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Today I was out on the course, and I realized I had a lot of discs in the bag that did the same thing. I have always tried to practice mold reduction, but sometimes it just seemed impossible. I was auditioning a lot of discs for different roles, some of which didnt need to be exclusively filled. The following molds were in my bag: Max, Orc, Destroyer, Teerex, Sidewinder, Firebird, Teebird, Sentinel, Roc, Omega SS, Aviar, and Warlock. It wasn't what I would bring to a tournament, but I was trying to figure out what discs were best. After deliberation, many shots thrown, and a decent amount of field testing, I broke down discs into 4 categories. Distance, Control, Midrange, Putt and Approach. I don't think that break down is anything new, but important to group discs there anyways. For distance the destroyer will be the longest disc, its also controllable enough that I should be able to make a predictable golf shot in most conditions. It has the stability for wind, and plenty of glide. Put two of those in the bag, one new for in the wind, and one thats understable to take advantage of a tailwind or drives uphill. Distance category taken care of, now to the control category. The teebird is the quintessential disc here, no brainer there. Put three in tha bag, one new for the wind, one thats dead straight, and ones that beat up so it will take a nice turn in its flight and for rollers. However we still do not have an overstable disc in the bag, our choices for these purposes are the Max an Firebird, Spirit can be in there for old times sake, and q sentinel. I think the max is a bit finiky, and lots of distance and a huge skip, same with spirit and tough to hold on to. Sentinel is a bit short and close enough to a roc but I am getting ahead of myself. Add a firebird to the mix for the stability, forehands, etc. Roc's are the midrange, and who wants a big lip for shorter shots to hinder release, make it part of the approach category too. 4 Rocs, Two 11x for straight/hyzer shots, and two beat 10x for turnovers. Last is putting and my biggest woe. I believe gateway has the best molds for putters, and I love putting beadless. My hyzer straddle plays to this stability and my hands feel comfortable. I have had both great luck putting with the warlock and aviars. However I have a tough time finding hard proto warlocks (the glow ones) that I loved so, none are the same. So I am still undecided between the warlock and classic aviar. Omega SS goes in for trick putts. That makes 5 or 6 molds depending how you count (aviar and omega are the samemold). So lets try out that layout and see where it takes us.

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Comment by DC ( DISCFUNCTIONAL CHRIS ) on January 27, 2008 at 10:15am
im with you, so many many manufactures so many discs, which to choose from, i have to admit my biggest self induced problem is i have to have every thing new that comes out, you know, always looking for that holy grail, chain self seeking disc, but i do have my standard discs that are always in my bag, destroyer, beast, sidewinder,roc, buzzz and last but not least steady ed gumbputter ( not the holy grail but darn close )

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