I'm starting my third season of playing disc golf this year and one shot I decided to learn is a roller. In fact, this afternoon was the first time I went out specifically to practice that shot. The results were amazing.
An elementary school near my home has a playground/field that is about twice the size of a football field. Perfect place to practice a roller.
I don't have many under stable discs that I throw so the only disc I had to work with was a 172g Champion Beast. I've heard tell before that Roadrunners, Sidewinders, Valks, and Archangels are good ones, but I guess you just have to try various discs until you feel comfortable with one. This leads me to some questions, but before I get to that, I want to mention the results I had after an hour of practice.
First of all, as a RHBH thrower who has no FH due to various shoulder injuries over the years, I can hit about 400 ft. on a 3-step approach, about 430 ft. or so with a 5-step. At first, it was quite a challenge figuring out how to adjust my throwing angle/release angle. I honestly didn't know if I got the disc to roll upright on its rim, if it would end up falling towards the top or bottom side. Well top side won out, but only after I got the release angle correct, meaning I got the disc to stand up on its rim. It took me about 10 minutes of throwing that one disc before I pulled off a good roller (400 ft. plus). By the time the hour was up, I was blown away because my rollers were outdistancing my longest RHBH throws easily. Towards the end there, I had some rollers that went 480 ft.
I am reading through past posts on this website about rollers. Lots of information to sort through though. So I would like to ask some questions...
1. Though I got the Beast working pretty good, I wonder if there isn't a better disc out there that will get me more distance?
2. Is it better to throw a heavier under stable disc for a roller, or a lighter one (lets say a 161g Roadrunner vs. a 172g Valk)?
3. My greatest success seemed to come when my RHBH throw hit the ground within 70 ft. of my position. If the disc stayed in the air longer then that it began to glide a bit and the roll, if any, was short lived. So, is getting the roller throw to hit the ground quickly the best idea, or can you let fly over 100 ft. and still get a good roll out of it?
4.Despite having rolled the disc out there 480 ft., I certainly wasn't all that accurate with that throw. Can you really throw a roller 500 ft. and consistently end up by a basket, or is this more a long distance shot that just 'gets you out there'?
5. Lastly, if I throw a RHBH roller correctly, it should tail off at the end of the roll towards the topside of the disc, or curl right, correct? I had several throws that ended up curling left, but they didn't go very far and the angle seemed to be wrong.