Time to go to the first driver class of GYRO. We are talking about fairway drivers for MVP, and Axiom. As you should expect given the first 2 articles in this series, there is an outstanding selection of discs in this flight category.
We’ll start with the Axiom line-up as there are fewer fairway drivers in their line-up.
Axiom Fairway Drivers
The Axiom Clash is rated 6.5/4/-1./2. The Clash is described as a straight to overstable fairway driver. I found the Clash to be a very reliable and accurate throwing disc in this speed class. I found the Clash to have lower than average glide, good high speed stability, and a manageable fade. The Clash is dependable into a headwind, can be thrown with a good amount of power, and I feel the turn rating could easily be a 0. The Clash is very easy to use accurately, and a large factor in that is the combo of lower glide, good high speed stability, and a pronounced but manageable fade. If you are looking for a smaller rim control driver, the Clash is for you.
The Axiom Crave is rated 6.5/5/-1/1. The Crave is described as a straight to stable fairway driver. I found the Crave to be a very straight flyer out of the box, and after a little time to break it in to become relatively understable. For lower speed arms, the Crave will be a manageable straight flyer, and for throwers with above average arm speed, the Crave will behave as relatively understable. I use the Crave for hyzer flips, and thrown flat for me will end right with a very manageable long gentle turn. A number of the players that play for Team MVP use the Crave. The Crave is a versatile disc that be used by any power level thrower to fill multiple slots in the bag.
The Axiom Inspire is rated 6.5/5/-1.5/1. The Inspire is described as an understable fairway driver. The Inspire behaves more understable than the flight numbers indicate relative to the Crave. For high power throwers, the Inspire would be a manageable utility disc, and for beginners and lower power throwers the Inspire will be good for hyzer flips and tailwind shots.
Now onto the wide selection of fairway drivers from MVP.
MVP Fairway Drivers
The MVP Relay is rated 6/5/-2/1. The Relay is described as a stable to understable fairway driver. For me, the Relay is a reliable understable slower speed fairway driver. For those who do not have a ton of experience with GYRO technology, the Relay flies like a straighter Innova Leopard. The Relay is a very manageable understable disc, and throwers of all abilities will find the flight to be controllable and accurate.
The MVP Signal is rated 6/5/-3/1. The Signal is described as an understable fairway driver. I find the description of the Signal to be spot on. For me the Signal is a utility driver and primarily functions as a roller. For low power throwers, the Signal will be a workable hyzer flip disc, and when thrown flat will behave understable. I have found the Signal to be a wonderful utility disc here in Minnesota in the winter. When my footing and grip are compromised, I can always get enough power to find easy distance with the Signal.
The MVP Resistor is rated 6.5/4/0/3.5. The Resistor is described as an overstable fairway driver. Without question the Resistor is my go to disc in my bag. I have turned most of my friends on to throwing a Resistor, and I can honestly say everyone could benefit with one in their bag. The Resistor I describe as a baby Innova Firebird. I use the Resistor for controlled backhands, forehands, and they have a surprisingly excellent distance potential as a thumber disc for me. A large reason the Resistor is one of my favorite discs is the raw distance control I achieve with it. It seems no matter how hard I throw the Resistor it ends up landing around 325’ with full power. Being able to work with that max distance makes planning shorter shots much easier than with discs with higher glide. Given the relative and workable overstability of the Resistor, I have found it to be my short range disc in the wind for all throws. If you haven’t worked with the Resistor yet, go get one and save yourself a few strokes on the course!
The MVP Servo is rated 6.5/5/-1./2. The Servo is described as a straight stable fairway driver. I love throwing the Servo. I personally use the Plasma Servo as a hyzer flip to straight thrower, but as it is understable, I also use the Plasma Servo on flat releases as my understable slow fairway. In Neutron plastic, the Servo is a really nice straight thrower for most power levels, and I find the rim size very comfortable for my hand. If you are looking for a forgiving slower fairway driver the Servo can easily fit in your bag!
The MVP Switch is rated 6.5/5/-1.5/1. The Switch is described as a slightly understable fairway driver that serves as a neutral compliment to the Servo. That is an interesting description, and though I personally don’t bag a Switch, I have really liked their flight. When I first tried the Switch, I expected it to behave more understable than it did. Honestly, the Neutron Switch reminded me of my worked in Plasma Servo. If you are a low to medium power thrower, or are looking for a forgiving disc when thrown on a hyzer or flat, the Switch is an outstanding choice! I would highly recommend the Switch to new players and those that tend to throw drives 350’ and less.
The MVP Shock is rated 8/5/0/2.5. The Shock is described as an overstable fairway driver. I absolutely love the Shock, however I would not describe the flight as overstable. Perhaps the description based on my experience could read: “the Shock is a straight to slightly overstable fairway driver.” For me the Shock in Neutron plastic is very similar to an Innova Teebird3. Though the Shock was not as stable as I had hoped, it is one of my favorite discs, because it is so straight and always has a manageable fade. The most stable Shock I have thrown has been the Plasma Shock. The Plasma Shock is noticeably more stable than the Neutron Shock in my experience. And, spoiler alert, there is a disc that flies perfectly in the faster overstable disc slot for MVP/Axiom. It’s technically a driver, but the lower glide makes it a very accurate disc. In the next post, I’ll talk about the Axiom Wrath. If you were an Innova thrower in a previous life and are seeing the excellent selection of GYRO discs on the market, you will find the Shock to be everything you wanted!
The MVP Volt is rated 8/5/-.5/2. The Volt is described as a slightly overstable fairway driver. In the right run and plastic, that description is very accurate. I have thrown many Volts and can say run to run and given the plastic, your experience with a Volt can vary greatly. That being said, I have found the Volt to be a very neutral flyer. I like throwing the Volt for hyzer flip shots and with a tailwind, however in most situations, I found the MVP Shock to fit my arm speed a game better. For the average player, the Volt will be a useful disc in the bag at all times, and I encourage everyone to give the Volt a try, you won’t be disappointed!
The MVP Amp is rated 8/5/-1.5/1. The Amp is described as a stable neutral fairway driver. I found the Amp to be more stable than originally I anticipated. In my experience, the Amp was more stable than the Volt, but less stable than the Shock. In all fairness, I have yet to thrown an Amp to the point where it is even slightly broken in, so that could be part of it. My guess is within 5-10 rounds of play that the Amp, it would be a reliable dead straight flyer. I will say once I got beyond the surprising stability, I found the Amp to be the kind of fairway driver I love to throw. So that being said if you like the idea of a longer flying slightly turn resistant fairway driver, the answer is the Amp.
Thank you for reading, I hope you found some discs to try, and if you have questions or comments, please reach out. I love to correspond and talk with fellow disc golfers.
See you on the course!