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Miller 02-25-2009 02:23 PM

How to identify a disc
 
Ok, so I had a lot of discs donated to help start a DiscGolf Club at my college. Now I'm trying to figure out what I have and some of the discs I'm getting stuck on. Anyone have ideas on how to identify a mystery disc. Some have tournament markings on them and I assume with enough research I can figure those out, but what about the old champion disc that all the markings have worn off?

DiscChainBasket18 02-25-2009 02:39 PM

The shape of the lip of the disc is very specific. I found a champ disc with no markings & later found out it's a Teebird by comparing the edge with a Teebird I already had.
Most pro's can tell what the disc is by looking at it. Ask a local pro for help.

TalbotTrojan 02-25-2009 02:41 PM

No markings? That is going to be tough. I would try talking to a pro. I was at the Wintertime Open in Pasadena and there was a pro there volunteering during the am weekend who could literally hold a disc in his hand, take a peek at the top, bottom and side view and then be able to tell you what the disc was.

t i m 02-25-2009 04:16 PM

anyone who is a disc junkie has a decent chance of IDing stuff for you. Whenever my roommate and I used to lose a disc in the water and have to dig for it, anything we found we had to try to ID by feel alone before we pulled it up out of the water... we got pretty good at IDing discs based on touch. The feel of the plastic, the shape of the lip, the dome, etc...

When you add visual qualities in, too, it gets much easier.

The only problem now is that there are more manufacturers and more plastics and more molds than their used to be. I wouldn't be better than 50/50 today, because half the discs on the market are molds I haven't actually held. But still, a local pro or even an Am who loves plastic -- can probably give you the help you need.

If you don't have local pros, you can always post up pictures on this site. Take a photo of the top, bottom and the profile of the disc. Someone here will probably know what it is.

Fore 02-25-2009 04:26 PM

Is the weight and lettering under it worn off as well or just the stamps?

bjreagh 02-25-2009 05:31 PM

Sometimes the weight and abbrev. on the bottom for Innova wears off, but if you look at it in the right light by tilting it certain ways sometimes you can still make out the impression, same for the stamp sometimes.

Here are Innova's abbreviations if you need them:

http://www.innovadiscs.com/discs/abbrev.html

bjreagh 02-25-2009 05:35 PM

Just thought of this too. You can e-mail the disc manufacturer. I had a mystery disc once that I described in an e-mail. Somebody from Innova sent a nice reply to help me out.

JR Stengele 02-25-2009 05:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bjreagh (Post 36818)
Sometimes the weight and abbrev. on the bottom for Innova wears off, but if you look at it in the right light by tilting it certain ways sometimes you can still make out the impression, same for the stamp sometimes.

Here are Innova's abbreviations if you need them:

http://www.innovadiscs.com/discs/abbrev.html

I agree. If not and you think it might be one of a couple in your mind, compare it to some of yours or a friends to make sure. You can always look online though. Good luck.

Miller 02-25-2009 11:23 PM

It turns out I was able to identify most of the ones without any markings by tilting it just so and seeing the impression of the markings enough to figure out what it was. Now I just have to look up those special tournament stamped discs. Thanks everyone!

On a side note, about 1 in every 10 discs was not labeled with the correct weight. If that's important to you you might want to weigh your discs. Most were only off by a gram, but some were off by 4-5 grams.

ERicJ 02-26-2009 01:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Miller (Post 36889)
On a side note, about 1 in every 10 discs was not labeled with the correct weight. If that's important to you you might want to weigh your discs. Most were only off by a gram, but some were off by 4-5 grams.

Been discussed before on this forum. But here's some new data on that topic:
http://marshallstreetdiscgolf.com/contest_0901.html

ERic


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