Submitted by Jason Scrivner firstname.lastname@example.org
Avg Drive: 450
Disc Weights: Max
Review: I had the pleasure of spending four rounds of the Idaho State Championships playing with Glen Whitlock, and when I first saw him pull out a Whitler, I knew I had to get one. I'm a player who has gotten by on a big arm and decent putting, but my touch game has been lacking to say the least. This disc is a great control disc for the 80-150' shots, basically anything outside of a good jump putt. I was also amazed at the durability of this seemingly flimsy disc. It has little to no fade, will hold whatever line you want, and loves to nuzzle up to the basket. This is also a great disc for courses that have a lot of roots and hard ground, as you will not get the roll-aways you would with most any other disc. While selling me on the disc, Glen was throwing his original prototype against every hard surface he could find, but failed to leave the slightest ding or disfigurement. You won't need to worry about this disc changing flight patterns on you after it gets beat in. Definitely a must have for anyone wanting to add that much needed facet of short range touch to their game.
Submitted by Gregg Jman Jensen Location: PDX
Avg Drive: 300
Disc Weights: 165
Review: The Whitler by Snap Back when this game began, circa 1975, and we played object courses with Whamo's we always said, "Wouldn't it be nice if we had a disc the size of a 119g, but with a 165g weight," well here it is, finally. I recently picked up one of these discs largely based on its reputation as a 'touch' disc and here are my thoughts. Make note I do not presume to be a pro or an expert, just a guy who has been involved in disc sports since 1972. This disc is, measurement for measurement, a small catch disc. This is going to be a new feel for many golfers as the dome is higher than most discs. Ultimate players who golf are going to love this disc for that very reason, in the hand it feels just like a Ultra-Star. I do believe that the key to a player using this disc is learning how it flies, which means, get a buddy and a field and play a few extended catch sessions. This disc, like any catch disc, is under stable. That just means you'll have to get used to releasing it a little more hyzer than you're used to, but once you get used to the release point it'll stand up and fly straight at the pin. I found that with a slight nose up orientation it stalls as it nears the pin and if it misses it lands flat and close. I did not have any luck trying to put too much power behind it, but I put it through those paces just to see how much power it would endure; this disc is not about power, it truly is about touch. As an approach disc it is deadly accurate, provided you have taken the time to learn the discs subtle art of flight. Make no mistake this disc is not for any player who has figured, or thinks, they've figured this game out completely. But if you're still in search for a disc that will give you more confidence close to the pin I recommend you give the Whitler a try. I did not get comfortable with it as a putter, still preferring the Soft Magnet, but it rivals the Rattler for soft accurate approaches that carry enough weight to stay in the basket if it touches the chains. The Whitler combines the earliest embodiment of this game with the idea that disc golf has always been more about control, than about power. Oh sure, in today's game you need drivers that will cut the sky long distances, but after that you'll need discs you feel comfortable and confident enough with to run at that long birdie, or throw that tight annie or hyzer around an obstacle and still move at the pin. Make no mistake folks, this is not a disc that goes from the box straight to the bag, you're going to have to learn it, but it's a disc even a pro can figure out. Again, this is a disc that takes getting used to, but long term once you do you will have a disc that adds the dimension of soft control to your game. RECOMMENDED
Submitted by Steve Maerz email@example.com
Disc Weights: 166
Review: Okay I've talked about this disc on several threads as have others and I am surprised no one has given an official review so I am now finally submitting mine. This disc is welcomed with open arms among us "old schoolers" that remember the ultra slow hover type discs like the skystreak and super puppy. For those who entered the game more recently and are only familiar with the super fast, low profile stuff this disc may take some getting used to. The assets of the disc is that when thrown correctly it holds an incredibly straight line, drops straight with basicly zero fade and leaves you with a drop in par should that long birdie run miss its mark. This disc is the perfect disc to perform what is known as the airbounce shot, a shot that was more readily recognized during the days of the super puppy but in todays market of aviars, challengers and magnets almost extinct. The disc has a very large diameter and very deep rim. This combination can lead to other discs becoming wedged inside so if you carry the whittler it may be a good idea to keep it in a side pocket or have it face the opposite direction than the rest of your discs. This disc performs best when thrown with 25-65% power using more wrist and less arm. I also believe releasing with ample nose up and a slight hyzer yields the best results. Personally I use it for shots 60-120' that enable me to give the basket a run and still keep it close for a drop in comebacker. The downside (or upside?) for newbies is that it won't mask technique flaws. If you have off-axis torque or a herky jerky acceleration or a bad release this disc will likely turnover badly. If you play in high winds you may also encounter some problems due to the disc's tall profile. One final note would be the type of plastic used in this disc: It is EXCELLENT PLASTIC! Very nice feel and the durability is reportedly very good. This disc isn't for everyone, but for those whose game this fits, it is a valued gem. Good work Snap!
Submitted by Rob firstname.lastname@example.org
Disc Weights: 168
Review: Get one. This disk is the fusion of 100% old school and 100% awesome plastic. So simple in design. Shaped like a Titanic, or a smaller Freestyle disc. Taut like a drum. Great line-drive shooter. The marketing description is pretty accurate, and it really has great touch characteristics. The rim is simple pure and flat and feels great in the hand, although the disc is a bit deep, so it grips differently than anything else in my bag. I like it best for 100 feet or less. I'm buying another one just to keep under my pillow at night.
Submitted by Jams email@example.com
Avg Drive: 400
Disc Weights: 163
Review: I don't know the exact history of this disc but I believe it's one of the first couple of runs. My only evidence is the weight. At any rate, I bought the disc as a gift because a friend of mine needed to work on his short game. He didn't like the grip (basically a catch lid, though not entirely) and couldn't figure out the flight pattern. He traded the Whitler back to me and I decided to use it for (nearly) every approach shot within 100'. This disc is hailed as the ultimate "touch" disc and I couldn't agree more. Any attempt to strong arm this disc (in my own and my friends' experience) will cause the disc to turn over immediately and to the detriment of the overall shot. Yet, when one can show restraint the results are remarkable. I skipped off the top of the basket from a tight wooded shot downhill about 85' (top of the hill, Hole 15, Mars Hill, NC--for those in the know). In other situations I am able to effectively cancel any worry about picking up on end and rolling down the hill--a major worry at the currently closest course that I play, Mars Hill--whereas in the past with my primary putters I would need to factor in a roll possibility. This disc turns over slightly, holds whatever line it peaks at, and only when babied will it have a fade. I don't necessarily like this disc for the wind since it's much lighter than what I usually throw, however, I've had success with light tailwinds and certain crosswinds. So long as one can understand the limited force and necessary hyzer angle for this disc, any approach within 100' (>uphill), even with certain winds is possible, in my honest opinion.
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