Nestled in the woods of Tyler State Park in Newtown, PA lies a disc golf course that is well-maintained, beautiful, and serene. I learned quickly however, that looks can be deceiving...
Up in the northeast most of our disc golf courses are loaded with trees, low lying limbs, and narrow fairway corridors. Many of my long-distance drivers would snag a tree or get caught up in a bush at the slightest misfire. Even my "SS" (super straight) drivers would end up making a nice easy hyzer...right into thick brush. While these over stable and under stable discs have their place up here in Maryland, my frustrations with some of the holes up here led me to pursue a dependable driver that I can throw straight and steady...even down the tightest fairway.
While the Discraft XL Driver will certainly not be your farthest flying driver, it could end up being your most reliable when accuracy is a must. After all...there's no shame in taking the easy 3 (well...sometimes).
I picked this disc up while I was down in Clearwater, FL and tried it out at the Cliff Stephens Disc Golf Course (which I later found out was Ken Climo's home course). It ended up being an extremely useful driver on just about half the holes I played. I have to admit I am a little gun shy when it comes to water hazards. From shot #1 this disc gave me so much confidence that I ended up using it whenever water came into play (which if quite a bit at Cliff Stephens). I even ended up using it on an island green hole on the back 9 (how's that for confidence in a new disc?).
The Discraft XL Elite X driver holds just about any line you give it. It will fly straight as an arrow when released completely level, then finish ever to slightly to a hyzer. When given a little anhyzer action on a throw it will gently hold its position until it settles slowly on the ground. This brings me to my next point about the XL...it is one of the slower flying drivers I have thrown. This works well on your shorter drives where a mid-range just won't go long enough. It almost reminds me of a Buzzz or Roc on steriods. All the control with just a little extra distance.
Obviously the Discraft XL Driver will not replace your long-flying drivers such as a Surge, Wraith, Pred, or whatever your primary driver is. However, you just might find yourself reaching for one when you need to get through a narrow fairway, patch of trees, or precarious water hazard. The Discraft XL Driver is quickly becoming my go-to disc for situations where I NEED a straight shot and don't feel bad about sacrificing distance. Beginners will like it for its predictability and control on any drive. Pros will love it for use as a utility disc in specific situations.
- Flies straight as an arrow
- Holds just about any line you give it
- Flies to a slow and easy glide
- Will not fly as far as most distance drivers (but hey...you don't always need it do)
- Absolutely...for all skill levels.
- A MUST have for beginners