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The Innova Shryke is a high speed, high glide, understable distance driver. It is one of Innova’s most popular understable distance drivers since it’s easy to throw with a mild finish.

We say “easy to throw” if you have an arm powerful enough for it. So if you’re able to throw around 400 feet, this will be a piece of cake.

If you’re still struggling to power up to 400 feet, consider using a different disc for the time being.

There are several versions of this popular disc, and it’s important to take the time to consider which may be the most appropriate option for you.

So when it comes to the Champion Shryke vs Star Shryke, how do they compare to one another?

Who should throw the Shryke?

The Shryke can technically work for any and all skill levels. Technically. Here are the caveats:

If you’re a true-blue beginner, as in this is your first week (or month) of playing disc golf and you’re only just learning about all the terms and techniques, we recommend you avoid this disc altogether.

The reason is because if you do not have either a big enough arm or the right technique to throw the disc, it won’t fly well for you and you may get frustrated or doubt your ability to improve.

We certainly don’t want that to happen!

If you consider yourself a beginner but have been practicing and playing for awhile, and you have decent driving technique, the Shryke could be a decent disc for you.

It has high glide is stable-understable so its turn is still manageable for someone with a smaller arm/lesser power.

In this instance, even if you don’t have the power, the right technique could help you drive this disc the way it needs to fly for successful distance.

If you’re intermediate-to-advanced and have both the power and technique, you’ll love this disc as a slightly understable driver.

Star plastic vs. Champion plastic

All major disc golf manufacturers have a multitude of plastic lines for their discs.

Innova has 13: Star, Champion, DX, Starlite, Echo, GStar, Metal Flake, Champion Blizzard, XT, Driver Pro, KC Pro, R-Pro, and JK Pro.

Innova published the following description of their Star plastic line:

“Our Star line is created with a special blend of grippy, resilient polymers. Star plastic offers the same outstanding durability of our regular Champion plastic, plus improved grip like our Pro plastic. Star discs have the same flight characteristics as Champion discs, but are slightly less firm. High performance, longevity, and superior grip make Innova Star line discs a great choice for your game. Many Star line discs are available for custom hot stamping.”

They describe their Champion plastic line as:

“Our Champion line is produced with a hi-tech plastic that provides outstanding performance and durability. Champion discs are distinguished by a beautiful clear appearance. Designed for professional players, Champion line discs are usually a little firmer and more stable than the same model in other plastics. Whether used in heavily wooded situations, or on extremely rugged courses, our Champion line plastic will continue to perform predictably and avoid damage better than any other plastic. Most Champion line discs are available for custom hot stamping.”

So both are high-quality, highly durable plastic lines, but the Champion plastic is firmer and less flexible.

A lot of players find that both the Star and Champion plastic makes the Shryke behave more stable than its ratings lead you to believe.

Differences between the two plastics

The Champion Shryke exhibits slightly more overstability than the Star Shryke because of the differences in the plastics.

The Champion version has slightly more dome to it than the Star plastic, so it glides somewhat better. Again, the differences between the discs are subtle, but still noticeable for well-trained and practiced players.

The most major difference between the two plastic lines is the weight ranges.

The Champion plastic offers limited weight range: 165 to 169 grams, 170 to 172 grams, and 173 to 175 grams.

The Star plastic offers more variety: 140 to 150 grams, 151 to 159 grams, 160 to 164 grams, 165 to 169 grams, 170 to 172 grams, and 173 to 175 grams.

How to choose the right weight

Optimal weight category depends on a lot of varying factors, including the weather conditions and your skill level.

Heavier discs tend to be more difficult to throw (because they require more power to throw farther).

However, they also tend to be more resistant to potential weather issues like rain.

Heavier discs also have a tendency to make your disc perform more overstable than they might in a lighter weight category.

However, one of the benefits of lighter weights is that they are not only easier to throw, but they can also travel a farther distance with less power.

The downside of a lighter disc is that they can also be derailed from their path by the weather easier than a heavier version of the same disc.

So how do you choose? Personal preference will help guide your decision.

Heavier discs require more power but can be more accurate and predictable.

Lighter discs require less power but can be less accurate and predictable.

Our recommendation is to play with different weight ranges since the only way you’ll know which you prefer for sure is by testing them out on the fairway.

When to throw the Shryke?

The Shryke is the perfect disc to throw when you have to cover distances of over 350 feet. Examples of when to use the Shryke include:

In the presence of tailwinds. Since disc golf is such a physics-based sport, wind can have a huge effect on the performance of a disc.

The three different types of discs to be concerned with are: headwinds, tailwinds, and crosswinds.

Tailwinds are discs that blow against you from behind (against your “tail,” if you had a tail) and they affect disc golf discs by making them fly more overstable than their manufactured purpose.

The Shryke, being an understable disc, is best used in this type of wind because its understability will help counteract the overstable effect of the tailwind.

Headwinds are winds that blow against you from the front (against your face).

These winds make your disc perform more understable than they would in the presence of no wind.

If you were to use a Shryke during a headwind, your disc would turn out of control and could mess up your game due to the Shryke’s stability (turn) rating.

The final type of wind is a crosswind, or a wind that blows from either right to left or left to right.

These winds are trickier to define, but you could probably comfortably use a Shryke in a crosswind blowing from right to left.

A crosswind blowing left to right would likely make your disc blow further right than you want it to.

Finally, the Shryke is a great choice when there’s no wind present as well.

The Shryke has high glide (its rating is 6!) meaning it can soar high for that initial part of the flight.

Another great use for the Shryke is on forehand (or sidearm) shots. This disc should only be used by developed players with big arms, but if you fall into that category you could really enjoy the Shryke’s performance on sidearm.

The Shryke can work suitably well for S shots.

S shots are where you throw your understable disc at a hyzer angle, it stars out travelling leftward, then swerves back to the right side of the fairway, then fades left at the end, forming an “S” shape.

S shots, when thrown correctly, are a great tool for weaving around obstacles.

When to avoid throwing a Shryke

Avoid a Shryke in circumstances where your shot requires pin-pointed accuracy and precision.

An example of a situation like this includes a tunnel shot.

Tunnel shots are shots where the fairway is surrounded on either side by obstacles such as trees.

These shots require predictable, reliable, moderate-speed discs because your disc could easily become lost in the woods.

Another example of when to avoid the Shryke includes hyzer shots. Hyzers are where your disc flies mostly leftward of the fairway.

Overstable discs are best for this type of shot since they’re the most resistant to turning over.

Since the Shryke has a -2 turn rating, it doesn’t have enough overstability to resist turnover, and therefore will not be able to perform hyzers.

Champion Shyrke vs. Star Shyrke: Which is right for you?

We’ve noted that the differences between Champion and Star plastic with the Shryke disc are subtle at best.

Both plastics make the disc fly slightly more stable than they’re “supposed” to.

Both plastic lines are some of Innova’s most durable and inflexible plastics.

The Star, if anything, has slightly more flexible and comfortable grip than the Champion plastic.

The major difference between the two plastics is the varying weight categories.

Champion plastics are more limited to the heavier end of the weight spectrum, while the Star plastic carries similar durability to the Champion but at more weight variety.

Ultimately, your choice between the two will largely depend on personal preference and what you’re used to and comfortable with.

View the Innova I-Dye Champion Shryke Disc Golf Distance Driver at Amazon to learn more about how this product may work for your game.

View the Innova Star Shryke Distance Driver Golf Disc at Amazon for more information on how you could use this product for your game.

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