Wind can be one of the most frustrating things about disc golf. In a game that is completely dependent on the physics of flight in air, wind can really wreak havoc! Today we’re going to talk about how to be most effective while playing in a tailwind.
Playing with a tailwind:
As a disc flies through the air, the amount of lift that keeps the disc in the air is relative to how fast air is moving across the disc. The faster the air is moving, the more lift the disc experiences. In a tailwind, the disc thinks it is moving slower through the air than it actually is. This causes the disc to behave more overstable, and to drop out of the air more quickly.
How to drive with a tailwind:
In order to maximize distance, you’ll need to compensate for both the disc behaving more overstable and for the decrease in lift. This is done by throwing a more understable disc, and releasing the disc higher. Throwing the disc higher in the air will allow the tailwind to carry the disc, and can result in a very, very long drive.
My personal favorite driver to use in a tailwind is an Innova Star SL, as it is slightly more understable than the drivers I use in fair conditions.
How to putt with a tailwind:
As mentioned above, a tailwind causes a decrease in lift, causing the disc to fall faster than it normally would. Putters seem to fall especially fast in a tailwind, and will not demonstrate their usual floaty behavior. To compensate for this, you will need to aim slightly higher and throw slightly harder than you normally would in order to compensate for lack of lift.
Though tailwinds are (in my opinion) easier to play in than headwinds, they can still very much affect your game. Hopefully these tips have been helpful and insightful. If you have any other tips or tricks for playing in a tailwind, please share in the comments!