Roc Lover wrote:why was it unpopular enough in your opinion to be discontinued?
Popularity is a mysterious thing. Most of Rap and Country music 's charm is elusive to me yet obvious to others.
A Z Talon is not (or more accurately should not be)a staple disc for most non-tournament players. It is just too overstable. The only player I knew who used it as a primary driver was Geoff Bennett, who is a big-power forehand dominant thrower.
In the same way a Drone or an Extreme or a Whippet X is too overstable for most players to control. At this kind of stability the disc controls the player not the opposite. If players dialed down to a less overstable disc they would learn how to throw them straight and control lines, becoming better players in the process. Nobody throws an Extreme straight.
But a Z Talon is not crazy overstable and with enough power can be manipulated and controlled. However few players possess this kind of power and are far better off with a straighter disc for most shots.
The Z Talon's great attribute is fighting wind. While a Talon is not hugely more overstable than a Crush (which is akin in flight path to a Firebird), for example, it fights the wind much, much better. Not that Crushes are wimps, mind you, they are my primary overstable drivers and I love them. But at the point the winds pick up to around 30mph and stronger, the Talon becomes golden. I have played two tourneys already this year where the winds came out and the Talon saved my game.