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Old 07-23-2013, 07:51 PM
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How does altitude affect the flight of my disc?

I live in Colorado and my home course is at 5800 ft above sea level. I'm just curious as to what altitude does to my discs flight patterns. I know Coors field is a pain to pitch at because breaking balls don't break as hard and balls fly a lot further than sea level. For example my star Destroyer will fly about 400-420 feet. I put a little hyzer on it, flips up doesn't turn much and had a nice big fade.

I don't know the difference since I've always played at high altitude.

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Old 07-23-2013, 08:36 PM
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If you went to sea level, all of your discs would act more understable than you're used to if you throw them at the same release angles you do at 5800'.

High altitude makes discs MUCH more stable/overstable.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:30 PM
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If you went to sea level, all of your discs would act more understable than you're used to if you throw them at the same release angles you do at 5800'.

High altitude makes discs MUCH more stable/overstable.
This.

When I lived at 7000, all my discs flew faster and more stable. Tournies at sea level really messed with me
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:23 PM
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Well that explains a lot. I always thought my discs weren't beat in enough to turnover. I saw a video with Patrick Blazek where he says everything he throws is stable because he lives in Colorado.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:15 AM
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Adversely! At least if your from the valley it does. I went up to sky high again this weekend and played with a cool group of guys who live up in wrightwood. One of whoms dad designed and installed the course years ago. After the 3rd hole I realized all of them threw forehand all the time. By the 4th hole I understood why. 75% of the holes up there turn right at least a little and its nearly impossible, for me at least, to turn your disc over up there. Everything becomes much more stable/overstable with the elevation. . Needless to say, they all wiped the floor with me. Lots of fun though.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:16 AM
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The air is thinner so there's less resistance/fight against your disc. I live and play at 5800'+ and play at sea level too. I've heard all types of logic on this subject. For myself my flights are longer with less effort at lower elevations.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:24 AM
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I know a number of the Colorado folks who've come to play at the GBO have had to make adjustments due to the lower altitude here. Having played in Colorado Springs (6000') a few times and once at Beaver Ranch (8200'), I've noticed that the discs don't go quite as far.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:41 AM
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Would lighter weights work better at high altitudes?
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:36 AM
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I found this to be useful: http://www.inboundsdiscgolf.com/cont...age_id=573#Air
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