A few months ago Prodigy Disc announced that their future molds were going to be more “beginner friendly.” Now, I’m not a beginner, but I’m definitely not a professional disc golfer either. I consider myself an intermediate to advanced disc golfer, and would estimate that I can throw farther than 90% of the people that play disc golf.
So when a disc is designed to be beginner friendly, an intermediate player should be able to throw it right?
And I can throw this disc, just not as far as I can other discs like my Dynamic Discs Renegade and Westside King.
Anyways, here is the review I wrote of the D5 on InfiniteDiscs.com
I’m pretty disappointed in the D5. I’m no beginner, but I’m not exactly Mr. Power Arm either. So far I haven’t been able to handle any of the Prodigy Distance drivers. A few months ago when Prodigy said that their focus was moving away from professionals, to less experienced players, I got pretty excited for the new products they would be bringing out.
I thought this was going to be the fast understable driver that would provide easy beginner distance. I was hoping for something unLace like (which if you haven’t tried the unLace, you should, it’s the most amazingly understable driver ever).
My 174g D5 is nothing like the unLace. Infact, with my power I don’t even consider this disc understable. The heavier weight probably has something to do with it, but I’m thinking my disc isn’t exactly what Prodigy intended.
I’m able to get decent distance out of the D5, but my flight path slowly hooks left every time. For me to get max distance, my discs need to see some S curving high speed turn before the gradual end of flight fade. I’m not getting any turn with this disc, and most of my throws fail to reach 300 feet. My best field throw was 333,’ and it got that distance because I released it on a slight anhyzer angle. My flight path with the D5 is nothing like the inBounds path displayed above.
My D5 is stable enough that I’m even able to flick it, which I usually can’t successfull do with understable discs without them turning into rollers. Perhaps over time this disc will get more understable after I hit a few trees.
Due to my inability to get big straight flying distance out of the D5, I temporarily lost it in a pond on a big fading shot that was supposed to go straight. Thanks to Reuben’s willingness to go pond sludging, I got it back, and was able to take it out for some additional testing.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the D5 has a weird V-like canyon in the rim. It’s almost Monarch or Groove like. You’d think that Prodigy would learn from Innova’s mistakes, but apparently they thought it was a good idea.
If you’re looking for a really understable distance driver, this isn’t it. At least not in max weight. If you’re looking for a disc with a weird groove in the rim, then you’ll want to try the Prodigy D5.
So I’ve used this blog, primarily for disc golf posts, but for other stuff as well. I decided to make a blog, just for disc golf though. It’s found here.
I’ll still plan to post the “good” disc golf stuff here once in a while, but for all my disc golf posts, you’ll want to check out my new and other site.
There are some exciting new disc golf adventures to happen this summer including my first “real” tournaments, disc golfing in Portland, and a bunch of reviews.
Check out this new invention. “The Folf Club“
Essentially, it’s a stick that uses leverage to help you fling disc golf discs with minimal effort. When I saw it, my initial thought was that it would be pretty difficult to actually throw discs accurately using this thing, but it is definitely something I want to try out.
When I was a kid I had a toy for launching snow balls. It was a stick with a cup at the end. Put a snow ball in the cup, swing the stick, and watch the snow ball fly farther than I could ordinarily throw. It was a lot of fun throwing snow balls with this thing, but for actual snow ball fights, it just wasn’t very accurate — especially for short range throws. I imagine flinging discs with the Folf Club will be pretty similar.
If the Folf Club actually is easy to use, then this could help take the sport to a new level.
Half the fun of disc golf is watching discs fly, and fly, and fly. If you can make a golf disc fly farther, why not?
It takes a lot of time, technique, and practice to make a golf disc fly 300+ feet. I’d say the average person who shows up at the course can’t throw this far. Being unable to throw as far as the people you golf with can be really frustrating.
If new players can use a tool that helps them throw discs farther, they’re more likely to become passionate about the game, and create more demand for additional disc golf courses.
This project to create Folf clubs is currently trying to receive funding. What amazes me is all of the negative feedback. Many are adamantly opposed to this potential product. It’s like they feel their faith is being challenged and the Folf Club will ruin disc golf.
I don’t get it. Why be opposed to something that has the potential to improve ones disc golf game? Should we go back to the days when the Innova Aero was the farthest flying disc in the world? I’m pretty sure most disc golfers prefer playing with our modern distance drivers…
One of the huge complaints about the Folf Club is that it’s not PDGA approved.
Well yeah. And it probably won’t ever be. It’s not even mass produced yet.
To me this is a terrible argument. 99% of disc golf played is not at PDGA sanctioned tournaments. Most people out on the courses have no interest in ever playing in organized tournaments. Why take away something that could potentially help frolfers have more fun on the course?
While I’m skeptical that the Folf Disc will have an actual impact on disc golf courses, it is an invention I want to see and test out. If it does work well, it can help increase the popularity of disc golf. Nobody will be forced to use this thing, and we have freedom to choose which tools we want and don’t want to use for our recreation.
So Sunday Night we got an order for a disc that requested “overnight shipping.” Now, overnight shipping isn’t cheap, in fact it’s $20 to send a single golf disc.
It’s not very often that we have people pay for express mail. When we have in the past, it’s usually because somebody lost a trusted disc, and they need a replacement in time for a tournament they are playing for.
Well, the order we received on Sunday wasn’t even for a person. It was for a dog. Here is an excerpt from a post I wrote about it on DiscGolfReviewer.com
Well. This dog, we’ll call her Tess, has the disc she can’t live without. It’s a dark yellow Innova Max.
Tess is addicted to this disc, and unfortunately dropped it in a pond last week. Without her favorite frisbee, she was “going crazy.” Her owners purchased a new pink disc for her. She refused to even touch it.
They purchased a white disc for her. Not acceptable either.
Finally, after days of frustration they ordered a duplicate (dark yellow) Max from InfiniteDiscs.com, and had it overnighted to Georgia. After some breaking in (rubbing a little dirt on it), Tess realized that this Max was just like her lost disc. She is finally happy again and even took it with her to bed last night.
Despite the fact that Tess loves it, the Max is a disc you might love if you’re looking for something SUPER OVERSTABLE. This is a meat hook that will provide some serious fade for even the most powerful arm.
The Max is available in durable yet soft star plastic. It has a thick, but blunt rim (perfect to withstand the wear and tear of a dog).
One of the best birthday presents I ever got as a kid was an Aerobie. This orange and black flying ring was amazing. I could throw it twice as far as any frisbee, and it was so easy to catch — just stick your arm up through the hole. Aerobie made the farthest flying disc in the world. It broke its own Guiness Record when Eric Hemmings through an Aerobie 1,333 feet in 2003.
It turns out that Aerobie makes golf discs too. With decades of experience producing far flying discs, they should make some pretty good golf discs right?
That’s what I had hoped for.
About a year ago I tested out two of Aerobies golf discs: The Epic and Arrow. These discs were both atypical. The Epic has this crazy elliptical ultra thick rim, and the Arrow was just an uncomfortable putter. I was not impressed with either of these discs.
While shopping at a local sporting goods store I saw that there were three additional Aerobie golf discs available: SharpShooter 1 (driver), SharpShooter 2 (midrange), and SharpShooter 3 (putter). I had to try them out, and had hopes that they would be good Aerobie discs I could use.
After handling these golf discs, my first observation was how thick and hard the plastic is. Even Z and Champion plastics are somewhat flexible, but not Aerobie discs. The center of these discs is hard as rock, and hardly bends at all.
To my disappointment, the SharpShooters weren’t ordinary golf discs with amazing Aerobie Glide. On the outside rim they have a weird set of “steps” that are uncomfortable to hold. The steps are supposed to provide “aerodynamic lift” for the discs, but after my experience throwing, the only thing the steps do is create a whistling noise (which probably also adds drag and slows the discs down).
I took my Aerobie discs out for a test round. My first throw with the #1 SharpShooter quickly hooked left into a tree. After a few throws, the only thing I was surprised with was that my SharpShooters hard plastic didn’t actually knock any tree branches down.
continue article at Aerobie Golf Discs | Disc Golf Reviewer.
When Discraft announce there hot new discs for the Memorial Championship, I’ll be honest, I was disappointed. They really didn’t announce anything new at all, just remakes and new plastic lines of their existing disc molds.
Now while the Buzzz is a great disc, a 10 Year Anniversary remake was nothing that excited me.
Well, within seconds of Discrafts announcement, my friend Bob asked if we’d have these “10th Anniversary Buzzz’s” available. I had no idea. About a week later I found at that yes we could have these discs. But only 50 of them because Discraft was only producing a limited amount of these (10,000), and that they were going to be “the collectors item of the decade.”
Now this claim that they would be the collectors item of the decade really seemed farce to me.
Now I believe it just might be true… The Buzzz is a beloved disc, and looks like one that is especially fond to collectors.
At about 10:30 MST last night I made a little post about offering the 10th Anniversary Edition for Pre-Order. I didn’t try and promote it anywhere or anything. Within 10 minutes we had a sale. By 7:30 in the morning the next day, the stock set aside for pre-sale was completely sold out.
It looks like the world has a lot more disc collectors than I thought. And while 10,000 discs may seem like a lot, with the demand like this, I’m predicting that Discraft will sell out of all of these very quickly.
The new Prodigy Golf discs have got to be the most hyped of new discs ever. A company that came out of nowhere and immediately formed a team of all the top disc golfers in the world, has to make some amazing, revolutionary, discs right?
That’s what they say. But until I actually get to test these discs for myself, I’ll just assume they are just another golf disc.
And this brings up the dilemma.
Most disc golfers haven’t even touched a Prodigy disc. Even those who want them can’t get their hands on them because there just isn’t enough supply of these things. I (and my one year old son) happen to be among the select few who have actually touched Prodigy discs already. I can say that they really do feel good. Like a gummier champion plastic. But, I can’t throw them to see how they fly. My problem is that there is literally two feet of snow on the ground right now in Logan Utah. Sure, I can still throw a disc in the snow, but the chance of not being able to find it are very, very high. With discs as valuable as Prodigy’s I can’t risk losing them