Last year we tracked the sales of putters closely to see which ones were getting the most momentum in terms of sales at Infinite Discs. It has been a while since we’ve taken a look, and it is already July, so we’re well into the summer of 2018. Let the putter wars begin!
This ranking is based on sales at Infinite Discs. These are the TOP 20 putters in order through July 17th, 2018. We also realize that some of these discs are used more for approaches (like the Harp, Zone, or Nova) but those are tracked and categorized along with other putters.
Infinite Discs has been testing a point-based rewards program for the last few months, trying to build a robust system which rewards our customers for using our website. We are ready to launch it to the general public now, allowing YOU to earn points which can be cashed-in for gift cards. Then you can use those gift cards on your purchases from Infinite Discs!
HOW TO EARN POINTS
If you haven’t already created a login for the Infinite Discs website, then that is your first step. You need to have a profile created in order to earn points. In fact, creating that profile will earn points for you. CREATE YOUR LOGIN HERE.
In order to complete your profile, you’ll need to include certain information. These profile features must be included before points can be used in your profile:
Primary Driving Style
Typical Driving Distance
Max Driving Distance
Favorite Discs (In My Bag) – Including at least one of each disc type.
Now that your profile is complete, you can check your profile page at any time after logging in. That is where your point tally and gift cards will be stored. You can reach your profile page by clicking on MY ACCOUNT and then MY PROFILE.
Once you are on your profile page, you can see a tally of your points. You can see that there are many ways to earn points. Not only do you earn points through purchases on the Infinite Discs website, but by playing rounds and keeping score on the Infinite Disc Golf App, writing reviews for discs, writing reviews for courses, adding new courses, and many other ways!
You can see in the above example that this player has written a lot of disc reviews which have tallied into over 3,000 reward points. Other points were earned by logging rounds on the Infinite Discs App, and by reviewing courses.
If all of the courses around you have already been added to the Infinite Courses database, then you can still write reviews for those courses, or add photos for each hole, if they aren’t there already. There are ways that you can contribute to the quality of the disc store, course database, etc. and earn points while doing it.
HOW TO REDEEM POINTS
Once you have at least 1,000 points, you can then REDEEM your points for gift cards that can be used to pay for your purchases through the Infinite Discs store! Simply click the big green button.
All requests to redeem points are currently reviewed by our staff so that we can make sure that everything is working properly. We want to make sure that people are earning the points through legitimate contributions, and not earning points by spamming the website with useless, one word reviews, or adding every disc in existence to their “favorites” list, or doing anything else that does not providing meaningful content. Yes…we do have to police this program for a while to make sure that points are earned through useful contributions, purchases, etc. While we want to reward our valuable customers, we are not a charity that can afford to give away product to people who simply try to “beat the system.”
Once we have reviewed your points redemption request, you will then see your gift card code appear on your profile page by clicking on MY GIFT CARDS.
The Gift Card codes can be used during checkout, on the payment screen, by selecting the Gift Card icon as your form of payment. Apply the gift card, and if there is a remaining balance, you can proceed to pay the difference however you’d like.
We’re excited to reward our loyal customers! We invite you to try out the Infinite Discs Rewards program right away. If you have any questions, send email to email@example.com
The War Horse is Westside Discs’ most overstable driver to date, boasting a 4 fade. This is a thick rim, very stable disc for those big arms out there. This is the perfect disc for tackling strong head winds, or getting big distance with big throws.
To me, I feel as if the Warhorse fits right between the Giant and the Stiletto. It throws how I wanted the Giant to throw, something really overstable, but not so much that it will fade out unless I get everything I have into it. I was consistently getting more distance than I got with my Stiletto and way more consistent finishes than with my Giant. It’s like a mellow or a real beat in Stiletto, something that will no doubt finish with a good fade, but won’t come out of the turn too fast.
The Anvil is a brand new, very overstable mid range disc. Built to have more overstability than the Bard, the Anvil is Westside Discs’ answer to the Dynamic Discs Justice. The bead-less rim feels very comfortable in the hand and makes for a clean release.
Even before the Anvil was released, it was being compared to the Justice from Dynamic Discs. As Westside is part of the Trilogy, this made a decent amount of sense. I own a Justice, and it sits around collecting dust because I have no need for such a beefaroni. It was with trepidation, then, that I picked up an Anvil. Being a total sucker for Westside Discs, I am pleasantly surprised with this disc, and it made the bag straight away!
One of the questions on the 2018 State of Disc Golf Survey asked disc golfers how they feel about out-of-bounds rules. It was a straight-forward question and the breakdown of the responses is pretty basic. While some players feel strongly in favor of, or against the use of “OB” in the game, most players seem indifferent and feel like the use of Out-of-Bounds is generally fine.
These were the possible responses:
–> I don’t like OB and feel it should only be implemented when necessary. 16.9%
–> I feel indifferent about OB. Some OB is good, and other OB detracts from disc golf. 64.6%
–> I like lots of OB and feel that added OB enhances the disc golf experience. Bring on the islands! 14.8%
–> N/A I don’t play out-of-bounds rules anyway. 3.7%
It appears that most players understand that OB lines can be necessary to discourage players from crossing fairways or throwing toward areas where discs shouldn’t fly. But when it comes to adding more OB’s just for the sake of adding difficulty to the course, slightly more players appear to feel that it can go too far (16.9%) while a slightly smaller number feel like more OB lines add to the experience (14.8%).
We asked our own crew what they felt about OB lines, and while most are as indifferent as the majority of survey participants, the most poignant response was from our Open level player. He basically said that OB’s which are drawn artificially around naturally occurring hazards, like trees or rough terrain, should be removed. Why? Because if you throw into those areas, then navigating out of the rough terrain or throwing out of trees can be like a penalty stroke already– you either pay the price by wasting a throw to get back onto the fairway, or you prove your skill by escaping unscathed. He feels that any time a stroke is added to his score card that he did not throw, it is unwarranted. The exception would be obvious out-of-bounds lines that protect other fairways, roads, foot traffic areas, etc.
If you have opinions about OB’s that you’d like to share, please feel free to leave comments below.
Infinite Discs is continuing to build a balanced line of branded discs manufactured by Innova. The 2018 year has already brought the Exodus fairway driver, the Chariot mid-range, and the Pharaoh distance driver. We’ve now added to more discs to that lineup, both released at the end of April 2018.
The Myth First Run is in P-Blend plastic, which is a stiff pro blend which works great for both driving and putting. There was also a first run VIP Club edition in grippy X-Blend plastic. Though the VIP Club stamped versions were only available to the VIP Club members, there were a few of the X-Blend discs remaining which were bottom-stamped if you want a grippy version of the Myth. You can find the few remaining X-Blend Myth putters HERE.
The first run Sphinx was released in I-Blend plastic which is a special blend made by Innova for Infinite Discs. It is durable, yet has good flexibility and grip. This is a great disc for beginners and experienced players alike and is available in a variety of weights from below 150 grams (awesome for kids) up to max weight 175 grams.
Check out this wonderful video review which also shows the flights patterns for the Sphinx.
Watch for more discs coming on the Infinite Discs brand in 2018!
It is always interesting, particularly for those of us working in the disc golf industry, to look at the State of Disc Golf survey responses concerning spending habits and what motivates players to buy discs. Of course, just playing the game at all requires a certain number of discs. But how many of us go beyond what we really “need” to play the game when it comes to purchasing more and more discs?
When a few thousand players were asked to say if these statements described their disc purchasing attitudes, these were the results:
I Primarily Stick With Discs I Already Know and Throw
I Regularly Try New Molds By My Favorite Brands
I Regularly Try New Discs, Regardless of Manufacturer
I Only Buy New Discs to Replace Lost Discs
I Buy Discs Primarily to Collect
I Throw Every Disc that I Buy
From the above results, a few things can be noted. For one, people tend to experiment more with favorite manufacturers, though there is a good number (majority) of players who don’t mind experimenting across brands.
It also looks like it is a minority that only buys to replace lost discs– that means more players are buying for other reasons. One of those reasons might be collecting, but when asked if they only buy to collect, the vast majority didn’t feel like that described their buying habits. Around 25% swayed toward buying to collect, if only occasionally. The last graph shows that despite the motivation for buying, the majority of those surveyed throw every disc that they buy. Only 17.4% does not throw all of their purchased discs.
How Likely Are We To Pay Extra for the Stamp?
Another motivating factor for buying discs is the design of the stamp on the disc. We asked survey participants how likely they are to pay extra for a special stamp in the same mold, weight, and color that they could have purchased in a cheaper, stock stamp. Though the “buy to collect” market may be small, the larger “buy to throw” contingency is definitely not opposed to spending more for a stamp design that they like.
How likely are you to pay extra for a special stamp in the same mold, wight and color as the stock stamp?
That is only 14.7% that claims it is very unlikely that they’d pay more for a cool stamp design on their disc.
We’ll continue to follow disc purchasing trends and opinions closely!
We’d like to welcome two new Pro players to Team Infinite! Plus we’re happy to announce two additional pros from Innova’s team who will have signature editions of Infinite Discs. First, let’s meet the two new team members:
Garrett has already had a signature edition of the Infinite Discs PHAROAH on 100 of the first run discs. As soon as the second run is available, we’ll have a lot more with a cool signature stamp for Garrett!
Plus, we’re working with Garrett and Innova to bring back a signature edition of the max weight SONIC which is a classic putt and approach disc that uses minimal effort to glide through tight fairways right into the chains. Check out an example by clicking HERE.
You can already get your hands on Innova’s player support Swirly Star Shryke from Innova to help support her efforts on tour. She is a member of Innova’s Star team. Plus, the Infinite Discs store will soon stock four other popular Innova models which Jessica loves to throw, all with her own signature stamp design, so you can help her out while buying some great discs for your own bag. Watch for Star Destroyers, Star Wraiths, Champion Thunderbirds, and KC Pro Avairs coming soon!
Alex is now putting with the Infinite Discs MYTH and will have his own signature edition as part of the first run in P-Blend plastic! Watch for that to show up this summer and pick it up to support his future touring plans. He is a member of Innova’s Champion team.
And we’d like to give a big hand to our Team Infinite CAPTAIN who has done some great work to build this year’s team and to pull together a great bunch of players from all over, and at all skill levels. Special thanks goes out to…
Kesler continues to run and coordinate Team Infinite and we hope that he continues to rise in the rankings and make great showings in tournaments. As an artist, we know that he already has a bunch of signature disc designs that he’s ready to unleash on the world, once he unleashes his disc golf fame. But he’s already a champion at work. He is also a member of Innova’s Ambassador team.
For more information on what’s up with Team Infinite, follow our team blog here.
The State of Discgolf Survey has been tracking the trends in disc golf bags and the different ways that we carry our discs around the course. The trends leaned from traditional shoulder bags to a strong surge in backpacks, and has been moving steadily toward carts for the last couple of years. Here is a look at the survey results for 2018.
By far, the most popular way of transporting discs around the course is by using disc golf backpacks. Disc Golf Carts have now moved strongly into 2nd place, pushing aside the large bags (with and without shoulder straps). The small shoulder-strap bags still have the edge over large bags with shoulder straps. Here is what the results looked like in 2017:
Where disc golf carts used to be 4th place at 8.6% of survey participants, carts are now 2nd place at 15.47% of survey participants. The percentage of small bag users has dropped from 2017 to 2018 but still remains a good portion of players that prefer to travel light. It appears the the trend is generally away from larger should-strap bags (even with added straps for backpack-style carrying) and toward either backpacks or carts, with small bags holding ground.
Going back to the 2015 survey, large disc golf shoulder bags accounted for 34.4% of those surveyed. That percentage has been cut to a third in 2018 with a total of 11.87% using large bags with or without straps. Disc Golf Carts were not included separately in the survey in 2015 and would have fallen into the “other” category which amounted to less than 3%. Carts are definitely an exploding part of the market.