Monthly Archives: March 2014

Surprise: Gateway shipment coming!

This one has all come together rather quickly, but there will shortly be a truck load of Gateway arriving, featuring 19 portables and 200 discs.  The discs include all of the assorted varieties of putters that they currently make including Glow Wizards, Magic, Voodoo and Warlocks.

The shipment is scheduled to arrive just before the DCO, but as with all cross-border shipping dates they are approximate.

Assuming that it all does come together in time, you will be using the new portables during the DCO, and I think you’ll like them!

Gateway Titan Pro Portable

New Arrivals and Updates

So I’ve been having technical difficulties lately which have prevented me from being able to do website updates.  I expect to have those resolved this weekend.  Here a few updates on what’s been going on while we’ve been dark:

  • The Disc Cellar Open now has ~40 people registered, keep spreading the word
  • The Disc Cellar is on board as a sponsor for The Cheshire Cup at Fir Meadows in Comox Valley April 5th, presented by the Comox Valley Disc Golf Club (CVDG)
  • The Disc Cellar is on board as a sponsor for the Van City Chick Chuck, part of the PDGA Women’s Global Event (WGE), and we’ll be bringing in a sweet custom stamp to go in player’s packages and to sell to raise funds for the BC/Yukon Breast Cancer Foundation.  R-Pro Aviars are confirmed, additional disc models to be determined (feel free to make suggestions)
  • The shipment of Big Hyzer Bags has now cleared customs so should be arriving any day now
  • New and custom orders from MVP are scheduled to arrive on Monday
  • New and custom orders from Prodigy and Innova are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday
  • Negotiations with Gateway are underway for some brand new portables to be used around BC (they may be in use at the Disc Cellar Open), Titan Pro-24 – Portable, they look awesome.  If you want your own taking advantage of this bulk order it can be yours for C$350 (including all taxes and shipping charges, US$299 MSRP)
  • Shipment to the CVDG (Comox Valley) is scheduled to go out on Tuesday, if you’re in the area and want to save on shipping

New Discs arriving soon…

With The Disc Cellar Open coming up there’s a lot of orders which will be coming in shortly.  What that means for you, is that I should have the full line of Prodigy available, the latest offerings from MVP (Neutron Inertia, Neutron Switch, Neutron Servo, Eclipse Volt), Axiom (Alias, Envy and Crave) and the full line-up of GStar from Innova.  The stock orders are shipping with the custom orders, so everything will be arriving sometime in the next 3 weeks.

The Disc Cellar Open: Apr 12/13, B-Tier

Registration is now open for the inaugural Disc Cellar Open (DCO).  We will be posting information about it here, but it actually has its own website disccellaropen.com, which is where you’ll get all official information, do registration, etc…

I would like to take a moment to thank our major sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: us, we’re pretty awesome putting this all together for you.  Oh and we’re humble.

Champion Level Sponsor: Innova Champion Discs

Innova Logo

Major Sponsor: Prodigy Disc

Prodigy logo

 

 

To everything, there is a season (Tern, Tern, Tern)

(Or, Terning the tide)

by Dan Laitsch

Very seldom has a disc actually realized the hype surrounding it. Case in point, the fabled
Quarter K by DiscWing. The quarter K was going to revolutionize the sport by using technology to design a state-of-the-art disc that would add distance to everyone’s game. Why do they call it Quarter K? Because you’ll be able to throw it a quarter of a kilometer (or 820 feet). While nobody really thought we’d all be able to throw that far, we were all lining up to try it, which is what makes the Tern all the more interesting.

The Tern is a newer disc from Innova that has quietly slipped into the market place with almost no hype, yet is taking those in-the-know by storm. The Tern showed up on courses and in stores–billed as a high speed easy to turn disc, ideal for a long-range roller or as a straight flyer for lighter arms. According to Innova, the Tern has three ratings1, depending on the plastic:

Plastic Speed
(1-13)
Glide
(1-7)
Turn
(+1 to -5)
Fade
(0-5)
Champion 12 6 -2 2
Star 12 6 -4 2
[Champion] Metal Flake (unofficial) 12 6 -3 2

While it’s been billed as great as a long range roller, it’s real strength is as a distance driver– easily surpassing my Wraiths in reliable distance.

When I first ran into the Tern last spring, I was impressed by its speed (it went fast!), but I was dismayed by its extreme flip (it went fast, in the wrong direction!). The high Glide and Turn ratings meant that the disc indeed turned radically out of my hand–an almost useless distraction from my regular long range driver (Pro or Star Wraiths).

Before I gave up on the Tern however, I threw one on a steep hyzer edge (outside edge of the disc dropped down), and watched, stunned, as the disc quickly popped up and ran on a straight line until, some 400+ feet away, it slowed down and faded back to the right (I’m a lefty, remember, so this is a natural fade for me). A little more field work to fine tune my throw and the Tern has replaced the Wraith as my go-to max-range driver.

That said, while the Tern is a great disc, it’s one that you do need to take the time to get-to-know. It’s a fickle disc because of its flippiness, especially if you tend to throw your drives flat and with a lot of snap (or spin). To get the most out of it, you need to be comfortable throwing discs on a hyzer edge and letting them stand up and fly straight. I like to compare the Tern to a Roadrunner or Sidewinder on steroids. As a result, for the Tern to be most effective, you also need a clear left or right fairway–if you only have a straight shot, the Tern is going to move side to side too much to be effective. Finally, to get the best flight path out of the disc, it needs the high speed spin, which means you need to be throwing it hard (and consequently, far). When I throw the disc “softer,” it loses the long stand up and fly straight flight path, and then tends to hyzer out early.

LHBH flight from Tern on Hyzer edge

I’ve also been experimenting with the disc for long range anhyzer bombs (where the outside edge is flipped up so that the disc loops out on a long range flight curve that is the opposite of my normal throw). While it hasn’t replaced my Roadrunner for that throw yet, I can see its potential, particularly over long distances.

Bottom line:

The Tern is a great new distance disc–I’ve heard it described by many players as a game changer for the added distance it provides. Because of the extreme speed, glide, and turn ratings, with a reliable fade, the disc is also versatile. I’ve stepped up to long holes where both lefties and righties were throwing the Tern. While it is a wide-rim disc (as most high speed drivers are) it has less width than many–more like a Wraith than a Boss. If you haven’t tried it yet, its worth taking to a field and hucking–it could very well be the game changer you’ve been looking for!

 

1 Speed is a proxy for distance–the higher the speed, the better the disc will fly through the air and the farther it will go. Glide is the ability of the disc to sustain flight–the more glide the farther the disc will fly. Turn is the extent to which a disc will “flip” or bank away from the natural turn or hyzer (for righty backhands, the natural hyzer means turning left; for lefty back hands, the natural hyzer means turning right). Discs with strong high speed turn ratings will get a nice “s” curve to them and you’ll get extra distance. Finally Fade refers to the disc’s behavior at the end of its flight as the spin speed falls off. All discs will fall back to the natural curve at the end of their flight–discs with high Fade will fall off the most at the end of their flight.

More GStar: Mar 17

This announcement is well timed, because my restocking order from Innova hasn’t shipped yet.  So if anyone is interested in any of the new GStar releases I can bring them in.  Let me know.

  • GStar Aviar Driver (Big Bead) 165-175g (Speed 2, Glide 3,  Turn 0,  Fade 2)
  • GStar Boss 165-175 (13, 5, -1, 3)
  • GStar Roadrunner 170-175 (9, 5, -4, 1)
  • GStar Wraith 165-175 (11, 5, -1, 3)
  • GStar Roc3 170-180 (5, 4, 0, 3)

Also new at the moment:

  • Star Aero 178-80
  • Starlite Sidewinder 130-159 (9, 5, -3, 1)
  • DX Aviar (lowweight discs)

Prodiscus

Another customer, another special request.  I’m now reaching out to Prodiscus (based in Finland) to see if I am able to bring in their bags specifically (ProBag 20+, ProBag 30+), although presumably if I can bring in their bags I could bring in their discs (JOKERi, MIDARi, LASERi, LEGENDa, RESPECTi, Slaidi).

Sometimes these conversations take a while, so I’ll let you know when I know more.

In case it wasn’t obvious, if there’s something out there that you want, I’m happy to try to bring it in for you.

Tern Headquarters

By a large margin our best-selling disc since The Disc Cellar opened has been the Innova Tern.  As such, we’re taking things to the next step and we’ll be your destination for Terns for the summer season.  As part of our custom order for The Disc Cellar Open we’re bringing in lots of Terns, here’s a peak (actual arrivals may differ slightly from the order):

  • Star Tern: (173-75: 15, 170-2: 5, 165-9: 5)
  • Champion Tern: (173-5: 20, 170-2: 5, 165-9: 5)
  • Gummy Champion Tern: (173-5: 20, 170-2: 5, 165-9: 5)
  • Glow Champion Tern: (173-5: 25)
  • Champion Metal Flake Tern: (173-5: 15, 170-2: 5, 165-9: 5)
  • Echo Star Tern: (173-5: 15, 170-2: 5, 165-9: 5)
  • Star Lite Tern: (151-59: 10, 140-50: 8, 130-9: 7)
  • G-Star Tern (173-5: 20, 170-2: 5)

For good measure we’re getting a couple of other sexy discs too:

  • Glow KC Pro Aviar: (173-5: 20, 170-2: 5)
  • Glow KC Pro Roc [Rancho]: (178-80: 17, 173-5: 8)
  • R-Pro XD: (173-5: 20, 170-2: 5)
  • G-Star Destroyer: (173-5: 20, 170-2: 5)

Millennium approved

That was easy, I am now able to order Millennium Golf Discs (and bags).  Given that I’m currently fielding custom orders from Prodigy, Innova and MVP as well as doing some general restocking, it might be a little while before I place an order.  That said, minimum wholesale order is only 25 discs, so if there’s enough people looking for a disc or two I can place an order right away.

Pricing for Millennium should be:

  • Millennium Plastic (also HyzerBomb Base): $13.99 + tax = $15.67
  • Quantum Plastic: $16.99 + tax = $19.03
  • Sirius Plastic (also HyzerBomb Frontline): $18.99 + tax = $21.27
  • Flak bags would be based on TCO not MSRP, estimate of $250-275 depending on shipping and colour.