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Old 05-20-2018, 12:05 AM
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Default Understable Fairways- Innova Molds

I posted a thread the other day about a couple of uphill holes at the local course, and I'm thinking of picking up an understable fairway to start learning the art of the hyzer flip.

Looking for recommendations/comparisons, preferably between the Discmania FD, Leo/Leo3, and maybe even the Millennium JLS. Anything else I'm missing?

For US fairway molds, I've briefly owned a 175 Champ Leo3 that really didn't turn unless there was wind or I really crushed it, and a 167 Pinnacle Patriot that was a flip machine no matter how I threw it.

My BH strength varies from putters around 250 and mids around 275 on a bad day, to pushing 300 with putters and 325ish with mids on my very best days, for reference.

I'm mostly interested in whether or not I just had a very stable Leopard3, and how a "normal" Leo or an FD/JLS might compare. That Champ Leo3 was at least as stable as a Champ TL I was also throwing...

Of the molds I'm considering, which will turn easier? Hold the turn? Be the easiest/best tool to learn with? Is there another disc that I'm totally missing?

Oh, and I prefer the idea of Champ or at least Star plastic. I'd like to have one solid US disc that I can count on and get familiar with.
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Old 05-20-2018, 12:22 AM
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In your plastic preference or not, Pro Leopard.

I don't see the JLS or FD filling this role. They both will take a while to show turn in premium plastics.

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Old 05-20-2018, 12:36 AM
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FD is more -1/1, and I've definitely thrown fresh champ Leo3's that were -0.5/2. The Leo3 will beat in to the -2/1 flight eventually, and they hold a turn longer than an FD, but it may take some time.

The Star Sidewinder or Roadrunner is a good option. These are longer than a Leo and should start out less stable. Easy flight and glide and keep turning. If you want to stay in the slower speed range then Pro Leo or getting a used/beat in Leo or Leo3 is likely the best bet. If you are trying to get uphill as far as possible the Sidewinder or Roadrunner is better I think. At the lower distance ranges a Leo is easier to control...those other two just go really far I find.

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Old 05-20-2018, 12:45 AM
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Also I have a couple posts in here where I discus in more detail FD stability vs. Leo from my experience with those. https://www.dgcoursereview.com/forum...d.php?t=131091

Basically I think a beat in Leo and a Sidewinder or Roadrunner with the new knocked off of it are the same flight, just speed 6ish vs. speed 9ish.
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Old 05-20-2018, 12:47 AM
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I agree with a pro leopard, or a Gstar leopard3 if you like the 3 tops or flatter discs in general. I like 170-172g for those discs.
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:07 AM
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Champ Leo3s are very similar to C or S-FDs in flight when new, but they will beat into their numbers eventually. I have a old Champ Leo, and it flies -1,1, but I assume it has been well used for the last 10+ years.
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I second the Sidewinder or Roadrunner suggestion. Those and the Axiom Inspire were the first things I could hyzer flip. If stepping down a little could work, you might try a Stingray.
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Old 05-20-2018, 05:17 AM
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Another vote for Pro Leopards.

I went on a leopard kick a little bit ago, and purchased a bunch of them in different plastics. My best results have been with Leopards in Pro plastic.

The Pro Leopards that I have gotten vary somewhat in their stability, of course. But, right out of the box, I found them to be universally easier to throw than any of their premium plastic alternatives, which have more high speed stability. I expect that the Pro plastic will beat in faster than the premium plastic options, but Pro is a less expensive blend, so getting multiples of them is less costly - and I suggest getting multiples of these due to their flight variations.

The feel of Pro plastic can vary greatly from disc to disc. Some are very flexible, almost puddle top flat, and gummy feeling. Others are stiffer to varying degrees, with more dome, and with a slicker hand feel. I prefer stiffer discs, in general, but some of the gummy ones that I received have really nice slight turnover flights, and so I have been bagging one or two of them.
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The Polaris LS in Millennium plastic is nice too.
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A Star Leopard3 will get 'er done for ya. Star or Pro Leopard, as well.

Also, consider picking up a Hannah Leatherman Swirly Star Leopard3. Awesome discs!
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