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Flexibility effect on flight

Postby AcesAZ » Thu May 03, 2012 5:49 pm

How does a discs flexibilty effect its flight? Are more flexible disc plastics more understable and more stiff overstable assuming everything else being equal?
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Re: Flexibility effect on flight

Postby Pwingles » Thu May 03, 2012 8:52 pm

I believe the density is gonna affect it more in that way than actual flexibility.

I would guess if you were throwing at a proper speed, a more flexible disc would flatten out due to the force the spin is creating pushing all the weight as far to the edge of the disc as it rotates around the center, but im not sure how that would affect stability in general. I guess it would be easier to tell comparing mold to mold as opposed to this plastic vs that plastic. It may have different effects on different molds.
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Re: Flexibility effect on flight

Postby fanter » Thu May 03, 2012 10:49 pm

Let's talk about a Blowfly on a summer day after it's been sitting in your trunk. Or those woven (knitted?) frisbees that you can fold into your pocket. I've thrown one of those and it's crazy overstable (maybe because of the small diameter?)
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Re: Flexibility effect on flight

Postby jubuttib » Fri May 04, 2012 12:45 am

In theory the underhang (everything below centerline, so wing basically) would try stretch/twist away from the center, raising PLH, increasing overstability. But you'd need a pretty floppy disc to achieve that.

The only real difference I've noticed at normal power levels is that floppy discs seem to often be better at absorbing OAT. The P-P1 for example is great for my horrible forehand, loses the wobble in an instant.
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