I’ve heard the phrase ‘hyzer flip’ used for many years. Unfortunately, not everyone uses the phrase is the same way, so it can be confusing to decide what disc golfers are referring to in certain situations.
Because of this, I decided to do some research on the topic to figure out the most generally accepted meaning in the disc golf community.
So, what is a hyzer flip in disc golf? A hyzer flip throw is performed by overpowering an understable disc on a hyzer release angle. The understability of the disc counteracts the hyzer release angle allowing the disc to ‘flip’ out of the hyzer to a flat position, resulting in a relatively long, straight flight.
A hyzer flip is often confused with a flex throw and/or ‘S’ throw. These shots, while similar, involve a different combination of disc stability and release angle. The confusion comes from the fact that sometimes a hyzer flip, flex throw, and ‘S’ throw can all seemingly take the same flight path. However, the recipe for producing the same flight path can come in many forms.
The hallmark of the hyzer flip is the combination of an understable disc with the hyzer release angle.
This is an advanced disc golf throw that takes a great deal of practice. To successfully execute this throw you’ll need:
- The right kind of understable golf disc
- The correct hyzer release angle
- The adequate arm power to overpower the speed requirement of your chosen disc
First, let’s look at situations where you would want to use a hyzer flip throw. Then we’ll review performing the throw in more detail. Lastly, we’ll look at the best understable discs to perform the hyzer flip.
When To Use a Hyzer Flip Throw
There are two main situations in which you would use a hyzer flip throw when playing disc golf: long, narrow fairways and maximum distance in open spaces.
Navigating Long, Narrow Fairways with a Hyzer Flip
Sometimes you’ll be presented with a situation where you need to throw a disc very straight for a long distance. This is most common on wooded courses with narrow fairways, similar to the below image:
For straight shots, you’d typically reach for a throwing putter or mid-range that has a low turn and fade rating. The only drawback with these discs is your distance will be limited.
If you have a hole where you need your disc to fly further than the potential of a putter or mid-range, a great option is a hyzer flip with a fairway or distance driver.
There are very few golf discs that produce a true straight flight when thrown flat. As mentioned, these are usually lower speed discs like a putter or mid-range with a smaller rim. Some faster speed discs have a straight finish back to a neutral position, but to get there it turns and fades:
Specifically, fairway and distance drivers have great distance potential, but along with that comes either some degree of turn or fade and sometimes both. If you were to throw a driver on a narrow fairway you wouldn’t make it far. Before you’re disc has a chance to go the maximum distance, you’ll find it crashing into trees on the sides of the fairway:
Instead, you’ll need a way to counteract the understability of the disc to produce a more stable flight, but still achieve maximum distance. This is where you’ll use the hyzer release angle.
In addition, when you perform this just right, you’ll find the hyzer flip will produce more distance out of the disc than you’d see with a flat release.
Maximum Distance Using a Hyzer Flip
If you ever get a chance to watch a disc golf distance competition, you will notice that most of the competitors will use a hyzer flip style throw.
Disc golfers participating in distance competitions have amazingly fast throws. The whip they can generate with their arm is incredible. When they release the disc from their hand, it can be traveling at around 80 MPH. Sometimes even more.
At these speeds, their disc will pivot into an understable flight very quickly. To counterbalance the understability they will use a hyzer release angle, but even that sometimes isn’t enough.
Another strategy that can be implemented is intentionally releasing the disc on a high path. This is generally a good idea for anyone throwing a hyzer flip and are not concerned with a straight flight.
You can still throw a hyzer flip with a low elevation release, but you need to give the disc enough time and space to flip. Throwing the disc high allows it the time to turn and eventually come back to a neutral or hyzer position.
If you’re concerned about a low ceiling, you might struggle getting your disc to flip before it turns over and wanders to the right, crashing into the ground.
The ideal conditions for a max distance hyzer flip is a wide open space. It can be difficult to control where your disc lands, so be sure you’re comfortable with how high your disc is able to go and how far to the left or right it can go before hitting out of bounds.
How to Throw a Hyzer Flip
For a hyzer flip to come together, you need three things: the proper disc, the right release angle, and the right velocity. It can be a balancing act between these three aspects before you are able to consistently execute a hyzer flip. And it may not be exactly the same for everyone.
Some people may need a more extreme release angle or perhaps more velocity before they start seeing meaningful results.
When you overpower an understable disc that is released on a hyzer angle, there are a few things that you should be able to see the disc do while in flight.
First, you’ll see the disc hold the hyzer angle for the beginning of the flight and then ‘flip to flat‘.
When you throw a right handed backhand, the disc will be spinning clockwise. All discs will fight to move toward the direction they are spinning.
This means that given enough height, the disc will eventually fade off to the left. This doesn’t always happen because the disc hits the ground before having a chance to finishing spinning.
When you throw a disc on a hyzer angle (tilted inward toward your body), you’re only further encouraging the disc to move in the direction that it already wants to go.
If you’re disc ‘flips to flat’ under these circumstances, that is a great indication that you’ve thrown the disc with enough velocity.
Lastly, you may see your disc gently turn and fade throughout the duration of flight:
If you see your disc wandering to the right too much, you’ve likely thrown it with too much power or not enough hyzer angle. To remedy this, you can either increase the hyzer angle, lower your release velocity, or get a higher speed disc.
Disc Selection – Understable
You could potentially use any disc for a hyzer flip. However, the easiest way to pull it off and get get huge distance is with an understable disc. You could try using a low speed, overstable disc that you could easily overpower, causing it to still flip to flat. This tends to be more difficult to do.
Just focus on using a disc that you know and feel confident will turn. If you’re unsure about what to use, not to worry. We’ll look at some specific discs later on the help you get started on what is the best disc to use.
Hyzer Release Angle
It is easy to get the release angle wrong on this one. Since hyzer flip throws require an immense amount of velocity, players are usually focused on throwing the disc as hard as they can. In the process, they lose focus on their disc angle.
If you’re using an already understable disc and you unintentionally throw it on a flat or anhyzer release, it is going to cruise far of to the right and never flip to flat.
I would encourage you to first focus on getting the release angle down. And the move on to increasing the power you use to throw the disc.
Speed Requirement For a Hyzer Flip
The speed requirement for a hyzer flip is going to depend on the disc that you select to use. Just keep in mind that you need to be able to overpower whatever disc you decide to throw. If you are accustomed to throwing a distance driver for your normal drives, you may want to move down to a fairway driver for your hyzer flip
If you under throw a disc that starts out on a hyzer release angle, it is going to quickly fade and crash into the ground with minimal distance:
It is important to understand that all disc CAN be overpowered if given enough velocity. A stable or overstable disc could be thrown for a hyzer flip, but you would need incredible arm power to make this happen. Using an understable disc is the the key since you won’t have to work as hard to get the disc to flip to flat.
REMEMBER: If you are throwing your understable disc on a hyzer angle as fast as you can (while maintaining proper form) and it isn’t flipping to flat, you need to find a lower speed disc.
When I provide my disc recommendations for hyzer flips in the next section, you’ll have the option to choose either a high speed or lower speed disc that you can experiment with.
Best Understable Discs for a Hyzer Flip
I want to provide you with two different choices depending on your skill level. One that is a lower speed driver for beginners to intermediate players and one that is a higher speed disc for intermediate to advanced players. Personally, I use both of these discs depending on the distance and situation. I’ve found these to be among some of the best out there for this type of throw.
Heat – Beginner to Intermediate Players
This is going to be the disc that is suitable for the majority of disc golfers throwing a hyzer flip. I recommend getting the Heat in the Z plastic.
It sits at a 9 speed rating, which is very obtainable for most players out there. Especially since it also carries a -3 turn rating, it makes this a perfect first time hyzer flip disc for newer players.
I’ve personally found that this disc is very easy to turn over, even without giving it full power. This is my go to disc for open fields and high release angles. I know that if I give it enough height and time to flip it will come back. And in the process travel over 350 feet. Check it out here on Infinite Discs.
Katana – Intermediate to Advanced Players
The Katana is a very fast disc sitting at a towering 13 speed rating. If you decide to choose this disc to purchase, make sure you’re normal drives are at least between 350 to 400 feet. Anything less and you’re going to have a difficult time overpowering the Katana.
When you do get this disc up to the proper speed on a hyzer angle, it will travel incredibly far. With a turn rating of -3 and a fade rating of 3, you can be confident that it will always fight back to a neutral position while maximizing potential distance. Check out what people are saying about this disc over here on Infinite Discs.
If you’re considering this disc, but aren’t sure you have the arm speed, you can try it out in the DX plastic at a lower weight. The DX plastic beats in faster so you can eventually work it in to a great hyzer flip disc.