TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – MARCH 19TH 2019

Infinite Discs is happy to present another Top 20 Tuesday chart, looking back at the discs that sold the most during the last week. We break these charts down by plastics as well so you can see which plastic types are most popular for each disc. New discs will often spike in the chart as other top sellers shuffle position. It can be fun to see which discs keep up the pace.

Here we go…

Top Twenty Tuesday for March 19th, 2019

#1 – Star CORVETTE
#2 – Champion Colored Glow FIREBIRD
#3 – Star DESTROYER
#4 – I-Blend X-Out EMPEROR
#5 – VIP GATEKEEPER
#6 – Classic GUARD
#7 – K1 GOTE
#8 – Signature C-Line Colored Glow FD
#9 – Star ORC
#10 – 750 Spectrum H2 V2
#11 – DX AVIAR
#12 – Star VALKYRIE
#13 – K1 FALK
#14 – BT Medium MAIDEN
#15 – Signature ESP BUZZZ
#16 – Jawbreaker ZONE
#17 – Tour Series Galactic AVIAR
#18 – Star WRAITH
#19 – D-Line P2
#20 – Pro AVIAR YETI

It’s a very interesting chart this week, dominated by new releases. The Innova Corvette took the top spot, but followed closely by the signature Sexton Glow Firebird which is still a hot disc. The Destroyer followed up with 3rd place, but close behind was the Infinite Discs Emperor distance driver– probably the first time a brand has introduced a new disc in X-Out (factory 2nd) plastic, but it was too tempting to release the X-Out stamp on the Ides of March (the day Caesar was assassinated), given the new Roman theme of the driver and the dejected-looking emperor in the design.

Other new releases that spiked on the chart were the Gatekeeper mid-range by Westside discs, the Guard putter by Dynamic Discs, and the Gote mid-range by Kastaplast which became available in larger quantities. The Falk by Kastaplast also made it onto the chart as that import brand begins to make more waves in the USA. The Prodigy H2 V2 also continued to sell well in the 750 Spectrum plastic with the cool Kevin Jones stamp. That plastic is simply gorgeous!

Here is a look at how the brands stacked up this week with the number of times they appeared in the Top 20:

–> Each week we’ll invite you to leave a prediction for a certain chart position on next week’s TOP TWENTY TUESDAY report. The first three people to predict that chart position correctly in the comments will win a $10 gift card for the Infinite Discs website.

WINNER – The #8 spot this week was the Signature C-Line Glow FD “Night Strike II” by Discmania. Alex boldly predicted the glow FD as the #8 spot this week, which is impressive since it wasn’t on the previous chart. Good job!

GIFT CARD PREDICTION FOR NEXT WEEK:  Leave your comment below this blog to predict the #5 spot for next week’s chart.

TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – MARCH 12TH 2019

Infinite Discs is happy to present another Top 20 Tuesday chart, looking back at the discs that sold the most during the last week. We break these charts down by plastics as well so you can see which plastic types are most popular for each disc. New discs will often spike in the chart as other top sellers shuffle position. It can be fun to see which discs keep up the pace.

Here we go…

Top Twenty Tuesday for March 11th, 2019

#1 – Champion Colored Glow FIREBIRD
#2 – Star DESTROYER
#3 – D-Line P2
#4 – Signature ESP BUZZZ
#5 – Star ORC
#6 – ESP BUZZZ
#7 – Star WRAITH
#8 – Champion FIREBIRD
#9 – Metal Flake Glow C-Blend PHARAOH
#10 – ESP FORCE
#11 – Jawbreaker ZONE
#12 – Star TEEBIRD
#13 – Signature Elite Z ZONE
#14 – KC Pro AVIAR
#15 – Star SONIC
#16 – P-Line P2
#17 – Classic Blend Burst WARDEN
#18 – DX AVIAR
#19 – Champion FIRESTORM
#20 – Signature Elite Z FORCE

With our first shipment of the Nate Sexton Champion Colored Glow FIREBIRDS last week, that disc noticeably demolished all of the competition, making even the trusty Star Destroyer look like a very weak spot #2. The other contenders in this week’s chart are familiar from previous charts, including three of the McBeth signature discs from Discraft and a couple version of the Discmania P2, among others.

This week we thought it would be fun to take a look at the chart of what was selling during the same week last year. In 2018, you can see that there were several new releases and special editions stealing the spotlight:

We’ll continue to show the previous year’s best-sellers from time to time, just for a walk down memory lane to see what was hot a year ago compared to what it hot today.

–> Each week we’ll invite you to leave a prediction for a certain chart position on next week’s TOP TWENTY TUESDAY report. The first three people to predict that chart position correctly in the comments will win a $10 gift card for the Infinite Discs website.

WINNER – The #11 spot this week ended up being a rogue entry with the Jawbreaker ZONE. While it was not previously on the chart, those sales must have been fueled by a big Discraft restock last week. Unfortunately, nobody guessed the Jawbreaker Zone, so we have no winners this week. But be sure to guess again fro next week’s chart!

GIFT CARD PREDICTION FOR NEXT WEEK:  Leave your comment below this blog to predict the #8 spot for next week’s chart.

State of Disc Golf 2019 Survey Demographic Overview

Infinite Discs conducted its annual survey of disc golfers in the beginning of 2019 so that we could once again take a look at the growth and opinions held by those who play disc golf. It is always fun to see the changing trends and to weight the opinions of a large group of players. Infinite Discs has been conducting the survey since 2014 and as always, we thank those of you who contributed.

While some of the basic information that we asked, like gender, employment, location, etc. may only be marginally interesting on their own, those answers also help to analyze more interesting data from the other questions. We will continue to publish those results and analysis in the coming weeks. For now, here are the basics…

6542 Disc Golfers Participated in the Survey This Year

Of those surveyed, 93.6% were male, 5.9% were female, and the remaining .5% did not specify gender. That result is virtually identical with the 2018 results, showing no change in the balance of male vs female players who took the survey. While that may not translate exactly into the percentage of total players (these are simply survey participants), it does represent a continued disparity between males and females involved in the sport.

Married vs Single

The majority of players who took the survey this year are married or with a domestic partner while 35% are single and 5% or divorced, separated, or widowed.

Age of Survey Participants

While it appears that the bulk of disc golfers still fall in the age range from 29 to 50, we must also consider that few youth would know about or participate in a lengthy disc golf survey. It would still be nice to see the numbers grow in that younger age group below 18-years-old. There is a lot of growth potential in the junior high and high school age groups.

Employment Status

While there were some different “other” responses in the survey which specified occupations like bartender, caretaker, lawyer, frolfer, professional disc golfer, none of your business, etc., most responses fell into the basic categories indicated in the chart. We see that 76.2% of those surveyed are employed for wages, while 8.9% are self-employed, 7.4% are students, and 3% are retired with the remaining falling in other categories. I supposed it is great news that the unemployed percentage dropped from 2.5% in the 2018 survey to 1.7% in 2019’s survey.  The number of retired players also increased from 2.3% last year to 3% this year.

Most Popular States

We will reiterate that these results are drawn from those who participated in the survey. While it may not represent the entire disc golf scene, it gives a pretty nice snapshot of where there are more disc golfers. Plus, we realize that our survey is not shared nearly as much outside the USA.

For those of you who like a “heat map” of where survey participants live, here is map of the USA where the darker the state is shaded, the more people participated in the 2019 State of Disc Golf Survey. The lighter shaded states had fewer participants:

We also had a very healthy number of survey participants from Canada, Europe and Scandinavia. There was one survey participant from Africa.

Watch this blog for more 2019 State of Disc Golf Survey results!

TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – MARCH 5th

Infinite Discs is happy to present another Top 20 Tuesday chart, looking back at the discs that sold the most during the last week. We break these charts down by plastics as well so you can see which plastic types are most popular for each disc. New discs will often spike in the chart as other top sellers shuffle position. It can be fun to see which discs keep up the pace.

Here we go…

Top Twenty Tuesday for March 5th, 2019

#1 – Star DESTROYER 
#2 – Swirly S-Line CD3
#3 – Signature ESP BUZZZ
#4 – ESP FORCE
#5 – Classic Blend Burst WARDEN
#6 – ESP BUZZZ
#7 – D-Line P2
#8 – 400 D1 MAX
#9 – Swirly S-Blend PHARAOH
#10 – S-Line TD RUSH
#11 – Star WRAITH
#12 – 750 Spectrum H2 V2
#13 – XT Mix NOVA
#14 – Apex ALPHA
#15 – 750 Spectrum M3
#16 – Metal Flake Glow C-Blend PHARAOH
#17 – Champion FIREBIRD
#18 – DX AVIAR
#19 – Champion THUNDERBIRD
#20 – I-Blend PHARAOH

The first thing you may notice on this week’s top 20 chart is that the Star Destroyer reclaimed its top position. With the sold out Paul McBeth putter, the top spot was surrendered. McBeth still held onto the #3 with his signature ESP Buzzz.  The #2 spot was claimed by a new plastic release for the Discmania CD3 in Swirly S-Line.  The Classic Blend Burst WARDEN surged to the 5th spot this time, gaining a little momentum with a slew of different stamp designs to choose from.

You’ll also notice a strong entry into the charts for Prodigy as they released their D1 Max distance driver last week, along with a slew of pro signature discs. The Kevin Jones H2 V2 and M3 both hit the charts as popular sellers and are being restocked due to demand.  Also, three different plastic blends of the Pharaoh distance driver hit the top 20 this week as it continues to gain popularity as a trusty long-bomber.

Here is a chart showing how many times different brands appeared in the Top 20 this time:

–> Each week we’ll invite you to leave a prediction for a certain chart position on next week’s TOP TWENTY TUESDAY report. The first three people to predict that chart position correctly in the comments will win a $10 gift card for the Infinite Discs website.

WINNER – There were a lot of people who guessed the #6 spot for this week. In fact, too many. As we’ve declared in the post every week, the first three people to guess right would win the gift card. So, according to the time stamps on the comments, we congratulate Javan, Drew, and Dustin for guessing the ESP Buzzz (not the Signature ESP Buzzz) as the #6 disc on the list.

GIFT CARD PREDICTION FOR NEXT WEEK:  Leave your comment below this blog to predict the #11 spot for next week’s chart.

Stamp Wars 2019 Winner – The Man The Bog and the Frog

We’ve got a winner for Stamp Wars 2019 — The stamp called The Man, The Bog, and the Frog designed by Kevin McDaid pulled ahead in the last day for the win! 

This was a unique stamp design because it can look like two different images, depending on which way you are holding the disc. At one angle it looks like a “bog” or swamp scene with a turtle and a frog. But turn the disc around and it looks like a bearded man.  Very creative!

Watch for The Man, The Bog, and the Frog to show up on more discs throughout the 2019 disc golf season. The other finalist stamps will still be available in the Infinite Discs store until they are sold out.

 

THANKS AGAIN to everybody who participated in Stamp Wards 2019 by submitting designs. Thanks also to all of those who contributed to the contest by voting and by purchasing the discs by the finalists. Thanks again!

Disc Weights Across Disc Golf Brands

With a lot of disc golfers trying out popular discs by different brands, we thought that we would address the questions of disc weight. For some players, the weight of the disc is not particularly important as long as it flies the way that they want it to. But for other players, the disc weight is very important since they prefer the performance of heavier discs, or desire the easier distance that may come with lighter discs, etc.

Here at Infinite Discs, we try to represent each disc as accurately as possible on our website by including a photo and the details for each one. We decided years ago that we would trust the manufacturers when it comes to indicating the weight of their discs. Most major disc manufacturers take the time to weigh the discs as they come out of the mold and painstakingly mark those weights in ink, with stickers, or embossed on the bottom of each disc. We trust that they have a well-established procedure for accurately weighing those discs as part of their manufacturing process.

WHY DON’T WE WEIGH THE DISCS HERE?

Because we’ve chosen to trust the disc manufacturers to represent their products accurately and according to their own standards, we do not take the extra time to weigh each disc as we add them into our online inventory. Here at Infinite Discs, we currently have three different digital scales which we use to weigh packages as we ship them. When used to weigh individual discs, we can lay the same disc on each of those three scales and get results that may differ a gram or two from one scale to the next or from the weight indicated on the disc. So which of those scales is correct?

A Kong marked 173-174 on one of our digital scales.

We have heard the argument that “gravity is the same everywhere,” and that is correct. While gravity may not change, the calibration of different scales might differ. While we do not own the most top-of-the-line digital scales, we have noticed that there can be differences between them, so we don’t feel that we should automatically judge a disc’s factory weight to be wrong if it differs slightly from what one of our scales might say.

The same 173-174 Kong on another one of our digital scales.

Let’s assume for a moment that we receive a disc marked as 175g by the factory, using their procedures. Then we weigh the disc and find that our scale says 174g or maybe 176g. We feel strongly that it is not our place to then scratch out the factory weight and indicate our own results on the disc. We also don’t feel that we should list the disc on our website with a weight that is different than the factory results– the purchaser of the disc would receive it, see that our advertised weight doesn’t match what is marked on the disc and feel deceived. They might weigh the disc themselves and find a result of 173g on their own scale and feel that both we and the factory were wrong. Thus, we stick with what the factory says and don’t alter the disc or the weight information provided. That way, the manufacturer becomes the ultimate authority for the disc that they produced.

DIFFERENT BRANDS AND THEIR WEIGHT DESIGNATIONS

We’ve seen a lot of players move from one brand to another when purchasing discs. We’d like to address another important consideration when it comes to the procedures of those different brands. Innova, for example, typically marks their weights to the precise gram by writing the weight on the bottom of the disc in ink. Players who throw Innova or discs by other brands that use a similar procedure are able to pick the exact weight that they feel is perfect for them.

However, Discraft has not traditionally marked each disc to the gram. They instead choose to put a sticker on their discs that indicates a weight range. For example, they’ll put a sticker on a disc that says 170 – 172. That way, they are acknowledging that there will be some variation in weight for the discs produced in that batch. Other discs may be lighter and marked with weight stickers like 167 – 169, or heavier with 177+ (typical for mid-range discs like the Buzzz). Again, we assume that their range is accurate, but can’t promise that when weighed on somebody’s personal scale that it won’t fall a gram above or below the range that Discraft indicated.

When we list discs by companies that use a weight range on a sticker, we have chosen to be consistent in our data entry practices by simply listing the low number on that sticker. That is because our data entry system does not allow for a range, but wants a single number. Thus, a disc marked as 170 – 172 will be listed as 170.  A disc with a sticker saying 173 – 175 will be listed as 173.  The “max weight” for a Discraft driver would typically be listed as 173, but could actually weigh on the higher end of that range.

Other brands that use weight ranges include DGA, Viking Discs, Yikun Discs, and the new Active Baseline series of discs from Discmania (not individually weighed, but sold in a weight range).

WHAT IF THE WEIGHT IS JUST PLAIN WRONG?

While we’d like to believe that we live in a world where mistakes don’t happen, that is simply not a reality. While taking photos and adding thousands of discs per week onto our website, it is possible that some busy, tired employee here at Infinite Discs may type a weight in incorrectly. Usually we catch that error before the disc ships and we contact the buyer to make sure that they get a weight that they want. If the disc slips past another employee at the shipping station and the buyer receives a disc that has a factory weight that is different than what we entered, then we take care of the problem.

If we have entered the disc weight according the factory-marked weight, as indicated above, but the buyer believes it is still inaccurate or marked incorrectly, then we’re still happy to help the best we can, knowing that some busy, tired employee at the factory may have made a mistake. After all, nobody is perfect, and mistakes are always possible. We just want to clarify that we are doing the best we can to represent discs on our website exactly as the factory specified.

In the end, when disc weight becomes a hot topic of discussion or a complaint, we often find ourselves wondering if that gram or two was really going to make a difference in the player’s game. Would a 174g disc perform that much worse for an average player who claims that they absolutely must have a 175g disc? That’s an argument to be settled elsewhere. As disc connoisseurs, we can attest that here at Infinite Discs we have discs in our bags that straddle a lot of weight ranges, and they fly as well as we can throw them.

 

We hope that this information has been helpful in understanding a little bit more about how brands mark the weight of their discs, and how we at Infinite Discs work with those brands and trust in those manufacturers to indicate the weight of their discs so that our buyers can make an informed purchasing decision.

 

Final Two Days of Stamp Wars 2019

The Stamp Wars 2019 journey has been a fun one, from the submission process in November 2018, to the voting in December, to the final sell-off of the top 5 designs in February. Now the end is near!

There are only two days left until March and that is when we’ll declare the winning stamp based on which one sold the most. Here is where the stamps rank right now, based on sales:

#1 – OCTO CATCHER

#2 – THE MAN THE BOG AND THE FROG

#3 – DO NOT ANGER THE ENTS

#4 – SECOND PRESSING

#5 – SHARK CHAINBUSTER

“Octo Catcher” is holding onto the lead, but at the moment of this posting is only 10 discs ahead of “The Man, The Bog, and the Frog.” We’ve also seen a lot of recent action from “Do Not Anger the Ents” which is only 15 discs behind 2nd place, and 25 discs behind the 1st spot.  “Second Pressing” with its vinyl record design is 12 discs behind 3rd place, and “Shark Chainbuster” is taking up the rear.

The winner of this final round will be determined by which stamp has sold the most by Friday, March 1st. The winner will receive another gift card from Infinite Discs and will also show up on additional discs during the 2019 season.

Thanks for supporting this fun event!

TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 26TH

Infinite Discs is happy to present another Top 20 Tuesday chart, looking back at the discs that sold the most during the last week. We break these charts down by plastics as well so you can see which plastic types are most popular for each disc. New discs will often spike in the chart as other top sellers shuffle position. It can be fun to see which discs keep up the pace.

Here we go…

Top Twenty Tuesday for February 26th, 2019

#1 – Paul McBeth Prototype Putter 
#2 – Plasma FIREBALL
#3 – Star DESTROYER
#4 – ESP FORCE
#5 – Signature Swirly S-Line P2
#6 – Signature ESP BUZZZ
#7 – Metal Flake Glow C-Blend PHARAOH
#8 – ESP BUZZZ
#9 – Plasma AXIS
#10 – D-Line P2
#11 – Champion FIRESTORM
#12 – Signature Titanium UNDERTAKER
#13 – Star ROADRUNNER
Champion Color Glow WRAITH
#14 – Signature Elite Z FORCE
#15 – Signature Elite Z ZONE
#16 – Swirly S-Blend PHARAOH
#17 – ESP VULTURE
#18 – DX TEEBIRD
#19 – P-Line P2
#20 – Classic Blend Moonshine JUDGE

You can see by the chart that the Paul McBeth putter (LUNA) took the top spot by a large margin. Considering how much he threw it in the Las Vegas Challenge (see his first round throws here) it is not surprising that the putter had a big spotlight on it.  Other McBeth signature discs, and Discraft in general, ruled the chart last week.

The Axiom Plasma Fireball was a new plastic release that pushed that disc to the number two spot. Fans of the limited edition Axiom and MVP releases tend to break down the doors on the weeks when those are released. You’ll see the MVP Plasma Axis also made the chart for the same reason.

The Infinite Discs Pharaoh moved into two spots on the chart with both the Swirly S-Blend and the popular Metal Flake Glow C-Blend taking the #7 and #16 spots.  The Innova Star Destroyer moved from last week’s #5 spot back up to #3.

Here is a chart of how many times each brand showed up in the Top 20 this week, with Discraft almost taking half the positions:

–> Each week we’ll invite you to leave a prediction for a certain chart position on next week’s TOP TWENTY TUESDAY report. The first three people to predict that chart position correctly in the comments will win a $10 gift card for the Infinite Discs website.

WINNER – It looked like we’d hit a 3rd week without a winner, but one person nailed it, and with a disc that hadn’t hit the previous chart as a new release. Les predicted: “Discmania swirly s line Simon Lizotte Sky God 2 should roll into the #5.” That was right on! Congratulations Les!

GIFT CARD PREDICTION FOR NEXT WEEK:  Leave your comment below this blog to predict the #6 spot for next week’s chart.

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