The Golf Disc Guide
This is an old page that used to catalog all the golf discs in use. At this point, it is about 12 years out of date. If it has some historical value for you, that's good. If you want to search for another disc, try the links at the very bottom.
9/27/2001 - I'm now reading about the newest Discraft disc, the Elite Z-Reaper. According to Discraft, the Elite Z Reaper is a super fast, over stable, extra long range driver that holds a straight line and becomes over stable at the end of its flight.
When you read this, there may be several new discs available that are not described here. If you have comments on one of more new (or old) discs, Go ahead! If you want to tell us what all you carry in your bag, there's now a place to do it, the What's in Your Bag? page. You can also use the What's in Your Bag? page to see how players use different discs.
I've added a detail to some of the discs (starting with Discraft); the stability rating. Players should be aware that stability depends on the type of disc and how it is thrown. A putter with a stability of 0 is much less stable than a mid-range disc with a stability of 0.
About Disc Golf Discs
Once you get involved with disc golf, you'll soon discover that there are many different discs that you can use to play. You don't have to have all these. You can use as few as one disc. Theoretically, you would need a driver for long shots, putter for shorts, and maybe a mid-range disc. Later you might add a driver that turns left and one that turns right, etc.
This is not unlike regular golf with its set of clubs. To begin with, different discs will go different distances. Different discs also have different characteristics for different flight patterns, how fast they fly, how they react to different types of wind and their suitability for various kinds of shots. One important characteristic relates to how it turns over and the direction(s) it tends to go. Some of the terms used to describe these are stable, overstable and understable.
A stable disc will generally fly straight when thrown flat. An overstable disc will tend to go the direction opposite of the throwing hand when thrown backhanded. When throwing right-handed, the disc will turn left. (The opposite is true if thrown forehanded. Forehanded, a right-handed throw will go right if overstable.) An understable (or unstable) disc will tend to go in the same direction of the throwing hand. When throwing right-handed, the disc will turn right. As a disc wears, it also tends to become less stable.
To make it just a little more complicated, the direction the disc goes will depend on the speed it is traveling at the time. A disc may be more overstable at low speeds than at high speeds. In fact, a disc may be understable at high speeds and overstable at low speeds. When you throw such a disc, it may go to the right to begin with and then "turn-over" and go to the left at the end of the flight. Disks that change directions in this way are "S" discs, to represent the "S" flight pattern.
Still another consideration is the weight of a disc. Lighter discs are more understable than the heavier discs of the same model. Some of the descriptions mention that. When not mentioned, assume that the description is for the medium to heavier weights. Because beginners don't usually throw as hard, most discs will seem overstable. That's why understable and/or lighter weight discs are the best choice for beginners.
How you throw it will also determine how the disc will fly. (Does anyone ever throw one exactly flat???) If you throw a disc tilted to the left (for right-handers), it will tend to go more in that direction. This is called hyzer. This may be done for many reasons; to adjust for the wind, to emphasize the turn, to minimize the turn, etc. Anhyzer is the opposite of hyzer. Anhyzer means you throw the disc tilted to the right. When I first started playing, the harder I threw the more a disc went right. I soon discovered that the disc's stability is affected when the speed of the disc is disproportionate to the amount of spin. Consequently, discs like the LS (long straight stable) is slightly understable for me.
After you've played a while, you will probably stock your bag with discs with varying degrees of stability. In my bag, I carry discs that go from very overstable to very understable, including X2 (very O), X-Clone (pretty O), Cyclone2 (O), Polaris LF (slight O), and XL (very slight O), Voyager (slight U), Stratus (U), Panther (very U).
There's more to say about how discs should be thrown and things that affect the discs stability and flight, but this will do for this introduction. For more analysis, get a Disc Golf World catalog ($1) or a Wright Life catalog.
The descriptions here are based on four primary sources, including a yellow sheet of discs and descriptions passed around locally, descriptions found on the (Internet) Wright life pages, a disc golf FAQ file, and the Disc Golf World catalog. Some descriptions are modified forms of the manufacturers description. Different descriptions come from different eras, and the manufacturing of some discs change over time (re-tooling), so you may find some minor differences. Of course, I've added my own disc interpretation to many of the discs. In case you're wondering, the discs I have in my bag right now are noted with a *. I reconfigured my bag earlier in the summer to limit the number and types of discs I carry. I also try to keep them consistent at 172g.
I decided to list discs here alphabetically by Vendor instead of by disc type. Listing discs by type is a little difficult since many discs could fall into two categories. Where do you draw the line between putter and approach, approach and mid-range, mid-range and driver? Only the discs at the extreme ends can be accurately classified. This format also lets you look up discs alphabetically.
I list stability descriptively. using terms like very or slightly. Your throwing style may be different enough (flatness, speed, air bounce, force, etc.) that stability would be different for you. Your style may also be incremental, where the discs are up or down the scale by one step.
- (21.2 cm, 1) High speed, long-distance driver with a sharp leading edge. Good aerodynamics. Slightly overstable at low speeds. Ching gives it a stability rating of +1.
- FUSION TANK:
- (21.2 cm, 0) The gummy putter version of the Tank, dies when it hits the chains. (That's a good thing) Flies straight over a long range. Also works well into a head wind.
- (21.2 cm, 0) Durable plastic. High dome with thick rounded (blunt) edges, good for medium drives and long approaches. Handles wind. Slightly understable at high speeds, stable at low speeds.
- (21.2 cm, -1) Heavy rimmed mid-range disc with the Thumtrac grip. Understable driver that can also be useful as a roller. Good first disc.
- (21.2 cm, 0) Good short range disc and putter, but with broader and flatter sides, extra wide Thumtrac grip. Firm plastic. Also comes in grippy as the Fusion Tank.
Note: The DGA discs are made with our special plastic that
shrinks when it's removed from the mold. These discs are flatter than the
regular Discraft models, and fly less stable than their Discraft counterparts.
- DGA FLATHEAD CYCLONE:
- Long distance, fast speed stable straight flying driver. Suitable for beginners and pros alike.
- DGA X-CLONE TERMINATOR:
- Professional model long distance over stable driver.
- DGA XL SUPERDRIVE:
- Brand new mold. Over stable, very fast long distance driver with a long glide out of an S-curve. From the mold of the current World Distance Record Disc!
- DGA HAWKEYE:
- Stable approach and midrange disc. An excellent all around disc for beginners and pros alike.
- DGA Titanic:
- Putter from the Magnet mold.
The RDGA set of discs are made from the Discraft molds, but with different plastic. They're good for players new to the sport. The plastic is durable and easy to grip. All three discs come in 150 class only, and are mostly stable for their purpose. The naming also makes it simpler for new players to understand.
- RDGA DRIVER:
- (21.3 cm) Discraft Cyclone mold. The plastic makes it a little flatter disc
- RDGA MID-RANGE:
- (21.3 cm) Discraft Hawk mold.
- RDGA PUTTER:
- (21.2 cm) Discraft Magnet mold.
Except for the Blowfly, I don't know about these discs, so I'm just quoting the DGA site and Disc Golf World's catalog.
- BLOW FLY:
- This is a durable bouncing putter. Special rubbery plastic will bounce off hard objects, yet absorbs the shock of the chains. Good for short approach shots. Doesn't wobble like the other putters I've used. Also floats in water.
- Blowfly II:
- Drive with pin-point accuracy.
- The Blunt:
- The Blunt Disc comes in four different plastics. All of them feature an easy-to-grip disc that will fly where you throw it. It's just stable, no "S" curves required.
- Blunt Drive:
- Stiffest plastic.
- Blunt Gumbie:
- Might be the stickiest plastic of all time.
- Blunt Long Putt:
- The best teaching disc for new players.
- PowerDrive and Blunt. Loves sticking to chains. I've read that several players use this.
- (21.7 cm, 0) Durable plastic. Mid to long range driver. Long and straight. Stable approach disc. Also perfect for right turn holes.
- (21.3 cm, +1.5) Small diameter driver. Overstable and durable. Holds a gentle curve nicely. The Cyclone is one of the hottest selling discs on the market. This disc has set over four world distance records. Both the women's and master world distance records were set with a Cyclone.
- (21.4 cm, +2) More overstable version of the Cyclone. Great for into the wind or for those players who need more stability because they throw so hard.
- (21.7 cm) The perfect mid-range driver and approach disc. High speed understable, low speed slightly overstable. Throw "hyzer" for long drives and flat for approaches. Turns right at lower speeds. Putts well.
- (22.0 cm, 0) Lowest profile driver with a sharp edge. High speed understable, low speed slightly overstable. Flies best when thrown low. Also a long-distance roller. Good for beginners.
- (21.4 cm, +1) Stable mid-range driver. Slightly understable at high speeds. Good wind penetration. Holds line on straights or curves. Good for tight fairways. Similar to the Roc. The HD Hawk is made of softer, high durability plastic, and less stable (0).
- (21.1 cm, 0) Stable to slightly overstable putter and approach. Consistent and durable flight characteristics.
- (22.3 cm, +2) Long driver that's easy to throw. Overstable predictable flight. Long glide. Good for windy conditions.
- (see Deuce) First Discraft disc. Long durable driver. Retooled into DEUCE.
- (21.2 cm, 0) A vintage rim shape similar to the original "puppy". Consistent flight, durable. Low speed putt and stable short approaches.
- Stable disc similar to Tracer. Lower weights good for beginners. Similar to Innova's scorpion but a bit more overstable.
- Slow flyer. Good for approach shots. Has a high profile rim which make it easy to grip. Don't fly very far but it's stable in short throws. Great control for approach shots.
- (21.4 cm, 0) A mid-range driver with lots of glide. This disc has made a very strong impression for women and Junior golfers. Understable at high speeds, it handles a nice controlled slice. Flies straight and flat low to medium speeds and has a very slight overstability at the flights end. It's also popular as a roller.
- (22.3 cm, +1) Low flying overstable driver. Takes a higher release speed without turnover. Throw low for long accurate drives.
- (21.9 cm, +1.5) Durable, low profile, larger diameter disc. Handes windy conditions like a breeze. Slightly understable at high speeds, very overstable at low speeds. Nice long glide and flight. Easy to throw.
- (21.7 cm) Re-worked and now made from durable plastic similar to the Cyclone. Superstable for medium to long drives with a fade. Overstable at low speeds. Good into wind.
- (21.3 cm, +2.5) "X" stands for X-tra-stable. Unique stepped flight plate designed to handle the extra snap and velocity of top pros. Also handles wind good, upwind and downwind. Very fast and overstable. Almost as overstable as a Whippet, but with a much better "glide". Set the world distance record of 656 feet. I wonder what a Z-XClone would be like...
Discraft Pro-Elite Line
- (21.0 cm, 0) Stable approach disc similar to the Magnet. It's also been described as a cross between an 86 Mold and an Aviar. As a putter, it holds a straight line as well as it's height. Apparently, it uses the same plastic as the other discs in the Pro-Elite line.
- APX Swirl:
- (21.0 cm, 0) The Swirl APX is made with a softer, easier to grip plastic. These discs are made with a special swirl coloring process so that each disc is unique. The Swirl APX has a great look and excellent chain sticking ability. Compared to the Magnet, it has a firmer shape, and slightly different rim. It'll hold its shape with
- (21.2 cm, +2) Overstable mid-range driver, approach disc. Nice smooth, well-rounded edge for approaches, but flat enough for short drives. It is the most over-stable mid-range disc yet.
- (21.1 cm, +1) The MRV is the perfect mid-range golf disc. It will hold a perfect line on those mid-range drives and approaches. Many people have compared it to a used Roc. At very high speeds it is slightly understable.
- * XL:
- (21.1 cm, +1) Good stable disc made of durable plastic. The XL is one of the longest range drivers available, and holds an "almost perfect" line on long drives. When worn, it is very slightly understable at high speeds. It is also a very easy disc for beginners to learn to control. One of the top distance drivers available. Scott Stokely's new record of 693 feet was set with this disc. (April 5, 1998).
- (21.1 cm, 0) The Xpress is an extra long, turnover-roller driver. It is an excellent choice for that hard to execute long, slow anhyzer turn or super long hyzer release shot. Power throwers will turn this disc over easily.
- (21.0 cm, +1) The XS is the farthest flying disc ever made. Thrown low and straight, the XS fly farther than you ever have thrown before. Not as easy to control as the XL, but it is less stable and faster than the XL. Chris Max Voigt use the XS to take the distance record from Scott Stokely, April 1, 2001 with a throw of 712 feet.
- * X2:
- (21.0 cm, +2) The overstable cousin to the XL. Stable at high speeds, overstable at low speeds, the X2 is fast, and very easy to throw. The X2 has exceptional glide to get maximum distance for everyone.
- (21.1 cm, +3) An overstable driver for long range drives. A flatter, tamer Xtreme that gives you additional distance before cutting to its over-stable side. It is much easier to throw than the Xtreme, but still very overstable.
- * XTREME:
- (21.1 cm, +5) Overstable to the max. The most overstable disc you will find for a long time. Very reliable at high speeds with a dependable hook. Will not go far at slower speeds before it drops. Can be thrown with anhyzer and still come back.
Discraft Elite-Z Line
- (21.1 cm, +1) Stable mid-range driver that's a lot like a used Roc. High speed slightly understable.
- (21.1 cm, +1) Straight, fast driver that hold its line. Withstands extra speed to fly far.
- (21.0 cm, +2) The overstable cousin to the Z-XL. Stable at high speeds, very overstable at low speeds.
- (21.1 cm, 0) The Z-Xpress is an extra long, turnover-roller driver.
- (21.0 cm, +1) The Z-XS is less stable and faster than the Z-XL.
- (21.1 cm, +3) An overstable driver for long range drives.
- (21.3 cm) According to Discraft, the Elite Z Reaper is a super fast, over stable, extra long range driver that holds a straight line and becomes over stable at the end of its flight.
- (21.1 cm) Long range, slightly overstable driver with higher dome for more glide at the end. Extra durable. Good beginner driver.
- (21.1 cm) Very overstable controlled driver. Good for headwinds. Handles "S" shots well.
- (21.2 cm) Long range, fast and accurate, slightly overstable driver. Also good for tomahawk shots.
- (21.1 cm) Long, Overstable driver. Also good for side arm and tomahawk throws.
- (21.0 cm) One of the oldest golf discs on the market. Its small size and traditional Frisbee shape make it a good choice for putting, approaches, and short drives.
- Innova gives their discs four numbers to describe their flight, speed, glide, turn and fade. You can view the Innova ratings at the Innova-Champion web site.
- (21.7 cm, 0) A long straight driver. Bevel edged with a deep rim. Slightly understable at high speeds, slightly overstable at low speeds for a gradual fade. this disc is good for short drives and long approaches. This is a good choice for a first golf disc.
- (-1) Long range driver. Slightly understable, but extremely fast. Quoting Innova - The Archangel is the easiest to throw of the Ultras. Predictable high speed turn with low fade help to keep the archangel flying. Big speed and long glide help the Archangel fly very far. Downwind the archangel has no peer.
- (21.2 cm, 0) Deep rounded rim to make it stable into the wind. Has a slow, short glide. High speed slightly understable, low speed overstable. Use for shorter drives, upshots and stable approach shots. A favorite putter for many.
- AVIAR PUTT/APPROACH:
- (21.2 cm, 0) Same as the Aviar but with softer plastic to help it absorb the shock into the chains and drop right down into the basket..
- AVIAR-X PUTTER:
- (21.2 cm, 0) An Aviar putter with a bigger bead, hence slightly more stable. Also known as the JK Aviar-X, after Julianna Korver.
- (21.2 cm, 2) New for '98. Long nosed overstable driver. Slightly overstable at high speeds, very overstable at low speeds. Hooks at the end of the flight. Handles headwinds great.
- (22.5 cm) Large low profile disc like a Scorpion. High speed understable, low speed very overstable. Use for long drives and into the wind. Makes a good "S", but tough to control. Flight characteristics similar to the Scorpion. Also a good long distance roller.
- (21.2 cm, 0) Deep rim for an easy grip. (Some players may hang their fingers on the deep rim. Non-beveled (flat) edge. Stable at all speeds. Holds line and drops straight. Short shots and putts. Soft plastic.
- Thumtrac BIRDIE:
- (21.2 cm) The BIRDIE with a Thumtrac rim. Rumor is that this disc is the new Pirahna, and will replace it in name.
- (21.2 cm, 0) Low profile, small disc. High speed slightly understable, low speed overstable. Good for maximum distance long drives and nice "S" curves.
- (21.7 cm, 1) Beaded rim for durability and stability. High speed slightly understable, low speed overstable. Medium to long drives with good gliding characteristics. Straight shots, right curves and a good roller. Cobra Classic is slightly more stable than the Cobra. Both are easy to throw and predictable drivers for all abilities.
- (24.1 cm) Big (high diameter) stable disc. Slow approach disc that won't go too far past the hole.
- (21.7 cm, -2) Durable disc that floats in water. High speed very understable and low speed stable. Medium drives to long approaches.
- (0) This disc replaces the Dolphin as the floater. Whereas the Dolphin is extremely understable, the Dragon flies slightly understable to slightly overstable. So far, it's only been seen at 150 class, but the Innova site says in is available 150-175 grams. The Dragon is long on glide giving less powerful throwers more distance for the umph. It could also be popular because it floats in water at 150 grams.
- (21.2 cm, 1) Straight, very long range driver. Slightly overstable at low speeds, causing it to drift left at the very end. Good disc into the wind, but not as overstable as some good wind discs. Eagle has been Innova's most popular ultra long range driver, popular among new and experienced players.
- (21.2 cm, 2) Straight, very long range driver in the Eagle family. More overstable than the Eagle, but long on distance. The KC version is supposedly the fastest driver on the market for 2000, that's slightly understable for big arms. It's extra stability combined with the speed make it a good disc for handling the wind. Not reccomended for beginners.
- (21.1 cm, 2) Small diameter approach disc. Edge is slightly rounded. Doesn't go a long ways, but is a reliable overstable midrange disc.
- * GAZELLE:
- (21.2 cm, 0.5) Low profile and small diameter in the same family as the Whippet and Cheetah. High speed very slightly understable, low speed overstable. Very long drives, left curves, downwind or upwind. Easy to control.
- Big diameter approach disc with a flat edge and a "thumb grip" cupola. Very slow flight good for approaches. Straight and stable.
- Smaller than most discs. Rounded edge. Very overstable. Handles any head wind. Not as long or fast as the Whippet. Durable.
- (21.2 cm, 0) Extra thick flight plate and rim. Very durable. High speed slightly understable, low speed slightly overstable. Good for straight, low, tunnel shots and left curves. Long approaches and medium drives. Also good into the wind. Replaced by the Hammerhead.
- (21.7 cm, -1) High speed turning, low speed overstable approach disc. Has the Thumtrac® top. For those special shots.Good disc for beginners, and works well for short range rollers. First edition 180g only. Floats in water and Guaranteed unbreakable.
- (24.1 cm, 1) Low profile, big driver. High speed slightly understable, low speed overstable. Fast wind penetration and a long glide gives new players extra distance. Also good for rollers.
- (21.2 cm, -1) Straight, very long range driver. Slightly understable at high speeds, stable at low speeds. This is part of the Eagle family of drivers, is less stable than the eagle
- Touch shots. Slow floating shots. Great starter disc.
- (21.7 cm, 1) A durable mid-range driver that flies straight. Similar to the Stingray but more stable and predictable.
- (21.2 cm, -1) Small, fast driver. High dome top (for extra carry) and a thick rim. High speed understable and low speed slight overstable. Use for medium to long drives, and long approaches requiring a quick draw. Good roller, Good grip and easy to control first driver.
- (21.2 cm, 1) A long distance upwind driver which is low speed overstable and high speed stable. Predictable and durable.
- Very overstable, large diameter driver with a high, easy to grip, rim. Reverse "S". Floats in water. Not used very much for golf. Used to be the choice for distance before the era of the Viper.
- (21.2 cm, -1) Putter with non-beveled edge and ThumtracT for a good grip. Slightly overstable. Straight and left curves. Very slow and good in the wind. Tough to control. Some say it's an excellent 150 class putter.
- (21.2 cm, -1) Same top as the birdie but with a shallower rim for long or short putts. Very slightly understable. Good for straight shots and right curves. Flies true. Good control for approaches and putts.
- (21.7 cm, 1) Like the Viper with a low rim. High speed very understable, low speed overstable. Good for drives and rolls. Thrown with full release speed it needs a lot of hyzer to avoid it from turning over into a roller.
- (21.2 cm, 0) Small Thumtrac disc similar to the Panther. Very straight, consistent driver.
- (21.7 cm, 3+) High rim. High speed stable, low speed very overstable. One of the most overstable discs so far. Almost impossible to turn over, even into a strong wind.
- (21.7 cm, 1) High speed understable, low speed slightly overstable. Long range driver. Holds any angle into the wind, but does best when thrown straight and flat. Also useful as a roller.
- (21.2 cm, 1) Lower profile for an approach disc. Slightly overstable makes in easier to control in the wind. Thumtrac grip. Soft Rhyno is also available.
- (21.7 cm, 1) Deep, rounded rim driver, with a "finger notch" along the outside edge. High speed stable, low speed slightly overstable. Good into the wind. Use for short to medium drives, and long approaches. For stronger throwers. Good all-around golf disc.
- SUPER ROC:
- (21.9 cm, 0) A more domey Roc, mid range driver. Enhanced Champion Plastic, the Super Roc is the most overstable and durable of the Rocs.
- (22.5 cm, 1) Large diameter with a low profile. High speed stable, low speed overstable. Fast and long driver, has a very good last "glide". Great in the wind and as a roller. Also good for low straight shots and left curves. Hard to control, not for beginners.
- (21.7 cm, 0) High speed stable, low speed stable. Best all around driver and excellent for new players. Long straight or curving shots. Approaches to medium drives. Easy to throw and control.
- (21.1 cm, 1) Small diameter approach disc. Edge is slightly rounded and resembles the Panther in look only. The Spider is an overstable approach disc, some say straighter than the Gator.
- STAR VIPER:
- The star Vipers have a flatter top cupola than the standard Vipers, and are indeed more overstable than the standard version of the disc.
- (21.7 cm, -2) Low profile. High speed understable, low speed overstable. Medium to long distance driver. Easy to throw, best for right turns and a favorite disc for rollers. Also a good choice for novices. Very useful for S-curves.
- (21.2 cm, 1) Straight, very long range driver. Slightly overstable at high speeds, very overstable at low speeds. This is part of the Eagle family of drivers, is more overstable than the eagle.
- (21.2 cm, 0) High speed slightly understable, low speed slightly overstable. The Valkyrie is one of the fastest discs In the Eagle line.
- (21.7 cm, 2) High speed stable, low speed very overstable. Extremely fast with a long glide. Left curves or straight into the wind. Hard to control, not for beginners. One time record-holder for distance.
- (21.7 cm, -1) Mid range (turnover) driver with a Thumtrac® top. Flies straight or holds lines well. In other words, slightly understable at high speeds, slightly overstable at low speeds. Similar to the Roc. Rick Bays suggests it flies like a beat up Roc.
- (21.2 cm, 3) High speed slightly overstable, low speed very overstable. Long distance and the best tee-off straight into the wind. A very predictable flight. Difficult for beginning players to throw.
- (21.2 cm, 0) Low profile driver similar to the Roc. High speed stable, low speed slightly overstable. Long or medium approaches and medium drives. Useful as a roller and a good all-around golf disc. Medium wind penetrator with a moderate glide.
(24.1 cm) Like a garbage can lid. Large diameter, non-beveled edge and
the ThumtracT grip. High speed stable, low and medium speed stable. Best
for medium to short range shots. All curves and straight. Durable. Great
for people making the transition between regular discs and golf discs.
- Note: Champion Edition discs starting coming out last year. These discs are almost indestructible. The plastic is shiny and resembles hard candy, which is why many people refer to them as Candy Plastic. Several of Innova's discs are available in this plastic, but the demand vs. availability ration is so high, they are often difficult to find. The CE discs are characteristically more overstable and fly faster and farther than the regular plastic.
Note: Most Lightning discs are now made with the generic
imprint, rather than the airplane stamp. They are now listed by generic
name first. Some molds may also be slightly different with the change of
name. Lightning has one of the largest collection of floating discs. It
may not be official, but I hear they are coming out with two new molds
- #1 DRIVER/Mitchell B-25:
- (21.4 cm, 1) Maximum distance flyer. Broader nose for a long glide or long roll. Stable and easy to throw for beginners and pros. Also available in ProStyle plastic.
- * #2 DRIVER/Eagle F-15:
- (21.4 cm, 1) Slightly overstable. Very durable straight line driver. Floats in water.
- #3 DRIVER:
- (22.5 cm, -1) Originally intended as a mid to long range driver, this new disc will fly very far. Flies awesome with a tailwind. Understable at high speeds, stable at low speeds. Also available in ProStyle plastic
- #4 DRIVER:
- (1) A very overstable, low profile, long range driver. This is a maximum distance, high speed driver. Lots of lift-it carries a long way with less effort, a very predictable straight line flight path. Also available in ProStyle plastic.
- #1 FLYER:
- (21.4 cm) Low profile driver. The broader nose gives you a better glide. Easy to throw, this disc is low-speed overstable, high-speed somewhat understable.
- #2 FLYER/Stealth B-2:
- (22.4 cm) Low profile, long distance flyer. Heavy weights overstable, lighter weights understable. Great forehand roller.
- #3 FLYER/Spitfire:
- (22.3 cm) Fast, stable and predictable. Long range approaches. Heavy weights overstable, lighter weights understable. Great disc for beginning players and old pros alike.
- #1 HELIX:
- (21.6 cm) OverStable driver. Named for its "S" shaped flight path. Extra glide at the end of each flight for great distance. A predictable, accurate flight when thrown with the helix flight in mind.
- #1 HOOKSHOT/Dauntless SBD:
- (22.2 cm) Slightly larger disc with grip rings inside the rim.. Very overstable. Very fast. Hooks throughout its long-range flight. Inside grip rings also make it a good forehand roller.
- #2 HOOKSHOT/Lightning P38:
- (21.9 cm) Overstable but not extreme. Fast, long, with good wind control. Good for backhand rollers. According to Lightning Discs, the P-38 "Lightning" - named after the legendary WWII fighter plane, held the World Distance Record, the 1st to top the 200 yard mark - breaking the previous record by over 60ft.
- #3 HOOKSHOT/Blackbird SR71:
- (21.9 cm) Steady mid-range driver, overstable in any wind. Good disc for hyser. Turns left. Light weights (< 172g) float in water.
- #1 HYZER:
- (21.7 cm) Extremely overstable. Power hookshots and maximum distance. Hook into the strongest headwind.
- #2 HYZER:
- (21.4 cm) Radical, overstable hook shot. Wind resistant, unbreakable and floats.
- #3 HYZER/F-18 Hornet:
- (22.1 cm) Hardest hook-shot on the market. Very over-stable. Mid-range driver that will beat any head-wind. A quick, almost 90 degreed hook. Good roller. Generally not for beginners. Floats in water under 174 grams.
- * #1 ROLLER/Dead Dog:
- (21.7 cm) Low profile max distance flyer. Understable at high speeds. Supposedly, turns over after a long flight and rolls straight. I have to give it just the right angle. May be a different mold from the Dead Dog.
- #2 ROLLER/Flying Fortress B-17:
- (23.6 cm) Large disc with grip rings in the rim. Master of the double helix. Excellent disc for "S" flights. Great roller. (The added mass cuts through high grass) Lighter weights float. Not for wimps.
- #1 SLICE/Hellcat F6:
- (22.6 cm)Good grip and a low profile. Understable at high speeds, Over stable a low speed. Produces a long flying "S" curve. Lighter and middle weights will hold a slice and heavy weights for rollers.
- #2 SLICE/Bearcat F8:
- (21.6 cm) Straight and long. Heavy weights overstable, lighter weights understable. Mid to long range drives. A good starter disc. Heavy weights hook, lighter weights will turn over for a controlled slice.
- #3 SLICE/Tomcat F14:
- (21.7 cm) Straight line flyer. Good controlled turn-over, holds a slice for most of its flight. Great backhand roller. Good for beginners. Saves right-handers on left-hand holes.
- BEARCAT F8:
- (see #2 SLICE)
- BLACKBIRD SR71:
- (see #3 HOOKSHOT)
- CORSAIR F4:
- Good driver. Stable, holds line. Great for long distance and approach shots.
- DAUNTLESS SBD:
- (see #1 HOOKSHOT)
- DEAD DOG:
- (see #1 ROLLER)
- EAGLE F15:
- (see #2 DRIVER)
- FLYING FORTRESS B17:
- (see #2 ROLLER)
- FLYING TIGER P40:
- Great for long left turns over obstacles. Plenty of lift. Not for beginners.
- HELLCAT F6:
- Straight line flyer. Slightly understable for a controlled slice. Heavy weights are perfect for stand up rollers.
- HORNET F18:
- (see #3 HYZER)
- LIGHTNING P38:
- (see #2 HOOKSHOT)
- MITCHELL B25:
- (see #1 DRIVER):
- MUSTANG P51:
- Straight flyer with long glide. Turns right in lower weights. Good for beginners.
- * RUBBER PUTTER (TEXAN AT6):
- (21.6 cm) Durable, domed-putter. Soft material that's even gripy when wet. Slightly overstable. Wind resistant. Also good for approaches. Similar to Aviar. Floats in water.
- (see #3 FLYER)
- STEALTH B2:
- (see #2 FLYER)
- TOMCAT F14:
- (see #3 SLICE)
- (21.6 cm) Slightly overstable putt and long distance approach. Flies straight at low speeds. Easy-grip, flexible material. Deep rim, high profile.
- #2 UPSHOT:
- A rounded, deep rim approach disc with a large bead. A very stable disc, it holds a line well. The rounded edge make it more comfortable than the UPSHOT.
- Low profile driver. Great for tunnel shots. Low line drives. Good for cross winds.
Note: Usually sold as premium discs, Millenium boasts of having the toughest plastic around. Each Millenium disc is also labeled with a number indicating the mold and run number.
- AURORA MS:
- (21.6 cm, 0) A good approach/midrange disc that's stable throughout its flight. Also makes a good starter disc.
- AURORA MF:
- (21.6 cm, 1) Best for medium shots that fade left, and it's super predictable into a headwind.
- (21.2 cm, 2) Long turnover drives. Stable in the wind. Supposed to be super long, super fade, but it's mostly straight for me. Very streamlined. One of the most popular discs this year (1999).
- * JLS:
- (21.2 cm, 0) Long straight driver. Slightly understable. at high speeds. Stable at low speeds. The maker says this disc is longer, straighter, but my experience is it may also be more understable than the LS. .
- OMEGA SUPERSOFT PUTTER:
- (21.2 cm) A soft, sticky rubbery putter that flies straight and grips the chains. Extra durable plastic.
- OMEGA AP:
- (21.2 cm) A sturdier, stiffer version of the Omega for short drives and approaches.
- OMEGA DRIVER:
- (21.2 cm) Same mold as the other Omegas, but made with the same plastic as the Polaris to be very durable. Short drives, approaches, and can also be used as a putter.
- POLARIS LS:
- (21.2 cm, 0) Long straight driver. Slightly understable. at high speeds. Stable at low speeds. Thrown with slight hyzer, it makes a nice long "S", with maximum distance.
- POLARIS LF:
- (21.2 cm, 1) Long fade driver. Stable at high speeds, slightly overstable at low speeds.
- SENTINEL MF:
- (21.6 cm, 1) Midrange fade driver. It is fast and overstable, making it great for low ceiling shots, upwind shots.
- TACHYON LS:
- (21.6 cm, 0) Stable to slightly overstable at high speeds, overstable at the end of its flight.
- TACHYON LF:
- (1) Overstable with a persistent fade, even at high speeds. It's a good wind disc and it's great for skip shots and reverse 'S' curves.
- High profile overstable driver with a good glide.
- 86 SOFTIE:
- (21.3 cm) A firm but soft plastic, the 86 is a good durable shock-absorbing putter. Can also be used for approaches and short drives. Slightly understable at high speeds, stable at low speeds, drops straight at the end.
- (21.4 cm) A good beginner disc, the Apollo is easy to throw and control. Understable at high speeds, overstable at low speeds. Holds a gradual slice with a left drop. Also makes a good roller disc.
- (21.2 cm) A stable long distance driver. Designed in conjunction with Millenium, this disc flies long and straight. (Similar to the Polaris LS, but not the same plastic) Thrown with hyzer or anhyzer, it follows the line well. Good for all skill levels. Has been thrown 192m.
- VOYAGER 2:
- (21.2 cm) An overstable version of the Voyager, for better wind penetration. It can be thrown with much greater arm speed and still won't turn. Softer plastic for a better feel.
Discraft's Pro-Elite line uses a durable plastic. It's smooth (slick) when new and still easy to grip.
The Z line is slightly more overstable than the regular Pro Elite models. The plastic is almost indestructible and semi-transparent. As slick as it is, it may be more difficult to hold on to/throw for beginners, which would make it appear even more overstable.
Note: Several of Innova's discs are available in one of three different types of plastic (at a premium cost, of course), which is more durable than regular Innova plastic. Other than the standard plastic, there are the K.C. (Ken Climo) or SE (Special Edition) discs. These are smoother and more durable. There is also the Champion Edition (CE, also known as Candy) line of plastic. The CE discs are almost indestructible and very slick. Some characteristics of each disc are also slightly different in these premium discs. Most are more overstable.
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