keltik wrote:well I've gone through and read this whole thread and all your changes. I have some questions.
you went a long time with the Buzzz/Meteor. do you ever miss it? Do you ever miss the Fuse?
you also went a long time with just the PD. now you only have one. what changed with the PD and you?
You've been through the usual odyssey with max distance drivers and now you have come back to the Boss but the Blizzard type. Do you think it is better suited as a lightweight disc? I remember reading earlier about your liking of heavier discs due to your having long arms.
Comments: JLS is a nice disc. very underrated in the grand scheme of things. I was surprised how long you went with both the Buzzz and Stalker in your bag.
I'm missing the Buzzz less and less. When I was into the Buzzz I used to throw it for a ridiculous amount of shots, especially here in FL. I looked at the course as a bunch of 280-340' straight lines. My mid game really lacked diversity, even with the Meteor and later the Fuse. I liked both those discs alongside the Buzzz, but not so much without it...I never really appreciated a slower and more controlled midrange pull. I can do a lot more with my Axis and Vectors than I could with my previous mid setups, and over more ranges. My short game has improved, especially when I need a line other than straight. I was still missing my Buzzz on 315'+ straight shots, but with my new flat 174 Vectors I don't any more.
As far as PDs go, at one point I had several I really liked. I had a run of bad luck and lost my favorite P, red champystar, and CFR CPD, all very seasoned. The new Ps weren't the same at all, and I couldn't stand the gummies or the stiffies (I don't like flat either). My backup red champystars need so much seasoning to get where the one I lost was that I just haven't put another one the bag. The red champystars aren't that good as stable PDs...They are much better beaten to flippy because they glide better than most PDs. My backup CFR CPDs are more overstable than I want now too. It kind of turned me away from minimalism. I'm now using a Villain in place of a CPD and my QJ in place of a PPD. I've still got red champystars and CPD+ that could find their way back in at some point. When I get the Volt in a day or two it could muck things up further...but will have to see what the exact stability is.
Regarding distance drivers...Up until the last couple of years my D drive was my badge of honor. I seriously spent more of my non-competitive throwing ripping D drivers as hard as could than I did anything else. As my family responsibilities increased I realized of what little importance all that focus on D driving was to my scoring, so I started focusing elsewhere. Without keeping both my body and timing in perfect condition to allow me to throw 100% with a degree of accuracy/precision I could no longer rip things like max weight Bosses the way I could when I was constantly practicing(mostly arming with full reachback). I started focusing more on snap, slowing down, and throwing lighter/less stable/smaller rimmed discs. I sacrificed a little D to gain more consistency and less wild shots.
My Blizzard discs really don't get thrown much...Only in the wide open when getting far off the tee is more important than exactly where the disc lands. I've got some of the really good early discs with the bubbles in the flightplate. The new ones are looking and flying more and more like shit I'm afraid...Bubbles in the rim is lose-lose in terms of durability and gyroscopics. So they are my toys, things that let me throw as far or farther than I've ever been able to without practicing max D all the time...but only when conditions are ideal. I definitely do get more snap on my light Bosses than my heavy ones though. I'm usually throwing my Swords and Mamba...I just got a GL Villain that I'm hoping can fill my max D headwind slot where my Swords become too flippy. They are all max weight because I like throwing low line drives (dictated by my home courses). If I lived somewhere else I would throw max weight much less I suspect.
Note about the Stalker/Buzzz...When I had the Stalker I was using the GLow Z Buzzz, which seems to fly a bit slower than other Buzzzes. This made the overlap a lot less than it was between my 2FR Buzzzes and the Stalker...Those 2FRs are pretty much every bit as long as a Stalker for me.
You could probably also tell I was pretty Discraft loyal for a time there...I had several connections and thought I had a chance to get some kind of scout team sponsorship, but it didn't pan out...So once I lost hope in that I had no reason to throw their discs exclusively. It turned out for the best as I've gotten a hell of a lot more out of my relationship with MVP than my friend that ended up getting that bottom level DC sponsorship