ELEMENT DISCS is one of the newer boutique or “craft disc” makers in the market. They kicked off their brand with a pair of really nice putters in the Iridium and the Plutonium. The discs are manufactured at the Gateway plant, so the plastics are in the same vein as Gateway’s usual quality and feel.
Now Element Discs has unleashed a line of mid-range discs ranging from understable to overstable. Let’s take a quick look at the three main mid-range discs that are now available.
LITHIUM – One of the first things that a player will notice as they pick up the Lithium, as well as the Radium, is that there are no sharp edges on the inside rim. The inside rim is very smooth where the rim meets the bottom of the flight plate. It is also very smooth on the edge of the rim where it slides off the fingers upon release. This makes the grip very comfortable, and the somewhat shallow rim also works well for smaller hands. The Lithium can fly as straight as an arrow when thrown flat and low, landing right on target within that 100-200 foot range. When thrown harder, it pulls to the understable side. When thrown higher, it has a gentle fade. All in all, the Lithium flies exactly as you’d hope with a mid-range aimed at pinpoint accuracy. The player is in complete control of that flight. Nothing about the disc’s characteristics get in the way. It would be comparable to a Buzzz or perhaps a Buzzz SS and is highly recommended for newer players. Even younger players shouldn’t have much trouble with the Lithium.
RADIUM – Just like the Lithium, the Radium’s inner rim is very smooth. There is a very slight bead on the rim. It is slightly more overstable than the Lithium, so it fades more quickly to the natural fade side, though it is by no means a “beefy” disc. It can be thrown with finesse and great accuracy. The speed rating on the Radium is higher than the Lithium, making it almost a fairyway driver hybrid. It can be thrown with more power without turning into an instant roller, and it can fly a respectable distance. It would also work wonderfully for newer players, but also offers itself as a workhorse mid-range / fairway driver for more experienced players, since it is stable enough to throw with more power. The one downside when throwing it with more power is that the smooth inner rim can cause the disc to slip off the fingers earlier than intended. That smooth comfort can come with a price if you have larger hands.
URANIUM – The Uranium is the beefy, overstable entry into Element’s line of mid-range discs, and it certainly doesn’t take that role lightly. Though rated with a Turn: 0 / Fade 2, this disc certainly flew as if it was even more overstable than advertised. A backhand thrower will have to know that this disc will begin its turn earlier than expected. But forehand throwers will likely find this a very fun disc to throw. The inside rim is not at all like the Lithium and Radium. It is steep, flat, and sharp on the inside, making it more friendly to the finger placement for a forehand thrower, and the disc flies straighter for longer distance when flicked. The Uranium has a very similar feel to the very popular Harp by Westside, but as a mid-range, is built for more distance than the Harp. Still, players who use a Harp would probably find themselves very much at home with a Uranium.
Once again, concerning the plastic blends offered by Element Discs, they are from the Gateway factory, so the Terra plastics are the Soft blends from Gateway, and though they feel really nice and have great grip, they can be softer and are more easily dinged when they hit hard objects. The Hydra plastic is equivalent to Gateway’s Evolution plastic, and is the more premium, durable blend, though a little more slick with less grip.
Element Discs is steadily building a fun arsenal of discs, and we look forward to seeing what they come up with in the fairway and distance driver range. So far, so good.