The Best Axiom & MVP Understable Drivers

by Denis Flaschner, Professional | PDGA #49081

Four of the Best Axiom and MVP Understable Drivers on White Background

Deciding between an Axiom and an MVP understable driver? Between the two titan sister brands, there are a lot of similarities (and differences) to cover every shot you might need.

We're covering some of our favorite Axiom and MVP understable drivers today, and we'll also include a few stable discs that become more understable as they beat in, which is useful info out on the course when you're facing a tricky shot.

If you are ready to shop, you can check out our selection of Axiom discs and MVP discs.

MVP Impulse

  • Flight numbers: 9 | 5 | -3 | 1
  • Dimensions: 21.1 cm diameter, 1.4cm height, 18.5 mm rim width
  • Popular plastics: Neutron 

MVP Impulse

This controllable distance driver is well-loved for its ability to give high-powered arms the ability to achieve long hyzer flips, turnover shots, and rollers. Its neutral to understable flight is also workable for more amateur players, who will benefit from some extended glide.

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Disc golf enthusiasts rave about the comfortable rim and consistent, gentle turn that the Impulse provides. When thrown flat in calm weather conditions, this disc flies like a dream. Like most MVP discs, the GYRO technology will require some serious snap.

Players with slower arm speed would benefit from dialing in their form with this disc to truly maximize its potential.

Axiom Insanity

  • Flight numbers: 9 | 5 | -2 | 1.5
  • Dimensions: 21.1 cm diameter, 1.4 cm height, 18.5mm rim width
  • Popular plastics: Proton, Neutron, Glow Eclipse 

Axiom Insanity

The Axiom Insanity is best defined by its slow turn and forward, straight fade. It's a slightly stable to understable distance driver and was created to mimic a beaten-in MVP Inertia (which we get into next) and therefore requires a little less power to achieve its proper flight path.

The Insanity is a great choice for low-ceiling shots and smooth RHBH drives off the tee.

Beginners will love this disc for its shallow, comfortable rim, and ability to become an easy workhorse for learning how to throw big distances. If you really power up the Insanity, you'll see some decent turn, but for most recreational players, the flight will be relatively straight.

Once it beats in, this disc can give you both accuracy and distance! What's not to like?

Disc golf god James Conrad did a mid-season bag check where he mentions bagging an Axiom Insanity (5:21) for roller purposes. We're not World Champions, but clearly, the applications are endless.

MVP Inertia

  • Flight numbers: 9 | 5 | -2 | 2
  • Dimensions: 21.1 cm diameter, 1.4 cm height, 2 cm rim width
  • Popular plastics: Neutron, Proton
MVP Inertia Driver

The MVP Inertia is capable of giving relatively straight flights to low-power players as well as a range of nice turnover lines for more seasoned throwing arms. This disc will have a controllable turn and fade that can be used for more accurate distance shots as well- like straight wooded shots, for instance.

If you're looking to step into distance drivers, this 9-speed is a good choice because it won't require a ton of power to see decent results. The glide rating of 5 isn't extreme, but just enough to help you get some gratuitous distance. This is one of those discs where players of different abilities will get different flight results, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

There's a wide weight range available for these relatively stable discs, which will allow players to really customize and dial in the disc that's best for their game.

Axiom Virus

  • Flight numbers: 9 | 5 | -3.5 | 1
  • Dimensions: 21.1 cm, 1.4 cm height, 2 cm rim width
  • Popular plastics: Proton, Neutron
Axiom Virus Driver

This great distance driver is perfect for hyzer flips, getting decent distance, and useful roller shots. The Virus is lauded as a very consistently understable disc that can be relied on for its ability to turn over even when thrown at low speeds, which is an attractive quality for beginners! It's considered a very approachable distance driver because of its comfortable, grippy rim.

The Virus may actually feel smaller in the hand than it really is- you can easily find a grip that works for you, and with the same glide rating as many of the other Axiom and MVP distance drivers on this list, the Virus just needs a little power to do its job. It won't be the fastest disc in your bag, but it sure is versatile for shaping shots out on the disc golf course.

Check out our in-depth comparison review of the Virus vs Impulse.

MVP Orbital

  • Flight numbers: 11 | 5 | -4.5 | 1
  • Dimensions: 21.2 cm diameter, 1.4 cm height, 21.5 mm rim width
  • Popular plastics: Neutron 



Looking for something similar to the MVP Inertia or Impulse? The faster Orbital may be just what you're missing. This is the most understable driver in the 21.5mm class. With a thicker rim and faster speed rating, this driver is popular with power throwers but is still very accessible for a beginner or amateur player.

When overpowered, this disc goes into full roller mode. At low speeds, you'll see a straight flight with slight turn.

FYI: Discs with turn ratings of -1 to -5 tend to do better in tailwinds than headwinds. So if you're looking for a disc to take advantage of said tailwinds or nail some tasty long distances and low ceiling lines, this MVP disc can get the job done.

Axiom Vanish

  • Flight numbers: 11 | 5 | -3 | 2
  • Dimensions: 21.2 cm diameter, 1.5 cm height, 2.1 cm rim width
  • Popular plastics: Neutron, Proton



The Axiom Vanish was created with the intention of filling a stability slot between the MVP Wave and the Orbital. In tailwinds, you'll see a relatively straight flight, and in headwinds, you will be able to still get a typical understable flight path with a nice, soft turn.

Everybody can stand to benefit from bagging a Vanish regardless of arm speed, yes, we mean even some beginners. This disc is pretty flippy but can be a useful teaching tool for disc golf beginners to learn how to control their form and releases.

With a speed rating of 11, we're still going to give a gentle reminder that the higher the speed rating, the more potentially frustrating that understable distance drivers can be.

MVP Wave

  • Flight numbers: 11 | 5 | -2 | 2
  • Dimensions: 21.1 cm diameter, 1.4 cm height, 2.1 cm rim width
  • Popular plastics: Plasma, Neutron, Fission



Best described as a faster and longer version of its cousin, the MVP Inertia, the Wave brings a stable to understable flight profile that is both power responsive and workable. As it continues to beat in, it will become more understable. This disc is better suited for advanced, intermediate, and average throwers as it does require a bit of power to get up to speed.

MVP's GYRO technology really comes into play with the Wave. Confident beginners could try a Wave in Fission plastic in the 160g weight window if they're looking for their first distance driver or just a new driver in general.

Regardless of what you go with, the Wave will be forgiving and gratuitous with its extra glide, and that's why we love it. If you're still curious, check out this sweet review.

Axiom Tenacity

  • Flight numbers: 13 | 5 | -2.5 | 2
  • Dimensions: 21.1 cm diameter, 1.9cm height, 2.3 cm rim width
  • Popular plastics: Neutron
Axiom Tenacity Distance Driver

This 13 speed bomber from Axiom is one domey, glidey beast! As the most understable distance driver in the 23mm class, the Tenacity will require some finesse and definitely needs proper form. In the right conditions (like calm weather or delicious tailwinds), this disc will soar. Some even call it "sneakily long." Here's a nice review that discusses the Tenacity's weight range and rim thickness.

Distance drivers with high speed ratings, in general, will require not only power but good form and technique, or else they become very frustrating discs to throw. You've gotta have some tenacity (sorry, we had to) for this disc if you're hell bent on bagging it. If you've got the magic touch, the Tenacity will reward you with long, creative lines through the woods and trees.

MVP Catalyst

  • Flight numbers: 13 | 6 | -2 | 2
  • Dimensions: 21.1 cm diameter, 1.9 cm height, 2.3 cm rim width
  • Popular plastics: Neutron, Proton

Axiom Catalyst

The MVP Catalyst is super popular because of its accessibility and consistency. Neutron plastic is a very popular choice for its grippiness and durability. Best suited for intermediate disc golf players, the MVP Catalyst will give you easy distance, but it must be earned with some solid power and good technique.

You'll notice with the turn rating of -2 and fade rating of 2, some quick math will tell you at first glance that this disc may have more of a stable, straight flight right out of the box.

If you're looking for a high speed distance driver to beef up your bag, a beat in Catalyst could be just the muscle you need. With a higher glide rating, this disc will get you those ultra glidey maximum distance shots, with good accuracy the longer you work with it.

Axiom Excite 

  • Flight numbers: 14.5 | 5.5 | -2 | 2
  • Dimensions: 21.1 cm diameter, 2.1 cm height, 2.5 cm rim width
  • Popular plastics: Neutron

True to its name, the Axiom Excite is definitely exciting. In the right hands, this monster flies. It's not a disc for beginners due to the fast speed rating, but for backhand throwers that have the kind of arm power to push their discs out over 400 feet consistently, the Excite will reward you with gloriously big distance.

Just like the Catalyst, the math dictates that the Excite should display a relatively straight and neutral flight path out of the box, but the Excite actually ends up just a touch more understable. Popular uses for this great disc include deliciously far rollers for good distance out on the course.

We're not going to lie, the rim on this thing is pretty big. Whether or not you find it comfortable is up to you. We just know that big discs require big rims as it comes with the territory! Steve and Nate from This Disc Is Great on YouTube break down the Excite here with some shots and thoughts (if you're curious).

MVP Relativity

  • Flight numbers: 14.5 | 5.5 | -3 | 1.5
  • Dimensions: 21.1 cm diameter, 1.9 height, 24.5 mm rim width
  • Popular plastics: Neutron, Proton 


The understable flight profile of the Relativity makes it useful for roller shots and controllable turnovers. Even though this disc is "relatively" (see what we did there?) forgiving, it is not the best beginner-friendly distance driver in terms of high speed distance drivers. Right out of the box, it flies true to its numbers, and its stability profile lends itself to flying the farthest when thrown high.

There is great glide potential with this disc, but that being said, it can be somewhat errant as it may exacerbate poor release angles. For the average player, there is potential that this disc can display a flight path that's closer to stable. Again, this disc makes for a great roller on the course, if you're looking for something to turn over relatively quickly and get the distance that way. 

Understable distance drivers are undoubtedly the best direction to go for newer players. The discs are easier to control, and if you're working on your arm strength, you can safely expect to see most of these discs on our list fly straight.

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