Innova Beast Review

I remember my first round of disc golf like it was yesterday. I strolled up to my local disc guru who sells just about every disc you can think of. I asked him to hook me up with a set of beginner discs. The three discs that he handed me were the Innova Aviar putter, Discraft Buzzz Mid-Range, and the Innova Beast. He told me the Beast was a perfect driver for beginners. Little did I know I would be throwing one of these bad-boys for years to come.

The Beast was one of the first wide-rimmed drivers to hit disc golf courses. It feels great in your hand and will give you a consistent feeling release. The Beast also provides great speed without sacrificing control. Just a couple notches down from the Katana speed-wise, but with similar attributes. The secret to the Beast is that it is relatively understable at high speeds. Beginners can let it rip and not worry about turning the disc over, while pros can throw it below the shoulder and let it travel forever.

I've seen several disc golfers start out learning on the beast and never give it up. Go ahead and read up on some pro's who have done the same thing.

The Beast is just one of those timeless discs that will never go out of style.

Innova SL Review (Star Plastic)

The Innova SL, while certainly not the most talked about disc golf driver on the market, definitely deserves some consideration for a place in your bag. It won't fly quite as long as a full speed Wraith, but for those of us without a huge arm the extra glide makes the SL a worth while disc.

I am a really big fan of Innova drivers. The Wraith is my go-to driver for most shots. I find that I can throw it for more distance and consistency than most other discs I have tried. However, I was still lacking a consistent understable driver in my arsenal...that's why I picked up the SL.
The SL is one of the more understable long-range drivers from Innova. When given a slight anhyzer it will hold a nice line then slowly fade to a hyzer. The result is a really sweet "S" curve that doesn't finish too harshly...and gets tons of distance.

For those with a bigger arm, the SL could make a great long anhyzer driver. For those who max out at 300-350 ft. this driver could give you some extra glide and distance.
While the SL certainly doesn't have the name recognition of a Valkyrie, Beast, or Wraith, it could be well on its way to achieving status as a driver with tons of glide and a straight, easy flight pattern.

Innova Star SL 166g
Innova Star SL 166g
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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.

Gateway Wizard Putter Review

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.

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.

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.

Innova Destroyer Review

When I started throwing an Innova Wraith some time ago I immediately became hooked on its winning combination of distance, stability, and fade.  The Innova Destroyer is similar, but with slightly more speed and a little more stability. If you are a player with a big arm this could be a great driver for you, especially in windy conditions.

Innova describes the Destroyer as a "Stable to Overstable" distance driver. This natural inclination to turn makes it an ideal disc to cut through headwinds. Those of you who play on open courses that tend to be windy courses will appreciate this flight pattern.

The Innova Destroyer isn't only for windy days. Advanced players will find that it gives great distance for any thrower with a big arm. While the Destroyer is harder to control than a Wraith, disc golfers will find the extra distance worth the trouble.

For beginners, I would definitely recommend picking up a Wraith, Valkyrie, or even a Leopard before graduating to the Destroyer. Such discs will give you superior control, especially if you consistently throw less than 300ft.

Innova Boss Review

When Innova first started promoting the "Boss 13 Speed Distance Driver" there was a great deal of hype surrounding the disc. It was touted as the ultimate distance driver...super fast, great in the wind, and very long. Now that it has been on the market for a while reviews are starting to pour in. So is this disc a real game changer?

The Innova Boss is certainly a disc for advanced players. In fact, on the Innova website it even declares that the Boss is not for players who throw less than 300ft.  Such players will likely get way too much low speed fade (finishing to the far left for righties) to control this disc.

However, for advanced players the Boss does offer a really long and consistent flight path. It has just a touch of high speed turn to help maximize distance for those with big arms. It will fade dependably at low speeds, especially if you have the arm to maximize this disc's potential.

Overall, is this a revolutionary disc? Probably not, but it will provide advanced disc golfers with a nice option for a primary long distance driver. Amateurs beware: wait until you can throw your Valkyrie or Orc for maximum distance before giving this one a shot.

Innova Leopard Review

The Innova Leopard Fairway Driver holds a special place in my heart because it is the first golf disc that I ever purchased. At the time, all I had was an Innova disc golf flight chart and a stack of discs to pick from. I chose the Leopard because it seemed to be a straight flier. At the time I was not concerned at all with distance on my drives, I just wanted my golf discs to end up on the fairway. Long story short, I was not disappointed with the results.

The Innova Leopard is a great disc for any golfer to learn on. It resists turning over when you put a lot of arm into it, so newbies will feel comfortable letting one fly every now and then.  Obviously, you won't get the distance you would normally see out of an Innova Wraith or Discraft Surge, but for accuracy you'd have to look far and wide for a disc that outperforms the Leopard. It definitely flies as straight and true as any fairway driver on the market.

So what about more advanced players? Well...you'll still have plenty of use for the Leopard after you graduate to a longer driver.  I use mine as a driver down narrow wooded holes. The Leopard also makes a great anhyzer driver or roller. I've seen several pro-level disc golfers who always carry a Leopard in their bag.

Overall, If you're just getting into the sport you can't go wrong with the true-flying Leopard. It will provide the accuracy and dependability you need to get started in Disc Golf.


Innova Valkyrie Review

Are you an improving disc golfer looking to upgrade to a long distance driver? If so, the Innova Valkyrie may be just the disc you are looking for. The "Valk" as it is sometimes known, provides superior high speed turn that makes it easy to throw at high speeds...even for beginners.

As a disc golf beginner, you probably stacked your bag with super-straight drivers (Innova Orc, Leopard) designed to fly wherever your wrist turned. With enough practice you could get these discs to travel completely straight.  However, after some time at your local disc golf course you probably realized that the guys with the big arms were not just throwing straight.  Then you decided to upgrade to a different distance driver...

It happened to me some time ago and one driver that was recommended to me was the Innova Valkyrie. I took to it immediately because it was so easy to throw. Unlike some more "advanced" discs that go way overstable when you throw too hard, the Valkyrie will resist that right-to-left motion (for right-handers).  This understable action makes the Innova Valk a really nice distance driver for intermediate players.

Pros also love to use the Innova Valkyrie as a turn over or roller disc. Its understable tendencies make it a perfect fit for such shots.

The versatility of the Valk makes it a great disc for intermediate to pro-level players. If you are frustrated with your lack of distance this could be a great driver to go pick up.