Some companies just seem to have a knack for producing discs for different areas of the game.
The Canadian-based Daredevil Discs certainly knows how to create top mid-range discs.
Both the Caribou and Grizzly, reviewed in 2011, are great discs. The Grizzly has that predictable late fade I love at Patrick Park Disc Golf Course in the city where you often have to hook around a tree to get close to the basket.
Well you can add the Moose to your bag as a go-to mid-range option, although it is a disc with a different role on the course.
But before we get to its role, I have to mention the look of this desk. Like all previous discs from Daredevil Discs, the Moose has an actual picture of the animal as its hot stamp. The Moose is one of the most unique looking animals in this country, and with the huge horns, this disc looks sharp.
But good looks won't get you a spot in most disc golf bags. There needs to be performance, and in that respect the Moose delivers.
Unlike Daredevil's earlier mid-ranges, the Moose is a straight flier.
The first time I tossed it, I was expecting a fade, and played the shot accordingly. In that respect it's sort of like leading a shot when hunting. You don't aim for the heart of the basket to get it to land there. Well the Moose flies away from my hand and just holds a straight line. I'm miles (figuratively) from the basket and shooting a four on a par three.
Yes I do know you can throw new discs on the practice tee to get a 'feel' for their flight patterns, but I tend to use the course as a better measure since shots are actual in-game ones.
So the Moose stays amazingly straight. Another night I am well from the basket on one with a tree close on the right. Using most middies would be a challenge since they head out to the right, then come back to the basket. This was a spot I grabbed the Moose for. It flies out straight and rattles the chains, although it does go past requiring a putt. That said, it was close to the longest birdie I think I have ever shot. I was frankly amazed at just how true to the line the Moose had held.
The straight flying aspect makes the Moose highly useful, but also a tad less forgiving than other mid-ranges. Most, because of the fade get you at least in general 'to-the-basket' even if your release point is off.
The Moose on the other hand is not a forgiving critter. I botched a drive on the short two-basket the other night. It was a good place for the Moose, out in the fairway enough for a nice straight approach, but my release was off. The disc had the range I wanted. It was however well left of the basket too.
The Moose is a 'keep-in-the-bag' disc for its specific flight characteristics, but just be sure you remember what you are throwing and give it that little extra attention when throwing. Do that and you will love the Moose for what it can do to enhance your game.
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