Discraft Machete Review
The Machete is one of the most overstable discs on the market. As the name implies, this distance driver will easily hack through extreme headwinds. It is also a beloved disc for overhand thumber throwers. This Discraft Machete review will help you decide which Machete on sale and in stock is worth a spot in the bag.
Discraft Machete Plastics
- Z Line: A stiff, slick, translucent, and very durable blend. Discs have a bit less turn and a stronger fade in this plastic.
- Big Z: Virtually identical to Z Line, the Big Z has a slightly gummier hand feel and a more opaque look.
- Titanium: A very stiff blend that has maximum durability. Discs generally fly more overstable in this plastic.
- ESP: Solid durability but with a more flexible and softer hand feel. Discs generally fly close to their posted fight numbers in ESP.
- FLX: The Predator is produced in Z FLX, ESP FLX, and Titanium FLX. All are very flexible and gummy versions of the regular blends. Discs have better grip and fly more understable in FLX.
Discraft Machete Flight Numbers
- Speed: 11
- Glide: 4
- Turn: 0
- Fade: 4
Discraft gives the Machete an overall stability rating of 2.2. Only the Flick and Predator have a higher rating. Its lack of turn, limited glide, and aggressive fade make it impossible for even the strongest arms to put it on anhyzer for long.
The Machete will always fight back to hyzer no matter the release angle. This makes it perfect for forced flexes, spike hyzers, skip shots, and windy conditions. It is very popular for overhand shots, as its overstability allows it to hang in the air longer on tomahawk and thumber shots.
- Diameter: 21.1cm
- Height: 1.6cm
- Rim Depth: 1.1cm
- Rim Width: 2.1cm
The Machete has a wide rim and a very low profile. The flat top gives the disc the knife-like feel that forehand and overhand throwers love. Its relatively shallow rim fits perfectly in the sidearm or thumber grip.
The Machete debuted in 2017 and quickly became one of the most popular overhand discs on the market. Converted baseball players, or anyone with a natural overhand throw, will love this disc. For more traditional players, it is an excellent utility option for situations where you need extreme overstability.
Skill Level Recommendations
The Machete requires above-average power and spin to control.
- Novice: Beginners might develop bad habits trying to control this disc.
- Intermediate: Pure utility driver for short spike hyzers, skip shots, severe flexes, and extreme headwinds.
- Advanced: Long-distance workhorse for overhand throwers. Potential featured distance driver for forehand-dominant players, especially those who throw with anhyzer release angles.
- Pro: Fills role of the most overstable disc in the bag. Several Discraft pros carry this disc for spike hyzers, windy conditions, and any shot that requires an aggressive finish.