Thursday, June 23, 2016

Heavy's Discs

I get asked from time to time about what I'm throwing: weights, plastics, molds and so I thought I'd do a run down on the most regular occupants of my bag. It changes quite a bit with wind conditions, but this is what I'm throwing. 



I own 2 bags - and like them both quite well.


Flak X - (Shop Link)
Price: $199
Recap: Great bag for fieldwork artists. Super easy to get a ton of discs in and out quickly. Well though out design - but lacks straps for stools or umbrellas. I use this bag most often because of the amount of fieldwork I do.



Flak 4 - (Shop Link)
Price: $199
Recap: Cushy, great room up top, straps for stool. Knock this bag over and the discs will not fall out. I use this bag for long courses where comfort is at a premium.


Gateway Organic Wizard - (Shop Link)
Recap: This blend is money for my putting putters. I have nothing but good things to say about wizards - like way they fly, but organics seem to be tackier than most other plastic types. They beat in fast and stick to chains - and you'll pry them from my cold dead fingers. Max Weight (175g)


Prodiscus Jokeri - (Shop Link)
Recap: Throwing putter. 170g Prodiscus Premium plastic. This disc isn't quite the glideless brick that DGA Breaker is - but it can take quite a bit of wind without any concerns of flipping. That's not an insult. I love a glideless brick: nothing is worse than staying up when you want to go down. Accurate upshots all day with the Jokeri. The premium plastic will take years of abuse without changing flight characteristics. I have hit plenty of trees and it looks like new.
Speed: 4.0
Glide: 3.0
Turn: 0.0
Fade: 2.0


MVP Ion -(Shop Link)
Recap - If ever there was a putter that thought it was a mid-range, it's the Ion. MVP plastics across the board, kick butt and simply take abuse for years. I like them around 170g, with the max weights being slightly more stable. I bought 5 Ions and 5 Anodes at the beginning of my fieldwork season of 2014 and threw them a million times. At this point, I give the nod to the Ion over the Anode mainly for being more predictable.
Speed: 3.0
Glide: 4.0
Turn: 0.0
Fade: 1.0


Innova-Gator - (Shop Link)
Recap: My buddy Ian Millard turned me onto the Gator and for that, I'm ever grateful. A 175g Champion Gator will stand up to any wind and get to the ground safely. You can MASH a Gator with 400' of power and it'll drop out of the sky at 300' over and over. This disc makes a 300' hole absolutely brainless and has lowered my score by at least 2 strokes on windy days. ABG... Always Be Gatoring.
Speed: 5.0
Glide: 2.0
Turn: 0.0
Fade: 3.0

Emac Truth - (Shop Link)
Recap: FINALLY Dynamic Discs has fixed the Truth. The EMac Truth is everything that the original Truth was known for. I like to joke that the Truth thinks it's a fairway driver. Predictable, long, and fits in the hand like magic. Love this disc at 173g in Lucid.
Speed: 5.0
Glide: 5.0
Turn: 0.0
Fade: 2.0


Innova Roc - (Shop Link)
Recap: Tried and true the Roc is impossible to ignore. I bag an older DX Roc that is warped to the point of absurdity for low power hyzer flips and anhyzer shots. I also bagged a new KC Pro Roc 168g that has beat into a nice turning midrange disc very quickly. KC Pro will take more more abuse than DX so I would give that disc the nod.
Speed: 4.0
Glide: 4.0
Turn: 0.0
Fade: 3.0


Discraft Comet - (Shop Link)
Recap: If beating a KC Pro Roc until it turns to your liking is too much of a pain, the Comet is the turning midrange of choice. The glide on a Comet is like nothing you've ever seen. In a tailwind they will stay afloat like the goodyear blimp. Having a midrange that will turn under power or flip to flat is essential for shaping shots.
Speed: 4.0
Glide: 5.0
Turn: -2.0
Fade: 1.0


Innova TeeBird - (Shop Link)
Recap: I typically have 3 TeeBirds in my bag: OS Star 175g, Neutral GStar 171g and turny EchoStar 159g. The Brinster touring TeeBirds and the AJ TeeBirds are going to be seriously overstable. GStar makes for great laser straight shots and a lighter EchoStar will be great for uphill shots.
Speed: 7.0
Glide: 5.0
Turn: 0.0
Fade: 2.0


Legacy Phenom - (Shop Link)
Recap: If you want to try something other than the TeeBird - the Phenom by Legacy is slightly longer with a touch more turn off the shelf. I've been very impressed by the Icon plastics and 171g is a great weight.
Speed: 8.0
Glide: 5.0
Turn: -1.0
Fade: 2.0

Innova Tern - (Shop Link)
Recap: Champ plastic... 175g... this disc will go far. They fly like a well beaten Destroyer but with more glide. This disc feels like cheating. I've gone as low as 165g for tailwind shots and been very impressed.
Speed: 12.0
Glide: 6.0
Turn: -2.0
Fade: 2.0


Discmania DDx - (Shop Link)
Recap: Newest disc to my bag. Discmania NEEDS to get more of these on the shelves. They're playing the "build the suspense" game and it's stupid. People want them - let us buy them. Stable and long. Very long. I bought 2 before they went out of stock and I wish I would have bought 10.
Speed: 12.0
Glide: 6.0
Turn: -1.0
Fade: 2.0


Innova Destroyer - (Shop Link)
Recap: I wish I could say that all Destroyers were created equal, but that's just not true. I think that's one of the reasons that Legacy created the Outlaw. They wanted a consistent destroyer! I have been bagging a Star Destroyer (Avery Jenkins mold with the signature) for about 2 years. It's overstable and can take full power in 15mph headwinds. If you play in the wind, you know how important it is to have a driver that can take power and not decide to turn into the ground. 175g for my wind disc. Echo Star and G-Star Destroyers are nothing like star or champ destroyers... it's a shame there's not more consistency, but there's still a ton of great Destroyers to be had.
Speed: 12.0
Glide: 5.0
Turn: -1.0
Fade: 3.0

Innova Firebird - (Shop Link)
Recap: REAL WIND? Get a fire chicken. Thumbers? Flat-top 159g Champion FB will make you a believer. Meat HOOK city.
Speed: 9.0
Glide: 3.0
Turn: 0.0
Fade: 4.0

Latitude-64-XXX - (Shop Link)
Recap:  171g Opto - hands down the longest thumbers of my life have been with this disc. I'm no thumber master, but 300' consistently with the XXX is pretty common for me. (Video) Probably the best thumber disc I've ever seen.

Speed: 7.0
Glide: 2.0
Turn: 0.0
Fade: 5.0

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for this. I'll have to check out the Gator and Jokeri.

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  2. What's your favorite disc out of the bunch?

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    1. I love the EMac Truth in Lucid - around 173-175g. It's going to remain a staple of my bag for a very long time.

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