Originally Posted by knettles
Well, the optimal throw for maximum distance is a high s-curve. Any pro will tell you that. Throw an understable disc high, it'll turn and glide a long way before starting to eventually fade. However, I'm not sure about the actual angle. I'd say the golf angle of 15 degrees is pretty close. Could possibly be a bit higher. Some of the videos of the distance comps show them launching the discs way high. Throwing level is definitely not the optimal angle tho. Having that been said, most of my throws in a round are level (golf shot) and not high (max d) to preserve accuracy.
And I agree, the physics of disc golf are alot of fun.
I'll agree that checking out some videos of distance competitions would be the best way to check. You have to make sure to check the initial trajectory because the disc will rise after that. Looking at the video in this thread:
It seems as if the 15 degree number isn't too far off. Though I suspect it will depend heavily on the disc. Slower discs have less lift and will probably require a higher initial trajectory.