MVP Disc Sports has released a new mold as part of their new MVP Circuit series. The MVP Disc Sports Relay highlights the players pack at this new event. Just like the Discraft Ace Race, Vibram Birdie Bash, and Trilogy Challenge put on by Dynamic Discs, the MVP Circuit serves as an event to get new people involved with disc golf, to have MVP fans gather with their favorite plastic, or to give people the chance to get their hands on discs from MVP if they haven’t had a chance to use them.
While the MVP Disc Sports Tangent and Atom are also included, the first place you can get the new Relay is at one of these events. The Relay is the first in this new 16mm rim size class for MVP. It is designed to be beginner friendly and does carry a very controllable flight that is slightly understable. MVP sent us a Relay to check out and found our best results came when we didn’t try and over power this new disc.
The MVP Relay has a small diameter which makes it very easy to hold. When you combine it with a small rim size for a driver, there isn’t much to dislike. It’s a disc that falls right beyond a midrange and just barely steps its toe into the area of a driver. It might be easier to hold and throw with a modified fan grip — or a fork grip — than a true power grip. Beginners should find it very easy to hold, while more experienced players will find a lot of control.
With our first few throws of the Relay we realized we didn’t need to give it too much power to really make it fly far. On throws of about 75-80% speed, we could really get the Relay to hit some impressive distances. You’re going to notice a natural understable flight. Slower arms and beginners will be able to throw the Relay and not worry about losing control and having it fade out too early. They’ll be able to produce some nice straight flights and quickly be able to learn just how a disc should fly.
Just as slower arms will be able to figure out how a flight should look, stronger and faster arms will be able to take some power off and get a very controllable flight. We were able to power down the Relay and really put some trust in the natural flight. On a few holes where we needed for a relatively straight flight, but some added distance, the Relay really did the trick. Even at 75% we were able to get a little bit of turn out of the Relay, but it wasn’t going to turn over too much. It would just show a little bit of character in the flight and track to the right. Since it didn’t have that much power on it to begin with, once it started to slow down the fade would be minimal, but enough to allow it to finish just beyond the initial line it was thrown on.
We found it to really be useful on holes that were slightly downhill or moderately wooded. It has a decent amount of glide to help keep it aloft, but its really the combination of turn and fade that will help you. We threw the relay on a hole where it has a decent drop off toward the end of the flight. If your disc has too much height, it will fade out too early and you’ll be far left and likely short of the basket. If it has too low, you’re going to run into trouble. Another key of this hole is the idea to play the turn correctly. We used the Relay and powered it down slightly off our drive. We wanted it to naturally turn and once we got to the drop in elevation to see the fade start to help it back. Since it won’t knife hard at all on you and really kick left, we knew we had enough in it to finish back to the left in a controlled manor. It was a clear example for what the Relay can do for experienced disc golfers.
On full power shots we were able to kick it into some pretty decent turns before a very soft fade. This resulted in many natural anhyzer shots and we found best results when we gave it some added room to fly. We’d have to start it out on a line to the left of center and likely some added height. Results were consistent, but at times not the best. It will hyzer flip for you, but even then it wouldn’t need a lot of power. It won’t take long to figure out the right combination of power and release angle for you.
Overall, we’d rate the MVP Disc Sports Relay at 6, 4.5, -3, 1.5. For slower arms or less experienced players, they’ll likely see something like 6, 4.5, -1. 2. It will seem a little more stable at both the start and end of the flight, but that is strictly due to arm speed. Regardless of the skill level, you’ll be able to control the Relay quite a bit.
It is easy to throw a high speed driver and turn heads with either some big distance or just the overall speed of the disc. That can be fun, no doubt about it. Being able to throw an accurate drive and gain some pretty decent distance while doing it will make you a better disc golfer. It’s a little cliche to talk about how high speed drivers aren’t the best option for beginners in the sport, but it’s true. A disc like the Relay is exactly what people should start with. It is faster than a midrange and gives someone that driver feel, but it comes with a flight they can handle.
Don’t let the “beginner friendly” label scare you away. We were impressed with how useful the Relay was for us. It gave us confidence on low ceiling shots and gave us a disc with a lot of control. It proved that giving a disc a little less power can easily produce very desirable results.