andrew wrote:The concept of beginner friendly vs advanced player discs is too convoluted for Americans used to business models selling cheaper stuff called "beginner" and better quality, more expensive stuff called "expert" or "advanced." At the same price point, would you choose the beginner or advanced drum set, or the beginner or expert chef's knife?
"Stoopid Americans . . . ." (said in my worst attempt at a slavic accent) . Ego forbids us to use anything that insinuates that we aren't "the best".
I agree that there should be a better education/information system. I also noticed when going into the big chain sporting goods stores like Dicks Sporting Goods, Sports Authority , Champs , etc. (not a disc golf shop ) , their selection blows. Everything is in the mid to upper 170's , everything
of high speed distance drivers , usually no explanation/charts of what discs are for what, etc.
I've been playing for about 15 years , and just started digging into forums and such this year. Some years I hadn't played very much, while other years I played 3 times a week when it was nice out,etc. That said, it wasn't until I started searching online forums that I really started understanding the nuances of different discs, and how they affected my game. Sure , after playing this long I could tell when I threw disc X if it was too high a speed for me to throw properly, but I have picked up on a lot of details this year.
I think there should be a push by Innova, Discraft, etc. to make better/more informative store displays and/or offer clinics at local sporting goods stores. I watched some of the videos with Mark Ellis of Discraft doing clinics , they are very informative , even after 15 years of playing.
Terms such as "beginner" put people off of choosing the correct disc. Perhaps using the words "experience level" or something similar would be a better way to get the point across.
I played for many years not having a clue about the sport , how to properly throw, what kind of disc I should be using, etc. Probably could have been reduced to a few months or a year , but the Internet wasn't what it is now, nor did I have access to it. A simple store display could have helped a lot, perhaps even a brochure explaining some basics . You could have a brochure with a few pointers on how to throw and what to throw , what the best discs to learn with are, etc.
Sorry for the rambling post.