Innova Mystere Review

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Being able to throw for distance and still have accuracy is a theme we talk about often in our reviews. It can be a tough combination to find and slight adjustments in the width of the rim or overall style of the disc can cause big changes in the flight and thus the overall control. The new Innova Mystere has made its debut as part of the Innova Players Pack Sponsorship program and brings a decent amount of speed and quite a bit of control with it.

Innova says this about their new distance driver:

The Mystere is the newest Speed 11 Distance Driver from Innova. Similar to an Archon with an extra glide gear, this friendly flyer promises long turns and smooth fade. The Champion Mystere is being offered exclusively through Innova’s Player’s Package Sponsorship Program. Flight Numbers: 11,6,-2,2.

Innova sent us a Mystere in their Champion plastic to review and we’ve put it through our typical process to see how it stacks up.

The Mystere has a relatively shallow feel to it, but leaves enough room for a confident grip. Some drivers in this Speed 11-12 range often have a very shallow depth to the rim and it can be hard to use a power grip and still provide a strong throw. We never had issues with the grip or release of the Mystere. No matter the release angle we always had a clean release with the Mystere.

The feature of the Mystere that stood out the most was the control. You’ll see some turn with the Mystere and it does have some fade at the end of the flight, but you can easily provide some influence to either end of the flight to help put the Mystere where you want it.

Starting with a flat release on a straight-ahead throw, the Mystere will carry out a full flight without many surprises. We consistently were able to produce a steady turn when thrown flat. It didn’t take a lot to get it moving and the turn itself isn’t that dramatic, but it is smooth. The turn began fairly early in the flight and held that angle as it coasted down the fairway.

The fade at the end of these straight-ahead throws came relatively late in the flight… even a little later than we expected. The overall glide of the disc helps carry it forward and the fade was strong enough to bring it out of the turn before holding it forward until just dumping out at the end. It will return to the left, but don’t expect anything too hard. Again, on a flat release, you’ll end up with a flight that shows a natural s-curve before finishing right on center. It won’t turn too much and it won’t fade that hard either.

The shots that surprised us the most were the anhyzer shots we were able to produce with the Mystere. We wanted to send the Mystere on a line that would finish to the right of our center line. We took our initial aim to the left of the fairway and released the Mystere with just a hint of anhyzer. It didn’t take much to produce this big turnover shot. You’ll want to play around with the angles to see what works best for you, but a little went a long way for us (no pun intended).

On these turnover shots the Mystere would hold that initial release angle and glide down the fairway. It didn’t want to turn to a greater degree and it wasn’t fighting to break out of it either. Once it reached about 75-80% of its flight we would see it begin to flatten out, but it remained on the left to right path. It never wanted to completely fade out and head back to the left. It would glide on out and settle down on a very forward fade. You’ll see tons of control on these turnover shots. Give the Mystere a little encouragement and let it do the work.

One shot that stood out to us was on a slightly downhill drive with the wind coming from over our left shoulder on a slight left to right path across the fairway. We wanted the Mystere to ride this wind and since we didn’t want to have it naturally turn too much and finish too far to the right due to the very minimal fade, we gave it a big anhyzer shot that started out on a line further to the left than we expected.

With some added height under it, the Mystere held that initial anhyzer release angle and we could see the wind get under it as it started down the fairway. It pushed forward quite hard with the added energy behind it and finished with virtually no fade as it returned to the fairway. Being able to control drivers like this with minimal fade can be a very powerful weapon when used correctly.

We have to note that the one shot where the Mystere didn’t quite perform its best was on big hyzer shots. You can hit some nice hyzer flips, but the big sweeping hyzer just isn’t there. We threw the Mystere on a few big hyzer shots and it would flip up quickly to a flatter angle before finishing with a pretty calm fade at the end. These are the shots where you want the disc to hold that initial angle and then come in strong. The Mystere’s fade just isn’t strong enough to really execute these shots. With everything else it can do though, we know we have other options in our bag that can pull of that shot.

Overall, we’d rate the Innova Mystere at 11, 5.5, -2.5, 1.75. These are slightly different than the 11, 6, -2, 2 ratings that Innova provides. Slower arms will likely see a little less turn and slightly more fade, but in our tests, we saw just a hair more turn than the -2 rating. There is an element of fade to it, but it won’t be too dramatic.

From deadly accurate straight throws to very productive anhyzer shots, you’ll get a lot of control with the Innova Mystere. It does compare to an Archon or Tern, but seemed a little easier to throw. It had a little more turn than both and a hair less fade than the Tern. It sits right in between them and is a very easy disc to throw.

The Innova Mystere could pop up in the players pack of an upcoming event in your area. Talk to your local tournament directors to see when you can get your hands on this new driver from Innova Discs. If you are planning on running a tournament and have an interest in the Innova Players Pack Sponsorship, reach out to your Innova representative or email info@innovadiscs.com for more information.

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107 Comments

  1. Ernie Dunn on

    Would love to try this new disc out!!! It’s right in my wheel house and looks like it might fly like a Tern for me, which is a great thing.Thanks for doing this yet again!!

  2. I could never get the hang of the Archon so I’d love to see how this bad boy handles

  3. Paul Lafleur on

    Is it basically an 11 speed Tern? Less understable Mamba? I sooooooooo want one of these!

  4. Benjamin Hoppe on

    This sounds like the perfect disc to compliment my bag! I am not that good at my fore-arm throws and have a disc with a nice anhyzer line would be perfect!

    Ben

  5. This sounds like a slower Tern just based off the flight numbers, and I love my Tern. I’ve been looking for a new fairway/work horse driver ever since I lost my ACE disc. Definitely sounds like something I would like to throw and keep in my bag. Will definitely keep on eye on this driver to see when it comes out to the general public. Awesome review!

  6. Jamie dyson on

    I would realy like this disc for my sons bag when hes old enough to play #growthesport

  7. I’m a big fan of Innova, most of my bag is made up of their discs! I would love to try their new Mystere! Awesome job on the reviews of discs. I quite enjoy reading them! Keep up the fantastic work! Cheers!

  8. I love innova discs and would love to try this new disc out and have the envy of my club and friends! Pick me please

  9. Sounds like a great disc to help me transition/learn to backhand. Have always thrown forehand and am trying to get better at backhand to further my game. This discs sounds like a fun one to try out.

  10. Jeremy S. on

    Sounds smooth. Easy distance is something I need. Win or buy, I’ll have one of these in my bag.

  11. Tim Bentley on

    Sounds like an awesome disc. Thanks for the great review. Wish I had one of these. Thank You.

  12. Jason Butch on

    I need this disc in my life, my archon is my bread and butter and I’ve always wanted a bit more glide from it.

  13. Russell McDowell on

    Sounds like a great disc, and something I could really use. Would match my game perfectly! Maybe similar to a Lat64 Flow?

  14. Larry Smith on

    Thanks for the review, sounds like something I would really get some use out of. Thank you Innova for providing the discs for the giveaway.

  15. Zachary Malone on

    I love INNOVA! definitely want to try this one out! Stop have a small collection and an always looking to add to it!

  16. wow super flying disc flies with the greatest of ease! That brand new disc on a gentle breeze!

  17. Love the site and the reviews, thanks for all the help you provide. Great review on a very interesting disc from a great company.

  18. Dakota Pittman on

    Would love to flick this thing!! I could probably get a good yam on it and love to impress friends with it!!

  19. Josh Martin on

    Awesome review! I go to this site before every new disc purchase. Keep up the great work guys!

  20. Caleb Hutcheson on

    Sounds like a faster version of the beast and slightly slower version of the Archon. I always loved my Beast. Nice predictable flight. This sounds even better.

  21. Derek Cunningham on

    My arm speed is starting to catch up to these 11 and 12 speed discs, so I would love to get my hands on one of these. It seems like a perfect fit for my bag.

  22. Matt McClure on

    ATDG is at it again! Another informed review of Innova’s latest addition to their lineup of already superior discs. I love Innova. The plastic feels natural in my hand and has always been consistently reliable. I wouldn’t choose anything else!

  23. Jared Terry on

    I love this review. The details you guys provide aid me greatly when I’m looking at new or older discs I have not tried before, but can get a good idea of how they will perform based on the testing and review you have done! This disc will suit my throwing style perfectly and I would love to win one of these!

  24. Rodney Hany on

    A little faster and more glide than a Beast, sounds like a great disc. Sign me up to win. Good review.

  25. Oliver Haagen Hansen on

    I never got the hang of the Archon, so I would really like to try this one out!!

  26. Kevin Carlson on

    This sounds like an incredibly interesting and useful disc. I would love to have the opportunity to try to figure it out.

  27. Capnchad on

    Love my archon (my buddy has it right now and I doubt he’ll give it back) and my tern but they’re getting pretty beat and I need to cycle in a fresh disc to cover that slot. Can’t wait to see how this compares to those!

  28. Jon lanning on

    Thanks Atdg! Always up to speed with the best discs coming out. Innova never fails to amaze me. Would love to win one of these for my bag. Keep up the great work.

  29. The Mystere seems like a great addition to the Innova lineup! Excited to see a new disc from Innova.

  30. Been playing almost 30 years. Need that extra D. Love my Innova Champion Leopards for control and have always wished they were just a little longer. The Discmania FD has been close but would love to try the Mystere. Thank you for reliable, consistent products year after year! Throw Innova!

  31. Tim Hall on

    Bag full of Innova, but have never had a free one! Would love to try the Mystere!!!

  32. J. D. Springer on

    I throw Innova exclusively and can’t wait to add this disc to the bag. Hope we don’t have to wait long. Another great review. Fantastic site.

  33. We’re getting one of these on Saturday among the first in Europe I think, but another wouldn’t hurt. Keep up the good work!

  34. Robert Lair on

    Being an advance grandmaster player it sounds like the Mystere would easily find a place in my bag. Thanks for the thorough review!

  35. Always looking for the next disc to fit into my bag. Love trying out new ones. Would love to get my hands on this disc of mystere. (sorry)

  36. Sean Mannooch on

    the Mystere sounds like an amazing disc and I cannot wait to get one in my hands!!!

  37. As a Grand Master player this might be a good disc for me but I do wonder, suppose I like it then how do I get another one?

  38. Luke Pearson on

    I’m a beginner player looking to expand my bag and better my driving abilities this disc may help me and my family do that

  39. Luke Pearson on

    I’m so excited for the first time in a while to get a new disc in my bag this could be the one

  40. Looks like they finally made an Astra in Champion. That’s been my dream for a while now.

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