Latitude 64 Diamond Review

The Diamond is one of the newest discs on the market from Latitude 64. It is unique in that currently it is only available in super light weights - in the 145 - 155 range. This makes it idea for anyone who has a smaller arm, women, children, and beginners.  The Diamond is an understable driver, meaning it will tend to go right when throwing RHBH. It also has great glide. Currently it is only available in Opto plastic which is Lat 64's durable plastic comparable to Innova's Champion and Discraft's Elite Z plastic lines.

I decided to go ahead and pick up a Diamond a couple weeks ago because the flight characteristics are similar to the Archangel, which is another great understable disc for beginners by Innova. The problem with the Archangel is that it is only available in DX plastic and therefore once you play a few rounds with it, the disc will get "beat in" and the flight characteristics can change quite a bit. With an already understable disc, this can be a big problem, so I see the Diamond as a durable alternative to the Archangel in a much higher quality plastic that will maintain its flight characteristics for a much longer period of time.  This disc also reminded me of the Lat 64 River, which has similar flight characteristics, but is harder to find in light weights.

The disc itself looks great and the plastic is extremely gummy feeling - more so than other Opto Lat 64 discs I have. That is one thing I really like about it. I tend to use heavier discs than the 149 gram Diamond I picked up so it is probably not a disc I will carry with me on regular occasions. Rather I will probably give them to my wife to use. The thing I probably find best about this disc is that it is super easy to hyzer flip for huge distance. This is done by releasing the disc at a gentle hyzer angle. If done correctly, the disc will straighten out and fly very far. Especially so with this disc due to the light weight and huge glide. This disc is also great for bombing on downhill shots or in a tailwind. Alternatively, since it is so light, it is not a great option for headwinds.

Overall, for newer players and players that are having trouble getting distance on their drives, this is a pretty solid disc to consider. It's a beautiful disc in a great plastic that is super easy to throw. If I didn't already have a couple lighter weight Rivers for hyzer flipping, I would actually probably carry one of these with me all the time. I would love to see Lat 64 make this in heavier weights, and in Gold Line plastic as well.

Vibram Ascent Review

Vibram has made a name for themselves in the disc golf scene by their top of the line putters made from rubber.  Seeing how their putters are becoming more and more popular, they started to make drivers.  Their first driver is the Ascent.  It is a stable fairway driver that is perfect for wooded courses.  Like the putters, the Ascent comes in different firmnesses, x-link and x-link firm.  I have the regular x-link and man is it sweet.  I know that when I walk up to a hole where the fairway is narrow or there is no fairway that when I throw the Ascent, it will not kick off a tree hard deep into the woods.  The regular x-link just bends and flops when it hits a tree, preventing miserable kicks that would add strokes to your score.  The rubber doesn’t flop around in your hand, but only will bend and fold when hitting something hard.  It is this reason why I will never head to a course without this disc because I know I have an advantage over other players whose discs would get those bad kicks.

Vibram Ascent

Vibram Ascent

The Ascent is a very straight flying disc when thrown with some snap to it.  It is a perfect disc for shots that are around 300ft.  When thrown harder, it will make a real nice s curve.  At the end of the flight, the Ascent had a nice little fade to the end.  It’s nothing serious, just a nice little finish to the left (RHBH).  There is a decent amount of glide to the disc, so it will go for a while.

x-link bending

View of the softness of the x-link rubber on the Ascent.

When looking down the fairway, and I can only see a narrow gap and trees, I look for one disc, the Ascent.  I feel as though the Ascent in the regular x-link is a must have disc for anyone playing in the North East or on a course with tight fairways.  After watching how this disc reacts when thrown is a great thing, but watching the disc prevent strokes when hitting trees is even sweeter.

Don’t worry, even pros hit trees, so take action to help you out when you hit them.

 

Latitude 64 River Review

I can’t say enough about how sweet the plastic is from Latitude.  I have the River in the Opto line plastic and it is amazing.  It has great grip, durability, and is just soft enough but still firm.  I’m hooked on Latitude discs just because of the plastic.  Now, about the River.

River

River

The River is in the control/fairway driver area.  This mean the river isn’t going to be flying the furthest for you, but you should be able to control its flight.  I would compare the River to a faster Leopard with more glide to it.  These qualities combine for a great disc when in the woods and you need a shot to stay clean.  The River doesn’t take much to get it a good ways due to the glide and it being on the under stable to stable side of the flight chart.

I use this disc for a few different shots.  I feel as though it is best for me when throwing a slow turning anhyzer flick shot that turns the whole way and will slightly fade back at the end (Using this shot and disc helped me tie for 1st place at a big tournament).  I just flick the disc nice and easy, watch it start to turn and let the glide take over and the River just carries.

Another great thing about the River is that it will hold a great line.  I really need to pay attention to my release angle because the River will leave at that angle and stay on that flight path.  This helps a lot of players because they can get that instant feedback on seeing how they threw the disc.  This can help a new player out because they learn about wrist angles and how they change disc flight.

I would recommend the River to any level player.  New players can learn a lot from throwing this disc.  Experienced players can have the pin point accuracy needed on the course.  If you are looking for a disc with glide, control, durability, and can fly pretty far, get yourself a River.

Innova Skeeter Review

So about a month ago now I threw my Buzzz SS into the Rum River, leaving me wide open to try and find a new mid-range. Rather than go back to the familiar Buzzz family for a new mid disc, I decided to try some of the wide variety of Innova mid range discs available. I had read some good stuff about the Skeeter, and I like the fact that it verges on being a fairway driver/mid range/putter hybrid. With this in mind, I ordered up a Star and DX Skeeter, both in the 170s. I also ordered several other models of mid range discs including Rock, Spider, Stingray, Coyote and Mako. They all arrived pretty much around the same time, I tried the Skeeter out first, and ever since I have pretty much been in love with it to the point where I haven't hardly even used any of the other Mids I picked up.

The thing I really like about the Skeeter is it is truly an all purpose disc. I have played a couple courses where I have shot almost all my shots with the same Skeeter, regardless of whether it was a drive, approach or putt. I'm a relatively newer player and am still working on perfecting my drive. The Skeeter is probably the most controllable disc I have found for driving with. It's not going to break any distance records, but you can put it on a line and get a predictable finish, and for newer players like myself, I find it to be very helpful for working on my form and showing me results when my release and form are on point. You can also use the Skeeter for putting. Personally, I still prefer my Dart for many putts, but the Skeeter works surprisingly well. It's also especially helpful for those putts where you don't really want to use a mid range, but might not necessarily want to use a putter either.

As far as mid range shots go, I really love the Skeeter. I have been getting more accurate approaches with it than just about any other disc I've used since I started playing disc golf. It has a nice straight flight pattern coupled with a predictable finish AND it has more distance than many other mids that I've tried which allows me to keep the fairway driver in the bag and use the Skeeter for my second shot off of a drive on a long hole or bad first shot. AND as I mentioned before, it's also great as a driver and if you're playing a course with a lot of shorter holes, you may finding yourself driving with the Skeeter quite a bit. I don't have the kind of range that some people do, but I feel pretty comfortable driving with a Skeeter on any holes that are 250 feet or less. More experienced players with better distance could probably easily get another 100 feet out of one.

I also had a DX Skeeter which I did not use nearly as much. I only played one round with it before losing it (that's another story), so I can't give an extremely accurate review of how it flies in comparison to a Star Skeeter, but from the limited amount of throws I did use it for, I found the flight pattern to be slightly less predictable than the Star Skeeter. I did just pick up another first run DX Skeeter from a nearby Play it Again Sports the other day and I plan to beat it in really good to get a better feel for how a DX, especially beat in DX Skeeter flies.

Last but not least, I have noticed that the Skeeter is available in weights as low as 150 grams, and I intend to pick one up at that weight and try it out. It might be useful for longer shots on calm days. I'm excited to see how it stacks against the heavier Star model I have now.

Overall, I highly recommend this disc. Especially great for new players, but I could definitely see it being worthy of a spot in just about anyone's bag.

Innova Champion Rhyno Review

I have a special attachment to the Rhyno.  It was my first putter and I have encourperated the Rhyno into a slogan for my disc golf crew, Team Raging Roid Rhyno.  I didn’t fully understand the nature of the Rhyno when I first got it, because I had just started playing.  I loved the disc, but I didn’t know how to use it to its full potential.  I knew it was a very over stable disc and I kept that in mind.

Champion Rhyno with a custom dye.

Recently I walked into my favorite disc golf store (Marshall Street Disc Golf) and walked past some of the most beautiful discs I’ve seen.  Champion Rhynos look like a diamond among rocks.  I picked one up and felt just how grippy the champion plastic felt and how soft it was.  It felt as though I was picking up a supersoft putter, but it was in champion plastic!  After holding the disc, I was sold on buying it (I walked into the shop with no intentions of buying a disc).

Back to about the flight of the disc.  The Rhyno is an overstable putt and approach disc.  I feel as though the Rhyno is the best approach discs out there.  You can throw this thing hard and you know it is going to fade back for you.  It will hold a straight line, it will make a nice S-curve when thrown with anhyzer, and it works for hyzers and hyzer spikes.  This is where the softness of the chapion plastic really comes in to play.  When the disc spikes in the ground or just hits the ground, it really does just die.  This is something I still can’t get over, seeing a champion disc this soft and just dying when it hits the ground.  When you have to go around something to hyzer in a putt, you shouldn’t be reaching for anything besides the Rhyno.  It will hyzer enough to make sharp cuts without being thrown up high.  The Rhyno is also a great disc for flick approaches.  You can put a decent amount of power on it and it will fly dead straight and have that same dependable fade at the end.  Something else to add to the list of positives about the Rhyno is that it has the right amount of glide.  I can line up my shot with the Rhyno and feel confident going for the basket without thinking about gliding way past the basket.  Another feature the Rhyno offers is a Thumb-Track grip on top.  This means that the rim of the disc is just raised above the inside of the disc, adding a better grip which adds control.  Just having the Rhyno in my bag gives me a confidence that I can get out of sticky situations.

Thumb-Track on the Rhyno

Thumb-Track on the Rhyno

If you are in the market for a new mid range/approach disc, you really need to get the Rhyno.   It is a true work horse on the course and can easily handle drives, approaches, and putts.  I highly recommend the Rhyno, and while you’re at it, get it in the champion plastic.  When you need something with some fade at the end of the flight, the Rhyno is a great choice.

Disc Review: The Ion

After a year or more of switching from one to another, I've finally found my go to putter…the Ion! Manufactured by MVP Disc Sports, LLC in Michigan, this unique disc is where it’s at. Even though the Ion is my go to putter, I do keep two others in my bag. I tend to prefer to use my XD for drives and longer tosses from the fairway, while I use my JuJu for high arching shots that need to bend around tree limbs and sit soft. The Ion is primarily used for putts that I’m looking to drain as the high arching floaters from the JuJu are rarely high percentage shots. I’m just trying to give myself a chance, all the while having the disc sit soft enough where I’m going to make the come backer. As great as the XD and JuJu are, when I’m trying to bang one in the back of the chains…out comes the Ion.

The Ion is a straight flying putter with a lot of glide. The over-molded, soft edge is great for the chains to receive the disc, while providing unbelievable comfort in the hands of players of all levels. The main difference between this disc and common disc golf discs is the different materials it is comprised of. MVP Disc Sports, LLC has named this GYRO Technology. It is a dual-polymer concept where the flight plate core is constructed of a lighter plastic than the darker, heavier material that comprises the over-mold edge. Th
e juxtaposition between the materials allows for a “stabilized disc flight that keeps it spinning later in flight to produce straighter, longer and more accurate results,” according to the manufacturer’s website.

There are multiple selections in firmness of these discs, but the heavier plastic material on the over-mold edge remains the same super soft, grippy egde that is optimal for grabbing the chains, minimizing kick outs. I see this point, but I also tend to use my Ion through twigs and underbrush like I do my significantly heavier Wolf. It has a great glide to it, but I feel the Ion penetrates through the trees like a mid range. Most putters get kicked directly down by twigs, but my Ion just keeps on trucking so I can confidently use it to get back into position or stroke a birdie.

I would suggest this disc to any fellow disc golfer that is looking for a new putter. Maybe it’s not for you, but what’s the harm in trying? The feel of the disc really works for me. I wouldn’t suggest using the disc off the tee or for longer shots, as I don’t have as much confidence in it as my XD, but when I get up to the basket, the Ion ups my confidence ten fold. The over-mold edge helps the disc “melt” into the chains like the JuJu, but the stability of the disc is so much better. The Ion comes in several colors and is one of the only disc golf discs that are distributed as blanks. The price tag on a new Ion is right around $14.00 and is worth a shot for any disc golfer looking for a new weapon close to the basket.

Source of Images: MVP Disc Sports, LLC website (www.mvpdiscsports.com)

Latitude 64 Halo Review

Latitude is making a huge splash in the disc golf market.  One of the greatest qualities of their discs are their durability.  The Gold line plastic is best compared to Innova’s Star plastic and Discrafts’ ESP.  In my opinion, the Gold line crushes both Star and ESP in the durability and grip categories.  Latitude also makes discs in an Opto line plastic.  This compares to Innova’s Champion plastic and Discrafts’ Z line.  Again, the Opto line plastic lasts longer and has a greater grip than the competition.  I’ve been throwing an Opto Riot for 3 years now and it has worn about the same as a few month old Champion Beast.

Gold line Halo

Gold line Halo

 

Enough about the plastic, let’s talk about the Halo.  The Halo is a speed 13 driver that really lives up to the speed 13 name.  I find the Halo to be more over stable than my Nuke.  I can flick the halo in a dead straight line and it had a nice hard fade for me at the end.  I normally don’t throw this for a back hand, but when I do it flies over stable as well.  It will make a very small s-curve when thrown full power.  I find that I can’t throw the Halo as far as my Nuke or Boss, but I love to flick this baby out in long wooded holes where I need a nice hard fade to the right.  I know that when I throw the Halo right, it will do what I need it to.  Something that I find with this disc is that it tends to rise when throwing it.

I would recommend this disc to someone who is looking for a disc in between a Boss and a Nuke.  If you are turning over a Nuke or just want something with a little more fade, go for the Halo.  If you haven’t held any of the Latitude 64 plastic, you need to go out and try some right away.  I lost my Gold line Halo under the ice and snow this winter and it sat there for 2 months.  I got back and it flew exactly as it did before.  If you are looking for a new distance driver, think about the Halo.  Whenever looking for a new disc, I will always see what Latitude 64 has to offer because I know their discs are made with some of the highest quality plastic out there.

Vibram Ridge Review

Vibram is fairly new to the disc golf scene and making a big mark.  Currently, they have a line of putters (V.P., Ridge, and Summit), a fairway driver (Ascent), and more discs in the production/research phase.  They have taken their work with rubber for shoes and boots, and applied it to the sport of disc golf.  The use of rubber is a great idea because of the shear durability and the grip rubber offers in any weather.

My Ridge with a custom dye job.

My Ridge with a custom dye job.

 

The Ridge is the stable putter in the Vibram line.  It comes in 3 different rubber compounds, s-link firm, x-link, and x-link soft.  Pulling out the Ridge I immediately feel confident with the grip the rubber gives me.  The ridge lets me putt dead straight at the center of the chains and it will hit them.  I can walk up to a 30+ ft. putt and know that if I throw the ridge at the center of the chains, that putt is going in.  I can throw the ridge on an anhyzer line and it will hold it for most of its flight when thrown softly and a little high.  It has just enough stability to flatten out at the end of a nice soft shot.  The Ridge doesn’t have very much glide to it, which I like.  I know that if I miss my putt, it is not going to float 30 ft. away.

I like to use the Ridge on short drives and approaches to the pin that require dead straight accuracy.  I will use the ridge on drives anywhere from around 250 ft.  If I drive with it and put a little bit of anhyzer on it, this baby is going to hold that line.  The ridge holds a very nice hyzer line as well.  Additionally, because it is made out of rubber, when I hit a not so occasional tree, the discs don’t have crazy kicks that fly off 200 ft. into the woods.

All in all, I love the Ridge.  It putts straight, it drives straight, it holds a great line, and it has great grip (dry and wet).  It has beat out Rhynos, Magics, the Focus, and Wizards to become my main putter.  When it comes time to putt, I have no worries about how the disc is going to fly.  I know that when I throw

the Ridge, it is going straight in.  It makes sense as to why Vibram is such a fast growing disc golf company when they make such high quality products as the Ridge.

The Ridge earned a right no other disc in my bag has, it gave me my first Ace.

 

Innova Vulcan Review

Another year, another high-powered driver for those with lesser arms.  This story is growing old in the world of disc golf, but it does give us something to talk about.  The Vulcan is described as a fast, long, under-stable disc that has less fade than the much-heralded Katana.  Is it worth the hype? Will this disc finally add distance to your game?

I'm a little embarrassed to say it, but after throwing this disc I must say the experience was great.  It flies exactly as described.  I was not super-impressed with the Katana, but the Vulcan comes much closer to meeting the promise of a max-distance driver for lesser arms.  It hyzer flips much more effectively than most discs in its class, turning over and finishing with very little fade.   Those with stronger arms will actually get this one to finish to the right (for righties).  If you're really good, the Innova Vulcan could make a nice turnover disc for looong anhyzer shots.

Overall, the Vulcan comes as close as possible to delivering on the promise of a "game changer".  I really do think that beginners will benefit from learning to hyzer-flip this disc for max distance.  Like I always say, a new disc won't turn you into a better golfer, but this one just might buy you some more distance.

- Available in Star plastic ONLY

- Lighter weights available

STATS:  Speed 13, Turn -4, Glide 5, Fade 2

 

Discraft Hornet Review

Somewhere between a Wasp (one of my personal fav's) and a Drone is the new Discraft Hornet Mid-Range disc. Discraft describes the Hornet as "not crazy overstable, but no sissy either."  As part of Discraft's "hive" of mid-range discs,  the Hornet has a lot to live up to.  After all, the buzzz, wasp, and drone are some of the most reliable mid-ranges on the market.

From what I've seen so far, the Hornet is a nice Mid-Range option for windy days. It also has a good bit of glide compared to similar overstable mid-range discs. I find that I can give it a ton of arm and not have it turn over...which is an advantage over the Buzzz, which can be flippy in such situations.  I'm not sure where it will exactly fit into my game just yet, but it is certainly a disc to look out for.  Will it replace my wasp?  I'm not sure just yet.

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