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I just got back home from the park today where I go and throw new discs at the baseball diamond.

Does anyone else have a place where they go to "test throw" their new discs?

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The course. I like to test them out in an actual round.

Distance throws I'll go to the local ymca park,there 's a football field and practice fields.Our dg course also has soccer fields for throwing distance and practice.Course is heavily wooded,so any open field is nice to see the disc fly withour hitting trees right away.

That's what I do usually.  I like to see how much distance and fade I get on a new disc before I take it out to the course.  Just so I can get a feel for the disc and know when I should use it.

Soccer field behind a nearby school. I alwas take a "control disc" or two ...a disc I've been throwing and am familiar with... to compare to the new disc or discs I'm testing.

Similarly, I got to a large open area with multiple soccer fields.  I like to throw along a side line to reapply get a feel for how a disc fades right or left.  I even play a game to see how close I can get it to land on the line after big turns either way.  
The more open the field the better when testing though, just I case I really shank one.
That totally happened to me today.  I was showing my in-laws what disc golf was all about and my wife suggested I "really let one loose".  So, I grabbed my new Blizzard Boss that I hadn't thrown yet and completely pulled it left and almost hit my father in-law in the face.  After that I grabbed my trusty Champion Sidewinder and cranked it .  They were impressed after that one...not so much the first.

I either hit the High School football field, or the Elementary School Sports field about 2 minutes up the road. Both are always Windy, so I can get some good test throws on new plastic.

Last time I went out the Groove went the furthest.

I was at the shop the other day and saw a Groove.  I almost picked it up but I got a Monarch instead.

Local parks with trees, I used to go open field and throw 180-220 a day but then I'd get pissed at trees.


I like to get a feel of how I can find the line, now.


Knowing the numbers like the back of your hand helps, too.  In league I like going last and watching what other people throw and seeing the lines they take - at least the guys that use similar techniques - If I see one guy go off the tee with a Star FL I grab an FLX XL and just copy. 

I know that doesn't match up conversion wise, but it works.


On the subject of the Sidewinder, I just got a Champ Roadrunner for this hole that has a monster anny off the tee on my local course and the damn mold screwed me, the thing is more stable than any Sidewinder, new, used - it doesn't matter - the top is flattened out - I'm hoping the Mamba brings some relief.

Right choice. 


The Groove hoses itself because on any high speed driver you want the weight of the disc on the rim.  The Groove is a p.o.s. mainly because of that.  You expect to be able to get huge straight line shots off of the numbers, but they take too much material out of the rim for it to be a great disc, or even good for that matter.


The Monarch has a few good uses, at least.

It depends, but I usually take a new disc to the course. If I have trouble with it, then I will take it to the practice field and work with it.

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