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Old 10-15-2020, 11:38 AM
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Hey everyone. I could use some help with something Katana related so i figure this is the place. I read back about 12 pages but i still have questions..

I recently lost my absolute favorite disc of all time which was a tie dyed champion Katana (pretty old, probably at least 6 or 7 years). It took me a while but i dialed that thing in and i knew exactly how to tweak my throw to get it to do what i wanted. I could throw that thing about 50 feet further than i can my g star destroyer (my other go-to distance driver). The second it left my hand that thing was GONE.

When i lost it i immediately went out to purchase another one. I picked a 165g champion. Upon inspection immediately noticed a MAJOR difference between the two discs. The old katana had a completely flat bottom. The new one is mostly flat but when going from the outer diameter to the inner there is a slight lip that juts downward (away from the top). I knew right away i was dealing with something completely different and i wasn't wrong. I guess the phrase around here is "meat hook?" What a worthless disc. Just a hard fade right out of the hand, nothing special on the distance. I know it's not broken in yet but this is really disheartening.

So here we go:

1. What the hell is up with that lip on the bottom? is that standard operating procedure with all Katanas now? It certainly seemed to be the case at the store that i went to.

2. Do we feel that this impacts the disc significantly?

3. If not, what factor do you think determines whether the Katana will be a **** hook or a warp speed UFO?

4. Lastly, if anyone can point me in the direction of a "good" Katana i would be eternally grateful. It's taken a significant chunk of enjoyment out of my game that i really want to get back.

Thanks for reading.
I have a pretty small sample size (you can read my Katana experience over the past couple pages), but of the Katanas I own the only one that's a meathook is my domey Champion. My Blizzard has a moderate dome and flies great, and my Pro is flat so started off more overstable than I wanted; however, Pro plastic beats in quickly, and I'm already starting to see a little bit of turn from it.

If you are able to buy your disc in person, I would make sure to compare the parting line heights of the Katanas available for purchase and buy the lowest PLH. My meathook domey Champ has a very high PLH compared to the others, which is clearly the cause of its overstability. If you need to buy online, I think grabbing a lightweight Pro would have a decent chance of working out for you...maybe not the disc you'd want from Day 1, but since that plastic type beats in fast you can have a beat-in Katana fairly quickly if you commit to throwing it a bunch (and could fast track the break in period even more by throwing some parking lot skip shots).

Another alternative would be to try a different mold altogether. With so much variability in the Katana mold, it is tough to make an exact comparison. But of the three I own, here's what disc I would say flies closest:

Meathook Champ Katana = Opto-X Ballista Pro
Pro Katana = Fuzion Raider
Blizzard Katana = Moonshine or Opto Ballista (not Pro...just regular Ballista)
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Old 10-16-2020, 07:58 PM
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I have a pretty small sample size (you can read my Katana experience over the past couple pages), but of the Katanas I own the only one that's a meathook is my domey Champion. My Blizzard has a moderate dome and flies great, and my Pro is flat so started off more overstable than I wanted; however, Pro plastic beats in quickly, and I'm already starting to see a little bit of turn from it.

If you are able to buy your disc in person, I would make sure to compare the parting line heights of the Katanas available for purchase and buy the lowest PLH. My meathook domey Champ has a very high PLH compared to the others, which is clearly the cause of its overstability. If you need to buy online, I think grabbing a lightweight Pro would have a decent chance of working out for you...maybe not the disc you'd want from Day 1, but since that plastic type beats in fast you can have a beat-in Katana fairly quickly if you commit to throwing it a bunch (and could fast track the break in period even more by throwing some parking lot skip shots).

Another alternative would be to try a different mold altogether. With so much variability in the Katana mold, it is tough to make an exact comparison. But of the three I own, here's what disc I would say flies closest:

Meathook Champ Katana = Opto-X Ballista Pro
Pro Katana = Fuzion Raider
Blizzard Katana = Moonshine or Opto Ballista (not Pro...just regular Ballista)
Thanks for the info! I'm a little unclear about PLH though. I found a thread on here that addresses it but it seems like the examples they gave were images of two putters and it was a very clear seam. I'm having trouble finding that line on the Katana unless it's just understood that it's the outer edge of the disc since it's such a narrow point. I took some pics, maybe there is something to be gleaned. I know it's hard without some kind of scale or comparison disc of the same mold but i'd still be interested to know if anything sticks out.

Clear/Whitish Plastic is the Champ Katana. Yellow is a G* Destroyer.
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Better shot of Katana

If anyone has an older Katana that they really love i would be curious to see a similar side profile of that disc. I feel like i'm going crazy but that bottom lip didn't seem to be there on the old ones.
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Old 10-16-2020, 08:08 PM
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Generally, what determines a good vs. bad Katana for me is dome (or lack thereof). The flatter the Katana, the worse it'll fly. Flat Katanas tend to glide poorly and be really overstable.

The domier the better.

How far do you throw? Some Katanas will turn fairly easily, while others take quite a bit more work. Once you start going over 350' a Katana should turn decently.
Thank you for your comment as well! This is hilarious, though. Both responses so far claim to know exactly what makes an overstable Katana and they are polar opposite opinions.

I'm not a very strong thrower. With my Destroyer i probably top out around 300 but with the Katana i could hit around 350. I was getting nice S curve action when i put a tiny bit of an anhyzer angle on it but if i simply threw it flat it would blast off down the middle without much fade.
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Old 10-16-2020, 11:47 PM
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I'm having trouble finding that line on the Katana unless it's just understood that it's the outer edge of the disc since it's such a narrow point.
You are correct, PLH is just the outer edge on a driver. All other things equal, a higher PLH on a driver will always make it more overstable. Obviously there are lots of other variables (weight, plastic type, if the disc has been beat in, etc), but if everything else is the same then the higher PLH disc will be more overstable.

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I took some pics, maybe there is something to be gleaned. I know it's hard without some kind of scale or comparison disc of the same mold but i'd still be interested to know if anything sticks out.
Unfortunately, a PLH comparison is only foolproof when looking at two discs of the same mold. I would assume based on the PLH and wing shape that your Destroyer flies a bit more overstable than your Katana, but I can't say for absolute certainty. To contrast that, look at post #84 in this thread (https://www.dgcoursereview.com/forum...t=96944&page=9) and see the massive PLH difference between two Destroyers. I would have confidently bet $100 that the Destroyer on the right was more overstable even if the poster didn't say so.

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This is hilarious, though. Both responses so far claim to know exactly what makes an overstable Katana and they are polar opposite opinions.
Not really polar opposite opinions, just looking at two different variables. Some molds (like the Firebird) will typically be more overstable when flat. Other molds (like the Stag or Getaway) will typically be more overstable when domey. This really comes down to how an individual mold behaves while it is cooling, and whether the increased dome pushes down the PLH or lifts it up. TWMccoy has thrown a lot of Katanas and through personal experience he found that Katanas fly beefier when flat. I'm not contradicting his findings, just pointing out that it is a crapshoot mold and you can still get a beefy domey Katana. Because again, my beefy domey Katana has a higher PLH than the others, rather than lower. I will try to take some pictures tomorrow to show you what I'm talking about.
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Old 10-23-2020, 09:55 PM
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Sounds good man, thanks. I found a few perhaps promising used katanas on ebay. Will post some comparison pics when i get em.
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Old 10-27-2020, 08:17 PM
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First of the new pre used discs came today. This one is from 2010 (174) and was labeled "flat." My other discs aren't near me at the moment but even without a comparison you can tell it's a different animal than the new ones i've been dealing with. I threw it a few times taking my dog for a walk and it seemed pretty understable but it was also a little windy. I'll throw it on a course tomorrow and see what we got.

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Old 10-28-2020, 11:04 PM
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Well, looks like i found a good one. Not quite as much glide as my old and it doesn't quite jump out of the hand as fast (could be the extra 9g), but it sure does act about the same in terms of flight pattern. Lots of turn but just enough fade to bring it back.

I have another one coming, a blizzard this time, but i think for now i've filled the hole in my bag.

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Old 10-29-2020, 04:44 PM
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Well, looks like i found a good one. Not quite as much glide as my old and it doesn't quite jump out of the hand as fast (could be the extra 9g), but it sure does act about the same in terms of flight pattern. Lots of turn but just enough fade to bring it back.

I have another one coming, a blizzard this time, but i think for now i've filled the hole in my bag.


Blizz Katanas are tough to deal with. I've seen some good ones, but most of what I've thrown are either violently understable, or flat and fairly beefy. I haven't had a ton of luck with G* Katanas either.

A Katana that flies true to the numbers (13, 5, -2, 3) is a thing of beauty. Problem is, you may have to throw a half dozen Katanas to find one with those exact numbers.

BTW, when you start going over 400' is when your really see what the Katana can do. Huge, gliding S curve bombs.
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Blizz Katanas are tough to deal with. I've seen some good ones, but most of what I've thrown are either violently understable, or flat and fairly beefy. I haven't had a ton of luck with G* Katanas either.

A Katana that flies true to the numbers (13, 5, -2, 3) is a thing of beauty. Problem is, you may have to throw a half dozen Katanas to find one with those exact numbers.

BTW, when you start going over 400' is when your really see what the Katana can do. Huge, gliding S curve bombs.
Yeah, the blizz is a nightmare. Even tried threwing it with a severe hyzer and it still flips pretty fast. Could be useful on those sharp dog legs that require a backhanded anhyzer but its so light that i dont know if ill ever be able to consistently place it.

As for the 400' threshold, ive only recently started looking at proper technique so i hope by the end of next summer i can hit that mark after a winter of youtube and a season of practice.

Thanks again for all the help

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I have been a long time fan of katanas pro star and blizzard.. And I had a real favourite domi blizzard 151. As long as there was no headwind. Unfortunately I lost it....i bought 3 or 4 bljzzards in varying weights.. but the dome just hasn't been there.. I will get the turn and fade but not the monster glide for whatever reason.. For fun I bought A174 VIP king Out of the Box is the longest disc I had ever thrown... Unfortunately after a few days it's become a bit finicky and has to be thrown with care ... The king just doesn't have the fade to come back... I wish I could find that perfect katana/ king disc to Ripon that will glide out hard and still come back.. Pro bosses... are close but I can't get them out quite as far.
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