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Innova Champion
Thumtrac Birdie

Type: Putt and Approach
Diameter: 21.2cm
Available Weights: 145-150, 165-175g
Plastic: Innova DX

Thumtrac Birdie
Flight Rating Category Value What Innova says:
The Thumtrac Birdie is the best "go-for" disc, and an excellent approach disc. It is a slow straight flyer with a deep rim like a traditional catch disc. It allows you to take a bold shot without worrying about the consequences.
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 09-11-06
Submitted by moonlit Location: MN
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 325
Disc Weights: 175
Review: First off, I would like to say thank you to this forum and the discers out there that have provided feedback on all the discs out there to choose from. Your feedback has provided me with useful information to convince me to give this Birdie disc a try.

I have my assortment of midrange discs and a Soft Magnet(175-176 gr) as my primary putter. I use my Magnet as often as possible for my approaches as well as my putts. Sometimes I need a straighter flying disc than the Magnet on those approaches from 150' and in. The 175 gram Birdie fits that role perfectly.

I call the Birdie my "Tweener Disc." On those longer approach/putts, I found myself laying up with my mids (for fear of going too far past the basket) too often. With the Birdie, I am now going for the chains without fear of going too far past on the misses. This disc has given me a new and useful option in the "scoring" part of my game. It's like having a trusty wedge for around the greens in regular golf.

As an added plus, this disc is a good putter as well. I still use my Magnet, but on those days when my putting doesn't have that certain "feel," it is nice to have a good feeling backup.

I look forward to breaking in this disc and making my share of twos where I was once laying up.
Posted 07-15-06
Submitted by kyle eggroth@yahoo.com
Disc Weights: 171
Review: I really like this disc. I think everyone should get this disc if they want a good straight flying putter.It has a great grip and the fat edge catches the chains very well.this is a must have disc in your bag!
Posted 05-31-06
Submitted by Scott Parrish scottparrish@budlight.com
Location: Greenville, NC
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 325
Disc Weights: 145-150
Review: This was my first putter, though I played for a year or so before I bought it. You can definitely go at the pin on medium and longrange putts without flying past. It flies slow and dead straight if you throw it level, and it really grabs the chains. On short putts, you do have to be firm or it will wobble on you (it also drops really fast without a lot of spin). Has good distance for such a thick disc (I can thrown it over 250). This is also my layup disc when I need a dead straight, accurate shot. If you leave yourself a lot of long putts, you need this in your bag.
Posted 06-12-05
Submitted by scott theclergyman@hotmail.com
Disc Weights: 169
Review: I was loaned a Birdie with the understanding that it was a 'no fail' straight flyer. I only took it out for one round. It was breezy, not truly windy, and I couldn't get it to fly at all. Certainly not straight - and with it's high profile it should have done well for me, a former, many-years, ultimate player. It may be an experience thing, or maybe it's just brutal in a wind. I won't be purchasing one. The Rhino looks good, so does the Aerobie Arrow (check it out!) and the Omega soft. Your choice.
Posted: 1-15-04
Submitted by Brian cdale600@hotmail.com
Brian; Intermediate Amateur This is a great beginner putter because of its similarity to the tradition catch or ultimate style disc. It is very hard to hyzer and so is unsuitable for avoiding obstacles between you and the chains. With a nice wrist flick it flies dead straight and catches the chains very well. It is very hard to throw this disc far as its profile is very tall, though it does glide well when thrown with a lot of spin. It has very little fade thrown normal or sidearm.
Posted: 07-30-01
Submitted by: Kevin Hagen <kevihage@yahoo.com>
Experience: Intermediate beginner
Weight: 175g
The "Thumbtrac" on the Innova Birdie provides a typical "frisbee-like" grip that would probably benefit most beginners. With a stable grip and flight, this disc will fly exactly how you throw it. If you throw it flat, it will stay flat. This disc will also grab the chains very well and collapse in the basket when it hits the chains. I have been able to putt fairly consistently with this disc, increasing my distance with each round I play.
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