If you love Canada, or animal themed disc stamps, you’re going to want to try Daredevil Discs. If you need overstable discs, you probably won’t want to throw a Daredevil only bag.
Daredevil golf discs are manufactured in Ontario Canada. While there are technically 12 different PDGA approved discs, the difference in the molds is so slight, it’s more like 4 different molds that come in different plastic blends. The discs all technically have different stabilities, but I think this has more to do with the weights and different plastic types than it does to mold changes.
Notice the profiles of the three different distance drivers, and the three different fairway drivers.
Daredevil discs are available in four unique plastic blends:
- High Performance Plastic: This blend is similar to a more flexible version of Innova Champion or Discraft Z. The Sasquatch, Timberwolf, Wolverine, and Bear are all available in High Performance.
- Flex Performance Plastic: Comparable with a more flexible version of Innova Star or Discraft FLX. The Yeti Distance Driver and Moose Midrange and Beaver Putter available in this plastic blend.
- Grip Performance: Feels a lot like Innova DX or Discraft Pro D, but seems to be a little bit more durable. The Big Foot, Swift Fox, Caribou, and Polar Bear are available in Daredevils Grip Performance plastic. In my opinion, the price of this plastic is way too expensive for what is essentially a base plastic.
- Grip Flex Performance: This plastic is ultra soft, grippy, and flexible and is only used in the Woodchuck putter. This is one of the softest plastic blends on the market. I’d say that only DGA supreme plastic and Vibram soft is softer.
After throwing only Daredevil through several rounds, I liked the fairway drivers and tolerated the mids, but didn’t care much for the distance drivers and putters.
All three of the Daredevil distance drivers have ultra wide 2.5cm rims (that’s as wide as the PDGA allows for normal sized discs). These wide rims are pretty unique with a sort of a groove in the top.
This gives them sort of a ‘sharp release’ point, and make them very uncomfortable for my forehand throw. All three discs are understable, and the Sasquatch supposedly has a -5 Turn rating. Being that I rarely throw farther than 350 feet, I didn’t find the Sasquatch to be nearly that understable. It certainly isn’t as understable as the Vibram unLace.
While Daredevil gives a speed rating of two of their fairway drivers a 9, by its rim size I’d say they’re more like a like a 7.
The Swift Fox which is supposedly the most understable of the bunch seems to be the most understable because it weighs just 152g, and is available in the least durable grip plastic which nicks and beats in very easily easily. The mold itself used for the Swift Fox is not overly understable.
Once again, other than the plastic types, there isn’t much difference at all with the Daredevil midranges. While the Moose is supposed be the most stable of the bunch, it turned substantially on me and did not fare well in the wind.
These are decent stable/understable mids, but if you’re like me and like the consistency of overstability, Daredevil does not yet have a solution for you.
Putt and Approach Discs
Like the other disc models, the main difference in the putt and approach discs is in the plastics used. All three of these putters have the same shape and tiny bead at the bottom of the rim.
I liked the ultra soft Woodchuck for approach throws, but once it was actually time for putting, struggled to hit the mark. All of the putter plastics are very soft, which doesn’t exactly work well with my push putt style.
While not as soft as the fold in half Woodchuck, the Polar bear was also very soft. It’s light its 152g weight surely plays a factor in the soft flexibility of this one. While the Beaver is available in the Flex performance plastic, and not nearly as grippy, this is still a soft and flexible disc.
As of right now, your only options for different weights or colors is by selecting different disc models. Each disc model comes in only one plastic type, one color, and one weight. While this does make it easier for for people like me who are decision ally challenged, it doesn’t give the picky disc golfer exactly what they want.
Overall, Daredevil discs are pretty nice, and will work as well for beginners as any other golf disc on the market. An experienced disc golfer won’t be satisfied with a Daredevil only line, and because the different models are so similar there really isn’t much point to own every Daredevil disc, unless you absolutely love and want to support Canada and everything it creates.