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.

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.

Innova Star Mako Review

Description - A straight-out-of-the-box mid-range

Pros - Flies nice and straight, holds a line

Cons - Only available in Star plastic (expensive)

Compares to - Innova Coyote, BUZZZ-d

The Innova Roc is on the top of the food chain when it comes to Innova mid-range discs. The slightly overstable disc is the benchmark when it comes to consistent performance on the course. Looking for something that's a little more of a straight flier?  The Innova Mako might be your best bet...if you really don't want to throw a Discraft BUZZZ.

The Mako is currently only available in Star plastic. In case you aren't familiar, star plastic is the highest-end polymer that Innova offers. It is super durable and I really love the grip it provides. Just gummy enough...but still feels solid. However, it won't break in as easily as a DX model would, resulting in more stability for the Mako.

The Mako is indeed as straight as advertised.  I would compare it very favorably to my most used mid-range disc - the Discraft Buzzz. The Mako is everything you would expect from a straight-flying mid. It has very little low speed fade and it holds a line quite nicely. To me, discs such as these are irreplaceable in my bag.  I would never play a round without a dependable straight flyer.

The only criticism of the Mako that I have is the lack of availability in other plastics. I personally like my mid-range discs in "cheaper" plastics. My beat in buzzzs, rocs, and meteors are among my most trusted molds for their versatility.  The Mako is a really nice disc...I just would have preferred some more options. Pick one up if you like mid-range discs in durable plastics.  You won't be disappointed with the super-straight flight characteristics.

Innova Star San Marino Roc Review

We all know (and probably throw) the famed Innova Roc.  It is no secret that the legendary mid-range golf disc is renowned for its versatility and reliability. The Innova Roc is a staple in the bag of disc golf pros and amateurs alike.  It has been a consistent go-to utility disc for as long as many disc golfers can remember.

One of the exciting new additions to Innova's line of discs is the brand new Star San Marino Roc. This disc brings all of the qualities we love about the roc, but makes them available in grippy/durable star plastic. As far as the flight of the disc, it is very similar to the original Roc, but slightly less stable. In my opinion, this is the straightest flying Roc to date.

I use the SM Roc for accurate fairway drives right now, but I know once it wears in it will make a great turn-over or anhyzer disc.  Looking for a straight-flying mid-range from Innova? The San Marino Roc in Star Plastic just might be the disc you've been waiting for.

Innova Roc Review

If you have played any more than one round of disc golf in your life, the chances are you have seen a few Innova Rocs. This versatile mid-range disc from Innova has been a staple in thousands of pro and amateur bags for decades ....for a reason. The Innova Roc is unbelievably predictable with a slightly overstable finish. I've seen disc golfers drive, approach, and putt with this disc. If you forced a disc golfer to play a round with only one disc, the chances are he/she would choose an Innova Roc.

I must admit after being a long-time Discraft Buzzz thrower I found it difficult to break down and purchase a Roc. However, after hearing so many good things I could not resist. When I threw one in my first round I was immediately impressed. This is a disc that does whatever you want it to right out of the box (so to speak). Brand new it will fly nice and straight and finish to a hyzer. Once broken in it will fly straight as an arrow when released on an even plane.

Players with big arms will use the Innova Roc as a 250'-300' driver. Newer players will love how predictably it approaches the basket for shorter distances. Many players will carry several Rocs, all at different levels of wear for a variety situations. However you use the Innova Roc I am willing to bet that it will be a welcome addition to your bag.

No matter what your skill level, if you aren't throwing an Innova Roc what are you waiting for? It is a classic for a reason. Just go ahead and check almost every disc golf bag on the planet!