During the development of the 21.5mm Distance Driver lineup, the Photon and Wave were my most anticipated models in this class, and so far they are delivering to my expectations!
The Wave has extra height and shoulder compared to its younger sibling the Inertia, which gives it tremendous glide. The overall stability of the Wave is very similar to the Inertia, with slightly more turn and slightly less fade. The Inertia has grown to be my favorite controlled distance driver since it’s release, so learning the Wave was a breeze.
The power range of 350 feet and greater will result in controlled hyzer-flips. When throwing both max distance or golf distance lines with the Wave, I find that I have a tendency to throw with a mild hyzer release in the meanwhile of giving the disc a little extra height and left trajectory. At the 350-foot and greater power level It will consistently turnover past it’s Apex and hole the nose down/anhyzer distance line. This is where the GYRO shines it’s greatness because it will not stall out of this drifting position as long as you give it enough power. If you have less than 350 feet power, then the Orbital is may be your shining gem to hit these lines. Whereas, the Wave will offer lower power throwers very straight, neutral lines at the lower power level.
I’m finding the Wave to be one of my longest discs at my power range. In fact, I set my record farthest throw with it this week! I accomplished this with the aforementioned hyzer-flip style throw and in a steady, ideal 15 mph tail- and cross- wind. I attached my UDisc screenshot of 498 feet.
In instances where there is a small headwind or crosswind, I will reach for the Photon. Like the Inertia/Wave analogy, I’m finding the Photon to be a faster, longer version of it’s little Brother Tesla. The Photon still has a very flat profile like the Tesla, so it’s great for forehand throws and controlled stability. The notable difference of the Photon is the added shoulder for extra glide and it’s wider rim for increased velocity. I find that the Photon can almost sneak out just as far as the wave, but in a more stabilized line with resistance to wind. It has a more pronounced fade, but always the GYRO-style forward fade.
Overall, the new Wave and Photon distance drivers have added significant distance to my game. Normally my average distance drive is 375 feet with a solid rip reaching out to 400 feet (no wind) with the 20mm distance driver class. I am finding an added 25 feet with the 21.5mm distance driver class, or even greater when I hit the perfect rip in ideal wind conditions.
I also find that I am getting superb accuracy, and I have to attribute that to the enhanced GYRO effect. With this class, we have even further optimized the GYRO weight distribution. I shot my personal best round at Memorial Park last weekend of -2 (it’s a tough but fun course!), and I attribute a lot of that success to the Wave and Photon off the long tees.
I see the Wave and Photon being an essential to my GYRO rig for quite some time to come. The Wave and Photon are going to compete largely with the Tesla and Inertia. The four of these are towards to the top for my favorite distance drivers, but I think the Wave and Photon outdid themselves to secure the slot in my bag. On the other hand, if the 21.5mm distance drivers have too high power requirement for you, then you may want to disc down to the 20mm distance drivers.
I look forward to reading what everyone else has to say about these ones!