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Ran league tonight and it started out windy and got super windy. As soon as we got out on the course the wind started blowing full on, maybe at 50 to 60 mph. And it just would not let up. The group that I was playing with (the other twosome in our foursome) double bogeyed the second hole. Every shot was difficult at best. My partner and I got as far as three down before coming back to two down. In the end the other twosome in our foursome came back to tie us and a third pair at -2. We lost in a playoff to the same pair that double bogeyed that second hole (which by the way was a short hole). They sunk a forty footer to win.
Things I learned about the brutal wind...
1) Play conservative and play for position.
2) Don't give up. It sucks for everyone.
3) Play to a position.
4) Keep the disc low or else it could sail.
Definitely a war of attrition and I am glad to be home. I feel like I was sandblasted.
I would say yes, the Gateway Demon has very large cojones!
Also, there aren't many drivers out there that can hang with a Gateway Spirit. You couldn't turn one of those over into a 50 mph headwind!
Two things to add to playing in the wind:
1. Throw the disc as flat as possible as often as possible, especially when putting. Any angle on the disc exposes more of the disc to the wind.
2. Know what the wind will do to the disc. If you know how the wind will affect the disc, you can pick a disc best suited to counter-act it. The big fallacy is that in heavy wind, you should only throw over-stable discs. Not true. Over-stable is the choice in headwinds for sure (because headwind will cause the disc to turn over more), but a poor one in tailwinds. A tail wind will cause the disc to fly more over-stable than normal, so throwing something more under-stable than you would in calm conditions will give you a straighter shot in the end.