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I have been changing discs as of late like a newborn gos through diapers.... ONE constant I am finding is that I STARTED off using discs that were to Heavy for me. I am not a weenie, so I tell myself, so I started with 172-175gm discs right from the get go. Now that I have been trying new brands and new plastics, I have been dropping down and found this MAGIC number where the discs have really started doing more of what their ratings say they will. 166GM..... This seems to be my Magic number... Can the small reduction in weight (what the hizzle is a few grams anyway) REALLY make that much difference? I think I SEE that it can, but I am also going from ALL Innova discs to Mostly Discraft and some Lat 64. Is it the weights, or the Manufacturer, or both?? Or None??
I should say I always keep 1 150 class fairway driver as a tailwind driver (was a 155gm DX Cheetah, Now a 150gm Elite X Surge 150 Class) and turnover disc. Even at Full power, I have always had an EASIER time controlling them.... Even if I have to Hyzer flip them.
It amazes me as well that a couple grams can make such a difference. My 167 and 174 gram dx valks for example.
The 174 is less susceptible to crash and burn on a turnover, but the 167 gives me more distance on average.
It would be like a full size Chevy truck hitting a brick wall vs a Toyota Tacoma. They are both good size trucks, but that extra weight on the Chevy is going to be carrying more inertia. The same is true with a disc, it just carries that much more penetrating power at speed. It can also cause early release if your grip isn't up to power yet.
I have some heavy weight stuff in midrange discs, and a few understable molds in heavier weights, but for the most parts I carry plastic in the high 160's. I like to carry a few 150's discs for light touch shots in and around trees as well, and they are a gravity beater on those insane uphill pulls.
Start in the low weights on understable discs and then start increasing the weights if you start flipping them. Just make sure you are not breaking form.