New Disc Golf Discs: Anvil & War Horse

Westside Discs releases two new molds!

The Anvil and the War Horse are now out in the wild, and so far, the feedback is great! Both discs bring a new level of stability to Westside Discs‘ lineup.

The War Horse – 13, 4, 0, 4

The War Horse is Westside Discs’ most overstable driver to date, boasting a 4 fade. This is a thick rim, very stable disc for those big arms out there. This is the perfect disc for tackling strong head winds, or getting big distance with big throws.

To me, I feel as if the Warhorse fits right between the Giant and the Stiletto.  It throws how I wanted the Giant to throw, something really overstable, but not so much that it will fade out unless I get everything I have into it.  I was consistently getting more distance than I got with my Stiletto and way more consistent finishes than with my Giant.  It’s like a mellow or a real beat in Stiletto, something that will no doubt finish with a good fade, but won’t come out of the turn too fast.

 

     – MeyerTech, Infinite Discs Review

Click here to see full details and reviews on the brand new War Horse!

The Anvil – 4, 2, 0, 4

The Anvil is a brand new, very overstable mid range disc. Built to have more overstability than the Bard, the Anvil is Westside Discs’ answer to the Dynamic Discs Justice. The bead-less rim feels very comfortable in the hand and makes for a clean release.

Even before the Anvil was released, it was being compared to the Justice from Dynamic Discs. As Westside is part of the Trilogy, this made a decent amount of sense. I own a Justice, and it sits around collecting dust because I have no need for such a beefaroni. It was with trepidation, then, that I picked up an Anvil. Being a total sucker for Westside Discs, I am pleasantly surprised with this disc, and it made the bag straight away!

 

– BigCountry83, Infinite Discs Review

Click here to see full details and reviews on the brand new Anvil!

 

Jessica Weese Tour Support Signature Stamp

We’re excited to announce that we now have Jessica Weese’s Tour Support Signature Stamps available on four molds:

Star Destroyer
Star Wraith
Champion Thunderbird
KC Pro Aviar

Click “Select Your Disc” and find her stamps! Alternatively, you can use Advanced Disc Search and sort by Stamp and Brand and find her stamp, as well as other Pro stamps.

Jessica picked these four molds that she wanted to see her tour support stamp on. These stamps support Jessica’s on her tour! This is the first time we’ve had a Pro Signature Stamp made to stamp on several molds, and it’s a program we hope to continue with many pros. (Be on the lookout for a cool Garrett Gurthie stamp soon!)

 

The TOMB Has Been Opened for Putt and Approach

INFINITE DISCS is proud to introduce a unique and trustworthy putt-and-approach disc, THE TOMBWe wanted to add a disc to the line-up that can be used for putting with precision, long-distance accuracy, but that also works as a great upshot and driving putter. The Tomb features a flat top and a comfortable, smooth, beaded rim that feels great for driving or putting. Feel confident outside the circle with the Tomb. Or unleash it for your longer approaches, knowing that it will hold the line and fly straight with only a gentle end fade.

Speed: 3.0 / Glide: 4.0 / Turn: 0.0 / Fade: 1.0

The Tomb has been introduced in durable, smooth S-Blend plastic for the first run.  The upcoming 2nd run will be presented in D-Blend for a softer, more grippy putter feel.

Alex Geisinger MYTH

Infinite Discs is happy to support Alex Geisinger in his 2018 professional disc golf season with a signature MYTH putter in P-Blend plastic. Alex is a fan of the Myth and now you can pick up this debut putter from the Infinite Discs disc line with his awesome signature stamp. The P-Blend plastic is durable with a nice grip, similar to KC Pro or McPro plastic from Innova. The Myth is a straight-to-overstable putter with a comfortable, beaded rim.

Flight numbers are: Speed 2 / Glide 3 / Turn 0 / Fade 2

PICK UP THE SIGNATURE P-BLEND MYTH HERE

The MYTH is also available in D-Blend (compare to Innova DX plastic) and a very limited run of X-Blend (compare to Innova XT).

2018 State of Disc Golf Survey: Disc Golf Growth

Disc golfers have been purposeful and proactive about growing their sport since Steady Ed Headrick installed the first permanent ‘Pole Hole’ course in Pasadena, California more than 40 years ago.

Most of us are familiar with the hashtag #GrowTheSport (and the more recent #GrowDiscGolf). The shared belief behind the rallying cry began with the first disc golf pioneers and became an integral part of the sport’s very personality as it spread to the next generation of new players, and then the next. The conviction that we have a duty to share the sport is encoded in the DNA of every diehard player and has been for decades, long before the advent of social media.

The 2018 State of Disc Golf survey asked several questions that sought to measure and identify the details of this most singular aspect of the sport— a topic which is finally attracting some well-deserved attention. Disc golf’s unstoppable and organic grassroots growth machine is empirically obvious, observable in thousands of communities around the world. In my new book, The Disc Golf Revolution, I dedicate an entire chapter to it and provide numerous examples from around the world. Answers to one question posed in the survey add a degree of quantification to one of the book’s main assertions: disc golfers do more than talk the talk.

When asked “In 2017, which did you do to grow the sport,” 88 percent of the 5,952 who responded said they had introduced at least one new person to the game, and 83 percent said they had given discs or other equipment to a prospective or new disc golfer. More than 20 percent said they had participated in local government affairs in support of disc golf. That is 1,260 people from this small sampling alone who are attending city council meetings and calling their representatives at minimum, with many also dedicating countless hours to work hands-on in partnership with civic leaders. Aside from its broad appeal and accessibility, this is the main reason disc golf enjoys such robust growth and can look forward to more of the same. Other impressive results included:

  • Helped physically install a new course (16 percent)
  • Ran a tournament or similar event (15.9 percent)
  • Ran a disc golf league (14.4 percent)
  • Ran an event or clinic aimed at attracting new players (11.6 percent)
  • Designed a disc golf course (9.8 percent)

If we were forced to identify from these responses something the disc golf community might do better in the future, I would point to the fact that the responses are lower for running an event to bring in new players than for running disc golf leagues and tournaments. The latter are aimed mostly at players who are already enamored with the sport, whereas the former seeks to bring new people into the fold.

Tipping Point?

Other survey questions sought to determine the rate of growth in disc golf, and whether it is accelerating in recent years (Spoiler Alert: the answer is ‘Yes’). The answers corroborate player and course growth data that is already available from the Professional Disc Golf Association and DGCourseReview.com, and I believe they also indicate an important shift in the public perception of disc golf. Whereas growth in the past was almost entirely due to the unceasing efforts of those early disc golf pioneers — steady progress despite stiff headwinds — today the efforts of an even greater number of disc golf diehards are bolstered rather than buffeted by external forces. They are more often welcomed now, if not summoned, by local governments and school officials.
Infinite received more than 11,000 replies to the survey question ‘When did you begin playing golf?’ Nearly 75 percent named a year between 2006 and 2018, and less than 20 percent selected 2000 or earlier.

A closer examination of the more recent years helps us to nail down when the shift I mentioned began. 2006-2010 accounts for 16.5 percent, while nearly half of all respondents indicated a year between 2013 and 2017.

Another question asked disc golfers how many permanent courses within a 10-mile radius of their homes had been added and deleted in 2017, and the responses unsurprisingly reflected growth across the board. 20 percent of the 6,230 survey takers reported one new course, and 5 percent reported 2 or more. Less than one in 10 reported a course closure near them in 2017, a figure that looks strong compared to the ‘courses added’ responses. But that number will likely fall even lower as the sport’s popularity continues to rise and less courses are installed on a provisional basis.

All the available data from Infinite and elsewhere confirm that disc golf has entered a new phase of growth. The world is noticeably more receptive to and knowledgeable about the game, and the pace of its expansion is ratcheting higher and higher. The foundation of organic, grassroots support? It’s alive and well, bigger and stronger than ever.

New 2018 Signature Discs from Discraft

DISCRAFT has just released a new line of signature discs to support their touring pros for the 2018 season. These discs come in very attractive Glo Swirly ESP plastic, so the swirls and colors come with a subtle glow-in-the-dark effect. Here are the discs in this year’s pro series:

Austin Turner Glo Swirly ESP VULTURE

Tim Barham Glo Swirly ESP CRANK

Nate Doss Glo Swirly ESP BUZZZ

Valarie Jenkins Glo Swirly ESP THRASHER

Michael Johansen Glo Swirly ESP COMET

Throw some really cool discs and support some awesome pro players! Go Team Discraft!

Also be sure to check out all of the 2018 Ledgestone Open tournament fundraiser discs now in stock at Infinite Discs.

 

 

 

How Do We Feel About Out-of-Bounds

One of the questions on the 2018 State of Disc Golf Survey asked disc golfers how they feel about out-of-bounds rules. It was a straight-forward question and the breakdown of the responses is pretty basic. While some players feel strongly in favor of, or against the use of “OB” in the game, most players seem indifferent and feel like the use of Out-of-Bounds is generally fine.

These were the possible responses:

–> I don’t like OB and feel it should only be implemented when necessary.  16.9%

–> I feel indifferent about OB. Some OB is good, and other OB detracts from disc golf. 64.6%

–> I like lots of OB and feel that added OB enhances the disc golf experience. Bring on the islands! 14.8%

–> N/A I don’t play out-of-bounds rules anyway. 3.7%

It appears that most players understand that OB lines can be necessary to discourage players from crossing fairways or throwing toward areas where discs shouldn’t fly. But when it comes to adding more OB’s just for the sake of adding difficulty to the course, slightly more players appear to feel that it can go too far (16.9%) while a slightly smaller number feel like more OB lines add to the experience (14.8%).

We asked our own crew what they felt about OB lines, and while most are as indifferent as the majority of survey participants, the most poignant response was from our Open level player. He basically said that OB’s which are drawn artificially around naturally occurring hazards, like trees or rough terrain, should be removed. Why? Because if you throw into those areas, then navigating out of the rough terrain or throwing out of trees can be like a penalty stroke already– you either pay the price by wasting a throw to get back onto the fairway, or you prove your skill by escaping unscathed. He feels that any time a stroke is added to his score card that he did not throw, it is unwarranted. The exception would be obvious out-of-bounds lines that protect other fairways, roads, foot traffic areas, etc.

If you have opinions about OB’s that you’d like to share, please feel free to leave comments below.

The Infinite Discs MYTH and SPHINX

Infinite Discs is continuing to build a balanced line of branded discs manufactured by Innova. The 2018 year has already brought the Exodus fairway driver, the Chariot mid-range, and the Pharaoh distance driver. We’ve now added to more discs to that lineup, both released at the end of April 2018.

THE MYTH

The Myth First Run is in P-Blend plastic, which is a stiff pro blend which works great for both driving and putting. There was also a first run VIP Club edition in grippy X-Blend plastic. Though the VIP Club stamped versions were only available to the VIP Club members, there were a few of the X-Blend discs remaining which were bottom-stamped if you want a grippy version of the Myth. You can find the few remaining X-Blend Myth putters HERE.

THE SPHINX

The first run Sphinx was released in I-Blend plastic which is a special blend made by Innova for Infinite Discs. It is durable, yet has good flexibility and grip. This is a great disc for beginners and experienced players alike and is available in a variety of weights from below 150 grams (awesome for kids) up to max weight 175 grams.

Check out this wonderful video review which also shows the flights patterns for the Sphinx.

Watch for more discs coming on the Infinite Discs brand in 2018!

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