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Old Jan 21, 2009, 09:29 AM
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New discus launch method ?

I have a thought to try an archery type, trigger release to launch a dlg. My reasoning for this would be to eliminate the throwing peg, it might even improve the launch tracking of the dlg. The peg would be replaced by a recessed bar running parallel to the wing tip, greatly improving aerodinamics. Both wing tips could even be made the same for southpaw compatability with no drag penalty.

Has any one tried this? Do you think it warrants research?

A further thought along this line is to combine that release with something like a short control-line setup. There-by lengthening the throwing arm and increasing the speed and height of the launch, yes?

Just to clarify...I have not actually tried this yet.
All comments are welcome...(like I have a choice)
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Old Jan 21, 2009, 09:39 AM
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I've been thinking along the same lines myself. My motivation is to improve my release because I release too late and can't seem to cure myself. I was considering a wooden stick or handle that would interface with the peg, but I like the archery release idea better maybe.

I understand it wouldn't be legal for competition, but I hope it might be something like the various golf training aids that would help get people through technique problems.
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Old Jan 21, 2009, 09:59 AM
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I thought of it too but was discouraged to find that a retractable peg would be prohibited by the rules.
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Old Jan 21, 2009, 11:29 AM
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Do you have a picture of the archery release you're referencing? I'm having a hard time picturing it.

~Dan
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Old Jan 21, 2009, 11:56 AM
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Old Jan 21, 2009, 03:26 PM
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Do you have a picture of the archery release you're referencing? I'm having a hard time picturing it.

~Dan
Look up Archery Release wrist straps. If this is what we are talkinga bout on this topic. I was thinking if you have a loop at the end of the wing tip to where the archery release can connect to, you can connect the release there.
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Old Jan 21, 2009, 03:40 PM
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something like this...there are a million variations

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/st...003000_450-3-6

in archery this is used on the string instead ofthe shooters fingers. the stress of the hold is taken by the wrist strap and the release of the string is controled by the clamp/claw and trigger. the release action is predictable and precise which improves accuracy.
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Old Jan 22, 2009, 03:10 PM
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Thinking and Releasing

When I launch my DLG, I'm sure I don't think about the release. If I want to vary the release point then I just sort of think about that for a second or two before the launch.
I'm not sure that using a release device which will require an exact point to trip it, for the release, will be helpful.

My release seems to be a combination of many factors, one important point being the pressure on my fingers, which you will lose with a mechanical release device.

I know for quite a while I hooked most of my launches, now I seldom do that, usually only when I try to throw too hard or I'm trying to hook it. I think this has a lot to do with the tension in your fingers. Relax a bit if you tend to hook to the left.

I am interested in how all this works out.

Practice, Practice, Practice,
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Old Jan 22, 2009, 09:13 PM
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For contests...Don't quote me, but I think anything attached to the plane, like a release, is considered part of the plane. Therefore, the wingspan may exceed 1.5M. Also, when the glider is released, this may be considered "shedding of parts" and result in a zero for the flight.

For fun fly...do whatever you want. I think you could gain at least 10ft with a trigger release.

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