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For a view of these baskets in action follow this link....but keep in mind that the ones in this video are of the portable variety not ones that are permanently installed.....
I disagree...isn't the idea to put the disc into the basket? In ball golf, you can put a putt on a perfect line, but if it's too firm the ball will more times than not roll over the hole. Same idea in disc...if a "perfect" putt slams the chains in the middle of the basket and blows through, it wasn't really a "perfect" putt after all. We're trying to put the disc in the basket, not slam the chains. Although, I do like that sound.:)
I enjoy the sport with a bit of random chance in it. To make the perfect basket that ALWAYS catches putts would be pointless. If you get a cut-through, was your disc angled, or thrown flat. If you hit the centre pole and it bounces out, then go with a softer/harder putter, or throw into the right-hand side of the chains, which when I putt tends to be the sweet spot (my putts suck as well!).
So, should any putt that even touches a link deserve to go in? No, of course it shouldnt. How many chains need to be hit before a putt is considered "good" or "deserving to go in"? So now we go a step further, and change all games and sports that dont utilise a round ball, because a non-symmetrical ball adds randomness, which we cannot tolerate. Well, lets make a bigger basket, add another 20-30 chains, and everyone will be happy because we will all suddenly be able to putt much better.
Currently, everyone has the same basket to putt into, and I enjoy the current design which has been adopted by most of the current basket manufacturers (obviously they have some differences, but in my opinion none of the big manufacturers have a current design which is in a class of its own in terms of catching ability). If a new design is found and accepted by the PDGA and its members, than great, but it means that a lot of courses will have to upgrade so that the players dont suffer too much when playing different courses and putting at different basket designs.
Going back thru this thread...I can see Mark is really bitter about this issue. I for one, like the diversity the approved list offers....any basket is a good basket, in my book, ...means I can play without using objects as targets and that is what's important to me ...some may just be better then others. Would love to see a picture of this spiderweb basket.
If I missed it...point out what page of this thread it was on.
I agree with Chuck that mesh style Innova traveler catches well. The problem being, it's definitely not made for the long haul. A basket should be built to last...no question about that.
I play 5 courses fairly regularly (soon to be 6) that all have something different. ....Hmmmmm...Maybe this is an idea for a new thread.