176 of 179 people found the following review helpful
A nice starter set, inexpensive, consistent performance, and fun,
This set was my first foray into the world of disc golf discs. This Innova brand set is a good combo of discs for the beginner (which I still am). These discs are from the Innova DX line. The DX line is the "Plain Jane" line of discs in terms of plastics used to make the discs.
If you are like me, when I started I thought that I'd be able to do "just fine" with any old disc that happened to be kicking around in the trunk of my car. I have played Ultimate Frisbee for years, so at first I used my 175g Frisbee Brand disc. After a while though, we needed some more discs so the whole family could play so I bought a couple of these sets.
The Leopard is a "Fairway driver". That means that you can get pretty good distance with it, but you will probably not be able to get as much distance as you could with a true driver, like a "Beast."
The Shark is a "mid-range" disc, and is good for those shots of 100-150'.
The Avair is an "Approach and putter". This means that it tends to fly flat and straight, and it also floats, yet will tail off a bit at the end of its flight.
If you are new to disc golf and you compare these discs to each other you will notice that in an edge-on view the driver will be flatter, have a much thicker and sharper rim, and can therefore fly farther than other discs. The Aviar, on the other end of the spectrum looks and feels more like a small version of a Frisbee, but with more mass for its size. It has a rounded edge and much less mass in the rim than the Leopard. The Shark is, of course, intermediate between the Leopard and the Aviar.
You will be happiest with these discs if you take them out for several test spins before you start playing courses. Any large, open field will do. I recommend tossing them into as well as away from and cross wind to see how they perform.
You will soon notice that when you through the disc backhanded (traditional Frisbee style) that the discs tend to fly flat for most of the way, but when they slow down they will dip and curve off to the left. If you throw the disc forehanded the discs will also start out flat, and then tail off to the right.
The course n my town is a short 9-hole experience so these discs worked just fine there. i plan to start playing some longer courses though, so I supplemented my set with a "Beast" driver.
The numbers on the top of beginners' discs indicate four flight characteristics: 1) distance, 2) the amount of floating it does in the air; 3) the tendency for the disc to curve during the early fast speed portion of its flight, and 4) the tendency to curve and tail off at the end of its flight.
At first you may think that you just can't get the disc to do what you want it to do. With practice though, you will see that each disc has its own consistent set of flight characteristics. Once you figure those out you can use those characteristics to your advantage, just like you can use different clubs in your golf bag.
When it comes to disc quality, the DX models are pretty low-end, yet they work VERY well for most casual players. If you get serious and start wanting to compete, etc., then you will probably want to look into higher-quality and higher "flex" materials for discs. These professional-level discs will start to run into the $20-40 per disc price range or more.
All in all, I've been happy with these discs. They are excellent starter discs. Since they do a great job for what they are designed to do, and therefore get 5 stars.
Keep in mind, however, that these are definitely not the best discs out there, but they are a 5-star starter set. I hope this was helpful. Happy disc golfing!