Frank Delicious wrote:I'm a competitor and will use every advantage I can get to win.
Me too but only if I were competing against Frank Delicious. Against anyone else I would not cheat.
So back to Vegan Ray, now I understand you have made a public stand on this issue and feel duty bound to support it to the bitter end. But in life it is best to pick your battles wisely. This battle just ain't worth it. It ain't worth it because it doesn't really matter. There is no competitive advantage to be had by violating the rule and there is no enforceability because you can't tell by looking at a disc how it was broken in.
I understand your hangup with the plain language of the rule. But this is not as compelling an argument as you might think it is. There are issues which can trump (and should trump) the plain language of any rule. I could go into a lengthy (and quite boring) discussion of things like "legislative history" and "statutory interpretation" and stuff we lawyers use to justify our positions (and fees) but the bottom line is that sometimes the plain language of a rule is deceiving and the impact irrational or unenforceable.
When I became the Competition Director of the PDGA (a long time ago) I was concerned about whether modifying discs was a problem. So I personally tried every modification technique I could find and invented a few. I ruined a stack of discs. I modified a bunch more. None of the techniques made a disc fly better or more accurately. Basically you can change the stability or maybe ruin it. That is it. Mostly you make scud missiles. You start with a disc that you know how it flies. You end up with a disc that is as predictable as your last crazy girlfriend.
In the hierarchy of the PDGA there exist the Rules Committee. We know that they know about the existence of tuning a disc (they being darn close to omnipotent). They were not concerned about the tuning of the Epic (which was built to be tuned and even then only works if tuned properly, yeah good luck baby, and launched from a canon) because from Frizzzbeee immortal (that means way back in history) disc have been bent and twisted in a desperate attempt to make them fly better. The silence and inaction of the Rules Committee can best be interpreted as a definitional exclusion, meaning they don't view tuning as illegal.
Now Vegan Ray, you realize you are taking a position more right wing than Chuck Kennedy, which is like being to the right of Rush Limbaugh. Chuck would gleefully DQ his mother on a technicality.
Sorry, low hanging fruit, just kidding. That was the old Chuck Kennedy. The new enlightened Chuck Kennedy would only give her a 2 stroke penalty.
Instead look at the more entertaining position. Let the Frizzzbee masses bend, twist, boil, microwave, smash, crush, shred, grill, heat, slice, skip, sand, rub, or perform magical incantations upon their discs. They still can't hit the tunnel. They still can't hit their putts in the circle.