Speed measures the ability of a disc to “cut” through the air, with high-Speed discs having sharply angled, wide rims.
High speed discs (11-15) have the longest flight potential, but they also require the highest release velocity and best throwing technique to provide optimal flights.
Lower speed discs have less distance potential, but they will provide superior control and more optimized flights at lower speeds.
For this reason. lower speed drivers (6-10) are recommended for beginners looking for optimal flight performance and advanced players looking for more control in narrow fairways.
Speed Video Guide
Fade measures the tendency of a disc to hook at the end of flight as it slows.
Produces a strong hook at the end of flight, providing less distance but better distance control.
High fade discs have superior wind-resistance and are the best options for Flex Shots, Hyzers, and Overheads.
Produces straighter finishes, providing more flight distance. Low Fade discs also provide more versatility as they are better able to hold a variety of flight angles.
Low-fade discs are essential for Anhyzer shots.
Fade Video Guide
Glide measures the amount of lift generated by the disc. It is best used to compare discs in the same Speed class.
Extends the flight time of the disc, providing the best/longest flight distance potential.
High Glide discs are more susceptible to flight variations caused by headwinds and tailwinds
Provides superior distance control. Low Glide is also the best option for Overhead Shots (thumber, tomahawk, etc.).
Glide Video Guide
Turn measures the tendency of a disc to “Turn Over” or “Flip” during high-speed flight, pulling the disc in the opposite direction of its natural Fade.
High Turn (Overstable)
Must be thrown at extremely high speeds to turn over.
Overstable discs are the most predictable and wind resistant discs, but they must be thrown with significant velocity to produce distance-optimized flights.
High Turn (Understable)
Turn over at more moderate speeds, generating optimal max-distance flight patterns much more easily than Overstable discs.
Understable disc flights are less predictable than those of Overstable discs, particularly on windy days.
Turn Video Guide
As discs wear with use, they become increasingly understable.
Durability measures the tendency of a disc to maintain its like-new flight patterns.
Additionally, when a disc is available in more than one plastic option, the version produced with more durable plastic is typically more stable and wind-resistant than the version produced with less durable plastic (find out why HERE).
High Durability Plastic
Increases long-term consistency and predictability; particularly important for control drivers and high-wind discs.
Low Durability Plastic
Allows players to more easily “tune” discs to provide different stability levels. This practice is most common for players who like to carry several copies of their favorite molds.
Plastics Video Guide
Measures overall grip performance.
Softer and/or less durable plastics tend to provide the best overall grip.
Some ultra-premium plastics also deliver high grip through the addition of specialized polymers in the resin blends. These materials are much more costly, but they allow manufacturers to produce discs that provide both high grip and high durability.
GRIP RATING RANGE:
Lower-Weight Discs have been proven to produce longer flights than heavier discs for two reasons:
Light-weighting allows discs to stay aloft at lower speeds, increasing flight duration and distance. Learn more with our complete Glide Video Guide.
Reducing disc weight helps players generate more release velocity, and release velocity has been proven to be the most important factor in determining drive distance. Learn more Here.