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Discraft is a company that has manufactured Disc Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, and Freestyle discs since 1978.
They offer a variety of different molds, plastics, and other features, ensuring that there is a disc to suit every need.
Discraft is known for their high quality, and one of their discs—the 175-gram Ultra-Star—is even the official disc of the USA Ultimate Championship Series.
With their long track record of quality and innovation, Discraft has become one of the most trusted and renowned brands.
While the variety of options they offer is certainly an advantage, it also means there is a lot more to narrow down when you are trying to select a new disc.
The goal of this article is to help you on your quest to find a new disc by comparing two of Discraft’s popular midrange discs—the Discraft Comet vs Meteor.
Discraft Comet vs Meteor: How do they compare?
Let’s first look at how the flight ratings of these two discs compare.
Both discs have a glide rating of 5 on a 1 to 7 scale, so both discs are able to stay in the air for approximately the same amount of time and distance.
The speed ratings differ, however. The Comet has a speed of 4, whereas the Meteor has a speed of 5, making the Meteor slightly faster.
Because it has a slightly faster speed coupled with the same amount of glide, the Meteor has the capability to go a little further than the Comet when thrown with the same power.
The turn ratings differ, with the Comet having a turn of -2 and the Meteor having a turn of -3.
These ratings tell us that the Meteor will turn more to the right during the initial part of the flight than the Comet will.
Both discs have a fade of 1 on a scale of 0 to 5, meaning these discs fly mostly straight at the end of the flight with a slight curve to the left.
These discs also differ slightly in their stability ratings.
If you were to throw a disc in a straight line using average power, that disc would be considered stable and given a stability rating of 0 if it continued flying straight.
A disc is considered understable if it fades in the direction of the spin.
For example, assuming a right-handed throw, an understable disc would fade to the right.
A stability rating for an understable disc would range between -1 and -3 with -1 being a gentle fade and -3 being a sharper turn.
A disc is overstable when it fades in the opposite direction of the spin; so using the example of the right-handed through, an overstable disc would fade to the left.
A stability rating of 1 to 3 is applied to overstable discs, with 1 being a gentle fade and 3 being a sharper turn.
The Comet has a stability rating of 0.0, meaning it stays straight during flight with very little fade either direction.
The Meteor has a stability rating of -0.5, making it an understable disc that will gently fade to the right on a right-handed throw.
Both of these discs come in different plastic options.
The Meteor comes in 2 plastic options: Z and ESP.
The Z plastic is Discraft’s toughest, most durable plastic; it lasts 2-3 times longer than other plastics and breaks in slowly. Z is the choice of pros when playing in normal conditions.
The Z plastic also comes in a Fly-Dye option that is hand-colored in a unique tie dye pattern.
The ESP plastic has better grip than the Z plastic and is extremely durable; it is designed for high performance.
The Comet comes in a wider variety of plastic options, including Z, ESP, X, and Titanium.
The Z and ESP plastics are the same for the Comet as for the Meteor with the exception of one feature of the Z plastic; instead of having the Fly-Dye option, the Comet has a Glo option in the Z plastic that glows in the dark when it has been exposed to a light source.
The X plastic is not as durable as the other options but provides excellent grip and is the best value option.
The Titanium plastic is premium plastic that has the best overall performance and appearance.
Another main difference between these discs is that the Comet is beaded, which means there is a small circular ridge molded onto the bottom of the rim.
The Meteor, on the other hand, is beadless.
A beaded disc is more stable, making the Comet a more stable disc than the Meteor, as is reflected in the stability rating.
If you would like a visual example of the difference between a beaded and beadless disc, you can view this video:
Which one is best for you?
Both the Comet and the Meteor are accurate and easy to control.
They are also versatile discs that can be used for a variety of different shots from drives to approaches.
Because of their versatility, both of these discs are good for all skill levels.
Beginners will be able to get more distance without using a lot of power because of their high glide rating.
The main features that set these discs apart are the speed and the stability ratings.
If you are looking for more speed or for an understable disc that will turn more to the right, the Meteor is going to be the better choice for you.
If you are wanting a more stable, straight-flying disc, the Comet is your best option.
It also comes down to the feel of the disc. If you like the feel of the bead and the added stability that comes with that, then the Comet would be a perfect fit.
If that is not your preference, then choose the Meteor.
Overall, you can’t really go wrong with either of these options.
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