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Old 10-16-2017, 01:37 PM
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Since a gator and a firebird basically have the same flight path, is it necessary to have one of each in your bag? I know the firebird goes farther, but if if you have a gator, is that enough? Also, would it be better to start with a gator or a firebird?

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Old 10-16-2017, 01:48 PM
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Firebird needs more power but is a better overall utility disc, whereas Gator is a better short range/approach disc. The Firebird will not go far for most people at all, likely it will fly midrange distances while the Gator will fly putter distances. But the Firebird will cut through wind because of its profile/speed, so it can handle high winds without losing as much distance as well as low ceiling power shots. It will also hit the ground faster because of this, so it is better for skip and trick/skip shots. Also because of the profile it is easier for most people to overhand, especially with power/distance in mind.

The Gator is slower so it is better at shorter ranges, when powering down a Firebird takes some experience so it doesn't fade immediately. Also the Gator will sit down better on approaches, where the Firebird can take huge skips. You just have to learn your angles and when to use them.

I feel like the Firebird is more versatile and will show you how to use this true OS utility disc. But if you want something more for OS approaches and short ranges, then look at the Gator. Also the Harp and Zone are good overstable approach discs, similar OS like the Gator but slower and shallower.

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Split the difference. . . . . . Banshee!

Never liked the Gator, Firebird is a classic, but they are really far apart. One mid, one driver etc etc

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Split the difference. . . . . . Banshee!

Never liked the Gator, Firebird is a classic, but they are really far apart. One mid, one driver etc etc
I actually bag a metal flake gator, champ banshee, and 2 star firebirds haha. I use all of them most rounds.

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Both overstable, doesn't mean they fly the same. Gator has less fade, skips less, and comes both beaded and beadless.

I bag a Drone (similar disc from Discraft) and Banshee and find them plenty different so yes a Gator and Firebird should have no problem being together. There's been a long debate whether overstable mids are useless or not and I'm on team No.
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Thanks for the input, everyone! I think I'll start off with a gator and go from there.
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Old 10-16-2017, 03:36 PM
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You would almost certainly have way more use for a Firebird than a Gator. I'd def pick up a Firebird before I'd pick up a Gator or a Harp or whatever
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Since a gator and a firebird basically have the same flight path, is it necessary to have one of each in your bag? I know the firebird goes farther, but if if you have a gator, is that enough? Also, would it be better to start with a gator or a firebird?

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I ditched OS mids a while back and haven't found any reason to put one back in my bag. Get an OS putter you like to go with the FB and you're set.

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