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By far, the best approach disc I've thrown in the 150' range. A bit overstable when new, after the tweaking period, you can release at anhyzer and it will hold the line. The glide is perfect! Not the best for putting at close range or in high wind, any approach from 100'-200' with turnover will make you smile. Skipping is out of the question! Due to the thick lip, it has a tendency to overshoot in windy putting conditions. I carry one in my bag at all times.
Submitted by Mark Ellis email@example.com - Pro Master, former PDGA Competition Director, 2003 PDGA Senior Player of the Year
The Rattler is one of my favorite discs. I carry 2 of them at all times, a beat up one and a fresh one. Rattlers do two things better than any disc in the world: they are the best disc for a short range controlled run from anywhere beyond your comfort putting zone (about 40' for me) up to 150' out and they are also the best disc for playing catch.
The Rattler is only made in DX plastic. It comes from the same DX plastic batches that create hard magnets, so like hard magnets they vary a bit from batch to batch. The most beloved runs of Rattlers have a slightly concave flight plate, including the superb first run, circa 1994. Rattlers take forever to beat in. They have no bead so even playing catch in the parking lot does little to them. Rattlers are in current production and are one of the easiest discs for a beginner to learn because they are similar to a freestyle or ultimate disc in flight characteristics.
The Rattler is not a beveled edge disc; rather it has a blunt edge, similar to an Innova Birdie (minus the thumbtrack) or a Super Puppy. It flies dead nuts flat and straight and has almost no glide. When it loses steam it hovers then drops straight down. It is a disc meant for touch shots. Do not try to throw it hard-ever-or in strong head or side winds; it is not designed for those conditions. Also, do not throw it for shots which need to curve a lot (hyzer or anhyzer); it is for straight shots or gentle curves.
Given all these limitations, why is it in the bag? Because within 100 feet, nothing else floats gently and perfectly straight like a Rattler. If it doesn't touch metal it drops immediately and stops. It doesn't skip or roll, it just stops. How many times during a round would you love to run an upshot knowing it won't blast long if you miss? You can aim at the top nubs of the basket and run it. A traditional putter is much more overstable and glides farther. If you miss the basket it glides past on a hyzer, making it much more likely to skip (or skip, hit something on the ground, turn an edge and roll away). Some players use a beat up putter just because of this danger. Good idea but the disc still glides too much. The Rattler is the perfect touch disc.
To throw the controlled upshot, throw the disc perfectly flat except tilt the nose (the leading edge of the disc) slightly up. For golfers who are familiar with freestyle, throw a gentle airbounce. You don't need big z's (a lot of spin) just a soft nose-up throw. Sort of like playing catch with a young kid. You don't want to throw it hard as they are not likely to catch it and you don't want to hurt them. Speaking of playing catch…
Playing catch is a habit more golfers should adopt. Some of us are fanatical in using catch as a warm up before rounds, including top pros Ron Russell and David Greenwell. Stand 50 to 200 feet away from your partner and try to throw your disc so it gently floats in and hits him in the belt buckle. Your partner acts as a basket which returns your shots. If you try it consistently for a week your upshots will dramatically improve. You will learn to control backhands and forehands in different winds. You will learn hyzers, anhyzers and straight lines. By the way you need all these shots. Sometimes the only upshot available is a forehand anhyzer. The next time you find yourself leaning out of a bush, you will be a lot more confident if you have actually practiced this shot.
You can play catch with any disc, even a candy driver if you are immune to pain. So why a Rattler? It floats and hovers gently, which is the flight path you want for short range anyway. The blunt edge is easy on your poor fingers. For those of you who play during frigid winter months or with partners who throw too hard (or the double whammy -frigid plus fast), that tiny wind bounce at the last instant will hurt much less. Before adopting Rattlers, I played catch with Magnets, Aviars and Rocs for years. It's amazing I have any feeling left in my fingertips. I have especially fond memories of cracked and torn fingernails. Perhaps you have much better hand-eye coordination and it won't be a problem but a Rattler is a good insurance policy. By the way, Ron Russell uses a beat up to snot Magnet for catch and David Greenwell uses an old beat up Condor (like a Roc on growth hormones). Ron generally plays catch short range and David plays catch at farther distances. I love it all.
By Blake Takkunen - the Webmaster - <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Rattler is a very slow evenly-stable putt and approach disc. It has a deep rim and blunt edge with moderately soft plastic of similar stiffness to the Soft Magnet. The Rattler will hold a very straight line as a putter and unlike most discs, will drop on a straight line as well. The strength of this disc is its accuracy. I would say its weaknesses are its flight in windy situations and its lack of distance. The Rattler has a lot of glide and can get "hung up" by crosswinds and blown way off course. Its glide can also get you into trouble on longer putts or approaches by sailing past the goal if you aren't careful. I do not have all that much experience with this disc but I did find I had trouble using this outside of putting range as it was too easy turn over and not a very predictable flight path on throws over 60 feet. I would say this is a solid first putter for newer players but in the long run I have greater confidence in other disc molds of the putt and approach type.
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