discmonkey42 wrote:Jim, would love to see an update on your findings with the MVP drivers when you have it. I'm doing almost the identical thing in keeping a 150 Solf and a lighter Sols for distance lines (the solf and the pd are interchangeable for me) to complement the MVP driver lineup. Looks like our distances are about the same too so I'm very interested in your experiences. If this setup works as well as I think it might, I'll have almost zero overlap in my bag and the strongest lineup of accurate fairway drivers I've ever had.
I haven't quite had the full amount of evaluation I'd like yet but I do feel like I'm getting a good idea of how I feel about this.
Short answer? I'm happy, not feeling limited, and want to continue on this path.
Longer answer? My last four rounds have been two-discers, a Pure and first the Amp at a pitch and putt (8 of 9 holes are 265' or less), then the Amp at my home course, then the Volt at a shorter, easier course, and then the Volt again at my home course (mix of shorter and longer holes, plenty of trees, and holes finishing both left and right). All four times I threw the driver on every hole even if it would normally be a putter drive. I've never been very good at throwing discs powered down (and really have never done much of it at all), especially not powered down enough to throw 50' or more shorter, but despite some kinks I generally had quality results. Even the Volt holds an anhyzer line at low power well enough to remain effective. I'm really impressed with the discs performance even at much lower speeds than I would normally through them at, the versatility is great.
Regarding the two sets of discs I'm trying to replace here. I love PDs, always will, and I think that individually the PD is a better disc than any of the MVP drivers. Not by a lot, but it is. The thing is though I'd rather throw the three different MVP drivers than three different PDs. If all I was testing out was the Volt is would be an easy decision and one the Volt certainly would not win. For a standard straight to a tad understable driver the P-PD is superb and as great as the Volt is it's just not the same. So far though I like the Shock better than my overstable S-PDs or the C-PDs I have, maybe the meaty CFR C-PDs would fulfill what I want but the regular productions don't quite do it. I've run into trouble on drives where the fact that the PD is just a damn straight disc shows even with the C's and it ends up going straighter for longer than I expect/want. The Shock isn't a super meathook or anything, far from it, but the overstability is a bit more reliable for me and I don't have trouble with it going overstraight. As for the Amp versus a beat PD for the understable slot it's not even worth discussing, the Amp whips the shit out of it. I also feel like the MVP drivers fly more closely to differently stable versions of each other than pairing a freshish P-PD with the Amp and Shock would so I'd rather stick with the Volt in that slot because it's less likely to throw me off. Finally, the Volt and Amp power down better and more reliably than PDs do; again, the PDs aren't bad for that by any means, but I don't find them as natural to throw on shorter distances as I do the MVP drivers.
As for replacing Gazelles/other fairway drivers it's simpler than with the PDs. Despite the fact that I'm now getting MVP drivers out about as far as I do PDs (in fact I feel like the Amp is longer for me than a PD, probably due to the ease with which it can be thrown on a beautiful flexing flight path) I'm still not having issues with overthrowing holes in the 285-300ish range that I basically always would throw a Gazelle on. I don't know that the MVP drivers are necessarily better for me at that distance range but they aren't worse and unless I decide I have to go back to a separate driver class for longer distances then that's all that matters.
Talking to Discspeed a few weeks ago I learned that they haven't run more stable Volts yet (or at least hadn't at that time) so the one I have is one of the non-stabilized ones. The disc that will actually fit what I'm looking for is one of the stable Amps so if I can get one of those I'll be set, though I think it's possible that if I have that I may end up preferring to let the less stable Volt go and instead using a stabilized one when they become available. We'll see.