From time to time, I’d like to offer some reviews of discs that I use frequently as well as some that many other people use to give my perspective on how those discs work for me. For the inaugural disc review, I’d like to give my take on the MVP Inertia disc. Let me start off by saying that I am partial currently to the MVP line of discs. Additionally, the Inertia was the first disc I tried from MVP, and I fell in love with it immediately.
MVP stands for Maple Valley Plastics and they are located in Michigan, which is where I live. When I decided it was time to really get into disc golfing seriously, I needed to do my research and pick the right discs. There were a few things I was looking for. One is that I don’t like to simply go with the same things that everyone else is using. That being said, 2 of the biggest companies in disc golf are Innova and Discraft. While I do sport a few discs from each in my bag, I wanted to try something new.
I started researching into lesser known companies when I came across MVP. The second thing I was looking for, and that I liked, was that they were located in Michigan, and it feels good to buy discs and support a smaller company from my home state. The third aspect I noticed was that they were doing something different. They use 2 different plastics in their discs, called Overmold Technology. The inner plastic is lighter, while the outer plastic along the rim is heavier, which aids in helping the disc fly longer, further, and straighter. All these factors came together, and I purchased the MVP Inertia Neutron.
Flight Pattern and Ratings
The MVP Inertia is a Stable-Understable disc, so it turns over pretty easily with a nice fade at the end. When thrown correctly, it will land on a straight line from where it was thrown.
The ratings are as follows according to the MVP Disc Golf Website:
The first Inertia I purchased was 175g in the neutron plastic. 175g is on the heavier side for a driver, but I wanted the stability that heavier discs bring, when first getting into using a new disc. I like the neutron plastic, which gives a little more flex to the disc, similar to Discraft ESP or Innova Pro. The neutron plastic combined with the heavy Overmold edge gives excellent grip, which makes it so that the disc leaves your hand exactly how you let it go. However; this can be a blessing on good throws or a curse on bad throws. I also like that the Neutron plastic is opaque, so it is much easier to find than transparent plastics.
Unfortunately I lost that disc, so I purchased another one (169g). This time I went a little lighter, and I get a little more glide and turn out of it. This is still one of my go to drivers.
I purchased a proton Inertia (165g) more recently to give it a try. The Proton plastic is a little harder, meaning less flex, and also a little less grip. Fortunately, the Overmold edge makes up for that, so you don’t have any considerable loss of grip compared to the Neutron plastic. This plastic is similar to that of the Innova Champion or Discraft Z plastic. I also went even lighter with this one compared to my newer Neutron Inertia. The lighter disc with a harder plastic seems to give it more glide, so I can throw it further. However, it isn’t quite as stable as my heavier Neutron Inertia.
The Inertia is also available in Plasma plastic, which I have not tried out yet.
How I use it
I like using the Inertia for fairly straight drives, or if I need to curve slightly left around an obstruction I still find it useful. I’ve also found it useful to overpower it to give a nice turn to the right and force it to stay gliding slightly right instead of trying to throw forehand, which admittedly isn’t as good as my backhand.
Improvement and Moving On
While this is still one of my favorite discs, I find myself unintentionally overpowering it occasionally. When that happens, I want it to fly straight or left, but it instead turns over to the right, but never fades back.
Despite this seeming like a bad thing, it’s actually a good sign. I know that my form and power are improving. Thus, I can begin my search for another quality Stable-Understable speed 12 disc to use for my drives. This new disc, thrown with proper technique and power, will give me an extra boost on distance for those especially long drives. Then I can reserve my inertia for shorter drives, or for purposely overpowering as I talked about earlier. I’ll also have to practice not overpowering it, which presents its own challenge, but it always feels good to have something to work towards.
I would definitely recommend this disc to beginners and intermediate players.