So you can (ideally) throw a Putt & Approach and a Midrange straight and far and want to graduate to a driver with the goal of throwing much farther. Fairways, also known as control drivers as opposed to distance drivers, are slower speed drivers so they require less power to throw which should result in more accurate drives.
At this point, you should know what the four numbers on the face of your discs mean. These numbers represent Speed, Glide, Turn and Fade of the Innova Flight Ratings System which was designed to describe a disc’s intended flight path numerically and are intended to be used to compare the different flight paths of Innova discs of the same speed category. Innova defines them as follows:
Speed (1 to 14): Speed is the rate at which a disc can travel through the air. High speed discs are not recommended for beginners as they require more power to fly properly.
Glide (1 to 7): Glide describes a disc's ability to maintain loft during flight. Discs with more glide are best for new players, and for producing maximum distance. Beginners wanting more distance should choose discs with more glide. Discs with less glide are more accurate in high wind situations.
Turn (+1 to -5): High Speed Turn is the tendency of a disc to turn over or bank to the right for right-hand backhand (RHBH) throws and to turn over or bank to the left for left-hand backhand (LHBH) throws during the initial part of the flight. A disc with a -5 turn rating will turn the most; discs with more turn are easier to throw for beginners.
Fade (0 to 5): Low Speed Fade is the discs tendency to hook left for RHBH throws and to hook right for LHBH throws at the end of the flight. A disc rated 0 will finish straightest, while a disc rated 5 will hook hard at the end of the flight.
For beginners looking for more distance than what they can achieve with their Putt & Approach and Midrange, we have an Easy-To-Throw Drivers collection here which lists popular and best-selling easy to throw Fairways with a speed of 6 to 9 and a high speed turn of -2 to -5.
Note that different plastics and weights will affect the flight path of each mold. A disc in baseline plastic will have a greater High Speed Turn than a disc in premium plastic of the same mold, and a lighter disc will have a greater High Speed Turn than a heavier disc of the same mold. Note also that although most of the other disc manufacturers have adopted the use of these flight numbers, another manufacturer’s speed 8 disc may not be the equivalent of the speed 8 of an Innova disc.
To view and listen to a more detailed explanation of the flight numbers, see What do the Numbers on The Discs Mean? Flight Rating System (July 2020) by JustDisc.