Discraft ESP Raptor Disc Golf Distance Driver

Discraft ESP Raptor Disc Golf Distance Driver

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  • Speedi 9

    The first number is the speed of the disc. It can range from 1-14. Putters are rated 1-3 and are designed to function at low speeds any player can use. Mid range discs are 4-5 and require more speed when thrown to achieve their desired results. A fairway driver will be speed 6-8, these discs fly mostly straight. Discs that are speed 9 and above are classified as distance drivers. Throwing a distance driver takes a significant amount of power to get up to speed, players are rewarded with additional distance if they learn to control these discs. New players are cautioned that speed does not equal distance. Due to the difficulty of controlling higher speed discs, a beginner could find that a light weight disc with a speed of 6 or 7 could fly farther for them than a max distance driver with a speed of 13. In fact most new players should learn by throwing putters only so they can develop the proper form. After a few weeks they'll begin to get reliable results and are ready ×

  • glidei 4

    This second rating is numbered 1 – 6. Glide describes a disc’s ability to remain in flight. Discs with higher glide ratings will fly further than discs rated lower in this category. A high glide rating is good when the goal is distance, but can have the wrong effect for putts and approach shots. Sometimes overshooting the basket can be worse than not making it far enough. Low glide ratings such as 1 or 2 are popular with upshot putters because they don't fly for distance but for a little extra control. Glide is different for different kinds of discs as well. A putter with a glide of 4 will stay airborne much longer than distance drivers with a glide of 4 ×

  • Turni 0

    Third in Innova’s flight rating system is turn. Turn is rated from 1 to -5?, with -5 being the most understable. The lower the numer, the more striking turn will result. A newer, slower-throwing disc golfer using an understable disc with a ‘high’ negative turn rating will enjoy great distance, as the disc isn’t going to fade as quickly. Also, players whose farthest throw is 200 feet or less probably won’t notice any turn in the flightpath. Once a player gets more speed and power, they will see their understable discs start turning to the right at the beginning of the flight before fading to the left at the end. Discs rated -4 or -5 are popularly used for rollover or roller throws by experienced players. Some discs have 0 turn which means that they'll start to fade when they run out of speed during the flight and at no point will they turn. It's important to carry at least one disc with a high turn rating in your bag for rounds. ×

  • Fadei 3

    This last rating category ranges from 0 to 5; with a disc rated 0 being the straightest finishing, while a disc rated 5 fading the most during the last portion of the flight. Even discs rated lowest in turn will still ‘fade’ as the disc slows at the end of the flight. A disc with a higher fade rating is useful for a hole with a dogleg. Straight finishing discs are great for control, discs with little fade are normal. If you're a Right-hand backhand thrower you'll find that almost every disc wants to fade to the left at the end of your flight. Discs with a 4 or 5 fade rating are excellent in heavy winds. They sacrifice a little of the distance but make sure that the disc won't do anything unexpected. Discs with a low fade are more susceptible to being affected by the wind. ×

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The illustrated disc flight line is based on the manufacturer field testing results, during its development process. So, to level the playing field we chose to put a different spin on things for such visual illustrations. Sticking to the manufacturer's test results will offer you a good baseline for how that particular disc will fly.

Product Description

The Discraft ESP Raptor is a disc golf driver that offers a unique combination of speed, stability, and comfort. Engineered for a speed rating of 9, the Raptor is positioned between a fairway driver and a maximum distance driver, providing you with a versatile option that is effective for a wide range of shots and distances.

Flight Characteristics
The Raptor is designed for an overstable flight path. However, it's not excessively overstable, offering a balanced spectrum of performance that makes it suitable for various throwing styles and wind conditions. This overstable nature provides a predictable fade at the end of the flight, making it ideal for forehand (sidearm) as well as backhand throws.

Material and Feel
Constructed from Discraft's high-quality ESP plastic, the Raptor offers durability that withstands the natural wear and tear from regular use on the disc golf course. The flat top design contributes to its aerodynamic efficiency and comfortable grip, ensuring that the disc feels natural in hand for both forehand and backhand throws.

Weather Resistance
One of the standout features of the Raptor is its capacity to maintain consistent flight characteristics in various weather conditions, including wind. The aerodynamic profile helps the disc to cut through the air efficiently, making it a reliable choice in adverse weather.

Comparison to Predator
The Raptor closely aligns with the Discraft Predator in terms of flight numbers, the primary difference being a slightly lower fade rating on the Raptor. This makes the Raptor a touch less aggressive in its finishing movement compared to the Predator.

Professional Endorsement
The Raptor was developed in collaboration with Team Discraft captain, Paul Ulibarri. Many top-level Discraft professionals have adopted it as their preferred overstable fairway driver, testifying to its effectiveness and reliability.

Manufacturer’s Notes
Discraft describes the Raptor as a disc that instills confidence, particularly for shots under 300 feet. It's optimized for wind resistance, flex shots, and sidearm throws, making it a versatile tool that could become a staple in your disc golf bag.

In summary, if you're looking for a dependable, overstable driver that offers a comfortable grip and is effective for both forehand and backhand throws, the Discraft Raptor should be at the top of your list.

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  • Comfortable Grip.
  • Good durability.
  • Stamped with cool swirls of color.

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