The 9 Best Innova Midrange Discs In 2022

by Denis Flaschner, Professional | PDGA #49081
Three Innova Midrange Discs (Roc, Mako, Mid Disc3) with studio lighting

Nothing beats the majestic beauty of a midrange's slow, steady, and controlled flight as it floats towards the basket in a perfect line. These are the most accurate discs in the bag, and for most players, the farther you can push out midranges, the lower your scores will be. 

Innova offers a solid mix of molds to fill this critical slot in the bag. Based on performance, availability, and overall longevity, I've narrowed it down to the seven best options for your next 275 foot tunnel shot.  

Roc

An Innova Champion Roc3 Disc with studio lightingDimensions

  • Height: 2.0cm
  • Diameter: 21.7cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.3cm
  • Rim Width: 1.2cm

Flight Ratings

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

Popular Plastics

  • DX
  • KC Pro
  • Champion

The iconic Roc is one of the best-selling discs of all time. This overstable midrange has a perfect combination of torque-resistant high-speed stability, extended glide, and ultra-reliable fade. A staple in professional players' bags since its debut in 1987, the Roc is the very definition of a midrange golf disc. 

This all-around workhorse can fly on straight, hyzer, flex, or turnover lines. The Roc makes for a comfortable and controllable backhand grip with a thin, deep, blunt-nosed rim. It does have a prominent bead around the bottom, which is a turn-off for many players, particularly those who predominantly throw forehands. 

The affordable and always-available DX Roc is one of the best molds in baseline plastic. DX is less durable, but the Roc ages like a fine wine, getting more and more glide with each tree hit and hard landing.

The KC Pro version is very similar, with slightly more durability. Champion Rocs will maintain initial stability for years. The most overstable version of the Roc, Innova USDGC Angled Crest Champion Rancho Roc, is available in our shop.

Like the Aviar, Innova produces several Roc variants that offer subtle differences for individual play styles and situations:

  • Roc3: A slightly lower profile and thicker rim give the Roc3 extra speed and distance potential with the same hand feel as the traditional Roc. Check out any card featuring Pro Garrett Gurthie's discs to see some 400+ foot Roc3 bombs. 
  • Classic Roc: A smaller diameter and less prominent bead give the Classic Roc the shape and hand feel of a putter/mid hybrid. This version is slightly less overstable but generally easier to throw than a regular Roc. 
  • RocX3: A thicker and deeper rim gives the X3 super overstable flight characteristics. This wide and beefy version is for big arms only. 

We have several different Rocs available in the store. As a longtime Roc thrower, I'm a fan of the design and durable performance of this Halo Roc3. The Tour Series Pro Roc3 is also an excellent disc that gets significant distance for a midrange. Finally, this Champion Roc3 has a very cool version of the original Roc stamp. 

Mako3

An Innova Halo Star Mako3 Disc with white background

Dimensions

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

Flight Ratings

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

Popular Plastics

  • Star
  • Halo Star
  • Champion

The Mako3 is the perfect disc for your next 250 foot dead straight tunnel shot. This mold is famous for maintaining the angle of release throughout the flight path. With a remarkable lack of low-speed fade, this is the epitome of a "point and shoot" mid-range disc for players of all skill and power levels. 

Unlike the Roc, the Mako3 has no bead on the rim. The Mako3 makes for a very comfortable grip for any hand size. This mold's downside is its relative lack of versatility, as it does not perform super well on an angle. It loves going straight, and there are better discs for tight hyzers, flex lines, and windy days. 

This disc is particularly popular among Innova pros in the FPO division. We have a variety of tour series Mako3's available in our store now. In durable Star, Halo Star, or Champion Glow plastics, these models will maintain their straight and reliable flight for a long time.

Shark 

Dimensions

  • Height: 2.1cm
  • Diameter: 21.7cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.3cm
  • Rim Width: 1.2cm

Flight Ratings

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

Popular Plastics

  • DX
  • Champion

Best known as the staple midrange in the 150 gram Innova starter pack, the Shark is a classic mold best described as the Roc's little brother. These two have a similar rim and hand feel, but the Shark has a bit more dome and far less low-speed fade. It thrives on straight lines, hyzer flips, and turnovers. 

The Shark is the first mold that utilized Innova's unique "V-Tech" design that combines both convex and concave curves on the rim. This same technique is used in the popular beginner disc, the Leopard.

Gator

An Innova Metal Flake Gator Disc with studio lighting

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

  • DX
  • Champion

When the wind starts howling, the Gator is the overstable and predictable midrange that will keep you moving towards the basket. With minimal glide and severe fade, this disc holds the line of release at high speeds before dumping to the ground on hyzer. When released with some anhyzer, it can achieve a reasonable distance on a forced flex flight path. 

The Gator has a deep rim with a very prominent bead. Depending on your preference, the bead might feel like a hindrance, particularly on forehand throws. Generally, these have a bit of dome on top, with flat top runs being much sought-after on the secondary market. 

The slightly faster Champion Gator3 has a reliably flatter top, which most forehand dominant players prefer. We have this Innova Champion Joel Freeman signature disc available in our store in luminous glow plastic. Well known for his excellent forehand, Freeman shows what this disc can do in the following video:

Caiman

Dimensions

  • Height: 1.7cm
  • Diameter: 21.1cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.4cm
  • Rim Width: 1.4cm

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 5.5
  • Glide: 2
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 4

Popular Plastics

  • Star
  • Champion

The Caiman is the beadless and super overstable midrange that Innova throwers have long been waiting for. With a consistent board flat top and a thick rim, this disc has the sleek and low profile that forehand dominant players love. This design also gives it some extra speed. 

The torque-resistant Caiman can absorb maximum spin out of the hand and always finish with an aggressive hyzer fade. Great for windy days, this is a predictable and reliable option that will keep you in the fairway. 

Lion

An Innova Halo Star Lion with blue rim and pink holo stamp

Dimensions

  • Height: 1.7cm
  • Diameter: 21.7cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.4cm
  • Rim Width: 1.3cm

Flight Ratings

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

Popular Plastics

  • DX
  • Star
  • Halo Star 

The Lion is a flat, low-profile mid-range with enough stability to hold a firm line but not so overstable that it will fade early. We can best describe it as slightly overstable. Many online testimonials note that a brand new Lion flies like a beat-in Roc, which is about as nice a compliment as a mid-range can receive. 

It will hold up in moderate winds, and, if you have enough power and angle control, it will hyzer flip to flat and glide towards the target. The Lion has a microbead, putting it somewhere between the Roc and the Mako3 in terms of hand feel. 

As a newer mold, the Lion is still building a following. We have the super durable and stable Lion in Halo Star plastic available in our store now. 

Mid Disc3 (Metal Warrior)

An Innova Star Metal Warrior Mid Disc3 disc with white background

Dimensions

  • Height: 1.8cm
  • Diameter: 21.7cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.3cm
  • Rim Width: 1.4cm

Flight Ratings

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

Popular Plastics

  • Star
  • Rim Depth

The Metal Warrior is simply a rebranded Discmania MD3. This disc is the same mold with a different stamp, providing the same reliable straight flight with a subtle fade. With a low profile and a beadless rim, this disc is praised universally for having a super comfortable hand feel for backhand shots. 

This midrange has enough high-speed stability to hold any line you put it on. Big arms will get it to hold a drifting anhyzer all the way to the ground, but for most, it has just enough fade to flex out or finish on a slight hyzer. Either way, the Metal Warrior will achieve maximum glide for your individual power level. 

We have the Star Metal Warrior available in our store.  

Top Picks

The Roc is simply the best midrange Innova has to offer. This disc is one of the company's most reliable discs, as the KC Pro Rocs I buy now are the same as those I purchased 10 years ago. Even the DX model is a great disc at an excellent price. The Roc3 is easily the farthest flying midrange I've ever thrown. 

The Mako3 is another excellent pick that has gotten extremely popular in the last few years. This disc is my top pick for beginners and lower-power players. After the Discraft Buzzz, it was the second best-selling midrange on the Infinite Discs website for 2022. 

In the overstable utility slot, the Gator is the best option. Unlike many freakishly overstable options, the Gator will get a bit more glide and allow for a wider variety of flight lines. It's reliable and predictable but not so beefy that it becomes difficult to throw. 


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