We have all seen it, you throw your best drive ever and the guy you are playing with throws 50′ further and when you ask what disc he threw, the response is: “my aviar“. Even though I just had someone out distance me with their putter, I am thinking that maybe if I threw a faster disc I could get more distance. Test throws with a boss have shown me that high speed drivers meat hook into the ground after flying up to 100′ for me – while a fairway driver will give me 200′ pretty consistently.
In my campaign to lower my score, I could practice putting – but that is boring. Eliminating the bad approach shots seems like a good strategy, but it also takes an enormous amount of work. Obviously, the best way to take strokes off my game is to throw more holes-in-one (eliminating the weak putting and approach aspects of my game) – if I threw 4 or 5 holes-in-one on each round my scores would improve dramatically. Rather than go out to a field and practice my drives, I know that there is that perfect 14 speed driver that can be thrown with awful form and will seek the chains every time.
This is one reason why buying and trading discs is an important activity for all disc golfers. You could invest months of practice and not become better, but that one special disc could change your life and then you will be throwing with the pros.