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03-31-2014, 08:56 PM
 JFibeZZZ Birdie Member Join Date: Apr 2013 Courses Played: 1 Posts: 448 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

All good advice, and be careful when throwing a high speed driver when you normally wouldn't. The speed of the driver when it hits the ground will cause a skip if it has any kind of hyzer on it, and if the wind picks it up it will make it soar farther than you can imagine. Just yesterday the wind was gusting 40mph+ and I did just that, threw a driver from 150 ft out into a crosswind. Well, it landed 10 feet to the right of the basket, skipped, and flew 20 feet to the left of the basket. Craziness.
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#12
04-03-2014, 03:17 AM
 DiscFifty Double Eagle Member Join Date: Sep 2012 Location: Tx Years Playing: 5.5 Courses Played: 19 Throwing Style: RHBH Posts: 1,336 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Headwind = heavy and over stable. Tailwind = light and stable to understable.

Max d conditions for rhbh is a light wind coming in from your left shoulder.

#13
04-03-2014, 10:57 AM
 chadair Bogey Member Join Date: Feb 2013 Years Playing: 5.5 Courses Played: 25 Throwing Style: RHBH Posts: 57 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

You can make a simple calculation to see if you are beating the wind.

Headwind (mph) x flight time (sec) x 1.5

So if you are throwing into a 10 mph headwind and your disc flies for 6 seconds, your drive will be about 90' shorter.

In reality, a headwind gives you a bit more float which gains back some of that lost distance, and in a tailwind the disc falls out a bit sooner. But this is simple estimate that allows you to how you are doing with your headwind throws.

You can figure this out for a crosswinds too, using trig to solve the headwind component.

Chad

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