KAXE Z, is what I said.

Kaxe Z TesterKaxe Z Tester In the last few months I have enjoyed the latest releases from Kastaplast. Both the Rask and the Kaxe have made their way into my disc golf bag permanently, for two reasons. One, the plastic is incredible and feels great on my finger tips as I ready myself on the tee, or in the fairway, and two the discs are exactly what I crave when looking for reliability in flight and accuracy. Both reviews can be found in earlier posts on this site.

Well, just when I thought my excitement for new plastic had ebbed to normal levels, Kastaplast did it again with the release of the straighter, slightly less stable version of the Kaxe, the Kaxe Z. I will be honest. When I first laid my hands on this disc I was again instantly drawn to the feel of the plastic. It happens every time I pick up a Kastaplast disc. I touch it and smile a little. Much in the same way….never mind. Jonas from Kastaplast Sweden, had given me the heads up that this little brother to the Kaxe, is a straighter flying version, with a little less fade at the end of its flight. So, armed with my new piece of plastic I made my way around the local disc golf course a few times to really give it a work out. It wasn't until I got to the course that I realized there was a lack of bead on the bottom of the disc. This intrigued me to no end and compelled me to throw it randomly. This was my first hint that the green colour of the disc encourages appropriate attention when using it on the course.

( For those not in "the know", that's the little ridge around the bottom of the discs rim, that typically makes a disc more stable than its non-beaded counterpart. )

In the case with the Kaxe Z, this is very true. When thrown flat with a moderate arm speed, the original Kaxe tends to fade quickly in flight as it is considered an overstable disc. When thrown in the exact same manner, the Kaxe Z resists the urge to hyzer out, and hold a straighter line longer, with a slower fade at low speed. This to me is the majority of the market, and pleased me to no end. Slower arm speed players trying to find a disc that will hold a straight line longer, and farther, without having to visit physiotherapy afterwards, will certainly appreciate the Kaxe Z.

After a few holes of giving it all I could with a little nose down to flip it over, all I could manage to do was make it go further than I intended and routinely overthrew my shot, straight past the pin almost every time out to about 300-325'. The flight of the "Z", is just as fast as the original, and LOVES to glide. Which made me a little nervous as the colour I was sent for testing, is in fact, forest green as mentioned earlier. Not that big of a deal when living in a British Columbia rain forest… 0_o . HA! Finding discs in the woods is a skill in itself, so I appreciated the chance to improve all aspects of my game equally.

Forest Green, can be seen!Forest Green, can be seen!

SO…on with the good stuff. While out using my new favourite disc, I did notice that whether throwing back hand, or forehand, the disc held the line, ALL day long. Especially on anhyzer. This disc LOVES anhyzer. When thrown at moderate speed, with appropriate angle the Kaxe Z surprised the shot out of me. Not only did it take off like a rocket, it was almost as though it decided on its own, that it wanted to participate and became very passionate about doing it well. This is very true when employing a forehand around obstacles, in those hard to reach places. Because the disc is so fast, power really is secondary to good technic. However, to contradict myself a little, the disc does actually allow for small throwing errors, and almost immediately corrects the flight and carries on like it was reading your mind. Something to behold most certainly, and as long as your aim is somewhat accurate the "Z" will come close to your intended target.

Drive it like you stole it.Drive it like you stole it.

Where I found this disc to be of most benefit, is in the low hanging branches of the tight wooded fairway, demanding a slow straight flight beyond 200 feet with out-of-bounds, water, or gross gnarly woods on the left. ( When throwing RHBH.) Unlike the Kaxe with its definitive low speed fade at the end of its flight, the "Z" holds its line a little longer and fades a little slower allowing for a longer continued flight down the fairway with less skip. Because it flies so true, and glides so well, I found that when thrown at 70-80%, the disc performed very well. Which further reinforced the thought that the slightly less powerful player, will very much enjoy this disc. During my multiple rounds of play with the Kaxe Z, various weather systems came out to really give me the best all round testing conditions. WInd, rain, and well, more wind and rain followed by some sunny days allowed me to see exactly what this can do in a variety of conditions. Again, this plastic has impressed me well beyond acceptable public levels. No matter the weather, my game stayed pretty close to the same. I found this disc especially useful in headwind situations when finesse was required to place my shot one side or the other of the basket, for my best putting opportunity. I even used the "Z" to putt a few times to see what would happen. As expected, it did exactly what I asked of it, making me painfully aware of the fact that I need to practice my putting a bit more.

When people ask what I think of it, I give them the usual response. "Try it and find out for yourself." as I hand them my disc and give the usual "I am about to fuel your addiction to plastic" grin. I personally believe that Kastaplast is on to something pretty cool, and cannot wait to try out the putter they have in store for the up coming season. Maybe that will help me with my ability to put the disc in the basket? That would be pretty awesome if that were in fact the case. Final words, the Kaxe Z is a great disc for new or experienced players alike. I imagine that once it is introduced to your game, it will gather no flies, as it will be in constant flight. Unless of course there is a rain soaked house fly, and the disc lands directly under it, causing an instant "fall in love moment" between fly and disc. Then fly gathering, might happen as it did with me on my second to last hole of the day. At which point I simply picked up my disc, took a photo, putted out with my driver, while keeping the "Z" in my off hand, and then proceeding to the next tee giving the house fly the very best "Millennium Falcon" experience I could give it. Though I honestly believe that this will be a rare experience at best. So pick one up, and make it fly! A Kaxe Z, not a house fly. PEACE!

How does it fly…?How does it fly…?