Kastaplast Rask

Kastaplast RaskKastaplast RaskNot so very long ago, I was at my local disc golf course, when a friend of mine came over to me with a disc that looked far from average, and said

"Here, give this a try" and handed me the Kastaplast Rask. ( Kasta [throw], plast [plastic], kasta plast [throw plastic; play disc golf] )

Naturally, I did, but not before I marvelled at the technology involved in the design. At first glance, one knows right away, something is very different about this disc. Not only is the plastic super grippy and a pleasure to hold, it feels like a game changer. Clear and smooth, yet, amazingly sticky in the hand even in a Canadian West Coast winter rain. That however, is not where the awe-factor ends. As soon as you put this disc in your hand, instantly you become aware of the new low drag inner rim design. Now, I am certainly not an engineer, nor am I schooled in aerodynamics, however, when I looked at this disc for the first time, and had the very confusing pleasure of holding it, I was like a mad scientist trying to decipher this new and amazing technology. Well, to onlookers it was likely closer to a monkey trying to turn on a computer. Regardless..You can find more information about this technology, at the Kastaplast website, by clicking on the image provided, or following this link -http://www.kastaplast.se.

First flight - My first test drive with this disc was a terrific failure. Being WAY more overstable than I had first anticipated, using my right hand backhand, the disc flew about 90-100 feet, and took a sharp left into the ground. Though in all fairness, did so rather quickly. Not being used to this sort of behaviour from the discs I throw, I was instantly shocked at how much this offended me. And that's when the "I win" gene kicked in, and I tried to dominate it a few more times. This was my first realization that this disc is not going to be dominated by pure brute force. So, I gave it back to my friend, and said

"That is a very interesting, incredibly overstable disc!" and carried on with our round.

During that round, the disc flipped in and out of my thoughts, because well, I hate losing. The Rask, definitely won the first round, so I let it go from my mind. Until a couple of weeks later, I get a message on Facebook of all places, saying I had won a Kastaplast Rask, from Full Flight Disc Golf out of Saint Thomas Ontario, Canada. Random! Thank you once again!

Their website can be found here...http://www.fullflightdiscgolf.com. Great people, and I highly recommend FFDG to anybody in the need of disc golf supplies.

So, a week later, I get a new disc in the mail and it was game on. Round two!

I take my new Rask down to the park close to my home, and set up my camera to take an image or two of this new disc, to do some image posting online out of appreciation to Full Flight for choosing me as their winner. Once completed, I took the Rask out to the field to toss it a couple more times. At first, the inner rim seems cumbersome, almost in the way. I do not have large hands by any means, so larger players with fat sausage fingers, might have an issue. But only at first, was this actually an "issue" as with a bit of time, I learned to hold my fingers in such a way that it became a, "non-issue". What I did not realize at first was, by adjusting my grip, it actually promoted better hand position with all my discs. So thank you Kastaplast for the subliminal fine tuning in my game! This was especially true when preparing for a forehand shot. The inner rim on the Rask, actually sits between my index and middle finger perfectly like a comfortable glove. In my opinion, the ideal position for this disc, and my throwing style.

Even with all the hand adjustments, and mental preparations, when it was time to throw, the Rask was able to resist my charm once again, and upon release, hung a hard left with my back hand, and then a harder right when I tried to forehand the Rask into submission. This went on for twenty minutes. Round two was a bust. I went home and drank some wine to sooth my wounds of loosing yet another round to this amazing disc. Later that night while watching some TV shows, I took the Rask out of its place in my bag, and started to spin it on my finger. Instantly, I noticed this is where the Rask likes to live. In the Spin. It was like it was somehow self propelled, spinning on top of my finger. All I needed to do was start the action and, it did the work for me. So I threw it into the air directly over my head to see how it would respond. Before I knew it, it was hitting the ceiling and crashing back down to the floor with an amazing cacophony, scaring both my wife and my dog.

So I stuck with spinning it on my finger for the rest of the night.

For less than a week I played with this disc on my finger, tossing it up and down, learning the subtleties of this new beast, and then it was time for round three.

Club Day in the Comox Valley. Heavy wind, rain, and bit of a chill in the air kept the crowds down to only five people. For me, it would be the best proving ground for this overstable disc. For the last couple of months I was looking for an overstable disc that would work to my advantage in the wind and rain as I kept turning over my Destroyers and up until this point, an Innova Firebird lived in my bag to battle the headwinds, and it did so very well. Slowly, but well.

The first couple of holes were not so impressive, but they were much better than the last two rounds of trial and error. However, by hole #4, I was starting to understand the timing of this disc, as it is remarkably fast, and cuts through a headwind like nothing I have ever thrown before. With a bit of arm power into a solid 40 kph left to right headwind, the Rask slipped out to 350 feet with absolutely no trouble at all. Shocked, I was instantly curious to see what it was capable of. So I decided that for the rest of the round, all my tee shots would be done with the Rask. With a flick off of #5 and 6, a couple of short 250 foot left to right fading fairways, and a solid anhyzer backhand off of #7, a tight 200 foot S-curve, I was in love with the Rask. Within a short distance, the Rask was fighting the anhyzer line and starting to turn the next corner toward the pin! The Rask loves deliberate finesse, and power. You cannot hold back or hesitate, or it will eat all of your birdies.

And then it happened. Standing and looking confused on the tee pad of #8, a 200 foot straight, open fairway with a deep ditch with some standing water in the bottom, about 2/3 of the way down, with heavy bush left and long. A strong right to left wind that was surely waiting to blow discs into the ditch, and beyond, I said to the group -

"Well, this looks like a Rask shot if I have ever seen one."

Not really knowing what a "Rask Shot" really looked like, it was purely speculation and slightly sarcastic, but I said it with confidence and then chuckled a little when people nodded in agreement, because well, neither did they. So I gave it the biggest work out I could think of. Right Hand Back Hand Hyzer Spike, in a gusting right to left wind. Like the wind wasn't even there, I gave a good amount of power to the disc and launched it easily 60 feet into the air.

With "normal" discs, opening the bottom of the disc to the wind the way I did, would have left me digging the disc out of the bushes or the water as the wind can be a real bully to flying plastic. But not the Rask. Right from launch the Rask was doing exactly what it was meant to do. Defy the wind, and get there fast. In a big looping ark the Rask flew through the air, found the fairway, and started heading straight for the pin with little deviation form its original path. The first Club Day ace we have had in 2014, to earn me a cool, rainy day $100 cash! Not bad for a disc that I won off Facebook! Since that payday, the Rask has become my go to forehand disc, and stable hyzer shots. The rest of the day disappeared in euphoric delight like a kid on Christmas Day with a great new toy.

Oh yeah, the Rask LOVES to skip and it can certainly be used to your advantage! In any headwind condition, or any situation where I feel 'stable makes me able', the Rask is the first disc out of my bag.

Is this going to be a disc for everybody? Maybe not. There seems to be very little forgiveness if you hesitate, or are not in complete control of your body. I would expect to see some newer players having a bit of trouble with this disc as it demands a great deal of correct form when throwing, and a great deal of power to really max out its potential. However, having said that, if a player is so inclined, it would be an amazing disc to strive for. Once you get ahold of its timing, speed and ability, your game will climb to a new level as fast as the Rask gets to 300 feet into a headwind.

Conclusion, even though you may find this disc to be strange, maybe even out of place, remember this - people thought playing golf with a frisbee was weird at first too. But look at the amazing things that have happened since then! Kastaplast Rask. Play Disc Golf.