Innova Roc Review
The Roc is one of the bestselling discs of all time for a good reason. This versatile midrange is a do-it-all workhorse that ages like a fine wine, continually adding glide and distance while retaining a reliable hyzer finish. This brief Innova Roc review only begins to explain the storied history behind one of the most iconic discs we have in stock and for sale.
Innova Roc Plastics
The Roc has been produced in every plastic blend Innova has ever cooked up. To keep it simple, we'll just cover the most popular ones below.
- DX: A baseline blend with excellent grip, low durability, and a low price. The Roc is one of the best DX discs ever made.
- KC Pro: Named after Ken "The Champ" Climo, the KC Pro Roc has been a staple Innova mold for over 20 years. Pro plastic is more stiff and durable than DX, but still breaks in slowly and evenly, allowing for extreme glide with a soft finish.
- Star: A durable yet flexible premium blend with a nice grip. The Roc will fly according to flight numbers in this plastic.
Champion: Stiff, slick, and opaque blend that has maximum durability. The Roc is more overstable in this plastic.
Innova Roc Flight Numbers
- Speed: 4
- Glide: 4
- Turn: 0
- Fade: 3
The Roc is the ultra-predictable security blanket that every serious player needs in the bag. Offering both torque-resistance at high speeds and reliable hyzer fade at low speeds, this stable midrange can absorb maximum power without flipping over. While it has a slow flight, the Roc will hang in the air and glide for long distances.
A seasoned Roc is a beautiful thing. A brand new version is overstable, but will soon develop a bit of turn out of the hand and an extended glide phase on the back end. This is especially true in Pro and DX plastics. A well-worn Roc will hyzer-flip to flat and glide straight, carving up tight tunnels and finishing softly near the pin.
- Diameter: 21.7cm
- Height: 2.0cm
- Rim Depth: 1.3cm
- Rim Width: 1.2cm
The Roc is the quintessential wide-diameter midrange. Its blunt-edged rim has a big bead on the bottom. The flight plate is moderately domed, but this tends to vary based on the plastic type. It is easy to handle in various backhand grips, but is generally not comfortable for forehands.
When it was released in 1987, the Roc was the pinnacle of disc technology. It's hard to imagine, but it was the fastest and furthest-flying disc up until that point. Along with the Aviar, the Roc is a foundational disc in our sport. It has been a staple in the bag of several world champions, and after 25 years on the market it remains one of the most popular midranges in the world.
Skill Level Recommendations
- Novice: A bit overstable for beginners.
- Intermediate: All-around workhorse midrange for all backhand throws. Bag multiple Rocs in different stages of wear to cover all shot shapes in the 200-350 foot range.
- Advanced: More powerful arms will get big distance out of the Roc, with some players throwing it upwards of 400 feet.
- Pro: World Champions Ken Climo, Avery Jenkins, Paul McBeth, and countless other top pro players have relied upon the Roc for all their midrange needs.