Frisbee can be enjoyed on a playing field or in your backyard. Chances are, there are local leagues or groups that enjoy playing frisbee that you can get involved with.

What Are the Different Types of Frisbees?

While anyone can play activities that involve frisbees, you can’t just use the same old frisbee for every game. Some frisbees are designed for water, others you can fold up!

The different types of frisbees include:

  • Recreational
  • Ring
  • Expanding
  • Collapsible
  • Floating
  • Glow-in-the-dark
  • Disc Golf
  • Ultimate
Recreational Disc

Recreational Disc

Recreational discs are the best for tossing around the yard with your friends. They do not have special size or weight and are perfect for just about any activity.

Ring Disc

Ring Disc

A ring frisbee is designed with just the outer circle of the disc. They are still made of plastic, but are significantly lighter in weight. The world record for the furthest frisbee toss is 1,109 feet and was done with a ring frisbee!

Expanding Disc

Expanding Disc

When you toss an expanding disc, it starts out as a normal looking frisbee, but expands during flight! The center becomes hollow and the disc forms a ring shape.

Collapsible Frisbee

Collapsible Frisbee

These frisbees are made with nylon fabric and have a flexible metal wire on the outer rim. You can fold this kind of frisbee into a small bag to take with you!

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Floating Disc

Floating frisbees are made from foam and are great for playing in water. You can also use floating discs for playing fetch with your dog because the squishy material is safe for your pet*.

Glow-in-the-Dark Disc

Glow-in-the-Dark Disc

Frisbees that glow in the dark are fun to use at night! You can easily see where the disc is heading thanks to its glow. Glow-in-the-dark frisbees are mostly used for recreational purposes.

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Ultimate Frisbee Disc

An Ultimate Frisbee disc should weigh 175 grams. Factors such as color and rim depth are not regulated, as long as the frisbee is the correct weight. For beginners and juniors, a 140-gram frisbee is recommended.

DISCLAIMER: Not all floating discs are safe for pets. Check with the manufacturer before using a floating disc to play with your pet.

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Distance Driver

This type of disc is perfect for when you have to throw long distances, hence the name! These discs have wide rims and require a strong throw to gain speed during flight.

Mid-Range Driver dynamicdiscs.com

Mid-Range Driver

Mid-range discs have a small rim that is comfortable to grip. This disc is best for beginners because it is accurate and easy to navigate.

Putter dynamicdiscs.com

Putter

A putter moves slowly through the air and has a very thin rim. They are best used for short distances and typically fly in a straight line.

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Backhand

Backhand is the easiest and most common throw. Place your fingers on the bottom and your thumb on the top and bend your wrist and elbow in front of you. Release the disc in one steady motion, keeping it as flat as possible to give it spin.

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Forehand

Also called a flick, a forehand throw takes some practice. Place your pointer and middle finger under the disc and place your thumb on top. Then throw the frisbee like you are trying to skip a rock on water! Keep the disc parallel to the ground and flick your wrist for the best throw.

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Hammer Throw

Best for medium-range throws, a hammer throw is commonly used while playing Ultimate Frisbee to avoid the defense. You complete a hammer throw as if you were tossing an axe. Hold the frisbee the same way you would to throw forehand. The top of the disc should face your left side. Then, pull back and release! The frisbee will start tilted and slowly turn upside down before it lands.

Toss and Fetch

Toss and Fetch

In this format, contestants have 60 seconds to make as many throws as possible on a field marked with varying lengths, with the longest catch being 50 meters. Points are awarded for each catch, with mid-air catches earning additional points.

Freestyle

Freestyle

A dog and handler must perform a “routine” lasting anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Routines are judged in categories of athleticism, degree of difficulty, and showmanship.

Long Distance

Long Distance

This event has several different formats, but basically the longest catch wins. There is a points system that helps determine the winner at tournaments. This event is also popular in Europe!

It is estimated that over a million dogs play frisbee in the United States. You can see disc dog played at halftime shows, organized competitions, and even county fairs and festivals!

Be sure to always make the frisbee exciting for your dog and give lots of praise. If you just enjoy the occasional game of fetch, be sure to keep an eye on the condition of your frisbee and replace it when necessary.

The Bottom Line

Frisbees can be used for casual fun or serious competition! Whether you enjoy playing with your friends, dog, or teammates, frisbee is a great form of exercise. Check out local teams or gather up your friends to get involved with playing frisbee.

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