State of Disc Golf 2015: Most Popular Brands Worldwide

This year we had enough respondents to determine which brand is most popular throughout the world. We actually didn’t bother making a map for the most popular brand, because it would look like this:

It’s true, Innova is the most popular brand in every state and region of the world. We knew that Innova was dominant from the responses in the survey, but to find out they were the favorite brand in every region. We are amazed. Even across the country in “Scandinavia” Innova was still #1. Had we asked specific countries, perhaps Sweden would have been Latitude 64.

We know that from interacting with others, they may disagree. We have seen the comments that say “everybody throws such and such brand where I live.” Our response to that is, you may not know everybody in your state that plays disc golf. In some cases, the sample size should be larger to strongly say that we are strongly confident in these results (more specifically, the results below). For example, we awarded no 2nd place in Wyoming because there is not enough data to determine.

Where things start to get interesting is when we look at where the second most popular brands are found in this image:
2nd-Most-Popular-Brand

Here’s what stood out to us from the image above:

  1. This is a colorful map. Many different brands (outside of Innova) are strongly favored in different parts of the world.
  2. The closer a brand is to its headquarters, it tends to be more highly favored in that area.

Legacy is headquartered in California. What is California and Nevada’s second favorite brand Legacy? DD is in Kansas, and is dominant in the midwest. The exceptions start to come with MVP, where disc golf manufacturuing is

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State of Disc Golf 2015: Popularity Around the World

We had some fun digging much deeper into the data to do some per capita comparisons and are super intrigued by what we have found. According to the data, Maine has more disc golfers per person than anywhere else in the world! Below is information about how popular disc golf is in each state, and region of the world.

For the images below, we did not make a world map, just a United States map. The shades of the lettering on the actual name of the territory (such as Canada) indicates how popular disc golf is in said area. For exact details, scroll to the bottom of this post; we published the number of responses from every region. Africa, South America, and Antarctica were not options in the poll; they will be included next year.

Where today's disc golfers are (number of respondents/ divided by population).  The more popular areas are shaded darker.

Where today’s disc golfers are (number of respondents/ divided by population). The more popular areas are shaded darker.


Disc golf popularity according to Google Trends. This graph adds validity the previous graph, by comparing search data to where respondents are located.  The graphs look incredibly similar.

Disc golf popularity according to Google Trends.
This graph adds validity the previous graph, by comparing search data to where respondents are located. The graphs look incredibly similar.


The exact data used to generate the first map is published here:

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In alphabetical order by “region”

[one_fourth]Region


Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

Asia

Australia

California

Canada

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Europe

Europe – Scandinavia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming
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# Respondents


62

21

57

33

4

30

353

151

132

37

15

1

67

133

134

133

7

52

174

107

82

101

67

29

50

40

124

273

148

26

146

11

20

17

36

32

18

101

232

9

157

95

140

139

4

63

25

119

306

80

16

106

132

10

179

2
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Population (in Millions)

4.78

0.71

6.39

2.92

4,427.00

23.30

37.25

35.16

5.03

3.57

0.90

0.60

722.38

20.12

18.80

9.69

1.36

1.57

12.83

6.48

3.05

2.85

4.34

4.53

1.33

5.77

6.55

9.88

5.30

2.97

5.99

0.99

1.83

2.70

1.32

8.79

2.06

19.38

9.54

0.67

11.54

3.75

3.83

12.70

1.05

4.63

0.81

6.35

25.15

2.76

0.63

8.00

6.72

1.85

5.69

0.56

[/one_fourth][one_fourth_last]Respondents per Million

1.297142771

2.956784483

0.891737303

1.131719068

0.0000000009

0.128755365

0.947550376

0.429465301

2.624674004

1.03522652

1.670501395

0.166189426

0.009274846

0.661165242

0.712716295

1.372881543

0.514591991

3.317210838

1.356129612

1.65026631

2.691741442

3.539986779

1.544003999

0.639700426

3.764037035

0.692814406

1.893815303

2.762140264

2.790386365

0.876218323

2.437832353

1.111768065

1.095085748

0.629501165

2.734585672

0.363971631

0.874134789

0.521206876

2.433017814

1.338108895

1.360897547

2.532420986

3.654327742

1.094283205

0.380023314

1.362054965

3.070574075

1.875165948

1.216914588

2.894476434

2.556968458

1.324830422

1.962959548

0.539667155

3.147537202

0.354845234

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Disc Golf Popularity by Region, Worldwide Ranking

[one_third]Rank


1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

32

33

34

35

36

37

38

39

40

41

42

43

44

45

46

47

48

49

50

51

52

53

54

55

56

N/A

N/A

N/A

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# Respondents


Maine

Oregon

Kansas

Idaho

Wisconsin

South Dakota

Alaska

Utah

Minnesota

Michigan

New Hampshire

Iowa

Colorado

Vermont

Oklahoma

Missouri

North Carolina

Washington

Massachusetts

Tennessee

Delaware

Indiana

Kentucky

Georgia

South Carolina

Ohio

Illinois

North Dakota

Virginia

Alabama

Texas

Arkansas

Montana

Nebraska

Pennsylvania

Connecticut

California

Arizona

Mississippi

New Mexico

Florida

Maryland

Europe – Scandinavia

Louisiana

Nevada

West Virginia

New York

Hawaii

Canada

Rhode Island

New Jersey

Wyoming

District of Columbia

Australia

Europe – Not Scandinavia

Asia

Africa

South America

Antarctica

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Responses Per Million Residents

3.764037035

3.654327742

3.539986779

3.317210838

3.147537202

3.070574075

2.956784483

2.894476434

2.790386365

2.762140264

2.734585672

2.691741442

2.624674004

2.556968458

2.532420986

2.437832353

2.433017814

1.962959548

1.893815303

1.875165948

1.670501395

1.65026631

1.544003999

1.372881543

1.362054965

1.360897547

1.356129612

1.338108895

1.324830422

1.297142771

1.216914588

1.131719068

1.111768065

1.095085748

1.094283205

1.03522652

0.947550376

0.891737303

0.876218323

0.874134789

0.712716295

0.692814406

0.661165242

0.639700426

0.629501165

0.539667155

0.521206876

0.514591991

0.429465301

0.380023314

0.363971631

0.354845234

0.166189426

0.128755365

0.009274846

0.0000000000

N/A

N/A

N/A

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Winter 2014 Recap & Gift Card Guide

The Holiday Season has moved so quickly we can’t believe it’s coming to a close. We sincerely hopeful you have a wonderful Christmas, and that 2015 will be an amazing year for you. Within this post, we’ve included a few sneak peaks into 2015 releases.

In this season whirled by you for as well, we have put together this quick guide to bring you up to speed. Within this guide, 90% of products mentioned were announced or released after November 1st! That’s right Business Week, disc golf is not “expired” it’s booming.

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This guide is also intended to be a useful reference for those who will be spending their gift cards on or after Christmas. If you haven’t purchased a Christmas gift yet, you are out of time for a delivery. Go here to purchase a disc golf gift card. which is delivered instantly via e-mail![/box]

MVP & Axiom

SkullBoy Theory – The most stylish brand meets the most recognized artistry in disc golf. Two stage hot stamping at its finest.
Dri-Fit Teeshirts – Many color options, many sizes.
MVP Polo – Performance polo. Dress professionally while playing professionally (If you have a PDGA# that applies to you).
Hoodies – Super thick 50 cotton, 50 poly. Perfect for keeping you toasty on those chilly days.
Throwback Axis – Artwork from the early days of MVP, on their premium Neutron plastic.
Hats – High quality hats, flex fit, black, red or blue. Besides another color option of orange, is there anything more you could ask for?
Proxy – The Proxy is similar to the Envy, which may be the disc of the year according to the 2015 State of Disc Golf Survey. So far, the Proxy is also off to an excellent start.
Electron Atom – Coming 2015 – MVP’s new baseline plastic, with excellent feel, and an attractive price. We’re guessing you’ll see these in early 2015.
Fireball – Coming 2015
Wrath – Coming 2015
Insanity – Coming 2015
Virus – Coming 2015


Innova

Champion Thunderbird – According to All Things Disc Golf, this is the 2014 disc of the year! Just recently released in Jolly Launcher Champion plastic, but is also available in the popular GStar blend.
Innova 30th Anniversary Big Bead (Glow) Aviar – The Big Bead Aviar is also known as the Aviar Driver.
Innova 30th Anniversy XT Aviar – Has it really been 30 years? As for the XT blend, that came out in 2014.
Christmas Atlas – Ho ho ho!
Christmas Destroyer – Yes, it’s 12 speed. But did you realize this edition is a 25 glide, 20 high speed turn, and 14 low speed fade?
Christmas Roc – Ready for a Pun? Christmas Rocks!
2015 Calendar – These get better every year.


Discraft

Elite Z Heat – The Discraft Ace Race disc is great for newer players, and one of our most popular sellers of the year.
Z Lite Avenger SS – This ultra popular driver for beginners as now even easier to throw.
Z Lite Crank – Last years most popular selling Discraft disc is now lighter. Bomb this baby!
Z Lite Mantis – The popular Mantis, only lighter.
Z Lite Nuke – A Nuke that even average arm players can throw.
Z Lite Nuke SS – It’s a lighter Nuke SS.
Z Lite Surge SS – Feel those air bubbles provide easy distance.
LE CryZtal Buzzz OS – These are limited, but we still have a few left in Stock.
TEASER: Semi-Exclusive Infinite Discs Release (Coming 2015) – Have you ever wanted to throw a Titanium Flick? We’ll have that and more early January!


Trilogy

Fluid Judge – Putt with this popular putter please.
Fluid Escape – Dynamic Discs most popular driver.
Fluid Truth – You’ve handled the Truth, but can you handle this Truth?
Fuzion Enforcer – What’s special about the Fuzion Enforcer you ask? The limited edition run of Eric McCabe is what makes this one special.
Elasto World – Not for the beginner.
Elast Giant – Also not for the beginner. Who else wants to call this the Frost Giant? We do.
DecoDye XXX – For those who love plastic with style.
Gold Claymore – Super popular midrange. Released just this year, and already available in Recycled, Opto, Gold Line and also…
Frost Claymore – See what we’re talking about?
Frost Diamond – There is no reason not to get beginners into disc golf this winter.
Frost River – One of Latitude 64’s best sellers.
Ranger Bag Restock – It’s difficult to say, but judging by this bag nearly always being out of stock, it may be the most popular disc golf bag of 2014. A few of the most popular 2014 colors are now back! Get them while they’re available.
Latitude 64 Luxury Bag – Revisions were recently made to make this bag even better, and more luxurious than the first version.


DiscMania

CD2 (C-Line G-Line) – Coming 2015
PX1 (Beaded Putter) – Coming 2015


Prodigy

Glow H1 – It glows in the dark.
Glow PA-3 – Tacky, durable, glows in the dark. Is this the best plastic ever?


Accessories

Retrievers – Get your disc out of any situation!
2015 Disc Golf Calendar – Because the first thing you need to say every day, is a disc golf target.
Disc Lights – There’s no need to stop when the sun goes down!
Disc Towels – Because you never realize you need it, until you need it. The question is, were a Boy Scout, and did you learn to be prepared?


Baskets

DGA Mach Lite – Our top selling portable basket will be arriving in black in early 2015.

State of Disc Golf 2015: Introduction

Overview

Between December 5th and December 15th, 2014, exactly 5,038 participants completed “The State of Disc Golf: 2015 Survey.” The survey can be summarized as an accurate representation of self-selecting disc golfers.

Accuracy

It is impossible to know how many disc golfers there are in the world right now. A larger survey of random Americans would be necessary to determine the approximate number.

If we assume that there are 1,000,000 disc golfers, this survey has, with 99% confidence, a margin of error of +/- 1.81%. We can also say with 95% confidence, that there is a margin of error of +/- 1.38%. These numbers were found using a simple calculator here.

Methodology

This survey was first published and announced on December 5th by Infinite Discs. It was then posted on Facebook and Twitter by Infinite Discs. After the initial announcement, it was picked up by others and posted and shared in many social outlets, such as Reddit. This survey was also published on the PDGA Facebook page and was e-mailed by the PDGA to those who are included in the PDGA mailing list.

This survey is not truly scientific, as participants were self-selecting. It was published that the survey was just over 10 minutes in length, and $1,305 in prize merchandise would be awarded to random participants.

One may argue that casual disc golfers are not enticed by the prizes, and would therefore not elect to participate in the survey. Therefore, those who participated in the survey may generally be more passionate about the sport. This survey is not a sample of the average American. It is instead a sample of the disc golfer who is involved in the sport to a degree that they would have heard about the survey through any of the means mentioned above.

Sponsors

These sponsors donated prior to the survey closing, but were not announced until after.

  • MVP – $180 in discs
  • Dynamic Discs – $355 in merchandise
  • Prodigy – $220 in discs
  • Aerobie – $150 in discs
  • Vibram – $100 in discs
  • Infinite Discs – $50 in gift cards
  • PDGA – $160 in memberships
  • Innova – $90 in discs

Avoiding Bias

We felt very strongly about avoiding bias in this survey. Through e-mail we discouraged all parties who may be interested in obtaining favorable results from advertising or promoting this survey. We informed manufacturers that if they did promote the survey, they may be accused of obtaining bias results. As far as we are aware, no manufacturer promoted this survey.

We also encouraged manufacturers to donate to this survey, to entice respondents to complete the survey. Manufacturers who donated are listed above. Each of these manufacturers and donors understood that they would be listed as a survey sponsor after the survey had closed.

Fans of certain brands, who are bias, shared this survey. Therefore, this survey includes results from bias individuals and groups. This is fine, as the State of Disc Golf finds the bias of fans equally important; we simply did not want fan bias to be unfairly and heavily weighted from promotion of the manufacturer which they admire.

Publication Schedule

We anticipate to have our series of articles published before the end of March, 2015.

Thank You!

The results of this survey are immensely beneficial to disc golf. A survey of this scale allows us, and you, to do more for disc golf. We encourage you to use the data you find in this survey to promote disc golf courses, and to persuade city officials how beneficial this sport can be in your area. We would love to hear about how you use the data.

Welcome Feedback

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please comment below. You may also e-mail support@infinitediscs.com with any feedback.

Infinite Discs Revised – Welcome to 2.0

You may have noticed the Infinite Discs website has changed. So I’m putting together a quick post to bring you up to speed on what’s new. At Infinite Discs, we’ve been calling our first website 1.0, and the current version 2.0.

This system is for the people that are just as obsessive compulsive about their discs as we are.

1.0 was launched in November 2012, and work on 2.0 began in May of 2013. A year and a half later, it’s live.

Why Did We Launch 2.0?

First of all, we did not do the change because 1.0 version was outdated. It was great, and we received excellent feedback constantly. However, it wasn’t the perfect disc golf website, and that’s our goal with 2.0.

What’s New in 2.0?

Exact pictures of each disc

In the last month, we have cataloged over 14,000 discs. We took each of these discs, photographed it, added all of the other information (color, weight, mold, plastic type), so your shopping can be precise. People ask us daily since the release “Am I really going to receive the exact disc I see?” The answer is yes, you will receive the exact disc that you select.

This cataloging system gives you the benefit of thumbing through every disc, as well as the benefit of our amazing prices.

Advanced sorting system

I have to say, this is my favorite feature of the new site. It’s amazingly slick.

Let’s say you want only blue discs which are manufactured by Innova that are distance drivers and overstable, or glow in the dark discs by Discraft, or pink putters made by MVP that weigh 173-175g; now you can find exactly that! Just select your criteria, our system will sort through every disc as fast as Google searches the entire world wide web, and return results. Simply click “View Individual Discs” and you will see a list of the exact discs you are looking for.

User Profiles

Are you a fan of reviews written by Andrew Belet? Click on his profile and read all the reviews he has written.

Or how about this: Last year you purchased a Westside disc that flew amazingly. This year you flew it in the water, but you can’t remember what the weight of it was. Just view your order history, and all of the information on discs which you have ordered is still there!

This is just the beginning of amazing things you will be able to do with your user profiles. We’ll be announcing other updates on this blog.

What Hasn’t Changed?

Prices

Our prices are still amazing. Yes, taking this much effort to catalogue discs increases cost on our part. The good news is that because of the support you have all shown us, we are able to move enough plastic to keep prices down.

Reviews

We were able to transfer reviews from the old website. However, reviews from the old site need some updating. As you may have noticed, each review has a star rating attached to it. If you have written a review on 1.0, please log in to update your reviews.

You can now also update a review after you have written it.

For Your Information

Finding & Fixing Bugs

There are a few features of this website which are still being improved. Some of them we are aware of, some of them only you are aware of. If you find something that needs to be fixed (such as a typo, or the website crashing), please let us know! E-mail support@infinitediscs.com with anything you find.

Disc Colors

With disc photos, there are a few variables involved. Your screen may show color differently than ours. It is also worth noting that some colors fall outside of the gamma of which our equipment is able to capture. Bright colors may appear more white, and certain shades of green may not appear (blue-green or yellow-green may appear as more blue or yellow).

There’s More

Is there a feature which you have found, but we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments what else you love about the new site! We appreciate your feedback!

Disc Buying Guide

Beginners Guide to Buying Frisbee Golf Discs

When you realize that there are hundreds of different disc golf discs with infinite variations of plastics, weights, and colors, purchasing discs online can seem overwhelming. Whether you are new to disc golf, want to purchase discs as a gift, or just want to know more about specific discs, our online guide will help you determine the best golf discs and make it easy to purchase them from InfiniteDiscs.com

Frisbee Golf? Disc Golf? Frolf?

The first thing to know about the flying objects thrown at chain-filled baskets is that they are known as discs, not Frisbees. Although Frisbee is the generic term that many of us grew up with, Frisbee is a registered trademark of the Wham-O toy company. The discs used for disc golf are specifically designed for that sport. We call those smaller diameter, faster and further flying objects, discs, golf discs, frolf discs, or, disc golf discs.

Types and Uses of Golf Discs

There are primarily four different types of golf discs: distance drivers, fairway drivers, midrange discs, and putters. For new disc golfers, it’s the distance the disc provides that matters most.

While any disc can be used for most shots (some better than others), discs are primarily classified by how fast they “fly” – or cut through the air.

  • Maximum Distance Drivers: Discs are classified as distant, or maximum distance drivers when they are able to cut through the air at very high speeds. These discs have the potential to go very far — in excess of 400 feet, when thrown with the right power and technique. When not thrown properly, these discs lack control, get less distance, and lead to frustration. Maximum distance drivers have thick rims (2.1cm or greater) and a speed rating of 10 or higher.
  • Control Drivers: Control or fairway drivers are discs that just don’t travel as fast as distance drivers potentially can. In general, fairway drivers have thinner rims, are more stable, can fly straighter, and are easier to control. Many of the discs currently classified as “fairway drivers” are the power discs of the past. As disc golf technology and innovation continues to improve, the distance these older discs can fly is less impressive. With that said, for beginning disc golfers, fairway drivers will usually perform better than the max distance drivers.
  • Midrange Discs: Midrange discs are slower flying and have rounded, less aerodynamic edges. Some midrange discs can fly almost perfectly straight. Like fairway drivers, many midrange discs are just older discs that used to be considered distance drivers. Midrange discs are designed to give maximum control and accuracy without sailing past the target. It’s not uncommon for experienced disc golfers to tee off with midrange drivers, or even putters.
  • Putt and Approach: Putters are the slowest flying disc golf discs. They are usually easy to control and won’t go too far. Compared with drivers, putters almost always fly very straight. They are good for not just landing in the basket, but also for approach shots– landing close to the basket to set up easy putts. If you’re looking for a disc that will fly straight without a big end of flight fade, you may want to consider throwing a putter.

Innova Flight RatingsDisc Golf Flight Paths

Innova set up a system of flight ratings to help consumers determine how discs fly relative to other discs. Several disc manufacturers have adopted this rating system, for those that haven’t, we’ve implemented these numbers to help you better compare discs from different manufacturers. The Innova Flight rating system breaks the flight path into four categories, written in this order: Speed, Glide, Turn, & Fade.

Distance – Speed & Glide

  • Speed: Speed is the first rating discs are given in the Innova rating system. The fastest flying discs have speed ratings of 13-14, while slow, blunt edge discs have a rating of 1-2. Innova classifies distance drivers as discs with a speed rating of 8 and above, fairway drivers speed 6-7, midrange 4-5, and putters less than 3.

For new disc golfers, speed does not equal distance. A lightweight speed 6 disc will likely fly farther than a speed 13 power driver. Higher speed discs have thicker rims and are harder to throw accurately.

  • Glide: Glide is a discs ability to stay in the air. Discs with higher glide numbers will generally fly farther than discs with lower numbers. Glide is good when you’re going for distance, but can be a bad thing for putts and approach shots. Overshooting the basket is often worse than not throwing far enough. Glide ratings are between 1 and 7; discs with a glide ratings of seven will maintain loft longer.

Stability – Turn and Fade

Stability is the ability discs have to fly straight. Most golf discs have the tendency to curve to the left for right hand backhanded throws. Depending on how hard you throw, discs behave more or less stable.

Discs that curve to the right are known as “Understable,” discs that fly mostly straight with a minimal gradual fade are”Stable“, discs that fade to the left are “Overstable.” On our site we have also classified discs that have very high fade rates, meaning they have a monster fade way left, as “Very Overstable.

  • Turn: The third rating is known as turn. Turn is the tendency for discs to curve to the right in the early portion of the flight. For new disc golfers, understable discs with high (negative) turn ratings provide maximum distance as they aren’t pulled left as quickly as overstable drivers. Players whose maximum throwing distance is less than 200 feet, likely won’t notice any turn or “understableness” in the flight paths of these discs, as all throws will fade to the left.
    Once players get more speed and power in their throws, understable discs “turn” or start curving to the right at the beginning of the flight before fading to the left at the end. On powerful throws, this turn is so hard that discs actually turn over and crash into the ground without fading back.
  • Fade:Innova, Discmania, Latitude, Legacy, DGA, and Westside indicate a discs stability in their “turn” and “fade” ratings. Turn is rated from 1 to -5, with -5 being the most understable rating. While these discs turn to the right when traveling at high speeds, they still “fade” to the left at the end of the flight when the disc slows down. This rating is known as “fade.”Fade is the last number in the flight ratings. A disc rated 11/4/0/4 would have a very high degree of fade. This disc would fade to the left approximately 80%.

Some discs have very high turn ratings and significant fade. These discs actually fly in an “S” pattern, and while they aren’t stable and don’t fly in a straight line, the net effect is that they land approximately where you aim. The most stable discs have ratings like 4/5/0/0. The 0’s indicate that the discs won’t turn or fade much.

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Discraft Stability Ratings

Discrafts ratings are a bit more simple. Discs that have a tendency to turn to the right have a “-” (negative) stable rating. Straight flying discs are rated at “0,” and highly overstable discs have positive ratings between .5 and 3.

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Choosing Plastic Type:

The plastic type you choose has an impact on the way discs fly, especially as discs wear over time. Different plastics also vary in the feel of the grip, which affects the throwing release.

While there are technically dozens of different plastics made by different disc manufacturers, the major players, Innova, Discraft, Latitude 64, Millennium, Discmania, and Westside, use plastic blends that are very similar (in some cases exactly the same).

Innova Base Pro-D Plastic

  • Basic Plastics: (DX, Pro D, D-Line, Eze Line) – Innova and Discraft (the biggest U.S. disc manufacturers) offer some of the least expensive discs on the market, mainly because they come in very low grade plastics. Their low grade plastics offer a good grip, but the discs wear quickly. Discs made with Pro-D and DX plastic get scratches and nicks very easily. This external damage makes disc become less stable over time. One power throw into a fence can leave a major flight altering impact.

While we don’t recommend the basic plastic lines for drivers, discs in these plastics are adequate for more durable putters and midrange discs that aren’t thrown with as much force. It is also nice to have a few cheap drivers when disc golfing near hazards where you have a good chance of losing a disc.

  • Middle Grade: (Pro, P-Line, Elite X, Millennium Standard) – The least common plastic used for golf discs is the middle grade used in the Innova Pro, Discmania P-line, or Discraft Elite X. Millennium’s standard plastic comes in a similar plastic grade. Mid grade plastic is more durable than the base lines, but your disc may still be in danger if you throw it into a sharp tree limb or brick wall. Discs in this plastic are more expensive than the base grade, but less expensive than the better plastics. While some discs are only available in mid grade plastics, most disc golfers choose to either go cheap, or go for premium plastics.
  • Ultra Durable Plastic Golf DiscUltra Durable: (Innova Champion, Discraft Z-Line, Discmania C-Line, Latitude 64 Opto-Line, Westside VIP, and Millennium Quantum) – Most of the major disc manufacturers offer an ultra-durable plastic. This plastic is smooth, clear, and very hard. These discs can take the abuse of rough courses and their flight paths remain relatively steady. The disadvantage of the durable plastics is that they don’t offer the grip that other plastic grades provide.
  • Ultra Light: (Blizzard Champion, Zero-G, Opto-Air) – The newest thing for disc golf manufacturers is creating discs in ultra light weights. Lighter weight discs allow for more distance, especially for newer players. Advanced players typically don’t like the ultra light discs, and feel out of control when throwing them. The ultra light weight discs can travel a greater distance, and the current distance world record was made with a 134 gram Innova Blizzard Champion Boss.
  • Premium Plastics: (Innova Star, Discmania S-Line, Millennium Sirius, Discraft ESP, Discraft FLX, Discraft Titanium, Latitude 64 Gold Line, Westside Tournament, Skyquest Premium) – The major disc brands all offer a premium plastic that provides outstanding durability and an excellent grip. These discs are more expensive, but provide optimal performance and control.

There are several different plastic variations that other manufacturers also produce including ultra soft putters and discs made of rubber.

Basic Midgrade Durable Premium
ABC Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
Aerobie Standard
Black Jax Standard
Ching Fusion Power Supreme
DGA Standard Premium Pro Line/Sparkle
Discmania D-Line P-Line C-LineBlizzard S-LineSG-Line
Discraft Pro D Elite X Elite Z ESPESP FLXTitanium
Frisbee Standard
Gateway SoftSuper SoftStupid Super Soft HPP (Organic )Evolution
Innova DX Pro ChampionBlizzard Star
Latitude 64 Eze LineZeroline OptoOpto Air Gold
Legacy Excel Protégé Pinnacle Icon
Lightning Standard ProStyle
Millennium Standard QuantumZero-G Sirius
MVP ProtonEclipse (Glow) Neutron
Prodigy 400 Series 400G Series
Prodiscus Basic Premium
Skyquest Premium
Vibram Rubber
Westside VIPVIP Air Tournament

Choosing Disc Weight

Disc golf discs come in a variety of different weights. Most discs weigh between 165 and 180 grams. Some discs also come in special plastic blends designed to weigh less.

Lighter weight disc flight paths are going to be more understable and more likely to turn over. Heavier discs are going to be more overstable and less likely to turn over. For beginners, youth, and players with slower arm speeds, lighter weight discs will perform best.

When ordering discs on our site, if you have a weight preference, add it in the box and we will do our best to get as close as possible, otherwise we will simply send you the most popular weight class for that disc. Make sure you pay attention to the available weights before requesting a certain weight.

Choosing Color

Golf discs come in a variety of different colors, usually bright. Light colored discs are great for playing on green grass courses, but not so great if you are playing on dead grass or rocky terrain. It’s nice to have a variety of different color discs so you can quickly grab the disc you want out of your bag.

When ordering discs from InfiniteDiscs.com, you can give a color preference by adding the information in the order form text box. We can’t guarantee it will be available, but we will do our best.

Disc Dimensions

Under each disc description on InfiniteDiscs.com, we provide the basic disc dimensions:

  • Diameter: This is the diameter of the disc from rim to rim. Most golf discs don’t vary much and are generally between 21 and 21.4 centimeters.
  • Height: This is how tall the disc is. Faster discs generally have less height. The average distance driver is 1.65 centimeters tall, the average fairway driver 1.77 centimeters, average midrange 1.97 centimeters, and average putter 2.11 centimeters tall.
  • Rim Height: The rim height is measured on the inside where you grip it. Tall discs usually have taller rims, but this is not always the case. It depends on the thickness of the plastic, and how much exterior curve the disc actually has.
  • Rim Width: This is also known as “Wing Length” and refers to the width of the disc’s rim. Faster discs typically have wider rims. The PDGA has set a limit so that rim width can be no thicker than 2.5 centimeters. Knowing the rim width can be very important for comfort of grip. Disc golfers get used to certain widths and like to find other discs of similar size. Discs with very wide rims can be hard for many disc golfers to control. Of the discs we sell, the average rim width for distance drivers is 2.11 centimeters, 1.67cm for fairway drivers, 1.27cm for mid range discs, and .98cm for putt and approach discs.

Disc Extras

    • Dyed: Some discs are dyed with a unique design, which typically resembles a tie-dye pattern. These discs come in wide a variety of colors. Some discs are dyed multiple different colors, other dyed discs have just one color in different shades and intensities. Dyed discs are always coveted during a round of play, and many different plastics are dyed. The main manufacturers have a greater variety of dyed discs available. Custom dye patterns are not available from Infinite Discs yet. In some cases, the custom print provided by the manufacturer is removed when the disc is dyed.
    • Glow-in-the-Dark: These discs are a must when heading out at night. The only drawback is that the glow-in-the-dark plastic needs a “charge,” and is charged only by light. So if you have been keeping your disc in your dark bag and then pull it out for a round of night play, you’ll have difficulty finding it. It is best to shine a light directly on the glow in the dark disc directly before throwing.
    • Float in Water: Floating discs are another must have when making a precarious shot near a water hazard – especially a murky water hazard. Warning floating discs also float in flowing streams, where the floating characteristic can actually play against you – as you watch your disc float into unreachable territory. In some cases, a floating disc is not the best choice around water.
    • Light Up: Light up discs are unique to the Black Jax, Axe line. This disc solves the problem of charging your glow-in-the-dark disc, and it will riddle nearby residents who begin calling their local police stations after sighting flying saucers.

Skill Level

    • Beginner: Most of us fall into this category, whether we would like to admit it or not. Beginners are the casual players who head out to the disc golf course from time to time just for some fun. While many beginners claim a great throw and a great game, they most likely have never eclipsed the 250′ foot throwing mark. Beginners have established their own technique and could typically use a few pointers from a pro. Beginners throws typically have less snap on them, thus limiting the distance of their disc flight. Beginners are also a bit more of loose cannons when throwing. Although they have some amazingly accurate shots, many of their shots also end up way off target.
    • Intermediate:
      A large lot of us are also in this category. Many intermediate players are found in their local leagues and may occasionally end up even-par after a round of tournament play. Intermediate players typically throw over 250′ and may occasionally have throws that sail close to the 400′ mark. Intermediate players have developed some technique, but have not yet mastered it. Intermediate players also typically have a small variety of throws which they can refer to in different situations. Accuracy is there or still developing for many intermediate players.
    • Professional/ Open: Where few of us are, and many of us aspire to be. 400′ throws are not uncommon among the professional players, many of whom are capable of launching 500′, or even more. Professional players are in a league of their own, aka “open,” and many have developed their own style. A professional player’s disc will fly slightly differently than an intermediate player because they have mastered technique and snap, showing ability to bounce, turn and fade their disc as precisely the right moment.

Disc Ratings

Every disc is given a rating by our bias users, as well as our bias selves. Every disc performs slightly different for every user, and slightly different on any given day. These ratings are then suggested to be taken lightly. Over time, as more ratings are generated, they will more accurately reflect a typical experience that you will more likely have with the disc. You may be inclined to shop for a disc that does well with others, but keep in mind that you may find that your favorite disc is rated as 3 stars by others. Feel free to rate the discs as you feel they perform, and remember, users who rate the discs and comment are eligible to win free merchandise!