Introducing Disc Golf UK/Launch Disc Golf

Disc Golf Manufacturer Spotlight

 

Infinite Discs carries a large selection of brands and we wanted to introduce you to some of the brands and molds that you might not be as familiar with. Each week we will spotlight a different company and tell you a little more about them. Because of Covid shutdowns, our supply of discs was severely affected. Therefore, we may not have all of the molds from all of the brands we will talk about. But, it might put a few more molds on your radar for the future. This week we travel across the pond to check out Disc Golf UK and their spin-off company, Launch Disc Golf.

Disc Golf UK/Launch Disc Golf

 

Disc Golf UK (DGUK) is a disc golf manufacturing company that started a few years ago in England. It was formed in 2014 and registered as a business in 2015. The founder, Richard Hatton, was already involved in the disc golf scene in England. He was a member of the British Disc Golf Association, an advocacy group that exists to organize and promote the sport in the Country. He felt like those goals could be better met by having a private business approach landowners and others about disc golf, instead of a volunteer organization.

Disk Golf UK is located in Warwick, England. It is near the Quarry Park disc golf course. (Check out the link below to a tournament at that course, featuring DGUK sponsored pro, 16-year-old Noah Smithson.) Its warehouse, shop and factory are south of Chesterfield, England.

Humble Beginning

 

The company was created to make inexpensive discs that could be rented out at the courses being created in the area. The exchange rate was not favorable for them, making discs expensive to import. The first mold they made was the Duke, an overstable midrange. However, once people started throwing the disc, people started raving about it! It wasn’t even PDGA approved at the time. The positive comments told them they were onto something more than a cheap rental.

 

A Quick Start

 

Shortly after the Duke was PDGA approved, the Baron and the Count were quickly designed and approved. That added a putter and a control driver to their portfolio. The Baron is a beadless overstable putt/approach disc similar in flight numbers to a Harp. The Count is a fairway driver with a little turn and a solid fade. It is similar to the Innova Eagle in flight numbers.

 

The Duchess, an experiment that turned out to be a success, was the fourth mold from DGUK. The Duchess is an understable midrange/approach disc. Its flight numbers make it great for people just starting out, and a shapeable disc for more experienced players. It is available in Noble plastic, which is their base plastic.

 

A New Brand Gets Launched

 

In 2020 DGUK launched a new line of discs under the Launch Disc Golf brand. Launch was started by Dan Whiteman, who is now the area manager for Southeast UK. Four molds have been released under the Launch brand: The Lander, the Code,  the Code X, which is the most recent release, and the Cipher. They are a putter, two mids, and control driver, respectively. The Cipher is the first disc released in the new premium plastic, Alpha. The new plastic is similar to Gold Line or Star plastic. The other molds are available in the Omega Plastic, Launch’s base plastic.

The Cipher is a fairway driver, and the first driver from Launch Disc Golf. The Cipher offers a slight turn, with a good fade at the end. Its flight is similar to a seasoned Thunderbird. The Code and Code X are midrange discs, with the Code X being the more overstable of the two. The Code X has a great wind-fighting flight and a solid, dependable finish. The Lander is the first putter from Launch, and performs nicely as both a driving and putting disc. The mold can give a little turn, or a slight hyzer-to-flat flight and sail until the fade at the end.

 

Hatton, the founder of DGUK, said that the Baron, the Duchess, and the Count are the top selling discs for Disc Golf UK. These three molds make up their starter sets and are found at courses all over the country. Outside of starter sets, the Lander and the Baron are the favorite molds of DGUK/Launch Disc Golf fans.

 

The Pros Throwing DGUK

 

Many of the company’s mold are thrown by the top disc golfers in the UK. Multiple-time British Champion James Luton throws the Duke, and calls it the best forehand disc he has ever thrown. Another British Open winner, Noah Smithson, uses his Lander as a driving putter. The 2020 National Matchplay Champion, Jon Tweed, used a Baron for every putt at the tournament. He has been throwing a prototype Cipher, too. FPO British Tour Champion Sian Lee loves the Duchess, and uses it as her go-to mid. All of the above mentioned pros are on Team Disc Golf UK.

In addition to the pros playing on Team DGUK, the company recently launched an ambassador team. These player were selected because of their contributions to disc golf, and their love of DGUK discs!

 

Popular Plastic

 

As for plastic types from DGUK, until the recent release of their Alpha plastic, only variations of base plastics were available. The Noble plastic is for DGUK molds, and Omega is for Launch molds. There are also glitter, glow options available in base plastic.

 

The Future for DGUK

 

DGUK has lots of plans for the future. Most importantly, they want to continue to add to their line of molds. They recently received technical drawings for three of their upcoming molds.  In addition to the molds, they have found a glow plastic formula that they like, and that has received positive feedback from testers due to the brightness of the glow. DGUK also want to expand their line of baskets and bags.  They will also be working hard to install more courses around the country. Their long-term goal is to have a course within a half hour of everyone in the country.  Plus, they will be working to grow the sport by introducing disc golf to school-age youth.

 

Infinite’s Sales of Disc Golf UK and Launch Disc Golf Molds

 

Here is a breakdown of the most popular molds based on Infinite Discs’ sales for 2020. For Disc Golf UK, the Duchess led the pack, a few ticks ahead of the Count for the most sales last year. Coming in third was the Baron.

For Launch Disc Golf, the results were a little closer. Their putter, the Lander, barely beat the Cipher for the most sales last year.

 

Win Some DGUK/Launch Merch!

 

Infinite Discs would like to give some swag to some random people who answer the question below. Head to Infinite (links below) and check out our listing of DGUK/Launch molds. Then let us know:

Which DGUK or Launch mold would you be the most interested in trying?

We’ll select a few random responses and ship out some swag. Check back in a week when we post the next disc golf manufacturer, and we’ll list the winners.

Last week we featured AGL Discs and selected three random commenters to win some AGL prizes. The winners are:

Nate D.

Austin D.

James H.

Congrats! I’ll send you an email to verify your mailing address.

 

 

Infinite Discs – Disc Golf UK

https://infinitediscs.com/category/Disc-Golf-UK

Infinite Discs – Launch Disc Golf

https://infinitediscs.com/category/Launch-Disc-Golf

Disc Golf UK

https://discgolfuk.uk/

Launch Disc Golf

https://launchdiscgolf.co.uk/

Noah Smithson at 25th Quarry Park Open

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5O8NRodzSg&t=327s

 

 

 

TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – JANUARY 19TH 2021

Welcome to the Top 20 Tuesday chart! Every week we take a look at the twenty top-selling discs on the Infinite Discs website, broken down by plastic type as well. So these are the top sellers for the last seven days in order:

Top Twenty Tuesday for January 19th 2021

#1 – Metal Flake Glow C-Blend CENTURION
#2 – Signature Swirly S-Blend EMPEROR
#3 – D-Blend ALPACA
#4 – 350G PA-3
#5 – P-Blend ALPACA
#6 – Star X-Out DESTROYER
#7 – Star WRAITH
#8 – EXO Soft LINK
#9 – Swirly S-Blend PHARAOH
#10 – Base Grip P MODEL S
#11 – Metal Flake C-Blend SPHINX
#12 – Gummy C-Blend EMPEROR
#13 – Egg Shell TYRANNOSAURUS REX
#14 – Ground Plastic RUNE
#15 – I-Blend Centurion
#16 – S-Blend CENTURION
#17 – Star X-Out ROADRUNNER
#18 – Star X-Out WRAITH
#19 – Star X-Out MAKO3
#20 – Champion FIREBIRD

The chart for this week is similar to last week in the sense that it is still driven by what we have in stock. Since popular molds from the biggest brands are hard to get these days (or any molds from certain brands), a lot of the chart is showing a surge in Infinite Discs brand, including the top 3 discs. Number one was the Metal Flake Glow C-Blend CENTURION which was released last week. The number two spot was the Garrett Gurthie Signature Swirly S-Blend EMPEROR. And the number three spot was the D-Blend ALPACA putter. Six other Infinite Discs models hit the top 20. The brand with the second largest presence is Innova, primarily with X-Outs, since that’s what we’ve been able to get in stock. We are adding an Innova restock starting today, so the charge may change a bit going into next week.

Here is a look at how many times the different brands hit the chart this week:

–> 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 number 6 spot this week was taken by the Star X-Out DESTROYER. Derek guessed it right this week. Great job!

NEXT WEEK: Guess the #7 spot for next week. The first person to get it right (include the disc model and plastic type) will win!

THANKS FOR READING AND WATCHING EACH WEEK!

Magic 8-Ball Disc Golf Game

This new disc golf game is meant to shake up how you play casual rounds. The way this will work is that each player will give the ball a shake to determine his/her throw. The player must follow the direction of the 8-Ball for their tee shot. If they do not follow the direction, this will result in a stroke penalty. Or, if you would like, you can create your own set of rules and follow those. ie) the Magic 8-Ball determines each throw except for putts within the 1st circle.

These are available online for $12.99. You can purchase them here on this link.

Focus Friday

Another weekend is upon us, and it is time to announce this week’s Focus Friday. Last week we focused on the puzzles. This week, we’re bringing it back to discs, the Infinite Discs’ Ra. So, over the weekend you can save 20% by using the discount code FOCUSRA.

The Ra is a moderately overstable midrange, looking at the profile you’ll notice it is flat topped and beaded. This will have a very straight flight path in the air with a small to moderate amount of fade at the end. It’s a less overstable version of the Inca. On a tiny anhyzer line it’ll pull out of it. On a big anhyzer line, it will hold it until the end. This is a pretty consistent disc, that has a reliable flight path.

For this Focus Friday, we’ve added an awesome 3 foil stamp on the I-Blend Ras; Cthullu III. This weekend, you can get that sweet stamp and save 20% off all Ras. You’ll need to use the discount code FOCUSRA.

As a reminder we are also doing a giveaway; just post a picture of you doing a Hye8Dye puzzle on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #InfiniteDiscsPuzzle to have a chance to win 1 of 5 $15 gift cards. The winners will be chose on Monday, February 1, 2021.

You can select your disc by clicking here. Simply add as many Ras 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, FOCUSRA, 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 Ra in the cart – it’s just a generic visual to help you find the discount code box:

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

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

Introducing Above Ground Level Discs

Disc Golf Manufacturer Spotlight

Infinite Discs carries a large selection of brands and we wanted to introduce you to some of the brands and molds that you might not be as familiar with. Each week we will spotlight a different company and tell you a little more about them. We’ll start with a California brand, Above Ground Level Discs. And we will give you a chance to win some AGL stuff!

 

AGL Discs

Above Ground Level discs (AGL) is a family run California-based disc golf company that currently operates in San Jose. According to their website, the name comes from the company’s policy of viewing the sport from “the 10,000 foot level”. The company formed in 2011 by Josh Jones and Sam Cooper, and has been operating under the name Above Ground Level since 2016. Sam also started the disc golf apparel company, ChainBang Disc Golf.

Filling Disc Golf Needs

From the beginning, the people at AGL have worked hard to design discs that fill the needs of disc golfers. Using modeling and testing, they have created an ever growing list of molds to cover the range of shots and conditions faced by users. AGL also works to provide the most durable plastics possible, giving a longer life to its molds. Early on, AGL adopted the policy of naming molds after trees, and also including a corresponding seed with every disc purchased. That policy and practice continues today.

The Cypress, AGL’s First Disc

The inaugural mold for AGL is the now-discontinued high speed driver, the Cypress. The name honors disc golf enthusiast and course designer, Stancil Johnson, and the course he designed in Seaside, California. The initial design of the mold was a very overstable disc. It was later retooled to make the mold more usable for a variety of skill levels. In early 2020, the Cedar was released, with flight numbers similar to the Cypress.

After the Cypress, two putters were released, the Madrone and Manzanita. The Madrone, with a flight similar to the new Infinite Alpaca, along with the overstable midrange, the Magnolia, continue to be the most popular discs they sell. As for which mold holds the number one spot, that title changes frequently between the two molds. The Sycamore, a fairly straight control driver, was approved in 2019. It has a flight similar to a TL.

Also released last year is the speed 9 control driver, the Locust. The new mold received great reviews from testers and early buyers. AGL has plans for a high speed driver that has some understability to it. After that release, they will look at increasing their offering of additional understable discs.

In addition to the Locust and the Cedar, two additional putters were approved in 2020, the Baobab and the Ponderosa. The Baobab is a beadless, overstable putter that would be great for headwind shots and big arms. The Ponderosa is a little slower than the Baobab, and slightly flippy. Great for tailwinds or hyzer-flip shots.

AGL Plastics

Their most popular plastic is the Hemp blend, which is both grippy and environmentally friendly. Nearly as popular as Hemp plastic is their premium Alpine plastic. It is reminiscent of the old CE plastic that is popular due to its durability and feel. AGL also offers Woodland Blend, a base plastic that has a variety of firmness.

Supporting the Pros and Disc Golf

Above Ground Level is proud to sponsor dozens of players round the world, up to and including professionals. On the FPO side, they sponsor Amy Lewis and Marissa Kula. Their men’s pros include Michael Henson and Hayden Kujala. A search of these players on YouTube will show a number of tournaments with some of their pro players. AGL also helped to sponsor a couple courses.

One of the exciting parts of the sport for AGL is the growth that disc golf is currently seeing. With the increased exposure from companies like CBS sports and many professionally produces YouTube videos, our accessible touring pros, and courses popping up all around the world, it’s a great time to be involved in disc golf.

Growing Disc Golf for Women and Youth

Two areas of growth that are of high importance to AGL is additional focus on the women and the youth side of disc golf. In addition to sponsoring female players, AGL sponsors female-focused events and will be sponsoring the 2021 USWDGC. It helps that one of the owners has an 8-year-old daughter who plays and looks up to the female players she gets to watch. She also helps out in the business! Their plan for the youth and new players is to work with schools to help them install baskets and teach disc golf fundamentals.

 

 

 

AGL and the Environment

Disc golf isn’t the only thing that the folks at Above Ground Level Discs care about. They also like to take care of the environment. In addition to naming all of their molds after tree, AGL also includes a tree seed with every disc purchased from them. The seed corresponds with the name of the mold. Order a Sycamore in Alpine plastic from them, you’ll get a Sycamore seed with your purchase. Some of their customers have sprouted their seeds into saplings and planted them on their local courses.

Top Selling Discs for Above Ground Level Discs

Taking a look at the sales of Above Ground Level Discs at Infinite, it looks like the Ponderosa is the top selling AGL disc of 2020. The Ponderosa is a straight to understable putter that is currently available in Woodland and Woodland Hemp Blend plastics. The Ponderosa accounted for nearly 18% of all AGL molds that Infinite sells. It just edged out the next four molds, the Baobab, Locust, Cedar, and Sycamore. Those four molds made up around 15% each of sales. All things considered, that’s a pretty even amount of sales for the top mold.

Win some AGL Swag!

To promote AGL, Infinite Discs would like to give some swag to some random people who answer the question below. Head to Infinite (link below) and check out our listing of AGL molds. Then let us know: Which AGL mold would you be the most interested in trying? Want something beefy, like the Cedar? Or maybe a straight putter, like the Madrone. Comment below to be entered in the drawing.

We’ll select a few random responses and ship out some AGL merch. Check back in a week when we post the next disc golf manufacturer, and we’ll list the winners.

 

See Infinite’s selection of AGL discs here:

https://infinitediscs.com/category/Above-Ground-Level

Check out AGL’s website here:

https://www.agldiscs.com/

Here is a link to ChanBang Disc Golf

https://www.chainbangofficial.com/

 

New Night Round Accessories

We have recently added some new Night Round Accessories onto our site. The majority of these items are coming from Vibe Disc Golf. This is a newer company, aiming to bring some good quality gear that you can use out on the course. The initial gear revolves mainly around glow round necessities.

Flash Lights

 

Vibe DP1X

This is a dual purpose flashlight that comes with a rechargeable battery. You can use the UV light to recharge your glow discs and you can use the normal light to help you navigate the course. By holding the button you change the brightness of the white light to match your needs. This is available now on our website for $28.49, get yours at this link.

 

Vibe BK2X

Vibe provides a multifunctional flashlight to help light up the disc catchers. This has two lights on it, an LED white light and a red/white bar light. It also features a magnetic end. Enabling you to stick it to the basket and chose the light you want to use to make the basket visible. This flash light is also rechargeable. You can purchase this light for $26.49 by clicking here.

 

 

Vibe UV1X

This UV light has an adjustable brightness to it, increasing the strength of the light and the speed to which you can charge your glow discs. This powerful light comes equipped with a mini usb port for recharging. It will also fit nicely in your hand. You can purchase the UV light for $23.99 by clicking here.

 

Infinite Discs Mini UV Light

This mini UV light is a great little light to take on your night rounds to charge your glow discs and to find them in the fairway. This will fit into most bags. Making it easy to bring along on those night rounds. This requires 3 AAA batteries to operate it, batteries are included. This is available for $7.99 by clicking here.

 

Mini Markers

 

Vibe Resin Minis

Vibe Disc Golf also has released some resin minis. They’re hand made of a clear resin material, with a unique blend of colors injected or formed inside it. Giving each mini a different swirl, pattern, or burst of color. These are durable and meant to be used during your game as your mini. You can purchase glow mini for $13.99 here, or a non-glow mini for $12.99 here.

 

Infinite Discs Rescue Retriever

The Infinite Discs branded Rescue Retriever is the newest retriever to enter the market. This pole boasts a telescoping pole that can extend to 16 feet and retract to a little under 2 feet long. You will be able to securely grab your runaway discs with this dual claw head. This hook works well at grabbing the outer rim as well as the inner rim the disc. The rescue retriever also features a foam grip. Which enables a nice and comfortable grip, all the while allowing for good control over the pole.

These are available now on InfiniteDiscs.com/Products/Retrievers/18209/Infinite-Discs-Rescue-Retriever. For the release of these retrievers, they are on sale for the week. You can grab yourself one for $24.99, regular price is $27.99.

TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – JANUARY 12TH 2021

Welcome to the first Top 20 Tuesday chart! Every week we take a look at the twenty top-selling discs on the Infinite Discs website, broken down by plastic type as well. So these are the top sellers for the last seven days in order:

Top Twenty Tuesday for January 12th 2021

#1 – Gummy C-Blend EMPEROR
#2 – I-Blend Centurion
#3 – S-Blend Centurion
#4 – Swirly S-Blend X-Out EMPEROR
#5 – Egg Shell TYRANNOSAURUS REX
#6 – Signature Swirly S-Blend EMPEROR
#7 – I-Blend SPHINX
#8 – Base Grip P MODEL S
#9 – D-Blend ALPACA
#10 – Signature Swirly S-Blend SPHINX
#11 – Star X-Out DESTROYER
#12 – I-Blend X-Out SPHINX
#13 – BaseGrip P MODEL US
#14 – Star X-Out MAKO3
#15 – Z Line UNDERTAKER
#16 – Lucid X Chameleon GETAWAY
#17 – Star X-Out WRAITH
#18 – X-Blend ALPACA
#19 – Star WRAITH
#20 – Swirly S-Blend PHARAOH

This week’s chart is only the 2nd of 2021, and once again it is a bizarre one due to the lack of inventory coming from the major brands. Infinite Discs models dominated the charts, since it is what we have in stock, while Discraft dropped down to one model on the chart, and Innova dropped to four. A couple of the Prodigy Ace Line putters made the top 20 this week. The Tyrannosaurus Rex took the number 5 spot, as almost any of the ultra lightweight Dino Disc models that comes in stock sells rapidly.

Here is a look at how many times the different brands appeared in this week’s chart:

–> 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 number 5 spot this week was taken by the Tyrannosaurus Rex, which was a pretty random and unexpected restock, so nobody predicted that disc for the week. Try again for next week’s chart!

NEXT WEEK: Guess the #6 spot for next week. The first person to get it right (include the disc model and plastic type) will win!

THANKS FOR READING AND WATCHING EACH WEEK!

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