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Two of Innova’s most popular distance drivers are the Wraith and the Destroyer. These discs are quite similar at face value, so it’s difficult to discern what differences, if any, there are between them.
No worries on that front, since in this post we’re comparing the Innova Wraith vs. Destroyer to determine their individual differences, similarities, and explore which one is best for certain players and situations.
Innova Wraith vs. Destroyer: A closer look
Both the Innova Wraith and the Innova Destroyer are distance drivers. Their flight ratings are:
Innova Wraith: Speed 11, Glide 5, Turn -1, Fade 3.
The Wraith has the capacity to fly around 400 feet when thrown by a skilled player with a lot of power. In some instances, it can reach around or upwards of 450 feet depending on the power level of the thrower.
The Wraith has a rim width of 2.1 centimeters, which will allow for a firm and comfortable grip.
Innova Destroyer: Speed 13, Glide 5, Turn -1, Fade 3.
For a video review of the Innova Wraith, check out the video below.
The Destroyer has the capacity to fly closer to the 450 foot mark, again, depending on the power level of the thrower.
For a video review of the Innova Destroyer, see the video below.
The Destroyer has a rim width of 2.2 centimeters, which is one of the thickest rim widths allowed within disc golf.
The Professional Disc Golf Association hasn’t issued many universal standards for disc golf manufacturing (which is why it is impossible to compare flight ratings from one brand to another), but the one standard they do regulate is that the max rim width a disc is allowed to have is 2.5 centimeters.
Both the Innova Wraith and the Innova Destroyer are stable, high glide, moderate fade discs.
The speed level doesn’t appear to be much different, but it is! We’ll get to that later though.
The main difference between these discs is the speed rating. The Destroyer is an advanced and pro level disc, while the Wraith will be more friendly to intermediate players.
Otherwise, they will both react similarly in the same situation, so it’s more important in this situation to highlight the similarities.
Some weathered players find that, although the Destroyer is a higher-speed disc, they can achieve more distance with the Wraith thanks to its greater predictability and consistency.
The Wraith can help players lacking a big hand still advance a longer distance than if they tried to unsuccessfully manipulate the Destroyer.
So again, if you are more of an intermediate player lacking in power, the Wraith can be extremely helpful.
As we stated above, they have identical glide, turn, and fade ratings.
This means they both have the capacity to achieve and maintain a lot of loft during the initial portion of the flight and throughout, they will both perform best with flat throws, and they’ll both have a very gradual leftward fade at the end of their flight pattern when speed is the slowest.
When to use the Wraith and Destroyer
Let’s look at each situation in which both the Wraith and the Destroyer would be great choices:
- Sidearm shots. Both of these discs are optimal for throwing sidearm. The difference between these two throws largely depends on the individual player. Some players can achieve better accuracy but reduced speed with the sidearm, while the opposite is true for the backhand. Some players prefer one technique over another simply based off of personal preference and what they’re comfortable with. Remember that the goal of disc golf is to get your disc into the basket with the fewest possible throws, so whatever throwing technique advances you closer to that goal can’t be a bad thing! Do what works for you.
- Any presence of wind or lack thereof. Wind has an enormous effect on the disc you’re throwing. The two main types of wind are headwinds and tailwinds. Tailwinds are when the wind blows against you from behind, while headwinds are when the wind blows against you from the front. Tailwinds make discs perform more overstable than they’re meant to, while headwinds make discs perform more understable than they’re meant to. Typically, overstable discs are best for headwinds to help balance out the wind effects, while the same is true for understable discs in the presence of tailwind. Stable discs like the Wraith and Destroyer, however, can be strategically used in any wind situation.
- Wide open long-distance shots. These discs are made to travel far without pin-pointed accuracy. If you need a more strategic and accurate shot (like when you have to work a tunnel shot or roller), these distance drivers are not the smartest choice.
When to avoid using these discs
We mentioned previously that you’ll want to avoid using both of these discs during shots that require a lot of accuracy and precision.
This is because high-speed discs are naturally more unpredictable than low-to-moderate-speed discs.
You’ll also want to consider avoiding the use of these discs during shots that require either overstable discs or understable discs.
Examples of these throws include:
- Hyzer shots – where the disc is released at a hyzer angle (when the nose of the disc is pointed down and away from you). These shots typically perform best with an overstable disc.
- Hyzer flip shots – where you release an understable disc at a hyzer angle. This disc will fly a little straighter than an S shot when thrown properly.
- Anyhzer Shots – where the disc is released at an anhyzer angle (when the nose of the disc is pointed up and towards you. These shots typically perform best with an understable disc.
- S Shots – where you throw an understable disc to the left of the fairway. Because of the turn of understable discs, the disc will swerve back to the right of the fairway, forming an S-like flight pattern, before fading back left at the end of flight.
- Roller Shots – where you throw an understable fairway driver or mid-range disc at an angle such that it flies part of the way but rolls the reminder of its path down the fairway. In order to achieve the right angle for roller shots, your disc has to have enough of an element of turn, which stable discs do not have.
- Spike Hyzer Shots – these shots require more stability than what the Wraith or Destroyer have to offer. A Spike Hyzer is where you throw at a dramatic hyzer angle in order for the disc to land vertically.
A word on plastics
Every major disc golf manufacturer has multiple plastic lines they manufacture their discs with–and Innova is no exception.
All in all, Innova has 13 different plastic lines, which can be overwhelming!
Luckily, they offer a helpful guide on how to choose the right plastic depending on your needs, which you can find here.
A lot of players find that a Champion plastic Destroyer performs more overstable than stable, with short distances and mid-level glide.
The fan favorite amongst Destroyer aficionados seems to be the Star plastic.
A lot of players also prefer Star Wraiths in heavier weight ranges. Keep in mind, however, that weight ranges and plastic materials are highly personal preferences, so there’s no one right or wrong choice.
Weight can impact the flight of the disc by allowing the disc to be more resistant to wind and therefore travel further.
Sometimes, however, heavier weights are more difficult for newer players to throw. It takes more power to throw something heavy than it does something light.
If you’re comparing the Wraith to the Destroyer, however, you should be a more advanced players and therefore have a good idea of your weight preferences.
Which is right for you?
There’s no right or wrong answer here. Neither the Wraith nor the Destroyer is better than the other, objectively.
Subjectively, however, you may prefer one over the other.
- Both are distance drivers capable of achieving max speeds when thrown properly
- Both can be used on either backhand or sidearm shots
- Both are stable, although the plastic blend can affect their stability
- Both are high glide with moderate fade
- Both discs offer a straighter, more predictable flight, although the Wraith is largely considered more consistent than the Destroyer
- Both can be used in any wind situation
- Neither disc is beginner-friendly
The best way we can offer some guidance is by noting your skill level.
If you’re an advanced-level player, feel free to pick up either one of these discs and take it for a spin.
If you’re more of an intermediate-level, you’ll likely find that the Wraith will allow you to achieve more distance with less power.
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