In a world filled with distance drivers that require a lot of power to gain distance, there is something to be said about a disc that can fly quite far without much effort. The DGA Sail is a very understable driver with an extreme amount of glide which can be a deadly combination if used correctly for any skill level.
DGA says this about their new driver:
The Sail is a controllable distance driver that has understable characteristics and is great for all levels of play. Those with slower arm speeds will quickly make this their go-to distance driver, while players with faster arm speeds will have fun launching this disc into huge anhyzers and turn over shots. The Sail produces effortless glide, allowing players greater distance and control. Looking for a disc to get max distance in tough wooded situations that require touch and finesse? The Sail will prevail.
DGA sent us a Sail in their ProLine plastic for this review. As with any review we do, we had a variety of skill levels try the Sail to see how it performed for an entire spectrum of disc golfers.
With such an understable flight, this disc will naturally appeal to beginners and those with a slower arm speed. That doesn’t mean that stronger arms can’t find value in the Sail. In fact, across the board, many positive reviews were heard.
Right off the bat, you’ll notice a pretty domey disc. The rim size isn’t wide enough to turn people off and hits a nice sweet spot in terms of speed. The dome is pretty consistent from side to side and really helps with the overall glide of the Sail. We’ll touch on this in a moment, but glide is one of the Sail’s defining characteristics.
Starting on the slower arm speed side of things, or if stronger arms back off the power a bit, we saw shots with very nice distance compared to the power put behind the disc. For those who can only reach about 275-300 feet with max power, you should be able to lean into the Sail with a full power throw and get a very nice s-curve style shot. You have to expect some turn to be there and your arm speed will determine just how much you get and it is very possible that amount is slim. The s-curve shots were common, but some were very tight s-curves. The turn was almost on the -1 range, if that, at times while others saw -2 or -3.
We even saw some slower arm speeds give it a little bit of a hyzer angle on release and it would flip up flat, turn a hair, glide down the fairway, before a very soft fade at the end. It all depends on the amount of power you’re putting behind the Sail. It takes a little adjustment, but you can soon dial it in.
When stronger arms took over the Sail, they started with nearly standstill shots or those with a very slow walk up. We’d see those who could reach 350 feet or more on normal throws give the Sail a test at about 50% arm speed and the results were similar to what slower arms were seeing when they would throw it at full power. A little adjustment of release angle was needed, but the results were impressive for what little power was actually being used.
With a little hyzer, a slow arm speed, and a little snap at the very end to get it moving, the Sail would flip up flat before a little turn midway through the flight. This is where the glide really took over and would hold it up in the air and allow for that full flight to be carried out. Some were seeing distances of 325-350 feet with anywhere between 50-75% power mainly due to the glide. The understable flight is controllable, but it takes some added adjustments from you to make that happen.
It would be easy to think that if you can reach 350 feet without putting your complete arm strength into a throw, then max power must produce even greater results. While we’d love to say that is true, in reality, the understable nature of the Sail starts to take over at certain speeds. The strongest arms we saw test the Sail would get a near effortless turnover shot with great distance on top of it.
When thrown at full power, the Sail would correct any hyzer angle that was on it and kick into a big turn. Now, with the glide under it, it wouldn’t turn into a roller right away, but it would continue to hold that angle and show some major movement from left to right. At least 30-40 feet right of center is where we were seeing the Sail land. With some added height we could start it left of center and continue to get 30-40 feet beyond the general center line. It all comes down to controlling that release angle and your initial aiming point. Regardless though, the glide really takes over here. Other discs that carry a large understable flight, might start to drop out earlier than expected or turn into roller since the turn overpowers the glide. That wasn’t seen with the Sail. Air shots is where we saw the majority of throws.
Rollers are of course possible with the Sail and it doesn’t take much to help it over. If you turn on it a little yourself as you begin the throw, you can help it get to the ground quicker.
Regardless of the arm strength, the Sail does have just a hint of fade at the end. Even on the strongest throws that had a large amount of turn, at the every end of the flight it would break out of the turn before a soft fade. It wasn’t much, but it was certainly there.
Overall, we’d agree with DGA and rate the DGA Sail at 11, 5, -5, 1. The glide and turn are the two characteristics that define the Sail. The glide helps your throws get some added distance while the turn will bring effortless throws to slower arms and a lot of control to stronger arms.
The flight chart from inbounds Disc Golf illustrates a flight close to what the strongest arms were seeing. The turn is certainly there and the glide helps carry out some distance before just a soft fade.
The DGA Sail can certainly provide some great distance with little effort. It takes a combination of release angle to power to provide a straighter flight, but once you dial it in, you can lean on the glide and let the Sail do the work. Slower arms were able to accurately place the Sail toward the center of the fairway with distances greater than what they were used to. The strongest arms loved the big turnover shots, but also found pleasure in taking some power off of it and getting near effortless results.
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Thanks to DGA for giving us the chance to review the Sail and the extras to pass along to our readers.
New to disc golf and due to knee surgery I throw from standstill position. Looking for that little edge to get some longer drives.
I have had two shoulder surgeries and 4 screws, unfortunantly it is my right arm which i use for throwing! If this disc does what it says! i would absolutely love to give it a try and watch my disc glide further than my arm lets me throw now!
I am a player with slower arm speed so the Sail sounds like it would be the perfect tool to get me that extra distance to hang with the big throws at league.
As I’m getting on in years, I just can’t get the armspeed I need to hang with the youngins. It’s depressing. This looks like just what the doctor ordered!
I’d love to try the Sail because I love my existing understable drivers (Underworld and King), but would like something between the speeds of those two discs. I’d like a little bit more distance than my Underworld, but hopefully more controllable than the wily King! I’ve also never thrown a DGA disc!
I’ve never tried any DGA so the Sail looks like a good one to start with!
I would love this in my bag. I bet the control on this disc is fantastic. Looking for something to similar to the Nuke SS, this might be it.
I like to give all disc a fair shot, though I’ve found I mostly like the Trilogy lineup. A few other have made my bag and how can you go wrong with a longer Mamba.
His sounds like the disc I need in my bag.
It sounds like a great stand still driver.
I would love to try this disc, strictly because I love understaable discs! I always have felt, if I can throw them slower I have more control over the flight of the disc! I feel this disc would suite my game perfect! I only have one disc above speed 11! And I use it strictly for head winds! So I throw alot of slower disc, I live the control I get out of them! So this would be a great addition to my bag! As well as give me a chance to try out DGA plastics!
I want to try a Sail because I do not have a distance driver truly compatible with my 250′ noodle arm!
I would like to try the Sail. I am recovering from elbow surgery and this whole year I won’t be able to take a full throw. Looks like the sail would be easy distance.