REDESIGNED FOR THE FUTURE; THE 2018 H SERIES HYBRID DRIVERS
Article by Idris Garcia
Prodigy Disc’s H Series has undergone some minor changes that will have a major impact.
Prodigy first released its line of hybrid drivers in 2014 to fill the gap between fairway drivers and distance drivers with speeds in the 9-11 range. While the H Series has served its purpose for professional players, disc designer Phil Arthur said the retooled discs should resonate better with players at all levels.
“When the H Series came out, the H3 and the H1 performed well and basically fit the need we were looking for,” Arthur said. “The H2 and H4 were received well by a few in the advanced market, but the recreational player was not receiving it as well, so the idea was to make the series a little more beginner friendly while keeping the predictability and the ability to handle the power from some of the elite players. The new H Series has some design changes that change the speed and glide considerably, so it’ll be great to have feedback.”
The inside rim depth has been slightly reduced to make it easier for players with smaller hands to grip the discs, and the “nose” or outside rim has been modified for a consistent, faster flight with more glide.
The retooled discs also feature a different stamp. The styling of the graphics is different and “V2” has been added to indicate “Version 2.”
“We’ve added V2 so if in 2019 we’ve developed something that’s that much better, we can go to V3 and V4 if necessary,” Arthur said. The beauty of that is, in the collector market and for players, people can stop saying ‘I want that run that was done in 2014’ or ‘the run from the winter’ or ‘I want the night shift run.’ It’ll just be the V2 or V3. That in itself is going to be positive for people wanting to track what it is they want and what year they want it.”
Along with the second versions of the previous H Series discs, Prodigy plans to release the H5. The H5 is a versatile addition, providing beginners and low-power arms with long, straight flights while giving higher level players a great roller option.
Arthur said it will work well at wooded courses, as it is easy to hyzerflip and manipulate angles.
“It’s easy to throw, and it has a flight we haven’t seen in a decade in disc golf,” Arthur said.
Core Team member Will Schusterick has high praise for the H5, adding that it doesn’t have a hard finish in addition to the understable flight.
“It’s a really, really good disc. It’s really exciting,” he said. “Even if you don’t throw hard, you can throw it straight or flex it a little bit. I had my wife Trish throw it, and it was good flying for her. It was amazing. It would flip up and fly, and on anhyzer it would hold for a while. The edge will make it a great roller disc, too.”
Schusterick said the retooled discs in the H Series will also be popular and the improvements are immediately noticeable—especially in the H1 and H3.
Both are noticeably faster and fly further, while a slight reduction in stability has afforded them with more glide. Schusterick said the H1 V2 still works well for consistent, overstable shots but will appeal to a wider range of players while the H3 V2 will quickly become a player and fan favorite.
“It’s way different. It’s what people want,” Schusterick said. “You can tell there’s a major difference from the previous one in how much faster it is and how much more glide it has. We are listening to our players and fans and making improvements off feedback.”
Both Schusterick and Arthur said retooling the H Series was a product of getting feedback from team members, fans and vendors.
Arthur said Prodigy will constantly evolve and push forward, working to improve the products.
The first release of the new H Series will be the H3 V2 Hybrid Driver on February 22nd, 2018.
Check out the full disc descriptions and images below:
The Prodigy Disc H1 V2 is a re-engineered, over stable, fast flying, speed 11 Hybrid Driver that has evolved from of the original H1. What separates the H1 V2 from the original H1 is an update to the rim depth, which has been reduced slightly for an easier grip. In addition, the modified outside rim produces a consistent yet faster flight with more glide. By increasing the speed and glide from the original H1, the H1 V2 offers more distance without losing dependability and its over stable finish. This speed 11 Hybrid Driver will get the job done, regardless of the conditions. Backhand and side arm throwers will both benefit from this new design. Core Team member and National Tour Champion, Cale Leiviska had this to say, ¨The new H Series discs are very solid. I am impressed! The H1 V2 and H3 V2 are going in the bag immediately. The H1 is nice and over stable, but has more glide than its predecessor and is more useful in my opinion. These two discs fill the gaps in my bag perfectly. Well done!”
The Prodigy Disc H3 V2 is a speed 11 Hybrid Driver that has been built upon the characteristics of the original H3 to create an improved and superior disc. Like the original H3, the H3 V2 is stable to slightly over stable, depending on the thrower’s power. The H3 V2 sports an upgraded shape from the original H3, with a slightly shallower rim depth, offering an easier grip, and an updated outside rim that allows for a consistent, yet faster flight with more glide. This allows the player to gain more distance, while maintaining dependability and a slightly over stable finish. The H3 V2 can handle any condition thrown its way, and is an excellent choice for backhand and side arm throwers alike. Core Team member and National Tour Champion, Cale Leiviska said, “The H3 V2 has improved greatly. It’s not quite as over stable [as the original H3] and has significantly more glide. I am excited about this because its distance fits perfectly in between the midranges and X3’s which I have been throwing a lot. [It is] very easy to throw and was consistently ripping straight for a while and finishing left every time for me.”
The Prodigy Disc H5 is a brand new, fast flying, speed 11 Hybrid Driver. Depending on the thrower’s power, the H5 will have a stable to under stable flight path. The H5 has plenty of speed to spare, and provides great flip up from hyzer glide. When thrown properly, the mid flight glide is amazing. Distance matched with dependability will make this disc a favorite of beginner and advanced players. Predictable flip will allow this disc to become a go-to for rollers and left to right tunnel shots for advanced and professional players. Core Team member and 3 times United States Disc Golf Champion, Will Schusterick, has high praise for the H5, particularly excited about its gentle finish in addition to the under stable flight. ¨It´s a really, really good disc. It´s really exciting¨, he said. ¨Even if you don’t throw hard, you can throw it straight, or flex it a little bit.”