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08-21-2019, 06:39 PM
 SuperWookie Par Member Join Date: Apr 2019 Posts: 185 Niced 18 Times in 14 Posts
Can someone explain Glide numbers?

I have a generic question related to Disc flight path numbers I really don't understand. Can you guys explain WHY someone would need, want or use a low glide disc? I see In the Bag of pros sometimes on yt, and all the heavy hitters have TONS of discs in their bag that seem to overlap. And one thing I noticed is that guys like Simon, Kevin Jones, etc have quite a few discs with numbers like 10/3/0/4 or 12/3.5/0/3 or even a midrange or FW that is 5/3/0/2 or 7/3/0/3. Just crazy stuff like that.

And my understanding of glide and speed ratings is very limited and rudimentary, so I'm wondering if you can explain WHY a player would throw a disc like that? I thought the whole point of throwing a different speed disc is to have it go farther and farther from the distance you can throw your putter? So if my putter has a speed 3 and glide 3, it goes 250 max lets say. Then if I moved up to a midrange with 5/5/0/1, it would go 300ish max and a little higher and stay in the air a little longer at the end? And you keep jumping up in speed to get more distance (but of course glide pretty much tops out for 99% of discs in the 5-6 range).

So when I see a disc that is a 11/3/0/3, I instantly think to myself, HOLLY CR*P, that disc is going to be SUPER hard to keep on a straighter line, it's GOING to go left almost immediately, and it's going to hit the ground quickly. AND, it's not going to go very far. I feel like if I threw a speed 11 disc that had 3 glide vs 6 glide, that the glide 3 is going to only go 250-300, and the glide 6 will go max distance of lets say 400-500.

Whereas when I see a disc that says 11/6/-1/2 or 7/6/-1/1, I get excited. Because I see that as a potential disc to throw super far, accurately and yet still be in good control and not have some huge S line path that goes 30' right, then 20' back left. So I'm just not understanding the reason for having or throwing a low glide disc.

But now that I know all these pros are carrying not just 1, but sometimes 4-8 discs like this in their bag, speeds 7-12 with glide of 3-4, I realize I may not understand why you always don't want to throw a high glide disc.

The only reason I can see for throwing a low glide disc is for a putter, like the Berg (which I just picked up and can't wait to try). If you throw that thing at a decent speed and you miss the basket, it should in theory fall like a brick and not go very far past the basket. Same on a short approach of like 100' or something. If I can dial that thing in to different distances, it should just drop out of the sky like a brick right where I want? Right? So why would anyone want a midrange or fairway or driver that does that? It seems like if I want to throw a speed 7 fw disc, it's because I want to throw it 300-400'. Not 250 and just fall out of the sky. I'm really confused by this.

I must be missing something here though, because a lot of pros and I'm sure AM's use these low glide discs for something. And it must be useful, otherwise they wouldn't be throwing them. So can you guys explain some or all of the reasons you would want a low glide disc?

Thanks
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08-21-2019, 07:18 PM
 zenbot *Super Moderator* Join Date: Jun 2008 Location: Ventura, California Years Playing: 13.2 Courses Played: 31 Posts: 11,080 Niced 338 Times in 126 Posts

Low glide: More consistent in the wind and for questionable distances.

See: Gator

The best description I've heard selling the lack of a Gator's glide was something like "Instead of a disc, just throw it the same distance you would a baseball".

In my experience, it works pretty well for upshots.

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08-21-2019, 07:21 PM
 InWaves Bogey Member Join Date: Dec 2014 Years Playing: 5 Courses Played: 10 Throwing Style: RHBH Posts: 68 Niced 17 Times in 11 Posts

Low glide is all about consistency. A disc with low glide will only go as far as you throw it and that is very useful sometimes.

Basically big bomber pros have enough power to throw a low glide disc exactly where they want it. Remove glide as a variable for consistencies sake

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#4
08-21-2019, 07:29 PM
 Treeknuckle Bogey Member Join Date: Apr 2013 Posts: 98 Niced 21 Times in 14 Posts

Lower glide discs tend to only go as far as you can throw them. Sometimes with those silly high glide discs (escapes, rivers, tursas, comets) it can be difficult to gauge distance because of that.

I'm no super armed pro, but on drives that have obstacles/hazards within my driving distance instead of discing down to a mid, maybe I'll throw a relatively low glide Raptor. Or on 90% of my approaches I'm throwing a Zone because of that consistency and lower chance to bomb past my target.

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08-21-2019, 07:39 PM
 RFrance Eagle Member Join Date: Aug 2014 Location: Tampa, FL Years Playing: 6.1 Courses Played: 27 Throwing Style: RHBH Posts: 968 Niced 297 Times in 179 Posts

This video explains when to choose a high glide disc but in doing so, it also explains why you would want the opposite, or low glide disc.

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08-21-2019, 07:39 PM
 thirtydirtybirds Double Eagle Member Join Date: May 2015 Location: The cut north of the confluence, MD Years Playing: 4.4 Courses Played: 15 Throwing Style: RHBH Posts: 1,443 Niced 462 Times in 280 Posts

Throw a low glide disc hard and it only goes so far. You know how far, you know the wind won’t catch it as bad, you know the result.

Those speed 12 with lower glide are for people that throw fast. They can throw the disc fast enough to get good distance and the consistency that comes with the lower glide.

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08-21-2019, 08:56 PM
 Casey 1988 Shun the frumious Bandersnatch! Join Date: May 2017 Location: Pierre, South Dakota, USA Years Playing: 16.2 Courses Played: 25 Throwing Style: RHBH Posts: 4,270 Niced 716 Times in 614 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by zenbot Low glide: More consistent in the wind and for questionable distances. See: Gator The best description I've heard selling the lack of a Gator's glide was something like "Instead of a disc, just throw it the same distance you would a baseball". In my experience, it works pretty well for upshots.
That was Why until recently 2017 that mold an old Flat top DX beat top from 2005 fly straight was his putter, then the Stud came out and that was his putter I got him for birthday as his old DX Flat top Gator was nearly dead like one good wack to the metal non chains of the basket and that disc was toast. Also he was having that DX Gator be US.
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08-21-2019, 08:59 PM
 Casey 1988 Shun the frumious Bandersnatch! Join Date: May 2017 Location: Pierre, South Dakota, USA Years Playing: 16.2 Courses Played: 25 Throwing Style: RHBH Posts: 4,270 Niced 716 Times in 614 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by InWaves Low glide is all about consistency. A disc with low glide will only go as far as you throw it and that is very useful sometimes. Basically big bomber pros have enough power to throw a low glide disc exactly where they want it. Remove glide as a variable for consistencies sake
Yep, that is why I did not throw a Rubber Putter for my Putter past about my first 365 days of playing. The glide was so high I could not control the glide in wind situations.

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08-21-2019, 09:10 PM
 DoWork Eagle Member Join Date: Apr 2018 Courses Played: 8 Posts: 698 Niced 515 Times in 243 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by RFrance This video explains when to choose a high glide disc but in doing so, it also explains why you would want the opposite, or low glide disc.

Dang, thats a really awesome video! Thanks for sharing!!

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08-21-2019, 09:27 PM
 DoWork Eagle Member Join Date: Apr 2018 Courses Played: 8 Posts: 698 Niced 515 Times in 243 Posts

Basically if you’re throwing a big downhill bomb, you want a low glide disc that lets you really chuck it directly where you want to put it. Pick a speed number you can throw the crap out of accurately with low glide and you’re setting yourself up for success when going too far is REALLY bad.

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