First of all, in my book there are no favorite discs. Attachment to a disc is really bad for your game. I have had a number of discs that I just couldn't do without and it always came back to bite me in the rear. I lost it and had to learn a new disc and a new shot. So now I don't get attached. Learn new discs and new ways to throw.
Now why retire a disc? Because I have been playing for 15 years and only have 6 aces. The first 4 i don't have because of that way of thinking that they were my favorites. Now 15 years later I only have the 2 most current ones. I wish all the time that I had the other 4! It's just a disc and I figure that spending $15 or learning something new will only help me in the end. A famous Jedi once said.......Attachment leads to the dark side! Rejoice for those who are gone, do not miss! Train yourself to let go!
I'm the only person I know that has retired every ACE disc I have...I have witnesses sign it on the front and then I never throw the disc again. I will have a great ACE disc collage on display one day!
Here's my first ACE...
Why would someone retire an ace disc (and presumably hang it on a wall) ? Because they put a lot more value on an ace than I do.
Discs come out of my bag when they get lost or they stop performing.
I hear what Russell said about not becoming overly dependent on a disc. My solution is not to abandon a favorite disc but to make sure I have backups as close as possible to that disc. So I embrace the dark side.
I don't keep very good track of aces but I have one disc which has a bunch of aces (and a bunch of long deuces and a horde of park jobs). If I abandoned it after its first good shot it never would have made its second good shot.
I got several discs in my bag with multiple Aces. Last week I got 3 Aces in a row.....back to back to back...with the same disc..if I retired it after it got it's first ace way back last year sometime...last weeks hat trick might not have happened. it happens to be my putter too....and I have 5 Aces with that disc......behold the power of the Magic!!! and never under estimate the power of the Dark Side!!! yeah the putter's black....lmao!!!
Side note though, I did eventually hang my first Ace Disc from 1995.....black Cyclone...on the wall. It's the only Ace disc I retired. I kept playing with it...lost it for a few months.....got it back...lost it again...got it back again.....finally I said to myself...."Self, don't lose your first Ace Disc" plus it wasn't preforming like it used too.
I have 4 aces (All with different discs) and I love these discs... molds and specific discs. The Z Wasp is my favorite disc, I've aced with it.. but if I lose it it's cool cause I have 3 more (none aced). Would I miss the Aced One... sure but it would not affect my game cause I have a replacement.
Now I aced with my first Teebird (Champ 11x) and lost it in a tourny.. that sucked cause I got it, within two days I aced with it, then two weeks later I lost it in some water. I didn't have a replacement. That really affected my score that round. Even though it was new, I fell in love with it! It took the place of 3 other discs that I had been throwing... so I was sunk for that round! I had to run back to my truck to get a D Eagle... still didn't help!
So Put It On The Wall or Put It In Your Bag?!? That is the Question! I'm not sure... I have 1 disc that is going on the wall... It's a Cryztal Z Buzzz signed by Dave Feldberg after the 08 Worlds, my buddy got it for me and I just had a little boy so it's going in his room.
And Russell... the Jedi were blinded by their way off thinking. (I'm a huge Star Wars fan also)