Roc Lover wrote:any advice on how to accurately throw FH rollers both cut and distance, and disc preferences?
After putting, rollers are the most difficult shot to learn. Rollers are like Frisbees on acid. Anything can happen from magical to horrible. You can play your home course and find very bad places you didn't even know existed with an errant or unlucky roller. Even if you start a roller perfectly, controlling the finish is very difficult. Most of the best players who throw rollers are also gifted putters. If you expect a good drive to land within 10 feet of the pin, you can only expect a good roller to get around the putting circle and can't be shocked if it is 50 feet away wedged in the deepest part of a bush.
Rollers require the correct angle and speed and landing spot. Without all three you are screwed (unless, of course, you get lucky, like can happen on any shot). So the biggest single key to rollers is long term practice. I dabbled with rollers for a decade before using them in rounds (short of no other apparent choice, emergency situations).
I love rollers. They are the most fun to drive with. But they don't love me back and I'm OK with that. I, of course, do not trust them and use them sparingly. I am not a roller master and my rollers make sure I remember that. I believe Joe Mela has a deal with the devil. If there is a better short range, trick roller guy than Joe, I'm not sure who it might be.
Disc selection: bright colors. Only bright colors. Only discs you are willing to lose. Just like with air shots, putters for short distance, mids for middle range and drivers for long range. I couldn't control a backhand roller to save my life so for FH, use whatever your primary driver is. My primary drivers are overstable as heck. For a roller which needs to finish farther left (rhfh) I use an even more overstable driver (Crush) and for a cut roller that I want to turn right and stay right, a less overstable driver (broken in Z Flash or Z Surge SS).
A roller which stands straight up will finish to the side of the top of the disc. So a rhbh roller will finish right and a rhfh roller will finish left, unless a stick or hole or bump interferes.
Throwing rollers in strong crossing winds is usually as effective pissing directly into a strong wind, unless you are a roller master or dumb lucky.
So I was playing a hole in Worlds many years ago. It was a long hole and there was a screaming head wind. I shanked my first drive into the trees on the left side of the fairway. My only real out route was a roller. So I cranked a blazing roller, hit the tiny hole perfectly at what I thought was the perfect angle. Nope, hit something, turned, caught the wind, rolled backwards, away from the hole for about 300 feet. You don't get many football-field-length negative yardage drives in the World Championships to fondly recall. I'm not looking forward to the next.
I was playing in a doubles match, all tied up, driving on the last hole with an noobie partner who deposited his drive in the closest bush. It was a long righty hyzer hole and my opponents had crushed a superb drive, looking at a long putt for deuce. So I pulled out the roller, threw what looked to be a perfect line and held my breath. It hit a bump, popped 20 feet into the air and wedged, OB, in a pine tree. Throwing rollers is like dating strippers. It may be fun but there is no security there.