The long awaited high speed driver from Vibram Disc Golf is about to hit the shelves and get in the hands of disc golfers everywhere. The Lace is the 9th disc in the Vibram line, the first high speed driver, and a disc that I and many others have been waiting for for a long time.
When I first heard vibram was going to start making golf discs out of a rubber compound, I thought it wouldn't work, I thought it would be flimsy and bouncy and could not compare with the long tested plastic compounds used by the other disc manufacturers. I was wrong, the last 3 discs Vibram has made, have definitely changed my mind. The rubber compounds are long lasting, perform as stated, and don’t require a break in period to do what you want them to do.
I was lucky enough to get a brand new lace driver to try out before it’s release and review the disc for Vibram. The weather this week is not what is normal in Minnesota in the middle of November, the temp was in the mid 50’s with a 10 to 15 mph breeze. I took my son in law with me and we went to test the Lace and compare it to the Vibram Trak. Vibram says that the Lace is a faster Trak with more glide.
One of the things you notice about Vibram discs right away is that there is no break in period, the discs fly brand new like they've been broke in and they're ready to go. Vibram says the Lace is a stable, high speed, long range driver, with lots of glide. Comparing the Lace to the Trak, I found that there are similarities and some differences.
The trak is a disc that I have been using since it’s release. I really like the Trak because it fits into a good spot in my bag. The Buzzz has been my go to disc for basically any shot under 200ft for many years. The Trak fits perfectly above the Buzzz for shots from 200 to 300 feet that I need to make a straight controlled shot. I can throw it dead straight 5 feet above the ground up to 300 feet down the fairway, very consistently.
The Lace fits in right above the Trak, and will work good for a lot of players that can’t throw a high speed, wide rim disc. You don’t have to snap it hard to throw it straight, yet when you do snap it hard, it still flys straight. The Lace flew straight and long, both into the wind, and with a tail wind. The Trak is a fantastic tailwind disc, but unlike the Lace, it does have a tendency to turn over when thrown into the wind.
My son in law throws harder than I do and I wanted him to throw the Lace to see if it turned over on him. He has trouble with a Nuke turning over on him, so I thought it would be a good test. To my surprise, the Lace stayed as stable and straight for him as it did for me, and he threw some of his longest drives ever.
From the testing we did, the Lace looks like it would be a good disc for players that have made it past the beginner stage. The Lace will work well for intermediate players and advanced players. The Lace is easier to throw than any other wide rim high speed disc I have seen, and will last a long time because of the rubber compounds it is made from.
I’m going to run a contest during the month of December to give away the Lace that I tested. To win the contest send me your best story of the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while playing disc golf. The winner will get the disc and get their story published in a future article on this site. Email all entries to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win.
The Lace is available on Black Friday. Even here in Minnesota it’s still nice enough to go out and play. Go to Gotta Go Gotta Throw on Friday and pick one up and hit the course, and see what it will do for your game. And send in your entry to get a free Lace of your own.