1
  • Fade: 2

The Octane is a high-speed, stable distance driver that just excels in wide open spaces. For those looking to increase the distance of their backhand drives, this disc is a great candidate.

The body is relatively domey and will afford gratuitous glide, but that doesn’t mean it’s the most beginner-friendly. It is great for those who also prefer wide rims and are looking for something similar to a Destroyer.

This makes it more suited to players who have developed more arm speed and can handle the wider rim of a distance driver comfortably.

The comparison to the Innova Destroyer isn’t just about rim width; both discs share characteristics that appeal to players looking for stability and distance. However, the Octane, with its unique flight pattern, offers a slightly different experience that you might appreciate, especially in wide-open spaces where its glide can truly shine.

Prodigy X3

A red/maroon Prodigy X3 red disc with Green metallic stamp

Prodigy X3 Flight Numbers:

  • Speed: 12
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -1
  • Fade: 3

There’s one word to describe the Prodigy X3, and that’s consistent. This glidey disc was designed with all levels in mind and is great for those long backhand drives.

It’s easy to put the X3 on any line and watch it stay on course. In the unique 400 plastic, the X3 still has a firm, grippy feel regardless of weather conditions and is highly durable for long-lasting play.

Best Disc Golf Mid Ranges For Backhand

Getting bored of your favorite throwing putters but unable to throw drivers? If you’re looking to amp up your midrange arsenal, check out a few of our favorite midranges below.

Discraft Buzzz

Discraft ESP Buzzz blue disc with black stamp

Discraft Buzzz Flight Numbers:

  • Speed: 5
  • Glide: 4
  • Turn: -1
  • Fade: 1

This insanely popular disc almost doesn’t need an introduction! For players who may be unfamiliar, one of the biggest selling points of this disc is that it can suit a super wide variety of skill levels and situations—its versatility is unparalleled.

The Buzzz will hold any line it’s put on, making it a great tool for players to analyze their technique.

Innova Roc3

An Innova Halo Roc 3 Tour Series Light Pink Disc with Blue Stamp

Innova Roc3 Flight Numbers:

  • Speed: 5
  • Glide: 4
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 3

The Roc3 is one of the most dependable overstable midranges available today (just ask world champion disc golfer Nate Sexton.) It’s slightly faster than its original counterpart and performs well in windy conditions. The Roc3 will give you a dependable left fade every time, and for intermediate players looking to improve their backhand, this disc is a great tool for measuring arm power.

When you throw the Roc3, you can expect a consistent fade towards the end of its flight. This predictable behavior is especially useful for navigating around obstacles or shaping shots that require a left finish (for right-hand backhand throwers).

The Roc3’s slightly faster speed compared to its original version allows for more distance, making it a helpful tool to gauge and improve your arm strength and throwing technique. This disc can help you refine your backhand drives, offering feedback on your power and form.

Innova Mako3

A yellow/white marbled colored Innova Hailey King Mako3 Disc with Blue stamp

Innova Mako 3 Flight Numbers:

  • Speed: 5
  • Glide: 4
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: o

This beginner-friendly straight shooter is great for beginners looking to expand their midrange repertoire. Many use the Mako3 as a straight-flying approach disc as its flight path is so unnervingly direct and accurate.

Many pros swear by Mako3; it was even Kona Panis’s signature tour series disc for years.

When you throw the Mako3, you’ll appreciate how slowly it wears in, maintaining its straight flight characteristics over time. This durability is key for a disc you’ll use frequently for accurate approach shots.

You’ll find this disc an asset in your bag, especially when precision and a straight flight path are crucial.

Prodigy M4

A Prodigy M4 Midrange Green disc with Blue stamp
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Prodigy M4 Flight Numbers:

  • Speed: 5
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -1
  • Fade: 1

The M4 is so generous with its glide, it’s a beauty to watch. This mid-range disc is very easy to control, even for beginners, and can be utilized for wooded courses, tunnel shots, and turnovers.

The M4 is known for its comfortable feel, and in durable 500 plastic, you can trust that this disc will hold up to trees it may end up meeting.

You’ll notice that the Prodigy M4’s generous glide makes it particularly effective for long, smooth flights, especially useful on wooded courses or for tunnel shots. Its ease of control, even for beginners, means you can use it confidently in various situations.

The comfortable feel of the M4, especially in 400 and 500 plastic, also plays a significant role in its performance. This durability is essential for withstanding impacts, especially when your disc encounters trees or other obstacles on wooded courses.

Best Backhand Discs For Beginners

So, you’re a player with slower arm speed and just starting out. Working on your backhand form is a great way to improve your game quickly, so props to you for coming here to learn!

There are so many discs out there that it can be confusing to figure out what will suit you best; after all, when it comes to disc golf discs, opinions are subjective to people’s experiences and abilities!

One of the best things to keep in mind as a beginner player is to play to your skill level. When you’re out shopping for discs, that means a disc with a higher speed rating doesn’t mean it’ll necessarily go farther- it means it’ll require more power to get there. Also, there’s no need to get a super heavy disc.

Lower-speed discs are made for slower arms and are way easier to throw; there’s no shame in that! It’s better to correct your form as you’re starting out and upskill slowly than to learn bad habits by throwing discs incorrectly for a long period of time.

Look for discs that also have a bigger glide rating and a high turn number. More glide means more distance, and a high turn rating means the disc will be more understable. When thrown slowly (“underpowered”), understable discs will actually go a bit farther for longer.

We recommend checking out these great putters and midranges that fall under these parameters and are great for building confidence during practices and out on the disc golf course.

Dynamic Discs EMAC Judge

An orange Dynamic Discs Emac Judge disc with Gold Stamp

Dynamic Discs EMAC Judge Flight Numbers:

  • Speed: 2
  • Glide: 4
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 1

The Judge is a fan-favorite stable putt and approach disc. The EMAC is Eric McCabe’s version of the Judge, and it offers high glide and a lot of forgiveness for beginner disc golfers.

This putter is trusty and feels good in the hand with its barely noticeable microbead. If you’re looking to become a better disc golf player, getting a Judge would be the way to start.

Axiom Proxy

A washout pink disc Proxy putter disc with black stamp

Axiom Proxy Flight Numbers:

  • Speed: 3
  • Glide: 3
  • Turn: -1
  • Fade: 0

This understable putter is awesome for novices who are learning to throw straighter. It’s got a low profile, which many beginners find comfortable in the hand.

The Proxy will display a neutral flight regardless of the speed it’s thrown, making it a great tool for intermediate players who are learning to dial in their approach game.

Discraft Comet

A Discraft Z Comet Metallic disc with Blue stamp

Discraft Comet Flight Numbers:

  • Speed: 4
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -2
  • Fade: 1

For short midrange shots, the Comet is great for beginners who might be looking for a disc that has an old-school feel.

The Comet will encourage players to really dial in their technique because it will bring awareness to flaws immediately. That kind of feedback is what makes the Comet so popular, and as a 4 speed, it’s well-suited for slower arms.

Innova Leopard

An Innova Leopard 3 Ohn scoggins tour series with yellow/white marbled color and blue/black gradient stamp

Innova Leopard Flight Numbers:

  • Speed: 6
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -2
  • Fade: 1

If you’re looking to add your first fairway driver to your bag, the popular Leopard is a great choice.

Beginners can enjoy more straight-flying distance due to the disc’s understability. It’s not super fast, as a speed 6, but is a prime choice for someone with lower-speed drives who would be getting into the next stages of disc golf development.

Innova Sidewinder

An Innova Sidewinder

Innova Sidewinder Flight Numbers:

  • Speed: 9
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -3
  • Fade: 1

As far as starting drivers go, the Sidewinder is an understable disc that finds its way into many beginners’ hands. Is it the potential for a beautiful flight and sweet distance off the tee?

Or perhaps its ability to turn into a roller disc and get you out of tight spots? It’s probably both, and then some: the magic of the Sidewinder (when thrown with proper technique) is obvious.

Innova Wraith

A Light blu and white marbled color Innova Halo Wraith Distance Driver Disc with Blue stamp

Innova Wraith Flight Numbers:

  • Speed: 11
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -1
  • Fade: 3

If you’ve made it this far in the hungry pursuit of knowledge and disc know-how, we commend you. Your reward, weary traveler, is our recommendation of the Innova Wraith. This is the perfect driver for intermediate players looking to step up their game.

There is much to love about this disc (ask any Wraith fan on Reddit) which makes it a great choice for disc golfers with the arm speed looking to pull the trigger on their first go-to distance driver.