Gateway Disc Sports Chief Review

Gateway Disc Sports Chief Review

The Gateway Chief will give you commanding accuracy as it flies straight as an arrow toward your target. This straight flyer is a must try especially in Gateway’s newly released Diamond plastic.

Gateway Disc Sports Chief Putter Notes

“A low profile putt & approach with rounded nose and a beaded rim.  Great for players that don’t feel comfortable with deeper rimmed putters.  Perfect for an off the tee putter when you need extra control.”

Gateway Chief Product Page

Available plastics: Diamond, Soft, Sure Grip, Super Glow, Organic, and like 50 other special Gateway plastics

Flight Rating:  3, 3, 0, 1

Gateway Chief Reactions

The Chief sits nicely in my hand and is easy to grip due to the low profile and rounded nose.  It has a flat top and feels like a low profile Wizard or even similar to Reko without a puddle top.  Obviously the new Diamond plastic has an excellent feel and is a beautiful upgrade.

Gateway Chief putter profile view

Gateway Chief By the Numbers



Flight chart courtesy of Inbounds Disc Golf

Pay close attention to this flight chart because it’s quite accurate, the Chief is deadly straight.  However, I think Gateway is being too modest with the 3 glide rating and I’d put it at 4 pushing 5.

Gateway Chief Putting Notes

The Chief is the quintessential point-and-shoot putter, but it’s not prototypical.  The Chief does not feel like an Aviar clone as it is flatter and has very little fade, you can truly just pick a ring on the chains and fire.

The Chief will glide for days so you wont need much effort to reach the basket.   It is an excellent long distance putter and can be used in just about any scenario.  Given the high glide, the Chief will hold any line and is great with any putting style.  I find it especially useful for jump putts where it allows for an easy release and maintains consistency with the extra flick of the wrist.

Gateway Chief Upshots and Approaches

I can’t say this enough, Gateway’s Chief is straight.  One of the straightest discs I’ve ever thrown.  So straight that I now use it as form indicator disc to tell me if I’m pulling my elbow through properly.

The Chief can handle quite a bit of torque which was surprising since so many straight putters turn and burn beyond 150 feet (45 meters).  I can put a 90% rip on the Chief at a slight angle and it will flip up and continue straight, or I can release flat with 75% power and still hit an incredibly straight line.  On shorter approaches I’d compare the Chief to MVP’s Atom as they can both finesse through any tight line but I can control the height of the Chief better.  Drives or approaches, the Chief handles it all.

Gateway Chief ChiefOS Putters

The Chief will hold nearly any line on long throws as well and only displays a moderate fade.  Smooth anhyzers are fun to throw with this putter since it won’t pull out but it also rarely turns into the ground.  Long hyzers will not stand up unless I put extra snap in them, rather they’ll hold long gliding hooks that land accurately.  I need to be aware of the wind on these longer shots because it will sail with the high glide.  Of course, if you want a Chief that fights the wind, you can check out the Chief OS which we’ll be reviewing soon!

The only thing I don’t like about the Chief is that the Diamond plastic becomes quite slippery when wet, perhaps more slippery than other translucent plastics.  This can be problematic in the morning with dew on the ground, but can be solved with a towel or by carrying a Sure Grip Chief!

Gateway Chief Final Verdict

The Gateway Chief is a must try putter.  This is an all-around easy to use putter as well as a torque resistant straight driving putter.  All levels of disc golfers should love the Chief.

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Gateway Disc Sports Chief Putter

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Disc Golf Form Indicator Discs

Disc Golf Form Indicator Discs

Perfecting your disc golf form is difficult.  If you think otherwise then you are probably not a disc golfer.  We have many techniques for working on our disc golf form from watching ourselves in the mirror to resistance training with specific disc golf equipment.  We often find the best results by utilizing many different tools and hopefully this article will provide you with another: Indicator discs.

Disc Golf Form Indicators

First off, what is a form indicator?  Have you ever thrown your disc much higher than intended and then looked down to see a deep slide mark on the turf from your heel slipping when you stepped?  This is an example of a form indicator, which is anything that can help you figure out if parts of your disc golf throwing from are good, bad, or have changed.  The idea is simple and you’ve probably had experience with it but maybe haven’t heard the term ‘form indicator’.   The most common form indicators are things like total throw distance, flight of your throw compared to the expected flight of that disc, or foot marks like in the example above.  

disc golf form indicator discs

Form indicator discs are a type of disc golf form indicator where the flight of the disc itself indicates variances in your throwing form.  Sure, you could just say that crappy form leads to crappy throws, but certain discs can give you better insight into particular parts of your throw than most discs.  There are specific aspects of my form that I find I will overlook on occasion and using a set of indicator discs can help me determine my form faults.

Evaluating Your Disc Golf Throw

One thing to note is that to use disc flight as a form indicator, you need to have practiced with that disc long enough that you know how it usually flies for you.  Discs fly differently for each disc golfer so you can’t throw a disc once and make assumptions on your form based on how someone else would expect that disc to fly.  Ideally, you’ll be able to use the discs that you currently bag as indicators so you can identify form issues if you start struggling in the middle of a round.  In my 16 years of disc golf I have thrown an enormous array of discs and these are a few that work well when focusing on these particular form aspects.  

Engaging Lower Body

Not engaging your lower body leads to a significant decrease in power and often results in less turn.  High speed discs have a tendency to mask these variances but lower speed discs might exaggerate the flight you can see where you went wrong.  I like to evaluate my lower body engagement with an understable fairway driver, specifically an Innova Star Leopard throwing from a standing position.  This forces me to properly shift my weight with little foot movement.  The Leopard is fast enough that it flips very little if I throw from a standing position and ignore my lower body.  If I engage my lower body properly, the Leopard will flip up with a slight turn and fade back gently around 325.  I specifically use Star because it doesn’t flip up as easily as my Champion so it doesn’t mask my lack of power.  I also make sure I’m using discs that are seasoned but in good condition since new discs are always more overstable.  

Other indicator discs you may consider to help you check lower body engagement would be:

Discraft Mantis

Discmania FD Jackal

Latitude 64 Maul

Reaching Back

Discraft Crush Discontinued OOP Valentine'sReaching back properly is another crucial element in generating power.  There are times when I forget to reach back far enough, maybe I pause too long before rotating, or I might not rotate my hips far enough resulting in decreased power and snap. For this indicator I like to take a slow run up and use a high speed driver with just a touch of turn.   The greater turn on lower speed drivers can over mask variances in rotation and reach and using a slow run up will help ensure my lower body is engaged properly.  If I notice that the touch of turn disappears and the flight becomes straight or even shows slight positive turn, then there is a good chance that there is something going wrong with my reach back.

Your selection will depend on your arm strength but here are my preferred discs for checking reach back:

Discraft ESP Crush

Innova Star Destroyer

Axiom Wrath

Westside Northman

Pulling Elbow Through

disc golf form indicator discThe best disc golf throwers pull their elbows through before the rest of their body during rotation, like trying to break down a door with their elbows.  This can be tough because we rotate so quickly during our disc golf throw that it is difficult to see the position of the elbow.  Sometimes this can lead to inaccurate orientation (bad aim to the left or right) but often this is masked by high speed discs or even your body’s ability to compensate. 

I like to test my elbow pull-through with a slow and very straight midrange or putter from a stand-still.  If my disc flies straight on a straight line but travels left or right it often means I am not pulling my elbow through.  This is especially true when I’m fatigued late in the round or from heat.  I often subconsciously compensate with a late release, but this becomes inconsistent and I usually hang on too long resulting in a throw too far right (I’m a RHBH thrower).  I’ve been throwing Gateway’s new Diamond Chief lately which is an excellent driving putter with an incredibly straight line.  When the Chief flies left or right but on a straight line, then I can bet I’m not pulling my elbow through properly.

Here are a few other good discs for testing you elbow:

Kastaplast Reko

Innova Dart

Dynamic Discs Judge

Throwing Nose Down

Most discs will give you some indication if you are releasing the disc nose up.  You’ll quickly see a high launch with shorter distance and often an inconsistent turn.  Some discs will show your nose angle deficiencies more than others, these are usually discs we consider nose angle sensitive or we’ll say they are not forgiving.  Higher speed drivers, overstable discs, and especially low glide discs are often more forgiving and the touch or finesse discs are usually considered less forgiving.  One disc that is a particularly good indicator of my nose angle is the MVP Ion.  When thrown nose down it holds its line for a long distance and displays a great amount of glide, but when I throw it nose up it flies much more slowly and almost floats while it performs an s-curve.  If I’m throwing the Ion well then I know that my nose angle is good.

Other discs that may be good at indicating nose angle variances include:

Dynamic Discs Warden

RPM Discs TUI

Discraft Sting

Innova Krait

All Around

Some discs are great to keep your all around form in check.  These are discs that should fly straight for anyone.  The Innova Nova is a go-to disc to make sure I’m pulling through on a straight line toward my target without off-axis torque and with a flat release angle.  The Discmania FD also fits in this category for most arm speeds.

 

Form Indicator Conclusions

Clearly there are many different aspects to your form and watching a disc is never going to give you conclusive answers to everything.  Form indicator discs are really just meant to help tip you off on a few form deficiencies that you can work on during your field work.  Sometimes these indicators are useful if you’re in the middle of a tournament, but at that point it’s best that you use a disc from your bag that you know can act as an indicator.  

One thing you’ll notice as you play disc golf longer (or maybe have already noticed) is that overstability often masks the symptoms of poor disc golf form.  If you’re not extremely experienced then it’s always a good idea to research discs that are recommended for beginners that will help you develop form the right way.  There is a reason that most discs recommended for beginners are understable.  

Do you have any disc golf form indicator discs?  If so, what are they?

 

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Discraft Vulture Review

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Prodigy PA3 Review

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Disc Golf Shaving Cream Dye

Disc Golf Shaving Cream Dye

Dying disc golf discs with shaving cream is one of the easiest methods of disc dying and can produce beautiful designs.  That’s why we’re writing an article highlighting this specific method first.  We previously wrote an article on the basics of how to dye a disc golf disc that’s worth reading, but that article discusses the setup of liquid dye mixtures.  The disc golf disc shaving cream dye process is dry and more about patience than the correct mixture.

What is A Disc Golf Shaving Cream Dye?

Maybe you’re not familiar with dying a disc with shaving cream.  The general idea is using shaving cream to hold dye in place so that it has time to set into the disc’s plastic.  This has the potential to produce unique patterns and mix different colors.  Here are a few examples of shaving cream disc dye jobs that we have recently completed.

shaving cream dye disc golf daggershavin gcream dye disc golf northman

 

Benefits of Dying a Disc with Shaving Cream

The shaving cream dye is one of the first dye methods that we experimented with, mostly because it’s quite simple once you have your process.  It’s also inexpensive because all you really need is shaving cream, a small amount of dye, and a disc.  You’ll probably be able to dye at least 15-20 discs with a single pack of dye, although you’ll definitely get better results if you use multiple colors.

To keep costs down, we like to purchase X-out and misprint discs from Infinite Discs, they’re less expensive and we often just remove the stamps for dying anyway.

shaving cream dye disc golf wraith
Innova Wraith dyed with stamp left on.

The shaving cream dye method can also produce some amazing designs even if you aren’t a pro.  You can easily create some great marble and splatter designs, or as you get better you can add patterns.  You can even use the shaving cream dye as a base to combine with other dying methods. 

Compared to other disc golf dying methods, the shaving cream dye is also relatively less messy.  You can just use dry powdered dye without mixing with water or acetone.  Dry dye and shaving cream still have the potential to make a mess, but I’ve found it easier to control than other methods.  If you like the stamp on a disc, you can use the shaving cream dye method and it won’t affect the stamp.  The stamp won’t soak up the dye so you can have both a cool dye pattern and the stamp you like.

How To Dye A Disc with Shaving Cream

There are only a few steps to dying a disc with shaving cream, but there are a number of things that are very helpful to know so be sure to read beyond the overview steps!

  1. Fill a base with shaving cream.  Ultimate discs work great, pie tins work but may need to be flattened, or you can just use a plate.
  2. Smooth out the shaving cream and sprinkle powdered dye on top.
  3. Place your disc top down on the shaving cream and give it a slight twist.
  4. Let the disc set on the die for 24-36 hours then rinse off all shaving cream and dye.

Sounds simple right?  Well, yes, it is simple but it is also easy to end up with a bad dye job if you don’t consider each step.

disc golf shaving cream dye method
This dye job did not come out well because of the heavy dye application on the shaving cream.

Shaving Cream Disc Dying Considerations

discraft buzzz shaving cream dye
Discraft Buzzz dyed with red iDye Ploy and blue iDye regular. Regular blue iDye did not soak into the disc.

First, choose your dye.  I prefer iDye Poly from Jacquard Products.  It’s inexpensive and works well, but make sure you use Poly which is made specifically for plastic otherwise it may not stick at all! 

One of the largest factors in achieving a great shaving cream disc golf dye is applying the dye correctly.  If you just dump dye onto the shaving cream, you’ll likely be disappointed with the results.  I’ve found the best results come from sprinkling the dye on the shaving cream very lightly.  The dye will soak up moisture from the shaving cream and then start to dissolve and spread, and the spreading allows you to dye a large area of the disc without using much dye.  If you use too much dye, some areas may not soak up moisture and you’ll be left with small pockets of undyed disc that don’t look natural.  You may also end up with large blobs of color and no real design.

dyeing disc golf cream
Dye spread lightly on shaving cream

You should also carefully consider your colors.  Dye often doesn’t transfer to the disc the same as the color you see on the package.  Green is especially tricky because it is sometimes not just true green, but a mix of multiple colors such as yellow, blue, brown, and others.  While that may turn out just fine on clothing, it can result in specks of different colors on the disc.  It’s a great idea to test your dye on a misprint or water disc fist.

As mentioned above, you have options for a shaving cream base.  In the video embedded below, Mother Huckin Chucker suggests using an Ultimate disc.  This is convenient because it’s large enough for the disc golf disc to fit and the sides will hold the shaving cream inside helping to contain the mess.  I usually use a flattened pie tin because I can adjust the height of the sides however I find appropriate.  When dying putters, I like to make sure the dye is spread all the way down the blunt nose so it looks more complete, but on drivers I don’t worry about the rim since the nose is usually sharp.

After you have placed the disc on the shaving cream with dye, consider twisting the disc a little as Mother Huckin Chucker suggests, or even picking the disc up and placing it back down.  Since the dye is a powdered solid, it often leaves a speckled pattern.  This pattern can be neat on it’s own, but if you’re looking for a smoother or marbled pattern then the twist or resetting the disc will help spread the dye and smooth the pattern.

Disc golf shaving cream dye squallPatterns can be difficult using this method since the dye spreads out as it dissolves.  As you become better, you’ll be able to figure out what types of patterns work well and which don’t.  I’d recommend first testing without specific patterns to get a feel for how the dye behaves then slowly moving into basic patterns.  You can see by the images that some basic patterns work quite well, but also depend heavily on the color combinations.

Dark colors soak into the disc much more quickly.  When using a combination of light and dark colors you will often realize better results if you first add the light color (and let set for around 36 hours) then repeat the process with dark colors (let set for around 24 hours).  Of course, this process makes patterns difficult since you’re doing multiple layers, but you’ll learn the best methods for your needs.

In the first “How to Dye a Disc Golf Disc” article I covered the different types of plastic and how they hold dye.  This method is a little different.  Base plastic doesn’t like to hold dye without acetone, so if you get the dye to stick, it will likely be very light and will fade quickly. Champion/Elite Z/Lucid or other similar plastic usually requires longer to soak in the dye; I like to go about 36 hours especially for light colors.  I’ve found that translucent Trilogy plastic (Lucid, VIP, Opto) hold the best shaving cream dyes for this type of plastic producing the best colors and leaving a nice shine on top of the dye for a professional look.   Star/ESP type plastics will soak up dye more quickly than other plastics and they resulting color is typically brighter and more pure, but as I mentioned in the first article, these will eventually fade and bleed.

disc golf shaving cream dye
Custom stamped DGPH EMac Truth sitting upside down in dye

One time I ran out of shaving cream so I used shaving gel that I found in the back of my closet.  The results came out the same, but I would still recommend shaving cream because it’s less expensive.

A word of advice from Mother Huckin Chucker, “Don’t be afraid to get crazy with your patterns!”  Check out his Instagram feed to see some of his awesome designs.

 

Disc Golf Shaving Cream Dye Conclusion

I enjoy dying my disc golf discs with the shaving cream dye method.  It’s relatively easy and inexpensive and I can produce great patterns on discs in a short amount of time.  I’ve included a few additional images of successful shaving cream dyes that I’ve completed, but we’d love to see what you can do.  We’re still learning and most of our designs are basic, we know there are some amazing results out there so please show us what you have!

 

 

cool disc golf shaving cream dye
Final product of the custom stampped DGPH EMac Truth dyed with shaving cream

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Winter Disc Golf – Ribbons

Winter Disc Golf – Ribbons

If you’ve disc golfed through the winter then you’ll know that winter disc golf comes with many new difficulties that you don’t face in the summer.  We’ve written about effects cold has on disc golf plastic and what do do about lost distance due to cold, but what can you do about snow?  It may sound crazy, but try attaching a ribbon to your disc!  This is a winter disc golf technique that we’ve been using for many years, here’s what you need to know.

Disc Golf Discs In Snow

Discs golf discs are easy to lose in the snow.  A disc will have a tendency to cut into the snow and only leave small mark then continue to travel underneath the snow making it quite difficult to find.  Losing a disc is easy even in shallow snow, just check out my Instagram video below.

One answer is attaching a ribbon to your disc.  The concept is simple, if your discs burrows under the snow you’ll still be able to find it because the ribbon will stick out where the disc entered.  

Taping Ribbons to Disc Golf Discs

ribbon disc golf winter

It sounds easy but there are a few things you should know.  Here are our recommendations based on many winters of ribbon disc golf:

  1. Tape the ribbon to the underside of your disc.  The ribbon is less likely to fall off and we’ve found that it is slightly less intrusive.
  2. Around three feet of ribbon is usually optimal.  Longer ribbons obviously cause greater drag but go too short and the ribbon may get covered in snow.
  3. Use duct tape.  We’ve tried a few other types of tape (electrical tape, packing tape) and found that duct tape usually holds the longest, but be careful because it will slowly start to peel. 
  4. Tape the ribbons on before you go outside.  Duct tape sticks much better when applied in the warmth.
  5. Ribbons get messy in your bag, so use fewer discs.  Kind of like the cords behind your television, not fun to untangle.
  6. We’ve heard rumors that smooth ribbons work best, but we haven’t noticed a difference between ribbons or string.
  7. Carry extra ribbons and tape.  You’re likely to lose a couple ribbons during the round, especially in extremely cold temperatures when the adhesive becomes less effective.

Pro Tip: Find the right winter disc.  Chris often bags a Blizzard Destroyer, Element Discs Uranium, and Element Discs Iridium in the winter.

Effects of Ribbons on Your Disc

winter disc golf ribbons

The effects of ribbons are pretty much what you’d expect, your disc slows down and you lose distance. We believe this is still better than losing a disc and it allows us to continue throwing through winter snow, but we have also heard some disc golfers say that it is not even worth while.  When playing disc golf with ribbons on our discs we usually just play conservatively with the expectation that we aren’t going to score well, it’s all about an extra opportunity to play disc golf.

One quick warning though: Avoid throwing through trees.  Ribbons easily snag on tree branches or bushes which can yank the ribbon off your disc or pull your disc right out of line.  It is even possible that the ribbon gets caught in a branch and you end up with a disc hanging from a tall tree.

I do enjoy watching a disc fire out of my hand and seeing the ribbon dance around behind it.  You don’t see something like this anywhere else and you can capture some very intriguing photos.

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snow disc golf ribbons

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