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Innova GStar Sidewinder Disc Golf Distance Driver

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  • Speedi 9

    The first number is the speed of the disc. It can range from 1-14. Putters are rated 1-3 and are designed to function at low speeds any player can use. Mid range discs are 4-5 and require more speed when thrown to achieve their desired results. A fairway driver will be speed 6-8, these discs fly mostly straight. Discs that are speed 9 and above are classified as distance drivers. Throwing a distance driver takes a significant amount of power to get up to speed, players are rewarded with additional distance if they learn to control these discs. New players are cautioned that speed does not equal distance. Due to the difficulty of controlling higher speed discs, a beginner could find that a light weight disc with a speed of 6 or 7 could fly farther for them than a max distance driver with a speed of 13. In fact most new players should learn by throwing putters only so they can develop the proper form. After a few weeks they'll begin to get reliable results and are ready ×

  • glidei 5

    This second rating is numbered 1 – 6. Glide describes a disc’s ability to remain in flight. Discs with higher glide ratings will fly further than discs rated lower in this category. A high glide rating is good when the goal is distance, but can have the wrong effect for putts and approach shots. Sometimes overshooting the basket can be worse than not making it far enough. Low glide ratings such as 1 or 2 are popular with upshot putters because they don't fly for distance but for a little extra control. Glide is different for different kinds of discs as well. A putter with a glide of 4 will stay airborne much longer than distance drivers with a glide of 4 ×

  • Turni -4

    Third in Innova’s flight rating system is turn. Turn is rated from 1 to -5?, with -5 being the most understable. The lower the numer, the more striking turn will result. A newer, slower-throwing disc golfer using an understable disc with a ‘high’ negative turn rating will enjoy great distance, as the disc isn’t going to fade as quickly. Also, players whose farthest throw is 200 feet or less probably won’t notice any turn in the flightpath. Once a player gets more speed and power, they will see their understable discs start turning to the right at the beginning of the flight before fading to the left at the end. Discs rated -4 or -5 are popularly used for rollover or roller throws by experienced players. Some discs have 0 turn which means that they'll start to fade when they run out of speed during the flight and at no point will they turn. It's important to carry at least one disc with a high turn rating in your bag for rounds. ×

  • Fadei 1

    This last rating category ranges from 0 to 5; with a disc rated 0 being the straightest finishing, while a disc rated 5 fading the most during the last portion of the flight. Even discs rated lowest in turn will still ‘fade’ as the disc slows at the end of the flight. A disc with a higher fade rating is useful for a hole with a dogleg. Straight finishing discs are great for control, discs with little fade are normal. If you're a Right-hand backhand thrower you'll find that almost every disc wants to fade to the left at the end of your flight. Discs with a 4 or 5 fade rating are excellent in heavy winds. They sacrifice a little of the distance but make sure that the disc won't do anything unexpected. Discs with a low fade are more susceptible to being affected by the wind. ×

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Product Description

The Innova GStar Sidewinder is an understable distance driver that offers players of all skill levels lots of glide and turn. It's a great choice for folks who are looking to learn a forehand because this disc will hyzer flip or have a long S curve when thrown flat. As a backhand disc this can be overpowered and turned into a roller by players who are advanced in skill level or have big arms. As a 9 speed it's throwable by almost any player.

The flight path of the Sidewinder depends a lot on what angle you throw it. It's got a small rim that's easy to grip and rip backhand, and if you do that expect lots of turn. The Sidewinder is popular with woods players because everyone needs something that has the ability to be thrown slow and still shot shape. Throw this disc low and watch it glide with minimal side to side, or you can bust this out high in the open field and make it a long distance bomber. The Sidewinder is a great disc to learn angle control with, especially if you're looking to learn the hyzer flip or roller angles.

GStar plastic from Innova is very soft and grippy. In cold or wet weather it's an excellent choice so you have a more grippy plastic and one that isn't as stiff. In the summer it's going to be extra soft in the heat and will become even more understable. GStar works all year round, but you'll want it for sure as the leaves drop.

The Innova GStar Sidewinder is an excellent 9 speed disc. It's not too fast, not too slow, it fits into most players bags quite easily. If you're looking for something that feels familiar the second you grab it, and comfortable to throw, you've found it in the GStar Sidewinder.

Plastic Benefits

GStar Plastic

  • The G stands for Grip, which it certainly delivers.
  • A superior, exceptionally flexible plastic blend.
  • Highly durable and ideal for cold weather.
  • Opaque with a metallic sheen.

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