TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – APRIL 20TH 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 April 20th 2021

#1 – Z Midnight ZONE
#2 – Eclipse 2.0 ENVY
#3 – K1 GRYM X
#4 – Classic Blend EMAC JUDGE
#5 – Discraft Special Blend LUNA
#6 –  Star X-Out DESTROYER
#7 – Pro X-Out WRAITH
#8 – Neutron CRAVE
#9 –D-Blend ALPACA
#10 – Gummy C-Blend PHARAOH
#11 – Cosmic Neutron CRAVE
#12 – ESP BUZZZ
#13 – Lucid EVADER
#14 – Star X-Out WRAITH
#15 – Prime EMAC JUDGE
#16 – Prime Burst JUDGE
#17 – Z Line ZONE
#18 – ESP STALKER
#19 – Star WRAITH
#20 – Lucid RENEGADE

The number one spot on the chart this week is the Z Midnight ZONE. If you like black discs and the Zone, then Z Midnight a match made in heaven. The Eclipse 2.0 ENVY came in at a strong second place, also a popular approach putter. The K1 GRYM X by Kastaplast took the #3 spot, very good for a small brand that has been growing in demand more every year.

Dynamic Discs had a very strong week with the new EMAC JUDGE taking two spots, plus the original JUDGE taking a spot, plus the new Lucid EVADER and a limited edition of the Lucid RENEGADE also entering the top 20. Here is a look at how many times each brand showed up on 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 – This week the #8 spot is the Neutron Crave. It looked like Pedro Pascal was going to win, but he didn’t put “neutron” as the plastic type. Way to go Pedro! Back to the Mandalorian with you!

NEXT WEEK: Guess the #9 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!

Dynamic Discs New Release

Dynamic Discs has recently come out with some new Discs to the market. They have also released a disc in a new plastic.

the EMac Judge

the Emac Judge was released on March 18, 2021 in Classic Blend. It is now available in Prime and in Classic Blend. It is available for purchase now, depending on the plastic you can purchase it here for $8.99 or $10.99.

This is a stable, go-to, putt & approach disc with a very straight flight path. This is Eric McCabe’s variant of the well-beloved Judge. It has a very similar flight path to the Judge. But offers a very different in-hand feel with the microbead.

the Evader

April 15, 2021 is the initial release for the Dynamic Discs Evader. The initial release was in the Lucid plastic. It is available for $14.99 here.

The Evader is meant to be a go-to fairway driver. Its overstability and low speed make for a straight flying disc with a reliable fade at the end. The Evader is a dependable disc that will become your workhorse for various types of shots.

the Sergeant

The Sergeant has been around for a while, but Dynamic Discs has released it in Fuzion plastic. Check this disc out now, you can purchase this for $15.99 here.

The Sergeant is an excellent distance driver with a crossover feel – it is not as fast as the Raider, but faster than the Getaway. It is an excellent disc for throws that a fairway driver may not reach, but you’re not a fan of powering down. It’s a comfortable disc for both backhand and forehand with a nice dose of stability to give you an end fade.

 

Introducing Dino Discs

We’ve travelled around the world during this blog series to introduce you to disc golf companies that might not be as mainstream as the larger manufacturers. For this one, we head home. In this case, ‘home’ refers to Logan, Utah. Logan happens to be the home of Infinite Discs. And Dino Discs. Sort of.

Logan is located in Cache Valley Utah. It is about 90 minutes north of Salt Lake, and less than an hour from Ogden, home of the 2021 PDGA World Championships! Cache Valley is clean, quiet place that is surrounded by mountains. There is nearby fishing, hunting, hiking, two ski resorts, and as of this writing, not a single 18-hole disc golf course in the valley. Cache Valley is also where you’ll find Dino Discs.

Interesting History

To tell the full history of Dino Discs, we have to take a little journey back in time and place. In our journey we’ll learn about a few different disc golf companies, and pay homage to a passed disc golfer. And we’ll meet several people who had a common goal: to grow the sport. The time we will start with is a little over a decade ago. The place is Illinois.

Winding Back the Clock

In 2010, long time disc golfer Dan Pastore received PDGA approval for several new molds for his new, Illinois-based company, ABC Discs. He saw the growth of the sport he loved, disc golf, and knew that there was a need for new manufacturers to help with the growing demand for discs. Dan combined his love of disc golf with his desire to find a career that fit him, and ABC Discs was born.

During the next ten years, Dan grew the company and helped grow the sport. He added another mold to his catalogue, and continued to promote disc golf. Sadly, last November Dan Pastore, PDGA #4320, passed away. With his passing, the future of ABC Discs was on hold.

Resurrecting Old Molds

Last year, in addition to Dan’s passing, the owner of Zing Mini Discs, Craig Myers, sent some discs to Infinite Discs that were made using ABC molds, but with the plastic he used for his minis. Although the discs were too light for a majority of the mainstream disc golf market, Infinite Discs’ Vice President Todd Durrant thought that the discs would be good for kids or people who can’t throw heavier discs.

With all of the disc shortages last year, Infinite was eager to get any discs possible, so they ordered a few hundred of the light ABC molds from Zing to test the market and see how they sold. Since the discs were primarily for kids and dinosaurs are popular among kids, the decision was made to call the discs “Dino Discs.” The molds would be named after dinosaurs.

Success!

The order of discs arrived. Some dinosaur shape images were licensed and Kesler Martin, the manager of Infinite Discs’ stamping department, touched them up for the simple stamps. They were added to the Infinite Discs website. Much to their surprise, the discs sold out quickly. Another batch was ordered then stamped, and they sold out as fast as they were put online. Infinite Discs was surprised to discover that their was such a high demand for ultra-light discs.

Since Zing was busy with their own business during the pandemic, they were not able to keep up with the demand for the light discs. It was during a conversation with Gateway Discs’ Dave McCormack that he offered a contribution to the Dino Discs lineup from Gateway. They could also make ultra-lightweight discs using some of their easy-to-throw molds. With the ten total molds sold under the Dino Discs name, five came from ABC molds and five came from Gateway molds.

With Gateway operating out of Missouri, Zing Mini Discs in Indiana, ABC discs in Illinois, and Infinite Discs based in Utah, Dino Discs is a multi-state disc golf collaboration, showing how several companies can work together to create a product that is needed in the disc golf community. Since there are multiple companies involved in the production, there are different ways to look at the most popular plastics. The best-selling molds are a little easier to analyze.

The Best of Dino

The top molds are the Spinosaurus, Pterodactylus, and Brontosaurus. Those are a control driver, distance driver, and midrange, respectively. The best-selling plastics are broken down by manufacturers. From Zing/ABC Discs, the Egg Shell Plastic is the best-selling. For Gateway Discs, the Extinct plastic is number one. Both of these plastics are colorful and sparkly, adding to their appeal.

When it comes to the PDGA, Dino Discs and their molds present an interesting case. None of the discs offered by Dino are currently approved by the PDGA for use in a sanctioned tournament. Since all of the molds have already been approved when ABC and Gateway originally released the molds, Dino Discs is hoping to get the discs approved without having to resubmit the molds and pay a fee. They are currently working out the details with the PDGA. Until the molds get approved, they will remain unapproved to play in a sanctioned event.

Moving Forward

What does the future look like for Dino Discs? Although there aren’t immediate plans to release new molds, there is a possibility that more could be added to the line later. Right now, the goal is to make enough of the discs fill the existing demand. Infinite Discs has started selling the Dino Discs line to other retailers who have found the same need in their communities and among their customers. You can ask your favorite retailer to stock these fun, lightweight discs and Infinite Discs will gladly support their efforts.

Dino Discs has certainly tapped into a market that wants and needs light, easy to throw discs. The rapid sales and increased interest is evidence of the need for this kind of disc. Kids like the discs, too. One of the sons of the owner of Infinite even got his first birdie with the Spinosaurus!

Although we’ve learned in this blog about Dino Discs and its success in the disc golf world, the brand has a unique distinction: It really isn’t a single company! It’s really a brand made out of experimental products by four different collaborating disc golf companies. That’s the power of some good ideas!

 

Check out Infinite Discs’ line of Dino Discs here:

https://infinitediscs.com/category/Dino-Discs

Check out Dino Discs here:

https://dinodiscs.com

 

 

Comment About Dino Discs

 

We want to hear from you about DIno Discs! And we’ll give a disc to three random commenters. To be eligible, answer one of the questions below:

If you or someone you know has thrown a Dino Disc, which have you thrown?

If you haven’t tried one yet, which would you like for yourself, or someone who needs light discs?

We will choose the winners and post them next week when we feature our next disc golf brand.

 

Last Week: Yikun Discs

 

Last week we looked at Yikun Discs. We selected three random people who commented on that blog. Here are the winners:

Brian D

Mathew S

Kenneth E

Congrats! We’ll ship your disc out shortly.

TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – APRIL 13TH 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 April 13th 2021

#1 – Star X-Out DESTROYER
#2 – Z Line ZONE
#3 – Signature Splatter S-Blend PHARAOH
#4 – Elevation Rubber INTERCEPTOR
#5 – ESP BUZZZ
#6 –  Star DESTROYER
#7 – ESP AVENGER SS
#8 – Star WRAITH
#9 – Egg Shell PTERODACTYLUS
#10 – Prime Burst JUDGE
#11 – ESP STALKER
#12 – Egg Shell TRICERATOPS
#13 – Champion X-Out FIREBIRD
#14 – I-Blend X-Out PHARAOH
#15 – Champion FIREBIRD
#16 – Splatter S-Blend X-Out PHARAOH
#17 – Egg Shell STEGOSAURUS
#18 –Star X-Out LEOPARD
#19 – DX CLASSIC AVIAR
#20 – I-Blend X-Out SPHINX

The chart this week reflects what happens when inventory begins to drop very low on some of the top molds. We see several X-Outs on the chart, since those are the discs still available for some popular models. The Allison Haggett Signature Splatter PHARAOH had a strong debut at the #3 spot, trailing the #1 Star X-Out Destroyer and the #2 Z Line Zone. There were three Dino Discs in the mix this week as well.

We expect some new releases in the coming week so we’ll see more of a battle for the top spots. Here is a look at how many times the different brands appeared on 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 – This week the #7 spot is the ESP Avenger SS, which was guessed by the same guy who picked last week’s correct disc…Jared. Two weeks in a row. Great job!

NEXT WEEK: Guess the #8 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!

Introducing Allison Haggett of the Signature Team

Welcome Allison Haggett to the Infinite Discs Signature Team! Allison is from Bowdoin, Maine and competes in the FPO division. This is her first year on the Signature Team, and we were fortunate enough to get to learn a bit more about her!

How did you get started in disc golf?

When I met my husband in 2014 he played disc golf almost daily.  I didn’t tag along much as I didn’t like playing with men who could outdrive me constantly.  I felt like I was a burden.  Flash forward to 2016, I went and watched the United States Women’s Disc Golf Championships that was held here in Maine and I was hooked!  I jumped in full force in 2017 and started playing and competing in the FA1 division.  I have always been a competitive person so having a sport that I could compete in as an adult was fascinating to me.  I’ve never looked back!

 

 

Is there anyone in particular you look up to or admire in the game?

When I started playing I was star-struck by Paige Pierce and her determination and skills in the sport.  I was always watching FPO coverage and trying to learn the ins and outs of the sport.  I will always look up to Paige and her domination in this sport, but I also look up to Jessica Weese, Kona Panis and Des Reading for all they do to grow the sport and their amazing talents on the course.

 

What is your favorite type of shot to throw?

I love throwing a flippy driver through a wooded fairway and watching it carve through the trees.  We have a lot of wooded golf here in New England so those shots are a must have in the bag.  I also love throwing putters off the tee, I think it’s such a smooth clean shot.  

 

Which of your disc golf achievements are you most proud of?

Having my own signature disc and making the Infinite Signature team!  This was a dream of mine when I started out and it’s now a reality! Before this achievement I was proud of my AM world showing.  I qualified for AM worlds my first season competing and went down to Charlotte in 2018 to compete in it! I placed 6th behind some pretty big names in the game, which was a huge accomplishment for me.  My goal was to place in the top half and I exceeded that along with making some great connections with some amazing ladies.   

If you could play a round with only three discs, which would they be?

That’s easy! I would use a Pharaoh, Inca and a Cohort! 

Other than disc golf, what else do you enjoy doing?

I am a big outdoorsy girl, when I am not playing disc golf you can usually find me fishing! I enjoy fishing all year round, bike riding, four wheeling, camping, kayaking, etc. 

 

What tips do you have for newer players or players looking to improve their game?

Don’t be intimidated, we all start somewhere! Ask questions about things you are unsure of, it’s better to ask then to keep wondering.  Start with putters to learn control and to work on your form before trying out high speed drivers.  Go to leagues and meet new people! You’d be surprised how much you learn at weekly league nights! 

If people want to follow along on your journey, where can they best follow you?

My Instagram or Facebook

Allison’s Signature Splatter S-Blend Pharaoh is now available, so be sure to get on while you can. Welcome to the Signature Team, Allison! Good luck this season! 

New Release – Ace Line Starter Bag

Prodigy has released a new bag to join the ranks of starter bags. Introducing the Ace Starter Bag. This is now available on InfiniteDiscs.com for $13.99. This bag will also be included in some Ace Line Starter sets, which will be available at a future date.

The Ace Starter Bag is a great beginner bag, and is also perfect for kids. It holds approximately 6-8 discs and has an adjustable shoulder strap. The small Velcro pocket on the side can hold small items, while the larger front pocket can be used for valuables or discs.

Head on over to InfiniteDiscs.com to check out this bag, and shop for all of you disc golf needs.

Factors Influencing Disc Purchases

Disc golf discs on racks for sale

The State of Disc Golf 2021

Factors in Buying a Disc

Three weeks ago we looked at the number of discs that we bought in 2020. On average, we bought around 25 discs each. For the record, according to the survey, we bought over 157,000 discs last year! Of all the discs sold, what factors went into deciding which disc we would buy? This week we’ll take a look at those factors and how heavily they influence our buying decisions. Let’s look at the factors in the order they appeared in the survey. In the survey, we listed the factors, then gave participants the option to choose how much that factor affected our purchases. The options were:

  • Don’t Care At All
  • Not Very Important
  • Semi Important
  • Very Important

 

Obviously, when it comes to buying discs, there are many things that each of us look for. Sometimes we have to sacrifice some of those preferences in order to get a disc. Or, we decide that the available discs don’t check enough of our preference boxes, and we don’t buy until we find a disc that meets more factors. Other times the stars align and we find exactly what we’re looking for. Let’s break it down to the different factors and see how we rate them.

Manufacturer

According to last year and this year’s  survey, only about 5% of us only throw discs from only one manufacturer. An overwhelming majority of us have a mixed bag. That being said, most of us still care about which manufacturer’s disc we will throw. Roughly 82% of us thought it was at least semi-important. That leaves about 18% of us who don’t care much, or at all, about the manufacturer.

I suspect that much of the loyalty we exhibit is because of our familiarity with certain brands. We throw what we know. When it comes to quality discs, even the smaller brands sell discs that are high quality. That doesn’t really matter though if we stick with brands we already know about. We know the flight numbers of the brands we like, and are familiar with the feel of their molds and plastics, so we stick with those. Here is the graph of the results:

Plastic

For most of us, the feel of a disc ranks pretty high on our personal hierarchy of disc factors. Durability is also a reason people give for selecting certain plastics. Flight stability is another reason we gravitate toward one plastic or another. Some of us even change plastics we throw based on the season. Or, more specifically, the temperature we’re playing in. All of the above are factors as to what plastic we throw. According to the survey, nearly all of us, 97% of us, rate plastic as at least semi-important. 65% said it is very important. Here are the numbers:

 

Flight numbers

 

When I first thought about the importance of flight numbers in selecting discs, I thought that nearly everyone would rank that factor highly in the factors that influence our disc buying. I mean, who doesn’t care what the flight number are?! But, then I thought about it pragmatically and thought that it’s really the flight of the disc that we are buying a mold for, not the numbers assigned to its flight. How many of us have multiples of the same mold and even plastic, with each one having a different flight. Whether it is wear, weight, or variations in the manufacturing making the difference, we all know that the flight numbers might not be an indication of the actual flight of the disc.

However, even knowing all that, I think most of us still look at the flight numbers to guide us to the general flight we are looking for. It’s really all we have, short of testing each individual disc before we buy it. It shouldn’t be surprising that the importance is so high.  According to the survey, over 89% of us indicated that it is semi-to-very important. Here is the graph:

Color

It was when I threw my tie-dyed colored Firebird in the reeds at Blind Gulley disc golf course in Providence, UT that I started caring about the color of the discs I was throwing. I really liked how good my Firebird looked, but when I couldn’t find the disc after 20 minutes of looking, I vowed to always choose bright colors to throw. Bright pink is my first choice. Blaze orange is my second choice. Orange can cause trouble in the fall, but most of the year it’s a good color when you’re looking for a lost disc.

I’ve even owned a jet-black disc that was simply beautiful. But I would never want to throw a black disc again. The first time they land in a bush, they disappear in the shadows. That’s where a bright pink or orange disc really shines. Yeah, it’s nice to get a variety of colors. But, I would rather save time hunting for discs by bagging easy to find colors. Here’s how the question was answered in the survey:

Weight

Most of my friends that are above a certain skill level like to throw max weight discs. It’s easier for them to control the disc to get the flight they want for a given hole. Most of my friends above a certain age like to throw discs that are quite a bit less than max weight. Generating the arm speed is easier, and sometimes only possible, if the disc is lighter than max. Based on those and other scenarios (beginners, power throwers, injured players, etc.), it’s easy to see the importance of weight in determining which discs we buy. The survey results indicate that weight is important to most of us. Over 93% of us rank weight as an important factor. Here are the numbers:

Stamp/Artwork

I like this factor for a couple reasons. First, I collect discs and have bought quite a few simply because of a cool or unusual stamp. Second, I see a lot of people interested in a particular disc because of the stamp. Yes, I would guess that good looking stamps and artwork, outside of collecting, is just a nice bonus for most people. But, a lot of us seek out cool stamps, so I figured a decent number of people would indicate that stamps are important.

It turns out that only 15.6% of us think the stamp or artwork is very important. However, more than 58% of us think it is semi or very important. I’m curious to see if the Collectability factor has similar numbers, but first, here are the results of the survey question:

Collectability

 

It turns out that, even though most of us consider the stamp as something that would influence our decision to buy a disc, we are looking at the stamp from an aesthetic point of view, rather than a collector point of view. According to the survey, only 17% of us consider the collectability of a disc as an important factor. Nearly half of us don’t care at all about a discs collectability. Here are the results:

Resale Value

The final factor we asked about was how much we consider the possible resale value when we’re buying discs. It’s no surprise that few of us buy a disc with the thought that we can flip it later for a profit. Only 8.5% of us consider resale value at least semi-important. Judging from the after-market sales web sites, quite a few of us will take advantage of opportunities to make a buck from discs that are hot at the moment (Sexton Firebirds, for example.) But, that is just a small part of the total number of disc golfers. Most of us just buy discs for utility. Here are the results of the Resale Value question:

The factors that determine our disc purchases can be broken down to three groupings. First, the primary reasons we buy a disc. That would be the factors most important to the flight of the disc. Plastic type, weight and the flight numbers. The secondary factors would be those that are important, but less than so than the flight factors. Manufacturer, disc color, and the stamp/artwork on the disc. And the tertiary factors would be the discs collectability and resale value. Here is a list of the factors ranked by importance (Semi and very important):

 

Check back next week for another look at the 2021 State of Disc Golf

 

TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – MARCH 30th and APRIL 6th 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.

We missed a week, so here are two charts– one from the week ending March 30th, and another for the week ending April 6th.

Top Twenty Tuesday for March 30th 2021

#1 – Signature ESP ZEUS
#2 – ESP FORCE
#3 – Z Sparkle ZONE
#4 – Tour Series ESP BUZZZ
#5 – G-Blend EMPEROR
#6 – Star WRAITH
#7 – OS Glo Jawbreaker BUZZZ
#8 – Star DESTROYER
#9 – Cosmic Neutron TRACE
#10 – I-Blend PHARAOH
#11 – Tour Series Z AVENGER SS
#12 – Signature Swirly S-Blend EMPEROR
#13 – ESP HEAT
#14 – C-Line X-Out MD
#15 – C-Blend ANUBIS
#16 – BaseGrip P MODEL S
#17 – Prime Burst JUDGE
#18 – D-Blend MYTH
#19 – Eternal LONGHORN
#20 – Champion MAKO3

Top Twenty Tuesday for April 6th 2021

#1 – Elevation Rubber INTERCEPTOR
#2 – Signature Metal Flake Glow C-Blend PHARAOH
#3 – Star DESTROYER
#4 – Star WRAITH
#5 – DX AVIAR
#6 – Tour Series Galactic AVIAR
#7 – ESP ZONE
#8 – ESP BUZZZ
#9 – Star X-Out DESTROYER
#10 – Signature I-Blend PHARAOH
#11 – BaseGrip P MODEL US
#12 – Cosmic Neutron TRACE
#13 – BaseGrip P MODEL S
#14 – Prime Burst JUDGE
#15 – Star X-Out WRAITH
#16 – I-Blend EXODUS
#17 – Tour Series ESP BUZZZ
#18 –G-Blend EMPEROR
#19 – Halo Star DESTROYER
#20 – Electron PROXY

The chart from two weeks ago shows a big influx of Discraft as some important models were restocked, but that surge definitely died down for the new week as those popular discs sold out quickly. This week’s chart shows a powerful first place showing with the new INTERCEPTOR rubber approach disc from Elevation Disc Golf. This one has really tweaked the interest of many players. The Dave Feldberg Metal Flake Glow PHARAOH also had a stunning 2021 debut with a jump to the number two spot. The Cosmic Neutron TRACE had a couple of good weeks with the new stamp featuring Sarah Hokom signature.

Here’s a look at how many times the different brands showed up in 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 was the one up for guessing a week ago, so we’ll be looking at the first chart on this blog (the one ending March 30th). That spot was the Star WRAITH. It looks like Jared is the winner, picking Star Wraith first. Congrats!

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!

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