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.