June 2015

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A few days ago I was invited to play a round at the newly opened Norway Mountain Disc Golf Course by Nate Simpson, who also invited Adam Sanford to join us. Adam is the course designer and when I showed up this morning for our round, we were also joined by Neill Urban, the owner of the ski hill and disc golf course. (more…)

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A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to spend a week in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada speaking in schools, running some disc golf and ultimate clinics and doing demos and media spots with Davy Whippet talking about being unique, embracing differences, being kind to one another while at the same time sharing more about the history of frisbee, showing the various sports one can play with a frisbee and teaching the possibilities to both discers and non-discers alike. (more…)

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Each discs flight characteristics varies depending on a variety of criteria. The thrower, the environment and of course the design of the disc all are factors in how the disc will fly for a particular user. For the purpose of this review we will assume a right handed back hand delivery (or clockwise spin throw). The opposite flight descriptions would be true for a left hand backhand delivery, a right hand forehand delivery (or counter-clockwise throw).

GENERAL FLIGHT TERMS

  • Stable – The disc’s flight does not alter much during the high speed portion of the throw. When thrown flat at driving speed, the disc will fly straight.
  • Understable – The disc will travel from left to right in the fast part of it’s flight then return left when it slows down.
  • Overstable – The disc will have a strong tendency to travel from right to left, even in the fast part of the flight.

FUNCTIONS OF A DISC’S FLIGHT

  • Speed thrown – At low speeds, all discs are more overstable. At high speed, discs will reveal different flight characteristics, a function of mass (weight), speed, environmental conditions and disc design/condition.
  • Disc condition – Flight characteristics of all discs change with wear and tear. Discs usually become more understable with wear.
  • Weight of disc – The lighter the disc, the easier it is to throw at a high speed per its weight. Because speed is faster compared to weight, lighter discs usually fly less stable. This can be an advantage for throwers that don’t have as much speed on their throws (i.e. beginners, women and children).
  • Trajectory – The lower the profile of the disc the lower its trajectory should be when releasing the throw. A disc that is domier of taller can be thrown at a higher trajectory.
  • Spin – Spin is a factor in maintaining a discs stability.
  • Wind (friction) – Into a head wind, discs fly less stable. With the wind, discs fly more stable. Other weather conditions such as rain or snow will also cause the flight of the disc to be less stable.

WHAT’S BETTER FOR BEGINNERS?

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