archimedesjs wrote:Honestly, it's such a stupid rule…Enough with the self-righteousness, start hammering on rules that are actually applicable to fair play.
Methinks the self-righteous act is unilaterally deciding which rules are sufficiently "non-stupid" and "applicable to fair play" to deem worthy of self-enforcement.
I do believe the rule is stupid, but I back that up with logical reasoning. As far as self-righteousness is concerned, you pretty much drenched the entire thread in it from your bleeding heart:
"I understand that honor - and good character in general - is increasingly absent in our society and becomes even more absent with each successive generation of spoiled brats, but those same brats will be in for quite a surprise when a non-spineless pDGA leadership finally comes into power, sees the woeful state of character & honor in both society in general and tournament disc golfers in particular, and decides to take action: mandating a non-playing official to accompany each card & raising fees x-fold to allow for such a mandate. That will be the end of honor in the game, the end of my & many other right-thinking folks' competitive participation in it, the end of the "Golden Age of Disc Golf" (if that hasn't already happened), and one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse of competitive disc golf itself"
Putting the rule aside for a moment, look at this like a logical human being. Disc molds come from the manufacturers with all different flight characteristics for discs of the same mold. I had mentioned the Innova Champion Groove as a prime example of this. I have thrown 2 BRAND NEW Grooves, and they both had ridiculously different flight paths. One was a meat hook, and the other flew as understable as a beat in DX Cobra. Same with Katana's. I have a Star Katana I STILL can't flip, and I've been throwing it for over 6 months, and I've thrown a new one that turned over immediately and hit the ground. Even my beloved Wizards have had some drastic dissimiliarities with their out of the box flight paths. What is the difference between allowing your disc to get beat in from hitting trees, concrete, asphalt, earth, etc. and making the adjustment yourself?
What if my disc is run over by a car, by accident, and I choose to still play with it? It went from a dome top to a flat top. I didn't alter the disc myself, it was a result of natural wear and tear. I would not be breaking any rules, unless the car wrote on my disc with an ink that had "thickness", or if it cracked or creased it. The rule then becomes a matter of intent, which is ridiculous. That means that if I'm intentionally playing with a disc that I want to break in faster on a heavily wooded course, I'm breaking the rule. I'm intentionally throwing it on that course because of the high probability of hitting a tree with it, and having the disc be modified so as to fly more understable. Sure, it's "natural wear and tear", but I'm doing it intentionally for the explicit purpose of modifying the disc's flight path. Any rule that leaves this much room to interpretation, should be worded differently or completely removed.