State of Disc Golf Survey – Personal Disc Inventory

In the State of Disc Golf Survey 2016 results, we caught an interesting glimpse of how many discs players own vs. how many lost, and how many found. For those who attach themselves to their favorite discs, and for those who collect special edition discs, the loss factor can be an irritating one– especially when the discs are clearly marked with a name and phone number. According to the survey, most players are courteous enough to give the original owner a call when the information is marked on the disc.  67.7% replied that they, “Try to return them to the owner, but keep them if I can’t make contact.” 34.8% said that they return the disc to a lost and found.

When it comes to how many discs lost, and how many discs are found, here are the statistics gathered in the survey:

Most of those who replied claimed to have lost somewhere between 1-6 discs in the year 2015. Quite a number claimed to have lost none. From these results, we can see that most of us lose discs, but not in extreme quantities. The question then becomes this: Are those discs found and added to another bag?

 

Most of the players who responded claimed to have found and kept either zero discs, or only 1-3 discs.  Given the chart comparisons, it would appear that not quite as many discs are found as are lost, meaning that most of us come out on the losing end of the lost-and-found equation.

By a large margin, we add many more discs to our bags through retail purchases, both in brick-and-mortar stores and online. These are the numbers provided by players in regards to the number of discs purchased in the year 2015:

0 discs 3.9%
1-3 discs 7.8%
4-6 discs 11.6%
6-9 discs 13.1%
10-14 discs 18.7%
15-19 discs 11.7%
20-29 discs 13.4%
30-39 discs 7.2%
40-59 discs 6.9%
60-79 discs 1.6%
80-99 discs 1.2%
100-149 discs 1.8%
150-199 discs .4%
200+ discs .6%

There appears to be a very equal spread through the quantities, with a few people buying more than 100 discs in a year. So, with those purchases, how many total discs do most of us own?

0 discs .2%
1-3 discs .5%
4-6 discs 1.1%
6-10 discs 4.1%
11-15 discs 6%
16-20 discs 7.4%
21-30 discs 16%
31-40 discs 12.8%
41-60 discs 15.7%
61-80 discs 8.1%
81-100 discs 7.6%
101-149 discs 7%
150-199 discs 3.5%
200+ discs 10%

Again, there is a pretty equal spread, with most of us owning between 20 and 60 discs. There is a solid 10% who own more than 200 discs. Those are undoubtedly the players who cross over into the realm of disc aficionado and enthusiast. Some of us simply can’t resist new plastic!

 

Infinite Discs VIP Club Subscriptions Start Now!

Infinite Discs is proud to announce that the VIP Club is kicking off now!

The first three exclusive discs are lined up and we’re excited about them. Without spoiling the surprise before we ship the first discs, here is what you can look forward to:

A recently released disc for the first time in a certain plastic type…

A recently released disc with a full-color stamp…

A popular distance driver with a sleek, cool stamp that will make you smile and regret throwing it…

All with exclusive stamps! We plan to have a lot of fun with this club, featuring discs from many manufacturers, and always in editions that you haven’t seen yet.

UPDATE – JULY 25th, 2016
The Infinite Discs VIP Club is currently full to capacity. If you would like to be notified when a spot opens up in the club, please email todd@infinitediscs.com with the subject header “I Want to Be a VIP”

 

If you would like to read the information provided previously in the initial announcement and the FAQ, you may go to these blog posts:

Infinite Discs VIP Club – Introduction

Infinite Discs VIP Club FAQ

If you have any further questions, feel free to email todd@infinitediscs.com who will be handling customer support for the VIP Club.

THANKS!

 

Infinite Discs VIP Club FAQ

Since announcing the upcoming Infinite Discs VIP Club, we have seen a lot of enthusiasm. We’ve also seen quite a few questions.  Here are a few answers and some additional information on the new program that we feel very excited about here at Infinite Discs.  First of all, here is the original announcement for your reference:

www.infinitediscs.com/blog/VIP

Q: When will the VIP Club launch?

A: We plan to announce the official launch and subscription process in the next couple of weeks. We are not giving the exact date, but we are allowing enough time for the word to get out to  disc collectors and enthusiasts so that more people know about it and have a chance to join.

Q: If I filled out the form to say that I’m interested, am I in the club?

A: Filling out the form is not a subscription. It is merely a way to let us know that you are very interested in the program. If you submitted the form to us, then you are on an email list to be notified FIRST when the subscription process begins.  We will give those people a head start before we announce to the general public that subscriptions have begun.

Q: So, why should I submit the form if the program hasn’t started yet?

A: As mentioned above, those who submit the form to say that they are interested will be notified first and given the first chance to subscribe. Since there are a limited number of spots available in the club, we want the most enthusiastic to be the first to get in.  IMPORTANT: If all the spots are filled after we announce the subscription process to those who submitted the form, then no other subscribers will be allowed after that point.  That is why it is important to get on the waiting list now.

Q: Is there a chance I wouldn’t make it into the club even if I submit the form to say that I’m interested?

A: We hope you’ll get in easily if you submitted the form. But if you ignore your email for a few weeks, there is a chance you’d miss the announcement and the available spots would fill.  So, just watch you’re email, and you should be fine.  Some people have thought of the form as an “application process”. It is not an application. We’re giving everybody on the list a chance to join.

Q: Would there be an advantage to subscribing quickly after the email announcement?

A: Yes. First of all, if you subscribe quickly, you’ll definitely be in the club.  Second, we plan on sending out a fun little “bag tag” to subscribers with one of the first discs, and the bag tag numbers will correlate with the order in which people subscribed.  Subscribing faster gets you a lower number, if that matters to you.  And sure…if you run across another VIP bag tag while you’re out playing, feel free to challenge them to a friendly duel 😉

Q: Isn’t $19.99 a high price for a single disc?

A: Actually, the $19.99 price tag is a nice price considering a few of the benefits and features of the discs we’ll be sending. You would usually spend near that amount for a premium disc plus shipping from most online stores.  Our price includes the shipping costs. But, this is also a unique, limited edition disc, and we’re working to make sure that they have not only great stamps, but great plastics and great value.  Some may be “worth” more than others, depending on your tastes and the offers from the manufacturers, but they will always be limited and always be fun discs. Plus, there will be occasional VIP Club offers, discounts, and extra goodies sent with the VIP discs (the bag tag, for instance).

Q: What are the extras that I might receive?

A: We’re leaving the “extras” primarily as a surprise. Sometimes you’ll get a little something extra, sometimes you won’t, but we’re working with the manufacturers to make sure every package we send out to the VIP Club members treats them like…well…VIP’s.

Q: The Canadian and overseas subscription prices seem high. Why?

A: The price for the Canadian and overseas subscribers will be higher for one reason, and one reason only– that is what it actually costs to ship your disc every month.  International shipping is expensive. That is a fact. We will not be making a dollar more on your discs, but we also can’t afford to lose money sending discs overseas. We have to charge you the price difference to cover the shipping. So, the prices listed are the TOTAL prices. That is for the disc, plus the compensation for the international shipping charge.

Q: What if I don’t like every disc I receive?

A: We can guarantee quality, but we can’t guarantee taste. We will be working with a lot of different manufacturers in this program. Some of them may be your favorites, but some may not.  Some will be large, well known manufacturers, while others will be newer, smaller manufacturers. Some of the disc models may be the kind of disc that you use regularly and that you love dearly. Others may not find a place in your bag because they don’t fit your style.  Some of the artwork designs may be something you find very cool. Maybe others are not your particular taste. We feel like they will all be fun discs with great potential and style, but there is simply no way to hit hundreds of differing personal taste on the bulls-eye every time.  So, if you don’t like a particular disc, we’d recommend  holding onto it a bit, and then perhaps trading it or selling it to somebody out there who really wants that disc. Or just keep it to have a complete collection.  It will be your property, so do what you want with it.

Q: What if I’m new to disc golf? Would this program be a good way to fill my bag?

A: We’ve had comments from several new players who are excited about the VIP Club as a way to try new discs and fill their bags. We love that adventurous spirit! However, as a new player, it is probably important to get a few basic discs in your bag that can cover the basic needs of the game, and waiting a month to get what may or may not be the most critical help to your game might not always be the best approach.  For instance…what if you get 3 or 4 drivers before you even have a putter? Make sure you have the basics to play your game, and then use the VIP Club discs to add to your available arsenal.  We’ll help you fill your bag, if that’s your desire.

Q: What if I decide to unsubscribe?

A: If you decide to unsubscribe, then you simply need to give us a 30-day notice.  That way we can make sure you receive the discs you’ve paid for, and that the disc quantities already in production have their intended home, then you’ll be dropped from the club. Once your spot in the VIP Club is vacated, we will immediately invite somebody on the waiting list to take your place. Thus, you may not be able to join again for a while, depending on the turn-over.

Q: What if I miss out on the club discs because I don’t subscribe, but I decide to get in later?

A: We will maintain and ongoing waiting list. Whenever a spot becomes available, we’ll contact the next person on the waiting list with an invitation to join.  At some point in the future, we may make a slight increase in the VIP Club spots available if the line becomes too long.  So, it will always be a good idea to get on the waiting list if you decide to join down the road.

Q: How will you process payments?

A: We will be using a Paypal subscription program to process payments. Once you subscribe, then you’ll be charged every month (on the anniversary of your initial payment) for each subsequent disc. Even if you don’t have a Paypal account, you can still proceed with the subscription using your credit or debit card, through Paypal’s system. That is simply the most convenient way we have found for the payments to be charged in an orderly fashion that we can track.

Q: What if I’m not ready when the payment goes through and my payment is declined?

A: Usually Paypal tries a couple of times before sending notice of a final declined payment. Paypal automatically cancels the subscription after a declined payment.  If we see that a payment has been declined, we’ll contact the VIP Club member as quickly as we can to make sure that they know that there was a problem with their payment. They will have a chance to fix the situation and re-subscribe to stay current.  It is best to make sure you always have a current expiration date and/or balance so that the payments don’t decline, because it can cause you to lose your spot in the club if not resolved in a timely manner.

Q: I’m not really interested in subscribing, but I don’t want to miss out on any discs that I might love. What do I do?

A: Sorry, we can’t solve that dilemma for you. If you subscribe, you’ll get the discs. If you don’t, then there is no guarantee you’ll ever be able to get one that you suddenly wish you had. There’s a good chance that some of the discs will make it onto auction sites or whatever, but that would not be from us– that would be from other subscribers. Maybe you could grab a disc that way, but there is no way to know that.

Q: Why can’t I just buy the VIP discs I want from your store?

A: The VIP Club discs will NOT be sold through our online store. We are keeping them exclusive to subscribers.  If discs appear online for sale, it is because somebody out there subscribed with the intention of selling the discs for a profit. We can’t stop subscribers from selling if they want to, but you won’t be able to buy a VIP Club disc from our Infinite Discs store.  VIP discs exluded, you can always select the discs you want from our store, which by the way, has over 20,000 individually photographed and weighed discs to choose from.

Q: Will I be able to purchase multiples of the VIP Club discs?

A: We will be allowing people to subscribe for multiples, but that would be at the full $19.99 price per disc, per month (or the international price, as the case may be).  There will be a cap on multiples (probably no more than 3 per person). So, if you’re enthusiastic enough that you want two or three of each disc, you’ll be able to do that, but you would be subscribing for two or three discs each and every month. There is no picking-and-choosing how many of each individual disc.

Q: If somebody else gets multiples, would that fill extra spots in the club?

A: Well, yes.  If somebody subscribes for three discs, then they’d technically be filling three of the available spots in the club.

Q: Do you already have any of the disc models and designs set in stone?

A: Yes. We already have arrangements for the initial discs that will be shipped to VIP Club subscribers.  However, we’re not going to tell you what they are yet. That would ruin the surprise.  Once discs are shipped to subscribers, then we’ll post a picture online and keep a VIP disc log going, just so people can see what subscribers have received along the way.

Q: Will you ever expand the VIP Club to include more subscribers if there is a demand?

A: Yes. If the demand grows because of the response and growth of the sport, then we will expand to include more subscribers. But there will always be a cap. Every disc will always be limited. We want to keep it exclusive.  The discs will have the “cap” number printed on each one.  So you’ll know that you are one of “X” number of subscribers who received that disc.

Q: Why are you doing this VIP Club anyway?

A: Because we love disc golf, we love discs, and everybody here at Infinite Discs is just as excited about the VIP Club as many of you are.  Whenever we get boxes of discs for the store, we lovingly remove them and show each other our favorites. It’s kind of an addiction. We want to feed our addiction and help others out there who love a pleasant surprise each month to feed their addiction as well. We want Infinite Discs to be a hub for everything you love about the game. So, we have a fun online store, we have a fun blog, we help organize and participate in tournaments, we have a fun online interface for keeping your scores and player profile up to date, we have a new app, and we are launching a disc-of-the-month club! We just want to build disc golf into the huge, internationally loved game that it deserves to be.

Thanks for your support!

NOTE: Since originally posting this FAQ, subscriptions have opened and are now being accepted. Go here to subscribe:

Infinite Discs VIP Club – Subscription

 

Latest Best-Selling Discs…Back in Stock!

There have been a good number of fun, new discs lately, and we’ve been surprised at Infinite Discs how fast some of them are flying off the shelves.

For example, when the new UNDERTAKER by Discraft arrived, we sold out in less than a week and had to re-order more as quickly as possible. Thankfully, we now have a new supply in stock!

Undertaker

Another recent release that sold fast and was out-of-stock for longer than we’d hoped due to the very warm reception in the disc golf market was the EMAC TRUTH.  We are now quickly running out of our second shipment and have a third on the way.

EMac Truth

The new ONYX by Vibram also sold well as a very light-weight, beginner-friendly disc. At the pace it has been selling, it might make a play to be  Vibram’s most popular sellers this year.

Onyx

We also quickly sold out of the new, beefy, overstable MOAB disc by Hyzer Bomb. We recently received a hearty supply of new discs for players who still want to check it out.

Moab

We were also excited about the warm reception of the very understable driver, SAIL by DGA which sold out almost immediately after arriving in stock. We’ve recently received a new supply in a variety of colors.

Sail

We currently have a nice supply of another new disc by Millennium called AQUARIUS which is a distance driver that floats on water so you don’t need to feel as afraid of those pesky water hazards.

Aquarius

Also, keep an eye on the Infinite Discs website for other recent and new releases, like the latest offerings from Axiom coming out this weekend, and the latest in the “A Series” approach discs by Prodigy.

Speaking of Prodigy…we were delighted by the new Practice Bag by Prodigy which simply flew out of the warehouse here at Infinite Discs. It is a great idea to have a simple, inexpensive, no frills bag that is made to carry a lot of discs when you need to transport them from one place to another, or you’re headed out to drill putting, or you just want a place to keep all your extra discs. At only $24 each, we had customers buying multiples for disc storage and transport. Just about everybody at Infinite Discs is standing in line for the restock order to arrive, because we all want them too!

Infinite Discs VIP Club – Introduction

INFINITEDISCS.COM is Proud to Present…

20160604_135009The Infinite Discs VIP Club!

Infinite Discs now runs a very exciting program for disc golf enthusiasts and collectors. If you’re a fan of fun, collectible discs, or you love exploring and throwing the newest discs on the market, from manufacturers both small and large, then you’ll love this!

Here is how it works:

Each month, all subscribers will be automatically charged a flat $19.99 rate for an exclusive VIP Club edition of a disc. The shipping cost is included in the subscription price.

Infinite Discs works with different disc manufacturers each month to produce popular discs with unique and exclusive stamps. Occasionally we will explore new plastics and colors. These will be LIMITED EDITIONS and clearly marked as Infinite VIP Club discs. They will not be sold individually on Infinitediscs.com or in any other store–­­ only to our VIP Club subscribers! Once a disc is released to subscribers, there will be no more discs made with that same design, thus keeping your discs collectible and valuable!

matrix_proofThere are a limited number of VIP spots available. Once our pool of subscribers is full, you’ll have to wait in line for a spot to open so you can join the club.

Monthly disc shipments will occasionally include bonus items like stickers, keychains, minis, towels, and other disc golf swag! Though little, extra items are not the focus of the VIP Club, they can be fun additions to your monthly surprise package.

Once subscribers have joined the Infinite Discs VIP Club, they will be able to unsubscribe by notifying Infinite Discs VIP Support a month before the next release. Once your subscription is surrendered, somebody else can take your spot and you may not be able to join again until another spot opens.

defenderThis is a club for disc enthusiasts. Infinite Discs will not guarantee that any particular disc or manufacturer of your preference will be featured in any given month. The featured discs will be designed, ordered, and shipped at Infinite Disc’s discretion. We cannot guarantee that every disc will be your preferred model, but we can promise a large variety of putters, mid-ranges, fairway drivers, and distance drivers, all in premium quality plastics. If you are not excited about exploring discs from many different manufacturers with exclusive stamps, then the club is probably not for you.

Once your monthly subscription charge goes through, you can expect the exclusive disc to show up within the next 30 days. However, shipping times may vary due to postal destinations as well as unforeseen manufacturing delays. However, you will ALWAYS receive the disc you paid for, even if delayed due to reasons beyond our control.

Individuals will be able to subscribe for multiples of each monthly disc, up to 3 discs, but will be charged full price for each disc.

GIVE A VIP CLUB MEMBERSHIP AS A GIFT!  ONE ENTIRE YEAR!

Due to popular demand, memberships in the VIP Club can now be purchased for an entire year, either for yourself or as a gift to another player! You can pre-pay for an entire year in the club so that each monthly disc arrives without interruption. You won’t need to worry about paying again until the next year, should you decide to remain a member. This is one of the best gift ideas for any avid disc golfer! They can receive a pleasant surprise each and every month for an entire year!

Other Membership Perks

VIP members also receive additional discounts on every InfiniteDiscs.com order and access to our VIP club store, where additional limited edition discs are available only to VIP members.

HOW TO JOIN:

The INFINITE DISCS VIP CLUB currently has a few open spots.

If you would like to join, then GO TO THIS PAGE and complete the subscription process.

Infinite Discs VIP Club – Subscription

THANKS!

 

The State of Disc Golf – Social vs. Solitary Play (Part 1)

Social Disc golfIn the 2016 “State of Disc Golf” survey, some interesting statistics demonstrate how our social lives interact with our game of disc golf.  Participants answered the simple question, “Who do you play disc golf with?”

Only 7% of those surveyed confessed that they “almost always” play alone.  Another 30% of those surveyed said that they “regularly” play alone. However, the 52% majority responded that they only “occasionally” play alone and another 11% that they “never” play alone.  So, if you like to get together with friends for a round of disc golf, then you are among the 63% that represent the more social crowd. If you prefer solitude, then you are among the 37% minority.

For those who are playing the game with other people, there is some interesting data that shows with whom you are most likely playing. Considering the lopsided balance between male and female players surveyed (95.7% male vs. 4.3% female) it should be no surprise to discover that 88% either “never” play with a spouse or significant other, or only “occasionally” play with a spouse or significant other. The remaining 12% ranges from “regularly” to “almost always”. Obviously, if you’re one of those players who finds himself (yes…most likely male) playing often with your significant other, then you are among the rare and the blessed. It would appear that finding a romantic relationship that can extend onto the disc golf course is an uphill battle.  Or perhaps, as a friend of mine once claimed during a disc golf outing, “I play disc golf to get away from my wife and kids—I would never want her here with me! This is my time!” I suppose if that makes you feel better…

Spouse or Significant Other
If the majority of us are social, but not playing with our significant other, then who are we playing with? The same general pattern emerges when asked about playing with family members. The majority of 80% responded that they either “never” or only “occasionally” play with family members. The other 20% either “regularly” or “almost always” play with family members. Thus playing with family is only slightly more popular than with significant others.

Family Members

As we move away from family ties, the pendulum swings. We found that almost everybody who plays socially is choosing to play with close friends. Only 6% of those surveyed confessed that they never play with close friends.

The other interesting statistic tied to this friendship factor is that a lot of those people we play with are folks that we met through the game of disc golf.  Only 15% say that they “never” play with people met through disc golf. 37% of those surveyed responded “occasionally”, while the other 48% a replied that they either “regularly” or “almost always” play with friends met through disc golf.

Those statistics would seem to suggest that the socially inclined players are very likely to meet new friends on the course with whom they will at least occasionally play. However, you should probably not expect that those new relationships will develop into a “significant other” or “spouse” status. Whether that is a good thing or an unfortunate thing is up to your interpretation, but it may shed some light on why this little video clip was so popular within the disc golf community, as it apparently borders upon pure fantasy:

In the near future, we’ll take a look at how the social and solitary players measure up in terms of other statistics, like disc ownership, personal evaluation of disc golf skills, competitive nature, etc.

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