Star Leopard 175g
Champ Leopard 171g
Champ Viking - stack of 175g's and a 171g
Star Mako 177g
z Comet 178g
Champ Spider 180g & 176 g
XD 171g set
I throw RHBH and usually forehand for longer approaches, say 60' out to 150-175'. My distance is 280' out to a bit over 300', I can only put so much load on my front hip. Accuracy and consistency is the biggest key to golf of any type and the Viking just seems to work the best for me. I can work it either way or straight, high or low, and it goes just as far or farther than any regular driver. Now, there are plenty of drivers out there that will get me that same distance (Eagle, TeeBird, the TL is my second choice as of right now), but the Viking goes straighter without a huge fade at the end or an issue with too much HSS. In the past I have thrown wide rimmed discs like an XCaliber out to 330'+, but there is no way I could do it consistently enough to warrant carrying birds like that, the Boss, Nuke, Groove class, plus they are awkward to grip. Also, an SL seems to be a perfect disc for slinging a forehand shot that is out of the midrange zone, but I just can't do it off the tee at full drive power. There is one in the bag but it gets used once a month or so. The Leopard is the equivalent of a 5-wood for me, I use it when either distance is not an issue or on throws that need to turn over a bit and stay there.
The midrange selection is a work in progress as my Mako is in the neighbor's corn field. F-ing wind. It seems to be a near perfect disc as far as getting on its line and sticking there, as well as gliding out a bit more than the Roc/Comet. The Comet was a fluky trade deal for me, it just looked like a slightly steeper Roc with that tiny bit of extra traction to cut down on that fade that my old Roc gave me, and that seems to be about right. The Spider is used when I need to really step on it, most midranges will anhyzer pretty strongly at that level of power but the Spider uses it to dig in to its line. I also use the Spider for shortish rollers when stuck in the trees or behind too much overhang for a standard shot. Cyclones also are decent for me, for some reason I have never had much luck with the much ballyhooed Buzzz.
I am very satisfied with the XD's, but I have improved my technique immensely practicing with a matched set of putters. That would obviously make it easier to use any other putter, but I really like the thinness and feel of those XD's. In the past I have struggled with an Aviar (the old ones with the grid stamp), Omegas in different plastics and also Magnets, but the problem was certainly my sloppy technique.
I am definitely going for a simple approach to things here, carrying two (or maybe three) drivers and working them to make shots rather than lugging around a stack of birds with one for each possible shot. I don't have enough hair left to pull out trying to piece all of that data together. Sticking with discs in the 170 something gram class has helped a lot in simplifying things. I could throw a 165 Wraith or a 160 Boss, but in reality the flight would be so close to the Viking as to be negligible, maybe 5' farther. Not to mention the wind effects on lighter discs. The weight of the disc is part of the consistency for me, angular momentum and gyroscopic forces and all. Plus I'd rather carry two water bottles around than all that extra plastic. That way I can play two or three rounds at a time. Thanks in advance for any advice/criticism.