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Old 05-02-2019, 08:40 PM
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Default HELP!! Might get Mach 3 baskets on new course

HELP! We have a course going in near me, on a great piece of property. Could be a home course, and the area needs a quality 18 hole course. Dream Come True.... and then

The course designer wants to put in Mach 3 baskets! I asked about potential alternative options (like.. anything else), but was told that DGA baskets are far and wide the most prevalent in the area and that Mach 3 are top of the line baskets.

Now, we won't be playing NT's here in a year. But why do old school designers insist on using these baskets with only the tiniest improvement over single 12 chain design Mach 1s when there are so many popular options out there?

So, what can we do?? Or - is this all just useless complaining? I've designed and installed multiple courses, and I know it is mostly thankless work, complaining about a free course being installed for us. But - why not at least make it enjoyable?
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:51 PM
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Maybe you can persuade him to go with the new Mach VII just approved. It's $40/basket more than the Mach 3. It has a 28 vs 24 chain pattern more like the Discatcher Pro 28 from Innova. https://discgolf.com/disc-golf-baske...c-golf-basket/

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Old 05-02-2019, 08:56 PM
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Maybe you can persuade him to go with the new Mach VII just approved. It's $40/basket more than the Mach 3. It has a 28 vs 24 chain pattern more like the Discatcher Pro 28 from Innova. https://discgolf.com/disc-golf-baske...c-golf-basket/
I like that basket Chuck. Did mention it too, we'll see
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Old 05-02-2019, 09:26 PM
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If I were you I would be happy he isn't going to use Chainstars.



I like Mach 3s, I've never had a problem making putts on them.
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:23 PM
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They all catch just fine.

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Old 05-03-2019, 08:05 AM
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The Mach3 is a nice basket. Of course, I'm not to the point (or ever envision myself to be) where I'm going to be complaining about frequent chain outs or something similar, so as a casual player, I like the Mach 3. It's hella durable and easy to see. I play a dilapidated course every summer that gets crappier and crappier, but the Mach 3 baskets are still hanging in there.
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:08 AM
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I'm not saying all baskets catch the same, but...

If you're thinking "Great, this course has those baskets" ...then you've already missed a few putts.

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Old 05-03-2019, 09:13 AM
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Best sounding basket on the market. They also catch the softest of putts with ease. I love them.
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:44 AM
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Maybe it's an old-timer thing, but I've always thought they're the perfect basket for separating scores and forcing the issue that lots of people complain about in competitive Disc Golf with putting being too easy and automatic. A Mach III will catch a perfect putt on the pole center height and lower with a requisite amount of touch. There's a mass of chains there on purpose, and it thins out away from this bulls-eye scenario. Anything with less ideal location off the pole with less touch increases the likelihood of a miss.

Their reputation gets in your head a little too, forcing you to deal with your mental putting game even more as you stare them down.

I suppose you could make these arguments with any thinner basket than even them, but the Mach III has that classic look and sound and I would argue they're fair (if in good condition) when rusty Mach II's from 1986 aren't.

I'm biased admittedly quite a bit for the nostalgia angle. It's human nature. When I see a new Mach III it takes me back to 1996 when I first really became obsessed with the game and my favorite courses had them (namely Grand Woods in Lansing and Hudson Mills near Ann Arbor). Back then you were delighted to see a course with a state-of-the-art basket like that, and if they were so awful, I wouldn't have known it because I was drawn to this sport with obsession on Mach III's. Other courses I played had rusty old 1986-era Mach II's, single-chain (so-called) Discatchers, and even worse homemade deals. Anybody from Michigan and my era will testify to the horrific bike lock cable baskets at Fitzgerald Park that I'm told were the originals at Grand Woods before they replaced them with Mach III's.

Mach III's caught six of my ten aces. Two of them were with giant Barracudas in 1996 and 1997.

My favorite "CHIING!" sound is that of a newer Mach III you've hit perfectly. It has a ringing quality that makes others (of the era especially) sound dull in comparison.

Are more modern baskets that catch relative rocket spin putts more fun? I suppose so. I won't deny that argument either. I'm a spin putter who would benefit from an easier-catching basket.

Have fun on your new course, either way!

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I never hear much talk about the Mach V. It is the same price as a Mach III and adds sliding outer chains. Plus the top looks better with two rings guarding the loops. The only negative is that it doesn't come with the number plate on top ($30 upgrade).

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