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Innova Champion
Champion Gator

Type: Midrange
Diameter: 21.2cm
Available Weights: 165-175g
Plastic: Innova Champion

Champion Gator
Flight Rating Category Value What Innova says:
The Gator is a mid-range power control disc that delivers pin-point accuracy even in adverse wind conditions. This is the disc for high power throwers who need to control their accuracy.
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 08-21-07
Submitted by John Carder
Location: Nederland, CO
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 225
Disc Weights: 175gr
Review: First, I LOVE this disc. The Champion Gator is the most expensive disc I've bought, but it works beautifully for me. If I throw it hard and well, it will fly in an "S" curve, breaking left and then right for a forehand, or right and then left for a backhand. With a moderate throw, you don't get the first break, just the break at the end of the throw. You don't even get much of that, unless you throw it level at a steep angle of attack (kill shot?). Then, when it dies, it will break more, but still less than most of my discs. It's not a driver, and I don't throw it on holes that demand distance over accuracy. I will use it as a driver on some of the tight narrow holes that we have to deal with. When you're shooting 150' through a 15' alley in the trees, it works for me, unless I throw off line (that's my fault, not the discs).
Posted 05-22-07
Submitted by dmdimmer Disc Weights: 173-175
Review: I love this disc. The champion gator is a true life saver for those shots when it's hard to tell how far the basket is because of elevatioin or out in the field. You can let it rip like a driver and get a perfectly straight line for 200 to 250 feet before it dives hard left. This disc is great in the wind, hyzer approaches, sidearm and line drives. The dx gator beats in pretty quickly and looses the big fade it starts out with. It even gets flippy. This is not the case with the champion gator at the higher weights. If you want a disc that you know that you know what it will do every time your throw it, this is the disc. If you come across a champion gator grab it! I know I would.
Posted 05-17-07
Submitted by Shreevish chadshreeve@hotmail.com
Location: Louisville
Level: Adv. Am
Avg Drive: 400
Disc Weights: max
Review: I'm not much of a "mid-range" fan, but I love this disc. It flies very, VERY straight at high speeds. It won't turn over unless you release it nose down. Even if you do, it'll s-curve anyway. The end of it's flight is amazing. It hyzers so sharply, that you could say it almost dives into the ground. When you take into consideration the lack of "distance" or skip from the hyzer portion of the flight, you could almost say it flies straight. Of course its great in the wind and could probably be related to throwing a bowling ball. I can throw over 400 ft with a wraith or any other similar driver. I use this when I don't want to worry about "touch" or taming my snap. I usually get about 300-325 with the same kind of snap. It also comes in handy for a short forehand or a short s-curve shot. I could live without it, but I would have use my firebird in its stead, and probably skip past a couple baskets in the process. I haven't tried to putt with it too much, but it has worked pretty good when I've putted in the wind with it. I should probably work on wind putting more with this disc. If you have a good arm and have trouble, or simply don't want to tame it, I recommend the gator.
Posted 09-27-05
Submitted by synchrosystem synchrofruits@gmail.com
Disc Weights: 175
Review: The gator is super overstable with little glide. It's a great combo for not blowing past the basket when trouble lurks. I use it for big fade shots when i need to get around something. The lip is very square (reminds me of a midrange version of a monster) and it just plows through headwind. It also feels great in the hand! I use my champion roc as an overstable midrange and my gator for super overstable midrange shots, trick shots, windy shots, and safe lay ups. It hasn't left my bag since I got it... there's nothing else like it!
Posted 07-22-05
Submitted by sidearm grandpa discgolfs1@hotmail.com
PDGA: 26573
Location: citrus heights, ca
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 275-300
Disc Weights: max weight
Review: the champion gator is the best sidearm approach disc i have every used. it flies low to the ground and skips alittle bit after landing and always about 10' from basket or throw it up and out and let it die hard next to the basket. i can throw it 250' dead straight. the champion gator holds a straight line or it will go straight and right at the end or can curved it back to the left (rh sidearm). i got a 150' birdie around a tree today. love this disc for sidearming. will always carry one.
Posted: 4-08-05
Submitted by Robb
I'm an intermediate RHBH right-handed player. I've been playing for about 10 mo. now, but play nearly every day. I've bought a lot of discs...and have given a lot of discs away, trying to find what works for me. I've gone through a lot of mid-range discs, and have it narrowed to 2 that work really well for me: a 180g KC pro Roc, which I use for a bit longer shots which need a perfectly straight line, and a 175g champion Gator. I picked up a first run Gator this spring and immediately fell in love (relatively speaking). It's a great disc in all wind conditions. It's flight is so predictable. When I throw the disc, I'm rarely further than 10 feet from the basket, which makes the putting game a breeze. It's glide is so low it seems to fall to the ground like a brick. This gives the disc a great feel for me. The best way I can explain it is like this: I try to imagine throwing a ball, or rock, or something with no glide, toward the basket. To me, a midrange with a lot of glide will tend to carry too far beyond the basket, and will probably skip 10-20 feet past where it initally hits the ground. I just throw the gator exactly how hard I think I should throw a ball, and the distance is almost always perfect. It's quite overstable, which makes it good into the wind, and for putting a good amount of hyzer on it. The disc is touted by Innova and others as good for big-arm throwers, which I'm sure it is. But I think that's misguided. I'm not particularly big-armed (I max out about 350'), but the disc works extremely well for me. I also agree with other reviewers who said it's great for putting. I have 2 Rhynos, which are supposed to be the best putters for windy situations. They are good, but for strong headwinds, the Gator can work even better. One last thing: I also agree that if you only buy one disc, buy the Gator. I played about 9 holes using only this disc shortly after I bought it to get used to it. I was 2 strokes off my best-ever score. No you don't get huge distance, but you get amazing predictability. I have a shrine to the Gator, which I have set up in my living room. I worship the disc.....OK, that was too far, but it's an awesome disc.
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