Discraft Meteor Review

Overview:

DescriptionLong, dependable understable mid-range

Pros – Holds an understable line forever

Cons – None

Compares to – Innova Stingray

Full Review:

When you go to disc golf forums (shameless plug) you read a lot of threads about "Underrated Discs". Well, it does not get much more underrated than the Discraft Meteor. This understable mid-range comes from a long line of solid mids from Discraft.

I picked up a Discraft Meteor a while back when I was looking to add an understable mid-range to my arsenal. I had thrown Innova Stingrays with a lot of success, but I wanted to give something else a try. At first throw, you'll notice the Meteor gets amazing distance, even at less than full speed. I would actually feel comfortable throwing mine as a driver on some shorter holes.  Unlike some "understable" mids that fade back to hyzer after a while, I find that the Meteor holds a really nice line for as long as you want it to, making it a clutch disc for difficult shots.

The versatility of the Meteor is a plus too. I've actually started using it about 50/50 with my beloved Buzzz.  The Meteor can be an unbelievably straight flier, much like it's "0" rated counterparts (Comet).  I handed one to Mrs. Disc Golf Traveler (who is what I would call a beginner) last month and she immediately sink a 100 ft shot...she has since stolen the disc from me.

I will definitely be picking up a replacement in ESP plastic as soon as possible...you should too if you demand consistency from the mid-range golf discs in your bag.

Discraft Surge Driver Review

Attention Innova throwers (present company included): I know you are in love with your Wraith, Valkyrie, SL, or whatever driver you currently throw, but have you picked up a Discraft Surge lately? While Discraft has not been known for their drivers in the past, The Surge might be worth your while.

The Surge is a favorite among world champion Disc Golfer, Nate Doss. In fact, you can buy a signature "Nate Doss Surge".
What makes this disc such a favorite among pros is the fact that even those with big arms will get great distance and glide without turning over. You can think of the Surge like Discraft's version of the Innova Wraith...a long driver with good stability and glide (I have even seen people throw the Surge farther than the Wraith).
If you have been turned off by Discraft drivers in the past the Surge just might be the one to get you throwing more than just Innova (not that there's anything wrong with that!)

Oh yeah...and the Surge is available in all plastics that Discraft offers.

Discraft Stalker Review

The Stalker is the newest addition to Discraft's line of distance drivers.  While it may not be the most flashy or far flying driver in your disc golf bag, it will almost certainly find a place in your game. Think of the Discraft Stalker like a super-charged Buzzz. It will hold any line you give it and keep going longer than any mid-range.

I absolutely love the Discraft Buzzz. It is the most dependable disc in my bag. When I heard about the Stalker I was immediately intrigued by its comparisons to the Buzzz. A driver that flies like a mid? I needed to try it out.

The early reports of the Discraft Stalker were pretty much as advertised. It makes a great driver when accuracy is a must. It will keep any line you put on it and finish nice and smooth. I was equally impressed with the distance I squeezed out of the Stalker. Often times, straight-flying drivers tend to be very short. This was not the case with the Stalker. It flew very long, especially considering how easy it is to control

Overall, the Stalker would be a great addition to any disc golf bag. It makes a great driver for those just learning the game, or a nice dependable fairway driver for experts. Think of the Discraft Stalker like a perfect mid-range/driver hybrid.

What’s in my Disc Golf bag? Part 1

You may be wondering... for all the discs I review, which golf discs do I carry in my bag? Well, I am going to start a monthly (or some similar time frame) series of blog posts detailing which golf discs I carry and why. Please feel free to comment with your opinions and your own list of golf discs.

Drivers:

  • Discraft Surge SS (FLX plastic) - My main driver...i can make it do pretty much whatever I want. Also my anhyzer driver
  • Discraft XL (Elite X) - Perfect for straight drives down narrow fairways. My ultimate utility driver. When in doubt, I throw my Discraft XL
  • Discraft XL (150 g) - I carry this lighter version because it carries so well. I usually pull this disc out on long, wide open fairways
  • Discraft Predator ESP - My only choice for long dog-leg lefts. I don't use it often, but it gets the job done very nicely when I do.

Mid-Ranges:

  • Discraft Meteor ESP - Very long anhyzer mid-range. I can throw it almost as long as some drivers.
  • Discraft BUZZZ-D - Flies so straight and predictable. The only disc I really need to play a round of 18.
  • Innova Roc - My backup mid-range. I am still experimenting with it. I tend to use it on shorter mid-range shots where I need some touch.

Putters:

  • Discraft Banger GT - I prefer this putter for hyzer and anhyzer putts
  • Discraft Rattler - A nice approach disc, but also great for short-distance, straight on putts. This is also a great uphill putter for me.

Go ahead and try out some of these great discs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! I'd love to hear some comments about what you use and why. Am I full of it? Let me know.

-Happy Disc Golf Travels


Discraft Avenger SS Review

If you read through the archives of this blog it become apparent that I am a big fan of Discraft discs.  Just about all the golf discs in my bag are of this make. While I do carry an Innova Roc and a few others, most of my go to discs are indeed Discraft (Surge SS, Buzzz, Rattler, etc.). The other day however, I got my hands on a Discraft Avenger SS and did not enjoy the experience.  No matter how many times I threw it I kept getting the same result:  The Avenger SS was not "super straight" as advertised, rather it faded into a mean hyzer on every drive. This is a disc I definitely wish I left on the shelf.

What's the point of producing a "super straight" disc if you can't throw it straight? That's a great question that i wish Discraft would have answered before putting out the Avenger SS in FLX plastic. I tried...I really tried to get consistently straight drives but I just couldn't do it. Before you become skeptical of my results, keep in mind I do swear by another "SS" disc - the Discraft Surge SS (FLX).  This is why I am so puzzled by my experience with the Avenger SS. On just about every drive (high, low, fast, slow) this disc quickly faded into a nasty hyzer and dive-bombed from right to left. I had almost no success in driving with this disc despite several attempted adjustments to my throwing motion.

If you are looking for a true straight max-distance driver, pick up a Discraft Surge SS. It flies remarkably straight and long. If you would like to read a full review, click on my archives or search for it. Why do these discs fly so differently? The only significant difference I can see are the profiles of the discs themselves. The Avenger SS (which I did not enjoy throwing) has a very low profile, whereas the Sure SS (which I love) has a very "dome-like" appearance. How/why does this alter flight patterns? I am not sure. One thing I do know however, is that from my perspective the Surge SS is vastly superior to the Avenger SS.

Discraft Surge SS Review

Description - Understable distance driver with good speed

Pros - Controllable, understable, perfect for beginners and intermediate players

Cons -  Gets a little flippy when beat-in

Compares to - Innova Valkyrie

If you recall from a previous post, my primary driver, the Discraft Surge SS was lost on the 16th hole at Rockburn Disc Golf Course in Howard County, MD. Well...I finally got my new one in the mail a few days ago and I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to write up a formal review.

The Surge SS (super straight) has become my primary distance driver for a reason...it gets great distance without sacrificing control. I can hyzer it, anhyzer it, or throw it straight and far with confidence.

I will be the first to admit that I am no pro when it comes to disc golf.  While my skills are improving every day, I am still working on getting a better snap on my throws and adding more distance to my drives. On a good drive I can get up to about 300-350 feet. However, I am usually around 250', especially on wooded courses where I can't huck a disc with all my might. That's why the Discraft Surge SS is a great disc for me: It has the stability to reach it's target with superior glide to get that extra 50 feet.

On a straight and open hole I usually pull out my Surge SS.  Given a moderate hyzer it will flip up and carry on a nice straight line.  For me this equals maximum distance, especially given the amazing amount of glide that the Surge SS gets.

The Surge SS is also my primary long-distance anhzyer disc, as is the case for many pros (just check testimonials on the Discraft website). When throwing this disc for an anhyzer you really need to give it an extreme low-to-high motion. As mentioned above, the Surge SS does have a tendency to flip over on such shots (the "SS" stands for super straight doesn't it?). However, with some practice you will be rewarded. This disc will hold a beautiful left-to-right line if thrown correctly. It will finish softly and glide towards the basket (hopefully).

In conclusion, the Discraft Surge SS is a versatile distance driver for players of any skill level. A beginner might use it as a hyzer driver. A more experienced disc golfer might use it for long and straight shots, while a more seasoned vet would probably use the Surge SS for long anhyzers. Either way this one is worth a pick-up.

Why is the Surge SS in my bag? Because I can throw it in just about any situation and know I'm getting great distance without sacrificing accuracy. My arm may not be big...but my throws can be with the Surge SS.

 

Discraft Rattler Review – An Old School Putter

If you get the opportunity to pick up a Discraft Rattler Putt and Approach Disc you will quickly realize it is unlike any other golf disc in your bag because it actually feels like an old-fashioned "Frisbee". Its deep groove and thin outer edge will bring back memories of throwing discs at the beach or playing ultimate. Make no mistake though...this disc is designed for long approach putts.

The Discraft Rattler Putter is specifically designed to fly straight and quickly fall to the ground after it hits the peak of its flight. How could this be useful? Well...imagine you are about 100ft away from the basket. Sure...you could throw your mid range (like a Buzz or Meteor) and hope you don't overthrow. You could also throw the same mid range disc at 50% power. However, we all know decreased throwing power can cause your disc to hyzer or anhyzer prematurely.  The Discraft Rattler is designed for long putts such as these. Ideally, the Rattler is supposed to arrive near the basket then drop within feet of the chains.  Where some putters with more glide may overshoot the basket, the Rattler will provide you with an easy 2-putt (assuming you do not make the long putt).

I used my Rattler at the Rockburn Disc Golf Course in Howard County, MD a few days ago.  It flew just as advertised. The disc reminded me of a hovercraft as it floated towards the basket.  The flight was extremely slow, but also very true.  It took some getting used to, but eventually I became very comfortable throwing the Rattler both inside and outside the putting circle. Seeing this disc's unusual flight characteristics might just be worth the price of admission (about $8 MSRP).

Overall, will this disc replace your current favorite putter? Probably not. Could it be a great situational putter? Absolutely. I will definitely find a use for this disc in my bag,  especially on longer putts where overshooting is not an option (around water hazards, dense forest). I recommend that you pick one up and try it out (especially at its inexpensive price tag)...you just might find the Discraft Rattler a useful addition to your bag too.

The Good:

  • Very straight flight path
  • Predicable on long putts
  • Will not overshoot your target

The Not So Good:

  • Can not be given a hyzer or anhyzer easily

Discraft Predator Review

One glaring "hole" in my disc golf bag was the lack of an overstable distance driver.  I found myself sacrificing distance by throwing  hyzers on drives that required  right-to-left movement.  There were even a few occasions where  I had discs land too hard on a hyzer and skip 100ft+ past the basket (very frustrating). An overstable disc would definitely come in handy in such a situation.

After doing on research on various forums and websites I decided to purchase a Discraft Predator driver in ESP plastic. This is a favorite of one of the world's great players - Nate Doss.  He, along with other pros have described it as a dependable overstable driver that is great in the wind and on uphill drives.

I must admit that after throwing so many "beginner" drivers (Surge SS, Avenger SS, Innova Leopard) the Pred at first felt a little bit difficult to manage. Just as advertised, it is extremely overstable. However, once I began to let it out of my hand on a  bit of an anhyzer I was able to control my drives with much more ease. In fact, it has begun to replace my Surge SS on many shots where I need to make a long shot on a narrow fairway. With the Predator, I can pick my spot and place it there on a consistent basis. What more could you ask for from a distance driver?

I am still blown away by the predictability of the Predator.  When beginners think "overstable" they tend to think unpredictable. This could not be further from the truth with the Pred. In actuality, once you get used to throwing such an understable disc, it becomes easy to spot. The lines it takes are very consistent and it just won't turn over! No wonder so many pros rely on this disc out of the tee box.

As far as distance goes I was very pleased with the Predator. I don't have a particularly big arm, but I can get this one up to about 300-350 feet without maximum effort. Obviously, it finishes with an extreme right-to-left .  However, when thrown correctly this will not detract too much from the length of your drive.

To sum things up, this disc will definitely have a spot in my bag. While it won't replace my more stable drivers, having a driver that can handle a dogleg left or get around a tricky hazard on a drive will prove invaluable down the road. You owe it to yourself to throw this disc. No matter what your style of play, you will likely find a place in your bag for the Discraft Predator.

The Good:

- Very predictable flights

- Will not turn over!

- Gets consistent distance compared to less stable drivers

The Not-So-Good:

- Beginners will have trouble adjusting to the extremely overstable flight

- It probably won't replace your more moderately stable distance drivers

New PDGA Membership – Worth the $?

I have heard conflicting reports about whether or not to join up with the PDGA. While membership does have some nice benefits, it does come with a $50/year (with discounts for longer subscriptions) fee for the "amateur" level membership. As a service to my readers...and for some additional blog fodder, I decided to join last week. Here is a description of what came in the mail (about a week later).

- Membership Card w/ name and ID #

- Welcome Letter

- 2 Issues (and subscription) to Disc Golfer Magazine

- Mini Disc w/ ID#

- PDGA Bumper Sticker

- Discraft Stratus Driver (Black, PDGA edition)

- PDGA mini-rule book (presumably to be a stickler when you're golfing w/ friends)

- Access to posting on the PDGA DISCussion forums

The Good:

- Cool bumper sticker to show that you are indeed a better player than your buddies (or at least it looks that way)

- ID Card gets you hotel and car rental discounts

- Disc Golfer Magazine is actually very substantial even though it is only quarterly. I've enjoyed many of the articles

- A free disc is always good...right?

- Your PDGA ID# will allow you to start tracking and keeping your handicap status online

- PDGA members do get discounted entry fees at some tournaments

The Not-So-Good:

- A black disc is somewhat useless on a course

- I'm still having trouble posting on the PDGA DISCussion board. The mods have been absolutely zero help.

- Do you really get $50 worth of swag? No...not really

My take?

I doubt anyone is really joining the PDGA for the free stuff. I would imagine that most PDGA members wanted to help support the sport of disc golf and maybe start tracking their stats online . If you plan on playing a lot of disc golf tournaments the $50 could go a long way. However, if you are new to the sport and tight on cash perhaps you should hold off for a couple of years.

Me? I think I'll wait to pass judgment until the end of the year. If I enter a few tournaments and get to see my name on PDGA.com it could definitely end up being worth it.

What...you really didn't think I joined for the bumber sticker did you? (well...maybe just a little)

As always, happy disc golf travels.

R.I.P. Discraft Surge SS (FLX, Neon Yellow)

Bad news from Rockburn Disc Golf Course in Columbia, MD. After a wonderful day of golf in which I was poised to shatter my  personal record...I lost my primary driver.

She was dependable, controllable, and far-flying.  However, on a not-too-terrible drive on #16, my Surge SS made a gentle hyzer around a blind dog leg into some dense woods. After about 45 minutes of searching I called it a day. My name and # was on it so there is hope that a good Samaritan will one day return it. I will keep my fingers crossed. That's Rockburn for you...always one bad shot away from being down $17.

Oddly enough I did run across a leaf green (the only way to describe the color) Valk during my search.  Buying that disc is like winning a goldfish at the county fair...it won't last you long.

On a positive note, I did hit my personal shot of the year...a ~100ft midrange no-doubter with my Roc. It was ticketed for the chains as soon as it left my hand. A passer-by even asked me if I gave lessons...no joke.

All in all a good day. A lost disc every now and then is a small price to pay for disc golf traveling (A new one is on order anyway...along with a new bag...reviews to come!)

Happy Disc Golf Travels