Like most disc golfers, you are likely looking for an ultra-reliable straight flying disc.
We're still in search of that elusive shot, but these two discs are making it easier.
We'll stack the Discraft Buzzz, arguably the most popular mid range on the market (which has a secure spot in my bag), against the Innova Mako3 and see how these two time tested mid range discs compare to each other.
It has a medium sized rim so it fits most hand sizes. It also has a very flat top. The Discraft Buzzz is beadless, which can be a deal breaker for some (whether you prefer one or not).
These two discs are very similar in flight, but they actually feel quite a bit different.
The biggest difference between the Buzzz and the Mako3 is the rim.
The Buzzz's rim is more concave, while the Mako3's rim is somewhat rounded and smooth, which almost makes it feel more like a putter.
High flex plastic and considered an all weather blend.
Pro-caliber, high performance plastic.
The very best for both appearance and performance.
Maximum durability plastic with reliable flight patterns and a wide range of colors.
Great grip with wide array of colors at a low price point. The downside is low durability.
A durable plastic with beautiful opaque colors. Made for good grip in all weather and will flex under pressure.
A basic plastic that glows in the dark.
Highly durable plastic that also provides a good grip in a variety of conditions. Typically low cost which makes it a great value buy.
Champion plastic is produced with a hi-tech plastic that provides outstanding performance and durability. Champion discs are distinguished by a beautiful clear appearance. Designed for professional players, Champion line discs are usually a little firmer and more stable than the same model in other plastics.
Star plastic is created with a special blend of grippy, resilient polymers. Star plastic offers the same outstanding durability of the regular Champion plastic, plus improved grip like the Pro plastic. Star discs have the same flight characteristics as Champion discs, but are slightly less firm.
The DX line offers the widest selection of models and weights. These discs are affordably priced and provide an excellent grip in a variety of weather situations. DX discs wear in with usage and over time will eventually take on new and varied flight characteristics.
GStar is a blend of Star that adds flexibility and even more grip. GStar is opaque like Star, but features a pearlescent sheen. Their allure is only surpassed by their beautiful flight. GStar discs have a smooth, gradual transition in flight and the same durability as Star plastic.
Star plastic, but with a beautiful halo that outlines the edge of the disc. Typically even more overstable.
Both of these discs come in a wide variety of plastics.
Knowing what to go with typically comes down to a couple factors.
How does the plastic feel, and what's the durability. Feel is obvious, but depending on whether you want something to beat in fast might dictate what you ultimately choose.
Looking for something to wear in quickly? Go with the Pro D Buzzz or a DX Mako3.
Looking for something that will last and maintain it's out of the box stability? You might want the Z Buzzz or Champion Mako3.