Terms to Know

A large part of learning disc golf is understanding the terminology that is specific to the sport.  When you are first starting out, there is an overwhelming amount of information!  You will most likely be confused when you first hear terms such as "hyzer" and "understable", but taking the time to learn the terminology will help you progress your game that much quicker!  This page is not an exhaustive list of terms and definitions, but it certainly enough to get you started!

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STABILITY TERMS

UNDERSTABLE

When a disc has a lower "turn" (roughly -2 or less) followed by a lower fade it is called an understable disc.

An understable disc generates more lift which will make the disc "turn" or go the opposite direction that it naturally wants to fade, so for a right-hand back-hand thrower the disc wants to fade to the left.  Understable discs generally have more glide than overstable.  For slower arm speeds looking for more distance, we definitely recommend understable discs.  An understable flight path can also called a "turnover".

NEUTRAL

When a disc has a "turn" and "fade" that are close to zero (usually both between 1 and -1) it is considered to be neutral. 

Point and shoot!  Everyone from a beginner to a professional can benefit from having neutral discs in their bag.  These discs are great for laser straight shots with minimal turn or fade.  What makes them so useful is their ability to hold any angle that you put them on.  Straight, Hyzer, Anhyzer... a good neutral disc can do it all!

OVERSTABLE

When a disc has a "turn" close to zero and a higher "fade" (roughly 2 or more) 

An overstable disc wants to fall to the ground faster and will want to fade sooner and harder.  Overstable discs will generally result in less overall distance, but they are great for fighting the wind and landing close to your target.  Overstable discs aren't usually recommended for beginners, but we recommend that beginners carry at least an overstable approach disc in their bag for accurate approach shots.

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Release TERMS

Hyzer - An angle of release where the outside edge or left edge of the disc is tilted downward for a RHBH thrower.  This causes the disc to leave your hand at the same angle that a disc will naturally fade towards.

Anhyzer - An angle of release where the outside edge or left edge of the disc is tilted upward for a RHBH thrower.  This causes the disc to leave your hand at the opposite angle that it wants to naturally finish on.

Flat - This is when the disc is released without hyzer or anhyzer.  When thrown flat, the disc should more accurately fly similar to the disc's flight numbers