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Disc Review



Discraft
Elite Z Storm

Type: Midrange
Diameter: 21.4cm
Available Weights: 165-176g
Plastic: Discraft Elite Z

Elite Z Storm
Flight Rating Category Value What Discraft says:
A super mid to long range disc that is very predictable. Just overstable enough to handle moderate winds and high release speed. An excellent choice as a player's first driver.
Maximum Flight Speed 7.0
Resistance To High Speed Turn 7.0
Amount Of Low Speed Fade 5.5
Propensity To Fade 6.0
Glide 7.0
Relative Distance 6.5
Qualitative Analysis Value
Recommended Skill Level 2.0
Predictability 3.0
Uniformity Of Break In Period 3.0
Overall Durability 3.0 Description of the Ratings System.


Player Reviews

Posted 04-15-07
Submitted by Chris B Location: Colorado
Level: Adv. Am
Avg Drive: 400
Disc Weights: 171
Review: I have a friend that's a fantastic pro & he loves this disc. After recommending it to me at least 47 times, I finally decided to try one. I have to give it a mixed review.

On one hand it's the straightest fairway driver I've ever thrown! It's like a super fast Buzzz - I get quite a bit more distance than with a Buzzz or Roc. But I actually found that after throwing it for just a few days, it was getting flippier than my ESP Buzzzz. ??? I think it may be the weight. I hope so. I DEFINITELY want to try another one but at the 176 (or more) gram weight instead. I'm hoping it holds up better in the wind, because I was parking 300 - 325ft holes that always give me trouble because that's a "tweener" distance for me. Usually, I would use a Z XL for fairway drives & tee shots like that, but I really liked how staight this disc goes!!!! WOW! It falls straight down at the end - almost no fade, at least for me.

When I first tried this disc, my initial thought was "this COMPLETELY replaces my (midrange) Buzzz AND my (fairway driver) Z XL in one disc!! It's incredible!" But now I'm not quite sure... it got really flippy in a headwind - almost like a Stratus or something, even releasing it hyser. I still have really high hopes that a slightly heavier disc will do the trick, though. (I suppose a bit more control in my arm speed would help too!!!) ;-]
Posted 03-07-07
Submitted by SkaBob Location: Detroit
Level: Adv. Am
Avg Drive: 325
Disc Weights: 169, 175
Review: The storm is straight. Really straight. Inconveniently straight if you just happen to WANT it to fade. Not a BAD thing, I should've picked a different disc for that shot! heh... I don't know if I put more torque on it than some of the other posters, but if I send it up on an anhyzer, it's NOT fading back. I tried with both of mine. Maybe it just requires more touch than anything, but Basically, where you throw it, it's going. It doesn't want to fade. I got the opaque Z ones, and I must agree with the other review in here, it is MUCH nicer than candy Z - though I can't help but wonder as to it's durability. It sure is soft! In any case, I'm looking forward to beating these up a bit and see how well they turnover when I throw 'em flat. The range is longer than a lot of mids, but shorter than most drivers. Just really, really straight. The first time I threw one (the 175g one), it faded MAYBE a foot.
Posted 01-23-07
Submitted by DENNIS DENNYBFC@HOTMAIL.COM
Disc Weights: 167
Review: I DONT KNOW WHY THIS DISC IS IGNORED EITHER. MY GAME HAS IMPROVED SINCE USING THIS DISC. IF I GOES WERE I THROW IT. I DONT KNOW HOW IT WORKS BUT IT IS STRAIGHT. GREAT FOR TUNNEL SHOTS AND ACCURACY SHOTS. IF I MISS , ITS ME AND NOT THE DISC.
Posted 11-02-06
Submitted by Bradley Walker
Location: Dallas, TX
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 400
Disc Weights: 176
Review: The Z Storm is, for whatever reason, a completely ignored disc. I cannot for the life of me figure why this disc is not more popular. In fact, it should be a mainstay disc. It is, quite frankly, the best Roc you have ever thrown. It is an old school disc with a bead (like a Roc or Cyclone). For whatever reason, it flies nearly dead straight, with almost zero fade. It will fly virtually the same on a low line like a fast driver or a high line like a putter, and you can shoot some gas to it and it will take it. It is long, longer than a mid but can be thrown at lower speed, because it is not speed sensitive, so it is amore useful mid. It is BETTER in a headwind than a Roc, even a flattop Ching Roc (which is infinitely better than a standard Roc).

My Storm is the opaque Z plastic. This is the best Z plastic ever made (I have a Predator in this plastic also). It not only looks better and has better visibility in the grass; it is also much tackier than standard Z especially when wet (it also a little softer and gummier than standard candy Z). I have noticed ZERO change in the disc over time, at least so far, so this makes me happy.

I guess if I had to play a one disc round, it would be with a Storm.
Posted 09-11-06
Submitted by moonlit Location: MN
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 325
Disc Weights: 168
Review: I found this disc in the bargain bin at my local disc store. $8.00 for a Z plastic disc? I couldn't turn it down.

I don't have a rocket arm. I can drive 300'+(RHBH) with good accuracy. I use my 169 Z Surge and 166 Z XS as my primary drivers. When I use my full driving force on the Storm, it is a very straight flyer and I have not had any problems with it turning over on me. It averages only about 10-30 feet short of my regular drives. It has some fade at the end, but not too much. I generally tend to throw it on a line-drive trajectory.

Because this is such a straight flyer, this disc really shines as a longer tunnel/tree lined driver disc. My home course has a 270' straight tunnel. I use my control grip (thanks to this site's instructional articles) with just a tad of annie release. I'm getting a LOT of twos on this hole! No aces yet, but I have hit the basket a few times! My playing buddies are jealous. (They keep bringing out their curvy flying driver discs. But since there is so little room left to right to make use of the flight patterns, they end up in the trees way to often.)

This disc is a bargain at retail! I just happened to luck out that day.

I'm sure this disc has other uses. But man-o-man! This is a great tunnel disc!
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