Discraft Nuke SS Review
The Nuke is one of Discraft's most popular discs, but it's extreme speed and stability make it difficult to master. With the more workable Nuke SS ("Super-Straight"), Discraft gives casual players the chance to rip on one of the fastest discs for sale. This Nuke SS review will help decide which Nuke SS in stock is right for you.
Discraft Nuke SS Plastics
- Z Line: A stiff, slick, translucent, and very durable blend. Runs of the Nuke SS in this plastic have a bit less turn and a more reliable fade.
- 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 thier posted fight numbers in ESP.
- FLX: The Nuke SS is produced in both Z FLX and ESP FLX. Both are very flexible and gummy versions of the regular Z and ESP blends. Discs will fly more understable in this plastic.
- Pro D: Baseline plastic with excellent grip but very low durability. Good for putters and mids, but prone to extreme warping for wide-rimmed high-speed drivers.
- X Line: A step above Pro D, X Line also has an excellent grip but with slightly more durability, but not a good option for wide-rimmed high-speed drivers.
Discraft Nuke SS Flight Numbers
- Speed: 13
- Glide: 5
- Turn: -3
- Fade: 3
The Nuke SS provides maximum speed and maximum turn. This combination holds tremendous distance potential, particularly for players with average to below-average power. This disc makes it easy to throw huge hyzer-flips and long-distance flex lines. It will naturally turn at high speeds, and maintains a reliable fade at low speeds.
- Diameter: 21.1cm
- Height: 1.5cm
- Rim Depth: 1.1cm
- Rim Width: 2.5cm
The Nuke SS has the maximum legal rim width, and as such it can be a bit awkward to grab hold of. The shallow 1.1 rim depth helps players with smaller hands get a solid grip, and its flatter top keeps it from feeling tall in the hand. Like all super-fast discs, its thin and sharp edge will generate massive skips when it hits the ground at the right angle.
When the Nuke debuted in 2009, it was the fastest disc on the market. To make the popular mold more beginner-friendly, the "SS" version followed in 2011. They introduced the overstable Nuke "OS" simultaneosly, creating a series of Nukes that can cover every shot shape in the distance driver range.
Skill Level Recommendations
The Nuke SS is best for intermediate-level players with some experience throwing high-speed discs.
- Novice: Its extreme speed and wide rim make the Nuke SS hard to control for beginners. There are better options for developing players.
- Intermediate: A go-to driver for maximum distance shots on open fairways. Will be the furthest flying disc in the bag right out of the box.
- Advanced: High distance potential but with low predictability and reliability. Players with advanced speed and snap will need excellent angle control to keep the Nuke SS from turning too much.
- Pro: Niche disc for ripping tailwinds, rollers, or trick shots.