garublador wrote:IMO, unless you know the course really well (there has to be a hole that you can reach with the distance driver in one shot, but not with anything else) and are looking to get an early lead or know your opponent really well, it's hard to justify a distance driver that will probably see limited use. Distance drivers are one trick pony discs, and when disc selection is limited, it doesn't seem as good of an idea to carry discs that have limited use unless you're sure that use will give you a definite advantage.
See, I think even distance drivers can be useful for a wide variety of shots. Thrown with less than max power, most distance drivers become pretty predictable as overstable discs, and can be thrown on short, sweeping, hyzer lines and S-lines for shorter holes; as well as thrown as spike-hyzers or scoobered/thumbered/hammered for approach shots. If you're going to putt with a distance driver, loft it anhyzer, right of the basket, and let it flip hyzer and drop in. I find even distance discs like the Destroyer/Force/XCal/Wraith/Orc to be pretty predictable on a wide variety of shots, if you've practiced with them. And if the helix-loft putt doesn't work for you, you can always putt them upside down -- they drop fast, but putt straight that way.
I think when people have the time in practice rounds, they should throw their primary discs on a lot of different lines to see how they fly. My old roommate and I used to play two or three disc rounds where would keep a score for each disc and throw every disc on every shot. Or rounds where we would keep separate forehand throw vs. backhand throw scores. Or rounds almost like Horse where one player would call a line and both players had to follow it (super-spike hyzer over trees, or sweeping flick anhyzer, or roller through the gap, or whatever). With enough practice throwing funky shots with a lot of different discs, a 5-disc bag becomes much more versatile, no matter what discs are in it.