Aerobie® Pro and Sprint Rings
FAQs for the Aerobie flying ring experts...

1. How do I throw my Aerobie ring?
2.
Why should I tune my ring? How should I tune it?
3. Why don't you make Aerobie rings float?
4. Do Aerobie rings have a metal ring at their center?
5. You make a glow in the dark Squidgie® disc. Why don't you make a glow in the dark ring?
6. Can you recommend some ring games?
7. Can you recommend some good spots to play in my area?
8. Is there a reward for setting the next Guinness World Distance Record?

 

Scientific Paper:
The Aerobie Flying Ring's Flight

by Alan Adler, inventor




1. How do you throw an Aerobie® flying ring?

 

 

Aerobie rings should be thrown with the printed side up. If you want an Aerobie ring to fly straight, release it level. People who throw Frisbees tend to release them sloping downward to compensate for the Frisbee's tendency to roll. With Aerobie rings (and discs), this compensation is not needed so throw them level if you want them to fly straight. You can throw an Aerobie ring sloping to the left if you want it to curve left and sloping to the right if you want it to curve right. You can throw an Aerobie ring with either a backhand or a forehand throw. The backhand throw is more popular because it is easier to throw accurately. Grip the ring with several fingers inside for easy control.

SAFE PLAY - As with any thrown object, throw an Aerobie ring only to an alert catcher. Play in a clear space so participants will not accidentally trip over or crash into trees, cars, people, and other hazards. It should be noted that rings are more prone than discs to getting caught in trees since a branch can go through the center of a ring, making it difficult to shake the ring out of the tree. Cease play if there is not sufficient light to clearly see the ring in flight. Never throw a torn or damaged Aerobie ring.
2. Tuning Your Ring
 

If your ring won't fly straight, it probably needs tuning. Aerobie rings occasionally need to be tuned to maintain their straight flight. A collision with a solid object can knock a ring out of tune. If a ring turns left after being thrown level, it needs to be bent very slightly downward. With the top side of the ring up, hold the ring at opposing points in your two hands and bend the outer rim of the ring downward a couple times. Then rotate the ring 90 degrees in your hands and repeat the process. Throw the ring to see if more tuning is needed. If the ring is turning right, the tuning process is identical with the exception that the outer rim is bent upward. The instructions for the tuning process are printed on the ring packages and also on the rings themselves. These instructions are for a right hander throwing backhand. Reverse the instructions for a throw that spins the ring in the opposite direction.

 
3. Why don't you make Aerobie rings float?
We would love to. Unfortunately, we have been unable to find materials to make a ring float without sacrificing flying performance. (We are unwilling to sacrifice flying performance. Maybe some day the right materials will be invented.)
 
4. Do Aerobie rings have a metal ring at their center?
No, and they never have. Aerobie rings have always been made with a durable center of polycarbonate, a tough engineering grade plastic. We then mold rubber edges onto the inside and outside of this durable center. The polycarbonate is essential for maintaining the shape of the ring and the rubber edges make the ring soft to catch. Polycarbonate is expensive but very tough. It's the material of choice for safety goggles, bullet proof windows, and football helmets.
 
5. Why don't you make a glow in the dark ring?
We could easily make a glow in the dark ring but, even when freshly charged, a glow in the dark Aerobie ring would be hard to see because of its narrow profile. As the glow faded between charges, the ring would become almost impossible to see. We feel making a glow in the dark ring would encourage play with the ring in the dark and playing with any throwing toy when you can't see it coming is dangerous.
 
6. Can you recommend some ring games?
Catch, AeroStep, AeroSpeed, AeroGoal, and Aerobie Golf are among our favorites. For instructions about how to play and a more complete listing of Aerobie ring games, please visit the Aerobie Clubhouse. If you play a different game with your Aerobie rings, we hope you'll let us know so we can add yours to our list!
 
7. Can you recommend some good spots to play in my area?
Public parks, playgrounds, backyards, and beaches are among our favorite spots. Call a couple of friends and go find out! If you're looking for fellow Aerobie players, check out our Aerobie Clubhouse to find out about regular Aerobie outings in your area. And, if your friends meet to play regularly and you'd like others to join in, let us know so we can post a notice on our site.
 
8. Is there a reward for setting the next Guinness World Distance Record?

Aerobie, Inc. offers a $1,000 reward to the first person to set a new Guinness World Record for throwing an Aerobie Pro flying ring. The record Aerobie ring throw was 1,333 feet and was accepted by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "longest throw of an object without any velocity-aiding feature." This record replaced the 1986 world record of 1,257 feet, also set using an Aerobie Pro flying ring.

To qualify for the $1,000 reward, the thrower must have the new world record, which must be over 1,401 feet, accepted by the Guinness organization. The Guinness documentation guidelines require authentication by two independent persons of standing within the local community and corroboration by media coverage. A video tape and color photos should also be submitted as evidence. Measurements should be made by suitably qualified individuals and witnessed by the independent judges.

The throwing guidelines are quite simple:

  • A throw is measured as the straight line distance between the point of release and the point of first impact with the ground.
  • The impact point cannot be lower in altitude than the release point.

As is customary with disc records, wind aided throws are permitted. The Aerobie ring record was set at Ft. Funston, San Francisco - an updraft area favored by hang gliders.

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