How to Throw an Overstable Disc

how to throw an overstable disc

When I was just starting, I always felt that overstable discs are so hard to throw. Going back on those days, I realized that it was normal for me to feel that way because of my inexperience and lack of form and technique. But if a newbie disc golf player can learn how to utilize this type of disc by using it as a utility disc over distance, the player can discover that it can save many strokes by throwing an overstable disc the right way.

I must admit that an overstable disc is best used and recommended for power throwers that bring substantial experience. The results will usually be disappointing for inexperienced players, with the disc fading early and the desired distance not achieved. But it should not be this way because there are things that inexperienced players can do in terms of learning the technique and the right way to throw an overstable disc.

In this article, we will be sharing tips and recommendations on the right way to throw an overstable disc. This article is geared towards inexperienced players looking to improve their game and their form and technique.

What is an Overstable Disc?

Regarding flight rating, the overstable discs have a higher fade rating than the high-speed turn number. If you are not familiar with the flight rating system, you need to get back and learn how it works because it can help you determine which is overstable and understable discs. An overstable disc will be turning opposite of the spin of the RHBH (right-hand-back-hand) thrower then fly straight at the beginning before fading left at the end of the flight.

In other words, when a player throws using the RHBH, the disc will be spinning right and then turn to the left. This situation will happen in reverse if the player is left-handed and throwing the opposite way. Also, there are other traits that an overstable disc will show:

  • The more the disc is overstable, the greater is the chance for the disc to turn to the opposite direction of the spin
  • The more overstable the disc is, the greater the wind that the disc can handle
  • The overstable disc is a perfect choice if you look for a disc that finishes on the left
  • Strong-arm high-speed throwers typically use overstable discs
  • Overstable discs work well against the wind
  • The overstable disc works well on skip shots
  • The higher the speed of the release of an overstable disc, the lesser the sharpness of its turn

If a disc golfer has gained some experience in the game, I suggest having an overstable disc in their bag. Also, power throwers with experienced can use overstable discs during the game and expect some good results.

How to Throw Overstable Discs

what is an overstable disc

What we are going to show you is how to use different types of overstable discs in different situations. Whether it is a putter, midranges, or drivers, each of these overstable discs can work in your favor if you know how to use them.

Overstable Putter

Using the backhand with an overstable putter will give you a strong fade to the left. But there is an alternative that you can do in a situation where you can’t use your backhand but can stretch out behind or around the tree. You can use a forehand and throw it at a 45-degree angle and wait for the overstability to flatten it out and bring it to the right again and land in your desired destination.

Overstable Midranges

When throwing overstable midranges, it works the same with the putter. However, these discs are used at a further distance which should be longer than the range of the putter.

Overstable Fairways/Drivers

The primary factor when throwing overstable fairways or drivers is the arm speed. For example, a particular disc will look very overstable if you have a slower arm after you throw. But if you have the faster arm speed, the disc will look understandable, which means that the overstability of a disc can be subjective when it comes to the arm speed of the player.

If you try to get the maximum distance using an overstable driver, you need to lean back while throwing a hard flex line, and the stability of the disc will let it ride. And then it will start to pan out flat and then come back to the left. That is the best way to get the maximum distance using an overstable driver.

Flex throw will get you a reasonable distance, as I mentioned earlier, but there is another way to achieve maximum distance. You can throw it in a flat to hyzer angle and let the disc just ride to the left. In that way, if you go straight and then turn, you can just pull out your overstable disc in your bag and know it will just finish left for you every time you throw.

Other Ways to Throw an Overstable Disc

Skip Shots

One of the best factors that can happen with an overstable disc is hitting the ground at a 45-degree angle called the skip angle. In this situation, you can see that you can get a forward skip with that and add a little bit of distance to it when it hit the forehand angle or the backhand angle.

Hyzer Spikes

This shot is one of the more advanced throws that professional players make while using an overstable disc. You need to go up over some trees when you do not have a forward shot when throwing the disc. So, you get your overstable disc and put it as much hyzer as you can while throwing it as high as you can and let the disc go over the trees and let the stability of the disc helps in crushing the disc towards the basket.


There are many ways to throw an overstable disc and apply it in your game. You can start to figure out and learn some utility shots using the overstability of the discs instead of throwing them as far as you can. It will be difficult at first, but with constant practice and determination to learn, using an overstable disc can be a great way to improve your form and skills in a disc golf game.