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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 Leopard is our longest line drive flier, it should be everyone's first ultra long range driver. It is useful for long straight shots, gentle hyzers and turnover shots. The Leopard also makes a great roller once it becomes "experienced".
Maximum Flight Speed 6.0
Resistance To High Speed Turn 3.5
Amount Of Low Speed Fade 3.0
Propensity To Fade 3.0
Glide 7.0
Relative Distance 7.0
Qualitative Analysis Value
Recommended Skill Level 1.5
Predictability 2.0
Uniformity Of Break In Period 3.0
Overall Durability 2.0 Description of the Ratings System.

Player Reviews

Posted 03-13-08
Submitted by J Singer bb4915@netzero.com
Location: Maryland
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 325
Disc Weights: 174
Review: The Leopard was an excellent disc for me when I was a beginner having trouble controlling the natural left fade of discs. Though not an especially fast disc, it's glide and resistance to fade gives it extra distance in the later part of its flight. Now that I have significantly improved my power and technique, the leopard's understability makes it perfect for long, gliding right turns without resorting to a forehand throw.
Posted 05-16-07
Submitted by Steven Chevalier stevenchevalier@yahoo.com
Disc Weights: 174g
Review: I placed 5th in a local dics golf tournament and won an Innova Leopard. I recently just lost my driver I having regularly been using and started to use my Leopard in place of my lost disc. I can pretty much place the disc where ever I want if I'm having an "on" day. It flies fairly straight and it definitely will play the line I throw it on when I use my hyzer/anhyzer shots. Overall, I give the disc a 9 out of 10. Its a good disc.
Posted 12-12-05
Submitted by Tushar tushamajig13@yahoo.com
Disc Weights: 150-160g
Review: I've only been playing dgolf for one summer. I am a right handed player who can throw a backhand, forehand, hammer, and a decent roller. When i started, i bought the Innova starter set with a DX Leopard, a 150-class Shark, and a DX Aviar P&A. First day out, right out the box I though disc golf discs were odd. turning right when i threw sidearm and left when i threw backhand. When i got home that day, I realized that there was more to golf discs than I thought. Next day out, I hit a tree and literally saw my disc fold upon itself for a second. When i checked it out, the disc was straight, but a hugh chunk was taken out of it. Throwing it after that, it went straighter than my ultimate discs. After playing this summer, I am addicted to dgolf. I play int eh snow, I have bought numerous discs, and yet i always find myself going back to my Leopard. Straight, predictable shots that will almost always end up where i want them. Overall, a great disc for beginners, and a stable high speed neutral low speed disc when beat in a little. I love my Leopard.
Posted: 8-15-03
Submitted by Anonymous
I am a begining/intermediate player who can throw around 250 feet. The Leopard is absolutely perfect for long right holes. There is a long right hole on my home course that is nearly impossible to birdie. When I got my leopard, the first hole I used it on was this hole. If you release it slightly hyzer, it will quickly straighten out and then begin a long right turn that seems like it will never stop because it has so much glide. The first time I threw this disc it gave me a beautiful endless glide to the right, clearing the creek and skipping up to the hole. I then missed the 25 foot putt for birdie, but it was very close. WHen I release it flat as opposed to hyzer, the leopard flies about 75-100 feet, turns over, and rolls, but does not roll very far. Good for short rolls after a 100 foot throw. My brother is lower level power player who throws about 100-120 feet. He loves this disc too, because it glides very far and extends his drives, which go straight and true with very little fade at the end. This fade will stay minimal as long as you throw the disc fairly low, but if it gets high in the air, it will turn over and fall like a rock. So if you keep it down, it is an all around dandy disc, for both beginners and more experienced players.
Posted: 7-13-03
Submitted by <DarthHippo@aol.com>
Everything I've heard has pointed to a Leopard as one of the best beginner Ultra long driver. I'd have to agree. I bought a Tee-bird as my first, but never learned how to throw a proper backhand until I bought my Leopard. I had been forced to drive forehand, where the spin would help compensate for the overstability of the Tee-bird. The Leopard allowed me to throw backhand drives, which, at my low power level, stayed straight-to-slightly overstable. As I became more and more adept at driving, I noticed the disc turning over more and more frequently, which was my signal to try throwing other Ultras on backhand drives. I now throw Gazelles and Tee-birds for my straight drives, but when I need a turnover Ultra, I pull out the Leopard.
Posted: 05-01-02
By Blake Takkunen - the Webmaster - <blake@discgolf.com>
My Review:
The Leopard is a moderately fast small diameter slightly understable driver. Stability-wise, the Leopard's resistance to turn is lower than a Cheetah's but higher than a Panther or Stingray. The Leopard has very little fade, in the ballpark of a Stratus or Aviar, but most importantly, this fade happens very late in its fligth if at all. Although Innova has many drivers that fit the term "understable," the Leopard is one of the few that will keep turning to the right for the entire duration of its fligth, given you have the power to throw it with that line. Bigger arms will find the Leopard to be a good choice for long turnovers or rollers. Newer players should find the Leopard to fly quite straight. Assuming you have 250' of power or more, throw the Leopard flat and you should get a nice gradual turn. Throw it hyzer and it should flatten and fly straight and possibly turn later in its flight. Although the Leopard has tremendous glide, it usually won't give a flex-out so it's not a max distance disc. It's also not as fast as many of the newer drivers but it is quite accurate as long as you are using it for the right kind of shot. This disc is quite beginner friendly and an excellent choice for a first driver, but be wary as it can be outgrown fairly quickly as a straight driver.
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