Control Driver

We call discs between Speed 6 and Speed 9 on the Marshall Street Disc Golf Flight Guide Control Drivers. These are the same as Fairway Drivers, the disc you use that, were you playing ball golf (or “stick golf” if you want to be pejorative) would be irons.

Control Drivers fit snugly between Midrange Drivers and Hybrid Drivers. Over the course of the past three decades or so, discs like the Leopard went from being the farthest flyers to about the midpoint of all discs in terms of speed, namely on the low end of the Control Driver range.

These include fan favorites like the Leopard, Teebird, Discmania’s FD, the Saint, the Predator, and two of my favorites, the Fury and Hatchet, which fly about the same although their shapes are markedly different.

We like using the term Control Driver because that’s what you want, control. In fact, the slower the disc the more control it offers, with putters being the most controllable of all. And if you’re a great player, you probably throw much slower discs than regular players. Great players, for instance, throw their putters 300 feet. The advantage is less fade.

Slower speed automatically means, everything else being equal, less fade. And less fade means more control. Imagine trying to land next to a basket 200 feet away with a Cannon or a Rampage, two of disc golf’s fastest discs. It would be much easier with a Discraft Glide, one of the straight straight staight new breed of midrange we started seeing in the early 2000.

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