In this review, we're going to be checking out one of my absolute favorite discs in my bag and one that I grab nearly every round,
This great fairway driver offers speed on lower end for most fairway drivers but with an excellent glide rating of 5. This combination, along with its stability, makes for a disc that can be thrown with great control and by players with varying arm speeds.
In this sense, you could consider the Explorer a fast flying mid-range disc, despite it being classified as a control/fairway driver.
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My personally bagged Explorer before getting dyed!
What I'm most impressed by this disc is that while it does have a Fade rating of 2, this disc will fly nearly it's entire flight path on a perfectly straight line.
Only in the very end will you see the reliable fade kick in, as it finishes to the left for RHBH throws, just as the flight path below indicates.
In my opinion, this flight path is similar to a Discraft Buzzz that has not been beat in too much yet, but can give you control driver distances due to its speed and glide.
What's also nice is that the disc can handle forehand throws as well, and offers that same reliable flight path like it does for back hands.
Let's check the full specs!
Latitude 64 Explorer Flight Numbers
Primary use: Stable control driver suitable for all players
-Extremely easy to control
-Offers a unique flight path not seen with many other discs
-Suitable for all players and all types of shots
-Will fade more than desired and less on a straight line for slower arms
-May be more overstable than stable initially
-Less than premium plastic may beat in too quickly and cause this disc to lose its fade, which could be a pro or a con.
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I firmly believe that the Explorer could find its way into the bag of players from all skill levels and abilities.
There are many holes that I have played where a tee off or especially an upshot called for a distance of 250 feet or more, but with just the slightest bit of fade at the end, which falls right into the specialty of what the Explorer is made to do.
I also bag a disc that is slightly less stable than the Explorer for more distance and straighter flights on calm days, but if there is just the slightest head wind, and that straight flight path with no fade is desired, I go right for the Explorer and it does exactly what I need it to do.
If you are considering this great fairway driver at all, I do recommend getting the premium Opto plastic, as it will add some life to this disc and its flight pattern as it may become a strictly straight flyer earlier than anticipated.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing if that's what you're looking for, but something to keep in mind if you need a disc with that reliable fade at the end.
All in all, its a great disc that you should definitely try out next time you get the chance and as always,
Happy Disc Golfing!
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