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Old 05-21-2020, 10:02 AM
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To me, disc golf is part sport and part hobby. The primary point is playing, whether for competition or just for fun. But there's a large part of it that's about tweaking, trying, and collecting. That can be just as enjoyable and good for the soul. .
Definitely something to this, seeing as we are all on an internet forum discussing the minutia of flight characteristics and philosophy of throwing plastic circles.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:20 AM
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how do we even choose which pro to "support"
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:21 AM
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how do we even choose which pro to "support"
the same way you'd buy a jersey with your favorite players name on it.

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Old 05-21-2020, 10:23 AM
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Your whole argument is invalidated if you think Discraft is the only one doing this. (not to mention the points you make are old and worn out, every single manufacturer is guilty of all of those things)
No of course Discraft is not the only manufacturer that does it. For me I got to know Innova at first and then learning a whole other similar manufacturer's lineup just seems too overbearing. Not to mention that in terms of new shiny's Discraft seems to be the most prolific right now.

It seems any manufacturer that becomes successful does it. There are manufacturers that aren't yet quilty of all those things though and it's also a matter of degrees. I think so far, Kastaplast has very little in this regard. Also it's early on enough that I can stock up on small collections of their premium plastic discs without having to search for specific runs and stamps etc. I don't hold out hope that they won't be just as bad at it as everyone else.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:26 AM
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the same way you'd buy a jersey with your favorite players name on it.
I don't do this either so perhaps there's something related. For team sports in particular it seems odd to buy a shirt for one player given how often they're traded and you'll stay supporting the club/team/franchise not switch with the player.

In terms of supporting pros it seems to me that buying discs is the least effective method, if I don't like the disc I've just supported pointless plastic waste. It's a shame that only a handful of pros have Patreon pages allowing me to directly fund them.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:56 AM
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I don't do this either so perhaps there's something related. For team sports in particular it seems odd to buy a shirt for one player given how often they're traded and you'll stay supporting the club/team/franchise not switch with the player.
What sports do you follow/watch? I've never heard of baseball/football/basketball fans not buying a jersey or tshirt or something of their favorite player simply because they could be traded at some point in their career. Fans also don't necessarily stay supporting a team if their favorite player gets traded. LeBron fans were Cavs fans, then Heat fans, then Cavs fans again, and now they're all Lakers fans. Popular players have followings these days moreso than teams.

It's very much the same with disc golf professionals. McBeth had everyone buying Destroyers and Novas and now I'm sure all those people are buying Zones and Buzzzes. Fans like who they like and will support them however they feel; with disc golf it's normally buying plastic even if it's going to sit in a box somewhere.

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Old 05-21-2020, 11:05 AM
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As a rule, in-production stock discs only for me.
Part of the reason I love DX Aviars so much is that they are so cheap and ubiquitous. If I lose one, I can easily get a replacement.
I have developed an unnatural love for my first run ESP LE Comet. If I ever lose that disc, it will not be fun (to say the least). And I play disc golf to have fun.

Having said that, I have no reservation about spending money on a disc that will support whatever cause I feel is important at the time. I probably won't be throwing it though. That would be a wall hanger or a gift I give somebody, not a thrower.

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Old 05-21-2020, 11:14 AM
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I'm more of a "Throw whatever finds its way to me" player.

I certainly don't seek out limited edition runs or stuff like that, but if one finds its way to me and I like it better than what's in my bag, I'll go with it.

I try not to get too attached to anything. I don't think it's a good headspace to be in.

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Old 05-21-2020, 11:45 AM
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About the only thing boutique/oop that I have in the bag at this point is a Royal Rage and a star Max. Technically I walked off from some field throws a few weeks ago and left a 2015 Ledgestone Ti FLX Zone (IMO the best Zones out there). Been in the bag since they came out, and have a backup...just haven't put it in the bag yet.

I know people have a thing for old champ and star plastic, but I honestly think some of the current stuff from the last few years has been just as good if you have a place to go in person to fondle plastic. I've got a couple of buddies who prefer champ to star or vice versa, I'm not picky. Seems like some molds tend to fly "more true" in certain plastics than others, so I kinda go based off of that. I've got some champ molds in the bag, some star, gstar, and even pro.

I don't play nearly as much as I used to, so I'm not too worried about losing discs at this point. Stock discs are easier to replace, and if you have access to handpick you can typically find "the one" that just feels right in the hand. I've got rid of most of my expensive stuff, but am not opposed to having pricey stuff in the bag if I feel like I can't find the desired flight from something stock.
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Old 05-21-2020, 11:52 AM
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I have developed an unnatural love for my first run ESP LE Comet. If I ever lose that disc, it will not be fun (to say the least). And I play disc golf to have fun.
The first disc that I really, really clicked with and threw all the time even when the situation really didn't call for it was this orange Ontario Roc I had in the '95-'96ish time frame. Something I found out was that I just reacted to the changes in flight as that thing beat in and really didn't notice or think about it, so when it started to flip and I replaced it with another Ontario Roc of the same weight it didn't fly at all like the orange one had. There was still a learning curve. I had to execute the shots.

I think of that a lot when people say "Nothing flies like an...". We say that about Comets all the time and to an extent it is true. I can play without a Comet, though. As much as I leaned on that orange Roc, I certainly could play without it. We make too much out of the equipment sometimes. Most people can beat me throwing a trash can lid regardless of what is in my bag, so the equipment is just what I make of it. You still have to throw them before they actually mean anything.
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