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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?

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I haven't noticed a color effecting stability in a disc...in a long...long time.

Back when Cyclones first came out there was no question the darker ones were more stable then the lighter ones. A couple of us tested that theory ourselves...in an open field....white and yellow against dark green and black...all weighing 176. There was no doubt there was a difference...it was "no question about it" obvious.
I threw Cyclones fairly exclusively until the KC plastic came out...up till then, I always had a couple of white ones in varying degrees of understable....a newer one for a nice turnover and a beat one for rollers. And at least 2 dark greens ones for the stable hyzer bomb.
I use my blue cyclone for a stable hyzer but my bright green one is slightly more worn in and way easier to turn over for a smooth anhyzer shot. The only problem. With the green one is that it is exactly the same color as the grass
mark touched on it, but what makes the most sense to me, and I'm no expert, is that different colored plastic will heat and cool at a different temperature. makes sense, right? dark absorbs more heat than light.. basic science?

as I saw it explained, was that it made more of a difference in the cooling process. which again... made sense to me.

and Ive read it here a few times, which still doesn't mean it's true,haha.
but yeah, Ive been carrying almost all the same color plastic, and it seems to seem more consistency between discs, whether it be Innova,discraft,gateway,ching,millennium,etc.

I also believe in the "ZEN" theory though.. if you become the disc, it will flow from your hand no matter a slight difference in color. :)

Eventually they all became rollers. I stopped throwing them because they really didn't last long...on our course the average flight life span of any color cyclone was about 2 to 3 weeks....some of the DX plastic of the day...lasted longer....like a Viper or a whippet...it took some time to beat in those.

It was tough having to always baby that honey clone...keeping it off the trees and of course the dark colors were hard to find.

The KC plastic were white so that was a plus....an easy to find Disc and a great flight...but they too were also not very durable. Had to buy a few each time...to keep one in stable shape. Always had a few extra rollers in the bag...lol!

When the XL's came out, I jumped back on the Discraft bandwagon for a short period of time...they were light colors..super long flights..but again I needed to buy several at a time to keep one in original shape. When the Champ stuff came out....that changed my disc buying habits forever...no more need to buy multiple discs in the same weight or same color as with the Cyclones.

I haven't noticed color ever being an issue with stability in any Champ plastic.

Back when Cyclones were the $#!t...our theory was, the darker the color...the more dense the plastic mix was....thus creating a more stable disc??? Side note on the heat thing...back in the day....nothing flew farther then a cyclone that sat in direct sun for a few minutes.
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.
Sometimes on Drivers. Putters are OK.
True Statement...... Throw Tye-dye disc. They look kool flying no matter where they fly. oooooo Look at the pretty colors.
Color and plastic type both make a difference in flight stability characteristics. The differences primarily are due to the specific gravity of the plastics and colors. This accounts for the differences in stability bacause of the weight distrabution of the plastic/colors.
I have heard that some colors have a heavier pigment compound.
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.
Great insight! Thanks a lot Mark. This is a conversation that I've had with a lot of people that I play disc golf with.

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