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Weight is not the only factor in the stablility of a given disc compared to another of the same model. I have two Lat 64 Visions that are the same weight, but they have a noticeable difference in stability. I also have a 175g Star Valkyrie and a 167 Star Valkyrie that are almost identical in flight. I have notice that a each 5 - 7 gram weight difference in Champion or Star Leopards does make a very noticeable difference in stablility.
Different plastics have different effects on stability depending on weight. DX plastic is much less stable then Champion plastic, but seems to gain stablity faster with weight increases.
There have been many discussions here about different molds (year produced) of Rocs, Tee-Birds, etc. each having different stabilities.
Yeah, after I posted I thought about all the other factors that effect disc stability and figured this is a tough question to answer. Figured it couldn't hurt to ask though.
Main reason I ask is because I ordered some discs online and I couldn't choose an exact weight..... it was a 3 gram difference and then some discs I ordered they only had in 170 - 172 when I have been throwing 175's for an innova max, xcal and banshee. We will see if the little bit of weight change is noticeable.
Thanks for the info guys! :)
The wider the rim of the disc the fewer grams it will take to notice the pull on your fingers. 5 grams on a Roc might go unoticed, but on a Boss, 5 grams feels like a pound.
From what I understand, the stability doesn't necessarily change, the disc just requires more or less power. In general though, I think the lighter the disc, the faster it will go, but it'll be more vulnerable to wind and other outside forces. The heavier it is, the farther it will go (the weight acts as a pendulum and propels itself) and is less vulnerable to wind and such.
Or...something like that...maybe I got it reversed..anyone?
You got that correct. An extreme example would be throwing a balloon filled with air vs. a water balloon. There is a balance point however where weight and speed come together and each individual is different due to throwing technique and strength. Too much weight = reduced velocity, Not enough weight = reduced kinetic energy (distance). It is critical therefore when going for distance that each player find the heaviest weight possible without sacraficing velocity and let the disc do the work that it was intended to do.
I can throw a 167g much farther than a 182g however there are times when wind is a major factor and I go with the heavier weight.
Yes R-pro Boss and any other plastic boss are not the same. An Rpro is not even a Boss really they are something else with the Boss mold lol.
I got a 150 flick thats moe stable than any disc ive seen so i dont know if it makes a difference. Throwing a light disc that can't handle your power is like shooting a wooden arrow through a compound bow. It aint got the spine to handle the propulsion and wobbles and turns over and the arrow shatters.