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Innova Champion
Champion Stingray

Type: Driver
Diameter: 21.7cm
Available Weights: 165-180g
Plastic: Innova Champion

Champion Stingray
Flight Rating Category Value What Innova says:
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 08-07-07
Submitted by Ben Whitehead PDGA: 26473
Location: Boone, NC
Level: Adv. Am
Avg Drive: 450
Disc Weights: 168
Review: I just love this disc! This disc can be used for extreme turnover angels, nice 300'+ s-curves and hyzer-flips. I also love this disc as a 300' roller for those holes where you just cant play a sidearm. I've had mine for about 2 years of constant play and it still looks brand new. Great disc, 9.5 out of 10, only complaint is that they are no longer produced.
Posted 12-09-06
Submitted by mike k mkurtz@vistastorm.com
Disc Weights: 169-172
Review: the champion stingray is my go to disc for uphill and downhill finesse shots.the champion plastic holds up well to tree damage. the stingray can also be used for tailwind drives and it's flight path is comparable to stratus or cobra.the break in period for this disc is minimal to nonexistant.this classic "anhyser"disc has found a home in my bag ,in one type of plastic or other, for the last 20 years...
Posted 10-04-06
Submitted by MD matthewdabbs@hotmail.com
Disc Weights: 180
Review: This is one of the most predictable and controlable discs I have ever thrown. I throw mostly rhbh shots. This disc is very controllable. You can get it to do almost anything depending on speed of release and angle of release. Released flat it will go mostly right and then tail off left at the end. Released anhyzer, it will stay right and never come back left (unless thrown too high). Released hyzer, it will flatten out, go right slightly and S left. This is one I wouldn't go without in my bag.
Posted 08-30-06
Submitted by moonlit Location: MN
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 325
Disc Weights: 174
Review: I use this disc mainly as a midrange approach from 250 feet and closer on holes that require right turns. With practice, I learned it's flight paths for those smooth right curves I need on occasion.

The thing about this disc that keeps it in my bag is that it has enough low speed stability that it will flatten out and fade left a little at the end of it's flight.(Maybe due to it's heavier 174 weight) In other words, it lands fairly softly and flat. It is nice to have a disc that will land close and stay put. This disc has given me many drop-in putts!

When there is trouble on the right and room on the left to curve it in, this is the disc.
Posted 07-30-06
Submitted by SugarDaddy discreviews@cfjungle.com
Location: NC, USA
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 300
Disc Weights: 170

I'm an intermediate player I suppose. I've been playing one or two games a week for about six months now. I have an injured right arm, and can't throw forehand shots or power thumbers/tomohawks. My Stingray is an X-Out factory second, but I understand that should not affect it's flight path.

Gotta have this for right doglegs, or tight woods where you don't want the fade to the left at the end of flight. It does fade a little, but it also turns a little more, so the end result is a fairly straight, but slightly right, throw. I understand that the DX plastic version will turn right more and fade less.

I was playing a tight, wooded course once, and it and my Champ Cobra were my two discs of choice for the abundance of doglegs there. The Cobra for the left ones, and the Stingray for the right ones.

I anhyzered it one time and gave it some good power, and it kept turning right and just didn't stop.

If I throw it flat, it will land about 10-15 feet to the right of center of aim. I'm sure that will change as it gets broken in. I'm sure this would be a decent first driver just because of this.

A Note for Beginners: Because of the slight right turn on this one, a beginner should watch his form. If he were to give it a slight hyzer unknowingly, it would most likely go pretty straight. If your hyzer goes unnoticed, you'll be in trouble when you start trying to throw other discs.

Posted: 2-09-05
Submitted by Layne D
Disc: Innova Champion Stingray (165g)
I am an intermediate right-handed player with 10+ yrs of experience. I throw both side arm and overhand (pinch grip). My favorite 2 approach drivers are my Classic Stingray and Champion Cobra. I also use a Classic Viper for windy conditions. This is my 3rd Stingray!! Recently I destroyed my Classic Stingray (RIP) and had to replace it . When I replaced my old trusty disk, I decided to pick up a Champion Stingray (165). The first thing I noticed is the champion plastic is very resistant to damage. I immediately noticed that it flew a bit differently than my previous Classic Stingray(163). My old Stingray was extremely worn and had very little fade. I noticed that the brand new disk does glide a bit better but has some barely noticeable fade. Overall this disk is extremely similar to the Classic Stingray, and is still my number one choice for long puts and approach shots. Both of the disks (classic & champion) are shaped alike and very comfortable to throw. The like the Classic Stingray the Champion Stingray is resistant to fade and flies "very straight". If you are throwing in light to mild winds, this disc is not my first choice. In "bumpy" wind conditions it performed unpredictably and made me appreciate my wind resistant Viper. Over all this is a great disk, flies very straight and has good glide. I might also note that this disk is an OK roller but a better choice for rollers might be a Cobra.
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