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.

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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

Tampa, FL – Word of Life Disc Golf Course Review

If you are visiting Pasco County, FL (Tampa Bay area)  you don't have too many options as far as disc golf courses go. Sure, you could travel down the Sun Coast Parkway about 45 minutes to Clearwater (later posts to come)...but what if you don't have half a day to kill?  The Word of Life Disc Golf Course in Hudson, FL (just north of Tampa) provides a quick fix for your disc golf itch. It may not be the most challenging or well manicured course, but beginners and seasoned enthusiasts alike will find this one worth a try.

When my parents moved to Pasco County (Tampa Bay) I was eager to scope out some disc golf hot spots. Google drew me to Clearwater, which features some gorgeous courses within minutes of each other. However, a tip from some locals pointed me to the Word of Life Disc Golf Course in Hudson, Fl. It was certainly a unique disc golf experience.

The Experience:

I was excited for this particular round because my parents would be playing disc golf for the first time. My girlfriend and I were looking forward to showing them the ropes and hopefully impressing them with some nifty shots. I was thinking it would be great if they got into a sport I love. But realistically I would have settled for a guarantee that my Dad's arm wouldn't fall off after 15+ years of shoulder inactivity.

After winding around some rural side roads and pulling into the gated "Word of Life" complex, you need to check in at the front desk of the hotel (The course is located on the campus of a religious summer camp and convention center). The staff is very friendly and will happily hand you a map and some paper bracelets indicating that you have paid the $2 greens fee (per person).

When active, the camp is teeming with kids riding bikes and walking down the roads. However, once you step foot on the course it becomes very private (one exception mentioned below).

The first thing you'll notice when teeing off on #1 is the openness of the course. Losing a disc would be a difficult feat given the open fairways and lack of thick brush.  I used this opportunity to unload my newly purchased Discraft Surge SS. It flew great and I was immediately impressed with the amount of glide it got (I actually drove past a few baskets before I adjusted...oh yeah...disc review to come).

The Word of Life Disc Golf Course boasts 3 - 4 tee boxes for each hole. However, they are made from carpet that is generally ripped up and overgrown. It definitely gives you the feeling you are on a forgotten course.

Just about every hole is wide open and between 200-300 feet from the amateur tee (300 - 400 from blue).  This is conducive to lots of 2's and 3's. Even my parents were able to mark down a few pars when they hit a lucky drive. This combination made the course feel a little tired to me. Although I am certainly no pro, an opportunity to make a nice anhyzer or forehand shot would have added to the experience.

The front 9 of the Word of Life Disc Golf Course was not very well maintained. The grass was overgrown and it made me question my decision to wear shorts (it was about 100 degrees in the Sun!).  This, in addition to the wide open and often un-marked holes made the course seem like it had been forgotten by the staff.

The back 9 slightly redeemed the course in my eyes.  The grass was well mowed and the tee boxes were in better shape than those on the front 9. One very nice touch was the 18th hole, which leads right back to your car; Something that should not be overlooked.

Overall, the Word of Life Disc Golf Course in Hudson, FL is a nice course to play if you live in the Tampa, FL area. It provides short, wide open holes that are perfect for beginners to learn on without fear of losing a disc. Advanced players will be frustrated with the lack of diversity or need to make different types of shots. A good player could play the whole course with a mid-range disc. I could have used my Discraft Buzzz (my personal fav.) from just about every tee with a ton of success...but what fun would that be?

My parents had a blast...my Dad's arm held up (with the help of some aspirin)...and I had a nice relaxing round with my family. What's not to like?

The Good

  • Wide open fairways make it almost impossible to lose a disc
  • Chill rural atmosphere
  • Short distances won't intimidate beginners
  • Holes boast several carpeted tee boxes

The Bad

  • Little diversity from hole to hole
  • Seasoned players will find few challenges
  • Overgrown and holes and unmarked tee boxes
  • $2 greens fee

Memorable Holes

  • #8 - Goes right in front of a cabin...we skipped it because there were so many campers around. Safety hazard?

Must-Use Discs

  • A stable mid-range (Discraft Buzzz)
  • A fairway driver for longer holes (Innova Leopard)