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Innova Champion

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

Flight Rating Category Value What Innova says:
The Rhyno is essential in the wind for short to medium range shots. The Rhyno's Thumtrac TM gives it a sure grip and reliable performance in any situation. It has the flying feel of a 200 gram disc though it only weighs 175 grams.
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: 9-06-03
Submitted by trogdor73@yahoo.com
Admitting that you are wrong is hard. Admitting that you have been wrong for the last 10 years is just embarrassing. For years I've been telling everyone who would listen that they need to carry an Aviar because most shots are less than 100 feet and it is a very predictable disc that is good for approach shots and putts. Today I stopped carrying it because I discovered the Rhyno. The Rhyno is the best short game disc I've thrown. I've had a tendency to over-throw my approach shots making for a long (often missed) putt. The Rhyno consistently lands within 15 feet of the pin on approach shots. I can't say that of other discs I've thrown. Because it is over stable, it digs in when it lands and I haven't had any problem with it rolling away. When I first saw the Thumtrac TM, I thought it was a little hokey. However, I have found that I really like how this disc leaves my hand. Perhaps it's the Thumtrac TM. (Who knew?) I do have more control with this disc than other putters and more importantly, sink more putts. Have fun, keep the course clean and get yourself a Rhyno.
Posted: 7-13-03
Submitted by <DarthHippo@aol.com>
The Rhino is an excellent putter for windy situations. I golf in Bowling Green, Ohio, and the course is surrounded by flat farm field for 50 miles in any direction. That's a TON of wind. The Rhino is essential if one hopes to overcome the gusts. Further, if a putt is missed, the rhino drops like a rock and stays on the ground. No skipping, no sliding, no overshooting the hole by 20 feet.

The Rhino also makes an excellent approach disc for the wind. Better than the shark, my other approach disc, in the wind.
Posted: 6-05-03
Submitted by Todd W. Branch <adventures@disclife.com>
The best disc for golfing ever made. More than half of the shots thrown during a game of disc golf are thrown from within 100 feet. The beauty of the Rhyno is that it flies poorly. It doesn't generate much lift and it flies slowly. When a Rhyno hits the ground after it's flight it generally won't skip much. These qualities make the disc easy to contol. On a windy day think of how much easier it would be to toss a brick up to the basket than a frizbee. The Rhyno is more like the brick.

Another endearing quality of the Rhyno is that it is slow to beat-up. A quality of the modern golf disc is that over the course of it's life, through normal wear and tear, the disc will become less and less stable. That's why your old TeeBird (or whatever) flies differently than your new one. Discs with sharp edges tend to lose their stability at a faster rate than blunt endge discs. A disc that wears (beats-up) slowly allows the thrower greater confidence that the disc will fly in the same manner as it did the last time it was thrown. No use in throwing a shot if you aren't sure how the disc will fly.

As far as putting goes... Rhyno's tend to be overstable when new which can cause trouble if you like to throw straight putts when outside 20 feet. Within 20 feet the disc doesn't have time to demonstrate it's overstable qualities. It does have time to demonstrate it's lack of aerodynamics by not allowing the wind to cause sudden direction changes in the disc. I won the PDGA worlds putting title with a Rhyno in 2001 and came in 3rd with a Rhyno in 2002. Walt 'Snoop' Haney has won a couple SuperTour events in 2003 putting with a Rhyno.

You make your choice. ;)
Posted: 5-14-02
Submitted by Derek Kainz <derekkainz@hotmail.com>
Okay putter. Good for longer putts due to it's overstable nature. Not so good for touch putts. I don't reccomend it.
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