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Hey everyone!

Got a question for the group that I am hoping people will weigh-in on.  Since I got back into disc golf heavy-duty 4-5 years ago, everything in my bag has been 174-178g.  Putters, mid-range/approach, drivers.  The heavier the better in all the chronic wind we face down here on the prairie (SW Minnesota).  That said, my driving distances (Pro Wraith, Star Destroyer, Star SL) have plateaued around 310-325 feet.  I've worked my footwork, I've tweaked my throwing motion and accelerated the "rip" across my chest, making sure I've got that little "flick" at the very end of my release, etc.  Barring my throwing off of the top of a hill or out the back of an airplane, I just can't get longer.  :-)

Meanwhile, there are other guys I play with regularly who have jumped from 300 to 400+ feet off the tee the past couple years.  They'll throw 165-168g or even a 150-160g Boss!  They're 5-10 years younger than me (39)...so maybe middle age has something to do with it too.  However, I am wondering if anyone has ever seen any studies or analysis which might suggest that there is an optimal weight of disc to throw off the tee.

It would certainly depend a lot upon body type, skill, etc.  However, if 165g would get me more distance than 175g without sacrificing too much lateral accuracy (in the wind), that would be good information to know (and then share with the DG masses).

Any help, ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks.

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I was playing with my boy yesterday and threw some for distance, mine 2- 167 Katana, 1- 170 Destroyer, 1- 170 Crush all where around 325'-340', then I threw my sons 150 dx sidewinder. That landed 50'-70' further, all tailwind shots. So I would say weight has alot to do with it. If your throw is maxed out with your normal weights go lighter it should add some D.
I haven't been playing very long but I've found that the lighter discs do go farther with my throws. Best thing to do is buy a disc that you already have in a lighter weight and see what happens. (or borrow from friend to save some money)
lighter will fly futher (with no wind involved) as long as your noy turning it into a roller. world distance i think is with a 167 valk.
165 DX Valk, 820'
Nice Freaking Throw, Sean...you animal!!! lol!
:P all in the wrist man...all in the wrist.
I switched to 150 class this year. I improved over 80 feet without wind. Took a little bit of getting used to . . . I am 45 and live in SD. Yesterday I was throwing in 30mph winds with 150. I figure I am going to live or die by these things.

My monarch 147g was just awesome in the wind yesterday. I only lost about 30 feet by having to do larger hyzers. I still hit par (3 choked putts) where I normally throw 5 below. So that is only 2 strokes off. And I only had one bad throw because of the wind, which was a pooched shot to start with and would have been bad no matter what.
I have a few 150 disks and really like them. I'm learning how to use them in the wind. The force 150's seem to do ok even with a headwind.

I like the way you think Harold. I have both of those discs in my bag. I'm not using my sidewinder for distance shots, however. I use a 167 Pro Boss.
Thanks everyone! Sounds as though the consensus would be to throw some lighter weights and feel 10-15 years younger on the tee as a direct result. :-) I'm heading to Gotta Go Gotta Throw on Thursday for my annual purchase of some new equipment, so I think I'll maybe give a 150g and a 165-167g driver or two a try. I'll report on the results of that little experiment in lighter weights as soon as I can.
Will do, Harold! I try not to make too many radical changes in my game (I've had some good "teachers" over time, and it's probably tough to try and teach this "old dog" too many new tricks in too little time). However, I am anxious to buy a couple discs that are 8-10g lighter and see how they work. I'm also going to head out to the 400' hole on our local course tomorrow and throw 174g and 167g Surge SS and Avenger SS to see what happens with each. Not my discs of choice (Wraith, in particular), but I've thrown them each enough at 174g to know what each should do. Now we'll see which one flies farther...and if I have a harder time keeping the lighter disc in the landing zone where I want it.
I was going to post the same question brother.... Please keep me infomed on your findings :)


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