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To achieve maximum flight distance, the optimal driver choices for many senior disc golf players can be different from those of a twenty-something athlete.  In this guide, we will demonstrate three different options for players who throw discs at a moderate release velocity and want to increase their drive distance.

Note: This is not a guide for “Beginners”, this is a guide for “MVA’s”:  Moderate Velocity Athletes.

“Beginners” are players with limited distance due to poor technique.  For this guide, however, MVA’s are assumed to be players with reasonably good technique, but with short drive distances due to limited flexibility and/or physical strength.

 

Option #1: Light Weight Drivers (under 165g)

"My adult sons could always out-drive me by 75 feet, but I can throw this Blizzard Wraith a mile!" Robert, Age 67

“My adult sons could always out-drive me by 75 feet, but I’m throwing this Blizzard Wraith a country mile! Thank you!” Robert, Age 67

Studies have proven the number one factor impacting flight distance is release velocity, with each incremental mile per hour of release velocity generating (on average) an additional 7.2 feet of flight distance.

Reducing disc weight enables MVA’s (and all other players) to immediately increase their release velocity.  For example, the force required to accelerate a 175g disc to 50MPH is the same force needed to accelerate a 155g disc to 56.5MPH. In short, the same amount of effort can yield an additional 6.5MPH in velocity and 47 feet in extra distance.

The Downside: Light-weight drivers are more susceptible to the impacts of wind (click here for more detail), and should be used on relatively calm days or when in the shelter of trees.


Option #2: Understable Drivers

Understable Disc Flight PathTo achieve optimal distance, players must throw discs with sufficient velocity to cause them to “turn over” during the high-speed portion of flight.  Disc Stability is often described as the “tendency” of discs to turn-over in flight, but Stability is more accurately described as the “velocity required” to make the disc turn over.  Because Understable discs turn-over at lower speeds (than Overstable discs) they are an excellent option for MVA’s.

The Downside: Understable discs provide more variable flight patterns that overstable discs (click here for more detail), and should be used only by MVA’s with consistent throwing techniques.


Option #3: High Glide Drivers

Glide is an often misunderstood concept in Disc Golf.

In basic terms, Glide is a measurement of lift generated by the disc, with high-Glide discs having a tendency to stay in flight longer while also softening the low-speed fade. On low-wind days, almost all players can benefit from high Glide, but MVA’s most of all.

 

MVA Glide Scale Recommendation

 

The Downside: High Glide discs tend to gain height and lose speed very quickly when thrown into a headwind, so always be aware of wind conditions.

 

Putting It All Together

These options can have a synergistic effect when combined into one disc, but we strongly recommend choosing discs that only combine two of the above.   Combining all three will create a disc with too many limitations to be functional for broad use.

Here are two of our top recommendations:

Innova Star Mamba

Plastic: Star
Weight: 165-175g
MVA Benefits: Combines High Glide with Understable Flight

The Mamba is one of the most Understable high-Glide drivers available, providing MVA’s with a max-distance flight pattern at relatively low release velocities.  As stated above, stick with a heavier plastic like Star to help give the Mamba the versatility needed to be your primary driver.

Get a Mamba with These Exact Specifications Here

Innova Blizzard Wraith

Plastic: Blizzard
Weight: 130-149g
MVA Benefits: Combines Light Weight with High Glide

The Blizzard Wraith holds the current women’s distance record (Jennifer Allen, 568.5 feet!) and the record for fastest thrown disc (95mph!) due to its low gram weight: perfect for MVA’s in the 130-149g class.  While much more Stable than the Mamba and with slightly less glide (5), the Blizzard Wraith’s light weight can significantly increase release velocity to help create high-speed turnover and generate the lift needed to stay in flight longer.

Get a Wraith with These Exact Specifications Here

 

Seniors Value Pack

Because many of our readers would like to add both of these discs to their bags, for your convenience (and savings!) we’ve created a 2-disc value pack in our store.  Having both in your bag allows you to use the best disc for the specific course and wind conditions you are playing.

Add Both Discs to Your Bag Now!

Share Your Experiences

We hope this guide helps you find the perfect disc option to achieve maximum distance, and if you are a Senior Player PLEASE share your experiences with the concepts above using our Comments section below!

If you have any questions about this guide, please let us know using our Contact page!

 

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5 Comments

  1. Barry Fischer

    Reply

    Love your information – I’ve been saying some of these things just not with all the great info! Question: What about discs in the MVP/Axiom lineup? I’m using a 153 gm Virus to do a hyzer flip. Gets great distance when you get it right. Problem is learning to be consistent with the flip. Mamba has been one of my go to discs for quite awhile. I’m really liking the gyro plastic. The physics of it makes great sense and seems to work well also.

    Barry #706

    • Bart Bird

      Reply

      Barry — looks like you are on the right path with the Virus: Axiom’s most understable driver in a light weight. As another option you might consider the MVP Impulse for a little more controllable hyzer flip. Good luck!

  2. joecoin

    Reply

    Vibram Unlace works for me, I’m 58. I have been playing three years. Wish they could make them a little bit lighter.

    I also use a Blizzard Wraith. And 150 gram DX Tbirds.

  3. Barry Fischer

    Reply

    I’ve been using a 154 Insanity. It is becoming my main disc. I’ve also picked up a 137 Photon along with a 137 gm Wraith. The Wraith is flippier than the Photon. Depending on the wind. With a wind coming towards the T don’t throw the Wraith or the Virus. Just keep on having fun and hukking those discs.

  4. D. Barnes

    Reply

    My previous long throw was 246 feet. I got my new “senior” discs yesterday. I threw the Mamba 270 feet and the Wraith 329 feet! ( The Wraith throw was an off line pull about 30 yards left.)

    I think I may finally get my throws close to 300 feet up from about 220.

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