I worked on this step of the training regimen today.
Discs I used:
1) Main Straight Driver - Z Xpress 174g
2) Most Overstable Disc - Pro Firebird (FL) 172g
3) Most Understable Disc - DX Valkyrie 175g (Beat to crap...bought used for $4 to use as a roller disc)
4) Main Midrange Disc - DX Roc 175g (pretty beat) and a Pro-D Buzz 177g (brand new...just got it at Sunday's tourney)
5) Main Putt & Approach Disc - DX Aviar P&A 175g (getting beat in) and a Soft Proto Wizard 175g (still new...just now starting to beat in a little)
I tried not to throw for distance and concentrate more on my form and the flight path of the disc. I was able to do this for the most part, but did find myself forgetting from time to time. Most throws were performed from a stand-still; or by stepping into the throw with my front (right) foot to help with weight transfer. I concentrated on body rotation and snapping my arm through while at the same time trying to accelerate through the release.
What I found:
Step 1: Straight Flight.
This first drill was very helpful in developing snap and the feel for the timing of the throwing motion. I was able to throw much lower and more nose down by not trying to incorporate a full x-step...which leads me to believe I have timing issues when using a run-up
I also found that I was able to throw, from a stand-still, each disc about 2/3 of the distance that I usually throw using a run-up!
Favorite disc: Z Xpress
For low-power finesse shots, this disc is dead-on straight, with a predictable fade at the end. If thrown low enough, I could probably put it down before the fade came into play. I'll be using this one for tight tunnel shots.
Suprise disc: Wizard
I guess I shouldn't be suprised, but this disc flew almost as far as my Roc, without an inch of play in it's straight flight path. Granted, it needed more height and a good amount of snap, but it was impressive.
Step 2: Sweeping Hyzer
A shot I thought I was familiar with, but learned some new aspects of it. I didn't realize just how much distance I could get while still making the disc hold a hyzer line. I guess not everything has to be a steep spike hyzer!
Favorite disc: All of them!
All my discs seemed to do this shot well. There were some that were obviously easier to throw longer on a hyzer, and some that were easier to sweep way out to the right and have come back to center, but they were all capable of performing some variation of the shot well.
Surprise disc: DX Valk
For as beat up as this disc is, it really held a line well. I also found it to be the longest disc when holding a shallower sweep-hyzer. If, for example, i had to stay no more than 20' away from a tree-line for 200' and then finish to the left when the trees ended after that, this disc performed best.
Step 3: S-Curve
This was a great shot to see just how far I could push a disc into that turn and still have it come back. The DX Valk was capable of some big shots in this category; but the risk was too great. A little too much turn, and it was looooong gone to the right.
Favorite disc: Z Xpress
This disc is a great straigh flyer, and with just a little bit of anhzyer, will hold a slight turn for a long way before beginning it's fade. Maybe this will change as it beats in, but for now it's a pretty disc to watch. The Roc was also capable of some nice curvy flights.
Surprise disc: Pro-D Buzz
I was only able to do it once, but I had just the right combo of height, release angle and snap, and my Buzzz flew almost 250'...from a one-step stand-still! It held that turn, glided forever, and just when I thought it was going to drop from the sky it straightened out and then faded for another 20'. Definitely going to have to practice that shot again!
Step 4: Turnover
A shot that I have liked for some time, but only around the pin when finessing my way around trees, and dropping onto the basket from above. I realized a few routes at my home course that are now open to me since I have a better idea of what disc in my bag will hold a long turnover shot.
Favorite Disc: DX Valk
No question about it. This thing will go right for a mile. I was able to manipulate the flight path and make it go right after 50', after 100', etc. The nice thing about it was that once it had turned right, it carried for extra distance on an almost straight line...very nice for dogleg holes to the right.
Surprise DIsc: Aviar Putter
I think my Aviar is at the stage of beat-in where it is changing to the next point of understability. Before, when thrown on an anhyzer line, it would fight to get stable during the last stages of flight. Now, it holds the line all the way to the ground. On a few throws, I really turned it over hard, and actually set it down as a roller and it took off towards the parking lot
All in all, it was a great learning experience and I recommend it to everyone...newbies and veterans alike.