Understanding Discraft Midranges

Understanding Discraft Midranges

Hey Ledgestone fans! Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to throw what the pros throw? At worst, wouldn’t it be nice to know why and when they throw what they throw so you can learn how to replicate it?

We’ve heard your burning questions and we’d like to help.

We listened closely to Team Discraft to get the best insights into why the pros bag the specific discs that they do. And now we’ve compiled their answers into a succinct database for you to refer back to when choosing your next game-changing disc selection from shopledgestone.com.

Let’s look at some midranges.

Why should you throw a Discraft Buzzz?

Buzzz|5, 4, -1, 1


The best-selling disc of all time is the Buzzz. This premiere, straight-flier will hold any line you put it on. The versatility of the Buzzz makes it the most dependable midrange on the market.

It flies almost as far as a fairway driver, but it’s so straight like a midrange. It glides for days and continues on the path that you put it on. In 2011, when I was pursuing my first world title in Santa Cruz, the Buzzz was a mold I relied on very heavily, knowing how straight it was and that I was going to hit every fairway.” 

- Paige Pierce

Why should you throw a Discraft Buzzz SS?

Buzzz SS|5, 4, -2, 1


Players that fall in love with the flight of the Buzzz naturally keep it in their bag for a long time. Over time, that Buzzz becomes more seasoned and flies slightly understable with a bit more turn. That’s where the Buzzz SS comes in. For players looking for that beat-in, gliding Buzzz flight straight out of the box, the Buzzz SS is a must-have.

I like how easy it is to flip it up and get it to go really straight. Once it beats in, it will turn into more of a left-to-right, drifting kind of disc (for right hand-backhand). I really like the Z Flx plastic especially for those touchy, step-out forehand shots. The Buzzz SS has become a really good scramble disc for me. It feels similar enough to the Zone on a forehand, but it’s flippy, so it’s easy to just give it a little wrist pop and get it to go on an anhyzer angle, or glide really straight, without having to put very much power behind it.” 

- Holyn Handley

Why should you throw a Discraft Drone?

Drone|5, 3, 1, 4


The Drone is a master in overstability. It will not turn over in a headwind and is a popular choice for forehand throwers and power backhand players because of the predictable fade. The Drone has a beaded rim and is very domey, giving it a deep feel in the hand.

I was throwing the Malta for a while and I wanted something with a little more stability. When there’s a lot of wind, this comes in handy to fight up against the wind and still have that strong fade at the end.” 

- Brodie Smith

Why should you throw a Discraft Nebula?

Nebula|5, 4, -0.5, 2


At its core, the Nebula is an overstable midrange capable of fighting strong winds. It was released in 2008 as Discraft’s Ace Race prototype and eventually became the predecessor to the Buzzz OS. It slots in just beyond the Buzzz in overstability and boasts a Buzzz-like feel in the hand.

I was struggling to find a stable Buzzz. I wanted something that would hold up in headwinds. The Nebula was introduced to me just last year and as soon as I threw it, I knew it was the disc I needed for those types of shots.” 

- Ben Callaway

Why should you throw a Discraft Meteor?

Meteor|5, 5, -3, 1


The Meteor is an understable disc with tremendous glide. It is perfect for turnover lines and control shots, especially in the woods. When thrown at high speeds, it can be used for hyzer-flip lines. When thrown at low speeds, it still has the stability to hold a hyzer line.

My absolute favorite midrange is the meteor. It’s so versatile, there are so many things you can do with it, and it almost goes as far as my fairway drivers. It’s great for hyzer-flip shots because it will pop up and carry straight. Depending on how hard you throw it, it will have a very slow, soft turn that’s just barely moving to the right (on a right hand-backhand), or, if you put more hyzer on it, it will pop up and carry a long distance with a slight fade at the end. I would recommend this for any skill level player.” 

- Vanessa Van Dyken

Why should you throw a Discraft Wasp?

Wasp|5, 3, 0, 2


This is the disc that led to the creation of the Buzzz. Considered the Buzzz’s slightly more overstable cousin, it falls between the Buzzz and the Buzzz OS in stability. Other than the increased fade, the Wasp also sports a beaded rim, differentiating it from the feel of a standard Buzzz.

I threw my first ever Discraft Ace with the Z Wasp. What I love about it is the overstable dependability. I know when I smash on it, it’s not going to flip over and it’s always going to finish left (on a right hand-backhand). After some consistent use, you’re going to notice it’s going to flip up a little more and have a little more glide, but it’s not going to end up flipping over after a long period of time. It’s always going to have an overstable finish. The shots I typically throw with this disc are soft flex shots, power flat-to-hyzer shots, and once in a while I’ll throw a spike-hyzer with it.” 

- Adam Hammes

Why should you throw a Discraft Sol?

Sol|4, 5, -3, 0


The 2018 Discraft Ace Race disc found a major supporter in 5-time World Champion Paige Pierce and has become a permanent part of the Discraft lineup as the Sol. The Sol is an understable disc with extreme glide, perfect for turnovers and controlled shot-shaping.

This is a speed 4, so it’s kind of in between a putter and a midrange. It’s very glidey and I love this disc for slow, panning anhyzers. It’s really user friendly. You don’t have to throw it too hard and it’s going to get a nice, glidey, straight flight with a slight bit of turn at the end. This is one of my favorite discs to throw.” 

- Paige Pierce

Blog by: Jacob Arvidson

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