I love the topic of this thread. I had to click out of curiosity. It was hard to believe "actual NEWS" existed on the PDGA forums. Well said.
Feel sorry for Gateway -- could blow up into a huge PR mess. I'm just hoping there were no prominent instances of Voodoos being used. From what I've seen in the past, I don't think Nikko throws Voodoos, so it shouldn't affect his recent big win.
If "PDGA Approved" is stamped on the bottom of the disc, I don't think it is the players responsibility to know that a disc hasn't jumped through all the approval hoops.
If someone has been using them, I would tell them not to feel guilty. The disc is well within bounds for all the requirements of a legal disc -- zero chance it will fail approval.
And honestly, many things are not enforced. A lot of the baskets I've played on in PDGA events are not technically legal by PDGA standards, since they have been modified in some minor way or another but haven't been submitted -- in their modified form -- for reapproval. That's a technicality, but so is putting with a Voodoo. It's well within the spirit of the rules and the letter of the rules -- it just hasn't gotten the rubber stamp.
If I recall, Innova went for a while with one of their discs not getting reapproved when they changed it's name? Was it the SL? Did anyone throw one of those "illegally"? It's not just Gateway that makes oversights.
Flick long and prosper.
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