MVP Wave Review
The easy-to-throw Wave fulfills one of the disc golf industry's biggest promises: more distance with less effort. It is one of the best discs in stock for immediately adding an extra 30-50 feet to your maximum distance. This MVP Wave review explains why this is one of the most popular beginner-level distance drivers for sale.
MVP Wave Plastics
- Neutron: MVP's "flagship blend," this durable premium plastic is has a slick feel and a bit of flex.
- Plasma: An eye-catching blend with an iridescent sheen. It has similar durability and hand feel to Neutron.
- Eclipse: The brightest and longest-lasting glow blend on the market. Has a stiff and slick feel and more overstable flight characteristics.
- Fission: This lightweight blend has air bubbles injected into the plastic. Besides creating super light discs for less powerful arms, this allows MVP to decrease the density of the flight plate relative to the rim, thus increasing the gyroscopic effect.
MVP Wave Flight Numbers
- Speed: 11
- Glide: 5
- Turn: -2
- Fade: 2
The Wave's generous -2 turn and extended glide allows beginners and intermediate-level players to throw long-panning flex shots with ease. A flat release will yield anhyzer drift in the mid-flight, followed by a reliable hyzer back to center. This flexing shot shape is easier to access in lighter weights, with the 160-gram range being excellent for beginners.
More experienced arms will see on-demand hyzer flips right out of the box. The Wave is also a good turnover disc, and will hold a drifting anhyzer all the way to the ground. It is also an excellent option for rollers. While the Wave is good at riding tailwinds, it will get knocked around in blustery conditions.
- Diameter: 21.1cm
- Height: 1.4cm
- Rim Depth: 1.1cm
- Rim Width: 2.1cm
The Wave's sharp rim combine with a board flat top to give it a very low profile. It has a knife-like feel in the hand, and seemingly begs for hard, fast, and aggressive throws. Its relatively shallow rim is well-suited for players with smaller hands, and while the 2.1cm rim is wide, it is still well below the 2.5cm maximum width. It is particularly comfortable in the forehand grip.
MVP debuted the Wave in 2015 alongside three other 11-speed drivers: the Phase, Photon, and Orbital. The Photon has become a mainstay in many pro bags, while the Wave has experienced a surge in popularity among amateurs. It is especially popular in MVP's lightweight Fission plastic.
Skill Level Recommendations
- Novice: While it is a bit fast for true beginners, a lightweight Wave is a good first high-speed driver.
- Intermediate: All-around workhorse in the maximum distance category. Try using different plastics and weights to cover nearly every shot shape.
- Advanced: An understable bomber on turnover, hyzer-flip, and tailwind drives.
- Pro: Elite power players will prefer more high-speed stability and a more aggressive fade, but the Wave could be a useful for rollers and extreme turnovers.