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I have been playing disc golf a long time. One of the things i have noticed though is the different disc manufacturers all have a different disc rating system. While they all accomplish the same thing for newer players this is can be a difficult task understanding the ratings between manufacturers. I feel there should be a universal ratings system for disc ratings. Something more than discraft but easier and less complex then innova. What does everyone think?
I like innovas personally it gives you the full flight rating as compared to discraft simplistic rating. It seems a lot of companies have adopted innovas chart as far as speed, glide, high speed and slow speed characteristics. I know its confusing at first but once you figure it out it makes it easier to find what you are looking for. That's just my 2 cents of course.
Yes, ratings vary between manufacturers. It would be nice if they all adopted the same system. I take ratings with a grain of salt since you never know what something will do until you throw it. My King is more understable than a Vulcan but if you went by the ratings that would not be the case.
I am not saying personally. I understand how they work. What I was thinking was like stability rated like discraft, Speed and glide. I understand that they very between throw and player i get that i think a universal rating would be great to help new players in our sport.
I personally like Joe's Universal Flight Chart. There is also an app available for smart phones.
and there is the new Flight Analyzer webpage.
A description of the disc from the manufacturer would be best. At least 200 words to describe the disc and then more to describe how it flies in that particular plastic. Check this site for the most comprehensive analysis of discs.
That flight analyzer page is interesting but once again I'm not sure how accurate. I have a Westside King which is very understable. I also have a Vulcan which I consider to be a very similar disc but slightly more stable than the King. The Flight Analyzer page shows the Vulcan as the more understable of the two which does not match up with experience. In fact, the flight path drawing that you get when you click on a disc only shows a graphical representation of the numbers. This just goes to show that these numbers needed to be treated with a grain of salt and that only throwing a disc will give you the "numbers" that you need. It also points out the need for a universal set of testing procedures and numbers for all discs. I'm not sure how that would get set up but it would surely be more accurate.
Newer players should always throw plastic that is less stable.
It may or may not be the most accurate but I usually just go to discgolfcenter.com and see what ratings that they have put on a disc I dont know much about. They setup a rating system like Innova's for all of the discs. They also have a "difficulty" rating as well. Although I typically just consider the speed of the disc its "difficulty".
I'm fairly new to the game.. started playing in March I think.. but have been playing a lot. Why should new people use under stable discs? Just wondering.