What characteristics would make a good roller? I don't have experience with rolling, but I reasoned that an ideal roller would have a large diameter and heavy weight to carry it over and thru obstacles. Kinda like a big wheels are usually used to help four wheel drive vehicles roll over rough terrain. I also thought it might be good if it were a little understable, so that it would flip over on its own while in flight rather than having to release it in an upright super anny angle. Am I out in left field? Is there something wrong with my 4x4 comparison? Wish I had my old Barracuda back. That thing was huge and heavy. I liked the way it flew but the diameter was so large I could barely get it in the bag.
I only throw forehand rollers because it's a lot easier to get the disc on the right angle when it hits the ground. The Raging Inferno has a lot of weight near the rim so it has a lot of angular momentum while rolling. Once it gets going it will track in a fairly straight line before it turns back. That's why I like it. There is one hole on our course where I can rip it down the middle with a forehand roller and it will take off and keep on going.
Now I have also thrown a forehand roller when I'm in the trees and I need the disc to go out and then follow a long gradual arc. In this instance I would probably go with a Star TeeBird. I have used it before for this very situation and it worked great.
I really only started using forehand rollers last year but now I have one extra tool in the bag.
180 DX Stingray! Preferably white so you can roll at night. I tried using a Champ sidewinder, but the Champ plastic doesn't stick to the ground on first contact as well as DX. Initial contact is extremely important as any slippage results in a sharp left turn and eventual 'halibut hook' shape roll.
I was playing a doubles tourney at UC Irvine 17 years ago and got the only birdie of the tourney on a certain hole with a HUGE roller. My partner CVK hit a fifteen foot putt for the bird. I should mention the roller ace on the same hole an hour later. I don't want mention the ace'rs name but his initials are Dave Dunipace. Can you guess what disc we both used?
I also roll a Pro Katana for even huger s turn rollers. The first Katana roll was completely accidental but five feet from hole #9 deeeep at Morley.