Disc Golf Terminology

Now that you know a little about the basic throw and choosing discs to get started with, it’s time to go back to school and learn some terminology.

As with most sports, occupations, or other activities, disc golf is loaded with its own particular jargon.  Here I’ll introduce you to the most common terms you will run across and point you in the direction of some more comprehensive terminology lists.

Throw types

backhand – the most common and basic type of throw, disc flight ratings are based on this style

forehand/forearm/sidearm/flick – similar style to skipping a stone or sidearm in baseball

RHBH – Right hand backhand; backhand style thrown with the right hand

LHBH – Left hand backhand; backhand style thrown with the left hand

RHFH – Right hand forehand; forehand style thrown with the right hand

LHFH – Left hand forehand; forehand style thrown with the left hand

tomahawk/overhand – disc thrown overhand, with the disc vertical or near vertical

Disc characteristics

Speed – the rate at which the disc travels through the air.  This is highly dependent on the players arm speed.  Trying to throw a disc that is too “fast” will cause it to fade much sooner and not go as far.

Glide – the discs ability to stay in the air longer

Turn – for a RHBH thrower, the discs tendency to fly to the right, in the initial part of its flight

Fade – for a RHBH thrower, the discs tendency to fly left at the end of the flight

(A more detailed description of these can be found on Innova’s Flight Rating Guide)

Stable – disc tendency to fly straight through most of its flight

Overstable – for a RHBH thrower, disc will tend to fly to the left, or fade

Understable – for a RHBH thrower, disc will tend to fly to the right, or turn

Disc flight

Hyzer – for a RHBH thrower, release angle of the disc with the outside edge (wing) is tilted downward

Anhyzer – for a RHBH thrower, release angle of the disc with the outside edge (wing) is tilted upward

Hyzer-flip – when a disc thrown at a hyzer angle rotates back to level (flips) and flies flat

Roller – a disc thrown so that it lands on its edge and progresses forward on the ground

Flex (shot) – for a RHBH thrower, the disc will turn to the right before fading back to the left

 

Additional sources

Infinite Discs Disc Golf Dictionary

Innova Glossary of Disc Golf Terms

DGA Disc Golf Terminology

 

What do you think?  Are there any that are just so common they should be added?

Kevin

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