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Just curious if anyone knows the actual speed of their drive or an average drive (in mph or km/h) just after release?

You could just measure the distance of the drive and divide it by the airtime (ave. speed), but that number would be much lower than the speed of the disc right after it leaves your hand.

Anyone ever get the chance to clock their drive with a speed gun? That would be sweet!

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Get one of those CMU cops that cruise through to clock your arm speed, I would think that would be the same speed as the disc on release. I date a city cop here, I think I will have her do that some day, thanks for the idea!
Yeah, I suppose your arm speed would be the same as the speed of the disc as is leaves your hand, good idea. Then again, the snap might accelerate it a little more than the speed of you arm/hand...hmm

BTW, had fun at MIDGC, I'm sure I'll see you at some tourneys this summer!
you're right it could be a little faster, it would probably be hard to catch the disc with a radar gun you may need a chronograph that you throw the disc through. When I'm able to try it I'll let you know.
isnt there a mat or somthing you can hit w/ baseballs for example, I think Ive seen that before, maybe that could work with a disc
how do they clock the speed of a baseball? it seems like you could use a similar device for a disc.
This last summer some guys from our disc club threw putters that where clocked. One of them got it to 50+ mph if my memory is correct .
I know I read something a while back where some pros were using a radar gun at a tourney or something like that. The writer claimed they were hitting up around 300 mph which I find very far fetched. I do have a bushnell radar gun that I bought primarily to clock the speed of my RC cars. ( I have the Nitro engine kind, Several are right up @ 60 mph actual speed!) maybe this spring I'll get it out at our leagues. We have a couple of big arm guys that throw 500+ I bet they'd be pushing a 100 mph fast ball!
Someone got me last summer on a cheap store bought Radar gun. I don't think it was all that accurate. Most of my drives were around the High 60's to low 70's. I did have one hit 77mph. I can throw about 450 ft. on average and 500ft at my best.
The reason I don't think it is all that accurate is because I can still pitch a baseball in the mid 80's. Somehow I feel like I am throwing a disc at least that fast if not faster, could be wrong though.
Whoever said around 300mph is a freakin nutcase. That would be the fastest know sport out there. NHRA top fuel cars go 1000 ft at 300+mph and it takes 8000 horsepower to accomplish that. I'm pretty sure that NO ONES arm has that ability. Also the fastest golf ball clocked is at around 150 mph. Tennis players can serve at 120 mph, and they all have rackets to assist.
Interesting to know Russell !, I'll be keeping my eye on this thread because oddly enough, I was just thinking about how fast a disc travels off of your hand the other day. I saw this link..

http://www.aracnet.com/~stuart/disc_report.htm

Look for Appendix B toward the bottom of the page and it talks about having a disc speed of 70 -75 mph to reach over 400ft with a disc. Interesting read.
thats an awesome little collection of info. I saved it to my favorites so I can look at it later!

Mike Inscho said:
Interesting to know Russell !, I'll be keeping my eye on this thread because oddly enough, I was just thinking about how fast a disc travels off of your hand the other day. I saw this link..

http://www.aracnet.com/~stuart/disc_report.htm

Look for Appendix B toward the bottom of the page and it talks about having a disc speed of 70 -75 mph to reach over 400ft with a disc. Interesting read.
2002 or 2003 at a Texas 10 tournament there was very nice radar gun set up for players to clock their disc speed. At the time i was a 450+ thrower and saw speeds in the low to mid 60's, with 66mph being my fastest. A friend of mine who can easily throw the 500', and even upwards of 600' was clocked at 73mph!

Interestingly enough, players with slower backhand throws (52-57mph), but very powerful overhand shots were able to produce 63-68mph with their thumber or pancake (overhand) shot.

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This is very interesting, I think I might be in the "anomoly" (circled) area, I can get some pretty decent distance, up to 400' but I would guess that my speed is not the highest and I think I utilize snap to get more distance rather than arm speed. Need to increase arm speed with the snap!!!

Mike Inscho said:
Interesting to know Russell !, I'll be keeping my eye on this thread because oddly enough, I was just thinking about how fast a disc travels off of your hand the other day. I saw this link..

http://www.aracnet.com/~stuart/disc_report.htm

Look for Appendix B toward the bottom of the page and it talks about having a disc speed of 70 -75 mph to reach over 400ft with a disc. Interesting read.

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