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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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Now that I've looked at the data again, not that it wasn't there when I asked for it :o, If I were to guess, in general, the faster you throw, the harder it is to impart adequate spin. Whether it's simply that the average person can't get enough spin to compensate for a very fast throw, or that there is an inverse relationship between speed and spin due to throw mechanics would be hard to say. Those guys who are throwing way out there at 650 feet and 80 miles per hour are probably unique. Their muscle speed (neuron speed) is such that they are more able to combine both aspects of a throw, forward speed characteristics with spin speed characteristics.

It seems obvious, both in this data and anecdotally, that good spin is necessary for long throws, but to get super long throws, you have to have both spin and speed.

I haven't gone back and looked at the link provided, but a couple of questions come up:

1) which throws are attributed to which players? One has to wonder if the outliers circled were all one guy or a subset of throws from a number of players? If they were from one guy, I wants to talk to him! If they were from multiple people, obviously different types of throws were tried and it would be interesting to know what the participants were thinking.

2) what were the throw mechanics? In the outlier group did these players throw high floaters with lots of spin that just kept going? What happened to the power drives (high speed that ended up short)? Were they shanks or did other factors come into play.

So many questions.

maybe you didn't get any data because it was the new Innova "Stealth" disc
Pop Arounleut said:
We had a gun set up sim to the ones used for clocking baseballs during an ice bowl a few yrs back. If I recall correctly, the higher speeds that we were getting was around 75 mph. However, there were several times where there was no data on the gun. We presumed that was bc a disc is so flat so it was tough to get the radar to "hit it" to get a proper reading.

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