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INNOVA GOLF DISCS


What's the difference between a Distance Driver, Fairway Driver, Mid-Range and Putt and Approach?

As you have a selection of clubs in golf for driving, chipping, and putting in golf, you have different discs for different shots in disc golf. Distance drivers provide maximum distance to get the most out of your drives. Fairway drivers are drivers which are made for long accurate shots. Mid-Range discs provide a range of discs for all sorts of long to medium range shots. Putt & Approach discs give you the accuracy to get the disc to and in the target. Most players use a selection of different types of discs to play disc golf.

About Innova Plastics
We offer discs in four main plastic types, each with its own unique properties. Innova DX Plastic offers great grip at a great price. Pro Plastic provides added durability and unique feel. Champion Plastic offers the highest durability and comes in cool pearl and clear colors. Star Plastic offers the durability of Innova's Champion line plus the enhanced grip of Innova's Pro Line.


About Innova's Ratings
On each of the disc pages, you will be presented with a graph of 4 numbers, like the one to the right. These are the disc's flight ratings. Each disc has a unique flight rating.


About Innova Designs
Innova patented golf disc technology in 1983 with the design of the first bevel edged disc. Since then, we've been at the forefront of disc design. Innova discs are responsible for more World Records and more World Champions than all other companies combined.

A quick lesson on flight characteristics: (for more terminology click here)
Stable
- The tendency of a disc to remain straight through most of the flight.

Understable/Turnover - The tendency of a disc to turn to the right during the high speed portion of the flight for a Right Hand Back Hand (RHBH) thrower.

Overstable - The tendency of a disc to turn to the left at high or low speeds for a RHBH thrower.

Hyzer
- Is an angle of release where the outside edge or left edge of the disc is tilted downward for a RHBH thrower.

Anhyzer - Is an angle of release where the outside edge or left edge of the disc is tilted upward for a RHBH thrower








INNOVA DISC FLIGHT GUIDE

Speed, Glide, Turn, and Fade can be used to rate various aspects of Innova's disc's flight characteristics. These Flight Ratings can be used to compare Innova's different disc models. Once you have thrown one of Innova's disc models, you can use the flight rating numbers to compare it to any of their other disc models. Flight ratings are based on a right handed backhand throw (RHBH).

INNOVA Disc Flight Ratings are broken into four categories: Speed, Glide, High Speed Turn and Low Speed Fade.

Each of Innova's discs has a distinct "personality" - the flight characteristics that make the disc unique. We have over 50 models to suit a wide range of players and their throwing techniques. Flight characteristics have been broken down into 4 general categories: Speed, Glide, Turn, and Fade.

On each of the disc pages, you will be presented with a graph of 4 numbers, like the one to the right. These are the disc's flight ratings. Each model has a unique set of ratings, but each can be compared relative to another.

The disc ratings are an average for the three different types of plastics, although the ratings most closely resemble the flight characteristics of the Champion plastic.

Discs Made With:

Champion plastic
will retain their flight ratings characteristics for a longer period of time.

Pro plastic will start slightly less overstable and the driver models will have more glide.

DX plastic will start more overstable and with use will match the ratings. With continued use, the DX plastic will eventually become more understable than the ratings.

Stability is a description of the disc’s flight path.
Understable means a flight that turns right (for a RHBH thrower). Stable is a flight that doesn’t turn. Overstable refers to a flight that turns left (RHBH thrower). Understable discs are much more speed sensitive than stable or overstable discs. An understable disc will often fly stable to overstable at low speed. Beginners tend to throw discs at lower speeds.

Drivers are more pitch sensitive than Multi-purpose or Putt & Approach discs. Pitch refers to the nose up angle a disc is released with. Drivers thrown “nose up” or with an upward pitch will appear to fly more stable to overstable than they are actually rated. Beginning disc golfers tend to throw “nose up” shots.