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.
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.
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.
As 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!!
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The Element Discs Uranium is a short mid-range driver with a ton of bite. This overstable approach disc is consistent and powerful and makes for an excellent short game staple. And don’t overlook the Terra blend plastic which has great grip but is more durable than most base plastics.
The Element Discs’ Plutonium is the second putter released in their line and is the more conventional of the two. This stable putter loves a straight flight and should bode well for any putting style and any level of disc golf experience. Element Discs recently sent us a Plutonium to review and I was quite impressed!
Axiom Disc’s first putter is the Envy. The MVP Disc Sports companion brand is meant to provide more aesthetic product with the same signature overmold technology. A shiny paint job, custom colored rims, smooth and modern feel, and that wonderful new smell – like a fancy new car this disc is ready to make your friends green with Envy.
Obsidian discs sent us a G5 Splinter to review about a month ago. This review took longer than most not only because it’s such a unique disc, but also because we had to wait for a few wet and windy days for testing! The Splinter was developed especially for nasty conditions and we definitely put it to the test.
Ozone Discs recently sent us an Andro C to test and I loved it! However, many disc golfers didn’t like the sharp rim. Ozone decided to make adjustments to the Andro C and I’ve got to give them a lot of credit for listening to the feedback. This review covers the current Andro C but will likely be updated when the new disc is released.
Ozone Discs’ Andro C is a low-profile, stable midrange driver that will eat right through a steady wind. Add a significant amount of glide to that stability and you’ve got an accurate and reliable workhorse.
Immediately I noticed the Andro C has a low profile and angular shoulder rather than a rounded edge like most mid-range discs. This is great for throwers with small hands like myself, but larger hands should have no problem as I discovered that the Andro C works just fine with both power and fan grips.
The other noticeable characteristic is the soft and grippy Hydro M plastic. I’d liken this plastic to Kastaplast K2, perhaps a softer Lat 64 Opto plastic, but firmer than Innova Gummy Champion. The large advantage here is that soft plastic mitigates the skip often caused by strong fades and low profiles. Softer plastic also reduces risk of bouncing hard off of a tree.
Flight chart courtesy of inbounds Disc Golf
The Andro C starts out quite overstable but as it breaks in it begins to achieve incredibly straight and consistent flights. This is one of the straightest midrange discs I’ve ever thrown. It loves to hold long accurate lines and can handle deadly hyzer shots. The Andro C can also take a high amount of power and torque. It’s actually designed to fill the gap between midrange and fairway drivers.
This low profile disc does not follow the stereotype of many low profile discs being nose-angle sensitive. In fact, even in 15 mile per hour winds, the Andro C behaves very similar to no wind conditions. However, given the high glide you may notice that it likes to continue soaring with a cross wind. You’ll actually have to be careful not to overthrow with a cross wind (right to left crosswind for RHBH throwers) because the fade will continue to glide outward instead of dropping. Throwing into a head wind the Andro C displays little propensity to flip and turn, rather it finds its line and glides out.
I had difficulty throwing a forced anhyzer with the Andro C. This was partly due to the stability and partly due to its flip resistance. I eventually found a high anhyzer line with an abrupt fade, but I found a great deal of success by over-powering the Andro C resulting in a more nature turn and less abrupt fade. Some say that the sharp edge hurts their hands when throwing that hard but I find the plastic soft enough that it doesn’t affect me. I could also throw a gentle s-curve with a sidearm around 200 feet.
Hyzerbomb? Yes! The Andro C will flip up just enough on long hyzerbombs that you can get some decent distance and clearance, and typically it will drop with great accuracy. Slight hyzer shots are even better, especially when thrown with a fan grip and a touch of finess; I’ve nearly chained out a number of 250-300 foot hyzers with the Andro C.
Andro C Conclusion
Phenomenal midrange that is dependable in the wind. It’s likely too much disc for a beginner, but more advanced players will love being able to huck this hybrid disc with power and beat the wind or the ability to release flat at half power and watch it effortlessly float 200 feet.
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We talked more about the Andro C in the review section of the Just Throw Podcast here: http://dgputtheads.com/just-throw-episode-1-change
Here’s Ozone Disc’s post with the explanation of adjusting the Andro C: https://www.reddit.com/r/discgolf/comments/51vf6k/ozone_updates/
In this corner, out of Wixom, MI and presented by Discraft, we have the Challenger! Hide the chains and cover the basket, this putter is popular with the pros and boasts several World Championships.