Understable Disc Golf Discs

Understable is a term that describes the overall flight pattern of golf discs, i.e. where they land compared to their starting point.

  • Understable discs are the most beginner friendly.
  • They turn in the direction of their spin during the initial stages of their flight when thrown flat, straight and with average power. Towards the end of their flight as they lose speed, all spinning discs tend to fall in the opposite direction of their spin, but not so much for understable discs. Therefore...
  • RHBH (right handed back hand) throws will spin right and turn to the right. Opposite for lefties, i.e. LHBH (left hand back hand) throws will spin left and turn left.
  • They turn in proportion to the speed of release. RHBH fast released discs fly in the direction of their spin longer and further before they eventually tail off to the left at the end of their flights, therefore ending much more to the right compared to their starting point. Slower released discs will not see much movement in the direction of their spin, fly rather straight and then quickly fall opposite the direction of their spin as they lose speed, i.e. ending less to the right compared to the starting point.
  • Great for beginners but also used by pros and experienced players for various specialty shots.
  • Easiest for new players to control.
  • Provide the most distance for beginning disc golfers.
  • Use them for anhyzer shots on a dogleg right or for roller shots.
  • Generally not used in a headwind as they are too unpredictable.

Stable Disc Golf Discs

Stable is a term that describes the overall flight pattern of golf discs, i.e. where they land compared to their starting point.

  • Great for beginners but also found in the bags of many pros.
  • Tend to fly straight when thrown flat, straight and with average power.
  • Very consistent.
  • Indispensable.

Overstable Disc Golf Discs

Overstable is a term that describes the overall flight patterns of golf discs, i.e. where they land compared to their starting point.

  • Overstable discs are recommended for players with experience.
  • Comparable to a 'Hook' in ball golf.
  • Fade opposite the spin (hook) when thrown flat, straight and with average power. Which means...
  • RHBH (right hand back hand) throws spin right and fade left (hook). Opposite for lefties, i.e. LHBH (left hand back hand) throws spin left and turn right.
  • Fade in proportion to the speed of release. Fast released discs fly rather straight at the beginning of their flight until they lose speed and start to fade off to the left toward the end of their flight, hence ending more left compared to their starting point. Slower released discs won’t fly very far before fading left very quickly (sharp hook).
  • The higher the speed of release, the less sharp the fade or hook.
  • The more overstable a disc, the greater the tendency to fade opposite the direction of the spin (sharp hook).
  • Great choice when you need a disc that finishes hard left, (for RHBH).
  • Typically used by strong arm high speed throwers.
  • Work well against the wind.
  • The more overstable, the greater wind they can handle.
  • Work well for skip shots.