I’ve discovered that the times in my life that my life that I’ve hit the most putts in games and leagues have been when I am practicing putting regularly. Not surprising. However, sometimes it is tough to carve out enough time to drive to a course to get in the putting reps. Owning a basket gives you a convenient way to get in scores of putts every day. Do that on a regular basis and over time you will see more and more putts starting to drop during leagues, tournaments, and casual rounds. Enter: the practice basket! We’ll look at the best disc golf baskets and determine which will be best for you.
Best Disc Golf Baskets
Today we will look at the top disc golf baskets by sales, features, popularity, and cost. We’ll examine the qualities of each basket and rank them accordingly. This guide will help you weigh the pros and cons of each basket so you can decide which will work best for you and your particular situation and needs.
Having the best professional-grade basket still won’t help you improve if you don’t use it regularly. Having a nice basket that you can practice with definitely makes it easier and gives you a little more motivation to putt than using a basket that rarely holds a putt. With that in mind, let’s look at the best baskets for practicing at home.
Okay, let me just say flat out that I’ve spent a lot of time putting on this basket and I love it! I consider it to be about the best made, closest to a course quality basket that you can buy in a portable. It catches a disc well, is solidly built, looks great, and even has a wheel on the base to help you move it around. I’ll talk about some of the things to consider which might steer you away from this basket in a minute, but if those aren’t an issue then this is the basket for you.
Pros: Excellent quality, 26 disc-grabbing chains, attached wheel for ease of movement, will last you a long time, even with heavy use.
Cons: Price, weight, tools needed for disassembly/assembly.
Although I’m listing the cost in the ‘con’ section, I do so only because it is more than the other baskets on our list. You could get two of some baskets for the price of this one basket. If you want the best quality basket on the market and either won’t be transporting it much, or are willing to deal with the extra size and weight, then look into the Recruit. It will last a lifetime. If you are looking for a basket that will get transported a lot, you might want to look at some of the other baskets on the list. They would be easier to tear down and haul to and from the park or course.
(Streamline Lite, Black Hole Lite) – Although this is an entry-level class of basket, it still has a lot of chains and some good disc-grabbing power. It is easy to assemble/disassemble and its light weight makes it easy to transport. It still takes up a decent amount of room, but I can fit one in the back seat of my Accord or in the trunk. The Lite baskets are great if you regularly move them around your yard or basement. At that price point you can get two baskets for the price of one Recruit!
Cons: Chains and cage are lighter weight than other baskets, you will have spit outs, run throughs, and bounce backs on this basket, although not all the time.
The Axiom Lite, Streamline Lite, and Black Hole Lite baskets are perfect for a first basket, people on a budget or who don’t want to spend a lot for a practice basket, and for people who will be using the basket at home and don’t need course-quality baskets. If you will be using the baskets on a temp course on a regular basis, I would step up to a heavier basket. Even with the lighter chains and metal, the Lite baskets are great for at-home use.
I’m always happy to talk about the Mach Lite because I’ve owned one for many years and have recommended the basket to many customers. The Mach Lite is a well-designed portable basket that sets up easily, folds up quickly and is easy to transport, and comes with a travel bag. If you will be transporting a basket on a regular basis, this is a good one to consider. It is not the best at grabbing discs, and you will have bounce backs, but it is not terrible for a practice round. After years of use, the basket still holds up well, even though has been used regularly.
Pros: Portability, good quality, reasonably grabby, ease to open and close
Cons: Needs to be set up on level ground, doesn’t hold discs like course baskets, the fabric basket makes discs react different than metal
Whether or not you add the Mach Lite to your list of baskets when you are shopping for one depends on how you will use the basket. If you will be transporting it to the park to putt on a regular basis, I would add this basket to the top of your list. If you are looking for something you will set up at home and only transport a couple times per year, I would go with a different choice. Then, maybe consider the Mach Lite as a second basket.
The Black Hole Pro HD is another example of a great basket that is easy to disassemble and transport, but still offers amazing quality and durability. It is priced slightly higher than many of the less expensive baskets, but offers impressive quality and nearly course basket performance. Its heavier weight is due to thicker gauge metal used on the basket. The extra weight makes the Pro HD slightly more difficult to haul lift and transport. However, the extra weight means it is more durable than thinner gauge baskets.
Pros: Quality, ease of disassembly, catches discs very well
Cons: Extra cost, heavier weight
Since the Pro HD is not significantly more expensive than the Pro, it may be worth the extra few dollars to have a more heavy-duty basket. If you won’t be transporting it a lot, or are willing to lug around some extra pounds, the Black Hole Pro HD is a great choice for a practice basket.
The best way to sum up the performance, cost, and ease of transport of the MVP Black Hole Pro is ‘balance’. The Pro is not so inexpensive that it suffers poor quality, but also won’t gouge its buyers. It is easy to move around your yard and to transport, but heavy-duty enough to last a long, long time. You will get some bounce outs and occasional run-throughs, but those will be rare. The Pro is in the sweet spot of most of the things people are considering when shopping for a practice basket.
Pros: Cost, ease of transport, performance
Cons: Not as heavy-duty as high-end portables, weighs more than some
The Black Hole Pro performs great, is reasonably priced, is easy to disassemble and transport, and will last a long time with regular use. With its high quality at its amazing price point, it’s easy to see why the Pro is so popular.
Which is right for you?
Your choice of baskets will come down to a few factors that work for you: How much will you be transporting the basket, and how much room do you have to transport it? What is your budget for a basket? Will you be using the basket as a temp at tournaments and leagues? Will the weight of the basket be a factor in your purchase?
Once you determine the basket that suits your needs, stop by Infinite Discs to check out our supply of disc golf baskets, HERE
Note about basket inventory: Since our supplier’s inventories vary frequently, we can always list the baskets that we can drop-ship. If you are interested in one of the baskets that is not in our inventory, send us an email to see if we can have it drop-shipped directly to you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us know what basket you practice with, and how you like it.
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Several years ago I got my first disc golf cart. Up until then I had been lugging around a bag without any problem, and it seemed silly and unnecessary to have a cart. I might have never gotten one, but I had just sold a ton of used discs and I had some store credit to burn so I thought ‘why not?’
I got my new cart between rounds at a tournament in Salt Lake. During the lunch break, I put the cart together and prepared to take it on its maiden voyage. I had been carrying my bag the first round, so I figured it would be a great back-to-back (pardon the pun) round comparison.
I don’t want to sound too hyperbolic with my experience with the disc golf cart, but the clouds parted and a beam of light shined down on my new, favorite piece of disc golf equipment! Ok, there is a tad bit of hyperbole in that statement, but just a little bit. I instantly became a convert to cart-ism, and I’ve been a fan ever since.
Best Disc Golf Cart For You
In this blog we will examine the benefits of using a cart, then we’ll look at a variety of carts, and talk about the pros and cons of each. We’ll also talk about the best carts to suit individual needs. This will help you find the best cart for YOU.
When I had my cart epiphany, I was amazed at how much I didn’t miss hauling my bag around. I was playing at a park course and even with the few hills and trails on the course, I could tell I was expending less energy than on the round that I carried my bag. Plus, I would be able to carry even more stuff with about the same amount of effort. I could carry extra discs, extra food and water, an umbrella, a retriever, etc., Plus, I had a cart with a seat!
Down Side To Carts
Before we talk about cart choices you have, let’s discuss the down sides to owning a cart. First, there is the extra cost. Carts cost several hundred dollars, not to mention the cost of possible accessories such as a seat cushion (Recommended!), putter pouch, wheel cover, fenders, etc. Second, not all courses are cart-friendly. Trying to take a cart on a hilly course with narrow trails may cost you much more energy than carrying a bag. If you get a cart that holds discs, you may still need to get a bag for courses those non-cart courses. Third, they typically take up much more room in your vehicle than just using a bag. If you have limited space in your vehicle, you may have a difficult time getting a cart to fit.
Bag or Bagless
First, let’s look at the two general types of carts on the market: Those which require you to provide a bag, and those that come with built-in disc and accessory storage. The carts that require you to supply the bag can also be broken down into two sub-categories: Those where your bag rests or hangs ON the cart, and the ones where your bag sits IN the cart,.
The carts that have their own built-in disc carriers come in a few different designs. The thing they have in common is that they are self-contained carts. In other words, you don’t need an additional bag to hold discs. They hold 15-30+ discs and have room for accessories. The problem with that type of cart comes when you play a course that isn’t cart-friendly, such as heavily wooded or hilly courses. Then you will need to have a bag, and transfer all of your discs from the cart to the bag. Here are a few examples of this type of cart.
Note: all of the two-wheeled card have common benefits, such as an adjustable, telescopic pole and handle, and available accessories, such a umbrella/retriever holder
ZUCA Trekker and Trekker LG cart
This cart is based on the ZUCA Backpack and Backpack LG. The ‘LG’ stands for Large and that model is slightly larger than the regular Trekker/Backpack cart. The Trekker has a 22” axel (which means the cart is 22” wide) and carries 20-25 discs, while the LG has a 24” axel and holds up to 30 discs. They both have a telescoping handle and a built-in seat that supports up to 300 lbs.
No additional bag needed
An additional bag would be needed for non-cart courses
Takes a lot of space to transport
ZUCA Compact cart
The Compact is for people who don’t carry as many discs, and who don’t need as much space. It sits a little lower, but still has the 22” axel for stability. It also has a built-in seat, which sits a little lower than other carts.
Smaller, lighter cart is easier to move and transport
Low center of gravity
An additional bag would be needed for non-cart courses
Limited space for extra discs and accessories
The All-Terrain is a larger version of the Compact cart. It carries up to 32 discs, with side pockets and interior storage. It has a built-in seat and a 22” axel.
Lots of storage space for discs and accessories
An additional bag would be needed for non-cart courses
ZUCA Transit Cart
The Transit cart has a built-in bag for discs, and also has storage space below the bag. It has a 24” axel and a built-in seat. The Transit Cart holds up to 25 discs.
Extra space for storage or a cooler bag
An additional bag would be needed for non-cart courses
Limited space for extra discs
The other kind of cart is one you use to transport an existing bag. The bag will go on or in the cart. These kinds of carts vary in size and style. Some have seats, while others don’t. Some have two wheels, and one model has three. Here are some of these carts where you need to provide a bag:
ZUCA Backpack and Backpack LG
These are bag carts that have a seat, telescoping handle, water bottle holders, but no extra storage space. All of the storage must come from the bag used in the cart. The Backpack cart has a 22” axel, the LG’s is 24”.
Easy to remove your bag for non-cart courses
Larger cart to transport
Additional cost of buying a bag
Storage space is limited to the size of the bag
MVP Rover Cart
The Rover Cart is a small cart and the most compact of any cart. It does have water bottle holders and a telescopic handle, but no built-in seat. It has a low center of gravity, making it easy to move and maneuver.
Easy to remove your bag for non-cart courses
Low center of gravity for ease of moving
Small cart to transport
Additional cost of buying a bag
Storage space is limited to the size of the bag
ZUCA EZ Cart
The EZ Cart has a shelf for your bag to sit on, and a little storage area under that shelf. Like the Rover Cart, it doesn’t have a seat, so you would need to carry one. It has a 24” axel.
Easy to remove your bag for non-cart courses
Low center of gravity for ease of moving
Small cart to transport
Extra storage space for accessories or a cooler bag
Additional cost of buying a bag
This is a foldable cart from ball-golf cart maker, Clikgear. It will hold any bag. The Rovic has a locking brake to prevent the cart from rolling away on an incline. There is a small storage area for snacks, keys, etc. It comes with drink holders, an umbrella storage loop, and a place to hold your umbrella when it’s up. There are many accessories available, including a seat with cushion, insulated storage bag, and mitts for cooler weather. The cart doesn’t push well on bumpy, uneven ground, but you can simply pull the cart over those sections of the course. The large handle makes it easy to get the cart up curbs and over ditches. I was concerned that the cart has plastic pieces, but I’ve been using one year ‘round for three years (including in the winter) and it has held up perfectly.
Easy to push: I never thought tipping back a two-wheeled cart to get it to roll was a big deal. But, when I didn’t have to do it, it was really nice!
Accessories available to increase storage space, give you a place to sit, and make your life a little easier on the course.
Very Compact. Folds up into an impressively small space.
Holds your bag higher, so you barely have to bend over at all to retrieve a disc.
Since the front wheel doesn’t pivot, you have to tip the cart back to turn the cart. By mounting your bag a little higher, it makes the tip-to-turn a little easier.
The accessories are an added expense.
The cart fold up very small, but if you add the dimensions of your bag and accessories, the total space is comparable to a large cart.
The included water bottle holders are too small for larger water bottles to fit.
The BEST Disc Golf Cart
Now that you know the pros, cons, and features of these disc golf carts, you can narrow down your selection by considering your disc golf needs.
Do you play most of your rounds at courses that are cart-friendly?
Do you enough room in your vehicle to transport a cart?
How much extra space will you need for accessories, food/water, and extra discs?
How often will I be using the cart at tournaments? (Tournament needs are different than casual-round needs. You’ll want to make sure you can take food, water, chair, repellant, sun screen, umbrella, raingear, etc.)
How much can you spend for the cart and all the accessories you’ll need?
Do you want to be able to sit during rounds?
Once you answer these questions, you’ll start to see which cart makes the most sense for you. Then you can further refine your choices by looking at available colors and styles.
I’ve heard many times how glad people are that they bought a cart! With all of the benefits a cart provides, it really is a game changer for many of us. Use this guide to help you decide which cart will be best for you, then check out the selection at Infinite Discs HERE.
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How a disc feels in our hand is an important part of our game. Plastic type, rim width and depth, and whether or not it is beaded can affect our decision about which discs we throw. However, even when we are throwing discs that we love and feel great in our hand, our grip can be negatively affected by the amount of moisture on our hands.
Playing disc golf on a hot day or in a humid environment can make our hands wet with sweat. Playing in the rain can be a non-stop effort to keep our hands dry. Enter the grip enhancer.
Get a Grip
Grip enhancers are products which help us alleviate the problem of moist hands. They come in a few types. There are some who which absorb the moisture to keep our hands dry. There are some that have a powder to dry our hands. A final category is solids, which give our hands a little extra grip. Let’s look at some of the grip enhancers available.
The Sportsack is also filled with moisture absorbing beads to keep your hands dry.
Powder or chalk bags:
The Option Bag is a grip enhancement tool that is filled with a blend of chalk and ceramsite with a subtle minty scent. It is also designed as a footbag, or a Hacky Sack.
This will help you to have better grip on your discs. Or, it can keep you entertained while you’re waiting for the card in front of you to finish.
The Dryv Bags are made of a proprietary blend of three all-natural ingredients that will help you achieve the perfect amount of hand drying and “tack”, optimizing your grip on every drive. They come in three different sizes to fit any hand.
Mitten Bags help to remove moisture from your hands when you’re playing in hot, sweaty conditions or otherwise wet conditions. This will help to enhance your grip on the disc. Plus they come in a great selection of fabric designs and have a nice little loop that can be used to hang the bag on a bag or cart.
The DrySack is an excellent grip enhancement bag for disc golfers. It is uniquely crafted with long-lasting denim material and moisture absorbent filler. You can clap the DrySack to dust it up for better grip on your disc, or use it to wipe moisture off your discs. It comes with a handy carabiner to clip to your bag or cart.
Prodigy Chalk Bag
The Prodigy Chalk Bag has a similar to design to the rock climber’s chalk bag. This will hold a lot of the chalk, ensuring that you have sufficient for your needs. There are some additional small zipper pockets for small items. You can purchase the bag, or the bag with chalk.
Infinite Discs Chalk Ball
The Infinite Discs Chalk Ball is a unique grip enhancement tool for disc golfers. Rather than being a bag of beads, dirt, sawdust, or other filler, it features magnesium carbonate grip chalk. The chalk ball comes inside a pouch which keeps the chalk from getting all over your bag and clothes while you carry it around. The pouch has pull-strings to keep it closed tightly and includes a carabiner which you can use to clip the pouch to your backpack, disc bag, belt buckle, etc. When needed, simply remove the chalk ball from the pouch to apply a solid dusting of grip-enhancing chalk to your hands. This is similar to the stuff you see rock climbers using to keep from losing a grip on their handholds, and many serious disc golfers have been looking for a similar product to help them handle their plastic in all weather conditions.
Legacy Discs Confidence Bag
Play with confidence in your grip when you use a Legacy Discs Confidence Bag. Much like the Dynamic Discs Dirt Bag, use these chalk filled bags to keep your hands grippy and your throws consistent!
A Whale Sac is a whale shaped grip bag, that you can tie onto anything! It will keep your hands dry in the heat of the competition. The Whale tail ties onto your disc golf bag, or belt. The bag is filled with clay based stone/powder to knead into your hands or rub onto a disc!
Dryv Bagz The Marker
The Marker, by Dryv Bagz is a unique hand grip product for disc golf. It’s a 2oz solid grip bar, taking the Dryv Bagz technology to a solid form.
Just gently drag the tips of your throwing fingers across the surface and you will notice increased grip immediately! The added grip will replace the need to lick or dust your fingers, and the grip will last the entire hole.
Max Wax Windsurfer Mini and Snap Stick
The Max Wax Windsurfer Mini is about to bring new grip to your game! This is the Original Disc Golf Grip Wax – a specially formulated grip wax used to apply to your hands for superior grip, control, and distance out on the course.
It’s a tournament legal mini marker, made out of 100% natural product. The specific grip formula was worked on for over a year to achieve the perfect, consistent disc golf grip. The Windsurfer Mini has a “citra-delic” scent, made from a blend of essential oils. Take the grip variable out of your game by using the Max Wax Windsurfer Mini.
Which one is the best grip enhancer?
Do your hands get a little sweaty? The SportSack will treat you just right. Its size and shape fits naturally in your hand and will keep your hand dry and ready to rip! Plus, it comes with the names or logos of some of the best brands on it, so you can always be reppin’ your favorite.
If you need a little more drying power for your hands or prefer the feel of powder for your grip, the Whale Sac is the way to go. Toss it in the air a couple times and let it smack down on your hand to get some moisture-wicking powder on your throwing hand, and you’ll get the grip you’re looking for. Whale Sacs come in a variety of colors and patterns.
Looking for a little extra grip on your throws? The Max Wax Windsurfer Mini is what you need. It will give you extra grip in any condition. Wet hands? Dry hands? Cold hands? The Max Wax will give you a consistent grip and confidence in your throws.
Every year at Infinite Discs we put together a unique, fun list of gift ideas for disc golfers. Let’s take a look at the 2020 holiday ideas that we feel would please any disc golfer. This is your 2020 Disc Golf Gift guide!
Of course, no disc golf will turn down more discs for the holidays. But where do you start if you don’t know which specific discs they need in their bag? You might as well get something that is fun to throw and collectible, or that shares a little holiday spirit. That way, whether they throw it, or keep it as a memento, they’ll be happy. Here are a few holiday discs you might consider:
SPECIAL EDITION DISCS — One of the fun gift ideas for any disc collector or player is a limited edition disc, or a signature edition supporting a professional player. In 2020, signature editions became something of a rarity and sold out quickly whenever they became available. But you might be able to snag a good one if you hurry. Plus there are other limited editions and special editions, including fun tournament stamp discs. Infinite Discs has a great selection of Pro Tour Championship Discs that make great mementos and throwers!
HOLIDAY EDITION DISCS — Several different disc manufactures make holiday edition discs. If your disc golfer prefers more of a spooky edge, we have a lot of discs that were released as Halloween discs. Or, if you want a more traditional “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” style, we usually have a few of those as well.
DISC DEALS BOXES — Every year, without fail, one of the most popular gift purchases from Infinite Discs the Infinite Deals Box. These are 7-disc package sets with a variety of different disc models from different brands, including stock stamps, tournament stamps, misprints, and more. The downside in 2020 is that the disc supply ran so low with the top manufacturers that there were simply not many discs to use for Deals Boxes. So, our supply of Deals Boxes has been extremely limited. The most popular two packages are the following, and you can check back from time to time and see if you’re lucky enough to snag one:
MISPRINT DISCS and X-OUT DISCS – Sometimes you can find some real treasures at a discounted price by browsing the Misprint and X-Out discs that Infinite Discs keeps in stock. “Misprints” are discs that have stamp flaws, double stamps, or some kind of messed up artwork on them. “X-Outs” are factory seconds that have minor flaws in the plastic that shouldn’t effect the flight of the disc. You can even grab a bunch of these misprints and factory seconds as white elephants for disc golfers.
If you want to impress your disc golfer for the holidays, hit them with a big ticket item that they will love but might not have felt ready to purchase on their own. Here are a few ideas:
ZUCA ALL TERRAIN CART — One of the most popular disc golf carts for the frequent disc golfer is the Zuca cart which is built to carry a maximum quantity of discs, provides a place to sit during long rounds, and carries a variety of accessories. There are also many other features which can be added to the Zuca cart, like padded seat cushions, more drink holders, putter pouches, and more. There are color combinations available for any taste.
MVP ROVER CART — Maybe you don’t want to spend two or three hundred dollars and your disc golfer already has a backpack that he or she likes. You can simply grab them the new MVP ROVER CART to essentially give their backpack a set of wheels so it can be pushed or pulled around the course with ease. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles with this option, but it gets the job done.
CART ACCESSORIES – If the disc golfer on your list already has a disc golf cart, there are many accessories that can be added. One of the newest and most exciting add-ons for a player who wants to carry more discs around than anybody else is the POWER POCKET POUCH which can be added to the handle of existing carts to carry more putters or disc favorites. It’s super handy, and yes, excessive!
PORTABLE PRACTICE BASKETS — Any disc golfer would be utterly impressed with a new portable disc golf practice basket. There are a wide variety of baskets available on the market by a lot of different manufacturers, all with the intent to provide an easy way for players to practice in their yard, set up small courses, or take with them on camping trips, etc. Here are some of the newest and most popular options:
Black Hole Pro with Transit Bag — The Black Hole Pro is a very popular practice basket by MVP and this year they’ve added a Transit Bag as an easy way to carry the broken-down basket from place to place.
Viking Discs Royal Basket – The Royal Basket by Viking Discs is one of the newest additions to the family of portable baskets. It is a heavy duty basket that is built to last, but not too heavy to move around. It’s a great option for a basket that will catch discs as well as many course baskets.
Dynamic Discs Scout Basket — This is the latest folding, portable basket option and was released in 2020 by Dynamic Discs. It is collapsible and easy to carry around in the bag which is included with your purchase.
DGA Mach Lite— This is our favorite and by far the best-selling collapsible basket. It is easily folded and transported inside a shoulder carry case, yet is very sturdy and well constructed. The color availability tends to change from year to year, so you may find it in green, blue, orange, or other colors that DGA introduces from time to time.
Viking Discs Battle Basket Pro – For a lighter weight basket that is very easy to move around and set up for casual backyard play, the new Battle Basket Pro is extremely affordable. The chains are thinner, allowing for more “splash-out” putts, but it is a fun target at a low cost for casual play and practice. It’s also a great option for young players who are just picking up the basics of the game of disc golf.
HYZER DISC RACK — Maybe you’re looking for a way for your disc addict to store their copious amounts of discs. You can help them keep their extra discs or collection organized with the new Hyzer Disc Rack. Think about it… you’ll be helping your disc golfer stay organized while also keeping your own domain a little less cluttered with discs. It’s a win win!
There are a couple of different designs available, including one with the Hyzer Disc Rack branding and another with Infinite Discs logos and branding. The shelf is very easy to build without tools and is designed especially for discs while also including extra hooks on the front for hanging towels and bag tags. The top shelf holds a bag or trophies for display. While this is an item that might be a little bit outside of the casual disc golf budget, it definitely stands out as an impressive gift for the holiday season.
One of the most exciting things you can give to any hard-core disc golfer or disc collector is a one-year membership in the Infinite Discs VIP Club. That way, the disc golfer you love will receive a unique, collectible disc every month, automatically, as well as discounts on the Infinite Discs website and access to exclusive releases in the VIP Club Store.
Maybe you don’t have a huge budget, but you want to get your favorite disc golfer something nice that is under $100. Here are a few fun ideas that will fit the bill…
INFINITE DISC SLINGER BAG — The Infinite Disc Slinger is designed for affordability, ease, and comfort for quick disc golf rounds. It provides a quality bag option for beginners as well as experienced players who simply want to grab a dozen discs and hit the course. This is the perfect crossover between traditional shoulder bags and backpacks. You can throw it over your shoulder (the strap can be adjusted for whichever shoulder you prefer), carried in your hand, or slung across your body like popular sling bags. It is available in a variety of different colors. See the Disc Slinger Bag HERE
DISC GOLF PUZZLES AND BOARD GAMES — Maybe you’re stuck inside for the winter months. Or maybe you just like disc golf enough to watch to play it on the table top. There are actually some fun board games now which are built around the disc golf experience. Plus there are 500 and 1000 piece puzzles that are a real challenge to put together, featuring every disc golfer’s obsessions…piles of colorful discs! Check out Disc Golf Board Games and Puzzles HERE
THE KWIK-STIK RETRIEVER — Disc Retrievers have always been a good gift idea because pretty much every serious disc golf plays near water or trees and needs a way to get back the discs that have flown astray. The Kwik-Stik is one of the most popular options on the market with a telescopic pole that can extend to an impressive reach and a couple of different ways to trap and pull in the hard-to-reach disc. Some players are hesitant to spring the cash for a retriever even though it will save money time and time again when counting the number of discs saved. That’s where you come in– give one as a gift and that player will find endless occasions to use it!
INFINITE DISCS HUCK PACK — A great choice as an entry-level backpack for new players, or for experienced players who want an affordable option to carry more discs, the Huck Pack just came out in 2020. It features great disc storage capacity and two water bottle holders to keep you hydrated. Though it is affordable, it still manages to be a rather comfortable choice. But if the Huck Pack isn’t for you, there are other very good, affordable backpack options as well, like the Dynamic Discs Trooper, the Prodigy BP-3, The MVP Shuttle Bag, Latitude 64 Core bag, and more!
ProPull DISC GOLF TRAINER — The ProPull resistance band training kit has become a popular item for serious disc golfers who want to improve their throwing speed and strength. It can be used anywhere that the bands can be secured to a pole or tree. Check out the demo video HERE and see if this is the perfect gift for your disc golfer.
THE POWER POCKET POUCH — If you need a great gift idea for somebody who uses a disc golf cart, then the Power Pocket Pouch should do the trick. This handy cart accessory attaches to the cart handle and carries and additional 4-8 “go-to” discs as well as other items, like a cellphone, scorecard, mini marker, and more. See the Power Pocket Pouch HERE
These small items would be fun for little gifts to any disc golfer. They don’t take a lot of space, they aren’t expensive, and they can add a little fun to your Christmas morning…
Flight Towel — The Flight Towel is one of the latest trends in disc golf. These towels come with a fob attached, and each fob is made out of the rim of a popular disc. That way, the towel isn’t only good for drying discs, but it can be used as a warm-up tool where the player whips the towel through the air in a throwing motion. That helps warm-up the throwing arm with the player gripping the disc that rim that they love. It’s an interesting and fun accessory that should make any player pleased.
Other Disc Golf Towels — Towels are frequently needed by disc golfers to keep their discs dry, and we’ve got a variety of different towels, from lightweight to thick and absorbent. They can easily be stuffed into any stocking. Plus, there are towels that are branded for just about any manufacturer, so no matter which brand the player likes, there should be a towel just for them.
Pyrohyzer Glass Mini Discs — Another fun product that Infinite Discs started carrying this year is the unique glass mini discs by Pyrohyzer. Each mini is handmade and entirely unique. The prices vary depending on the amount of extra features, like “shatter” patterns, swirls, glow-in-the-dark, and etching. Though these glass minis are nice enough to display, they can be used as mini markers during disc golf rounds. They’re definitely a top-notch gift idea that fits into the stocking. Also available in MICRO MINI sizes.
Many Disc Golfers like to play in the dark, and to do that, they often prefer to throw glow-in-the-dark discs. The easiest and fastest way to charge up a glow disc is with a UV Flashlight. We have a simple, affordable UV flashlight in stock that is just the right size to carry in a pocket or in a bag. Plus, we have other tools for night disc golf, like LED lights that can be taped to the bottom of discs, or glow-in-the-dark tape rings to stick on non-glowing discs.
Infinite Discs Chalk Ball – The Infinite Discs Chalk Ball is one of the newest grip enhancers on the market in 2020. Other grip bags have filling like beads, sawdust, or dirt, etc. However, this one features the equivalent of climbers chalk which enhances the player’s hold on the disc in all kinds of weather. Plus it can easily be clipped onto any backpack or cart with the carabiner that is included.
Friction Gloves — While these might appear to be somewhat expensive gloves at first glance, they are actually worth every dollar for disc golfers who want to play when it is cold outside. They take the bite out of the cold air, but more importantly, they provide extra grip on the disc, even when the plastic is wet. That way, disc golfers can play in the gold without taking gloves off to throw and putting them back on again to warm up. If you don’t want to buy a pair of the Friction Gloves, they are also sold separately for single hands, so that the throwing hand can have the enhanced grip.
We also have the newest line of WARM FRICTION GLOVES which are thicker to keep hands and fingers warm in even lower temperatures which still providing the grip to play the game.
Disc Dots for Putting Practice – The DiscDot is a new product that is focused on helping players to focus. These little plastic balls attach to the chains of a basket– the player picks the chain. Then when practicing putting, the player can focus on the little colored balls to hit exactly where they’d like. The 2-packs come with bright, neon colors that are easy to see when focusing on the chains.
Kneepad Stress Minis – Another easy, useful stocking stuff is a Kneepad Mini marker made out of stress foam. These multipurpose minis come in handy in several ways. First of all, they can mark your lie just like other minis, but they also provide a soft pad for when the player needs to take a knee to throw from under a low-hanging branch. In addition, since they’re made out of stress foam, they can be squeezed to release tension before or after putting. Plus, they are fun to throw and won’t cause damage when they hit something (or someone) because they’re light and soft. Put them on the ground, kneel on them, throw them, or squeeze them– these are fun little mini discs!
In this unprecedented year of pandemic, unrest, and shutdowns, we’ve seen people buying discs faster than suppliers can get them made and shipped. People are still playing disc golf. What better activity for either staying home, with putting and upshot practice, or maintaining social distancing out on the course. Since people are still playing, and buying discs, we wanted to see what kind of impact the world situation might have had on our disc selections. For the next few weeks, we will look at the best discs of 2020, broken down by disc type. This week, we will look at the best disc golf drivers of 2020.
2020: What An Interesting Year
Since a bulk of the year was during the pandemic, we will see if our disc selections have been different than in years past. There would likely have to be something bigger than a global pandemic to get us to change our favorite discs. But, there are factors that do get us to change.
For example, if our favorite disc golf pro, who happens to be a world champion, puts out a new disc. Or puts out a new version of an old disc. Those kinds of things affect disc golf sales, as we’ve seen in the past. Let’s start by jumping right in and see who is the King (no pun intended) of drivers for 2020.
There are several different components to our rating system that we used to determine the best disc golf distance drivers for 2020:
First, we counted the sales volume. That makes sense. The mold that sells the most is certainly a contender for the number one disc.
Second we look at both how you have rated the discs, and how many reviews you have made for the top drivers to date on Infinite Discs website. A high rating and a lot of reviews translates into a desirable disc.
And finally, we will considered what you our blog readers and social media followers say when asked the question: What do you think is the best disc golf driver?
Best Disc Golf Drivers by Sales
According to online disc sales at InfiniteDiscs.com, the following are the top drivers in disc golf for 2020:
2020 Sales Rank
Infinite Discs Pharaoh
Discraft Avenger SS
Infinite Discs Emperor
Best Discs According to Star Ratings
Based on user submitted reviews and star ratings, these are the top 10 rated drivers of 2020:
# Of 2020 Reviews
Infinite Discs Pharaoh
Infinite Discs Emperor
While most of the top discs appear in both lists, two understable Innova fairway drivers — the Valkyrie and Leopard made the top 10 sales list but not the top rated discs list. Interestingly, the two discs that replaced them — the Pharaoh and Emperor are high speed distance drivers. It appears that website visitors are more likely to buy easy to throw fairway drivers, but more excited to review discs that provide maximum distance.
So, here we go with the breakdown of some of the top contenders for best disc golf driver of 2020 based on sales, reviews, and ratings. After we hear back from you in the comment section at the bottom of the page, we will update the blog to declare an ultimate winner of the best disc golf driver of 2020.
Top Drivers of 2020: Fan Choice!
For our third and final criteria we reached out to our fans in this post and on social media to let them have their say on what they think the best disc golf driver truly is. The results of the fan vote are as follows:
Percent of Vote
We’ve tallied your votes to determine the fan winner. We counted 127 votes on the blog and on Facebook. Garnering just over 20% of the votes is the Innova Destroyer. In a very close second place is the popular, and similarly flying Innova Wraith. The Wraith got just under 19% of the votes. In a tie for second place, with 6.3% of the votes is the Innova Thunderbird and the Discraft Hades. Just one percentage point behind those two molds is the Discraft Zeus.
The next few spots are occupied by the Undertaker and TeeBird at 3%, and coming in a 2.4% is the Trace, Katana and Valkyrie. Although the Streamline Trace is the only non-Innova or Discraft mold up to this point in the tally, there were 29 different molds that only received one or two votes. Those include molds from Discmania, Prodigy, Westside, Latitude 64, Dynamic Discs, MVP, Infinite Discs, Axiom, and Vibram.
A Summary of some of the Top Drivers
The Innova Destroyer
This perennial powerhouse made a splash when it was released over a decade ago, and has pretty much dominated the category ever since. Its popular flight numbers, giving a little turn with a reliable fade, has made this disc a winner from the beginning. The Destroyer’s availability in lighter plastics makes it a hit with people of all skill levels.
The only thin rim control driver in the top five of the best disc golf drivers of 2020 category, this reliable workhorse has a spot in the bag of many pro and amateur alike. It has been around for two decades, and clearly has a popular flight number. It has become a signature disc for a couple of pros, which might contribute to its popularity.
Innova Firebird and Thunderbird, Discraft Undertaker
These three molds are ‘tweener’ drivers, with thicker rims than traditional fairway drivers but not thick enough to be considered distance drivers. Whatever you call them, all of these molds are popular with people of all skill levels, helping them make the list of best drivers for the year.
The Thunderbird is a straight-flying disc that still has a decent fade at the end. It is the definition of ‘control driver’.
The Firebird could be called a more stable Thunderbird. Its ability to fight headwinds and deliver a solid fade has made the Firebird one of the most in-demand drivers for many years. Certain Firebirds, such as the Sexton Glow Firebirds, are popular for their added overstability, making them even more in demand.
The Undertaker has a little more turn than the Firebird or Thunderbird, but still has a good fade at the end. With a hyzer flip, the Undertaker can be shaped for some long throws.
Discraft Zeus and Infinite Discs Emperor
While the Destroyer has been the #1 rated disc for years, it’s no surprise that similar discs by other brands are also very popular.
It wasn’t long after McBeth moved to Discraft that they announced the newest disc to the Discraft line-up, the Kong. The name was later changed to the Zeus. With a flight number similar to the popular Destroyer and the Infinite Discs Emperor, the Zeus was an immediate hit. With its desirable flight, beautiful swirly plastic, and its endorsement by a world champ, the Zeus fought for the number one spot last year. And, it remains a contender this year.
With its Destroyer-like flight and popularity among professional disc golfers like Garrett Gurthie, Dave Feldberg, and Kona Panis, it’s no surprise that the Emperor achieved top 10 status for ratings this year.
Infinite Discs Pharaoh
This high-speed driver has been one of Infinite’s most popular drivers since it was released. It has a slight turn and a reliable, but not too harsh, fade. Available in several plastic blends, the Pharaoh’s distance is its strength. Fortunately, the mold comes in lighter weights, too, giving the novice player and touring pro alike and option for long-distance throws. Making its top-ten appearance for three years in a row, the Pharaoh is here to stay!
New to the Discraft lineup this year is the understable, but controllable, speed 12 Hades. With lots of glide and flight numbers that fill the needs of a variety of skill levels, the Hades has been a hit for Discraft. Introducing a disc with the name of a repeat world champion on it surely helps with sales. Then, mix in some popular flight numbers and you have a winning combination. The Hades has flight numbers that are similar to the widely used Innova Tern. If you want a flip-to-straight flight with a solid fade, or a big turnover shot, the Hades would fill that slot in your bag. Of all the drivers in the top 10, the Hades has the most high speed turn by far.
Innova Valkyrie and Leopard
The Valkyrie and Leopard are known as Innova’s “easy to throw” drivers. These are the very drivers that are included in most Innova three disc starter sets. In their base DX plastic, these popular beginner discs can be very understable. With the huge growth of disc golf during the pandemic it is no surprise that these popular beginner discs made the top sales list. But do the Valkyrie and Leopard have what it takes to be considered the best disc golf driver of 2020?
What Makes a Top Ten Disc Golf Driver
So, why do we like those discs? If we break down the flight ratings of all of the top ten discs, we can come up with an average flight, and see if that helps us understand why these discs are popular. The ‘average’ flight rating of these ten discs, using the common flight rating of speed, glide, turn, and fade, is 10.6, -5, -.9, 2.6. If we round those numbers, we pretty much get the flight of the Wraith, which is the second most popular disc on the list. The Innova Wraith is one speed slower than the Destroyer, which occupies the number 1 spot. As was mentioned, the Destroyer shares the same flight rating as the Zeus and the Emperor, as well as other popular molds that didn’t make the top ten, like the Trespass, Outlaw, and DD3. Apparently, we like that general flight.
The average flight is similar to the flight of 6 out of the 10 best discs. We like discs that give us a little turn, but also give us a reliable fade. We like wide rims, but not too wide. Other than the Hades, we don’t want a lot of turn. (Discs in the 11-20 most popular range have more flip, or turn, to them, such as the Beast, Valkyrie, Shryke, Heat, and Avenger SS) We also like some of our discs to have all fade and little to no turn, for utility shots.
In With the Old, In With the New
The first four molds on the list, Destroyer, Wraith, Teebird, and Firebird, were all released prior to 2008. They’ve been around for a while and have proven their value to the disc golf community. The last four discs on the list, Zeus, Pharaoh, Hades, and Emperor, were all released in the last couple of years. Only time will tell is they remain as popular in years to come. Probably so, since three out of four of them have the popular flight characteristics mentioned above. For the record, the average PDGA approval year for the top ten drivers is 2012.
Feel Free to watch this video which summarizes the results in a minute and thirty seconds:
Your Opinion: What is the best driver for you?
We want your opinion. What do you think the best disc golf driver is and why? What weight and plastic do you like it in. How long have you been playing disc golf, how far can you throw? Please comment below.
In this blog I will discuss the top 5 most popular, inexpensive portable disc golf baskets for 2019. I hear a lot of people talk about the expense of getting a basket as though they are about to make a major purchase. While it is certainly possible to spend many hundreds of dollars on a new basket, it is also possible to get a quality practice basket relatively inexpensively. One of the best ways to improve in this sport is to practice putting regularly, and the best way to do that is to have a basket (or two) on hand for daily practice. So, lets jump in and look at the top five most popular baskets for 2019.
Top 5 Best Portable Disc Golf Baskets for 2019
Thinking about improving your game? Check out these top-selling portable baskets:
The best-selling basket for 2019, and one of my personal favorites, is the DGA Mach Lite. This is a well-designed, inexpensive practice basket that is easy to set up and take down. It’s tough to beat the Mach Lite for portability and cost. No tools are necessary for set up. And the chains are grabby for a portable. It also comes with a bag to carry the folded basket. I’ve had mine for about 5 years and it is still in good shape. The Mach Lite is a great basket if you will be transporting it from time to time.
The next most popular portable disc golf basket is the MVP Black Hole Pro. The Black Hole Pro is a basket that is easy to set up and take down without tools. It has two rows of 12 chains to catch and hold your disc. The Black Hole Pro is a great example of getting a well-made basket at a reasonable price. The Pro is nearly the same quality level as a course basket. It is great if you want a good, grabby basket to practice with, and also want a great basket to use for temp holes during leagues or tournaments.
The third best selling basket is the little brother to the Black Hole Pro, and that is the Black Hole Practice basket. This basket is has lighter chains and no upper band compared to the Black Hole Pro. The Practice is lighter and easier to move around, and for a practice basket it is still grabs discs quite well. The Black Hole Practice is good for using at home, and occasionally using it as a temp basket.
The Axiom Pro basket is a great choice, offering quality and portability at a good price. It is powder coated and comes in bright colors. The Axiom Pro easily sets up and breaks down without tools. The heavy duty chains provide good disc-grabbing power. The Axiom has 24 chains, and is another basket to consider if you want to practice at home, but still use as a quality temp basket for leagues or tournaments.
Rounding out the top five portable baskets is the Dynamic Discs Recruit. This beefy basket is slightly larger than most practice baskets. Its two rows of chains will stop a speeding disc in a hurry. To aid in moving the basket around, the base has a wheel attached. While the Recruit is priced higher than the rest of the top five, it is also the sturdiest and heaviest. It does need tools to take it apart to move, and it is heavier to lift once disassembled. However, it does come apart relatively easy. The quality of the Recruit is exceptional. To be that well-built and sturdy at that price point is impressive. I’ve spent many hours putting on a Recruit, and I love the basket. It’s a great basket if you want a top-of-the-line quality at a reasonable price and you won’t be breaking it down frequently. If you are looking for something that you can transport frequently, I would consider something a little smaller/lighter.
It certainly is a good time to be in the market for a portable disc golf basket. The quality of the available baskets at the low price points means you can get a basket to improve your game without spending a ton of money. Check out our selection of baskets today and get on your way to lowering your scores.
Players are always looking for the best disc golf bags. As the disc golf season winds down for 2019, we thought it would be great to look back at the year and see what products and accessories were the most popular. That kind of information can come in handy for people looking for a gift for the disc golfer in their life. Or for someone considering making a purchase for themselves.
We are going to start with a very popular genre of disc golf bags, the Economy Disc Golf Bags. These are entry level bags that are good not only for people just starting out in the sport, but great for die-hard golfers who want to play a quick round, or who want to improve their game by throwing a round using only a couple discs. These bags are relatively inexpensive, ranging in price from $19.99 to $79.99, hold a decent amount of discs, and usually have room for a drink and some snacks. Once most of us have been in the sport for a while, we carry enough discs that the economy bags are not an option for regular use. Especially with the necessity to carry food and water during long rounds and tournaments. But, even when you move to a bigger bag, as mentioned, opportunities still arise to use the smaller bags. Let’s take a look at the top sellers in this category, in order of popularity.
Top 5 Inexpensive Disc Golf Bags
If you’re looking for a great low price disc golf backpack, consider from our top selling list:
Leading the pack (pardon the pun) is the popular Dynamic Discs Trooper. At $39.99 the Trooper is not the least expensive in the category, but it holds more than the rest on the list. It can carry about 18 discs in the main compartment and 3-4 discs in the upper compartment. It has a water bottle holder, and a little bit of storage for snacks, etc. The construction of the bag is good, ensuring a long life on the disc golf course. The bag comes in several colors.
The next most popular disc golf bag on the list is the Infinite Disc Slinger. This pack is perfect for the beginner or experienced disc golfers who want to to play a round with variety of discs, but not all of their throwers. It holds about 10 discs, and can handle larger discs like the Condor. The single-sling design can be adjust for either shoulder. It has a drink holder for your water bottle and a pocket for miscellaneous items. The Slinger is at the low end of the category price scale at $19.99.
The third most popular Economy Backpack Bag is the Infinite Stealth Bag. This popular bag is a kind of a niche bag. With only room for up to eight discs, the Stealth Bag is perfect for speed rounds, tough mountain courses, traveling light, or rounds using only a few discs. Though minimalist by design, the Stealth still has a water bottle holder and a pocket for snacks, phones, etc. The sleek bag even has a version with a two-liter water bladder to keep you hydrated as you play. The regular Stealth is the model that earned the third place spot, while the bladder version came in sixth place. The Stealth runs $29.99 for the regular bag, and $37.99 w/bladder. As of this posting, we are out of the Stealth and Stealth w/Bladder. We don’t anticipate getting more until 2020. Watch our weekly newsletter for updates.
The Prodigy BP3 is next on the list. This bag holds up to 17 discs. It has two zippered pouches and a drink holder. It also has a deep putter pocket on the top of the bag. The BP3 has reinforced, padded straps for comfort. The bottom of the bag is made with a waterproof material, making it great for mornings when there is dew on the ground. This bag, like the Trooper, can be used as a backpack for school, vacations, hiking, etc. The BP-3 sells for $29.99.
The final economy disc golf backpack on our list is the Innova Discover bag. This bag holds up to 15 discs. It has an internal U-frame with a divider to keep the discs from flopping around when the bag is not full. It has a Velcro pocket on one side and a drink holder on the other. It also has a zippered putter pouch on top. Use the bag on the disc golf course, day hikes, or as a school bag. The discover back ties the Slinger for the least expensive bag at $19.99.
The price point for this category of bags makes them attractive to beginners and veteran players looking for a smaller bag. They are great for someone just starting out, or for youth players who aren’t quite big enough for a larger bag. Check out our full line of economy bags here: Economy Disc Golf Backpack Bags
The FlightTowel brings new innovation to warming up for disc golf, with the utility of a towel to dry your discs. The FlighTowel comes with a Disc Fob attached, made from a real disc. When purchasing your FlighTowel, you can select a Disc Fob that suits your game!
To warm up, hold the FlighTowel by the Fob and pull through across your chest, as demonstrated in the video below. There is a pocket on the bottom of the towel to add some drag, more realistically simulating weight and resistance.
When you’re done warming up, tuck the fob in your back pocket and use the towel to keep your discs dry for the rest of the game. The FlighTowel is awesome for warming up on the course, staying hot during the round, or even practicing at home. Check our our selection of FlighTowels here!
The FlighTowel JR
The FlighTowel JR is made from the same premium microfiber as the original FlightTowel, but without the fob. This is the biggest towel that FlighTowel makes, coming in at 16″ x 24″. This towel features a carabiner mounted in the middle of the towel, a unique feature that we love! This allows the disc to hang from your bag or cart without dragging on the ground. This keeps your towel clean while still having a large surface area to dry your discs off. See our selection of FlighTowel JR here!
The FlighTowel Mini
The FlighTowel Mini is a smaller version of the FlighTowel JR. The Mini features a center mounted adjustable bungee. This is a 16″ x 16″ microfiber towel.
Pick your bungee color and you’re all set! Use this towel on your bag, cart, or wrist during your round.