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Gateway Disc Sports

Type: Putt and Approach
Diameter: 21.0cm
Available Weights: 140-175g
Plastic: H Series

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Flight Rating Category Value What Gateway says:
The Chief is a very durable stable approach disc and putter.
Maximum Flight Speed NA
Resistance To High Speed Turn NA
Amount Of Low Speed Fade NA
Propensity To Fade NA
Glide NA
Relative Distance NA
Qualitative Analysis Value
Recommended Skill Level NA
Predictability NA
Uniformity Of Break In Period NA
Overall Durability NA Description of the Ratings System.

Player Reviews

Posted 10-21-03
Submitted by Dan Pereyo pereyod@yahoo.com
The "H" plastic chief is my upshot disc. Being a quite overstable putter, I find it very useful for long up shots 150'-200' because I can throw it hard with snap and it will hold its line with a nice predictable fade at the end. On holes between 250'-300' I find the chief to be an excellent short range driver. Again it will hold its line when thrown with snap. It doesn't glide that well, so throwing it high will help you get that distance you need.

I have found both styles of chiefs to be valuable addtions to my bag and my game.
Posted: 07-13-03
By Blake Takkunen - the Webmaster - <blake@discgolfreview.com>
My Review:
The Chief is a slow, small diameter stable to slightly overstable putt and approach disc. While the same mold as the Wizard, the Chief is molded in Gateway's higher end, "H Series" plastic. I would compare the feel and wear of this plastic to that of Discraft's older Elite Pro plastic (XL, X2, APX, MRX era). The plastic is smooth, slick, and clean feeling and is less likely to scrape or warp than the Wizard's plastic. There are two stiffness variations of the Chief, while both have a firm rim, one version has a softer, "spring-ier" flight plate which causes a slightly different flight that I will elaborate more on. Overall, I find the flight difference between the two to be small but most players will have a preference in terms of the feel.

The Chief falls into the same class as the Wizard, Big Bead/KC Aviar, and Magnet as a putter and short range driver. Thrown flat, the Chief will hold a straight, stable line with a slight fade at the end, which is a little more pronounced and earlier in its flight than its Wizard counterpart. Thrown hyzer, it will hold a long sweeping hyzer or can achieve a straight to left flight path depending upon its nose angle. On an anhyzer and given varying degrees of nose angle and height, the Chief can hold a constant gradual right curve or achieve a nice S-curve. The Chief is slightly slower than a Wizard or big bead Aviar but with more lift and carry making it better suited for low ceiling shots as it will stay in the air longer at low speeds. In a stability comparison, the Chief is a bit less high speed stable than a Wizard (but I definitely wouldn't call the Chief flippy) and more high speed stable than a big bead Aviar. In terms of low speed overstability, the Chief is a bit more low speed overstable than either an Aviar or Wizard as it will fade both earlier and harder. I would give the Chief an advantage over the Wizard and Aviar in terms of predictability of its finish, as in, always to the left, but this disc also has a tendency to "hang" in the air and may fade more than desired in certain situations.

Comparing the different flexibilities of Chiefs, the firm Chief will be slightly faster, but the "springy" Chief will carry farther and has a bit more glide. Personally, I prefer stiff putt and approach discs, and on occasion I have found on longer approaches and short drives, if I throw the springy version with a lot of snap, it at times will result in a bit of off-axis torquing (aka "flutter") as the disc will bend slightly during the throwing motion and unbend upon release causing some wobble and power loss.

As a putter, the Chief will hold a very straight line for about 25 to 30' but will finish a bit left on longer putts. The smoother plastic makes it a bit easier to achieve a clean release, but players who prefer a stickier putter may find this too slippery in their hand. The Chief, regardless of variation, is softer than the Wizard so it will flex a little more on impact, but it is also slightly less adept to grabbing chain. Flightwise, the Chief has slightly more lift than an Aviar Putt & Approach and has much greater lift than the Wizard. This allows the Chief to carry farther than the Aviar or Wizard but is a bit more "loose" on its line as on occasion it will "hover" a bit too much for my tastes and finish farther left than desired. However, players who putt hyzer will probably find the Chief a more predictable choice than most of the other putters on the market. A strength of the Chief is its ability to fly with a nice, gradual "swim" on longer putts when given a slight anhyzer angle and I have found this to add about 20' of distance to my putting range.

In terms of durability, the H series plastic is more resiliant to dings and scuffs than the Wizard plastic and so far has had excellent memory after taking some hard dings without warping. I have noticed only slight change in flight after breaking them in, which hasn't effected the high speed stability but has made them fade a bit later in their flight, which I find makes them straighter and longer than when new.

Overall, I feel the Chief is a very solid disc and adds a nice bit of versatility to the Wizard/Chief mold. I would raise the comparison of the two as similar to the similaraties/differences between the Teebird and Eagle with the Wizard being a bit more high speed stable but overall straighter, while the Chief is less stable early in the flight but with more fade at the end.
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