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Innova Champion

Type: Driver
Diameter: 21.2cm
Available Weights: 145-150, 165-175g
Plastic: Innova DX

Flight Rating Category Value What Innova says:
The Gazelle is the choice of high power players for most very long range shots because of its versatility and control. The Gazelle also holds a line well in windy situations.
Maximum Flight Speed 6.5
Resistance To High Speed Turn 5.0
Amount Of Low Speed Fade 5.0
Propensity To Fade 4.5
Glide 7.0
Relative Distance 7.5
Qualitative Analysis Value
Recommended Skill Level 2.0
Predictability 2.5
Uniformity Of Break In Period 3.0
Overall Durability 2.0 Description of the Ratings System.

Player Reviews

Posted 07-26-06
Submitted by Denis dflaschiii@hotmail.com
Disc Weights: 174
Review: My search for a driver that flies faster than a Roc but slower than a TeeBird is finally over now that I've found the Gazelle. I really like the deeper lip on this disc, allows for much more control. Very good for intermediate hyzers. Good for midranges on days that are too windy to use my Roc. So far it is not good for big distance, however. I throw this one real hard and it hyzer flips quick, turning into a diving anhyzer. More of a finesse disc.
Posted 06-26-06
Submitted by BJ opivy4077@aim.com
Location: ny
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 250
Disc Weights: 174
Review: The gazelle is probably my favorite disc off the tee. I throw mainly sidearm for distance and even when i dont the gazelle still goes the farthest. Also, i got my hole in one with my Gazelle
Posted 08-09-05
Submitted by One Eyed Woj bcwojcma@bluffton.edu
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 325
Disc Weights: 171
Review: A friend found a slightly beaten Gazelle in the woods recently and gave it to me in light of my losing my entire bag to carjackers. The very next hole was an Anhyzer route, and I was advised to try out the Gazelle. By putting a little snap on it, I was able to send it out fifty to one hundred feet on a straight line, and watch it proceed to fall out of its flight path on an Anny path. I am an Am2 player with a lot of snap on his throws (but not enough control of that snap for consistent distance), and the Gazelle has proven to be a reliable Anhyzer disc for me. I actually lost the first one into the water in Norwalk, Ohio and bought a new one. Simply biting into the rim (seriously) was able to give it that perfect almost-beaten-up edge to give me an amazingly reliable Anny disc.
Posted: 1-15-04
Submitted by: franksacco@yahoo.com
The Innova Gazelle is super consistent, reliable and dependable. Even if your throw is slightly off, the Gazelle will still give you a pretty decent result.

The Gazelle is a long range driver, but it's not made for ultra long distances, that's what the Valkyrie and Monster are for. But if your looking for long drives with pinpoint accuracy, then the Gazelle is for you.

I am an advanced amatuer player, and even now that I throw harder than I used to as a beginner, I still find the Gazelle to be a consistent driver and a must in my bag. This disc flies ultra straight for the first 80 to 90% of it's flight with a slight left hook at the end. I also find it very hard to turn this disc over, unless I'm using much lighter weights. The Gazelle is also great for those long, straight and tight fairways and has a long lasting life. Buy a Gazelle today, you won't go wrong!
Posted: 8-01-03
Submitted by: Ben Seligson lseligson@hotmail.com
If you're looking for a sturdy, pretty straight going disc try the Gazelle. The thing just keeps on trucking. You can get a little slide out of it in the dirt but nothing explosive. It doesn't stop as fast as a Roc is what I am trying to say. It flies nicely close to the ground and can cut through little branches and minor obstacles with ease. The other guys are right. The Gazelle doesn't care much about the weather. The darn thing and my Roc are the most reliable discs that I have and the Aviar is an awesome putter.
Posted: 04-21-02
By Blake Takkunen - the Webmaster - <blake@discgolf.com>
My Review:
The Gazelle is a moderately fast, stable, long range driver. This is a very controllable and versatile driver that is suitable for players of almost all skill levels. This disc has good glide and it holds a good line on most shots without requiring too much power. Although the Gazelle isn't as long as many of the newer, faster drivers, its strengths are consistency and accuracy. This disc will hold a solid line when thrown low and flat with minimal high speed turn and low speed fade compared to other discs in its class. It is stable enough to hold a long hyzer line, even into a slight headwind but also works well for s-curves without flexing out too early. As it breaks in it becomes a good turnover disc. Flightwise I would say that the Gazelle is not as straight as the Teebird and straighter than the Eagle but I relate the Gazelle more closely to the slower, easier to throw drivers such as the Cheetah, Polaris LS/Voyager, etc. I recommend the Gazelle as a very good first small diameter driver as it has a very comfortable rim shape, is easy to throw, and seems to work well for just about any throwing style. Bigger arms will be able to throw other drivers further, but I think the Gazelle works very well as an "in between disc" when longer drivers are too long and midranges are not long enough.
Posted: 10-04-01
Submitted by David Swartwood <calvarycoffee@juno.com>
I've carried my Innova Gazelle (standard plastic) for 2 years now. In fact I think it was my first purchased disk when I started playing. Need less to say, it is very well worn at 171g. Of the 20 discs I carry, this is the only one that will work in gusty wind conditions.
I had a butt-windy round(technical term) last week. I pulled the Gazelle out because I couldn't get any distance or accuracy with my main drivers: KC Eagle, DX Cheetah, elite XL. The XL and Cheetah's kept turning over. And the Eagle(brand new) kept dropping at 175-200ft. The Wind was mostly gusts. The problem would be that the wind gust would stop during my disc's mid flight and they would drop 10+ ft in a heartbeat. No matter what wind direction, all of them ate the dirt too soon or too far. But, I was amazed, it didn't effect my Gazelle. It stayed at the same altitude through out it's intended flight. And accurate considering the windy conditions. I have a new found respect for this disc for windy days.
The Gazelle would fly just like the XL(with turn AND distance) with a left to right wind. A right to left wind(and head wind) needed to be compensated by a flat and low snap. And give it the gas on a tail wind! I don't usually use this disc on "no-wind" days, unless I want a long, high, and accurate hyzer.
On butt-windy days I need only use 2 discs: Gazelle and Aviar.
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