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Old 02-13-2013, 05:07 PM
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Wind... How do you adapt to it?

So I am curious how some of you are dealing with "Wind Factor"? Id like to know what is your favorite circumstance, least favorite and how you deal with them in regards to the disc you may use or the style of throw that you will used that may differ from your regular go to style of throwing. If you have two different mentalities for your drives and your approach shots please share those too.

For me, my least favorite type of wind to deal with is a left to right wind off of the tee pad. I always feel that the disc is either going to get pushed down if I throw a hyzer flip from too much of the discs surface being exposed. Or if it doesnt get pushed down, then the wind flips it over and ends up pushing it way right on me... loose loose situation. I would tend to throw my Freakishly overstable GL Flow or my Tournament Sword.
For an up shot it has to be a tail wind, I really rely on my touch to get it close to the basket and use stable mid with a good amount of glide to get the job done, usually my GL Core. With a tail wind, glide just seems to not exist (obviously the disc isnt accually moving though the air as fast), and tends to make me throw a big hyzer which I am not as comfortable with nor as accurate.

For my favorites, I love a slight tail wind that crosses a biit right to left. I can take Opto Saint and really get behind it knowing that it is going to be less likely to turn and never come back on me when thrown flat, as that is my preferred release at this time in my disc golf life. ( I know typical flat release noob)
For approach shots, I honestly like as little wind as possible so that I dont have to manipulate the disc at all and let it fly true to its abilities. This is where I love my seasoned GL max weight Pain. It is very strait with a slight fade at the end and usually hits and sits.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:38 PM
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Playing in the wind is difficult. It will do unpredictable things to the flight of your disc. You can prepare well for a shot (predicting what the wind will do to it, based on experience), and have something unexpected and tragic happen (air bounces, etc).

General notes about the wind:

Drives:
Headwinds make your disc fly more understable.
Tailwinds make your disc fly more overstable.
Cross winds will catch or push down on the flight plate.

Putts:
Headwinds will lift your disc.
Tailwinds will push down on your disc.
Crosswinds will catch or push down on the flight plate.

It really all depends on the line you are trying to shape. Ultimately there is no fool proof way to play the wind. The mentality that I've taken for playing in strong winds is, "try my best, don't be surprised if something unexpected happens, and prepare for my next shot". I try not to let it get in my head to where I'm blaming the wind for poor shots.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:47 PM
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Whenever playing somewhere flat, I think the most important thing is to try and keep the disc flat in it's flight. The wind's mostly going to blow parallel with the ground, so a flat flight will minimalize the amount of pressure on the under/upper side of the flight plate. Other than that, just make a smart disc selection.

For hilly courses in the open is when things get really tricky. If it's a head/tailwind on a downhill shot, sometimes I'll use an extreme hyzer or an overhand shot. If it's a crosswind on a downhill shot, I'll keep the throw low to the ground and just hope it goes in the general direction.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:52 PM
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I deal with the wind with a Predator. What wind?
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:57 PM
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General notes about the wind:

Drives:
Headwinds make your disc fly more understable.
Tailwinds make your disc fly more overstable.
Cross winds will catch or push down on the flight plate.

Putts:
Headwinds will lift your disc.
Tailwinds will push down on your disc.
Crosswinds will catch or push down on the flight plate.
^^This. Good info right here. throwing into a headwind, I will throw something more overstable or disc up. In a tailwind, more understable. With crosswinds(and tailwinds too), just play the wind and use it to your advantage.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:07 PM
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So I am curious how some of you are dealing with "Wind Factor"? .
Throw discs in the wind.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:15 PM
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i had a pretty nice tail wind today about 15 mph and it was a 480 foot shot, which is way out of my range. I decided i would hyzer flip my vulcan. It was a good call i was able to put everything i had on it with a decent hyzer angle and it barely made it up to flat and she sailed pretty far i hit a tree i wasn't even expecting to make it too. I tried it again on another shot and i put a little less hyzer and a ittle less power into it and it really stalled out on me short. My conclusion thus far in my disc golf career is that wind is unpredictable i would rather have no wind.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:15 PM
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I point my shotgun to the sky and tell it to eff off.

Seriously though, I just throw predators into wind, escape or river with the wind and side wind I still don't know how it works.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:27 PM
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Nose angle has a huge influence on how the wind affects a disc's flight. For the headwind and tailwind putting example in lowracks post, that is assuming a nose up putt. It's reverse for a nose down putt.

General rule employed by a ton of golfers - never show the underside of your disc to the wind. It becomes too unpredictable just how much that wind will turn your disc into a sail.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:36 PM
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General rule employed by a ton of golfers - never show the underside of your disc to the wind. It becomes too unpredictable just how much that wind will turn your disc into a sail.
That's definitely the way to get consistent results, it makes it tough to get distance but it's not going to go anywhere crazy. I will purposely show the underside when it's going to help. I'll throw a super overstable disc on an anhyzer with a left to right tailwind to get a nice long straight shot, or I'll exaggerate the nose down angle in a tailwind to get a little more push forward.
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