I wanted to write a quick post about playing with the wind. Playing with the wind is something that gives a lot of people fits. I defiantly have hard time playing with strong wind. Not only does it make the discs fly differently, but selecting a disc can be confusing for newer players. Today I will try to clear up a few small things for new players. Today I will deal with driving straight into a headwind or with the wind at your back.
The basic idea is pretty simple. When you are throwing into a headwind, your discs will become less stable. When you throw with a tailwind, your discs will fly more stable.
Why is this? I don’t understand? I don’t get it dude!?!?
Think of it like this. Think of everything from the discs point of view. When you throw a disc fast and hard, it will fly understable and flip. When you throw a disc slowly it flies stable. Now let’s add in some wind. When you throw into a headwind (let’s say 10miles per hour) the disc will act as if you are throwing it 10mph faster (and therefore will fly more understable). When you throw with a tailwind (same 10mph) the disc will act as if you threw it 10mph slower.
I added a quick chart below (ya, i’m pretty artistic):
SO… here are some general rules when you want to throw somewhat straight:
1) Throw a stable disc into a headwind.
2) Throw an understable disc into a tail wind.
3) If you throw a stable disc with a tail wind it will hyzer VERY hard and it will be hard to control. DON’T DO IT
4) If you throw an understable disc into a headwind it will flip VERY hard and most likely roll off some type of death cliff or into a rushing river (In my experiences). DON’T DO IT
* Understable discs tend to rise up as they flip but are easier to hit a line with because you can throw with a hyzer motion.
*** The best way to play in the wind is to use very stable discs. The worst thing that can happen to you is flipping a disc when you don’t want to. Throw stable plastic and bracket off a side of the fairway. One KEY to being able to play in the wind is throwing forehand and backhand well. If you can always throw hyzers with stable plastic it will help shave strokes off your score.
***** What’s the moral of the story? Well, most players will have a tough time playing in the wind. You score will be a little higher than usual, just remember so will everyone else’s. Try to stay mentally strong. On a windy day you have to forget what you normally throw. Take a good look at the situation and pick the correct disc for that day.