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Old 02-15-2015, 10:51 PM
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Default Fairway versus distance drivers

So this may be a fundamental question, but how do you or why would you choose to throw one over the other?

I'm still new and maybe it's just my lack of form and skill, but for long shots I use drivers and tunnel shots I use mid range and putters. I just don't see the need for fairway yet...

Help me understand please.....
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Old 02-15-2015, 11:08 PM
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Fairway drivers are more accurate and have a cleaner release then drivers. Anytime its a woods shot or there's 1 or more trees close to the teepad I use a fairway to make sure I don't hit them. Also I would much rather approach a basket on a long hole with a teebird instead of a wraith.

If I can use a midrange I will. But I can personally only throw a midrange 250 tops. I can throw a teebird 300.
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Old 02-15-2015, 11:10 PM
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I don't throw fairway drivers at all either. My slowest driver is a Champion Starfire, followed by a couple of Surges. Anything I can't get to with a Buzz or Wasp I throw the Starfire for. I also keep a Flick around. That is used for some shots what would otherwise be fairway drivers.
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I disagree with some about accuracy, but there's no arguing that fairways need less width to get where they're going. Distance drivers have a lot more side to side action with usually more lateral fade at the end.

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Old 02-15-2015, 11:16 PM
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I can throw distance drivers over 400ft, which is really the only time I use them because I can get 350-380 out of a Teebird on flat ground. i try and throw the slowest disc I can for the distance range in order to get the most control. I rarely throw above a speed 9 unless it's a more open shot over 420ft.
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Smaller rim width = less lateral movement as a general principle. The straighter you need to throw, or the longer you need a disc to hold its lines the more you'll benefit from throwing smaller rims.

Of course stability plays a huge role, but it really boils down to those two things. Stability and rim width.

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Old 02-15-2015, 11:20 PM
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Smaller rim width = less lateral movement as a general principle. The straighter you need to throw, the more you'll benefit from throwing smaller rims.
This. And most people have release issues with wider rims whether they know it or not so you just won't get the same consistency you will with a fairway driver.
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Distance drivers have a lot more side to side action with usually more lateral fade at the end.
I agree some do, but I can throw my inertia and it will fly pretty straight with forward fade and my mamba has just a slight amount of hst with very little fade.

My destroyer on the other hand makes a fairly large s curve and is only for bombing a long one Or spike hyzer shots
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That's because of their stability. You could throw a slower understable fairway even straighter on a more consistent basis I bet.

Smaller rim=less side to side momentum during a turn. I don't know why, but that means it's easier to throw it straighter.


You'll see this more with mids and putters compared to driver obviously than with fairways compared to speed 9 and under IMO, but the difference is definitely there.

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One could throw a hyzer flip with a mamba and get the perfect combo of speed, height, and release angles and get a laser beam flight, but that's about 1000x harder than throwing a laser with an aviar or Roc and about 100x harder than throwing one with a Patriot/Leopard/beat Teebird.

If that Mamba doesn't flip quite enough or too much you can bet it's going to go fast and far to one side or the other. Wider rims also skip much more than the narrow rims of fairway drivers.
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