I tried. I really did. I’m putting this sweet Basketcase DG Luster Firebird back in my bag. I probably shouldn’t have taken it out, but I like to try new discs. I may have some overlap now but I don’t mind. Let go through a few thoughts I have on the Firebird.
It’s a fantastic over stable fairway driver. I’ve had one in my bag for probably 90% of the time I’ve played disc golf. I have owned multiple Sexton Firebirds, shout out @MattyiceWinter on Twitter. They have all been reliable, great to throw and only removed form the bag when I lost them. I’ve only purposely removed a Firebird from my bag one time.
I see a lot of people online looking for Firebird replacements. I’ve had people ask me at the course, what does “insert brand here” make that flies like a Firebird? I always ask a question in return. “If you want something that flies like a Firebird, why not get a Firebird?”
I get it though. I put an ESP Raptor and the new (at the time) Paul Ulibarri Captain’s Raptor in my bag. The Firebird was removed. I ran this bag for a few months and here is what I found. I REALLY like the Firebird. It’s just right. I will say that the ESP Raptor is a GREAT disc and it’s still in my bag and I still use it, but it could not replace my Luster Firebird. It had a bit more glide and hair less stability and when I threw it on a Firebird line, I got a Raptor flight. As for the Captain’s Raptor, it was too stable. It’s like the Firebird’s stability and glide fit right between the two Raptors. Maybe that’s just my experience, but that’s how it felt. So I removed the Captain’s Raptor and brought the Firebird home. Now if I can find a fairly priced Sexton Firebird….
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