Tuesday, September 6, 2016

ZÜCA Cart Review

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ZÜCA - what is a ZÜCA? A disc golf cart. Why the umlauts? Because fancy. How do you pronounce it? Your guess is better than mine. Internet says it's an acronym for Zee Ultimate Carry All. Dubious web site though.

Do you need one?

Of course nobody NEEDS a disc golf cart. In fact, nobody NEEDS a disc golf specific bag. We could carry around a putter and a Slurpee and have a pretty good afternoon playing some disc.

So let's just agree that we're talking about things that are nice to have. I've run the gamut of bags: a camera bag, hand me down quads, various odd-ball back packs, some very nice Hyzerbomb bags. Each iteration getting nicer and making life just a little easier.

And now I bring you the latest and greatest in disc golf toting: (Link for mobile)

I hope you can tell that I was having a little fun in the editing booth with the video. And I'm going to keep this short and sweet: I played 3 rounds of rather swampy hot tournament golf this last weekend and the ZÜCA was outstanding. ZÜCA's carts were all over the place - people are adopting them quickly because of the fundamental benefit of the cart: the weight is off your shoulders and you have an easy seat all the time.

Prior to the tournament, I'd rolled the cart over 25-30 miles of various terrain and time and again I came away really happy with the ZÜCA.

I'm not going to over-sell this, but it really does take a substantial wear and tear off your body and I'm sticking with carts from here on out.

If you're in the market, please consider purchasing from Infinite Discs who also has the frame version of the cart: seen here. Full disclosure: I have setup an affiliate program with them, where I get a small % of the money spent at their site that gets directed to them from HeavyDisc as store credit. Obviously I'm not getting rich, but I do get to buy a putter or two every so often.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DGA Pipeline Review

By Jason

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DGA has been kind enough to send me some discs to review in the past. You may recall the DGA Sail Review where I tested their understable speed 11 driver. I guess I didn't screw that up too badly, because they asked if I'd throw their Pipeline and share my review. Ohhhh indeed sir, I say yes I shall review any disc you wish.

DGA has an almost cult-like following for a number of their discs. The Gumbputt seems to be in at least one guys bag on every round I play. The Breaker has been my brother's OS driving putter of choice for years. He sold me on it and I in turn sold a number of other players on it. The Rogue and the Hurricane started showing up in lots of bags as of late. DGA is making some moves.

Their ProLine plastic is beefy. Full on curb strikes, trees and gravel landings have not left a scratch.

DGA is making strides at creating a full modern bag and to be honest, they have created fans for a reason. They make some fantastic molds. As I saw the first chatter about this disc, I was extremely happy to see these magic numbers come up:

8 / 5 / 0 / 2

That's the holy grail of fairway driver numbers in my book.

Speed 8 means the rim is thin enough to leverage the snot out of. In the land of high speed drivers, holding the rim through the hit gets harder and harder as the rims get wider. Speed 8 is extremely easy to get a full ejection out of, so I really like it.

Glide 5 means you can let the disc do the work of getting down the fairway. 

Turn 0 means I can release it full power and flat.  Put the disc on a line drive and not worry about the disc working right and into a tree. 

Fade 2 means I can put some anhyzer into the release and it will fade back predictably. 

The Innova TeeBird is 7/5/0/2 and has been a staple of my bag for years because of those traits. The Pipeline has been able to do all the same things, with the added benefit of letting the disc stay up an extra 20' with that slightly faster shape.

The Pipeline does appear to come in 3 pretty noticeable flavors:

The Weights:
165-169g This disc does in fact have some noticeable high speed turn. 
170-172g Straight as an arrow with minimal fade with a full power shot.
173-175g You'll see some fade past 300'.

I felt like there is a spot in my bag for the 170-172g Pipeline as either a flip to flat and fade fairway driver or a pipe it down the fairway flat with minimal turn or fade. At the 173g-175g range, I felt like I had the headwind version of the disc. It could flip to flat on a slight hyzer in the wind and get back to the ground. In a headwind, the 170-172g version would certainly turn substantially.

Without wind, the max weight version can absolutely take 100% power shots and fly predictably 350-400', even on a slight anhyzer release.

DGA has really nailed it with this mold, especially in the 170-175g weights for me. The lighter options would be better suited to a smaller arm or for throwing uphill, as it will turn under power and as seen in the video - makes a fantastic option for a roller disc.

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