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It’s so exciting when that box arrives with a new disc. You open the box and pull out your shiny new disc.
You can’t wait to get out on the course and throw your new disc and have amazing results.
You know this disc is going to make a huge difference in your game.
However, have you ever watched a seasoned disc golfer? They carry multiples of the same disc.
Why is that?
Sometimes they are for backup, but you will hear the pros mention that they prefer using seasoned discs.
After a disc breaks in, the feel and accuracy of that disc will improve.
So how do you break in a disc golf disc?
Types of Discs
The problem with giving the ultimate advice on breaking in discs is that discs are manufactured with several different types of plastic.
Each manufacturer has its own recipe.
Since plastics break down at different rates, the method and time it takes to break a disc down will vary.
DG Puttheads give their opinion on the best way to break in new discs. They believe the best way is the long way, just play them.
They feel like some things are better done slowly, over time. You want to break a disc in by using it while you are playing.
This will give you the best results.
One of the advantages of breaking a disc in by use is that you will learn more about the disc through this method.
Altering dramatically from the beginning will not give you the advantage of learning and adapting to the way it throws.
You can experience the subtle transformation as it grows from the beautiful disc out of the box to the aged, scarred, and experienced disc that now flies with precision.
Reducing Break-in Time
How do you break in a disc golf disc more quickly?
If decide you want to break in your new disc more quickly than simply playing with it, there are tips on how to accomplish this.
Since it takes time to play and a lot of walking on a course, you can go to one location and simulate the on-course effect.
One method is to go to one location and throw spike hyzers. Hyzer refers to the angle of release.
The hyzer release turns the disc away from your body and it angles downward.
This method was named after the disc guru H.R. Hyzer who coined the term to describe the disc angle to the horizon.
Repeatedly throwing your new disc in this fashion will force the disc to land on its edge and speed up the effect of breaking in and simulate an on-course effect.
Many people suggest skipping the disc on hard roads or asphalt.
This will wear the disc down, but it may need sanding to smooth out any deep pits.
An alternative to asphalt is to fire your disc into a chain-link fence or brick wall.
Once again, this will mar the surface of the disc.
Hand Turning to Break in a Disc
Want a great forearm workout? If you have an overstable disc that doesn’t want to break in quickly, you can try this method.
This method does offer some good results without damaging the disc and ruining patterns.
You simply bend the edges down repeatedly until the disc becomes more pliable.
The Tumble Method
Slightly controversial, DG Puttheads say the tumble methods is like the crash dieting of breaking in your new disc.
You are going to need the following items.
· The new disc
· Duct tape
· Tennis ball
Wrap your disc securely inside a folded towel to protect the disc and the dryer.
Duct tape the towel to keep it from unfolding during the drying process.
Here’s the important part – set the drier to air dry, do not use heat.
Place the towel with the disc in the dryer along with a tennis ball or two to increase agitation. Run the drier for about an hour.
This method will not damage the disc in any way.
You can take the optional step of lightly running the undersides of the disk, on the flashing, which can be sharp on some brands.
Rubbing it with sandpaper will smooth any sharp edges. When finished, you have the quick version of breaking in your new disc.
More advice from the experts
Disc golf experts Robert McCall and Bobby CoolDaddy on Disc Golf Answer Man give their tips on breaking in new discs.
Robert takes the disk and throws straight out of the box. He suggests that if you have a disc that does need to be broken in, you can scuff up the bottom, hit the street some.
Robert sometimes uses the method of folding the disc in half so it looks like a taco, the rim on the underside.
He brings the rim together on the bottom and folds the disc to alter the stability.
Robert warns about doing that too often.
You can do it a little, but doing it too often it takes an overstable disc and makes it a little too flexible.
Bobby points out that when you get a new disc and throw it in a casual round that the disc will hit trees, the ground, random things, even pavement depending on where you play.
You are creating an abnormal environment for that disc when you try and break it in with extreme measures.
It may be better just to get out on the course and letting it ‘beat in’.
By throwing the disc on every hole on a course, it’s going to happen.
You need to decide if you want the breaking in process of your new disc to happen naturally.
If you want to speed up the process, you have the option of repeatedly throwing your disc into hard surfaces, or even putting it in a dryer.
Whatever method you use, your disc will fly more true with some miles under its belt.