Cortland15B wrote:1) What do you guys think of the disks I have so far for a newer player?
2) What driver recommendations do you have for a player with my skill and physical attributes?
3) How do the different types of plastics effect how the disk flies?
4) How does the weight effect the disks?
5) If someone could link a thread that explains all the terminology that would be great!
6) Should I be buying all these drivers or do I need more putters/mid-range?
7) Since I'm not very strong upper-body wise what speed level should I focus more on?
8 ) What can I do disk wise to drive longer?
I'll try to answer the questions as best as I can. I'm usually pretty to-the-point, so don't take offense, just trying to give honest opinions and help out.
1. A few decent disks for starting out. Way too many drivers.
2. The biggest recommendation is to stay away from divers when starting out. Throw only mids and putters for a while. Then move up to something like a Leopard and Teebird combination. Once you can bomb those you'll have a good idea of what exactly you need next.
We need to know how far you are currently throwing. Go out on a football field or something and measure how far each of your discs fly. That will give us a better idea of what discs to recommend.
As a rule of thumb, if a faster speed disc (on Innova's flight chart) doesn't go further than a slower speed disc, stick to throwing the slower disc.
3. Different plastic has a small affect on flight, but don't worry about it right now. DX plastic will beat-in faster (or wear out) meaning it will flip easier over time and eventually become too flippy. Champion plastic lasts a really long time. Star plastic is in-between. It lasts longer than DX, but still can be beat-in some. DX is great at the beginning when you're trying out discs. Eventually, if one becomes too flippy (after a season or two) and you really love it, you may want to buy a replacement in Champ or Star plastic that will last a bit longer.
4. Heavy discs fade out a little sooner but fly straighter in the wind. Lighter discs can tend to glide a little further but can become very unpredictable in the wind. I'd recommend buying drivers in the 160-169g range and mids and putters in 170-177g.
5. I don't have a link handy, but a few things: It sounds like you throw backhand
. does the back side of your hand face forward when you throw? If the right side of your body faces the target when throwing right-handed, that's backhand. Forehand
is also called sidearm. The palm of your hand faces forward and the left side of your body faces forward.
throw will make the disc "turn"/curve (in the direction your back/butt is facing) a bit before fading
at the end. The direction a disc finishes the final portion of it's flight is called the fade
, and should be toward the direction your chest is facing when lining up. A hyzer
throw angles the disc so that it curves (in the direction your chest/belly is pointing) more than a flat throw.
6. Again, we need to know how far you are throwing. Chances are you'd get more distance with midranges right now, or possible fairway drivers. Stay away from distance drivers when playing. It's cool to practice with distance drivers out in a field, but when playing a real round, you'll get better scores with mids and fairways.
7. Body size/strength doesn't matter. Good form does. There are no magic numbers either. Experiment and find what works, I'll give a few suggestions below.
8. To drive longer, you need better technique and form. There's no such thing as a magical better disk to give you more distance.Disk suggestionsPutters
: You're good. Pick up another DX Aviar 170g or more so you have two to practice with.Mid Ranges
: The Cobra is a good understable (flippy) disc. Pick up a 170g+ DX Roc or Shark for a slightly overstable (straighter disc in the wind or when you need more fade at the end). The 140g Shark you have might not hold up to well in a wind.Fairway Drivers
: The Leopard is great to start with. I would also pick up a 160-169g DX Teebird or Eagle to practice with. Before long these should be your go-to drivers.Distance Drivers
: Stay away from these for now. One you can get Teebirds/Eagles/Leopards out 250' or more consistently, then you'll know you're ready for DDs and which ones you want.
Good luck, happy discing.