The 10 Best Forehand Midrange Disc Golf Discs In 2022

by Denis Flaschner, Professional | PDGA #49081

The Three Best Midrange Forehand Disc Golf Discs

For many of us, ripping a slow and blunt-nosed midrange disc with a forehand release is a difficult shot. It took me years to develop the frictionless pop out of the hand that is necessary to throw a clean forehand with a midrange. After I found the right combination of smooth form and a suitable disc, a massive hole in my game was finally filled.

While I can't help with your throwing form, I can save you a bit of time searching for the best forehand midrange for your game.

While plenty of forehand aficionados can flick anything down the fairway with ease, most of us will need something that both feels comfortable in the hand and has enough stability to hold up to the torque of a forehand release.

With that in mind, here are 10 of the best forehand midrange discs. Make sure to check out all of our overstable midrange discs for sale in our online shop (perfect for forehand shots)!

Innova Gator

Innova Gator Midrange Forehand Disc

Dimensions

  • Height:`1.9cm
  • Diameter: 21.2cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.4cm
  • Rim Width: 1.3cm

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 5
  • Glide: 2
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 4

Popular Plastics

  • Champion

The torque-resistant Gator has long been a staple forehand midrange. It also happens to be the one that finally unlocked the wonders of the midrange forehand shot in my game. I'm a long-time fan of the Innova Roc, and the Gator offered a similar hand feel but with the extra stability necessary to hold up to my less-than-perfect form.

Big arms can confidently rip on this very overstable disc with no fear of it turning and burning. While it is excellent for spike hyzers and fighting headwinds, the Gator really shines on flex shots. Release it with a bit of anhyzer and watch it slowly flex back to an ultra-reliable hyzer fade.

In terms of forehand grip, the Gator has a relatively deep rim with a prominent bead on the bottom. While this offers more potential control, some find it tricky to get a clean release. Additionally, some runs of the Gator have a bit of dome on top. Players who prefer consistent flat tops and low profiles will want to look elsewhere.

Accomplished forehand dominant pro Jessica Weese has a Tour Series Metal Flake Gator which you can find on our shop On the men's side, Joel Freeman puts his name on the slightly faster Champion Glow Gator3.

Discraft Zone

Discraft Zone

Dimensions

  • Height:`2.0cm
  • Diameter: 21.1cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.3cm
  • Rim Width: 1.2cm

Flight ratings

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

Popular Plastics

  • Z Line
  • ESP

The Zone is the gold standard mid-range for the forehand game. Bagged by nearly every member of the Discraft team, the Zone is incredibly popular among pros and amateurs alike.

While it is classified as a putter, it truly excels for forehand approach shots in the 200-300 foot distance range. The slow and controllable Zone is ultra-reliable in all wind conditions.

What sets this disc apart is its comfortable hand feel. This beadless mold naturally fits the forehand grip with a shallow, flat profile. There is a definite distance cap on the Zone, as its slow and overstable flight will keep it from gliding too far. Instead, it offers the kind of predictability and control that will save you strokes.

We have quite a few Zones in stock in a variety of plastic blends from our online Discraft shop!

Discraft Malta

Discraft ESP Malta Green and Rainbow Colors

Dimensions

  • Height:`1.7cm
  • Diameter: 21.3cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.3cm
  • Rim Width: 1.3cm

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 5
  • Glide: 4
  • Turn: 1
  • Fade: 3

Popular Plastics

  • ESP
  • Big Z

The fourth release in 5-time World Champion Paul McBeth's signature line of discs, the Malta is an overstable midrange that is a good forehand disc for all power levels.

While it has a big bead on the bottom of the rim, its flat top, low profile, and relatively small diameter combine to give it an aerodynamic, and comfortable feel in the hand for both forehand and backhand throws.

Ideally, the Malta will fly similar to the Discraft Zone but with more potential distance. It has the extra speed and glide to get down the fairway in a hurry before finishing with a reliable hyzer fade at the end.

Released late in 2021, early reviews of the Malta note that it is a bit less overstable than the flight ratings indicate. This makes it ideal for players with moderate power.

We have the ESP Malta and Big Z Malta; Big Z plastic offers more overstability for bigger arms, and ESP is a premium stable plastic.

Discraft Drone

Discraft ESP Drone

Dimensions

  • Height:`2.0cm
  • Diameter: 21.5cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.3cm
  • Rim Width: 1.5cm

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 5
  • Glide: 3
  • Turn: 1
  • Fade: 4

Popular Plastics

  • ESP
  • Z Line

The Drone is Discraft's classic overstable midrange with similar flight numbers to the Malta but with a very different hand feel. It has a wider diameter, a thicker rim, and significantly more height, so the Drone will feel much bigger in the hand. It will take advanced level power and snap to get this disc down the fairway.

As one of the more overstable discs in the Discraft lineup, the Drone is an excellent utility disc that will cut through any wind and maintain a reliable hyzer fade. This disc is perfect for throwing forehand shots at an extreme anhyzer angle and getting a full flex line. We have the Drone available in premium ESP Special Edition Drone and beautiful Swirly Z Drone 

Discmania Method

A Black Discmania Neo Method Forehand Disc

Dimensions

  • Height:`1.9cm
  • Diameter: 21.7cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.4cm
  • Rim Width: 1.3cm

Flight ratings

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

Popular Plastics

  • Neo
  • Exo

The Method is a standout midrange in Discmania's Evolution line of discs. With top-end speed and extreme glide, this disc has a lot of distance potential. While the 0 turn and 3 fade make it seem like the Method is overstable, most online reviews note that moderate power will yield a straight flight with a reliable but subtle fade. Perhaps it is best described as a stable disc.

This is an excellent disc for a finesse forehand shot that will fly straight and finish softly. It has a prominent bead on the rim, giving it a similar hand feel to the Innova Roc3. We have the Method available in Neo plastic, a comfortable premium blend that isn't as stiff and hard as the super durable Exo Hard blend.

Mint Discs Mustang

Mint Discs Apex Mustang

Dimensions

  • Height:`1.6cm
  • Diameter: 21.5cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.3cm
  • Rim Width: 1.4cm

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 5
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 2

Popular Plastics

  • Apex

The Mustang is a stable midrange perfect for learning smooth forehand form. With a shallow profile, it will feel comfortable in any hand. It also does not have a bead on the bottom of the rim, which makes it easy to get a clean release on forehand throws.

You'll need that clean release to get the Mustang to fly, as it is not overstable enough to correct poor technique. One of the most challenging tricks in the game is getting a forehand shot to hyzer flip up to flat and glide straight, and the Mustang is ideal for those kinds of touch hyzer flick shots.

Based in Austin, Texas, Mint Discs is an up-and-coming company in the disc golf world. They partner with MVP Discs for manufacturing, and their Apex plastic blend is similar to MVP's popular Neutron.

Check out the Mint Discs Apex Mustang or the cheaper Royal Mustang.

MVP Reactor

An MVP Neutron Reactor

Dimensions

  • Height:`1.7cm
  • Diameter: 21.4cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.3cm
  • Rim Width: 1.4cm

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 5
  • Glide: 5
  • Turn: -0.5
  • Fade: 1.5

Popular Plastics

  • Neutron
  • Proton
  • Eclipse (Glow)

The Reactor is a neutral midrange that is one of the best forehand discs for finesse shots. With the right angle and speed control, it can fly on any line, from gentle anhyzer turnovers to long sweeping hyzers. Give it a bit more juice, and it will hyzer flip to flat and ride a straight line. However, it will take a clean release to take advantage of this disc's exceptional glide.

Like most MVP/Axiom discs, the Reactor is a relatively flat disc with a low profile. This makes for a comfortable grip for the forehand and backhand throw. The only downside here is the bit of turn and minimal fade. Disc golfers who haven't mastered the forehand shot might turn this disc over at high speeds. It could also get knocked around by the wind a bit.

We have the Reactor in Eclipse Glow Plastic, which is the brightest and longest-lasting glow blend on the market. We also have the Neutron Reactor (pictured above.)

Axiom Pyro

 

 

Dimensions

  • Height:`1.6cm
  • Diameter: 21.5cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.3cm
  • Rim Width: 1.6cm

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 5
  • Glide: 4
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 2.5

Popular Plastics

  • Neutron
  • Proton

The Pyro is a very consistent disc with an excellent combination of glide and stability. Its thick rim and board flat top make this low-profile midrange fit nicely in a forehand grip. If you are an advanced player who throws forehand most of the time, the Pyro could be your all-around workhorse in the 200-300 foot range.

The Pyro will be a helpful forehand utility disc for beginners and players with less arm speed that will come in handy in tough spots on the course. The Pyro has the stability to hold a hard hyzer line but isn't so beefy that it just dives into the ground. Bigger arms will get some straight-line glide with a predictable fade.

Dynamic Discs Justice

Dynamic Discs Forehand Midrange Disc

Dimensions

  • Height:`1.7cm
  • Diameter: 21.3cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.3cm
  • Rim Width: 1.5cm

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 5
  • Glide: 3
  • Turn: 1
  • Fade: 4

Popular Plastics

  • Lucid

The Justice has long been considered the most overstable midrange on the market. This flat, fast and aggressive disc can absorb maximum speed and torque with absolutely no danger of turning over.

Release the Justice on any angle, and it will fight towards an extreme hyzer finish. Keep it low to the ground, and its extra speed will produce some big skips for a mid range.

This is the ideal mold for players who consistently turn over their forehand shots. Its stability will "correct" a poor release. While this is probably not the best strategy for long-term form development, it will come in handy in spots where a forehand hyzer is the only option. The Justice is also excellent for fighting the strongest possible headwinds.

Check out the Lucid Justice on our online Dynamic Discs shop.

Kastaplast Kaxe

Kastaplast Kaxe Midrange

Dimensions

  • Height:`1.9cm
  • Diameter: 21.0cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.3cm
  • Rim Width: 1.5cm

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 6
  • Glide: 4
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 3

Popular Plastics

  • K1

The speedy and reliable Kaxe is a mid range/driver hybrid. This is the go-to forehand disc for players looking for something that flies like a midrange but has the hand feel of a fairway driver. Like most drivers, this disc does not have a bead, making it very comfortable for the forehand throw. The extra speed of the Kaxe comes from its wide 1.5cm rim.

The Kaxe is an all-around workhorse, and while it has a reliable fade at the end of the flight, it isn't pulling hyzer immediately out of the hand. This disc has plenty of glide potential and will fly further than a traditional midrange. If you can get one in Kastaplast's highly rated K1 plastic, it might soon be your best forehand midrange disc.

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FAQ's

Q: What are the common attributes of good forehand mid range discs?

The most important thing is choosing a disc with a comfortable grip. Most forehand-friendly discs will have a low profile and a flat top that feels natural in the hand.

Q: Why do mid ranges always turn over on my forehand shots?

Overpowering mid range discs with a forehand release is a common affliction. They require a clean and controlled pop out of the hand. Either slow down and clean up your form or compensate with an overstable disc such as an Innova Gator or Discraft Drone.

Q: Do I even need a mid range for forehands?

Utilizing the slow and controlled flight of a mid range will open up a lot more options off the tee and on the approach.

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