I just had one of those "what the ..." experiences. I've been really working on (for the last 2 months) not changing a single disc in my bag so that I learn each disc well. It has been very, very hard not rotating in new discs. My scores have not really improved tremendously (maybe a couple strokes on average), but I do feel I know my discs a lot better. I also feel very confident in my disc selection on every shot.
Today, though, I went out to take pics of my home course for playdg.com and found a 165g, kinda beat, fly dyed, milky/opaque, champ eagle. So after the pics, I took it out and played a round with only that disc...and then another...and a third. For background I carry all Gateway and am very happy with my disc assortment (insert smart a$$ comment about Gateway or only carrying one mfr here
). My main discs are 175g H illusion, 177g E illusion, 175g E Blaze, 180g S element X, and 175g soft Wizard (there are more, but 85% of my shots are with these discs).
On the first round, I shot my average score, second was a couple strokes better, third was about 5 shots better than norm. All with just the Eagle. Drives were within 10-20' of my norm, but more accurate. Approaches I threw with anny and they flexed right in under the basket, or I just threw with more room to hyzer in. I threw sidearm for the first time ever (on a few 200'ish, right turning woods shots) and got better results (a lot more accuracy) than trying to turn over or anny some of my other discs. By the third round, I could get this disc to do just about anything (including some surprising 40' putts!!!). I even holed out for a deuce in the woods throwing a crazy flex shot that steered itself around a dozen trees in the space of about 75'. All this with a decent wind, too.
So I need some objective advice (in other words, I don't need the Innova is better than everyone else thread jack) on what the heck just happened today. Do I keep my bag at home for a while and only play with one disc? Do I buy lighter discs (I've never played with a disc this light before - 168g is as light as I carry)? Is it the mold? Is it all in my head? I really feel that there are a bunch of really valuable lessons here and I want to make sure I learn them all and make changes accordingly. I am currently stuck at the 300 - 330'ish distance plateau with only moderate accuracy and have not improved my scores noticeably in 5 months (I shoot about 7 shots higher that most of the guys I play with, so I know there is room to get better). I do field practice a couple days a week and play at least 7-10 rounds a week. Other than that being a heck of a lot of fun, not a lot of improvement because of it.In fact, this is the first glimmer of hope for me in improving my scores and skills that's come in a while. There's a lot of "what if's" floating around in my head right now and I could use some of the patented DGR insight here. As usual, there are no live people around here who are good at/willing to teach and I've got to figure it out on my own.