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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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no.
I cannot speak for the other manufactures, but INNOVA does NOT run all one color discs on one day. Colors may be different from mix to mix and machine to machine - - all on the same day.
Is it very much like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory? There's GOT to be magic about the place.
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.
This seems logical, it takes me back to grade school when we had a science experiment about dark colors and light ones. We painted rocks of similar size and type black and white and found that the black one had a higher temperature than the white one after sitting in the sun from room temperature to direct sunlight for the same amount of time.
yer best bet is to check the companies stability rating for a disc, it usually depends on the plastic.

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