I first tried out the Gateway Wizard at my local course. We have a local vendor who sets up his portable shop, complete with thousands of discs and even a couple of targets. I picked up this unfamiliar putter with a strange heat stamp and I was instantly hooked. It felt great in my hand and flew very straight from the first toss. But what was this mystery disc?
Eventually I discovered that it was the Gateway Wizard (and I bought one within minutes). This disc has become an increasingly popular putter in my bag for a number of reasons. For one, it feels great. It has a rounded outside with a ridge to place my pointer finger. When the Wizard was designed by the folks at Gateway, feel and comfort were definitely kept in mind. Think of it like an Innova Aviar with a rounded bottom.
Secondly, and probably the most important factor of any disc, is the flight pattern. The Wizard flies predictably with just a bit of low speed fade. It is great in the wind, uphill, or downhill. I also like this disc for approaches inside 100'. The Wizard is truly one of the best kept secrets in disc golf...although many long-time players have been raving about this disc for years now.
My only concern with this disc is the consistency of the plastic. The Wizard is available in regular, soft, and even super soft. However, individual discs can be very inconsistent in softness...I have even held some "soft" Wizards that feel softer than their "super soft" counterparts. If you buy your discs in person make sure you compare them to insure that you enjoy the feel.
Despite some interesting inconsistencies in plastic the Gateway Wizard is an awesome putter. Familiar with Innova and Discraft? Try giving this Gateway disc a toss.
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