Best Midrange Disc Golf Discs

 

Once again we will continue our effort to find the best discs of 2022 buy exploring the sales data, ratings, and customer’s top choices. Last week we took at look at putters (HERE). This week we will find the best midrange for 2022. As always, we will call upon you to help us with that determination, and we’ll randomly award a gift card to someone who provides feedback.

Best Disc Golf Midrange Discs

 

Like putters, midrange discs are known for their versatility and utility. They come in a variety of stabilities, rim sizes and shapes. They can easily be used as drivers off the tee pad, and just as readily be used to approach a basket. The ease of shaping their flight combined with their softer landing compared to a higher speed disc increases the number of shots that you might feel the need to pull out a midrange. Which midrange are we reaching for the most often?

Let’s take a look at its popularity for the past year. New molds always take a small chunk of the market share as people try some of the new molds being released. Even so, there is no other disc near the level of the Buzzz. Here are the numbers for the past year:

 

 

 

Top Five All-Time Sales

 

 

Not only are the Buzz sales for last year nearly double the numbers of the second most popular disc, the Mako3, the gap between first and second place for sales since Infinite began is even more pronounced. Here are the top-selling midrange molds since 2012, when Infinite began:

 

 

The Buzzz Family

 

As you can see, the Buzzz just dominates the competition. It has a straight flight that is easily shaped, and the Buzzz feels amazing in the hand. It comes in a variety of plastics, too, so you can choose the one with the feel and stability that is right for you. One thing to point out with those high number for the Buzzz is that the percentage does NOT include the Buzzz’s siblings, the Buzzz OS, Buzzz SS, and the Buzzz GT. If you add those molds to the numbers, the Buzzz family sales would be over 17% of all midrange discs sold at Infinite last year!

 

 

 

Top Rated Midrange Discs

 

Another factor we use in determining the best midrange disc is the customer rating found on our website in the review section of a disc. That tells us what you think about a disc once you buy and throw it. Newer molds don’t have a lot of reviews, so we only took molds that had at least 15 reviews. Here are the top rated molds:

 

 

 

Best For Beginners

 

While the midrange disc is an amazing utility disc that can be shaped, floated, used for hard right or left corner shots, or accurate shorter shots, certain molds can still be bricks in the hands of newer players. Without the skill to throw overstable midrange discs, beginners will find little use for many of the discs in the previous lists. With that in mind, let’s looks at some of the discs that are manageable for those in the Recreation or Novice divisions.

 

 

Top Midrange Discs for Beginners
1  Kon Tiki
2 Pathfinder
3 Meteor
4 Sol
5 Buzzz SS

 

 

Newby versus OG

 

As we see more new companies and molds enter the market, we will see them chipping away at market previously held by molds we have been playing with for years. Sometimes those molds will succeed in the short term due to some great marketing. Even molds that have been around longer than some of us have been playing can receive a boost when a top-tier pro starts throwing that mold. Ultimately, the hype will fade and the cream will rise to the top, and we will see the most popular molds more often in the future. Let’s take a look at some of the previous years’ top molds to see which names are still making the list.

 

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2020

2022

Discraft Buzzz

Discraft Buzzz

Discraft Buzzz

Discraft Comet Innova Mako3 Innova Mako3
Dynamic Discs Emac Truth Innova Roc Infinite Discs Chariot
Innova Gator Innova Roc3 Infinite Discs Anubis
Dynamic Discs Justice Discraft Comet Discraft Buzzz GT
Prodigy M4 Discraft Buzzz SS Innova Roc3
Innova Mako3 Discraft Malta Innova Roc
Discmania MD3 Dynamic Discs EMac Truth Axiom Hex
Hyzerbomb Mortar Discraft Buzzz OS Infinite Discs Kon Tiki
Innova Roc Discraft Meteor Elevation Disc Golf Interceptor

We Want Your Feedback!

 

 

Once again we’ve looked at the sales numbers and the ratings of the top midrange discs on the market, now We need to hear from you. Post below and let us know what disc you think is the best mid for 2022. We will randomly select one lucky customer and send them a $50 gift card just for posting. We will also tabulate your choices and declare the best midrange for 2022!

 

The 100 Best-Selling Discs at Infinite Discs in 2021

Here is a year-end report of the 2021 best-selling discs at Infinite Discs. This tally of course only counts the discs sold through the Infinite Discs retail website. It is not total market tally of discs manufactured or sold through all sources.

Please keep in mind that we were also in a pandemic year and not all discs were available all of the time throughout the year. We could only sell the discs that were available to us through the manufacturers. Obviously, we can’t tally discs that “would have sold if we’d had them in stock.” This is simply a chart based on what we sold because we had them.

The TOP 100 Best-Sellers of 2021

1. Innova Destroyer Distance Driver
2. Discraft Zone Putt & Approach
3. Innova Wraith Distance Driver
4. Discraft Buzzz Mid Range
5. Infinite Discs Alpaca Putt & Approach
6. Infinite Discs Emperor Distance Driver
7. Gateway Wizard Putt & Approach
8. Infinite Discs Pharaoh Distance Driver
9. Innova Firebird Control Driver
10. Innova Aviar Putt & Approach
11. Innova Mako3 Mid Range
12. Innova Teebird Control Driver
13. Infinite Discs Chariot Mid Range
14. Innova Leopard Control Driver
15. Axiom Envy Putt & Approach
16. Dynamic Discs Judge Putt & Approach
17. Innova Valkyrie Control Driver
18. Innova Thunderbird Control Driver
19. Innova Leopard3 Control Driver
20. Infinite Discs Maya Distance Driver
21. Infinite Discs Anubis Mid Range
22. Infinite Discs Sphinx Control Driver
23. Infinite Discs Scepter Control Driver
24. Thought Space Athletics Mantra Control Driver
25. Innova Pig Putt & Approach
26. Infinite Discs Exodus Control Driver
27. Discraft Undertaker Control Driver
28. Dynamic Discs EMac Judge Putt & Approach
29. Innova Roadrunner Control Driver
30. Innova Beast Distance Driver
31. Discraft Buzzz GT Mid Range
32. Innova Shryke Distance Driver
33. Discraft Heat Control Driver
34. Innova Mamba Distance Driver
35. Dynamic Discs Warden Putt & Approach
36. Discraft Avenger SS Distance Driver
37. Infinite Discs Centurion Control Driver
38. Discraft Roach Putt & Approach
39. Innova Roc3 Mid Range
40. Discraft Nuke Distance Driver
41. Thought Space Athletics Praxis Putt & Approach
42. Streamline Pilot Putt & Approach
43. Discraft Raptor Control Driver
44. Innova Sidewinder Control Driver
45. Innova Tern Distance Driver
46. Prodigy P Model S Putt & Approach
47. Latitude 64 Pure Putt & Approach
48. Axiom Hex Mid Range
49. Discraft Passion Control Driver
50. Innova Roc Mid Range
51. Infinite Discs Ruin Putt & Approach
52. Infinite Discs Kon Tiki Mid Range
53. Innova TeeBird3 Control Driver
54. MVP Photon Distance Driver
55. Discmania Link Putt & Approach
56. Discraft Surge SS Distance Driver
57. Discraft Force Distance Driver
58. Elevation Disc Golf Interceptor Mid Range
59. Discraft Luna Putt & Approach
60. Discraft Banger GT Putt & Approach
61. Discraft Anax Control Driver
62. Thought Space Athletics Votum Control Driver
63. EV-7 Penrose Putt & Approach
64. Axiom Insanity Control Driver
65. Viking Discs Rune Putt & Approach
66. Divergent Discs Alpas Putt & Approach
67. Innova Boss Distance Driver
68. Latitude 64 River Control Driver
69. MVP Ion Putt & Approach
70. Thought Space Athletics Pathfinder Mid Range
71. Westside Harp Putt & Approach
72. Axiom Crave Control Driver
73. Discraft Thrasher Distance Driver
74. Discraft Zeus Distance Driver
75. Discraft Hornet Mid Range
76. Innova Katana Distance Driver
77. Discraft Hades Distance Driver
78. Discraft Sol Mid Range
79. Discraft Meteor Mid Range
80. Dino Discs Pterodactylus Distance Driver
81. Discraft Scorch Distance Driver
82. Infinite Discs Tomb Putt & Approach
83. Thought Space Athletics Muse Putt & Approach
84. Dynamic Discs Deputy Putt & Approach
85. Innova Eagle Control Driver
86. Latitude 64 Diamond Control Driver
87. Axiom Proxy Putt & Approach
88. Discraft Fierce Putt & Approach
89. Discraft Stalker Control Driver
90. Dynamic Discs Trespass Distance Driver
91. Innova Nova Putt & Approach
92. MVP Nomad Putt & Approach
93. Axiom Paradox Mid Range
94. Prodigy P Model US Putt & Approach
95. Streamline Trace Distance Driver
96. Dino Discs Triceratops Putt & Approach
97. MVP Volt Control Driver
98. Elevation Disc Golf Koi Putt & Approach
99. MVP Wave Distance Driver
100. Dino Discs Stegosaurus Mid Range

The DESTROYER by Innova held tight in the #1 spot for 2021, followed by the ZONE by Discraft. Other small brands made the list as they claw their way into the disc golf market. We’re always excited to see the newer disc lines that make a splash each year.

Here is a charted look of those top 100.

We look forward to seeing how things change up in 2022. Will the availability of popular discs be better? If certain discs were available regularly, it would be interesting to see how the sales shuffle. It will also be fun to see which of the newer brands continues to push its way onto and upward on the chart.

 

 

Focus Friday Returns

We are starting up Focus Friday once again. For those of you who don’t know what Focus Friday is, this is where we provide a discount code for a particular disc mold. The promo code will last from Friday till the end of the weekend. We will “focus” on a new mold every Friday for the next foreseeable future. So, keep an eye out every week to see what discount code we will provide so that you can save some money on that particular mold.

The Disc Mold

On this Friday, we will turn our attention to a popular mold, Innova’s Firebird. This is an overstable fairway driver. It is extremely reliable, it will consistently fly the straight and dump hard with a heavy fade. This makes for an excellent utility driver.

People enjoy this driver, not to get big distance but to make some tricky shots. Whether that shot is to hook around an object, or to shape a line where you need to the disc to come back from the anhyzer line. This utility disc will definitely help you in those sticky situations, or for those shots that you need to go to one side.

From Friday, January 21, through the weekend you’ll save 10% on all Innova Firebirds. All you’ll need to do us the promo code: FocusFirebird on the cart screen. Please enter it before you click “Checkout”.

You can select your disc by clicking here. Simply add as many Firebird Molds to your shopping cart as you want, then BEFORE you click to checkout, look below the shopping cart. Right below the shopping cart is a box for Discount Codes. Click there and paste the code, FOCUSFIREBIRD, into the box. Then proceed to checkout and you’ll get the discount.

Here is a screenshot to help you out, though it doesn’t necessarily show a Firebird in the cart – it’s just a generic visual to help you find the discount code box:

We hope that you love throwing the Firebird. If you’ve thrown the disc, feel free to share what you think of this Driver. Thanks!

STAY TUNED for our next Focus Friday for another chance to try a featured disc at a nice discounted price!

Best Beginner Discs for 2022

Discs for Beginners

Best Disc Golf Discs for Beginners

With the unprecedented growth we’ve seen in our sport the last couple of years, one question comes up repeatedly among those starting out in the sport. “Which disc should I start with as a beginner?” Someone just starting out in the sport doesn’t have the technique and arm speed that many discs need in order to get any distance. Fortunately, there are many molds that are made for people without the ability to throw faster, heavier, more overstable discs. Let’s take a look at some of the best discs for beginners.

The biggest factors in deciding which molds would be best for beginners are weight, speed, and price. Speed is the first number in the common four-number flight rating. The higher the speed number, the faster we have the throw the disc in order for it to fly like it should. Since most beginners can’t generate a lot of arm speed, lower speed discs will fly farther than high speed discs for them. Throwing a lighter disc helps newbies throw farther, since it takes less effort to throw.

Disc Golf Brands Focused on Beginners

While the dominant disc golf brands cater to and focus primarily on the advanced and professional players they sponsor, their are a few disc golf brands that focus specifically on beginners. If you’re looking for affordable beginner discs to get started in disc golf, these recommended brands are a great place to start.

Dino Discs Logo

Dino Discs – Discs designed for Kids!

The Dino Disc brand makes a unique, ultra light disc golf discs designed for kids. These discs are ultra light weight and feature colorful plastics and dinosaur themes. Dino Discs are recommended for young children aged 10 and younger.

Divergent Discs Logo

Divergent Discs – Discs for Recreational Players

Divergent is an up and coming disc golf brand with a focus on recreational players who have a throwing distance of less than 300 feet. They now offer a full line of discs for casual players. One of the best things about Divergent Discs is that the plastic quality is substantially better than other disc brands at affordable prices.

Sune Sport

Like Divergent, Sune Sports Discs are designed specifically for beginners and recreational disc golfers. They have starter sets and 7 different low costs discs that all work well for beginners. Two of the discs are in an ultra soft light weight. “safety line” plastic that is ideal for kids.

The Best Single Disc for a New Disc Golfer

Choosing a Winner

To find a winner, we looked at the key components mentioned above, combined with sales. Letting the market speak, while not necessarily definitive, is a great way to see what molds people are drawn to. As a bonus consideration, we gave points for molds that players can continue to use as their skills improve. We also favored molds that came in base plastics.

Beginner Disc Golf Plastics

Plastic types affect the flight of the disc and should be considered heavily when comparing beginner discs. More stable plastics such as Champion can change a mold from a nice beginner disc to something too overstable for inexperienced players. Entry level plastics not only make a mold less overstable, they also break in faster to add more ‘flip’ to the flight of the disc. As a nice bonus, entry level plastics are less expensive, making it less costly to get into disc golf. Most of these popular disc molds are available in a variety of different plastic types and prices.

Here are discs considered the Best Beginner Discs:

  • Innova Shark
  • Innova Leopard
  • Infinite Discs Sphinx
  • Latitude 64 Diamond
  • Latitude 64 Jade
  • Discraft Heat
  • Discmania FD
  • Dynamic Discs Breakout
  • Divergent Discs Kraken

Innova Shark – The Innova Shark is a popular midrange that is found in many starter sets. Its straight flight and low speed makes it a good candidate for a beginner disc. It is available in lighter weights in DX plastic. It still has a strong finish at the end, but even beginners should get a good flight out of the Shark.

Innova Leopard – Another mold that is frequently found in starter sets is the Innova Leopard. It is a good combination of low speed, lighter weights, and a little understability. Those qualities make the Leopard popular for beginners and advanced players alike. In Innova’s DX plastic, the Leopard is a very inexpensive beginner disc.

Infinite Discs Sphinx – There are several speed 9 molds on the list, and the Infinite Discs Sphinx is one of them. This mold comes in a variety of weights and plastic types, and the lightest weights make a great starter disc. Plus, as your skill improves, you can keep using the Sphinx by simply get a heavier disc and/or a more stable plastic.

Latitude 64 Diamond – The Latitude 64 Diamond is one of a few molds that were targeted at beginners. Initially, the Diamond was only available lighter weights, which is better for beginners. Its lower speed means the rim is the right size to feel good in the hand while being narrow enough for smaller hands to easily grasp.

Latitude 64 Jade – Another mold that was designed specifically for beginners is the Latitude 64 Jade. It is one speed faster than the Diamond and slightly less understable. However, the light weight of the Jade makes it good for newer players. Although it might make a good beginner disc, the higher speed might make a better second disc, after throwing something lighter or slower.

Discraft Heat – The Discraft Heat was one of the molds in the Discraft Ace Race a few years ago. Its flight numbers are similar to the Sphinx, with a lot of understability or ‘turn’. It is a fairway driver that in more inexpensive plastics make a great option for beginners. For more experienced players, the Heat is popular for turnover shots and rollers.

Discmania FD – The Discmania FD is another one of the molds on this list that can be used for beginners as well as experienced players. Starting with base plastics, newer playing will find the FD easy to hold and throw. Once a player advanced in skill level and distance, getting the FD in premium plastics will give them a useful tool in their disc golf arsenal.

Dynamic Discs Breakout – The Dynamic Discs Breakout is another mold that was designed with the beginner in mind. It is available in desirable lighter weights, and a few different plastic types. It doesn’t have the understability that some of the other molds on the list have. But, the lighter weight can help compensate for the straighter flight.

Divergent Discs Kraken – The Divergent Discs Kraken is a fairway driver that has a little flip to its flight, followed by a solid fade. It is available in lighter weights, making it a solid candidate for a beginner disc, even though the plastic is a premium plastic. The Kraken’s flip makes it a good disc for more experienced players looking for a roller disc. One nice thing about the Kraken is that it’s least expensive plastic is substantially more durable than most of the other mentioned beginner discs.

 

Percentage of sales among the top candidates for Best Beginner Disc

 

 

 

And the winner is…

 

 

 

Innova Leopard! There is a reason this mold is found in many starter sets. Its low speed means the disc is easy to grip and throw for beginners. The Leopard has a flight has a good amount of turn and a gentle fade at the end. Available in base plastics the mold is inexpensive as a starter disc. And it is available in premium plastics. Even though the Leopard is great for beginners, it can find its way into the bags of advanced players. With the turn of the Leopard it can be used as a turnover disc that will hold its turn for most of the flight. In tight woods the mold can be gently thrown on a hyzer-to-flat flight and get a decent amount of distance. Check out the Innova Leopard HERE.

Runner-ups –

Discmania FD – The FD is a great disc to start with, and one that you can keep throwing as your disc golf ‘career’ advances. As of this writing, the FD is unavailable due to material shortages. Click HERE to sign up for a notice when the mold comes back in stock.

Infinite Discs Sphinx – Just like the FD, the Sphinx is useful for players with a wide range of skill levels. In lighter weight I-Blend plastic, the Sphinx can be easily thrown by beginners and younger players, even though it is a faster mold than the FD. As of this writing, the Sphinx is unavailable. Click HERE to sign up for a notice when the mold comes back in stock.

Your Take

What do you think the best disc golf discs, sets, and brands for beginners are? What worked for you when you were just starting to play disc golf. Let your voice be heard in the comment section below.

 

Introducing the Power Pocket Pouch XXL

Power Pocket Pouch XXL

The Power Pocket Pouch XXL is a bigger, higher capacity version of the very popular Power Pocket Pouch.

It has become a number-one preferred accessory for any disc golf cart. It attaches to your cart handle and easily holds ten to fifteen go-to discs within easy reach. It also has room for a mini, clipboard or phone, and pencils. The XXL also features an additional accessory pocket for a snack or other item. No more bending down for your favorite discs! Attaches to telescoping handle of most disc golf carts.

The Power Pocket has two Velcro tabs that attach to the telescoping tubes. An adjustable strap attaches to the handle to control the height of the pouch.

            Features:

  • Holds 10-15 discs
  • Cellphone pocket
  • Mini pocket
  • Clipboard or Scorecard pocket
  • Pencil holders
  • Grommets for towels, bag tags, etc.
  • Additional Accessory Pocket

CLICK HERE TO BUY THE POWER POCKET POUCH XXL

 


Power Pocket Pouch XXL Rainfly

The Power Pocket XXL also has a rainfly as an optional accessory. If you play a lot in the rain, you’re going to want to keep your discs dry. The Power Pocket XXL Rainfly will keep your discs dry, but still allows super fast and easy access. The rainfly has two openings, making it simple to quickly grab the disc you are looking for.

Click here to buy the Power Pocket Pouch XXL Rainfly


Original Power Pocket Pouch

Of course, if you’d like to keep things simple, the original Power Pocket Pouch is still available and will make an awesome addition to your cart! It’s own rainfly will be coming very soon!

Click here to check out the original Power Pocket Pouch!

Best Disc Golf Putter of 2022

Best Putter of 2022

Heading into the New Year we thought it would be interesting to check out the best putters. It’s fun to see which discs are selling the most at any particular time. Many factors play into making a particular disc popular: new plastics, sponsored pros, or even cool, new stamps. We’ll determine the best putter based on sales, ratings from our website, and fan voting. We will need your help for the last category.

The Top Selling Putter

Although the Pandemic is still in full swing, the supply chain is slightly better than in past months, so the sales are a little more indicative of the popularity of discs, rather than sales based on whatever discs might be available. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top sales for putt/approach discs for last year. These are ranked only against other putt/approach discs, not all types of discs.

 

 

Top Putters By Sales

Rank Disc Manufacturer
1 Zone Discraft
2 Alpaca Infinite Discs
3 Wizard Gateway
4 Aviar Innova
5 Envy Axiom
6 Judge Dynamic Discs
7 Pig Innova
8 EMac Judge Dynamic Discs
9 Warden Dynamic Discs
10 Roach Discraft
11 Praxis Thought Space Athletics
12 Pilot Streamline
13 P Model S Prodigy
14 Pure Latitude 64
15 Ruin Infinite Discs
16 Link Discmania
17 Luna Discraft
18 Banger GT Discraft
19 Penrose EV-7
20 Rune Viking Discs

 

New Brands, New Molds

 

In addition to the unprecedented growth in the numbers of disc golfers in the past few years, we’ve also seen an explosion of new manufacturers and molds. This gives us more options to choose from and takes a little bit of market share from the historically popular putters.  In 2020, we posted a list of the best putters and Discraft held a third of the top twenty discs. This year, although Discraft still maintains the top spot with the most molds, their number shrank. They now hold 20% of the top 20. Additionally, nearly half of the manufacturers in the top 20 only have a single mold. Here’s a look at number of molds by manufacturer:

 

Manufacturer # of Molds in the top 20
Discraft 4
Dynamic Discs 3
Infinite Discs 2
Innova 2
Axiom 1
Discmania 1
EV-7 1
Gateway 1
Latitude 64 1
Prodigy 1
Streamline 1
Thought Space Athletics 1
Viking Discs 1

Top Rated Discs

One of the tools we use to determine the Best Putter for 2022 is the individual disc ratings on our website. It gives us a picture of our customer’s opinion about the disc over time. Customers can rate a disc on a scale from 1-5, and comment about what they like or don’t like about a disc. It’s a great tool to check out when considering which discs to buy.  Here is a list of 20 of the top-rated discs, along with the customers rating.

 

Disc Mold Customer Rating
Praxis 4.93
Zone 4.90
Alpaca 4.87
P Model S 4.86
Envy 4.82
Pilot 4.81
Link 4.78
Rune 4.76
Warden 4.74
Wizard 4.73
Pure 4.73
Pig 4.68
Roach 4.66
Luna 4.65
Ruin 4.64
Judge 4.62
Banger GT 4.59
Aviar 4.44
EMac Judge 4.40
Penrose 4.38

 

The Age of These Putters

If you follow the sport of disc golf very much you’ll probably notice that several of the discs out of the top 10 are very new to the disc golf world. It is impressive that such new molds are competing for the title of Best Disc Golf Putter against tried and true classics. Maybe they will be the classics of the future, or maybe they are hyped molds that will fade into oblivion in the near future. We’ve seen that in the past, where a mold becomes popular due a a particular player, only to slow down in sales once the marketing ends. Only time will tell how popular molds will be in the future. Still, we wanted to look at the ages of the molds and see which ones have earned their way onto the list by virtue of years of sales. The newest kids on the block are the Emac Judge and the popular Alpaca. On the other end of the lifespan spectrum is the Aviar, a mold that has been around longer than a lot of current disc golfers. The average age of all the top 10 molds is about 10 years old. That age would be three years newer were it not for the Aviar. Here is a list of the top 10 molds and the date they were PDGA approved:

 

Disc

Date Approved

Aviar

1-Jan-84

Wizard

9-Jan-02

Pig

20-May-08

Zone

28-May-08

Judge

7-Dec-12

Warden

14-Oct-13

Envy

12-Jan-14

Roach

30-Nov-15

Alpaca

16-Nov-20

EMac Judge

5-Jan-21

 

We Want to Hear From You

Ok, we looked at the sales numbers and the ratings of the top putters, now it’s YOUR turn to let us know what disc you think is the best putter for 2022. Post your preference below. We will randomly select one lucky customer and send them a $50 gift card just for posting. We will also tabulate your choices and declare the best putter for 2022!

 

The Top-Selling Brands at Infinite Discs in 2021

Infinite Discs has always strived to keep discs from all disc golf brands and manufacturers in stock on our retail website. As some brands are discontinued or the supply becomes slim, those brands can disappear from our sales figures for long periods. Other new brands jump into the market and begin to show their strength with time. It is always fun after each year to pull up the count of the discs sold through our retail site to measure the growth of all the brands that we carried.

Here is a look at how those brands all measured up against one another for the year 2021. Please keep in mind that these sales statistics ONLY represent retail sales through Infinite Discs. It does not account for sales through other retailers and may not represent the entire disc golf marketplace. Plus, many brands have their own retail outlets in addition to their wholesale operations, and those sales may account for a large portion of the total sales for those particular brands and would not be calculated here.

The Infinite Discs brand also has inflated numbers through our retail site simply because we are traditionally known as a kay retail source for our own brand. Throughout all of 2021, Infinite Discs brand was also distributed to other retailers, both online and brick-and-mortar, but no wholesale numbers are reflected in this disc count. Again, this is only retail sales through Infinite Discs.

Charting the Sales

Innova remained the top-selling brand, as it has since Infinite Discs began in 2012. Discraft continues to build momentum, taking a strong #2 position. With the ups and downs of the supply chain in 2021, it is hard to know how the numbers would have looked if the most popular discs had been readily available at all times of the year. However, many popular discs went through repeated cycles where they would arrive, immediately sell out, then be missing from inventory for weeks or months before the next restock. The Infinite Discs brand of discs made a sharp move toward the top, though sales are particularly strong for that brand since this is a chart of sales through Infinite Discs’ own website.

New Brands Making Moves

The number of small brands on the list continues to grow. We’re excited about that. Here are some brands that were recently created and made impressive moves on the chart:

Thought Space Athletics at #10 with their ultra-artistic, high-quality discs

Dino Discs at #11 with their line of discs for kids

Divergent Discs at #18 with their line focused on recreational players

Elevation Disc Golf at #19 with two silicone rubber discs launched in 2021

EV7 at #23 with their putters-only manufacturing approach

What Will 2022 Bring?

We’re excited to watch the disc sales in 2022 and see how things shuffle and move around. It should be particularly interesting to watch as we’ve seen a lot of professional players change brands for the new year. How will the sales for those brands be affected by the shuffle in sponsorships?

Feel free to leave your comments predicting the ups and downs of disc brands in 2022. 

Elevation Koi v. Divergent Discs Alpas

Elevation Disc Golf is a company that started about 1 year ago. They have specialized in making rubber discs that are extremely floppy. These discs sell out rapidly, and are quite useful. People enjoy these discs as they offer no ground play. The Koi, or the Intercepter are the only discs that are available at this moment.

Divergent Discs is another company that has emerge within this last year or so. They’re focusing on creating discs for the rest of us. They keep things really simple, providing a mold in one plastic type. They too have released a floppy disc, the Alpas.

These discs make for great approach discs because of their floppiness. Their flimsy form allows the disc to absorb energy and to remain where they land. This is beneficial as it lessens the chance of rollaways or bad kicks.

Elevation Koi Review

The way this disc feels very similar to the run 1 of the Interceptors, but a little more stiffer – just slightly though. Meaning it is still quite floppy and smashable. Where this is a rubber disc, gripping it feels a little odd from other typical plastic discs. The disc bends to how your hand is gripping it. It takes some time to get used to how the disc feels in your hands. This disc works best for a backhand power grip, it is difficult for me to throw forehand. It folds out of my hand too often when I try forehand throws.

The flight path of this is straight with a gentle fade at the end. It is a real easy throw, you can easily put too much power and turnover the disc. For me, it is difficult to feel confident in the angle release. The disc just hangs loose. This is good though, because when this disc lands, it stops. I’ve seen it land on a tree trunk and stay on the trunk.

Overall, this is an interesting disc, it isn’t my favorite, but the no ground play does have a certain allure to it. Definitely worth it if you’re looking for a disc that has no ground play.

Divergent Discs Review

The Alpas is an interesting disc, just like the Koi. It isn’t as soft as the Koi is, but it is still pretty flimsy. The rim is quite shallow, which can be uncomfortable for some people. My hand does feel a little cramped power gripping this disc. Gripping this disc though is still comfortable enough, and confident inspiring enough that the shallowness isn’t too much of a problem.

The Alpas is an understable putter. I could easily turn this disc over without trying. This is more of a touch approach disc than a driving putter. The angle control on this disc is manageable. It has a little bit of sag in it whilst holding the disc. The floppiness does the trick in absorbing energy and not moving once it hits the ground. So this disc does the trick in offering little to no ground play.

Overall, this is a good approach disc that doesn’t move around on the ground after it lands.

Check out the video below to see these discs’ flight.

Concluding Thoughts

It is kind of hard to say which of these is the better disc. They share some similar attributes but they are also different enough that they are hard to compare. The Alpas offers a little more rigidity, while the Koi is extremely soft. They are both supposed to stop rollaways, but I have seen both of them hit the ground and roll away.

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