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Base plastic isn't my fav, especially pro D, but i love DX Destroyers. They are flex machines, and they are the same if I bought one a year ago or 5 years from now. They don't suffer from the what happened to the mold situations for some reason. They are also easy to replace, especially if you are at a tourney and need to reload.
That said, Lat64 Opto plastic is the shiznit. Its like iron and beats in slow, but when it does it is in the sweet spot for a long long time. I have a hard as rock Opto River that has been in the sweet spot for well over a year and still gets thrown every round.
Highly doubtful that base plastics, when new, will produce measurable distance gains over premium plastics. The most I would concede is that beat-in discs seem to produce flight characteristics that no new disc has, and of course base plastics (DX, etc.) beat in much faster. For a given player, this formula---the right disc, perfectly beat in---might be the distance driver of choice.
Generally speaking, the adage of "know your plastic" favors premium discs, which fly about the same today as yesterday or last week or last month. But there's clearly a place for all of these options in the disc golf universe.
Dave McCormack, owner of Gateway, thinks the cheap plastic flies farther because of microporosity.
I'm gonna have to agree with you dookville!! I've just recently started throwing some opto line stuff and it's fantastic!!!