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Innova Champion

Type: Midrange
Diameter: 21.7cm
Available Weights: 145-150, 165-180g
Plastic: Innova DX

Flight Rating Category Value What Innova says:
The Aero is the best disc for new players . It is the straightest point to point golf disc and the easiest disc to keep on the fairway for novice players. And it's a very durable disc.
Maximum Flight Speed NA
Resistance To High Speed Turn NA
Amount Of Low Speed Fade NA
Propensity To Fade NA
Glide NA
Relative Distance NA
Qualitative Analysis Value
Recommended Skill Level NA
Predictability NA
Uniformity Of Break In Period NA
Overall Durability NA Description of the Ratings System.

Player Reviews

Posted 03-17-08
Submitted by Mike R
Level: Adv. Am
Avg Drive: 325
Disc Weights: 176
Review: I've been playing off and on for over 20 years now and still have an old beat up blue Champion Aero (it's Champion Discs Inc but probably not Champion Plastic). For years back in the day we had very few different discs amongst the few of us who played the game (made up holes as we went in various parks). The Aero back then was considered a distance driver. As time went on more discs came out and newer players now consider it to be a P&A disc, but I think they really miss the mark because it really is just an all around great disc.

It holds whatever line you give it up to about 300' which is about as far as any of us have thrown it consistently. Only in the last year has mine started to turn over on high powered drives. There's no fade so just aim and shoot, it can't be simpler. This is probably the most predictable disc you can buy. My now understable (after more than 20 years) Aero is relegated to putting duties where it can't be torqued anny. The thing I like about it for putting is the way it falls into the basket. My Aviar tends to grab and kick itself out if I hit the right side of the chains (as a LHBH thrower) where the Aero will slide down into the basket. As the previous reviewer stated you don't want to use it to putt around corners or tricky situations - that's best left to the Aviar. I also prefer the Aviar for longer putts as it won't glide as far on a missed putt. You can't S curve one of these - need a different disc for that job but it will hold either Hyzer or Anny just fine. I've never forehanded this disc either - just didn't like the grip on it forehand.

I just put in an order for a replacement Champion Aero today - hope I get as much use out of it as I have had out of my current disc.

Posted: 2-09-05
Submitted by Layne D
Disc: Innova Aero (168g)
I am an intermediate right-handed player with 10+ yrs of experience. I only throw overhand when I putt. I am the type of player that will go for a predictable drive and approach vs. trying for a very long drive. I have found the key to a good score isnít a super long drive but a reliable approach & predictable putting throw. I have tried several putters but currently I only use two putters (Innova DX Aviar & Aero). This review is for the DX Aero (168). This disk is my favorite putter. I have found this disk to fly exactly where I want it to go. Pun intended it flies straight as an AERO. I have found this disc to be a bit squirrelly in heavy wind but usually it is consistently predictable. The Aero is a slower hovering style putter. If I have a straight shot to the basket this is my #1 choice. I like to use the Aero on close putts and do not use it as an approach disc. If I have to navigate any obstacles or throw more than 20 feet I like to use my Aviar as the Aero seems to seems to sink like a rock after 20 ft. The Aviar also feels a bit more natural as a an approach or long putter. If you are looking for a rock solid straight throwing putter the Aero may be a good disk for you.
Posted: 2-17-02
Submitted by: John Lacey
The Aero is not a new disc and it's getting harder to find in stores or other player's bags, but I still rely on it for upshots. A mid-170s Aero will hold a line, hyzer or anhyzer, which makes it easier to get to the hole from any angle. It's very predictable at low speeds. The downside to the Aero for approach shots is that it's got a lot of glide, and you need practice to get the distance just right. Compared to the other approach discs on the market, such as the Aviar and Rhyno, the consistent turnover when I need it keeps the Aero in my bag.
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