Skip to content

Daniels discusses discs

The difference in disc golf is often the ability to get the tee-shot down the fairway.

The difference in disc golf is often the ability to get the tee-shot down the fairway. We are all looking for the big throw which allows us a shot, if not at a birdie shot, at least a nice midrange lay up so that we can sink par on the par threes, which of course is all the baskets here in Yorkton, and on many courses around.

With everyone, beginner to pro, looking for the best driver disc, it's not too surprising new manufacturers often look to introduce a new long distance driver option first.

And that is exactly what Skyiron had done with the release of its 'Flagship' distance driver.
Skyiron is a new face on the disc golf scene launched only last year.

"The inspiration (for the company) is an interesting story. I received a secret santa package that contained a book about engineering in the 20th century and a disc golf disc," related Ashton VanDemark, owner and lead engineer with Skyiron Discs Co. in an interview with this reviewer. "At that moment I realized I could combine my schooling with my love for disc golf!"

The Flagship model "was designed to fly at high speed while maintaining accuracy. At lower speeds the disc stays straight with a manageable fade at the end of the flight. At high speeds the disc will go into an early high speed turn making the disc great for long hyzer shots and roller throws," according to the company website.

Well I certainly fall into the beginner category, although I am sneaking closer to par on the Patrick Park Course in the city.

My initial reaction to the Flagship was that the disc's low profile gave the impression of being a disc which would cut a solid throw pattern, and it does. The disc, mine in 174 grams, although it is available from 169 to 178, flies flat with limited fade and a solid flat landing. You can pick your spot with it provided you have the accuracy to hit it.

I will add that at 174 grams my Flagship has the 'feel' of being a more substantial disc, and that, at least for me gives me the impression it can be thrown farther. It is simply impression, but never discount having confidence in a disc affecting your performance with that disc.

As a beginner disc the flat flight, even at times you don't have a perfect throw is a bonus.
That said, a pro with a big arm is gonna put some serious yards into the Flagship.

"I wanted to do a driver first because I feel they are highly scrutinized by players and there is a large market for new unique drivers," said VanDemark.

"I simply hope the Flagship offers players a new option for certain situations on the course. I've learned a lot about the processes and I'm working on the second Flagship run now which I think people will like."

Skyiron was founded by a small group of long-time players, and if their first disc offering is an indication of what is to come, the game has a dynamic to disc creation company.

"There are some other discs in development, I have a stack of rough sketches and ideas," said VanDemark, adding, "I'm not going to produce gimmick discs. Everything will be PDGA Approved and a great addition to the bag of the average player.

"The next thing you will see from Skyiron Discs will likely be a mid-range in the same premium plastic as the Flagship. We're probably looking at a fall launch of that disc.

"Hopefully by next summer Skyiron Discs will offer a full line of discs (putter, mid-range, driver)."
The Flagship is a more than solid first offering, one which most players are going to appreciate throwing, and we should look forward to what comes next from this young company.

Check the out this disc in more detail at

NEXT WEEK: A look at drivers offering from Westside in Finland.