Discraft Cyclone™ – Carving S-Curves for a Quarter Century

Greetings, fellow disc golf enthusiasts! Today, I am thrilled to take a trip down memory lane and share my heartfelt review of the iconic Discraft Cyclone, a disc that holds a special place in my heart and in the disc golf community. For the past 25 years, the Cyclone has been my trusted companion on the course, and it has never failed to amaze me with its exceptional performance and versatility.

Unraveling the Legend:

Back in the mid-90s, the Cyclone™ burst onto the disc golf scene and quickly earned a reputation as the driver that ruled the tee. Its distinct flight characteristics and the ability to masterfully carve out those delightful S-curves made it an instant favorite among players. I remember the excitement and the buzz on the course as we eagerly traded stories about our most epic throws with the Cyclone. Even today, when I reach for this disc in my bag, a warm sense of nostalgia floods over me, bringing back cherished memories of those early disc golf days.

Versatility at Its Finest:

One of the Cyclone’s most remarkable qualities is its extraordinary versatility. Whether you’re an experienced player or just starting out, this disc can work wonders for you. You’ll be amazed at the multitude of lines you can put the Cyclone on, making it the “any line you put them on” sort of disc. From sharp hyzers to smooth anhyzers, the Cyclone is ever-ready to adapt to your throwing style and preferences.

Cyclone Throughout the Years:

Over the years, I’ve witnessed the Cyclone’s journey through various plastic blends, each offering its own unique flight characteristics. Personally, I’ve stuck with the ESP version, and I must say, it has never let me down. The combination of durability and grip makes it perfect for those powerful shots while maintaining control. I know some of you share my love for the ESP Cyclone, and it’s always exciting to see others still throwing it on the course.

A Touch of Challenge:

Now, here’s a little twist for the readers – have you ever tried the Tournament Pro Cyclones? I managed to stock up on these gems before they went out of production, and they remain a true treasure in my collection. Their flight, distinct from other versions, adds an extra layer of excitement to my games. Let me know if any of you share the same passion for these rare discs!

A Tale of Different Plastics:

As with many discs, the Cyclone’s performance can vary significantly based on the plastic type. The Pro D Cyclones, for instance, make fantastic flip discs, ideal for those understable shots. On the other hand, the Z Cyclones might not have been everyone’s favorite, but I’ve seen a few enthusiasts embrace their unique flight characteristics. Remember, my fellow throwers, plastic matters when it comes to the Cyclone!

A Generational Shift:

As time went on, new moulds entered the market, and players explored various options, leading some to gradually shift away from the Cyclone. The advent of the XL and Eagles brought about a change in the disc golf landscape, and while some may have left the Cyclone behind, there’s no denying its enduring legacy. Nevertheless, I encourage those who haven’t given it a try or have set it aside to revisit this classic driver – you might find yourself reigniting an old passion.

The Discraft Cyclone holds a special place in the hearts of many players who were fortunate enough to experience its heyday in the 1990s. It has been my trusty companion for a quarter century, and I will continue to rely on its versatile flight for many more years to come. I eagerly await your comments, dear readers, to hear your own stories and see if there are still those among us who share my fondness for this remarkable disc. Let’s keep the Cyclone legacy alive and soar to new heights on the disc golf course! Happy throwing!

Flight Ratings for the Discraft Cyclone

Stable Control Driver

Looking for the perfect stable control driver? Consider buying the Cyclone by Discraft, meticulously designed for disc golf enthusiasts. With a speed rating of 7, it's a disc that soars with impressive speed, suitable for experienced players. The glide of 4 provides a moderate glide, allowing for enhanced distance and hang time, while the turn of -1 offers a slight turn, suitable for controlled shots with a gentle curve, and a fade of 2 provides a subtle fade, allowing for a reliable and predictable finish.

Speed: 1 (min) to 14 (max). How fast the Cyclone travels through the air.
Glide: 1 (min) to 7 (max). The Cyclone's ability to sustain flight.
Turn: -5 (min) to +1 (max). The tendency to veer left or right during flight.
Fade: 0 (min) to 5 (max). The leftward movement (for right-handed backhand throws) during the Cyclone's descent.
Tendency to fly on a predictable path, where overstable discs tend to curve left (for right-handed backhand throws) and understable discs tend to curve right.
Discraft Cyclone golf disc flight chart

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