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Disc Golf Analysis – Throw Average Stability

A few weeks back I wrote a disc golf analysis article on the¬†Bag Average Stability (BAS)¬†metric.¬† That was a measure of the average stability of all the discs in your bag intended to help you determine if throwing more stable discs overall may increase the consistency of your game. ¬†Near the end of the article I made a strong point that¬†calculating your BAS is pointless if you include discs that you never throw. ¬†So as a follow up to that article I’m introducing the disc golf metric of Throw Average Stability (TAS).

Throw Average Stability (TAS) is similar to the BAS metric, except that it’s a weighted calculation that takes into account discs you throw more or less often. ¬†In BAS each disc is only counted once, but in TAS the disc is counted each time you throw it. ¬†The clear advantage of using this calculation is that it’s a much more accurate representation of the average stability that you actually throw. ¬†

The primary disadvantage to this is that gathering the data for the metric takes much more effort. ¬†A secondary disadvantage to TAS is that it’s difficult to compare across different courses. ¬†Different courses require different shots, and if courses call for different distances or flight paths then you’re simply not comparing apples to apples. ¬†It’s best to establish a benchmark TAS for each course that you regularly play (like I mentioned this takes a lot more effort).Disc Golf Analysis Throw Average Stability

I recently calculated my TAS while playing Burchfield Park in Holt, Michigan (long tees to long baskets). ¬†My Throw Average Stability was 40, compare that to my Bag Average Stability of 32. ¬†I tend to reach for my Crush and M1 more than any other discs which weights the average to a higher overall stability. ¬†This should display how TAS is more accurate that BAS. ¬†This¬†simple¬†table displays my setup for the TAS calculation. ¬†I did not include anything inside 75 feet since putting is so different and I cut out many of the rows just so the table didn’t take up too much space.

Personally, I’ve¬†increased my TAS over time because I know that this is strongly correlated with my consistency. ¬†I did, however, mention in the last article that I often see fewer birdies as I take safer shots, but I also see far few above par holes. ¬†As a result my scores are much more consistent.¬†

One specific change I’ve made is throwing more sidearm hyzers with stable discs instead of long backhand anhyzers with understable discs. ¬†I’ll work to improve on my backhand anhyzers, but until I’m more comfortable throwing those I often chose a shorter but safer sidearm shot. ¬†I also predict that my TAS will actually decrease at some point as my new discs break in and I become better with those anhyzers. ¬†This should emphasize¬†the point I made in the Bag Average Stability article, use TAS as a metric to help analyze your disc golf game¬†but don’t throw discs just for the sake of influencing your TAS.

As winter is approaching I probably won’t use TAS for a while since I change my bag entirely for cold and snow, but watch for more disc golf analysis articles in the future. ¬†In the mean time, calculate your own TAS for a couple courses and let us know what you find, and share this article with your fellow disc golfers who are working on getting better!

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