SPEED In Disc Golf: Why Beginners Should Choose a Slower Disc
by Celavirgie Bautista JUN 04, 2021
Flight Ratings are designed to give disc golfers an idea of a disc’s intended flight. They are very helpful but sometimes they can also be hurtful to newer players.
They are useful in comparing discs and getting a general idea of what a disc should do, but at the same time, a lot of newer players get caught up in the numbers that they think the higher the numbers the better.
To avoid making this mistake, today, you’re going to learn more about one of the four main categories of flight ratings –Speed.
To gain a better understanding, we need to answer these two questions:
1. What exactly is Speed?
2. What is the key metric by which high speed is determined?
To answer the first question, Speed is the amount of initial velocity needed to achieve a disc’s intended flight path. It’s the ability of the disc to cut through the air.
“The disc on the left requires more energy to begin the spinning motion, but because of that inertia, it means that it will continue to spin longer once it is in motion. Conversely, the disc on the right will require less energy to begin the spinning process, but will lose spin more quickly because it has less inertia, less momentum built into the spinning motion.”
To summarize, a higher speed rating:
means a wider rim
requires more energy to spin
maintains spin longer
means more difficult to snap – transferring all your body’s motion into the disc
In conclusion, since higher-speed discs are more difficult to snap, it is not advisable for new players to go buy a high-speed disc. Because high-speed discs are for players with higher skill levels. In fact, according to some sources, beginners should not throw any disc with Speed higher than 6 for the first few months.
If you want to achieve maximum distance, check this guide.