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Old 06-26-2009, 12:22 AM
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I recently purchased a disc that says 136. I have never played with anything below 150, but it says PDGA approved. Is it Ethical to play with a super light disc. I have seen Innovas and Quest discs at 146 and lower, but the group I play with generally stays over 150.
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:24 AM
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There is no PDGA minimum legal weight, only a max weight.
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:27 AM
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Well if it is windy it could be tough. I have a Roc under 150 but hardly ever use it. Why the love for the light weights?

As for tourneys, I doubt you would be breaking a rule. However in Japan you can only use 150 and under.

Is it a putter or driver?
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:35 AM
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no love for light discs. I just saw this one it looked cool and saw it was 136, It flies so straight (in 0 wind) but that seemed too light. I just didn't want to break an unwritten rule among players.
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:44 AM
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There's no ethical dilemma here.

If you really can kick everyone's butt using ultra-light discs, then go for it. The reason people don't use sub-150g discs is not because they give you an unfair advantage; it's that they flip too easily when thrown with much power, and they get tossed around in the wind.
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I bet if you had a disc of zero weight (as in helium filled) it would be an ethical issue....at least for downwind shots. I have read the technical standards (its been a few years) and I do not remember any that would prevent such a disc from being approved by the PDGA. Not saying such a disc would be able to be designed and still meet the size and stiffness requirements, but.......



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as eric said its only max weights that are limited.
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I bet if you had a disc of zero weight (as in helium filled) it would be an ethical issue....at least for downwind shots. I have read the technical standards (its been a few years) and I do not remember any that would prevent such a disc from being approved by the PDGA. Not saying such a disc would be able to be designed and still meet the size and stiffness requirements, but.......




Only ethical concern would be how long it would delay the event trying to find that disc. No telling where, or if, it would ever come to a rest.

I believe the <150g discs are for kids, or specifically the EDGE program. I've used 130g Sharks in a school demonstration, and my brother bought a 119g disc for his child.

They are very difficult to control at any significant velocity.
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Only ethical concern would be how long it would delay the event trying to find that disc.
3 minutes.
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The only ethical problem is if you force your friends to use the light discs and you use heavy ones -- that gives you an unfair advantage. But you can use discs as light as you want. Gateway makes a lot of light stuff. An old roommate of mine has Wizards down to 105g, and often putts with a 120g Wizard -- just a light flick of the wrist and he runs putts 80' out; I on the other hand can't torque down enough to use the Uberlight plastic... Somewhere below 130g I start having trouble with finesse.
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