Mad Scientist wrote:To achieve a right turn (throwing right handed), is there any advantage to throwing a backhand anyhzer, rather than a forehand hyzer?
Personally, if I need a disc to finish right I'll throw forehand and add the necessary amount of hyzer to achieve the amount of turn I need. I find this much more predictable, as it avoids the chance of a throw unexpectedly turning roller if too much angle is needed or the disc isn't stable enough to pull out of it. I also find that it all but eliminates the need for an understable disc for any particular range.
So why carry understable discs or throw anhyzers? I know that when employed properly rollers can be usefull in certain situations, but in general why not throw forehand? What am I missing out on?
While I agree with the answers given so far, for the most part it is easier to learn hyzers than anhyzers. Golf disc are made to hyzer, after all.
To learn a basic, serviceable forehand is not that difficult. The most important part of that skill is to understand, as you develop the shot, when you should NOT throw it (for example, depending on the skill acquired, into a strong wind, or when conditions prevent a good grip, or trying for too much distance, etc.). Too many players overestimate their precision with their NOT YET READY forehand and shank it badly, harming not only their score but their confidence.
So, Mad Scientist, it sounds like you have good basic skills in throwing hyzers backhand and forehand. You have reached a level few golfers do outside of tournament players. Congrats. So why now mess around with anhyzers, aside from those rare bad weather or bad lie situations? Because LEARNING THE ANHYZER TOUCH WILL MAKE YOU A MUCH BETTER PLAYER.
The hyzer is a crude but effective weapon, like a meat axe. The anhyzer is a delicate and precise instrument, like a scalpel. The hyzer is a tank. The anhyzer is a sports car. The hyzer is a drunken giant, stomping through a forest. The anhyzer is a ballet.
To throw a hyzer, you force it to go where you want. To throw the anhyzer, you persuade it.
Think about all those upshots inside 200 feet where you are in the deep rough. There is no single open hyzer route but there may be numerous tight little lines. The meat axe may be of no help. You need precision, bending around this but cutting in front of that.
Think about those tight tunnel holes where there is only one route which will get you there. Your hyzer discs give you two choices but the tunnel does something different. If you can't gently bend a disc then you are smacking wood.
As you learn and develop anhyzers you learn how to control discs to a level you never will and never need to with hyzers.
Throw a hyzer with an overstable disc. You point it in the right direction and the disc does the work.
Throw an anhyzer with an understable disc. You must throw it well (power, height, angle of release, line)or it won't perform. Since it takes more skill to control, it teaches you more skill as you develop it.