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I just acquired a 168 gram, lemon yellow, prototype, 2010 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships, Lemon Lake, promotional Innova "Star" Katana from "The Disc Depot" in Portland, OR. I already have a 175 Champion and a 168 Pro Katana 2010 Japan Open promotional disc. Does anyone know when these are suppose to be released to the public. I think the Katana is going to replace all of my turnover disc. They are fast and very under stable.
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The Pro Katana is scheduled to be released January 18. Star Katana has already been released as a fund raiser for Pro Worlds.
Just got a Star 172g and threw it a bunch of times already. It isn't very under stable. Kinda goes like a Wraith for me. It rolls like crazy though so it may be in the bag for that! Is Champ more under stable?
I had one good shot w/ it today, out of 2. Thompson Park East Liverpool, OH hole #17. About 100 ft short center fairway, up over the hillside. Hole is maybe 550'. Same hole I lost my disc on last round of my trip last year.
I would say so. The weight also plays a part. My 168g and 169g Champ Katana's are much more understable than my 172g Star Katana's. With my arm, they are more Beast like for me, but with a lot more distance. Another nice semi understable disc that just came out is the Halo, but the jury is still out on it. Since I've only threw it several times. The new Gold Line plastic is sweet, but I still like the Opto plastic better.
I have all three promotional discs, but i just wondering when they would be released because they are so limited. Thanks for the info.
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I agree the Katana are more like the "Beast", but a lot faster. The weight is definitely a factor, but I like the way they fly so far. We'll see after they are beat up. I still like my Star Boss and Destroyers for normal throws, but the Katana is replacing a lot of my turn-over discs!
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I talked to the owner of Final 9 and he said at this time they are will be out around Spring. The twist is that they are technically not an Innova disc. They are made by Innova for Hero Discs. He also wasn't sure what the primary plastic will be.
I was down in Portland for Christmas and I also picked up a Star Katana. I threw it a handful of times at the new gold course down at Hornings Hideout and the Canyon course. I liked it a lot, but it sure doesn't like wind. I figured that headwinds wouldn't be an option, but even a tailwind wreaked havoc on this thing. We don't get a lot of wind around here, so it certainly could have been operator error.

Apparently, Next Adventure in Portland has a "huge box full" of the Star Katanas in the basement. They were actually pretty amused when I told them what some are selling for online.
If you like the disc. I would suggest you get or try the Champ version (2nd run, it's cheaper and more "gummy"). However it is not as stable as the Star, but I like the feel and flight of the gummy champs they have. Mind you this will be my main tight fairway driver. It truly is designed for noodle arms like mine. So if you have a power arm. You might want to stick with the Star plastic.
Well, as I said, I have a noodle arm. The disc was suppose to be designed for us noodle arms. To paraphrase Innova. "It's intended for the player with good mechanics, but not much power" I have also mentioned when a little info came out about it. How it was made for beginners, but as I said then. How could a begginer generate a speed of 13? So anyway, getting back to the disc. It maybe a speed of 13, but the fade and turn are a -3. You put that on a slower disc and I would think a begginer would turn it over. Heck a Beast is a -2 for turn and fade. So you add the speed to it and you get a comparable disc with more distance. I don't think any one is arguing that it's an understable disc. It's just that the Star and the increace in weight make it more stable than the Champ plastic. Finally, I throw an average of approx 320' and 6 3/4" So for me I get a nice tight helix and that work fine for me. So I would think if you are throwing 385'. Chances are it will make a nice roller for you. Just the way the golf gods work.
I'd take a look at the Nuke if I were you. While I haven't had a ton of time with either, I think that the Nuke has a bigger sweet spot and flies a bit further.
For me, the Nuke is definitely not like the other high speed drivers. I definitely wouldn't call myself a power player, so I was pleasantly surprised when I started getting big s-curves out of it with a flat release and 80% power.

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