Vibram Disc Golf Testimonials
Vinnie Miller and I have talked quite a bit about Vibram discs and after my latest update to him, he told me to message you about it. Having now finished writing, this reads something like a novel, so I apologize ahead of time for the length.
I'm from Abilene, TX and started playing disc golf about 3 years ago. I started out with everything Innova because that's what we have down here and what everyone throws.
When I found the KC Pro Aviars, it changed my putting completely. They fit exactly how I wanted in my hand and flew true, even in a somewhat strong wind. Since I only used them for putting, they beat up slower than usual, but beat up nonetheless. So I dropped $30 each on a few new 11x Aviars because of the grip, but those began beating up too and wouldn't hold a strong line, especially into a headwind or my personal hell wind, a right to left crosswind. I would just sail those putts if I let them go straight and miss them low if I tried to putt with anhyzer. My frustration only grew when I would hit a number plate and have a considerable chunk of plastic missing from the rim. Still, I swore by them and used them for every type of putt.
I have been fortunate enough to have had the chance to play in a few tournament rounds with Vinnie and watched him dominate courses with that blue Ridge time and time again. After he won the Lion's Den tournament in Temple in Masters, we were talking about our rounds and while I played fairly well (for me), he said, "Just imagine what you could do with a real putter." I was kind of shocked to even consider leaving the Aviar, but asked him about the Vibram putters. He said of the Ridge, "It's just like a KC Pro Aviar that won't beat up." I wasn't immediately convinced of that, but he told me to try one out when I got the chance.
The next time I was in Austin, I picked up a Medium Ridge from Disc Nation. I loved the grip and loved how it threw, but couldn't putt well with it. You see, here in Texas, there's this thing called heat and it never goes away. It's also quite windy in Abilene, so when it was hot, the Ridge would flop around a little too much for my personal taste. I still liked throwing it from about 250' and in, but couldn't figure it out for putting.
Next time I saw him, I talked to him about the issues I was having. He told me the Firm Ridge worked a lot better for him in Texas, so I got one of those from him. I took it out to my local course and tried it out, using it on every shot. It was money. I smashed a tree with it and was worried it might have a nice crease or at least a ding, but a small mark that didn't pierce the rim was the only evidence. The biggest difference the Ridge has made for me is in putting outside the circle. Inside 33', it is comparable to the Aviar for me, but outside, especially standing still from about 45' and in, it is money. All day. It has already shaved strokes off of rounds I wouldn't have previously been able to count on and should continue to do so as I get more used to using it. Also, it holds a better line in that right to left crosswind that I hate so much. I have definitely made more of those than before without having the fear of sailing over the basket. The VP and Summit have both found a place in my bag as well for stupid stable upshots and putts outside 50', respectively.
All of that to say, I want to thank you for your product and the direction that Vibram is headed in disc golf. Putters that beat up was something I had just learned to deal with, but I am already appreciative of Vibram for ending that problem.
Vinnie told me about the Ibex and that it "might take the Roc right out of his bag." I can't wait to try it out if it's that good.
Again, sorry for the length of this message, but I just wanted to share my appreciation. Thanks again and I look forward to seeing what Vibram has in store for the future of disc golf!