The RT Franklin Sparrow is the plastic shape listed as a mid-range in the Franklin Sports Disc Golf beginner set. This disc is made of a soft, very un-durable plastic type that is quick to wear and easily bends. Although it is listed as a mid-range, the disc mold used is exactly the same as the Albatross (which is listed as a driver). Regardless of what this disc is listed as, it does not fly well, but the aerodynamics of the disc make it too understable to throw as it immediately flips sideways, falls out on the ground, and begins to roll. The Sparrow could be listed as a roller disc if it was possible to control, but it’s very hard to make this disc roll straight as it usually likes to turn right and curl in a circle.
Because this disc is so understable, it is not recommended for any disc golfers above the age of six years old.
The RT Franklin Albatross is a piece of plastic advertised as a disc golf disc. Although it is shaped in a way similar to a disc golf driver, the aerodynamics of this “disc” do not allow it to actually fly in the air. The Albatross is so understable that on even moderate speed shots from inexperienced players, this disc will turn sideways, head to the ground, and start rolling. While this disc is printed as 160grams, the actual weight may actually vary. The Albatross is likely the most understable driver ever made and is only recommended for use as a disc golf discs for children 6 years old and under.
While the Franklin Albatross is advertised as a “driver” it has the exact same dimensions and flight as the Sparrow as well as the Halex Driver and the Halex Midrange. Franklin Disc Golf Discs are made in China.
The Halex Midrange is a 160 gram base plastic understable golf disc that has the same shape and flight as the Halex Driver. It really seems that the only thing different between the Driver and the Midrange is that the stamp printed on the Midrange says Midrange rather than Driver.
Like the Driver, this disc does not fly well if thrown for more than 100 feet. It likes to turn quickly and roll on the ground rather than fly through the air like normal disc golf discs. The Halex Midrange should only be recommended for children and beginners who don’t have much athleticism. The Halex Midrange is not PDGA approved, nor should it ever bee because there is no reason that any player would ever want to use this disc in a tournament.