By P.J. Harmer and Jack Trageser — Rattling Chains staff
I never understood flight charts for discs. A lot of people have told me I should check the charts when getting discs and such. But I didn’t get ’em. I saw graphs with numbers and lines and wondered what it meant.
Too, there seemed to be many different charts. Ones by manufacturers and ones by independent people.
Who is right?
My thoughts on disc flight is simple — I throw the disc and the way it goes is its flight. Pretty simple, eh?
That’s why I was intrigued when contacted by inbounds Disc Golf. The company has a paperback book out, as well as an online spot, where you can check the flight path of more than 300 discs.
For people who like having flight guides, this book is small and compact and can easily fit in most people’s bags. That gives you the chance to use the book out on the course.
There is also a website for the inFlight guide which is continually updated with more flight charts.
There’s a small part in the beginning of the book describing how to use the book. However, as Jack Trageser will talk about below as well, these charts assume several things — including the player being a right-handed back-handed player, having perfect playing conditions and throwing a maximum-weight disc, among others.
I’ve never played in perfect conditions and I usually don’t throw maximum-weight discs.
Though I understand the need to have certain specifications to use the book, it seems like it’s pretty direct in the things that are needed for the chart to be useful. I’m sure all charts are like that, but it still ostracizes some players in the disc golf community.
For people looking for flight patterns and such, the book is useful. It covers hundreds of discs and it allows people to look up discs and get an idea of what the disc is supposed to do.