Like any sport, disc golf has its own language. If you are ever out playing with players who have been playing for a while you might hear some of them. We will try to explain as much as we can but the best thing to do when you hear a new disc golf word is simply to ask.
Stability – Used to explain the general flight path of a disc.
Overstable Disc – The disc wants to move right to left if spinning clockwise a lot more. For example it might have a Turn of +1 and a Fade of 4 or 5. For a RHBH throw spinning clockwise the disc will fade hard to the left. Overstable discs are great when throwing into a head wind, as head winds will try to turn your disc so an overstable disc will resist that turn more.
Understand Disc – The disc wants to move left to right a lot. For example it might have a Turn of -4 or -5 and a Fade of 0 or 1. For a clockwise turning disc it will turn more right. Understable discs are great when throwing with a tail wind, as a tail wind will not help your disc turn so an understand disc will help the disc turn more.
Stable Disc – This is a fairly new term, some people still reference a stable disc as an overstable disc, but it is becoming more and more common that a stable disc refers to a disc that has a more neutral or straight flying.
Hyzer – This word describes the angle on the disc as it is released. This angle is used for making the disc go with the natural direction or spin of the disc. If the disc is spinning clockwise and you release on a hyzer angle the disc will go left even more. For example, a RHBH throw spins clockwise which means it naturally wants to go left, add a sharp hyzer release and the disc will hook even more left. This is a great shot if you are wanting to go around an object or the hole has a dogleg left.
Anhyzer – The opposite angle of release of a hyzer. This angle is used for making the disc go the opposite direction of the natural direction or spin of the disc. If the disc is spinning clockwise on a anhyzer angle the disc will go right instead of left. For example, a RHBH throw spins clockwise which means it naturally wants to go left, add a sharp anhyzer release and the disc will go right. The sharper the angle the more right you can get the disc to go, but be careful turn it over too far and your disc will become a roller. This is a great shot if you are wanting to go around an object or the hole has a dogleg right, or when you are learning to throw a roller.
Roller – There are a few different ways to throw these but the outcome is the same. The disc is rolling along the ground. Rollers are a great shot to get through tight areas that are hard to throw in the air. Just keep in mind, with a roller the disc always wants to finish towards the heavier side which is the top of the disc.