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.

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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.

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Innova Aviar P&A Review: R-Pro Plastic

The Innova Aviar Putt and Approach Disc has long been one of the leading putters in the sport of disc golf. I have been throwing an original Aviar for years now and I have yet to run across a more consistent putter. The Aviar feels great in my hand and has a flawless release.

Now that the Aviar is available in R-Pro plastic, this disc will be discovered by a whole new group of disc golfers... those who prefer a flexible putter.  Developing  this new line of "R-Pro"  plastic was a great move by Innova. In my opinion, this new flexible Aviar compares very favorable to the Discraft Soft Magnet or the Super Stupid Soft Wizards by Gateway. It is sturdy enough to hold its shape when held out flat, but soft enough to hug the chains as well as any other flexible putter on the market.

Pick up an R-Pro Aviar and give it a shot. If you haven't tried out a super-flexible putter, you just might be surprised at its ability to find and stick to the target consistently.

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