I wanted to provide you a review of the first ever Thrasher Magazine football. That’s right, a Thrasher football and in case you aren’t following me on social media, I purchased two of these footballs about a month ago. One for me to throw with my son, and the other for the No Mongo studio.
Now, before you bail out on reading this as it relates "to sports”, just take a moment to hear me out for a second. You just might be looking for a gift for a friend or a neighbor down the road and remember this post and thank me for bailing you out.
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The Thrasher football is only 9” and looks way bigger in the photo above. So I will start it off with that.
When I got it, I was like, “Oh, that’s much smaller than I anticipated”. And keep in mind it states on the site that it is 9”, so it’s not like they were being deceptive, but it still caught me off guard a little.
That’s all on me.
However, it turns out the NERF football that we have been using is basically the same size. So, same size, but two totally different footballs.
This is where I have to come to my only complaint about the Thrasher Magazine football.
The NERF ball we have been using weighs in at 6.6 oz. This ball is perfect to throw and catch. The size is great for my soon-to-be 10 year old son. Keep in mind we’ve had this ball for a while now so it’s had some wear and tear, some exposure to moisture, etc.
Either way, I can throw a perfect spiral with the NERF ball more often than not, fast or slow. More of an arc or not. I have it down. Almost to wear I don’t even have to think about the throw. It just happens.
With the Thrasher football, I found myself throwing ducks after ducks. Which for those of you who don’t follow football, it’s basically a wobbly pass. And with the Thrasher ball I’m talking really wobbly. Fast or slow, high arc or not. I did find that if I threw a pass at more of an angle and sidearmed it could fly more straight.
Even underhand comes off somewhat easier, but when I attempt to throw a dart to my son it wobbles like crazy. Attempt after attempt. I did manage to get a decent spiral maybe 10% of the time. However, even that number is probably generous.
And keep in mind I can usually throw a football pretty well. Not trying to humble brag here. Just stating facts in regards to this football.
I’ve used it for many days now and I still can’t get the timing down. My son has had a few decent passes with it.
I did find that if I held on to the ball just long enough and let the ball roll much longer off my fingertips I would get decent results.
However, nothing like I can get when I just pick up the NERF ball and fire off a pass.
I did weigh the Thrasher ball and it clocks in at 4.6 ounces so that, for me, makes a huge difference. Only because I feel for that size it should either be more dense and weigh more or be a few inches smaller.
I will continue to use this ball and see if my results change. I’ll maybe even dunk it in some water and let it dry out for a bit and see what happens then too.
With all that being said, I am happy with the Thrasher ball. I’m not sure how many of these they sold, but I will continue to buy one should they keep it going. My only suggestion is to make them heavier or smaller.
In fact, if anyone at Thrasher happens to catch wind of this, I’d be more than happy to give you feedback on any prototype balls you might try down the road. You are so close with this one.
The key is to make a good enough ball that people want to throw and feel confident throwing. I’ve been throwing footballs my whole life and I don’t feel confident throwing this one.
The 9” Thrasher Magazine Foam ball is a decent addition to your ball rack, or skate memorabilia shelf. If you are going to buy one I would just keep these things I mentioned in mind.
Or maybe it’s just me? Do you have one? How are you spirals coming along? Did you have to adjust your throwing motion?
Let me know in the comments below.
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