Today while trekking up and down the Toboggan course at Kensington Metro Park my brother threw a short putt at the basket and somehow poked a hole in his new R-pro Dart after hitting a thorn. Has anyone else had this problem?? Thanks
A disc with a punctured flight plate is technically illegal. A small hole filled with a thorn may not be noticed and so not called. Personally, I wouldn't call it anyway since it doesn't impact the actual fairness of the competition. There are times when logic and fairness should trump technical rules, including this.
The problem is that players become dependent on their favorite discs. At a key point in a round the thorn might become dislodged, revealing the hole. If it comes to the attention of the group, the disc might be disallowed.
It wouldn't surprise me if the thorn problem is common in some places that thorn holes are ignored. I remember playing a course which had original Mach 1 baskets, which were designed back when Moonlighters were driving discs. On these Mach 1's, a standard sized putter could drop through the grating in the bottom of the basket. The local rule was a putt was good if it dropped through the bottom, which was, in the interest of fairness, the rule which was used in PDGA sanctioned events held there (the PDGA was not consulted on this rule waiver).
Mark referred to repairing a disc with heat. I learned from my teenage job working at a sewer pipe factory in the early 1960s, that something like a butter knife, heated up over stove burner can be used to soften up and reshape plastic. I've repaired a number of discs in that way. I suspect that in the midst of a tournament you could do it with just a lighter or even a match, if you were careful.