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puck'n'disc5 01-17-2019 10:40 AM

Question about Weight of Discs
This is something that I have struggled with ever since I began playing.

Just about everything I carry anymore weighs anywhere from 167-175. Later during last season, I decided to try out a 163 gram Wizard, and it seems to have really helped out my long distance putting. I always missed low around the 30' range, and it seems like the lighter weight putter helps the disc carry just enough to get to the chains instead of clanking off the facemask.

This got me thinking. Maybe I could benefit from throwing some lighter weight discs in certain situations.

So, DGCR, what weights of discs do you prefer to throw and in what particular situations?

wolfmandragon 01-17-2019 10:57 AM

Lightweight discs are where MVP/Axiom really shines. Their discs don't loose their stability as much when the weight is dropped.
Both my max distance discs(Photon and Wave) are 150 class discs and hold their stability fine.
My main fairway is the Crave, also a 150 class disc. It almost as hss as the max weight Craves.

SD86 01-17-2019 11:11 AM


Originally Posted by puck'n'disc5 (Post 3403969)
So, DGCR, what weights of discs do you prefer to throw and in what particular situations?

My 'sweet spot' weight range is the upper 160s, 165-168g, and always has been since I began playing DG. Some of my mids and nearly all of my fairway drivers are in this weight, and I was using high-speed drivers in this class for a long time.

Then I began going to heavier mids and approach putters (especially puters), some of them being max wt. (175g, give or take).

And I started gravitating towards lighter high-speed drivers, such as Terns and Katanas in the 150-class range. As I get older, I'll probably gravitate my fairways to ligher weights, but its helped the most with the high speed stuff.

Moose33 01-17-2019 11:45 AM

I bag nothing under 170, within 5 grams of max always. Goves then more predictable flight in the wind.

Alexplz 01-17-2019 11:58 AM

To those who throw all or mostly max weight, I think a fair question is, assuming there was no PDGA weight limit, how heavy would you choose your discs to be?

For putters, I don't really feel like I would want mine any heavier than around 175-180. Normally I putt with 172-174ish, and oftentimes like OP feel that a little extra glide on long putts with a lighter disc would be helpful. For mids, I could see a few extra grams being helpful as it seems to me that max weight mids go further anyway... not any heavier than the upper 180s tho I think. For drivers, like SD, I prefer in the upper 160s, or 170s for glidey trilogy.

With all that in mind, assuming the sweet spot for ideal weight without any kind of limit is not necessarily heavier than 175g for everything, I think more people are throwing max weight just for the sake of it than is really necessary.

wims 01-17-2019 12:00 PM

I like to keep all my discs around the same weight for the sake of consistency. Having a few heavier discs isnt that big of a deal, but when i mix in lighter discs i mess up my release point.

Brockness Monster 01-17-2019 12:13 PM

Drivers: 165-170, 175 for wind fighters
Mids: 180
Putters: 165-170

I have a couple of 150 class discs for forehanding, but that is it.

slowplastic 01-17-2019 01:17 PM

I don't like too light because I find they get too touchy for me, both in wind and for messing with my release. It "shouldn't" matter for my release, but I find it does...I get bad releases far more often with light discs than I do with normal weights.

I am also fine anywhere 167-175, and I know those numbers are somewhat arbitrary but if I stay in that range I don't think about it. Discs that I want to be consistent like putters/mids/stable fairways I tend to go 172+, again arbitrary number and really 170+ I don't care, because I'm not trying to get max distance but I'm trying to get maximum consistency and wind resistance. There's no way I can feel 2g difference in my hand so I'm sure it's mostly psychological.

My opinion is I would rather get a normal weight disc in a less stable mold than a more stable mold in a lighter disc. When discs are <160 I can really tell in my hand, and I think the wind pushes them more. That being said you can get some pretty interesting flights out of super light Firebirds or Destroyers...you can overpower them but they still have that trusty ending fade, I can tell they get me like 30' more than a disc that would want to be that stable in a normal weight.

I agree that MVP lightweight stuff has impressed me, I've only thrown a few of them but I haven't noticed them being weird or touchy like other super light discs. I'd have to really try them out, but from the small sample size it was enough for me to notice.

There's nothing wrong with experimenting with lighter discs, and I'm sure a lot of guys who throw 300-350' will get some extra distance by going to a lighter weight distance driver. That being said, it's up to them for if the consistency sacrifice is worth it.

ThrowaEnvy 01-17-2019 01:45 PM

Way back when I found a 160 Orc champion with no name wedged deep in a crevasse.. It was perfect for me... changed the way I bought discs..

Now all my putters are 165-166g mostly Envys so they are stable even at lightweight and a large portion of my drivers mainly fairway are 165-168 with some 160g for more stable discs. My faster speed distance drivers are 155ish with a couple heavy ones in favourite molds but generally I drop down to 155-160g when I'm getting to the edge of my speed abilities.. They are all MVP/Axiom discs since they do lightweight really well.

I also have a fission Photon at 143g which is still very stable and likely my longest driver as long as I don't torque it.

SaROCaM 01-17-2019 01:52 PM


Originally Posted by Alexplz (Post 3404010)
To those who throw all or mostly max weight, I think a fair question is, assuming there was no PDGA weight limit, how heavy would you choose your discs to be?

200g...Condors are fun.

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