Beginning players often choose Low Fade discs because they want something that “goes really straight.”
This is a huge mistake….
While there is always a place for low Fade discs, in this guide we’ll show you 5 Reasons why High Fade discs are a critical component of every player’s bag.
All Graphics in the Guide are based on a Right-Hand-Backhand (RHBH) or Left-Hand-Forehand (LHFH) throwing motion, meaning that the disc is spinning clockwise upon release from the hand.
As part of the Disc Flight Rating system, “Fade” is the degree to which a disc will turn left during the low speed, ending portion of the disc’s flight. All other factors being equal, High-Fade discs will have a large fade to the left at the end of flight, where Low-Fade discs will have a longer, straighter finish.
Reason #1: Shot Shaping
The most common use of Fade for players is Shot Shaping (though we hope to change that today). A strong fade to the left at the end of flight can provide excellent positioning on holes where no direct line to the basket exists.
Reason #2: Headwinds
Because discs thrown into headwinds will produce much more Understable flights than they would normally, selecting an Overstable disc with high Fade will help compensate for the wind’s effect and provide a much more successful net effect.
Reason #3: Distance Control
As discussed, high-Fade discs to provide less total distance, but they also provide the most consistent distance because High-Fade converts forward motion into lateral motion at a very predictable rate.
For short holes, holes with water behind the basket, or any time distance precision is more important than maximum distance, High Fade discs are the best option.
Reason #4: Flex Shots
For players unfamiliar with Flex Shots we strongly recommend reading our complete guide to advanced distance shots. For players seeking to optimize their Flex Shot, pairing high Fade with an Overstable disc will further improve consistency by ensuring the second half of the disc’s flight pattern fully compensates for the initial anhyzer release.
Reason #5: Hyzer Shots
When throwing Hyzers, High-Fade discs will hold a hyzer angle much more effectively that Low-Fade discs. Whether this is a traditional Hyzer, Spike Shot, or Skip Shot, High Fade will ensure that the disc finishes in the line you intended.
Additionally, because higher angles of attack result in a more pronounced Fade, for maximum distance control discs should be thrown with a higher than typical nose angle.
Conclusion, Follow-Up, and More Info
We hope this helped show you the many reasons to always carry a high-Fade disc!
If you have any specific thoughts or questions, please let us know in the comments below, or via our Contact page. We are always happy to help our fellow players!