Innova Birdie Review

Innova Birdie

The Innova Birdie has been around for quite a while, but old discs aren’t obsolete and the Birdie is no exception.

Manufacturer’s Notes

“The Birdie is our best “go-for” disc and an excellent approach disc. It is a slow, straight flyer with a sure Thumtrac® grip that makes it easy to go for it without worry.”

http://www.innovadiscs.com/disc/birdie/

Available plastics: DX

Flight Rating: 1 speed, 2 glide, 0 turn, 0 fade

Initial Reactions

The rim – it is very blunt and square.  This thing feels very different than most modern putters.  The thumtrac is a nice touch.

Innova Birdie Profile

 

By the Numbers

Flight chart courtesy of inbounds Disc Golf

Putting Notes

I’m so used to modern putters that the large, flat rim makes putting with the birdie very difficult.  I imagine a spin putter wouldn’t have as much trouble.

Otherwise, it seems to handle wind better than expected and has a very straight flight path.

This actually performs very well as a turbo putt disc.  I’ll be using this as a turbo putt training tool because the exterior edge has plenty of room for your index finger to propel the disc.

 

Upshots

Obviously this disc wasn’t built for aerodynamics, so a 1 speed rating with minimal glide isn’t a surprise.  I greatly enjoy the amount of time this thing stays in the air.  Within reason, the Birdie will handle any line I give it.  Short and long anhyzers work right before flattening out.  Hyzers will flip up a little but always finish just left.  The disc handles wind from any direction better than expected too. 

Final Verdict

I didn’t have high hopes for the Birdie, but it exceeded expectations by far.  The flight, no matter what line, is smooth and pretty to watch – just like its namesake I suppose.  I wouldn’t immediately recommend the Birdie for new players but Ultimate players looking to get involved in disc golf might want to start with something like the Innova Birdie.

 

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