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Old 06-28-2013, 09:23 AM
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So if you have an approach shot that can use multiple disc with a wind behind you - is any type of disc better then the other?

For instance you are 240 feet with a tail wind - you could use a putter or would you go up to a mid range? I suppose since the disk will THINK it is flying slower you will have to account for that.

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Old 06-28-2013, 09:32 AM
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A tailwind will do one of 2 things. It'll pick you up and take you for a ride or it'll knock u down premature. I'd say spike hyzer it. You know where that's going to land.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:39 AM
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understable and slower discs will fly more true in a tailwind and will be the easiest to range as any drivers or overstable discs will want to fall to the ground very fast and will need much more height under them where something understable and slower won't be impacted as much and could even carry in the tailwind given it was a lighter glidey mold.

For the most part = OS in headwind US in Tailwind
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:49 AM
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You will get a range of answers since this is a very broad question with multiple solutions. However, you should keep in mind that when there's a tailwind, discs tend to fly slightly faster, but with significantly less glide. They will also behave artificially overstable (not much, but it is noticeable).

I would throw a beat up Aviar for that shot.
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Essentially what a tail wind does is make your disc fly as if it was released at a lower speed.

For example, if you're an average Joe and have a release speed of 50mph, and a 15mph tail wind, the disc is going to fly as if released at 35mph in no wind. In this case a driver is likely not going to fly properly. Oftentimes you're better off discing down to something that flies better at a lower speed and letting the wind carry it the distance you need.
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I throw meteor
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There are many threads on wind. Discraft.com has a good article about wind too.

In the OP's case I'd throw a stable or slightly understable midrange like a Tangent, or Comet.
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Thanks - your answers are sort of mirroring my thoughts but being know I was not sure if I was right or not. Having only 54 real holes under my belt (sounds sort of weird) I'm still learnign about wind. All my knowledge is from Frisbee 30 years ago, but I was not trying to throw those hundreds of feet.
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The best thing in any wind is to ask, what can the wind do to help my shot? Tailwinds are rarely right behind you, so if it's coming a little over my right shoulder, I'll hyzer and let the wind carry it, and for left shoulder I'll anny.

If it is directly behind me, I'll go hyzer shot every time. You can do head-on nose-up to try to maintain lift, or a big ol' lob, but more often than not you're going to drop short.
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Practice with the discs you already own, and see what they do in the wind. Then you'll know. Windy days aw fun learning experiences. Even if the scores sometimes don't feel fun.
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