Best Beginner Discs for 2022

Discs for Beginners

Best Disc Golf Discs for Beginners

With the unprecedented growth we’ve seen in our sport the last couple of years, one question comes up repeatedly among those starting out in the sport. “Which disc should I start with as a beginner?” Someone just starting out in the sport doesn’t have the technique and arm speed that many discs need in order to get any distance. Fortunately, there are many molds that are made for people without the ability to throw faster, heavier, more overstable discs. Let’s take a look at some of the best discs for beginners.

The biggest factors in deciding which molds would be best for beginners are weight, speed, and price. Speed is the first number in the common four-number flight rating. The higher the speed number, the faster we have the throw the disc in order for it to fly like it should. Since most beginners can’t generate a lot of arm speed, lower speed discs will fly farther than high speed discs for them. Throwing a lighter disc helps newbies throw farther, since it takes less effort to throw.

Disc Golf Brands Focused on Beginners

While the dominant disc golf brands cater to and focus primarily on the advanced and professional players they sponsor, their are a few disc golf brands that focus specifically on beginners. If you’re looking for affordable beginner discs to get started in disc golf, these recommended brands are a great place to start.

Dino Discs Logo

Dino Discs – Discs designed for Kids!

The Dino Disc brand makes a unique, ultra light disc golf discs designed for kids. These discs are ultra light weight and feature colorful plastics and dinosaur themes. Dino Discs are recommended for young children aged 10 and younger.

Divergent Discs Logo

Divergent Discs – Discs for Recreational Players

Divergent is an up and coming disc golf brand with a focus on recreational players who have a throwing distance of less than 300 feet. They now offer a full line of discs for casual players. One of the best things about Divergent Discs is that the plastic quality is substantially better than other disc brands at affordable prices.

Sune Sport

Like Divergent, Sune Sports Discs are designed specifically for beginners and recreational disc golfers. They have starter sets and 7 different low costs discs that all work well for beginners. Two of the discs are in an ultra soft light weight. “safety line” plastic that is ideal for kids.

The Best Single Disc for a New Disc Golfer

Choosing a Winner

To find a winner, we looked at the key components mentioned above, combined with sales. Letting the market speak, while not necessarily definitive, is a great way to see what molds people are drawn to. As a bonus consideration, we gave points for molds that players can continue to use as their skills improve. We also favored molds that came in base plastics.

Beginner Disc Golf Plastics

Plastic types affect the flight of the disc and should be considered heavily when comparing beginner discs. More stable plastics such as Champion can change a mold from a nice beginner disc to something too overstable for inexperienced players. Entry level plastics not only make a mold less overstable, they also break in faster to add more ‘flip’ to the flight of the disc. As a nice bonus, entry level plastics are less expensive, making it less costly to get into disc golf. Most of these popular disc molds are available in a variety of different plastic types and prices.

Here are discs considered the Best Beginner Discs:

  • Innova Shark
  • Innova Leopard
  • Infinite Discs Sphinx
  • Latitude 64 Diamond
  • Latitude 64 Jade
  • Discraft Heat
  • Discmania FD
  • Dynamic Discs Breakout
  • Divergent Discs Kraken

Innova Shark – The Innova Shark is a popular midrange that is found in many starter sets. Its straight flight and low speed makes it a good candidate for a beginner disc. It is available in lighter weights in DX plastic. It still has a strong finish at the end, but even beginners should get a good flight out of the Shark.

Innova Leopard – Another mold that is frequently found in starter sets is the Innova Leopard. It is a good combination of low speed, lighter weights, and a little understability. Those qualities make the Leopard popular for beginners and advanced players alike. In Innova’s DX plastic, the Leopard is a very inexpensive beginner disc.

Infinite Discs Sphinx – There are several speed 9 molds on the list, and the Infinite Discs Sphinx is one of them. This mold comes in a variety of weights and plastic types, and the lightest weights make a great starter disc. Plus, as your skill improves, you can keep using the Sphinx by simply get a heavier disc and/or a more stable plastic.

Latitude 64 Diamond – The Latitude 64 Diamond is one of a few molds that were targeted at beginners. Initially, the Diamond was only available lighter weights, which is better for beginners. Its lower speed means the rim is the right size to feel good in the hand while being narrow enough for smaller hands to easily grasp.

Latitude 64 Jade – Another mold that was designed specifically for beginners is the Latitude 64 Jade. It is one speed faster than the Diamond and slightly less understable. However, the light weight of the Jade makes it good for newer players. Although it might make a good beginner disc, the higher speed might make a better second disc, after throwing something lighter or slower.

Discraft Heat – The Discraft Heat was one of the molds in the Discraft Ace Race a few years ago. Its flight numbers are similar to the Sphinx, with a lot of understability or ‘turn’. It is a fairway driver that in more inexpensive plastics make a great option for beginners. For more experienced players, the Heat is popular for turnover shots and rollers.

Discmania FD – The Discmania FD is another one of the molds on this list that can be used for beginners as well as experienced players. Starting with base plastics, newer playing will find the FD easy to hold and throw. Once a player advanced in skill level and distance, getting the FD in premium plastics will give them a useful tool in their disc golf arsenal.

Dynamic Discs Breakout – The Dynamic Discs Breakout is another mold that was designed with the beginner in mind. It is available in desirable lighter weights, and a few different plastic types. It doesn’t have the understability that some of the other molds on the list have. But, the lighter weight can help compensate for the straighter flight.

Divergent Discs Kraken – The Divergent Discs Kraken is a fairway driver that has a little flip to its flight, followed by a solid fade. It is available in lighter weights, making it a solid candidate for a beginner disc, even though the plastic is a premium plastic. The Kraken’s flip makes it a good disc for more experienced players looking for a roller disc. One nice thing about the Kraken is that it’s least expensive plastic is substantially more durable than most of the other mentioned beginner discs.

 

Percentage of sales among the top candidates for Best Beginner Disc

 

 

 

And the winner is…

 

 

 

Innova Leopard! There is a reason this mold is found in many starter sets. Its low speed means the disc is easy to grip and throw for beginners. The Leopard has a flight has a good amount of turn and a gentle fade at the end. Available in base plastics the mold is inexpensive as a starter disc. And it is available in premium plastics. Even though the Leopard is great for beginners, it can find its way into the bags of advanced players. With the turn of the Leopard it can be used as a turnover disc that will hold its turn for most of the flight. In tight woods the mold can be gently thrown on a hyzer-to-flat flight and get a decent amount of distance. Check out the Innova Leopard HERE.

Runner-ups –

Discmania FD – The FD is a great disc to start with, and one that you can keep throwing as your disc golf ‘career’ advances. As of this writing, the FD is unavailable due to material shortages. Click HERE to sign up for a notice when the mold comes back in stock.

Infinite Discs Sphinx – Just like the FD, the Sphinx is useful for players with a wide range of skill levels. In lighter weight I-Blend plastic, the Sphinx can be easily thrown by beginners and younger players, even though it is a faster mold than the FD. As of this writing, the Sphinx is unavailable. Click HERE to sign up for a notice when the mold comes back in stock.

Your Take

What do you think the best disc golf discs, sets, and brands for beginners are? What worked for you when you were just starting to play disc golf. Let your voice be heard in the comment section below.

 

Best Disc Golf Putter of 2022

Best Putter of 2022

Heading into the New Year we thought it would be interesting to check out the best putters. It’s fun to see which discs are selling the most at any particular time. Many factors play into making a particular disc popular: new plastics, sponsored pros, or even cool, new stamps. We’ll determine the best putter based on sales, ratings from our website, and fan voting. We will need your help for the last category.

The Top Selling Putter

Although the Pandemic is still in full swing, the supply chain is slightly better than in past months, so the sales are a little more indicative of the popularity of discs, rather than sales based on whatever discs might be available. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top sales for putt/approach discs for last year. These are ranked only against other putt/approach discs, not all types of discs.

 

 

Top Putters By Sales

Rank Disc Manufacturer
1 Zone Discraft
2 Alpaca Infinite Discs
3 Wizard Gateway
4 Aviar Innova
5 Envy Axiom
6 Judge Dynamic Discs
7 Pig Innova
8 EMac Judge Dynamic Discs
9 Warden Dynamic Discs
10 Roach Discraft
11 Praxis Thought Space Athletics
12 Pilot Streamline
13 P Model S Prodigy
14 Pure Latitude 64
15 Ruin Infinite Discs
16 Link Discmania
17 Luna Discraft
18 Banger GT Discraft
19 Penrose EV-7
20 Rune Viking Discs

 

New Brands, New Molds

 

In addition to the unprecedented growth in the numbers of disc golfers in the past few years, we’ve also seen an explosion of new manufacturers and molds. This gives us more options to choose from and takes a little bit of market share from the historically popular putters.  In 2020, we posted a list of the best putters and Discraft held a third of the top twenty discs. This year, although Discraft still maintains the top spot with the most molds, their number shrank. They now hold 20% of the top 20. Additionally, nearly half of the manufacturers in the top 20 only have a single mold. Here’s a look at number of molds by manufacturer:

 

Manufacturer # of Molds in the top 20
Discraft 4
Dynamic Discs 3
Infinite Discs 2
Innova 2
Axiom 1
Discmania 1
EV-7 1
Gateway 1
Latitude 64 1
Prodigy 1
Streamline 1
Thought Space Athletics 1
Viking Discs 1

Top Rated Discs

One of the tools we use to determine the Best Putter for 2022 is the individual disc ratings on our website. It gives us a picture of our customer’s opinion about the disc over time. Customers can rate a disc on a scale from 1-5, and comment about what they like or don’t like about a disc. It’s a great tool to check out when considering which discs to buy.  Here is a list of 20 of the top-rated discs, along with the customers rating.

 

Disc Mold Customer Rating
Praxis 4.93
Zone 4.90
Alpaca 4.87
P Model S 4.86
Envy 4.82
Pilot 4.81
Link 4.78
Rune 4.76
Warden 4.74
Wizard 4.73
Pure 4.73
Pig 4.68
Roach 4.66
Luna 4.65
Ruin 4.64
Judge 4.62
Banger GT 4.59
Aviar 4.44
EMac Judge 4.40
Penrose 4.38

 

The Age of These Putters

If you follow the sport of disc golf very much you’ll probably notice that several of the discs out of the top 10 are very new to the disc golf world. It is impressive that such new molds are competing for the title of Best Disc Golf Putter against tried and true classics. Maybe they will be the classics of the future, or maybe they are hyped molds that will fade into oblivion in the near future. We’ve seen that in the past, where a mold becomes popular due a a particular player, only to slow down in sales once the marketing ends. Only time will tell how popular molds will be in the future. Still, we wanted to look at the ages of the molds and see which ones have earned their way onto the list by virtue of years of sales. The newest kids on the block are the Emac Judge and the popular Alpaca. On the other end of the lifespan spectrum is the Aviar, a mold that has been around longer than a lot of current disc golfers. The average age of all the top 10 molds is about 10 years old. That age would be three years newer were it not for the Aviar. Here is a list of the top 10 molds and the date they were PDGA approved:

 

Disc

Date Approved

Aviar

1-Jan-84

Wizard

9-Jan-02

Pig

20-May-08

Zone

28-May-08

Judge

7-Dec-12

Warden

14-Oct-13

Envy

12-Jan-14

Roach

30-Nov-15

Alpaca

16-Nov-20

EMac Judge

5-Jan-21

 

We Want to Hear From You

Ok, we looked at the sales numbers and the ratings of the top putters, now it’s YOUR turn to let us know what disc you think is the best putter for 2022. Post your preference below. We will randomly select one lucky customer and send them a $50 gift card just for posting. We will also tabulate your choices and declare the best putter for 2022!

 

The Top-Selling Brands at Infinite Discs in 2021

Infinite Discs has always strived to keep discs from all disc golf brands and manufacturers in stock on our retail website. As some brands are discontinued or the supply becomes slim, those brands can disappear from our sales figures for long periods. Other new brands jump into the market and begin to show their strength with time. It is always fun after each year to pull up the count of the discs sold through our retail site to measure the growth of all the brands that we carried.

Here is a look at how those brands all measured up against one another for the year 2021. Please keep in mind that these sales statistics ONLY represent retail sales through Infinite Discs. It does not account for sales through other retailers and may not represent the entire disc golf marketplace. Plus, many brands have their own retail outlets in addition to their wholesale operations, and those sales may account for a large portion of the total sales for those particular brands and would not be calculated here.

The Infinite Discs brand also has inflated numbers through our retail site simply because we are traditionally known as a kay retail source for our own brand. Throughout all of 2021, Infinite Discs brand was also distributed to other retailers, both online and brick-and-mortar, but no wholesale numbers are reflected in this disc count. Again, this is only retail sales through Infinite Discs.

Charting the Sales

Innova remained the top-selling brand, as it has since Infinite Discs began in 2012. Discraft continues to build momentum, taking a strong #2 position. With the ups and downs of the supply chain in 2021, it is hard to know how the numbers would have looked if the most popular discs had been readily available at all times of the year. However, many popular discs went through repeated cycles where they would arrive, immediately sell out, then be missing from inventory for weeks or months before the next restock.

New Brands Making Moves

The number of small brands on the list continues to grow. We’re excited about that. Here are some brands that were recently created and made impressive moves on the chart:

Thought Space Athletics at #10 with their ultra-artistic, high-quality discs

Dino Discs at #11 with their line of discs for kids

Divergent Discs at #18 with their line focused on recreational players

Elevation Disc Golf at #19 with two silicone rubber discs launched in 2021

EV7 at #23 with their putters-only manufacturing approach

What Will 2022 Bring?

We’re excited to watch the disc sales in 2022 and see how things shuffle and move around. It should be particularly interesting to watch as we’ve seen a lot of professional players change brands for the new year. How will the sales for those brands be affected by the shuffle in sponsorships?

Feel free to leave your comments predicting the ups and downs of disc brands in 2022. 

TOP 50 BEST SELLING DISCS OF SEPTEMBER 2021

SORRY– we accidentally posted the last Top 50 blog in the wrong place and without comments available. It has now been fixed, but that made it hard to participate in the guessing game. I’ll be more careful to post it correctly this week.

Here is a look at the Top 50 best-selling discs for the last month. These are arranged in order by number of discs sold with #1 being the most. They are also broken down by plastic type, so the same disc model can appear multiple times with different plastic types. This way, you can see not only the most popular discs, but in which plastic types they were popular. Here we go…

Top 50 Best Sellers – September 2021

#1 – C-Blend Glow CHARIOT
#2 – Metal Flake C-Blend CHARIOT
#3 – Elevation Rubber KOI
#4 – StayPut ALPAS
#5 – Signature Electron Firm ENVY
#6 – Signature Swirly S-Blend EMPEROR
#7 – Electron Soft NOMAD
#8 – Signature C-Blend RUIN
#9 – Star DESTROYER
#10 – Star WRAITH
#11 – Aura PRAXIS
#12 – Halo Star WRAITH
#13 – Champion FIREBIRD
#14 – ESP BUZZZ
#15 – Halo Star DESTROYER
#16 – Star VALKYRIE
#17 – Swirly Star EAGLE
#18 – Gummy C-Blend MAYA
#19 – D-Blend ALPACA
#20 – Signature I-Blend EMPEROR
#21 – DX AVIAR
#22 – Splatter S-Blend MAYA
#23 – Halo Star LEOPARD3
#24 – I-Blend X-Out PHARAOH
#25 – DX Glow AVIAR
#26 – Signature ESP ANAX
#27 – Z Line ZONE
#28 – DX AVIAR CLASSIC
#29 – Tour Series Metallic Z RAPTOR
#30 – Star MAKO3
#31 – DX LEOPARD
#32 – Champion MAKO3
#33 – Splatter S-Blend EXODUS
#34 – Crystal APOLLO
#35 – Retro Burst X-Out RIVER
#36 – Metal Flake Glow C-Blend SCEPTER
#37 – Retro Burst DIAMOND
#38 – DX ROC
#39 – Z Line COMET
#40 – Champion TEEBIRD
#41 – Z Line HEAT
#42 – Prime Burst EMAC JUDGE
#43 – Champion SIDEWINDER
#44 – KC Pro ROC
#45 – I-Blend EXODUS
#46 – Star ROADRUNNER
#47 – Cryztal Lite FLICK
#48 – Electron Firm NOMAD
#49 – Signature ESP ZEUS
#50 – Signature Rubber Blend ROACH

There were quite a few restocks of Infinite Discs molds last month and that helped to boost discs like the CHARIOT to the #1 and #2 spots, since it had not been available for a long time. The RUIN also came back in stock after a long wait, along with the Exodus and Maya. Many popular molds by Innova and Discraft made the rounds on the charts, moving up and down according to availability and supply.

The Elevation Disc Golf KOI had a very strong debut at #3 with the Divergent Discs ALPAS close behind in the #4 spot, showing a growing interest in rubber putt-and-approach discs. The APOLLO mid-range from the new brand, Alfa Disc Golf, also touched the top 50.

Here is a look at how many spots the different brands took last month:

The Guessing Game

Every month you’ll be able to place your guess for a certain spot on the chart for the next month. The first person to guess the disc and plastic type correctly for the named chart position will win a $20 gift card for the Infinite Discs online store.

— This month we had asked for a guess of the #5 spot. We messed up on the listing and comments were not able to be posted most of the month. Sorry about that! The Signature Envy was the winner there, but nobody guessed it. Our bad! We’ve got it right for this month.

PLACE A GUESS for next month. If you can by the first to guess the #6 spot for OCTOBER, then you can be a winner. Leave your guess in the comments on this blog. Thanks!

Top Selling Disc Golf Discs of 2021 – Q1

The disc golf boom that was fueled by the pandemic last year, has continued into 2021. Many people found fulfillment in disc golf as a safe way to remain active, learn a new skill, and spend time with friends and family. Infinite Discs has experienced higher than usual demand and a shortage of supply.

The top-selling discs for this period are largely a result of what we were able to actually get in stock. Many disc molds would have had substantially more sales if they could have been purchased in quantities accurate enough to meet consumer demand. Because the major disc golf manufacturers have limited supply, popular brands like Prodigy and Discmania Originals didn’t have a chance of making our top 10 lists. From the Westside brand, we currently have only 3 of their 33 different molds IN stock.

At the top of our sales list for the first quarter, there are some familiar molds. Molds from Innova and Discraft are regularly our top sellers. Discs in the Infinite Discs line rank especially high for this period, primarily because we were able to keep most of these molds in stock most of the time.

There are also some new and surprising molds to highlight a little further. The hot release from a large restock of the Thought Space Athletics Mantra and consistent stock of the Gateway Wizard allowed these discs to be consistent sellers throughout the quarter and made it on the list in 6th and 7th place respectively.

Top 10 Overall

  1. Discraft Zone
  2. Infinite Discs Emperor
  3. Innova Destroyer
  4. Innova Wraith
  5. Discraft Buzzz
  6. Thought Space Athletics Mantra
  7. Gateway Wizard
  8. Infinite Discs Alpaca
  9. Infinite Discs Pharaoh
  10. Infinite Discs Sphinx

As already mentioned, some staples of disc golfers’ bags are, as expected, listed here: the Zone, Destroyer, Wraith, and the Buzzz. In addition, we see several Infinite Discs molds: Emperor, Alpaca, Pharaoh, and Sphinx. The Kona Panis Signature runs of the Alpaca(D-blend and D-blend Glow) and the Emperor(I-blend) certainly have promoted interest and demand for those molds.

Top Distance Drivers

  1. Infinite Discs Emperor 
  2. Innova Destroyer 
  3. Innova Wraith 
  4. Infinite Discs Pharaoh
  5. Discraft Nuke
  6. Innova Beast
  7. Innova Mamba
  8. Innova Shryke
  9. Streamline Trace
  10. Infinite Discs Aztec

Thanks to the fact that we had a good supply of the Emperor, especially Kona Panis and Garrett Gurthie editions, the Infinite Discs Emperor outsold the Innova Destroyer. Flight numbers and characteristics of these two discs are very similar, while the Emperor has a touch more glide and a bit less overstability. This can make it more manageable for all of us non-pros out on the course.

 

Unfortunately, our supply of Emperors has run out and we don’t know when we will be able to stock them.

Top Control/Fairway Drivers

  1. Thought Space Athletics Mantra
  2. Infinite Discs Sphinx 
  3. Innova Firebird
  4. Infinite Discs Centurion
  5. Innova Valkyrie
  6. Innova Leopard
  7. Innova Thunderbird
  8. Innova Teebird
  9. Discraft Raptor
  10. Innova Leopard3

The belle of the ball. The star of the show. The Thought Space Athletics Mantra. For the entire quarter, the Mantra outperformed the Leopard, Leopard3, Firebird, and our top performer in this category, the Sphinx. Even when sales of the Leopard and Leopard3 are combined, the Mantra still outperforms that popular mold. The Mantra is an understable control driver, with flight characteristics similar to, though not as extreme as, well-known molds like the Sidewinder, Heat, and Sphinx. This could be a great disc for someone getting their first driver after focusing on perfecting form with slower discs, or hyzer-flip straight shots for tight fairways or through the woods. With their unique artwork and immediately recognizable stamp designs, Thought Space Athletics is always in the debate for the coolest looking discs. As Deion Sanders says, “Look good, Feel good, Play good”.

Top Midrange Discs

  1. Discraft Buzzz
  2. Innova Mako3
  3. Infinite Discs Anubis
  4. Discmania MD
  5. Innova Roc3
  6. Mint Discs Bobcat
  7. Innova Roc
  8. Kastaplast Kaxe
  9. Dynamic Discs Verdict
  10. Innova RocX3

Surprise, surprise. At the top of the list, we find the Buzzz. The Buzzz has long been considered one of the best, if not THE best midrange in all of disc golf. Couple that with the support, praise, and signature lines from Paul McBeth, Paige Pierce, and Brodie Smith, there is no reason to think any other disc would be at the top of this list. Notably, we find 3 different iterations of the Roc on this list, proving the Roc isn’t going anywhere. Disc golfers have long debated over which of these molds is the greatest midrange ever. Even when sales of 3 Roc versions are combined though, the Buzzz still sold more for this quarter. The war is still ongoing, but the Buzzz has been winning the battles as of late.

Top Putt and Approach Discs

  1. Discraft Zone
  2. Gateway Wizard
  3. Infinite Discs Alpaca
  4. Innova Aviar
  5. Dynamic Discs Judge
  6. Streamline Pilot
  7. Discraft Roach
  8. Axiom Envy
  9. Infinite Discs Tomb
  10. Prodigy P Model S

The Zone takes the top spot here, proving that we all want to throw what the pros throw. The Paul McBeth “Claw” and Brodie Smith “Get Freaky” Zones are clearly driving interest in the mold. The Zone was the best seller of ALL discs in Q1, and by a wide margin, selling about 30% more than the next closest disc. The Pilot has been gaining recognition as a great driving putter and we see the evidence of that here. The P Model S has proven to be a favorite from Prodigy’s affordable Ace Line discs. The P Model S has a microbead and great glide to keep your putts moving towards the basket. Will Schusterick, who has helped design and promote the Ace Line discs, described the P Model S to feel like a combination of the Pa-1 and Pa-3.

 

In next quarter’s update, we will again highlight the top discs in each category, determine the biggest movers, and include some testimonials and quotes from some disc golfers that are using our most popular selling discs. We truly appreciate your time spent reading our Q1 Sales Update.

 

Please leave a comment below letting us know how many of these molds that are currently in your bag.Feedback for this article and recommendations for future articles are always accepted and considered.

 

Get outside and throw some discs. Have an awesome day!

 

Morgan Leonard

Best Disc Golf Discs for 2021 – Top 100

Best Disc Golf Discs for 2021

Today we’re going to take a look at the Best Disc Golf Discs for 2021. To learn which discs are the most popular, we are going to take a look at the Top 100 Sellers from 2020. All data is taken from InfiniteDiscs.com sales figures. (We cannot show exact figures, but we can easily see which discs sell most compared to others.)

Last year, 2020, brought crazy growth to our sport of disc golf. With many disc manufacturers being temporarily shut down, plus the massive influx of disc golfers, popular discs became harder and harder to come by throughout the year. Some discs, like the Zeus, quickly became “out of stock”, thus dropping it’s rank on the Top 100. When we did get the Zeus in, it would sell very fast, causing it to go higher on the chart.

We believe the top 100 selling discs of 2020 will still be an excellent indicator of the most popular discs of 2021. These sales represent the data from old and new disc golfers, making them a great summary of the best disc golf discs.

First we’ll jump into the top 100 chart, then we’ll look at some broken down stats. Lastly, we’ll get to our recommendations for the Best Disc Golf Discs of 2021!

Top 100 Disc Golf Discs at InfiniteDiscs.com


The Top 5 Selling Golf Discs for 2020

  1. Innova Destroyer
  2. Discraft Buzzz
  3. Discraft Luna
  4. Innova Wraith
  5. Discraft Zone

The Destroyer, Buzzz, and Luna took spots 1-3 respectively, making them the perfect Driver, Mid, and Putter combo… assuming you can handle a Destroyer. The Wraith and Zone were a close 4th and 5th place, showing that Innova and Discraft dominated the top five. The P2 dropped from it’s top 5 spot in 2019, and this was primarily due to it being unavailable for most of the year.


Ups and Downs

Next to each disc is an arrow pointing up, down, or right. These arrows and numbers represent how much each disc climbing or dropped in the ranks from 2019. Many of the top discs shuffled slightly, but not enough to make a big difference in the rankings. The #44 Aztec, #45 Raptor, and #45 Rhyno made the biggest jumps into the top 50. The biggest overall jump was the #87 Cohort, jumping 174 spots to make the Top 100 chart. The #91 Relay also made a big jump of 99 spots.

The Hades and the Fierce debuted in 2020 and claimed the highest spots on the chart for new discs, at #20 and #21 respectively.


Types of Discs Sold

What types of disc golf discs are most popular?

 

Top selling disc type graph in 2020

Putters were the top selling type of disc in 2020. We saw a big influx in putter sales. Putters made up 34% of all discs sold in 2020. Part of this may be do to the fact that many courses were closed for a time and disc golfers had more time to practice putting.

Control drivers came in second, at 28%. Distance drivers were at a close third at 26%, and mid ranges were by far the worst selling disc type at just 12%. Midrange discs are not the most glamourous golf discs. They do not wear out nor get lost as quickly as do drivers.


Top Disc Golf Brands

In terms of the best disc golf brands, here we list the number of times any brand had a disc golf mold that made our top 100 list.

Graph of Best Disc Golf Brands during 2020

Innova appeared on the Top 100 chart 33 times, while Discraft appeared 23 times. Infinite Discs molds came in third with 9 molds on the chart. Many other brands made the chart, showing that there are excellent discs from every manufacturer. Because most of the disc golf manufacturers were unable to produce discs at a rate fast enough to keep up with demand, there was often lack of availability of many of the most popular molds. These graphs would likely be very different if we were able to keep in stock all disc models throughout the year.


Best Disc Golf Discs for 2021:

Now let’s jump into our recommendations based on the best sellers! We’ve divided our suggestions here into best putters, midranges, and drivers. As skill level does effect ones ability to have success with different types of discs, we’ve also suggested different discs from our top 100 for different skill types.

Best Disc Golf PUTTERS for 2021

disc golf putter stacks

There are many great putters to choose from and they work for most, if not all skill levels. There’s a reason many of these putters have been top sellers for a long time. They work well, and people love them.

Recommended Putters For All Skill Levels:

Try something hot and new: Infinite Discs ALPACA


Best MIDRANGES for 2021

We’ll break down these midrange recommendations based off of sales, and skill level.

stacks of midrange disc golf discs

Best Mids For Beginners:

If you’re new too disc golf a straight to understable midrange just might be the most valuable golf disc to you. Consider trying one of these great, easy to throw, mids.

Try Something Hot and New: Divergent Discs LEVIATHAN

Recommended Mids for Intermediate / Advanced Players:

Once you have better throwing technique and a little more throwing power a stable/overstable midrange becomes the consistent choice for accuracy. Try these from our list of best midrange discs for 2021.

Try Something Hot and New: Thought Space Athletics PATHFINDER


Best Disc Golf DRIVERS for 2021

We’ll break down these driver recommendations based off of sales, and skill level.

stacks of disc golf driver discs

Best Drivers For Beginners:

Understable moderate speed fairway drivers are typically the best disc golf drivers for new players. Be sure to check out these recommendations for the best drivers for beginners.

Top Drivers For Intermediate Players:

For many intermediate disc golfers, the most important aspect of improving the disc golf game is getting more distance. Our suggested list of best drivers for intermediate players here provides some excellent choices for improving your accuracy and maximum distance.

Top Drivers For Advanced and Tournament Players:

Skilled disc golfers need consistent discs that will provide them with both accuracy and distance. The suggested top drivers below are consistent choices among some of the top players in the world.


LET US KNOW what your top picks are for the best disc golf discs of 2021! Be sure to tell us about your skill level and list what you think the best drivers, midrange, putters or disc golf sets are.

Best Disc Golf Putter of 2020

Pig Putter in Disc Golf Basket

Putters take center stage this week as we post another blog for our series of the best disc golf discs of 2020. With the pandemic forcing many people to stay home for an extended time, many people took the opportunity to use the time to practice putting. Our sales and inventory reflected the surge in purchases, particularly of putters and baskets. We will look at the sales of putters for this year, and compare the top sellers with the top rated putters. We will then turn the voting over to you to help us pick the best putter of 2020.

The Best Disc Golf Putter

Sales Rank Star Rating Fan Vote Average
Discmania P2 3 6 3 4.0
Gateway Wizard 6 4 2 4.0
Discraft Luna 1 10 4 5.0
Discraft Zone 2 1 12 5.0
Axiom Envy 7 2 9 6.0
Dynamic Discs Judge 5 12 1 6.0

In a first for our category of Best Discs of 2020 we had a tie for first, second, and third. The popular P2 and Wizard tied for first place. These two putters didn’t take first in any single category, but still managed to average the best overall rating of any putter.

Two Discraft molds tied for second place, with each one landing in first place for one category of popularity:  the Luna taking first for 2020 sales, and the Zone for the best rated disc of 2020. Although the Zone has been around for more than a decade, the Luna is relatively new to the scene. Even so, when you have the best disc golfers in the world throwing a certain mold, they tend to be more popular.

Two more molds, the Axiom Envy and the DD Judge, rounded out our best disc golf putters category. Notably, the Judge took first place in the fan voting (see results below). The Envy was the second best rated disc for this year.

 

The Putter Approach

In the 8 years that I’ve been playing disc golf, I’ve heard many players say that you should spend the most practice time with your putter. The theory is that you will end up putting on nearly every hole. While that may or may not be the best approach to practicing, it would be hard to deny the importance of feeling confident with your putter. It needs to feel good in your hand, which means that you need to find the best plastic and mold for you. And you need to have the confidence that the putter will end up in the basket, which means practice, practice, practice.

In addition to using a putter to finish a hole, the putter can also be used as a driver and approach disc. Many overstable molds are popular among disc golfers who choose to throw them hard off the tee. With a putter’s ability to be shaped and still land softly, the putter is also a great utility disc. And we’ve seen what a putter can do in the hands of a pro: amazing drives, touch approach shots, and lengthy putts.

Best Selling Putter of 2020

Let’s start by looking at putter sales for the year. Like with the other disc categories, the numbers are affected by Covid-19. However, putters were affected a little more. The pandemic brought a spike in putter sales, and inventory shortages that still continues. It would be nice to see what sales would have looked like in a normal year, but all we can do is check out the numbers we have. Here are the top sellers for 2020:

2020 Sales Rank YTD Disc Mold
1 Discraft Luna
2 Discraft Zone
3 Discmania P2
4 Innova Aviar
5 Dynamic Discs Judge
6 Gateway Wizard
7 Axiom Envy
8 Discraft Fierce
9 Dynamic Discs Warden
10 Discraft Roach
11 Latitude 64 Pure
12 Discraft Banger GT
13 Westside Harp
14 Dynamic Discs Deputy
15 Innova Nova
16 Innova Pig
17 Infinite Discs Tomb
18 MVP Atom
19 Westside Maiden
20 Axiom Proxy

 

With the top two players in the world, Page Pierce and Paul McBeth throwing the Zone and Luna, it’s no surprise that these two molds ended up at the top of the list. With a third of the top 15 molds belonging to Discraft, they definitely dominated the category for 2020. After Discraft’s five molds, the remaining 15 spots in the top 20 were divided up among ten different manufacturers! The putter category doesn’t have the Discraft/Innova dominance like other categories.

Putter Rank and File

Let’s take a look at the top rated putters for 2020.  We took the star rating and the number of reviews to get a weighted score. Then ranked them according to the weighted score. Here are the results:

Rank Mold Star Rating # Reviews in 2020 Weighted score
1 Discraft Zone 4.89 64 5.45
2 Axiom Envy 4.79 31 4.88
3 Infinite Discs Tomb 4.88 22 4.84
4 Gateway Wizard 4.75 31 4.84
5 Innova Pig 4.75 30 4.82
6 Discmania P2 4.74 20 4.67
7 Westside Harp 4.69 22 4.65
8 Westside Maiden 4.77 14 4.61
9 Dynamic Discs Warden 4.75 15 4.61
10 Discraft Luna 4.59 26 4.60

 

The ratings results for the best putter is very unusual compared to other categories of discs. The top seven ranked molds are all from different companies! The Discraft Zone sits at the top of the rankings and sales. This overstable putter is versatile, and can be driven or putted. It was approved by the PDGA in 2008, and is a favorite of many top pros.

Old School, New School

Let’s look at the PDGA approval date for each mold. Here is a list of the top discs and which date they were approved. The elder statesman of the bunch is the Aviar, which was approved back in the ‘80’s, and the newest disc is the Fierce. The average approval year for the top 10 putters is 2009. That year would be several years higher if it weren’t for the Aviar.

Discraft Luna 2018
Discraft Zone 2008
Discmania P2 2007
Innova Aviar 1984
Dynamic Discs Judge 2012
Gateway Wizard 2002
Axiom Envy 2014
Discraft Fierce 2020
Dynamic Discs Warden 2013
Discraft Roach 2015

 

We also wanted to look at the top selling putters for 2020 and see how those same molds rank in top sales of all time. The Luna has only had a couple years of sales, but still comes in at #6 for all-time sales. As we mentioned in another blog, the sales of the Luna have been amazing this year. As has the sales for all putters.

 

2020 Sales Rank Mold All-Time Rank
1 Discraft Luna 6
2 Discraft Zone 4
3 Discmania P2 1
4 Innova Aviar 2
5 Dynamic Discs Judge 3
6 Gateway Wizard 5
7 Axiom Envy 7
8 Discraft Fierce 34
9 Dynamic Discs Warden 8
10 Discraft Roach 18

Fan Voting Results: Best Putter 2020

We asked you to vote for your favorite putter, and hundreds of you responded. We tallied the votes and have the results below. Once again the Above Ground Level (AGL) fans rallied and got one of their putters, the Madrone, on the top ten list. (AGL fans and others interested in different disc golf companies, stay tuned for a blog series introducing the smaller disc golf brands that you might not be familiar with. AGL will be one of the featured companies).

The beaded putter, the Judge, topped the charts with 10% of the votes. The Judge was also one of the top sellers in 2020, making it a solid candidate for the best disc. The mold has been around for eight years, and the straight flying putter. The comments people made about the Judge varied.

User Comments on The Judge

Steven H said, rather succinctly: (The) Judge is the best putter.

Tanner F elaborated, saying: Honestly I’ve been #teamjudge since I picked one up. Love having a bead and this is so versatile. I throw it up to 200’ for flip over shots. The new hybrid Judge is quite the addition to my top pouch.

Two older molds, the Wizard (2002) and the Aviar (1984) made the top five list. Two molds, the Luna (2018) and the aforementioned Madrone (2018) were the newest on the list. The average year of release for the top ten was 2009, while the average for the top five was 2004.

The Innova Aviar made the top five list, but has several different versions. I counted each version separately, since they are commonly known in the sport to have different characteristics. Most have different flights, while others have a different feel because of the plastic and beaded/beadless rim. I’m referring to the Yeti Pro (Jay “Yeti” Reading), the KC Pro (Ken Climo), the Aviar3, and the JK Aviar (Juliana Korver).

Variety is The Spice of Life

There were nine different manufacturers represented in the top ten molds. Only Dynamic Discs had more than one mold (the Judge, and the beadless version of the Judge, the Warden). That shows the variety of tastes we have in the disc golf community. Additionally, there were 65 molds that received at least one vote. Here are the top voted putters and the percentage of votes that they received.

 

1 Dynamic Discs Judge 10.0%
2 Gateway Wizard 7.4%
3 Discmania P2 6.6%
4 Discraft Luna 6.1%
5 Innova Aviar 5.3%
6 Above Ground Level Madrone 4.5%
7 Dynamic Discs Warden 3.9%
8 Latitude 64 Pure 3.7%
9 Axiom Envy 3.4%
10 Streamline Pilot 2.9%

As we promised, we selected a random voter to win a $50 Infinite Gift Card. The random voter was Robbie S. of Illinois. Robbie chose an Aviar as the best putter. Thanks for your votes!

What is Your Favorite Putter? Tell Us!

Once again we turn to you for your thoughts on your go-to putter. Let us know your favorite putter mold, and tell us why you like it.

Best Midrange Disc of 2020

Best Mid range golf discs

Our quest to find the most popular discs of 2020 continues this week by examining the data to find the best midrange disc. We’ve looked at the best drivers as a whole, distance drivers, control drivers, and now midrange discs. A usual, we’ll look at the sales for 2020 so far, and compare that to the reviews and ratings for the year. Then, we’ll count your votes by looking at the comments on this blog. We’ll add up all of these categories and declare a winner.

Best Disc Golf Midrange Discs

Sales Rank Star Rating Fan Vote Average
Discraft Buzzz 1 1 1 1
Innova Mako3 2 2 4 2.7
Innova Roc3 4 7 2 4.3
Innova Roc 3 5 7 5
Discraft Buzzz SS 6 3 8 5.7

The Discraft Buzzz Swept all three categories to take the title of the best midrange disc. Discraft also took six of the top ten spots, with Innova sporting three molds in the top ten. Dynamic Discs’ Emac Truth fills the number six spot, and is the lone non-Discraft/Innova manufacturer.

Midrange discs, or mid’s, fill the ‘gap’ between putters and fairway drivers. Not quite as easy to control as putters, their ability to be thrown slower than a fairway driver makes them a great choice for technical shots, shot shaping, and controlling the ground action once they touch down. The rim of a midrange feels slightly more ‘meaty’ in your hand than a putter. The flights, like all categories of discs, range from flippy to very overstable.

Most people have a few different mid’s in their bag for a variety of needs. The midrange disc is probably one of the easier discs to shape. I’ve heard many people say that if they played a one-disc round, they would choose a midrange as their single disc. That shows the versatility of this class of disc.

The Perfect Combination

In addition to choosing a disc for its flight, the feel of the disc can vary from disc to disc. Some are beaded, while others are beadles. Some have a sharper rim, while others are rounded. The depth of the rim can vary a bit, adding to the feel of the disc. And of course, the plastic type affects the feel. All of those factors go into how we choose our discs. One manufacturer has apparently found the best of all of these characteristics to create an amazingly successful mold: the Buzzz.

Top Sellers of 2020

When we look at the top sales for each category (Distance driver, control driver, midrange, and putt/approach) there are molds that are clearly in first place. Meaning, significantly ahead of the next closest competitor. In no other category was this gap between first and second place as big as the midrange disc. The Discraft Buzzz was not only way ahead of the second place Mako3 in sales, it was ahead of the next four molds combined!

Keep in mind, we separated the sibling discs, the Buzzz OS and Buzzz SS, into their own sales numbers. That means the sales domination is held by the Buzzz, and the Buzzz alone. We have sold more Buzzz’s than the bottom half of the top 20 molds! Let’s take a look at the top 20 midrange discs according to sales.

Rank Midrange Brand and Mold
1 Discraft Buzzz
2 Innova Mako3
3 Innova Roc
4 Innova Roc3
5 Discraft Comet
6 Discraft Buzzz SS
7 Discraft Malta
8 Dynamic Discs EMac Truth
9 Discraft Buzzz OS
10 Discraft Meteor
11 Discraft Archer
12 MVP Reactor
13 Discraft SOL
14 Discraft Wasp
15 Innova Shark
16 Prodigy M4
17 Infinite Discs Anubis
18 Kastaplast Kaxe Z
19 Innova Gator
20 Dynamic Discs Truth

The Discraft Domination

Discraft dominates the category, with six of the top ten discs manufactured by them. Innova has a few molds in the mix, with the Dynamic Discs’ EMac Truth the sole mold in the top ten that is not an Innova or Discraft disc. Then next ten spots contains molds by MVP, Prodigy, and Kastaplast, in addition to Innova, Discraft, and Dynamic Discs.

The Buzzz was approved as a mold in 2003, so it has had time to gather a following. Its straight flight makes the Buzzz popular among all skill levels. The gentle turn and equally soft fade make the disc shapeable and able to meet a large variety of shot needs. Throw in a variety of plastic types, with a dash of swirly colors, and mix in the names of a world champion or two to get an undisputed winner of the most midrange sales of 2020.

Rating and Reviews

You, the customer, spoke volumes in voting with your wallet. And you made it equally clear with your reviews and ratings how you felt about the mold. The Buzzz was, again, above the competition in ratings and favorable reviews.  Here are the top molds and their ratings.

Disc Mold Star Rating # of 2020 Reviews Weighted Score
Discraft Buzzz 4.8 70 5.44
Innova Mako3 4.74 40 4.95
Discraft Buzzz SS
4.72 20 4.65
Kastaplast Kaxe Z
4.92 6 4.65
Innova Roc 4.71 19 4.62
Discraft Archer 4.81 9 4.58
Innova Roc3 4.55 27 4.58
Dynamic Discs EMac Truth
4.7 16 4.57
Discraft Buzzz OS
4.68 17 4.57
MVP Reactor 4.83 6 4.56
Discraft Comet 4.63 17 4.52
Prodigy M4 4.77 4 4.47
Discraft Meteor 4.69 9 4.46
Discraft Malta 4.65 10 4.44
Innova Shark 4.46 21 4.40
Infinite Discs Anubis
4.66 6 4.39
Innova Gator 4.55 9 4.32
Dynamic Discs Truth
4.54 7 4.28
Discraft Wasp 4.44 5 4.15
Discraft SOL 4.16 4 3.86

Best Midrange Discs of 2020

Combining the top ten of each list we have the following discs in the running for the best midrange:

This Year Compared to All-Time Sales

I wanted to see how the list of the top sellers for 2020 compared to the top sellers since Infinite started, so I pulled up the sales records for all midrange discs sold by Infinite and compared the two lists. I added the year that the all-time best sellers were approved, so we can see how some of the newer molds compare to some of the older molds. The oldest mold on the top 10 all-time discs is the Roc, which was approved in 1987. The newest discs on the all-time list is a tie between the Roc3 and the Mako3. Both were approved on the same date in 2017. Here is the comparison.

All-Time Sales Rank Mold Year Approved 2020 Sales Rank Mold
1 Discraft Buzzz 2003 1 Discraft Buzzz
2 Innova Roc3 2017 2 Innova Mako3
3 Innova Mako3 2017 3 Innova Roc3
4 Innova Roc 1987 4 Innova Roc
5 Discraft Comet 1995 5 Discraft Comet
6 Dynamic Discs EMac Truth 2016 6 Discraft Buzzz SS
7 Discraft Buzzz SS 2008 7 Discraft Malta
8 Discraft Buzzz OS 2014 8 Dynamic Discs EMac Truth
9 Discmania MD3 2013 9 Discraft Buzzz OS
10 Innova Gator 2000 10 Discraft Meteor

Although the total number of sales for a given mold may not indicate how popular it will continue to be in the future, it does show how big of an impact the older discs have made over time. It also shows how the newer discs have started out in popularity.

Average Yearly Sales

Although it isn’t necessarily an even comparison, I took an average yearly sales number for each mold in the top all-time molds to see how that changed the rankings. Here is what I found.

Rank, Average Yearly Sales Mold Year PDGA Approved
1 Innova Roc3 2017
2 Discraft Buzzz 2003
3 Innova Mako3 2017
4 Dynamic Discs EMac Truth 2016
5 Innova Roc 1987
6 Discraft Comet 1995
7 Discraft Buzzz OS 2014
8 Discmania MD3 2013
9 Discraft Buzzz SS 2008
10 Innova Gator 2000

Fan Voting Results: Best Midrange Disc 2020

Mold Percentage of Votes
Discraft Buzzz 26.1%
Innova Roc3 7.2%
Dynamic Discs EMac Truth 7.2%
Innova Mako3 5.8%
Discraft Comet 4.3%
Westside Tursus 2.9%
Westside Warship 2.9%
Latitude 64 Fuse 2.9%
Discmania MD4 2.9%
Discraft Meteor 2.9%

The fan voting for the best midrange disc was certainly lopsided. Although there were votes that were cast for dozens of different molds, the Discraft Buzzz was easily the fan favorite. The Buzzz flight has a little turn and a soft fade making it a shapeable, controllable, straight flying disc.  A voter with username Tay pretty much summed up the Buzzz:

– The Buzzz “really can do any shot. My new favorite (shot) with it is the forehand flex. Wow!”

A few Trilogy molds made the top 10 in fan voting, but were not in the top ten for sales nor star ratings. Westside’s Tursus and Warship made the fan-favorite list. Also, the Latitude 64 Fuse received about 3% of the votes. Numerous smaller manufacturers received one or two votes. Even Vibram received one vote with their Obex.

Best Midrange Discs for Beginners

While many of the recommended best mids are great for players of all skill level, more understable discs work better (and fly straighter) for beginners.  From our top mids above, these are the five best midrange discs for beginners:

  1. Westside Tursus
  2. Latitude 64 Fuse
  3. Discraft Meteor
  4. Infinite Discs Anubis
  5. Innova Mako3

What do you think is the Best Midrange Disc of 2020?

We want to hear what you think is the best midrange disc. And we want to hear why you like that disc. What makes your favorite disc so valuable to you? If your favorite mid didn’t make the list, we still want to hear what it is.  Comment below to help our readers select the best midrange disc.

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