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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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165 DX Valk, 820'
This is the same thing that I've noticed as well, but some people swear by just a tailwind.
You should go even lighter...Discraft, ...well I'm not going there....

I do agree with Harold, don't jump on every disc's bandwagon.....stick with what you know. I'm not saying to never try new things...just don't go haywire buying every new disc that comes down the pike.


...Back to what I was saying about lighter....more relevant to your thread...you should try 160 to 162 weights. I can't say enough about Star Roadrunners at this weight for nice easy to throw understable drivers/rollers.

For stability in a low 160's Driver, The Champ Orc is the chit!! ...man!! Even at this light ass weight they are still very stable and very long. Champ because, once you see it as just a dot in the distance....you'll never want it to beat up. ...and If your not a fan of thick rims...these discs are perfect.
Nice Freaking Throw, Sean...you animal!!! lol!
:P all in the wrist man...all in the wrist.
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.
And i think its funny that people like a tailwind for playing. I prefer to throw into a headwind because i like to watch the disc jump up and do the elevator thing. Im not sure if it slows my disc and makes it fall short because i just play recreationally normally and dont really keep track or if the jumping up motion adds more distance to the throw.
My absolute favorite driving conditions are a bit of a crosswind that is a slight tailwind, that is coming across my left shoulder (LHBH player). If the hole is North to South and I've got an ENE wind? I get out my Wraith and I feel like I can throw it a mile over a level surface. Let it go very fast and low, and the disc will stay no more than about 20 feet above the ground for 310-325 feet. A mile for me, anyway. :-)

The worst conditions on that same North to South hole I described would be a strong SW or W wind. Not quite a head wind...but coming at me from the right side of my body. I have a much more difficult time with my accuracy/placement under those conditions...so I usually end up throwing shorter because I'm worried about missing the fairway and probably (mentally) take a little bit off. Get a wind coming over and across my left (throwing) shoulder though, and I've got about three extra helpings of confidence and "go get 'em" off the tee.
Thanks Chad!

I added a 171g Sidewinder and a 167g Roadrunner to my bag about two weeks ago. On the 400 foot hole on our local course (the only one, as it is a tight, technical, shorter course for the most part), I'll tee off with all three discs (my 174g Star Wraith being the third). My Wraith is still traveling farther than the other two...with similar to superior accuracy. However, I'll give those other two a few hundred holes of practice to see how they do before I write that off as anything other than "operator error" (me not fully understanding how to release those discs in my throwing motion).

What I wish I could do is get myself on to video...teeing off with each disc several times and then having someone who knows what they are doing look at it and tell me "tweak these couple things in your grip, throwing motion, and release points, and you'll be a lot better!" Maybe I will eventually, but I need to invest in a good tripod and camera. Thanks again!
Heavier disc equals more overstable so better for a headwind. With a tailwind the lighter disc will cruise farther. Physics...

F=MA. Less mass with the same force equals greater acceleration. Glide that baby on the wind. My sweet spot for discs is 167 to 172. Quest AT Classic Inferno is a great disc. Also love the Sidewinder.

Throwing max weight with my arm would be a waste of time.
168-171 Katana is just fine !!!
I'm still trying to get the most out of my brand new 167 g. Katana. I'm not a crusher so I generally do well with discs in that weight. However, I find that I really need to make an effort to turn over my new Star Katana. It is starting out very overstable, so I hope that it breaks in a bit. Maybe I'll just have to learn how to crush just a bit.

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