Discraft Machete Review

Discraft Machete Review

The Discraft Machete is designed to provide consistency and confidence in all situations.  It does the job well.  The Machete is an overstable distance driver that will cut your score no matter the weather conditions.  Discraft sent us a Machete to test and review and we quickly concluded that it lives up to its name.
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Discraft Z FLX Thrasher

Discraft Z FLX Thrasher

Discraft recently sent us a Z FLX Thrasher to review and compare to the original Elite Z Thrasher.  If you haven’t read our Elize Z Thrasher review yet then I’d strongly recommend you read that first here:  http://dgputtheads.com/discraft-thrasher-driver-review

Here’s what Discraft says about their Thrasher:  http://www.discraft.com/prod_thrasher_z.html

As you would expect, the Z FLX Thrasher has the same feel and all of the outstanding traits of the Elite Z Thrasher, but there are a few significant differences.  The Z FLX Thrasher is extremely gummy.  Some Z FLX molds, such as the Undertaker, are only moderately softer, but the Thrasher in Z FLX is gummier than most other Z FLX molds I’ve thrown.  This does have advantages such as an incredibly smooth release, very little bounce and greatly reduced roll.  But the disadvantages include lower torque resistance and a slightly less consistent release when using a power grip.  Although, I noticed that throws with a fan grip were still consistent.  Keep in mind that in cold temperatures the plastic will condense and will not be nearly as gummy.

Discraft z flx Thrasher tombstoneThe Z FLX Thrasher is noticeably more understable than its Elite Z counterpart.  In warm weather this was difficult because the Thrasher mold is already quite understable.  The Z FLX Thrasher turned too much for me to comfortably control on most throws over 75% even when dropping the angle.  This turn is more controllable with a fan grip as I mentioned above, but it still turns fairly heavily.  In temperatures below 40 the turn was more controllable and dropping below 30 the Z FLX plastic condensed nicely and the disc performed much better.  I didn’t notice any difference in how the different plastics handled the wind, so the Z FLX Thrasher should be a great winter option.

I found that the Z FLX Thrasher has just as much glide as the original mold, maybe even more.  With approximately 50% power I can easily throw this driver 325-330 feet.  I also found that the malleable plastic allowed me to throw extremely controlled rollers.  The roll was reduced so I didn’t have as much distance on my roller shots, but the roll was pure to its path and didn’t bounce out of control.

In the Elite Z Thrasher review we mentioned that there are many uses for this mold for a variety of players.  I feel that the Z FLX Thrasher is more of a niche disc and when used properly it will hold high value.  It should be an excellent for beginners looking for effortless distance and will be a good cold weather option for more experienced players who bag a Z Thrasher in warmer months.

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Discraft ZFLX Undertaker vs Z Undertaker vs Mini Undertaker

Discraft ZFLX Undertaker vs Z Undertaker vs Mini Undertaker

Chances are that if you’re reading this article, you’re already familiar with Discraft’s Undertaker which was originally released in Elite Z then in Big Z.  If you’re not familiar with the Z Undertaker yet, then you may want to check out our Discraft Undertaker Review first to get an idea of how the original Z mold flies.

If you’re already familiar with the Undertaker then you’ll surely want to hear about the new Undertaker offerings!  Discraft recently sent us a few of the newly molded Undertakers to test out.

The Z FLX Undertaker is extremely well designed and embodies all of the defining characteristics of your beloved Elite Z Undertaker.  The two differences that I notice are increased turn and simply the malleable plastic. 

I’ve thrown three first run Elite Z Undertakers, and each displayed more turn than later runs.  The Z FLX Undertaker flies similar to these when new, but breaks in quickly to add turn.  This is of course advantageous in in cold weather because plastic typically condenses and becomes more overstable as it gets colder.  This may also be advantageous for new players who don’t have as much power or even players who simply want a fairway driver with some amount of turn.  Beyond additional turn, the Z FLX Undertaker flies just like it’s Elite Z counterpart. It likes to hold its line and it can handle power.  The end of it’s flight is characterized by a fairly strong fade that usually drops accurately rather than fading out long to the side.

Discraft Z FLX Undertaker Cold
Z FLX Undertaker provides the original Undertaker flight path, but in low temperatures.

Obviously, the Z FLX plastic is softer than Elite Z.  Beside maintaining finesse in the cold, the softer plastic can help make for a smoother release.  Unlike the super gummy plastics, Z FLX has a consistent release and I’ve never had a problem putting snap on it.  My fingertips also appreciate the softer release, especially since I put a large amount of snap on my fairway drivers.

The Big Z Undertaker, on the other hand, is more overstable for me.  It’s not a large difference, but I notice that the Big Z Undteraker doesn’t like to turn at all for me.  Keepi in mind that I’ve only thrown one so it’s possible this one just happens to be more overstable than others, but I thought it was worth noting.

Discraft Mini Undertaker Big ZAs for the Mini Undertaker… I probably don’t need to spend a lot of time explaining the flight, because it’s a mini and minis are incredibly fun to just huck and no one really cares about their flight pattern.  Still, I’d like to mention that it flies incredibly similar to a full sized Undertaker!  It’s much lighter weight so it doesn’t like head winds and it will turn when you put power on it, but this thing sure has glide.  Throw the mini undertaker with a tail wind and it will just sail!  There’s really not much else to say, this is a tiny Undertaker replica and miniature versions of our favorite things are awesome!

It took me a while to warm up to the Undertaker in general, but I’ve come to love it and I currently bag an Elite Z Undertaker during the normal season and now a Z FLX Undertaker in the winter.  If you haven’t tried an Undertaker then I’d say it’s high time you try one.  If you already throw and Undertaker,  then you’ll absolutely want to try throwing a Z FLX Undertaker for a little extra turn or consistency in cold weather.  If you haven’t thrown a mini… for goodness sake go get one an huck it!!

Here are a few links to check out Discraft Undertakers:

Elite Z Undertaker

Big Z Undertaker

Z FLX Undertaker

Mini Undertaker (Big Z)

 

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Quick Review Discraft Undertaker

Quick Review Discraft Undertaker

The Discraft Undertaker follows Discraft’s recent trend of easy to throw discs with high glide.  Discraft was nice enough to send us a couple to review and the tests went quite well.  The Undertaker, released in Z plastic, feels like tossing a short range Crank: Distance without effort, deadly straight low power, and a nice hyzer flip at high power.

While described as a distance driver, I prefer to use the Undertaker as a fairway driver.  The flight feels similar to my Stalker, but more stable and a little faster.  The first run Undertakers are less stable than I anticipated, but later runs are stable to overstable.  I find the Elite Z Undertaker works just fine with a fan grip but can handle a power grip quite well also.  The Undertaker enjoys a long and deadly straight flight for throws under 300, but as I dialed it in I found I could achieve some phenomenal hyzer flips.  Throwing it high I can comfortably hit 325-350, much more than that and the Undertaker will display a long smooth turn.  

My favorite use for this disc is the incredibly straight 300-350ft throws that stay low, aided by the exceptional glide and only display very gentle fades.   One great feature of the Undertaker is that it fades quickly and drops instead of gliding out far to the side and skipping heavily like many overstable drivers. Long and high anhyzers are a little more difficult because of the stability, I was able to put significant power on them without the disc turning and burning..

Discraft Undertaker Profile View

I had initially expected the Discraft Undertaker to be nose angle sensitive because of the sharp nose.  I was completely wrong, however, finding that the Undertaker is actually very forgiving!  It is somewhat power sensitive though, minor power adjustments lead to more or less turn, but since so little effort is required to throw the Undertaker it’s not difficult to adjust.  The Undertaker is also affected by the wind more than I expected, but the good news is that it’s extremely consistent in the wind and most of the movement is side to side instead of up and down.  Throwing into a headwind results in significant turn, but again, rarely a turn and burn and it’s a quite controllable turn.  By dropping the release angle I can easily take advantage of the headwind to get distance with a extra gliding fade as a result of the turn.

Discraft’s Undertaker should find its way into many bags, beginners for the effortless distance and advanced players for a touch of finesse.  The Undertaker has now found a permanent spot in my bag after a number of months fighting with my Stalker, both a phenomenal discs.  The Undertaker should be especially useful for those who don’t prefer to heave their midrange drivers to 300 and will work wonders for advanced players looking to shape their fairway shots.

 

Here’s some more information on the Discraft Undertaker:  http://discraft.com/prod_undertaker_z.html

Discraft also offers a Z FLX Undertaker, Big Z Undertaker, and even a Mini Undertaker in Big Z Plastic!  You can read about the differences between Undertaker varieties here: http://dgputtheads.com/discraft-zflx-undertaker-vs-z-undertaker-vs-mini-undertaker

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