Welcome back to another week of Top Twenty Tuesday! Every week, we take a look at the twenty top-selling discs on the Infinite Discs website from the past week, broken down by mold and plastic-type.
You also have a chance to win a $10 Infinite Discs gift card if you correctly guess one of the spots for next week (scroll down to see specifics for the weekly giveaway).
Here are the top sellers from last week in order –
#1 – MVP Neutron Soft GLITCH #2 – Discraft Z Glo BUZZZ #3 – Thought Space Athletics Ethos CONSTRUCT #4 – Infinite Discs Halo S-Blend EMPEROR #5 – Discraft Suercolor BUZZZ #6 –Finish Line Composite ERA #7 – Discmania Signature Metal Flake C-Line MD1 #8 – Innova star JAY #9 – Doomsday Discs Toxic Waste BLACKOUT #10 – Innova Star WRAITH #11 – Discraft Signature ESP ATHENA #12 – MVP Eclipse 2.0 RESISTOR #13 – Discraft ESP BUZZZ #14 – Infinite Discs D-Blend x-out ALPACA #15 – Infinite Discs Halo S-Blend CENTURION #16 – Discraft Titanium UNDERTAKER #17 – Innova star JAY #18 – Discraft Signature ESP HADES #19 – Discraft Big Z LUNA #20 – Infinite Discs Signature Glow C-Blend ANUBIS
The Glitch was something a lot of people were excited for, and the numbers show it! Just behind that was the Halloween Buzzz, getting us all ready for Spooky season. MVP has slowly shown up more and more the past few weeks, it’s exciting to see them climb the ranks!
We have several discs that moved just a few spots from last week! The Doomsday Blackout raised up one spot, and the D-Blend X-out Alpaca moved down two. This shows that these molds are being consistently purchased by customers, much like the Wraith and Destroyer that we seem to see here every week.
Here is how many times each brand appeared in this weeks line up:
GUESSING GAME –> Each week we’ll invite you to leave a prediction for a certain chart position on next week’s TOP TWENTY TUESDAY report. The person to predict that chart position correctly in the comments will win a $10 gift card for the Infinite Discs website.
WINNER – The #10 spot last week was the disc that shows up each week… The Innova Wraith. This is a go to disc for a lot of players, with its dependable flight and good feel in the hand. Doesn’t look like anyone guessed it this week!
NEXT WEEK: Guess the #17 spot for next week. The first person to get it right (including the disc model and plastic type) will win!
THANKS FOR READING AND WATCHING EACH WEEK!
RECAP FROM LAST TIME – September 18th
The time before (Sept. 18 – Sept. 25) looked like this –
This week for your Quick Tip Tuesday, Infinite team member Joel Freeman shares a few pointers on how to gain more power in your backhand throw.
First, bring your front toe back and your plant foot out when you release your throw.
Second, don’t point your toe toward your target. This will make your knee land in an unnatural way, making your throw less powerful and the chance of hurting yourself higher.
And Third, the run-up can be the most difficult part of gaining power. You should practice consistency first in your form before trying to strong-arm the disc out of your hand. This will help you get the right form which will help you achieve greater distance in the end.
Check out the full video of Joel breaking down this tip for you –>
Welcome back to another Focus Friday, where you get to learn about a new or old disc and receive a great discount so you can give it a try yourself. This week, we are focusing on a very famous putt & approach disc… The Zone from Discraft.
One user of the Zone had this to say about it:
We absolutely love the ESP Zone. It flies straight with a nice hook-up at the end. It holds an ani line very nicely. Overall, the zone is the best upshot, and short drive disc we have ever thrown. You got to get one in your bag.
This versatile mold was approved done May 28th, 2008, and has been the signature mold for players such as Paul Mcbeth and Brodie Smith. You can find the Zone in all Discraft plastics.
The Zone is an overstable putt and approach disc, with a slim profile and thick rim. You can utilize this disc in headwinds, for strategic fades, forehand throws, flick putts, or going right into the basket. This is truly a go-to workhorse putter for dependable overstability in any conditions.
DISCOUNT -> Get a Zone in ANY plastic at 15% off by using the code “FOCUSZONE”
This will end Monday night, so get on this amazing deal while you can!
Additionally, check out this page, to see all the other items that are on sale for the week.
Note: After placing your discs in the shopping cart and before checking out, click on the “Discount Code” box under the shopping cart and enter that code. Then proceed to checkout.
This week for your Quick Tip Tuesday, Infinite team member Zoe AnDyke shares a few great tips about how to improve your approach game.
First, place a few other targets (your bag, a towel, etc.) around the basket. Trying to aim directly for the basket is great, but most of the time you aren’t going to be throwing it in when approaching. Work on getting the disc close to the target by aiming for those other objects around the basket.
Second, aim for the ground. If you are aiming at the basket that is several feet above the ground, you run the risk of throwing it too high. You will most likely be closer to the target if you aim lower.
And Third, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to get it in the basket or throw the perfect shot. Getting up to the basket for a tap-in is GREAT, but it is better to consistently practice the practical shots instead of the shot that you usually make 1/100 times.
Check out the full video of Zoe breaking down this tip for you –>
The disc golf starter set is an amazing way for people just getting into the sport to get the discs that will be useful to them, at the best possible price. Starter sets are created with idea that the people who will be using them don’t have the skill to throw faster, more stable, or heavier discs. With a few exceptions, I always recommend starter sets to people new to the sport. I’ll talk about the exceptions later, but for now, let’s look at some of the best disc golf starter sets.
Infinite Discs Starter Set
1 – Infinite Discs Starter Set – At the risk of sounding like a homer, I really think this starter set is awesome! It features two discs in the I-Blend plastic, and one in D-blend. The I-blend Sphinx and Anubis are excellent for beginners because of their flight and speeds, but they will continue to find a place in their bag as their skills improve. The D-blend Alpaca is a popular mold and plastic choice with people from a variety of skills levels, which makes this putter the perfect option for a disc golf set.
The Sphinx and Anubis are staples in my bag. The I-blend plastic feels wonderful to me, and it has the added bonuses of being less expensive than other plastics, and very durable. The Alpaca is a very popular putter that you can use at any skill level. The plastic types, the perfect molds, and the relatively inexpensive price that the Infinite Discs Starter Set gets the number one spot.
2 – Divergent Discs Starter Set –One of the many new companies in the disc golf world, Divergent Discs produces high quality plastics at a good price. The bargain prices and molds that cater to newer disc golfers means that beginners can get discs designed for their skill level, while still getting good quality. That will let people continue to throw those discs, even as their skill level climbs. Base plastics don’t always have a long life and will be discarded as they wear, and the thrower improves. The MaxGrip plastic used in the Divergent set feels great and is very durable. You’ll get the Kraken, Leviathan, and Narwal molds. Excellent for beginners.
3- Viking Discs Starter Set – This starter set is made out of base plastic, and contains three molds that are sure to make you a fan of Viking Discs. The Rune is a putt/approach disc that straight and excellent for beginners. The Axe is a midrange with a little bit fade. And the Ragnarok is a great driver that will deliver nice flights for less skilled hands.
4 – Divergent Discs Glow Set – Want to take an already great brand of discs and make them better? Make them glow discs! The Divergent Discs Glow Set is slightly stiffer than the regular MaxGrip plastic, but still has the durability. With this set you have the option to play a round during the day, then break out the UV flashlight and play at night. This set includes the Kraken, Kapri, and Narwal molds.
5 – XCom 3-Disc Premium – X-Com is another small, newer brand that people might not be familiar with, but that has amazing discs. Their premium starter set is perfect for beginners who still want to throw quality discs. Despite being a ‘premium plastic’, it is not too overstable for beginners. The flight of these molds are straight. They are also suitable for younger players. The molds in the set includes the Bennu, the Griffon, and the Helios.
If cost is a deciding factor for your beginner set selection, check out these base plastic starter sets. They offer the discs you’ll need to get playing, and give you a starting point for your disc golf bag.
Starter sets were made with beginners in mind. The discs included are lower speeds and usually lighter. Although the plastics are usually base and not as durable, that is not a bad thing for beginners. The one exception would be sets that include some plastic types. Champion plastic, and those similar to it, are typically more overstable and challenging to throw for beginners. And they take a long time to ‘break in’ due to their high durability. Once you develop the skills to handle more overstable flights, Champion plastic is great. Until then, stick to the base plastics.
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One of the interesting and exciting aspects of professional disc golf is seeing the young players already making an impact on our sport. There are several touring pros that are in their teens, and two players in the top 10 in DGPT points that are 21 or younger. It is fun to see those talented players emerge and compete at such a high level. We’ll meet one of those rising stars in this blog as we introduce to you an Infinite Discs sponsored player, Cole Redalen.
Cole stopped by the Infinite Disc’s headquarters recently and took the time to make a few videos for our YouTube channel (check them out HERE). He also answered a few questions about his young career, how he started disc golf, and some of his experiences so far. So, let’s get to know Cole Redalen!
Like many young pros, Cole started playing at a relatively young age. Despite living most of his life in South Carolina, he didn’t pick up disc golf until his family moved to Oregon. His dad worked for Intel, and the company happened to be hosting a disc golf clinic held by none other than Infinite Discs’ Zoe Andyke and Dustin Keagan. Cole said that watching the flight of his disc was a life-changing experience. “Once I threw that disc, there was no going back.”
Up until that time in his life Cole had been involved with many different sports, like basketball, soccer, swimming, gymnastics, and track. At the time he discovered disc golf he had been focusing on basketball and taking that sport to the next level. However, once he found out he couldn’t play high school basketball, he decided to put his effort into disc golf.
Practicing During Homeschool
One aspect of his life that contributed to his rapid rise in the sport was the fact that he was homeschooled. That gave him a flexibility in scheduling that he wouldn’t have had otherwise. “Being homeschooled had its major perks as far as free time and practice goes,” said Cole. “I was out there every day putting and throwing in a field to get better.”
Over the next few years Cole continued to work on his disc golf skills while playing in more and more tournaments. He started to pick up wins in Amateur divisions and in 2019 accepted cash for the first time with his finish at the NADGT finals. However, that didn’t have a big impact on him. “Because it was an amateur event, it didn’t feel as big of an accomplishment as playing against professionals. But, it was a door I was certainly ready to walk through and excited to see what was to come.”
Cole started playing in the Open Division from that point on. Although he started cashing in lower-tier
Photo by Gage Hamilton
tournaments, it wasn’t until an A-tier event, the 2020 Kitsap Classic, that he felt he had his breakthrough performance.
The Kitsap Classic is held Port Orchard, Washington, and in 2020 included several touring pros. Cole didn’t win, but he took third behind Infinite Discs’ Dallin Blanchard and Nate Sexton. It was a watershed moment for Cole. “I really started to find my stride (at that tournament) as a 960 rated player behind Nate Sexton and Dallin Blanchard. At that moment I was already pursuing the sport as a career, but it really solidified the decision.”
Cole’s First Worlds
Another career-boosting performance came at last year’s World Championship. He entered the MPO long-drive competition, and he took fourth place! He not only cashed, he finished ahead of other well-known crushers like Gannon Buhr, Anthony Barella, and Thomas Gilbert. Cole said it was a total shock! “I knew I could throw far,” he said, “but as soon as the disc left my hand I was blown away. It meant a lot to see that I can complete against the farthest throwers in the sport.”
Although the NADGT tournament and Long Distance competition were great experiences for Cole, he points to another finish that stands out as the most memorable for him. That would be at last year’s Ledgestone Insurance Open. He finished in 7th place and took home the largest amount of cash in his career to date, $2,425. Cole said that it, “really propelled my name onto the scene and told everyone that I was ready for the heat of the best competition in the world.”
More recently, Cole added another highlight to his young career at the Discraft’s Great Lakes Open. On the final round of the Pro Tour event, he shot a scorching -12! The 1082-rated round propelled him from 58th place up to 15th, and in into the cash. Cole said that it was, “exciting to see both my driving and putting come together all at once.”
Just last weekend the World Championships were held in Emporia, and Cole was there showing his potential. He finished several places ahead of his last year’s performance, proving that he can compete at the highest level in our sport.
Working On Form
Not content to just finish among the best, Cole continues to work hard to improve his game. Much of the time spent practicing recently was to hone in his form. Cole places a high value on having a consistent form.
“Form has been something that I have focused on a lot the last couple years, trying to find something that works consistently,” he said. “I believe form is a HUGE part of a player’s success and eliminate a lot of consistency errors while on the course.”
Photo by Gage Hamilton
The desire to improve is undoubtedly connected to his years of athletic endeavors. But when it comes to disc golf, it is also aided by other competitors in the sport. Cole mentions all-time great Paul Mcbeth as one the people who influenced his career. Cole said Drew Gibson has also done a lot for him. He also mentions one other pro: Scott Withers.
Scott is an Oregon Pro whom Cole credits as, “making me the player I am today. He has been dominating the northwest for many years and constantly raising the bar higher and higher.”
Besides the influence of professional disc golfers, another thing that young player need early in their career is support from home. Some young players turn pro before they even get their driver’s license, and need someone to take them to tournaments and practices. Fortunately, Cole’s parents love what he is doing, and fully support him. He recognizes that he would not be where he is without their support.
Playing With Pros
Another part of disc golf that young pros need to contend with is being on cards with some of the top pros in the world, many of them idolized by the younger player. Cole was no different in that respect, and at first that was a challenge.
“As one of the younger players on tour, I was always nervous about invading other pros space,” he said. “I didn’t feel like I could practice or talk with any of the top guys without feeling like I should be somewhere else.”
He didn’t feel like his competitors looked down on him when he first started. He just felt like he didn’t have the decision making and course experience that the veterans had. Over time, he got comfortable playing with the elite players, which helped him relax and just play his game.
Being such a young pro gives Cole a perspective that he can share with other young players. His main advice to them is to respect the game. No matter the skill level you get to, there will always be challenges, and there is always something to learn. Serious disc golfer should become a student of the game.
Photo by Gage Hamilton
Part of learning the game is the mental aspect. Cole said that when he makes a mistake, he figures out what when wrong, makes adjustments, then moves on to the next shot. He said that dwelling on a mistake is about the worst thing you can do to your game.
“Making another careless mistake after the fact because of frustration is the worst thing possible,” he said. “I know I am good enough to throw any shot out there so it’s just a matter of correcting the next one.”
He said he tries to play every hole as if it is its own round. Since you can’t play 18 holes before you tee off, you might as well play one hole at a time. He was told that the most important shot in golf is the next one.
Photo by Gage Hamilton
Obviously, the physical aspect of the game is as crucial as the mental, and Cole said he does a good job at staying fit and maintaining a good diet. He’ll have a homemade egg-and-cheese sandwich for breakfast, with some yogurt and a large glass of water. As a bonus, his first sponsor ever is Oregon Sports and Family Chiropractic. He said they help with workouts and an off-season training schedule to keep him healthy throughout the season.
In His Bag
Since Cole is sponsored by Infinite Discs, he can have an ‘open bag’, meaning that he can throw whatever brands he wants to throw. And he does throw a variety of brands! Here is a list of his favorite molds in each of the following categories:
Distance Driver: Infinite Discs Emperor
Fairway Driver: Legacy Patriot
Midrange: Legacy Badger
Approach Putter: Wild Discs Sea Otter
Putting Putter: Discraft CT Luna
The future certainly looks promising for Cole. He is talented and passionate about disc golf. His approach to the mental and physical facets of disc golf belies his age. And his goals are realistic and simple. “I want to be the best disc golfer I can be,” he said. “I want to keep a good attitude and encourage others. And win tournaments!”
This is arguably the biggest week of the year for the disc golf world. It is THE week when a World Champion will be crowned.
Now, the reality is that the PDGA Disc Golf World Championship is basically just another disc golf tournament. It’s a little bit longer than most pro events, but the only thing that matters is how an individual player plays this week. It doesn’t matter how well they’ve played the rest of the season, what matters is how they perform right now. The different between Worlds and any other tournament is the history of the event and the Title associated with the winning it.
If you don’t think there is anything different between this and other tournaments, ask Paul McBeth or Paige Pierce what they think. Even better, watch the documentaries on the Disc Golf Network.
To help you prepare for the drama of Worlds, Jace (used to be our main blog writer, now the editor at Disc Golf Reviewer) has broken down the narratives of who and what to watch among the MPO field.
MPO Players and Narratives to Watch For
Today the 2022 PDGA Disc Golf World Championship kicks off in Emporia, Kansas. Worlds is the biggest event in our sport, and after last year’s “Holy Shot” and phenomenal playoff finish, there is a tangible buzz in the air leading up to this year’s MPO event. The drama of last year’s
event and the pandemic have drawn a lot of new eyes to professional disc golf. So whether you are new to Worlds or you’ve been following since the Ken Climo days, here are some names and narratives to follow as you take in all 5 rounds of the high disc flying action this week.
Ricky Wysocki enters Worlds as one of if not the presumptive favorite to win the event and make himself a 3x World Champion. He has had an excellent 2022 season on tour with wins at Texas States, Ledgestone, and DDO, the latter was of course played on the same courses he will be navigating this week in Emporia.
There are lots of narratives to keep tabs on when watching Ricky this year. Emporia, Kansas hosted Worlds just six years ago in 2016, which is the year Ricky broke through the glass ceiling to finally win his first World Championship after finishing as runner-up in 3 of the previous 4
years. And let’s not forget whose plastic he was throwing and will be throwing now—For the 2016 season, Ricky left his long time sponsor Prodigy Disc to join Team Latitude 64 and switch his bag over to Trilogy (Latitude 64, Westside Discs, and Dynamic Discs). Dynamic Discs is headquartered in Emporia, Kansas.
After winning another World Championship with Latitude 64 in 2017, in 2019 Ricky Wysocki switched disc sponsors again and joined Team Innova, only to switch sponsors again at the beginning of this 2022 season. What team does Ricky represent now?
Dynamic Discs, meaning Ricky is back to throwing the same plastic he was throwing when he won his two previous Worlds. Oh, and perhaps you’ve heard of his rival…
You can’t spell Disc Golf World Championship without Paul McBeth. While McBeth hasn’t
been as dominant in recent years (BTW, I’d take 2015 McBeth over peak Jordan or Woods any
day of the week, but especially on Sundays), he is still the biggest name in the sport, and it would
be a tragic mistake to overlook him. In every Worlds since 2012, Paul has finished as either the champion or the runner-up. He is a 5x World Champion for a reason, and I guarantee McBeast is one of if not the biggest concern for anyone who has hopes for taking home the crown this week.
Some folks might try to make a big deal about Paul’s poor performance in Emporia earlier this year at DDO where he missed the cut for the first time ever in his career, but this feels negligible to me for a player of Paul’s caliber. He also finished runner-up at Worlds in Emporia just six years ago.
Rather, the biggest narrative I’m following this week with Paul is the revenge narrative. He knows as well as the rest of the world that he was one miraculous “Holy Shot” away from taking home his sixth world title last year. The James Conrad throw in has overall been framed as a positive for the world of disc golf—it brought eyes and attention to disc golf and has been a resource to “grow the sport” as we say. But all of this growth and positivity has been at Paul’s expense, and not a day goes by that he isn’t reminded of it.
The comment he made off the cuff about losing worlds to an only backhand player when he was asked at the European Open about Eagle McMahon only throwing backhand shots due to injury shows me just how present last year’s Worlds are in McBeth’s psyche.
Will he be able to reign that emotion and energy in and perform when it’s go time? Looking at how Worlds has gone for the past decade, I think the odds are in his favor.
This mold is a beadless putt-and-approach disc with a shallower feel in hand. The Origio has a dependably straight flight with minimal fade at the end. This disc is available in both base and premium plastics, get one HERE.
Flight numbers: 3 | 3 | 0 | 1
Yikun – Twin Swords
The Twin Swords is the first roll-out disc model from Yikun in their Tortoise Line plastic which is their overmold “Shell” configuration. The rim is attached to the flight plate through their own, unique method, giving the discs an amazing look.
The Twin Swords is a distance driver with a Speed 12 rating and wide, yet comfortable rim width. The Twin Swords is a unique and exciting new offering to the disc golf world, earning a spot in the bag for players at all levels.
They recently release it in this unique watermelon configuration, get one HERE
Flight numbers: 12 | 5 | 0 | 2
The Slab is a workhorse and can come in handy in a lot of situations. Whether you want a disc that fights the wind or you are in need of a dependable fade, the Slab is for you! Keep a look out this week for the stock stamp edition of this popular mold (Wednesday Midnight California Time).
Flight numbers: 12 | 3 | 0 | 4
The Dynasty is our newest mold, and we now have it available in 3 different plastics, the newest being the C-Blend.
The Dynasty is a stable fairway driver. This control driver offers enough stability to provide a consistent “S-curve” flight. Also, it can still fly most any line you would want. Making this into a highly controllable disc. All the while it can achieve good distance for beginner and advanced players alike.
Flight numbers: 9 | 5 | -1 | 2
The Tomb is one of the most popular Infinite molds, and it was finally restocked last week!
It appeared this time in Metal Flake Glow plastic. Overall, the tomb is a flat-topped, low-profile, putt-and-approach disc with a comfortably smooth, beaded rim. The Tomb has just the right amount of stability to cover ground while threading the needle on approach shots, whether thrown forehand or backhand. It can also be used as a crossover mid-range, driving putter, or to hold the line while putting for distance or in moderate winds.
Flight numbers: 3 | 4 | 0 | 1
The Anubis is a straight-flying, all-purpose, precision mid-range disc that will fit into the bags of both novice and professional players.
Every player can count on the Anubis to hold the line whether thrown for shorter approaches or for longer distances off the tee. The Anubis will help players to fine-tune their throwing skills by flying precisely in accordance with the release from the hand.
Flight numbers: 5 | 5 | 0 | 0
Sea Otter, Stock Stamp
The Sea Otter is a slow and floaty disc, and was released on Infinitediscs.com in Lava plastic. This overstable putter is a dependable and workable putter. It even works well as a throwing putter. Its low speed, higher glide, and overstability provide a disc that is workable and consistent. This will be a go-to disc for those tighter approach shots or where accuracy is paramount.
Flight numbers: 2 | 3 | 0 | 2
Cole Redalen Signature Sea Otter
Same as the Lava Sea Otter, this Signature Lava putter features a new stamp collaboration with the touring pro player Cole Redalen who is sponsored by both Wild Disc and Infinite Discs.
Flight numbers: 2 | 3 | 0 | 2
The Great Whiteis a high speed, overstable distance driver that is a recent addition to our site. This driver has high glide, allowing it to achieve great distance and long flights. This is a dependable disc that can handle power. Making this disc an excellent distance driver for those power throwers, or as a utility disc.
Flight numbers: 13 | 5 | -1 | 3
Doomsday Discs – Frag
The Doomsday Discs Frag may be one of the most overstable discs on the market. This may not be the most versatile disc, but the Frag will consistently fade hard, making it the perfect utility disc.
Flight numbers: 5 | 2 | 0 | 5
ABC – Flying Squirrel
This understable midrange has excellent glide. The speed of the Flying Squirrel combined with its steady glide means that if thrown correctly, you can watch the Flying Squirrel sail through the air in a beautiful S-Curve that glides directly to your target. The disc does have a slightly stronger tendency to slice rather than hook, and is really easy to throw.
Flight numbers: 6 | 5 | -3 | 2
Thoughtspace Athletics- Alter
The Alter by TSA’s is their first beaded putter with a flat top and low profile. This stable disc flies consistently with a moderate fade. The Alter will be a reliable tool in your bag that will work well on the teepad, the green, and finishing at the basket.
Flight numbers: 3 | 3 | 0 | 1
RPM – Kotuku
The Kotuku is a reliable, overstable to straight mid-range disc with a nice end-fade. It will easily hold a line and flies with a glide that is sneaky long.
This run of the Kotuku is a Dave Feldberg signature disc in strata plastic, get it HERE