Disc Golf Accessory – Otterbox 1000

How many times have you been out on the disc golf course when you've  had to fish out a disc from a stream?  Have you dropped your bag in a puddle or on the muddy ground?  If so, you've probably gotten your wallet, keys, or phone soaked at one point or another.  I've recently come across a really good solution to protect my valuables from the elements while disc golfing.

I now carry a waterproof case in my disc golf bag.  I place all of my small items inside.  Anything that would be in my pockets or disc golf bag now rests comfortably inside my Otterbox 1000 case.  Otterbox cases are waterproof, crush proof, and airtight...meaning whatever I put inside will stay dry no matter what.  With my otter case I can confidently play in the rain or snow without worrying about my cash, credit cards, phones, or whatever.

The best part is, Otter Cases fit perfectly in my small disc golf bag or even in a cargo pocket.  They do make larger sizes, but for my money the Otterbox 1000 is the perfect size for whatever I need to carry.  I think I could even keep my PDGA rulebook inside...not that I'd need it.

Innova Dart Review

Perhaps the most innovative characteristic of the Innova Dart is that it is available in bendable and grippy R-Pro plastic.  If you've never held a disc in this material you owe it to yourself to pick one up.  Try to imagine an eraser with a smooth texture...that's kind of what it's like.  The Innova Dart putt and approach golf disc is also available in DX and Star plastics.

Enough about the plastic...let's get to the disc. The Innova Dart is a putter that is designed for long "get-em" shots around 300' or less. When dealing with the Dart, it's probably better to think mid-range than putter.  In fact, you can probably throw the dart just about as long as any of your mid-range discs.  My favorite part about throwing this disc is that it really resists turning over - something other approach discs generally fail at.  As a result, the dart makes an ideal driving putter for holes less than 300ft.

The Dart won't replace your Aviar for every-day putts, but it will hold a spot in your bag for those in-between shots.  The Innova Dart is a specialty disc, but a great one at that. It glides like a dream and holds a line better than most approach discs.

Disc Golf Frisbees?

If you are looking for disc golf reviews follow the link to read our write-ups of some of disc golf's most popular discs.

But should you call them frisbee golf discs?  Probably not. Purists of the sport of disc golf refrain from using the word "Frisbee Golf" because frisbee refers to the actual brand name, which is not usually used in disc golf.

Disc golf discs are much more specialized than the standard frisbee. Disc golf drivers are much thinner and faster than the typical fribee you would throw at the beach.  The closest disc golf relative to the classic frisbee would be a putter. Disc golf putters are thicker, rounder, and fly much slower than other discs.

Disc golf, frisbee golf...it doesn't matter what you call it, as long as you get out and play!

Innova Monarch Review

Description - A super understable driver with almost no fade

Pros - Flies straight as an arrow when given a hyzer

Cons - Will be too flippy unless thrown correctly

Compares to - Faster Roadrunner, same glide as a Wraith

I got the opportunity to visit some family in Tampa, which has some of my favorite disc golf courses in the country. I stopped by the famous Clearwater Disc Golf store to take a look and ended up with a 163 g Innova Monarch. I took it with me to near-by Cliff Stephens Disc Golf Course to throw a round.

I used the Monarch as my primary driver on several holes (until it went straight into a pond...but that's another post).  I was astounded with how understable the disc was right "out of the box". I hyzered it pretty hard and it never faded back. The Monarch flew as straight as an arrow and landed gently about 20 ft. from the first hole. I was sold.

Obviously, the Monarch is also a great turn-0ver disc. Pros will find it to be a very useful roller disc as well.  However, I have never come across a more beginner friendly driver. I would have a hard time imagining anyone who couldn't throw a straight drive with the Monarch.  In fact, as soon as I got home I texted a newbie friend and told him, "Dude, you need to pick up an Innova Monarch!". Let's hope he does.


Gateway Magic Review

Description - Easy to control putter, ideal for beginners

Pros - Super straight right out of the box

Cons - Holds ANY line, not stable at all

Compares to - Polecat w/  little more speed


For a disc golf beginner there is nothing more important than accuracy, especially when it comes to putters.  Gateway Disc Golf has long been known for their expertise when it comes to putting. The Wizard is  favorite among many pros for its dependability and versatility. Often overlooked is the

Magic, a less stable putter from Gateway.

The Magic's "Magic" lies in its ability to hold any line. It's outer edge is a little more blunt than a Wizard, resulting in a more straight flight path.  In fact, the Magic has been compared to a well-worn Wizard...which is a very good thing in my book.

While the Gateway Magic Putter will indeed hold a straight line it is not particularly good in the wind or for longer approach shots. Unfortunately, the Magic's ability to hold a line makes it vulnerable when conditions are not ideal.  As a result the Magic tends to be less popular among seasoned players than Aviars or Wizards.  While the Magic will not replace my go-to putters, it is a really nice choice for beginners or those with trouble putting consistently with more stable discs.

Teaching a Friend to Play Disc Golf

I went out a few weeks ago with my friend Mike who had never even heard of disc golf before, let alone played it.  I personally enjoy introducing friends to the sport, even though it can slow down a round of 18 considerably. This is not the first time I've taken a friend out, but this time I decided to learn from past mistakes and try a few new things. My goal was to get Mike to throw straight and avoid losing any discs on his first round.  Here was my strategy:

1. No Drivers - Let's face it...drivers are hard to control and if you can't throw one straight, it's going to get lost. There is  nothing more frustrating that spending more time looking for discs than actually playing disc golf.  I've seen lots of friends get turned off of the sport because of frustration. No Innova Katana today!

2. Understable Mid-Ranges - I let Mike use my favorite beaten-in Innova Stingray for his drives. If you've never thrown a stingray before I highly recommend it. It's the only mid-range I've used that will hold an anhyzer forever.   Mike found a lot of success on drives with my Stingray.

3.  Just Throw Straight - My initial instructions were to avoid "muscling" the disc and just throw it straight. To Mike's surprise (not mine) his drives were going farther at 50% power. All experienced disc golfers know this, but to a beginner it is hard to imagine form beats muscle every time. We've all seen 150 lb kids huck a disc 400 ft. (and felt ashamed afterwards!)

As a result of my teachings (and just because disc golf is awesome) Mike had a really good time. Since then he picked out a few new discs (BUZZZ, Surge SS, Wizard...some of my favorites)

Wide-Rimmed Drivers: The Wave of the Future

The introduction of the Discraft Nuke and the Innova Katana earlier this year have ushered in a new era of far-flying disc golf drivers.  Such drivers promise increased distance and speed without a loss of control, but some are finding these new drivers uncomfortable and awkward. The extra-wide (2.5 cm) rims on these discs offer a challenge to newer disc golfers and experienced players alike. After throwing both for a while, here is what I think...

When I first picked up an Innova Wraith way back when, I immediately took notice of how wide the rim was compared to my Valkyries and XL's.   Back then I was a disc golf  noob, but I knew what felt comfortable in my hand. The Wraith certainly did not. Intrigued by the possibilities of greater distance and control I kept on throwing the Wraith and I eventually got used to it. The challenge of the wide rim ended up being an asset to my bag. The Wraith eventually turned into my go-to driver. Can the same be said about the Katana?

I started throwing the Katana a couple of months ago. I must say that even though I tend to throw a lot of fast discs, the rim felt WAY too wide at first.  My hands aren't huge (I'm a generous 5'10" with a slight build) so getting a proper snap on my drives was at first challenging with the Katana.  Several of my early down-wind drives ended up stalling out early because the disc would flop out of my hand without that nice snap you look for on a distance drive.

I did end up adjusting though. I got the hang of it after a few rounds and I must say that the adjustments were worth it. The Katana really did deliver an extra 30-50 ft. on my drives. While these new max-speed/max-distance discs might not end up being my go-to drivers, I will certainly use my Katana when I NEED extra length.  Like any new disc on the market I recommend you give it a try. For the $10 a pro Katana will cost you, you really can't go wrong.

Discraft NUKE Review

Description - A super-long, wide-rimmed, distance driver

Pros - Crazy distance, very fast, easy to control

Cons - Not for the weak-armed (moderately experienced players should be fine though)

Compares to - Somewhere between an Innova Boss and an Innova Katana


I know it has been a few months...but I finally got my hands on a Discraft NUKE, the new wide-rimmed driver from Discraft. For those of you disc golf gearheads, you already know about this much-hyped distance driver. For the rest of you, here is the skinny:

  • The NUKE features the widest rim allowed by the PDGA
  • It is designed to give maximum distance to players with average arms
  • It has a Discraft 1.6 rating - which is fairly understable compared to many drivers on the Discraft line

 

So how does it measure up the expectations? For one,  the wide rim is a lot to get used to.  After you finally do, your other "wide-rim" drivers will actually seem small.  At first throw, the Nuke did not seem very understable at all.  In fact, it had a finish very similar to a Force or Boss. This will likely come down to how strong your arm is.  The NUKE will play slightly stable for weaker players, but much flippier for those with big arms. In fact, a couple of my more experienced buddies actually found the disc too flippy, even before it was beat in.

Despite your opinions on whether or not the NUKE is flippy or slightly stable, the distance it provides can not be questioned. Once I broke mine in a little bit and got used to throwing it I did notice big improvements in my distance. I was throwing it much longer than my Wraith (which USED to be my long-distance driver of choice).  The NUKE has quickly become my choice for the longest holes at my local course.

I also found the disc to be very controllable once I got the hang of throwing it.   With my more beat in NUKE, I start it out with a slight hyzer and watch it glide! The right-to-left finish is comparable to many of my other slightly stable drivers, but the distance sets it apart from the rest.

Would I recommend the NUKE?  Absolutely. If you are a player with good technique and a less-than killer arm, this could be the distance driver that puts you over the top.

Disc Golf Draft Part 2: Roc vs. Buzz (and more)

In the battle of mid-range golf discs there are really only two choices aren't there? Buzzz or Roc. These two discs have been the subject of high-charged discussion on message boards all over the internet.  Yankees/Sox, Duke/UNC, Michigan/OSU...now Roc/Buzzz.  I personally have thrown and do throw both because they fit different niches in my bag.  However, I am in the minority on this one. Choose your side...

Tale of the Tape:

Innova Roc - A versatile mid-range with a predictable fade. The Roc is legenadary for its versatility. It's great in headwinds, short drives, and mid-range shots.  It beats in really well and eventually turns into a slower, more understable mid-range.

Discraft Buzz - Discraft's flagship disc, often referred to as "The best disc in the world". When I was first learning to throw the Buzzz was my savior. Predictable, straight, versatile (until the wife threw it in a gator-infested river!). I usually carry a few in various beat-in stages. The buzzz is world-famous for dependably straight mid-range shots and almost no fade (especially in the pro-d plastic).

 

a few other contenders...just for fun

Discraft Comet - A straighter flier you will not find. The Comet will hold any line you give it for as long as you want it to.  Lesser known than the Buzzz or Roc, but I'm not sure why.

Discraft Wasp - Similar to the Roc in my opinion. The Wasp is just overstable enough to hold a special place in my bag, but still useful in many situations. The wasp is my mid-range of choice in windy situations.

Innova Stingray - I stumbled across my first stingray in the woods. It had no name on it, so I put it in my bag. The rest is history. It's a great roller and understable mid-range. You can't top a beat in stingray as an understable mid-range golf disc.

Disc Golf Draft – #1 Overall Pick?

In honor of the upcoming NFL Draft I got to thinking...if one were to draft disc golf discs for their bag, what would be the number one overall pick? There is a lot to consider when choosing THE disc to build your bag (team) around. It has to be versatile, dependable, classic, and indespensable. Would you pick a driver, mid-range or putter? Over the next week we will be breaking down the contenders, by type (drivers, mids, putters). Today, let's start with drivers.

The contenders for #1 overall driver on our draft board:

  • Innova Wraith: A true classic with speed, glide, and just the right amount of stability. A great choice for disc golfers with average to strong arms.  This disc performs especially well in the wind and for long hyzers.
  • Innova Valkyrie:  A former world distance record holder that is understable enough for beginners, but long enough for experienced players.  Beginners will get max distance, but those who grow into the disc will find it to be one of the game's best turnover drivers.
  • Discraft Surge: A highly controllable distance driver with tons of glide. The surge might not be as popular on the course as it's Innova competitors, but this disc packs a punch.  The surge is long enough to convert even the most dedicated Innova-thrower.

... Tomorrow we will discuss a few more drivers. Want to comment or add a disc? Let us know below.