I may be setting myself up, but after 10+ rounds of having the Stalker and Teebird in the bag I find myself reaching for the Stalker more. The Teebird is out for the time, but my stash isn't going anywhere. I've had disc infatuation before and we will have to wait and see what happens in the long run....
Man, the Stalker is a neat disc. To cover a couple of questions in this thread...It cannot be a retooled XL because it is much larger in diameter, but the nose shape is similar and the rim feels similar in the hand to me. To compare...The Stalker is MUCH more HSS than an XL. The more I play with the Stalker, the more I'm impressed by its HSS. It is roughly the same as your average TB in this regard. The Stalker does not flip up out of a hyzer release. In this respect I have to say that it is honestly more like a longer Roc than a longer Buzzz (did I just say that?). The bead makes its presence known. It holds truer hyzers than just about any disc I've ever thrown. Perfect parabolas. The Teebird has a more abrupt fade whether flying hyzer or flat than the Stalker. The Stalker fades very predictably, but it is softer and more forward dominated, as well as being less abrupt. This difference is due to its slower speed, larger diameter, and the bead. For me, the Stalker is kicking the TBs butt in the 300-340' range. It takes less speed to make it cruise straight, and the fade is less pronounced at these distances. The TB is better for shots 340'+, but at those distances I'm almost as comfortable smoothing an Orc, so this is one of the reasons the Stalker is getting more action than the TB. I would say that the Stalker and Teebird both glide well with the TB being faster and longer. IMO, the Stalker is way more stable than a TL and more predictable as well. I imagine its going to take a LONG time to get the Stalker beat to flip like a TL will after a deflashing and a couple good whacks.
The Stalker is just about the perfect stability to start with so that if you throw it hard on any angle it will hold and fade predictably at the very end. It is more sensitive/versatile/controllable in this respect than a TB. It will hold any degree of hyzer without stalling out. If thrown with the slightest bit of anny, it will fly dead straight with almost no fade (at 300+ feet), and if thrown turned over enough it will hold the slow turn to the ground. The combo of large diameter and the bead just work out so well for glide and turning characteristics. It really feels like a driver with midrange control. As much as I love the stability of a new Stalker, I can't wait to get one broken in so that it flips a tiny bit and just holds. It will be a thing of true beauty.
My favorite Stalker is an orange marked 174 that actually weighs 176 on the nose. I have a blue marked 175 that weighs 177, and a yellow marked 173 that weighs true. Both the yellow and the blue are slightly more overstable than my orange one.
Do you need to try a Stalker? Maybe if you...
Find yourself trying to underthrow Teebirds.
Overthrow holes with Teebirds.
Like throwing Buzzzes/Rocs a lot, and stretching them out.
Want a stable disc between a Teebird/Roc or Buzzz.
Are sponsered by Discraft...every one of their guys WILL be throwing this, mark my words. It is the perfect compliment to the Z Pred.
PS: I put off this ranting review as long as I could, looking for a killer flaw or another reason to hail the Teebird, but man I'm loving this disc. Will I always throw it over the TB? I can't make any promises...Will I always hold this disc in high regard as a solid performer? Absolutely.