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how do they clock the speed of a baseball? it seems like you could use a similar device for a disc.
Theo Pozzy did an extensive study on speed vs. distance back in 2000. Granted it is dated but it was an excellent study. I can't for the life of me find it but I'm sure Theo would provide the info if someone asked him. As I recall, Speed does have an impact but he found that some slower throwers were getting as much distance as faster, i.e 40 miles per hour could be as affective as 70. And if my memory serves me, that was the speed range for drives too. That is Pros were throwing between 40 and 70 miles per hour (consistent with Hero's post).
If I recall, the conclusion was that spin was more important for distance than flat out speed...
If anyone locates the Pozzy study please post it here. This is a link to a discussion of Theo's study without the data... darn it! You will see that this poster concludes that only speed is necessary, while mentioning a discrete group of outliers where spin is the key to distance. It could well be that good speed with average spin gets you long, as does good spin with average speed...
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..
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.