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For some odd reason beyond me, my roommate Wade seems to think an ace is a bad shot. I am just wondering if anyone else thinks this. IMO An ace is a good shot no matter what, Intentional or Unintentional and the goal of Disc golf is to get the disc in the basket in as few throws as possible.

Wades Opinion:
IMO An ace is a bad shot because no matter how many times you throw a shot, Even if you are throwing for an ace 1000 times, and you hit it once, IT IS A BAD SHOT! Why would you throw a shot 1000 times when after 500 you know its not going to go in? I can say Ive played a couple courses 500 times and I have learned to throw the deuce. That's all I'm saying.

Back to my thoughts now. Okay lets roll with this throw for an ace 1000 times and hit it once. Okay I hit it once (although chances are I will hit it much more than once.) How many of those 999 misses did I deuce? So how does that change from going for the lay up or for the Ace? If your trying to lay it up and ace is that a poor shot? An ace run is a chance for a 1 but leaving yourself with a good chance for a 2. Period. If you try to lay it up as best as possible that would be right next to the basket your still aiming at the basket trying to get an easy two, If you try and ace and land right next to the basket (or ace which as we all know is better than a deuce) both shots had the same Idea: Get as close to the basked as possible. Same idea in both shots, So Whats the difference? What makes one bad and the other good? If you try to lay up 1000 times and lay it up once does that make laying up a bad idea? This is really just an argument between me and wade that I want some other opinions on. Its all in fun though. :)

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didnt you quit discgolf steve? wont get any aces that way, be it luck Or skill.
Exactly, the skill shot is the one that, if it missed, would have parked. I aced a 240 foot wide open hole over water with my roc the other day, and if it hadn't gone in the basket it surely wouldn't have been more than a couple of feet from the pole. It just dropped in there.

There isn't just one kind of ace. :)
I've always thought of aces as lucky lay-ups
I'm kind of surprised this thread is still going. An ace is always a good RESULT, but not always as the result of a good THROW. A good throw is a throw that was going to land near the basket if the basket had not gotten in the way, and a bad throw is a throw that was going to land far from the basket, if the basket had not gotten in the way.
No I didn't quit just L.O.A. to come back and be the next Climo.
Wow!...I think that's the most you have ever written....I think I got a tear in my eye. lol.

well said Donny!! 543 is not too shabby.....you animal!
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Early in my career I used to pile up the aces, but never placed in the cash.
My whole game plan was to run the basket and deal with whatever happened.
This will get you an ace here and there, but will not help you score well.
Once I decided I wanted better scores, I started trying to land in the best spot for an open putt. A look at a putt, that's all.
When you realize that this is a game of accuracy and not distance, things change.
"Course management" is a term used by ball golfers that applies to Disc Golf.
It sorta means....setting up for your next shot. If you do this, the pieces fit together better and your scores lower.
Once I stopped running the baskets and laying up to the putting area, my scores improved and I rarely get aces in tournaments any more. Now I cash on a regular basis instead of once in awhile.
The answer to the question is: An Ace is a Bad shot to go for every time!
There are times you can go for the ace, such as spike shots or short hole stall shots where you are going to land in the putting area by stalling it, or spiking it by the basket. Even then, I am still just trying to land in the putting area and an ace is not the goal while driving.
You can go for the ace if you are on the last card and have no hope of cashing, but it is still not a good shot and now you are toying with your rating. The best time to turn a bad tournament around is during the bad tournament, getting ready for the next tournament. Meaning use the time at the end to work on your tournament play, improving your rating and your game instead of running aces for a little bit of pocket money and some short lived fame.
When the object of the game is to put the disc in the basket in as few shots as possible an ACE is the best possible outcome there is period! Awesome shot as no doubt you were aiming for the basket.. if you weren't, what game are you playing?? Unless the hole is some short shot off the pad you usually wont go flying waaaaay past the basket on a run. Taking into consideration the effect gravity has on the disc, the fact that it's losing speed and that the chains are only a few feet off the ground, you'll likely land within putting distance. Run them ACES down!!

Now "smart play" in a tournament is different. If it's a short run and there is a chance that you will blow by, it's probably best to make sure you get the birdie. Even then an ACE would have been a great shot period!

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