By P.J. Harmer — RattlingChains.com Staff
Hyzer. Anhyzer. Understable. Overstable. Pancake. Worm burner.
The one thing about disc golf is the amount of terms that are used in the game. From terms describing discs to throws to players. It can be overwhelming to newer players, especially when they are playing with more experienced players who are throwing these terms around like it’s nothing else.
It can be like a foreign language.
Better yet, think of yourself as a parent learning to text. You get one from a teenage son or daughter with something along the lines of…
“OMG like i thought u were goin 2 play frisbee 4 fun. u r way 2 serius. lol”
The reality is the game of disc golf can be very technical. So when an experienced player — or someone who just knows the terminology — starts talking about how your throw is well if you used an overstable disc and let the hyzer naturally take its course.
I’m simple when it comes to terminology – in all aspects of life. I don’t like to use jargon or anything like that in pretty much all I do.
It’s kind of like when I worked in journalism and things like “lede,” “graph,” or “presser” were used. It’s like a secret language or something.
But, in sports, it’s expected.
Besides clichés (like me giving 110 percent in writing this article), lingo pertaining to sports is natural
Football. Baseball. Basketball. Soccer. In every sport, there are certain words that are used just for that sport.
Disc golf is no different.
Regular terms are understandable and seem to follow over from ball golf easily enough – things like driver, an approach shot, a putter and basic things like that.
But last time I checked, there weren’t overstable, understable and stable golf clubs and balls.
In regular golf, you have a slice or a hook. In disc golf, it’s a hyzer or an anhyzer (though one is more apt to do these on purpose, where a slice or a hook is not necessarily done purposely).
As an avid softball player, I’m slowly working on my overhead shots. Whenever I’ve done it around people I don’t play with normally, I’m often asked if I am doing a thumber, a tomahawk or something else.
Usually, it makes me shrug my shoulders and show my grip. The one thing I’ve figured out is that, theoretically, the way the disc back is facing is the way the disc should go.
The best part about disc golf terminology is it seems that terms can mean different things to different people.
I’ve heard at least three different variations of what stable, understable and overstable discs should do. About the only thing that seems to be agreed upon is that stable means the disc should fly straight.
How about a hork?
This one really got me. A while back, I was chatting with professional Chris Sprague and I asked him about terms. I brought up the hork.
“A hork is just like ripping it,” Sprague said. “Like somebody horks it as hard as they can. I would think that was just like somebody is just ripping the disc. I would say ripping it, some one else may say horking it.”
In one online terminology list, it’s listed that a hork is the angle of the disc flight.
That makes it even more confusing to me!
I’m thinking I should just head outside and think about throwing a hyzer bomb, but I can throw that far. So I’ll probably just think about throwing a hammer. Knowing my luck, everything I plan will be for naught and my worm burner will barely go 100 feet, meaning I might have to flip a disc on an anhyzer line to get around the mando and have a chance at par.
How about you all out there? Any crazy terms? Let us know some of your favorites in the comments below!
P.J. Harmer is the lead blogger for Rattling Chains. E-mail him at: pj [at] rattlingchains.com.