Vibram Arch & Notch Review
The Arch and Notch are new discs from Vibram Disc Golf.
When I first received these discs in the mail I had a hard time deciding whether or not to throw them because they are beautiful first run discs. After about two weeks I finally decided it was time and took the Arch and Notch out for a few rounds of golf at Bluebell Woods in Dunbar Scotland. I generally throw a round of 62-65 at Bluebell Woods and these discs right off the shelf helped me produce an average round. I've played 36+ holes of disc golf with just the Arch and Notch off the tee on every hole in all types of wind and weather. Trust your Rubber.
The Notch is a medium speed fairway driver that is easily compared to an Innova Teebird, although I think its a little faster than a Teebird and of course a better disc. This disc like the Arch is extremely consistent even after multiple high speed tree hits. In an open field this disc was flying 300+ feet and finishing consistently. Since I am not a big power player I will throw the Notch in windy conditions (Head and Cross wind) when I need a disc to hold a line and finish left (RHBH). Other players may possess the crushing ability but as a 915 rated player I do not have the power to turn this over forehand or backhand. Thrown flat backhand this disc went straight with very little to no turn until it faded. I found the Notch to be an extremely consistent disc but for the time being it will not replace the Ascent in my bag. I will however have the Notch on practice rounds because I feel my level of play can be judged by the length and consistency I can throw this disc.
The Arch is a low speed fairway driver that is without a doubt the easiest throwing disc I have ever had in my bag. At Bluebell woods we have some narrow wooded fairways and the predictable glide, turn and fade of the Arch makes it an easy choice when precision matters. I was able to throw this disc 250+ feet both forehand and backhand without turning it over once down tree lined fairways and short open holes. This disc has now gotten up close and personal with many many trees and still flies like its just out of the box. I will not try and launch this disc into a headwind nor is it a replacement distance driver, I found great success with the Arch as a control fairway driver. I'm looking forward to trying this disc at different weights to finely tune how I can use it best. This disc will help me achieve a personal best score at Bluebell Woods.
Great Disc! Nice work Vibram, this one goes in the bag.
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