The new year is here and Discraft is ready to roll with the new Paul McBeth Signature Series lineup. They have announced four molds that will carry the “First Run” Paul McBeth Signature stamp. These molds are:
These discs will be available to purchase on January 11th. These discs carry the “First Run” text on the stamp, so future stamps will likely not be the same. We know these quantities are limited from Discraft, and we stocked up on as many as we could. We should have a great selection on January 11th. You can find where these specific discs will be listed by clicking on the disc name above.
This is presumably the Luna putter that was PDGA approved on the 28th of December, however we will list it as it’s own mold for now. This new Paul McBeth prototype putter will be made in a special blend of plastic, combining Jawbreaker plastic and a rubber blend. The flight ratings are 3, 4, 0, 2, making it a stable putter. We don’t know much else about the putter until it arrives, but we will keep you updated!
Discraft has a lot going on right now, and to add to the fun, they’ve added three new molds to their lineup. These molds are presumably for Paul McBeth, the newest and biggest edition to their time. It has not been confirmed that these molds are McBeth related, but one can only guess.
The Raptor’s dimensions place it around speed 9. This disc has been a Test Flight mold out on the market. People have compared it to a Flat Top Firebird, or a Felon. This could be another great mold for McBeth to bag.
The Luna is a new putter, based on it’s dimensions. It’s close to an Aviar, with some subtle differences. Some people are guessing that this will be Paul McBeth’s new putting putter, while others guess that the “Luna” is his replacement for the “Nova“, and that he will use it for upshots.
Time will tell if any of these predictions are correct, but with the timing at hand, we can only guess that McBeth had some say in these molds’ design.
Discraft has been in the spotlight since Paul McBeth made the transition to Team Discraft. This is perfect timing for the first wave of 2019 Ledgestone Edition Discs! These discs are a fundraiser for the 2019 Ledgestone Insurance Open, a massive tournament in Peoria, IL. Let’s take a look at these awesome releases:
New Full Foil Artwork
To start off, we’ll show off these four new incredible art pieces, available on the Full Foil Buzzz. We have the Grateful Buzzz, the Fire Buzzz, the Buzzz Saw, and the Sugar Buzzz. These discs can be found alongside the other Full Foil artwork here. These discs look great on the wall or out on the course, glimmering in the sun.
Swirly ESP Glo Buzzz OS
This the first time we’ve seen the Buzzz OS in Swirly ESP Glo plastic. This is a fairly new plastic that we don’t see a lot of molds produced in. The Buzzz OS is an amazing mid-range disc that we are particularly happy to see made in this awesome plastic blend.
The Zone makes it’s debut in Glo Sparkle plastic in this round of 2019 Ledgstone discs. This is another new plastic for this ever popular mold. The Zone is the perfect overstable approach disc for all of your upshot needs. It’s trustworthy in all weather conditions, and is one of Discraft’s hottest sellers.
Paul McBeth has announced that the Force will be one of his main distance drivers in 2019. Subsequently, our sales for the Force have spiked as people want one in their hands to see what it’s all about.
As we look forward to 2019, we are excited to see what new molds are released! Lucky for us, we can take a sneak peak at four new molds from Latitude 64 and Dynamic Discs. These molds were all PDGA approved in November 2018 and are set to release in 2019. Let’s take a look!
The Recoil has also been announced on Latitude 64’s website, giving us a little more information on the disc. The Recoil has flight ratings of 12, 4, 0, 3. Latitude 64’s description says that it will be a comfortable disc to throw with reliable fade at the end of the flight.
The Pioneer is a new fairway/control driver announced by Latitude 64. They give it flight ratings of 9, 3, 0, 4. These are the same flight ratings as the Firebird, one of Innova’s most popular overstable fairway drivers. Latitude says this disc will have a very flat top, making it a perfect choice for sidearm throws. This disc also compares closely to the Felon – Dynamic Disc’s overstable and flat fairway driver. We’re excited to see how it flies!
The Guard was PDGA approved recently, but not a lot of other information has been announced about it yet. The dimensions of the Guard can help tell a story, though. It has very similar dimensions to the popular Judge. The Guard is just a touch smaller in diameter, a tiny bit taller, and has a slightly skinnier rim. This leads us to believe this will be a new putter, but that is all we know at this time!
The Vandal is another disc that has been approved by the PDGA, but not announced by Dynamic Discs. A look at the dimensions tells us at it is likely a new fairway driver around speed 8. This is due to the rim thickness being the same as the Witness and Thief. Again, not much is known at this time, but we’re excited to get this in our hands!
On a more controversial side note: The Vandal is the name of a prototype Legacy Discs mid-range mold. In 2018 some samples of the Legacy Discs Vandal had been floating around, but the disc was never PDGA approved. Unfortunately, to be PDGA approved, two discs can not have the same name, so Dynamic Discs might have beat Legacy to the punch.
We all heard the big announcement yesterday. Paul McBeth and Innova have parted ways for the 2019 season. Where will he go? It has not been confirmed yet, but the biggest speculation out there is that he will join the ranks of Team Discraft.
But, how does this effect sales? Let’s take a look! We snagged the sales data over the past week for Star Destroyers and the entire brand of Discraft to take a look. Let’s start off with Star Destroyers. (Like always, we cannot disclose exact sales numbers, but can show trends.)
Star Destroyer sales rocketed through the roof on Halloween after Innova’s announcement. People are stocking up on the McBeth stamped discs. We also saw higher trends in Roc3s, Thunderbirds, Novas, and even Kraits. While it is unknown how many of these discs remain at Innova’s warehouse, people aren’t taking any risks. Some people see these discs as an investment, and others as a piece of history.
Now let’s take a look at the Discraft sales for the week, just for fun.
Discraft did have a bump in sales after Halloween’s announcement, but not nearly as massive as the Star Destroyers. This is likely because it is not confirmed where McBeth will make his new home. However the rumors and speculation most often place him with Discraft.
Will these trends change going forward? We will see!
We’re back again with more Disc Data! This time we take a look at the top selling molds from Dynamic Discs, Latitude 64, and Westside Discs. (Aka: Trilogy). We’re going to break it down by brand first, and then show them all compared together. Plus, at the end we will look at a summary of the three brand sales compared to each other.
Let’s kick it off with Dynamic Discs:
Right off we see that three putters, the Judge, Warden, and Deputy take the top three spots. To me this isn’t too surprising, as these putters have always sold well. The Deputy is the newest of the three and has climbed it’s way up the ranks since it’s release. Nothing else too crazy here, just cool data.
From Latitude 64 we see that another putter, the Pure takes first place by a good margin. The River follows up in second place. This isn’t too surprising, as this is a super popular disc for beginners and lower arm speeds. The Dagger has taken a fall though- it used to be the best seller of Latitude a couple of years ago due to Ricky Wysocki’s growing popularity. Recently the Dagger has slowed down a little bit, but still remains the third highest selling Latitude 64 disc, which is nothing to scoff at.
Wow. The Harp has truly shown it’s dominance this year by holding that number one spot and beating the Destiny by about triple. The best sellers drop off fast here, and then remain fairly steady throughout the rest of the molds. People really love the Harp, what more can be said?
But what do these sales look like against each other? Let’s take a look at all of the brands compared side by side:
Here we see that putters capture the top 5 spots of all three brands. The Judge still squeaks ahead of the Harp for the top spot! Do you see anything that intrigues you? Let me know in the comments!
Finally, let’s look at the brand sales compared to each other.
I thought this data was interesting. We start off with discs sold by brand. This is the total number of units sold by brand compared to each other. (Sorry, can’t reveal exact figures.) The second graph shows how many molds each brand has in production. A mold was counted if we sold any of it during the last year. So some OOP molds may still be counted if we still have remaining inventory to be sold.
The last graph represents the average number of discs sold per mold. We took the number of discs sold over the last year and divided it by the number of molds this brand produces.
This data shows some interesting things. First of all, Dynamic Discs holds 42.2% of the sales of the three Trilogy brands. However, Latitude 64 has 56 molds as compared to 32 and 31 from Dynamic and Westside. With nearly double the molds, but only a third of the molds sold, this shows as Latitude has the lowest average number of discs sold per mold. Westside Discs overtakes in this final category, proving that its few molds still hold a lot of power. This could be due to the Harp alone, or because of their unique stamps.
Do you notice anything else interesting? Let me know! Hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks’ Disc Data!
Here we are again with some more Disc Data for you! These time we’re taking a look at MVP & Axiom molds! I chose the last 12 months for this data, so it’s Sept. 2017 to Sept. 2018. Here’s the data, then we’ll discuss!
So what do we notice? I noticed two main things:
First off the Envy! The number one selling mold is by far the Envy, and rightfully so. The Envy is Axiom’s most popular Putt & Approach disc, most commonly used as a driving putter. The Envy sales about doubled those of the Volt, the top selling driver.
Second, let’s talk about the three top selling drivers, the Volt, Photon, and Tesla. These are all awesome discs that are widely loved among MVP & Axiom fans. What I find interesting, however, is that these three molds are the only three molds that are produced in Fission plastic. Even more interesting, though, is that the top selling plastic for each of these drivers is Fission plastic! That begs the question, would MVP & Axiom fans want more molds produced in Fission plastic?
Leave a comment with your opinion and any questions you have!
The Tempest is a new understable distance driver, with the flight numbers of 13, 5, -3, 2. This is DGA’s third new mold of 2018, and we’re super excited for it’s release. This disc looks like it should achieve maximum distance for slower arms and huge turnover shots for big arms. While we haven’t thrown this disc yet, its numbers suggest big glide, lots of turn, but still a decent amount of fade.
The First Flight edition will feature artwork by John Dorn with only 750 available. There will be regular First Flight stamps in the mix as well, before they switch to the regular stock stamp.
The Tempest is set to be released on Friday, September 14th.
If you are waiting for these discs to be in stock, be sure to set up an inventory alert here on the Tempest page. You can also see some finer details, such as the dimensions of the disc.