A selection of Disc Golf terms

Disc Golf Terminology

*Note* All statements will be made assuming a right-handed backhand (RHBH) throw. Left-handed backhand and right-handed forehand throws will result in a flight path opposite of the ones described here.

Hyzer – Releasing the disc with the outer edge at an angle lower than parallel to the ground. This will cause the most discs to curve to the left.


Anhyzer – Releasing the disc with the outer edge at an angle higher than parallel to the ground. This will cause the most discs to curve to the right.


High Speed Turn – The characteristic of a disc to curve to the right at the beginning of its flight when thrown hard.


Low Speed Fade – The natural tendency of a disc to tail left as it slows down at the end of its flight.


Overstable – A term used to describe the relative resistance to high speed turn and amount of low speed fade of a disc. A more overstable disc will generally have higher resistance to turn and greater low speed fade.


Understable – A term used to describe a disc with relatively low resistance to high speed turn and less low speed fade.


Turnover – The term used to describe the flight of a disc that curves to the right when thrown flat or at hyzer. A less overstable or understable disc will generally be easier to turn over.


Nose Down – Releasing the disc with the front end of the disc lower than the back end. Certain discs will fly better when thrown nose down.


Nose Up – Releasing the disc with the front end of the disc higher than the back end.
Stall Out – A term used to describe the flight of a disc when it peaks in height and drops off to the left without much glide. This generally occurs when the disc is thrown with the nose up.

S-Curve – A term used to describe the flight of a disc when it begins by turning to the right and then “flexes” out and glides back to the left.

Roller – A type of throw where the disc is turned over so far that it lands on its edge and rolls.

Snap – A term used to describe the armspeed and power a player gets into their throw. More snap will generally make the disc fly faster and further.

Reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower again

Somewhere along the line I started this series…and then lost track of it. Since the movie is coming out in early August I thought I would read the first book again and then pick up the rest of the series. I seem to at least have gotten through the second book as well since I remember the ‘lobstrosities’.

Anyway, check out the first book in the series here.

Nice quote about Design from Steve Jobs

Great quote

“Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like,” says Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

The Wirecutter and ‘Inner Vision’

One of my favorite web sites is ‘The Wirecutter’ over at thewirecutter.com

Anytime I’m going to purchase something I run over to The Wirecutter (or thesweethome.com) and look for a review. If I find something there I use their link to purchase the item. 

Anyway, they’ve got a great feature called ‘Inner Vision’ which is an assortment of interesting articles regarding a variety of topics. 

Check out the latest iteration here. My favorite item from this week’s list of items is this article. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

You can find a complete list of their blog posts here.

“The train that saved Denver”

Excellent article about the new(-ish) train based transit system that Denver has been building. More impressive is the idea that the region as a whole has been working together.

I’ve always been impressed by the European model of bike, car, train and plane transportation systems working as an integrated whole. Efficient and easy to use.

See the article from Politico here.