Understanding Flight Numbers & More

Beginner Buying Guide

  • Speed ( 1 to 14)

    The first number found on the left side of the flight rating system is the speed rating. The greater the number is on the speed rating, the faster the disc needs to travel through the air to perform optimally.

    Usually, the faster speed discs are designed to cut through the air more easily than slower speed discs. Meanwhile, if you have a slower disc, is more accurate and controllable compared to the one with the faster speed rating.

  • Glide (1 to 7)

    The glide rating represents how well a disc will remain in the air as it slows down. If a disc is described as floaty, or having a lot of loft, this means it has a lot of glide.

    Since it occurs as the disc is slowing down, high glide discs are crucial to both gaining extra distance and controlling how a disc lands. Glidey discs are the straightest flyers, allowing for pinpoint accuracy through tight fairways.

  • Turn (+1 to -5)

    Turn rating is a measure of how much the angle of a disc will rotate during the high speed phase of the flight.

    Turn is a major factor in describing whether a disc is overstable or understable. Discs with a lot of negative turn are flippy or UNDERSTABLE, while discs with a 0 or 1 turn rating are OVERSTABLE.

    For RHBH players, this can be easily explained as UNDERSTABLE disc pull to the right while OVERSTABLE discs pull to the left.

  • Fade (0 to 5)

    Low Speed Fade is the discs tendency to hook left (for right hand backhand throws) at the end of the flight. Fade is rated from 0 to 5. A disc rated 0 will finish straightest, while a disc rated 5 will hook hard at the end of the flight. High fade discs are usually used for Spike and Skip shots.

    High fade (OVERSTABLE) discs can be great for distance control, flex shots, and dealing with a headwind.

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Great for Beginners

These discs have been hand picked by the Black Swamp team to help beginners develop their game. In general, this collection features low speed, high glide, understable discs that are easy to throw for an unexperienced disc golfer. Also included are timeless molds that everyone needs to try!
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Understable Discs (Turn is negative)

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"Great for Beginners" Collection

Beginners should avoid

High Speed Drivers

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