We've been hard at work on our latest project and given all the recent chatter about flight charts and flight ratings, we're proud to announce the launch of our new disc golf resource: the inFlight Guide
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The rest of the post gets a little verbose, so if you just want the short of it, please visit the links above. Otherwise:PLEASE NOTE:
We know that there are plenty of folks on here that have absolutely no use for flight charts, so with that in mind, this resource is not for you. Additionally, we recognize that this is the home of Blake_T's universal flight chart, and we're not trying to desecrate Blake's home. Joe's flight numbers are a valued resource to the disc golf community and serve as a cross-check and reference point for our work.
We believe that the inFlight Guide is the Rosetta Stone of flight charts. Disc flight data contained in the guide comes from a total of 15 different flight charts and rating systems with as many as six different sources being applied to any one disc. Using multiple data sources has a smoothing effect on a disc flight path and eliminates outlier values caused by unnecessary bias, flight testing extremes, and minor rating errors, creating the most reliable flight data available as the “Relative Stability Scale”.
Unlike other flight charts that utilize an integer or manufacturer-based numbering system to describe different aspects of a disc’s flight, the Relative Stability Scale shows flight characteristics relative to the expected minimum and maximum range of values for all discs and are displayed as a percentage. This flight ratings scale is the easiest to understand and is very simple for players both new and old to apply to the discs in their bag and to aid in disc purchasing decisions. We believe that the exploding population of new and amateur players will find this guide to be the most beneficial disc resource available.
inFlight Guide is available online and in a paperback book and features:
• Simple, easy to understand flight ratings
• Graphic flight charts for over 385 discs by more than 30 manufacturers
• Includes both current and OOP molds
• PDGA specs for all approved discs in the guide
• Overview and description of the most common factors influencing disc flight (important for new players)
• Compare up to three discs, side-by-side
• View flight paths based on throwing style (RHBH/LHFH or LHBH/RHFH)
• Individual pop-up window to view all flight ratings and PDGA specs for the approved discs in the guide
• Share your flight charts via social media
• Over 110 pages of flight charts and disc data
• Disc flight data tablePlease keep in mind that all these flight ratings and graphic flight charts are subjective and disc flight paths will be influenced by a range of variables
. When considering the discs in the inFlight Guide, we had to make certain assumptions to account for as many of these variables as possible and these assumptions are detailed in our "Overview" section. We've done our best to document as many of the variables that influence the flight of a disc in a separate section titled "Factors Affecting Disc Flight". This section in particular is crucial for people to read and understand to be able to fully interpret the flight charts and how those charts may changed based on their own throwing style and other environmental factors.
We've already received a lot of positive feedback from retailers that are looking for an independent (instead of from a manufacturer or competing retailer) flight rating system to use on their websites and from disc manufacturers that want a consistent way to characterize the flight of their discs. I had a detailed discussion with Brian Graham at the PDGA and he agreed that an independent, consolidated flight rating system was the way to go as it smooths the variances caused manufacturer bias and player skill differences.
In addition to our inFlight Guide, we also have two styles of dri-fit Ts (and more on the way) at LOW prices in the inbounds Disc Golf Store and we're currently offering FREE SHIPPING for the month of September:http://inboundsdiscgolf.storenvy.com
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Oh, and let us know what you think! We can't make the improvements that you want if we don't know what you need! Some of our long-term features and improvements we're looking to include:
• Saving discs to your bag
• inFlight Guide mobile app
• Modeling flight charts based on the different factors that affect disc flight