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Are some baskets harder on discs than others?
what are your experiences?
(I've been practice putting at a course that has the Innova baskets w/the yellow rim around the top- these baskets seem to really tear apart a disc when you hit high on the edge of the rim around the basket- chunks of the bead are already missing on brand new kc pro aviars and s. wizards. the rim is pretty sharp up top, isn't this a design flaw?)
The new Innova baskets I have played on catch very well. The yellow band doesn't impair any putts which hit below it, which is where a putt is supposed to hit. I wish the baskets at my home courses caught anywhere near as well as the ones with the yellow bands.
To argue that the Innova designers are poorly qualified is funny. If they are not qualified then no one is.
The baskets which chewed up discs the most were old Lightning Cable Catchers (there are probably still some in use somewhere. The course at Grand Ledge, Michigan has them but they have been retrofitted with chains). These baskets had no chains rather cables wrapped in plastic hung down from the top assembly. The cables were tied together at the bottom by metal buckles which had sharp edges. So a putt would strike the cables and slide down to the buckles which gouged your disc. It was sort of like putting at the side of a street sign. Almost every putt left a mark.
I played on baskets like these and loved them. But the ones I'm thinking of were not tied together at the bottom. The course was in Ft Wayne, I played tournaments there back in the early 90s. Can't remember the name of the park but it had a swimming pool.
I also think the plastic tubes were rapped around heavier chains and the baskets were huge. Those baskets were great for putting confidence, a huge sweet spot.
I have a bunch of experience getting my putters chewed up by discs. One of my home courses is, I believe, the 3rd oldest course in Missouri, built in 1980--the Front Course at Albert-Oakland Park in Columbia. The original nine baskets on that course are Mach 2's, manufactured with very shallow baskets and only a minimal number of outer chains. Consequently, our club retrofitted them years ago with inner chains. Both of our practice baskets are similarly retrofitted. The reason they eat discs is that the new bolts stick up on top of the basket, and even though some attempt has been made to coat them, they take chunks out my putters nearly every time I doink one high. This is surely my fault, but they have eaten a lot of my plastic over the past few years. The baskets on the top course are also a common source of complaint in tourneys because they don't catch as well as newer baskets--see Nikko's recent blog post: http://www.nikkodiscgolf.com/?p=416 ) but they are what they are. I'd rather have older baskets than one less course in our town.
Actually, I'm heading out to league now to play on those very baskets...hopefully they aren't too hungry today:).