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Playing a round the other day, I was having a discussion with a guy that I met on the course and he noticed all my discs were blue.
He asked about it, and I told him that blue just seemed to be the best all around color for every season, in my opinion. Not to bad in the summer, spring and winter, and definitly the best color in the fall when all the leaves start to change and fall off the trees.
He started telling me that certain colors of discs may be more overstable than other colors. I think he said that darker color discs such as blue and green are more overstable that lighter colors such as pink and yellow and orange. I think that is what he said.
Is this true, do the colors really make a difference in the stability of the disc?

Tags: Colors, Discs, Stability, overstable, understable

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Yes.
BUT...that fellow was wrong. There is no hard and fast rule as to what colors are more overstable. I know this because the blue groove I got was REALLY flippy. But also when our club got our CFR destroyers in, all the yellow and red were overstable.

Someone more knowledgable in the manufacturing process will have to set you aright in this area. I've heard the different colors have different cooling times and thus certain colors are more domey than others and this can affect flight.

Right now I'm going to say that the color is important in that it indicates certain runs of a disc that will all behave similarly. But then some discs have more variance in flight characteristics than others.
colors do make a difference to me, but its not because of over or under stable they may be. Certain colors make my rounds more enjoyable due to being color blind. I can only see certain colors against the grass, mud, or dirt. I find that I have a hard time seeing orange on grass or in the bushes. Red I cant see in dirt or mud. So I am stuck with yellows and blues. I don't dare use green or black, that would be insane for me.
all that said might be true but.... they may do more than one run of blue on different days with different conditions, making them fly different. or an employee may put them away to early causing them to cool slower over a long period of time. either way if it is a custom hotstamp they just randomly grab and restamp a pile of discs, and there may be different runs in the stack they grab. what i have noticed and a lot of people will back me up on this is by multiples all at once for the best chances you will get discs that will fly the same. also discraft and gateway seems to have more consistency from run to run (just my opinion). there is so many variables that no two discs will ever fly exactly the same, and besides if you lose one and pull another one out of the same; mold, weight and color it probably wont be the same because of degree of broken-in-ness (i made this word up, but feel free to use it).

my advice is to forget what a disc is said to do, and learn the subtle variances of each disc you throw, and don't expect anything out of a new disc because you will more often than not be disappointed or wrong.

just my opinion, and im not a injection molding expert by any means.
Ikinda think that it doesn't make a difference. Because I have 3 Predators all the same color. With similar weights but the hot stamps are different on each one. All three throw slightly different.
If companies used the plastic that met the same specs everyday it would not matter what color the discs were (but they would be more expensive). However, since their tolerance specs are so forgiving you can get different flight patterns based on which run your disc is from. The fact that this varies by color is simply arbitrary.
The only thing I can think of is that darker colored discs will absorb the sun's heat/energy more than lighter colored discs...although if your discs are hiding in your bag for 99% of the round, only lying out in the sun from the time you throw it until the time you put it back in your bag, it probably doesn't matter.

I've often wondered about that though...if having a disc sitting out in the Summer sun for 5-10 minutes before you find it or before it's your turn to throw is enough to make that disc fly just a bit differently until it's been hiding in your bag for a while again (cooling down). In general though, other than the issue already mentioned of discs of the same color being from the same mold/run, I would say that colors don't make much/any difference.
I understand that the difference in the plastic makes a difference in the stability. Like a Elite Z Avenger is a +1.8 but my Elite X Avenger is only a +1.6 I was just curoius about how much of a difference the colors really made.
Ha ha that would be awesome.
Colors sometimes make a difference but the trick is to figure out when there is a difference and what the difference is. Unfortunately there is no consistent difference based on color from disc to disc and run to run. So orange may be overstable in one run of one disc made on one day. But for another disc the orange ones may be understable. In another disc the orange ones might fly just like the other colors.

One of the ingredients which goes into a disc is color (when color is added). So the formula to produce a Blue Surge is slightly different than the formula to make a Red Surge, even if the plastic mixture for the two is identical except for the color additive. The same mold was used to make the two discs. The same amount of plastic went into the two discs. The atmospheric conditions were the same. The settings on the plastic squirting (injection molding) machine were the same. But when the formula changes, sometimes the plastic dries differently which causes the disc to take a slightly different shape which causes the disc to have different flight patterns.

It is my suspicion that atmospheric conditions and machine settings generally play a greater role than color additives as an explanation for variances among and between runs.

The molding of discs is as much art as it is science. The art is all about guessing how a disc is going to dry and shape once it comes out of the mold and how that translates into flight patterns.

The wider and sharper the rim of the disc, the more tiny changes affect its flight. So putters are very consistent. Midrange discs you can usually bank on. For drivers you don't know exactly what you have until you throw them. The great thing about drivers in candy plastic is that whatever they are, they will stay that way for a long, long time. So even if it is a hair off of what you expect, you can adjust to it, memorize it and be confident in it.
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