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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 TeeBird is our straightest ultra long range driver. The TeeBird is the brother of the Eagle with similar speed and distance, slightly more glide and a straighter flight characteristic.
Maximum Flight Speed 8.0
Resistance To High Speed Turn 6.5
Amount Of Low Speed Fade 5.0
Propensity To Fade 4.0
Glide 7.0
Relative Distance 10.0
Qualitative Analysis Value
Recommended Skill Level 2.5
Predictability 2.5
Uniformity Of Break In Period 3.0
Overall Durability 2.0 Description of the Ratings System.

Player Reviews


Posted 03-26-07
Submitted by Josh Location: NY & CA
Level: Amateur
Avg Drive: 300
Disc Weights: 172
Review: I switched from sabres to the teebird on a friends recommendation. It is perfect, the sabre takes much more effort than the teebird. The tb flies so straight and is so easy to throw. Not a max range driver, but a perfect fairway driver. Easy to hit a dead straight 300' drive with

Posted 10-23-06
Submitted by Hadley discantelope@comcast.net
Location: Atlanta
Level: Beginner
Avg Drive: na
Disc Weights: 167
Review: This is my favorite driver hands down. It's a very predicable flyer and easy to controll. My TeeBird has set sevral personal bests for me. I would recomend it to anyone.
Posted 06-24-05
Submitted by Barndogg
Disc Weights: 175
Review: My teebird isn't my farthest flying disc but probbably one of my most accurate I turn it over but with a lot of control and turn it over just enough so it will come back and hit the chains. I throw my teebird about 375' It is a very sexy disc.
Posted: 05-18-04
Submitted by Matt Davis
The Tee-Bird is a moderately fast, stable long range driver, but others can describe the Tee-Bird mold better than I.

The thing to know is that you can get Tee-Birds in Innova's Glow Plastic now. I recommend the stuff even if you have no intention of playing at night. It grips like Discraft's X plastic, or like the old SE plastic from Innova, but the finish isn't glossy or slick like those; from a grip standpoint, it's tough to beat. The glow plastic has excellent wear characteristics: They gouge at a rate similar to the SE plastic, and don't lose chunks like KC or DX plastic. I buy new ones as the older ones get worn; they go from having nearly the same stability as Tee-Birds in Champion plastic to having stability more like a brand-new Stingray (moderate to fast turnover). After they bang into a few trees, the dome starts to soften up, without a pronounced tendency to taco-shell, and you've got a disc that will flatten a hyzer with ease, or will turn maybe 20 feet right over the course of about 300 feet when thrown flat. With three of these in my bag, I'm covered for any shot requiring anything but tons of fade or tons of turn.
Posted: 06-20-02
Submitted by Chris
The Innova Teebird is a slightly overstable driver. This is the disc I started out with, and I use it for medium to long range shots. Once you work it in, it can be thrown anhyzer, hyzer, straight, or s-curve. It is naturally a little bit overstable, but not as much as a banshee or exp1. The Teebird throws great, and I recommend it to beginners or intermediate players. It has moderate glide; the more snap you put on it, the more glide. It doesn't have as much float as a shark, but it definitely has more hang time than an exp1. Speed is also moderate. BTW, I have a light-weight Teebird b/c it was my first disc and I didn't want to get a too advanced disc. It's about 147g, and I think it flies great. It can also be used as an all-around disc. Mine has seen many dings and knocks, but it doesn't seem to affect its flight. Still flies well.
Posted: 05-01-02
By Blake Takkunen - the Webmaster - <blake@discgolf.com>
My Review:
The Teebird is a fast, small diameter stable driver. A lot of people say the Teebird is like a longer, straighter flying Eagle and I agree with them. The Teebird has slighly higher turnover resistance, closer to that of a KC Eagle and KC Gazelle, but definitely lower than most of the very overstable drivers. It also has less fade than the Eagle, more in the ballpark of a KC Gazelle, Valkyrie, or JLS. The Teebird is one of the faster flying straight drivers on the market and also has very good, straight glide and should fly very far if you have the power. The Teebird flies with a very good straight to slight left path with its fade fairly late in its flight. Bigger throwers will find a slight-hyzer release will let the Teebird flatten and "plane out" very well and continue on with one of the straightest flights available. The Teebird's late fade is somewhat detrimental to its versatility as it isn't a great choice for shots requiring a hard left fade or long gradual left fade and it's turnover resistance isn't high enough to handle a strong headwind. If you do get a Teebird flipped over, it will not come back. This characteristic is similar to that found in an XL or JLS, but it also makes this disc a very good disc for very long right fades. The Teebird requires quite a bit of power to get a good flight path out of it and it isn't the best choice for a beginner. It is however, a great choice for those upgrading from the easier to throw small diameter drivers and especially good for those with a tendency to release at hyzer angles. It is particularly unforgiving to those with anhyzer tendencies, so be warned.
Posted: 02-18-02
Submitted by Jon Turner <oxdisc@thets.demon.co.uk>
The Teebird is a fast slightly overstable driver when new, turning slightly more unstables with age. Its main feature (at least for me) is its glide, which appears to be one of the longest I've come across (almost a match for the Comet). On holes with quite a bit of space or gentle uphill slopes, the teebird seems to cruise on and on - just when you think it's about to stall completely, it glides a few more precious metres before hitting the deck! The long glide does seem to be noticibly affected by the wind which can be a problem on a breezey day and I've also found that the disc can be turned over quite easily. The KC version normally will turn back but my DX version won't make it back enough leaving me quite away to the right of where I want to be. Uphill, it's hard to beat though. Overall, I've found it to be a little more unpredictable/tricky to use than my XLs but there will always be a place for one in my bag.
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