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I would make the basket part a little wider than the chains so they fall from the top and more chain hitters would go in.
Glostick and some tape.
Jim, I assume somebody said the same thing about word processors, land line telephones, and transistor radios.
There is always improvement to be made in any design--that said the two most promising improvements have been the three chain setup (Gateway) and the spinning vortex design (Arroyo).
Lets build on it...
Those examples are a whole different animal.... and both of those baskets suck, not in equal ways though.
How about you identify your problem and I'll tell you what you need to change with your shot.
BLAME THE ARCHER NOT THE ARROW.
And the only problem with any basket is the same on ALL baskets......wait for it.......
They use chain as an energy absorption vessel, which inherently doesn't work because chain doesn't react the same every time you hit it the same, there is too much energy at rest and too much variance from link to link for it to ever have a consistent result.
End of story.
And yes I know what I am talking about, I manufacture baskets and have tested everyone of them out there, As well as read damn near every disc golf target patent. On top of that I have been a golfer for going on 15+ years, And a physics lover since I could understand its the first three rules.
With that said, I would love to here what people love and hate about each individual model and how they think they can be improved (regardless of if its dumb or not) . But there is probably a good reason its never been done, which may have nothing to do with whether or not it effects catching ability and more to do with cost or the manufacturing process itself.
Also the most important thing you need to remember when putting is Newtons third law... every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
It'll save you tons of strokes and quite a few arguments, (I NEVER) spit out unless I completely forget what I am doing or miss my line)
I appreciate your offer to help me out Coach...and no, I didn't question your supreme knowledge as to the design of the baskets...but I have trouble believing that the design cannot be improved upon sometime, somewhere, by someone else...
It can be approved upon, but for a cost increase no one will pay.
Rich people don't buy baskets, clubs and parks departments do, and they have budgets, small ones. And most parks people don't play, and don't care if your putts spit out, and definitely won't pay more for a basket that does it less.
Not trying to be a dick, its just the sad truth.
I would honestly like to hear why you think "both of those baskets suck"...
I am sure I am not the only one that would like to hear your explanation. It sounds a bit conceited from my point of view...
I have had to really learn to putt with a Flat, Spin putt type stroke to keep from cutting through all the time. I used to be a push putter with a constant hyzer angle, but I realized this wasn't going to work and had to adapt to the baskets, if I didn't want cut throughs all the time....
There are People out there that think the Baskets we use now are TOO BIG OF A TARGET for this game, so I am enjoying the "Steady Ed" Basket while we have it..... :)
I am one of those people who would love to play on a basket with a smaller chain assembly. This would make up for the added distance we all have now thanks to improved disc technology. Not saying I don't like these new disc, in fact I love the added distance.
So I say shrink the overall chain width to about 12 inch's but keep the basket portion the same size if not a little bigger. That way if you get an odd kick off the pole it should still reward a good solid putt.
Option 2, slanted band on the cage of the basket, like the annoying yellow ones on the Innova baskets. Slanted away from the chains, This should help keep your disc from being beat up as fast and it will slam it to the ground and prevent roll aways (hopefully). Top of the basket would be the same flat surface. This also would leave lots of space for sponsor logo's.
i am dealing with the same thing currently. It seems easier to lift it in than to throw but I miss right a bit. Time for a new stable putter Im thinking. The meat on my ring finger gets in the way every time. Is it legal to tape that finger up?
I believe it is perfectly legal to tape a finger, I have used electrical tape before and that work pretty well. I'm not sure a putter switch is needed, you're just pulling your arm out a little to the right. I call it lazy putting when I start doing it, mostly because I do this more at the end of the rounds when i'm not focused. Practicing on a target smaller then the basket will help, 5 gal. bucket for example. You might try a altering your grip, extending the ring finger all the way to the outer edge of the rim, that way it can't get in the way.