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Old 05-10-2013, 11:49 PM
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Default What would you define as a control driver?

I consider speed 9 (rim width measurement on PDGA) to be in the realm of a control driver, what about a speed 10? Regardless, I think it is faster than a fairway and slower than a distance driver. I think there is a need for them sense courses are getting bigger.

What are you all's thoughts?
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:54 PM
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6-8 fairway
9-10 control
11-13 distance

i guess that seems to be the groupthink here.
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6-8 fairway
9-10 control
11-13 distance

i guess that seems to be the groupthink here.
Agree. However, I don't see much distance difference between 7-9/10. Maybe 20 feet for me give or take.
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Agree. However, I don't see much distance difference between 7-9/10. Maybe 20 feet for me give or take.
I'll second that. I often drive with Gazelles, which are speed 6. I can get them out to just about the same spot (with better control) as I can a Valkyrie or Beast...

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yeah the difference in distance is fuzzy, hence why some people skip fairways for certain slots.
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Agree. However, I don't see much distance difference between 7-9/10. Maybe 20 feet for me give or take.
I suppose it depends on the individual. My PDs (speed 10) go significantly (30-50 feet) further than my Teebirds. Than again, a PD is a maximum distance driver for me, not a control driver.
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Well where they come in to play for me is when I have something like a 450ft open hole. If I crank on say a Gazelle/Teebird, I know I'm not going to get 450ft out of it. However, if I throw a Shock/Volt, I know I still won't make it the 450ft, but I'm not cranking on something. Rather, I'm throwing something slightly faster, not as hard and with more control. I'll make it around 400ft give or take and hopefully in the fairway because I clubbed up a little instead of cranking something. That's my take on the control driver anyway. As you can see from my sig, I rely pretty heavily on slower speed discs.
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I don't know why they decided to squeeze in a control driver category. You have more control with fairways, so aren't they control drivers too? So it'd be 6-9 Control, 10-13 Distance. Or something like that.

The River says Control Driver on it, and it's fairway sized.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:29 AM
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Yeah i've been thinking a lot about teebird vs PD. on an straight hole at about 400 to 425 i know i can reach it with a teebird, but i could get there easier with the PD but on a looser line. depending on how my form is that day i may have to crank the teebird too hard to stay reliable. i don't like cluttering my bag with both molds though... decisions, decisions...
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I've always taken the "speed" rating as how fast a disc must be thrown to see its true form. It's not that you cant throw lower speed disc for decent distance, there is just threshold before the disc starts exhibiting the flight characteristics you are looking for. If you are going to throw a boss or katana for example, you better be able to get enough speed on it. I am far from an expert though, its just how I've experienced discs based on their speed.
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