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Innova Champion
KC Pro Gazelle

Type: Driver
Diameter: 21.2cm
Available Weights: 160-175g
Plastic: Innova KC Pro

KC Gazelle
Flight Rating Category Value What Innova says:
The Gazelle is the choice of high power players for most very long range shots because of its versatility and control. The Gazelle also holds a line well in windy situations.
Maximum Flight Speed 6.5
Resistance To High Speed Turn 6.0
Amount Of Low Speed Fade 5.5
Propensity To Fade 5.5
Glide 6.5
Relative Distance 7.0
Qualitative Analysis Value
Recommended Skill Level 2.0
Predictability 2.5
Uniformity Of Break In Period 2.5
Overall Durability 3.0 Description of the Ratings System.

Player Reviews

Posted 06-15-06
Submitted by Anonymous Location: SE Texas
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 325
Disc Weights: 172, 174, 175
Review: If you look around, you can still find these little beauties, and 11x KC pro Cheetahs as well. My first disc was a DX Gazelle, but it was only within the past few months that I discovered how great a disc a Gazelle really is. The 11x KC Pro discs are made from an opaque, grippy champion material, also called Taffy plastic, which is very reminiscent of CE plastic, SAME EXACT FEEL, just not quite so tough.

The KC Pro Gazelle is a moderately overstable fairway driver. Think of it as a slower Teebird. No high speed turn(barring off axis torque and flutter) with a little predictable fade. Hyzer it, and it'll hyzer as hard as you want it to. Snap it flat, it's straight as a lazer with a little fade and skip at the end. Annheyzer it, and it'll hold that line for a long ways before flattening out, or, given enough height, flexing back out. This is one of the truly great underrated discs, and I'm not surprised that it got a mention on Ken Climo's website.

The edge is such that it's a good headwind driver, in fact, it was one of only 3 discs I was able to depend upon during the 2006 Pleasure Island Classic in Port Arthur Texas. We played in 40mph winds that day, and the best score of the day, had by Gateway sponsered pro Matt Hall, was 53 I believe. A Monster, Rhyno and Gazelle was all I could throw that day.

The Gazelle isn't an ultra long range driver by any means anymore, but it can still be thrown a VERY long way, and being an older driver, it can be thrown a long way with a lot less effort than newer plastic. The key to throwing these older drivers for long distance is that they need more height to do their thing, having less lift and glide than newer designs. At whatever range you're throwing it for, the Gazelle is a pinpoint accurate disc. It's equally suited to both forehand and backhand throws, but it's not overstable enough to be forgiving to shanks, flutter, or off axis torque(wrist roll) I'm sure someone with a huge arm could hyzerflip a gazelle, but it's really very resistant to high speed turn, like a Teebird or a Starfire X, just slower.

So look around and grab up one of these older beauties while they're still available, cause, for SOME stupid reason, Innova seems to think that the Leopard is the only driver of that generation worthy of carrying along as part of it's regular premium plastic line. They couldn't be MORE wrong. Cheetah, Gazelle, Whippet... I'd rather have any of those over a Leopard.
Posted: 10-21-03
Submitted by HipHopWong
I'm an intermediate to advanced right handed Amateur. This is a great disc for low line drives with a little fade to the left at the end. This disc is very comfortable in your hand. It's supossed to be very much like the Leopard and Cheetah but I find the Gazelle to be longer and easier to control.
I usually start with a new disc at lower weights but I got my first Gazelle at 175g. At this weight it tends to feel like a much lighter disc. I just bought a lighter one for more flippy anhyzer type line drive shots but I haven't thrown it yet. The Gazelle glides very long and smooth much like a Roc but longer. I also use this disc for those big slow right turn drives. This disc is very predictable and easy to control. It loves to be thrown low and flat. It is a perfect disc when you need a little more distance than what a Roc will give your. I think of it as a longer Roc with a little left fade at the end.
Posted: 1-21-03
Submitted by Anonymous
The Gazelle is my very favorite driver, and I've been carrying a Gazelle in my bag for several years now. At first, I only had the arm strength to throw a 150 class Gazelle, but I eventually worked my way up to throwing heavier Gazelles, up to their maximum weight of 175g. I now carry several weights with me when I play a round. Although Innova classifies the Gazelle as being only a "very long range" driver, for me, it has most of the distance of their elite "ultra long range" drivers--except more control, accuracy and predictability. Over 5 years of recreational playing, many of my most memorable throws off the tee were made with a Gazelle. I'm not writing reviews to brag, as my longest throws measure only between 300-310 feet, but I think that there are a lot of players out there with similar distance, so I hope that some of you will find my comments helpful. Every year there's a new "hot" driver from Innova. A few years ago it was the TeeBird, then it was the Valkyrie, now it's the Beast. Playing with Gazelles may not be as trendy in the new millennium as they once were, but for me, they still offer the best value for my money. Gazelles do a great job of handling the typical 15mph Michigan winds where I play. Gazelles are wonderful for low line drives 5 feet off the ground that go straight where you throw them, in spite of the wind. If you get them up in the air 15-20 feet, they'll fade some at the end, so you can give them just a touch of anhyzer on the release, and you'll get a beautiful, mild reverse-S curve. I've found the KC Pro plastic to be pretty durable; my 150 class 7x KC Pro took a good beating before I finally had to retire it in fall of 2002, after a couple years of hard use. Perhaps the Gazelle isn't the latest "hot" disc out of Rancho Cucamonga, but the Gazelle is like an old friend that you can rely upon to get the job done.
Posted: 7-04-01
By Blake Takkunen - the Webmaster - <blake@discgolf.com>
My Review:
The KC Gazelle is a moderately fast, moderately overstable driver. This disc is very controllable and has good glide without too much low speed overstability. It should give the moderate thrower nice, gliding s-curves with great accuracy. It is harder to turn over than a Cheetah and Polaris LS but also has less low speed fade than either of those two discs. Speedwise I would say it is a hair slower than the Cheetah and LS but I also feel the speed is traded for control (in my opinion the Gazelle more closely resembles the LS than the Cheetah). Bigger arms will probably bypass this disc in favor of faster, longer, more overstable drivers such as the Eagle and Teebird to get more distance, but the Gazelle could still fit into the bag for tighter or shorter holes that can't be reached by a long midrange. I often recommended this disc as a first small diameter driver as it is easier to control and a bit more forgiving than many of the other straight drivers such as the Cyclone and Elite XL, but this might change as I get a chance to spend more time with the Valkyrie and Elite XS as technology improves and as more fast and long straight drivers hit the market. But I still stand by this disc as a good choice to the player looking to take a step up from the more beginner drivers (i.e. Cobra, Stingray, Eclipse, etc.).
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