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Old 07-18-2009, 12:59 PM
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I tried carrying 15-20 discs per round. I was familiar with their flight characteristics and could usually know which was best for any given shot. In reality, the results I had didn't add up to the methodical birdie streak I had hoped.

So I changed things up and my results have been amazing. Now, I carry:

1x Pro-d challeger
1x Champion Firebird
1x Champion Teebird

My scores had dropped 4 or 5 strokes on average and I have less to carry! Having less discs makes me feel a lot more comfortable with the way they fly. I feel confident and in control with either driver off the tee, giving me a much greater chance of hitting the line I want. Only using two drivers gives me a much better ability to analyze "what went wrong?" when I do miss the line, given my aforementioned familiarity. Lots of articles say you need x number of discs to fulfill x number of throws. Mine work like this:

Teebird: Go to driver, will hold nearly any line, can throw 350ish
Firebird: When I need power forehand that won't turnover, shorter backhand, big fade around an obstacle.

I guess my point is that I feel damn comfortable with these discs in my hand. Having only two, the correct choice is obvious so I just have to worry about me and my throw. Anyone else employ a similar strategy? If you have never tried it, play some rounds with 3-5 go-to discs and see how it goes.

If nothing else, it's fun because people assume you suck because you don't have a huge bag,then you start parking 300 footers. The look is priceless :]

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Old 07-18-2009, 01:06 PM
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I play about half of my rounds with 1-4 discs, the other half with a full competition bag depending on the course. On shorter and easier courses, having extra discs doesn't help my score at all, but on courses with a lot of variety and difficulty I definitely shoot better with my full bag. I think it's all about finding what works for you on any given day.

BTW, it really is fun to surprise people who assume you're a TDD, and then go and park a hole with a roc that they just threw a destroyer twice on to get to the hole.
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Old 07-18-2009, 01:13 PM
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Yeah, I know. Everyone throws destroyers on my home course and the longest hole is 300 downhill. Most are 200-250. I am generally throwing 70% or so with my Teebird and have more problems overthrowing than under. But I guess we were all part of the faster is better crowd at some point. I know, with my 175 boss, I can't break 300, maybe that's their problem. I'm not about to tell them though. Haha
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Old 07-18-2009, 02:29 PM
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I just spent a week waiting for new discs to arrive, and now that they have, I've actually been doing a lot more poorly on the course. Well, I've only played one round since I got them, I guess, but still. I'm gonna have to learn them all separately now. It almost seems like more stress than it's worth! I guess it's really important to define very distinct roles for your discs. Those with more discs have less distinct roles, because they let the disc characteristics take over more. Coming up with the perfect 3 or 4 discs that can cover any shot I'm up against is my goal now.
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Old 07-18-2009, 03:05 PM
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I'm new to the game, and I carry a bag full of disc's. I always throw the same three disc's though. lol, Only time I pull a different disc out is if there is a bad situation and I have my bro-in-law tell me what I should throw cause he knows all the charistics of the discs, But I sure do love my

FLX Avenger SS 172
FLX Buzzz 175
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Old 07-18-2009, 03:35 PM
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I would say that over the past several months I have been changing my bag up a bit to. I am starting to trade a lot of my discs for duplicates of my favorites. Ideally I would like to have:

3-4 Surges - different weights and different plastics
3 Avengers - different weights and different plastics
2 Xtras - Z plastic
2 Buzzz
2 Magnets

I think limiting the molds I play with will certainly help me learn each mold better.
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Old 07-18-2009, 03:44 PM
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depending on the course sometimes i go bagless but right now having to drink a liter a round to STAY ALIVE i need the bag to carry my drink so i just take out the discs i wont use and leave enough to keep the bag from imploding.
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I just spent a week waiting for new discs to arrive, and now that they have, I've actually been doing a lot more poorly on the course. Well, I've only played one round since I got them, I guess, but still. I'm gonna have to learn them all separately now. It almost seems like more stress than it's worth! I guess it's really important to define very distinct roles for your discs. Those with more discs have less distinct roles, because they let the disc characteristics take over more. Coming up with the perfect 3 or 4 discs that can cover any shot I'm up against is my goal now.

Another good reason to hit the practice field
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I prefer to have a bag full just so I have options if I find myself in need of a specialized disc. But by in large I only use a few molds with regularity, the rest are there "just in case".
The key, I think anyways, is to do field research with all your discs so you aren't guessing what they will do on the course. But I definitely believe that a bag full of discs you aren't all that intimately familiar with is going to be worse for your game than only having a few that you do know well.
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I prefer to have a bag full just so I have options if I find myself in need of a specialized disc. But by in large I only use a few molds with regularity, the rest are there "just in case".
The key, I think anyways, is to do field research with all your discs so you aren't guessing what they will do on the course. But I definitely believe that a bag full of discs you aren't all that intimately familiar with is going to be worse for your game than only having a few that you do know well.
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I carry a full bag, but use the same 4-5 discs 90% of the time. The others are "get out of trouble", windy day or trick shot discs.

I do try to go out with only 4-5 discs I don't feel as comfortable with about once a week to work with them and get more comfortable with them. This keeps me from using the same old disc on those holes I have become too comfortable with.
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