Anyone that reads my reviews of CDs or boardgames will already know I am proudly supportive of Canadian efforts.
It's no different in terms of golf discs too.
So when I got my hands on a pair of discs from Snap Disc Sports, one of two Canadian manufacturers I know of, I was excited. I mean I'd rather throw Canadian-made discs provided they offer the performance too.
Both the Helios and Mashie are beautiful discs in their simple graphics. There are no scantily clad women, or evil skeletons here. Both these discs arrived in solid colours, with a small, tasteful Snap logo and nothing else on the discs. The design evokes an image of classy.
But as stated before here, looks don't mean birdies on the golf course. Ultimately though, only disc performance counts.
In the case of the Helios and Mashie, both have what is best described as a baby-moon hubcap design.
They have the soft curvature of a flying saucer.
So I will premise the rest of this review with an admittance I have not got along particularly well with the above design. I seem to throw the lower, flat-topped disc better.
And the Snap discs have not changed that blanket statement on discs in general.
I am a backhand tosser.
My forehand is about as erratic as a hummingbird in a flower garden. I am never quite sure if my forehand will turn into a snake killer, or will fly so high it gets caught in the jet stream.
So backhand I have not had particularly consistent results with either the Helios or Mashie.
Forehand, the distance comes, when I get the mechanics right, which I only do on occasion, which is a thrower issue, not a disc one.
If I could throw a forehand with a modicum of consistency I am sure the Helios and Mashie would be used far more, because the long curving flight pattern you want does manifest itself when I get it right.
Back-handed the results, at least for me, aren't there, at least yet. The fade is extreme, and the flight pattern usually less than other drivers in my bag.
So what's the bottom line?
Forehand throwers should line up for these discs.
If you rely on the backhand, maybe borrow the discs and give them a throw before buying.
Check the out these discs in more detail at www.snapdiscsports.com
NEXT WEEK: A look at a driver from fledging manufacturer SkyQuest.
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