State of Disc Golf – Ace Statistics

The All Elusive Ace

Have you ever wondered if you are the only one in the world to not get an ace? We’re going to dive into the cold, hard statistics from this years State of Disc Golf survey to find out how often aces happen, and who they come from most often. First, we’ll look at the straight data to see how many hole-in-ones occurred in 2018.

Alright! So we see that most of you did not card an ace last year. In fact, if we pit the aces against the no-aces, this is what it looks like:

55.8% of survey respondents did not ace in 2018, leaving 44.2% with the excitement of a hole in one! So it seems the disc golf ace might not be all-elusive after all. In fact, there’s a good chance you’ll get an ace this year!

As expected, this is quite different than the traditional golf scene. According to the National Hole-In-One Registry, only 1-2% of ball golfers will capture an ace in a given year. With an estimated 20+ million golfers playing 450 million rounds a year, we see that aces are far more rare.

In contrast, we turn to disc golf and see people reporting 8, 9, and 10+ aces in 2018. But it’s no big surprise aces in disc golf are far more common. Even in disc golf’s top events, several aces are captured on camera each year.

Who Takes the Ace?

Let’s do some cross comparison and see made all of these aces in 2018. Maybe it’ll give us clues on how to snag one ourselves…

Aces by Division

This likely also won’t come as a surprise, but the data backs it up: the higher division you play, the more likely you are to have an ace. About 81% of beginners did not ace in 2018, while only 16% of professionals didn’t. There’s something to be said for skill level and hitting the basket on your first throw.


Aces by Amount Played

No big surprises here either! The more rounds you play in a year, the more likely you are to have an ace. If you only play once a week or less, your chances of an ace are only 21% (still 10 times higher than that of ball golf). If you play every day, there’s only an 18% chance you won’t get an ace. At about 10-14 rounds a month is where you’ll hit the 50/50 chance of getting an ace.

Of course, this all depends on where you play as well.


Aces by Region

Aces by State

The number of reported aces from each state on the State of Disc Golf survey.

This map shows us the raw data of where the most aces occurred based on survey results. Michigan took first, Texas second, then California and Colorado. Pennsylvania had more survey takers than Colorado, but the rate of aces reported was much higher in Colorado, causing it to take fourth place in aces reported. This map coincides almost perfectly with survey data on # of course and players in each state.


Aces Per Capita of Survey Respondents

The number of aces reported per state, divided by the number of respondents per state.

This map is a little fun, and likely not the best way to pick where to hunt your next ace. This map takes the number of aces reported in each state and divides it by the number of survey takers in that state. North Dakota took the number one spot with a reported 17 aces, yet only 9 survey takers, yielding nearly 2 aces per person. Now does this extend to all disc golfers in North Dakota? Probably not. Alaska had a similar story with 27 aces and 16 respondents.

The top dogs in the previous map (Texas, Michigan, California) were taken right back down to normal levels in this map, having less aces than survey respondents.


Thanks for taking time to join us on this ace adventure, and thank you for taking the State of Disc Golf survey and helping us with the data to process. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m packing my bags for North Dakota to get some aces.

Infinite Discs RA Release + All Weekend Infinite Discs SALE!

Introducing the Infinite Discs RA

 

We’re pleased to announce the newest midrange disc in our lineup, the Ra. The stock edition Ra is now available in C-Blend and Metal Flake C-Blend plastic, and to celebrate, we’ve created quite the deal for you!

 

But first, let’s talk about the Ra: The Infinite Discs Ra is a moderately overstable midrange with a very flat top and comfortable, beaded rim. It feels and flies perfectly for both backhand and forehand players. It is difficult to find a midrange that is so easy to control and so precise under multiple course conditions.

Now here’s the deal:

This weekend (4/5/19 – 4/8/19) we’re putting the entire Infinite Discs lineup on sale. This includes the new Ra, allowing you to try it for a discounted price. But wait, there’s more! If you use the discount code RARARA you’ll get an additional 10% off of your Ra!

If you need a new mid to try, today is the day!

Out of the hand, even when thrown with power (or torque) the Ra is quick and straight. As the Ra begins to slow, the fade kicks in. It is neither dumpy nor gradual…the “sweet spot” of fade. This disc is also great for forehand shots. – BigCountry83

The feel of the Ra is fantastic. I have always wanted to like the Roc family, but I despise the rim on them. Mixing the VRoc bottom on the Rocx3 top made for the perfect feel in this disc. The Ra is one of the best feeling midranges in my hands. – Jordan Miller

This a very controllable, stable mid-range, that can definitely fill a slot in your bag if you need a mid that can combine distance with dependable fade.  If you like Roc3-esque discs, this is for you. – BobbyGitr

Paul McBeth Signature Series + NEW Putter

Paul McBeth Signature Series

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:

Signature ESP Buzzz
Signature Elite Z Zone
Signature Elite Z Force
Signature Titanium Undertaker

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.

Paul McBeth Prototype Putter

On January 11th, a new Paul McBeth Prototype Putter will be released. 

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!

Click here to see Paul McBeth Prototype Putter on January 11th!

 

 

Three New Discraft Molds

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 Kong

The Kong’s dimensions place it somewhere in the realm of the Destroyer. We’re looking at a speed 12-13 disc that has been rumored to be a new distance driver for McBeth to bag.

The Raptor

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

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.

2019 Ledgestone fundraiser discs

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.

Grateful Buzzz, Fire Buzzz, Buzzz Saw, Sugar Buzzz

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 Swirly Glo Buzzz OS can be found here!

Buzzz OS Flight Numbers: 5 4 0 3



Glo Sparkle Zone

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.

See the Glo Sparkle Zone here!

Zone Flight Numbers: 4 3 0 3





Les White Bee Collection Expands

We’ve learned a lot about bee species lately with the Les White Bee Collection. The original bee collection was released in Swirly ESP plastic on the Buzzz. It then expanded to include Full Foil editions. Now, with the 2019 Ledgestone Discs, there are five new bees to add to your collection: The Arctic Bee, Wallace’s Giant Bee, Mining Bee, Techno Bee, and Orchid Bee.

Colored Glo Z Force

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.

The Colored Glo Z Force is now available for the first time, allowing people to try the Force in a new plastic. These look beautiful, and you can snag this distance driver here!

Force Flight Numbers: 12 0 5 3


Crazy Tuff Challenger OS

The Crazy Tuff Challenger OS is another new plastic offering in the Ledgestone 2019 releases. This plastic is stiff and strong, hence the name Crazy Tuff.

The Challenger OS is a flat topped, more stable version of the original Challenger.

You can snag the Challenger OS here!

Challenger OS Flight Numbers: 3 5 0 2.5

That is all for the first wave of 2019 Ledgestone Edition discs! Let us know what you think would make a great plastic/mold combo in the comments, we would love to hear your ideas!

Four New Discs Approved for Latitude 64 and Dynamic Discs

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!

Latitude 64 Recoil

PDGA Approved: Nov. 23, 2018

Latitude 64 Recoil Distance Driver

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.

 

Latitude 64 Pioneer

PDGA Approved: Nov. 23, 2018

Latitude 64 Pioneer Fairway Driver

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!

 

Dynamic Discs Guard

PDGA Approved on Nov. 4, 2018

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!

 

Dynamic Discs Vandal

PDGA Approved on Nov. 4, 2018

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.

 

 

Sales Impact of Paul McBeth Leaving Innova

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!

Disc Data: Top Selling Trilogy Molds

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!

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