Dogma wrote:I'd like clarification on this too. The rule states:
802.01 Discs Used in Play
C. Players may not make post-production modification of discs which alter their original flight characteristics. This rule does not forbid inevitable wear and tear from usage during play or the moderate sanding of discs to smooth molding imperfections or scrape marks. Discs excessively sanded or painted with a material of detectable thickness are illegal.
Since tuning is intended to alter flight characteristics, I read it as illegal. However, if you hit a tree, then bend your disc back to the way it was, isn't that just returning it to its original characteristics? Paging Chuck...
the way i see it, there's not a single pure ideal flight for any given disc. each mold has a whole range of flights that fall within "original flight characteristics" -- and tuning doesn't generally make a disc go outside of that range. the rule doesn't forbid all alterations, it just forbids those that would make a disc fly abnormally.
Couldn't it also be argued that the "original flight characteristics" for The Epic call for the disc to be in the same shape as when you bought it?
You go to the store and buy an epic, when you get it it's flat. Just like any other disc, no bends, curves nothing, it's flat. That would be my interpretation of "unaltered". Then you take it to the course and bend the shit out of it, altering it away from it's original shape and form, to make it fly a different way. Seems pretty straight forward there. There would be no argument if I bought a Champ Beast and bent it in half and threw it. That would be altering the beasts flight pattern, I don't see how it's any different.
As for the abnormal flight part. I have not seen a single disc be able to come close to mimicking the flight pattern of an Epic. No where have I seen or heard of a disc that is capable of doing a barrel-roll in mid air, flipping flat and then gliding 600+ feet. That seems to clearly define abnormal. Also giving more back up to the previous statement. That being the barrel-roll and 600ft glide is achieved by altering or "tuning" the epic.