I grew up playing a lot with Frisbees and Aerobies. Ultimate Frisbee was one of my very favorite sports. The very first time I ever played disc golf was in Tucson Arizona in 2003. As part of a youth activity we played “Frisbee Golf” throwing our frisbees to various objects around the campus of the University of Arizona.
At the time, we had no idea that there were actually frisbees made specifically for disc golf.
Well, in the last 20 years, that technology has only enhanced and increased and now there are literally hundreds of different types of disc golf discs.
In this article, I will discuss disc golf discs and how they compare with Ultimate Frisbees.
Disc Golf Discs are NOT Made for Catching
Different Frisbees are designed for different purposes and have different characteristics.
Disc golf discs are designed for throwing at targets, such as baskets, and come in a variety of types, as discussed in the previous section. They have a sharper edge and a more pronounced rim, which helps them cut through the air and travel long distances with greater speed and accuracy. They are also designed to withstand the rigors of hitting trees, rocks, and other obstacles on the course.
On the other hand, Ultimate Frisbees are designed for playing the game of Ultimate Frisbee, a team sport played on a field with end zones, similar to football. The goal is to catch the frisbee in the end zone to score points. Ultimate Frisbees have a larger diameter than disc golf discs. They also have a more rounded edge, which makes them easier to catch and handle.
Ultimate Frisbees are not designed for throwing long distances, as the game is played on a field rather than a multi acre course. Ultimate Frisbees are designed to be thrown with greater accuracy and control. They are not as durable as disc golf discs and are more susceptible to damage when hitting hard objects, such as trees or the ground.
Unless you’re using a specialty disc like the MVP Glitch, golf discs are not made for catching. The first thing you’ll notice, and the biggest difference between a golf discs and catch frisbee is the weight density.
Different Weight Density
A traditional Ultimate Frisbee weights 175 grams. An average disc golf disc also weights 175 grams. The difference is that the diameter of the Ultimate Frisbee is doulble the size of a disc golf disc. A Discraft Ultrastar Ultimate Frisbee has a diameter of 10.75 inches. Popular disc golf drivers have a diameter of 8.34 inches.
Traditional catch Frisbees, like the one you got from the local insurance agent at the recent parade are also larger in diameter than golf discs, but weigh substantially less. An inexpensive catch frisbee usually weighs 125 grams or less.
In terms of flight attributes, an Ultimate Frisbee possesses a greater propensity to maintain a straight trajectory. In contrast, the majority of disc golf discs tend to turn in a specific direction before fading towards the end of their flight. Moreover, certain disc golf discs are intended to curve in a particular direction to aid in circumnavigating obstacles.
In summary, while disc golf discs and Ultimate Frisbees may both be flying saucer objects, they are designed for different purposes and have different characteristics. Disc golf discs are designed for throwing at targets and come in a variety of types, while Ultimate Frisbees are designed for playing the game of Ultimate Frisbee and are lighter and more comfortable to catch and handle.
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