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:

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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.

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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.

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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, and putters  are. By contributing what you think the best discs for 2021 are, you will be eligible to win a $50 Infinite Discs gift card!

Trying To Find The Discs You Want in 2021

Empty Shelves of Discs

My time playing disc golf has been defined by things that have changed. Course basket locations change, my form as a player has gone through many changes, and even the discs themselves have physically changed when I slam them into trees off the tee-box.

Although some of the changes we have seen during 2020 have been awful, there have been many positives for disc golf. PDGA memberships, discs sold, and interest in the sport are at an all-time high. The PDGA reports that memberships are up above 15% from the previous year and tour events are up over 15% worldwide (with a 12.91% increase in the USA, and at least a 20% growth in Europe, Canada, Africa/Asia, and Latin America). And I’ve been told that not everyone in that 15% growth is a former Ultimate Frisbee player, despite what you may be hearing out there.

Unfortunately, some of the changes haven’t been great for disc golfers. Higher interest in the sport means courses are seeing more traffic, tournaments are seeing larger waitlists, and it has become tougher to find new discs due to production and stock issues.

On the topic of finding new discs, it feels like this could be an easier problem to solve. The PDGA has strict technical standards for all disc manufacturers, so there are only a finite number of possible combinations in making discs.

Golf Disc Dimensions Explanation

If there are only a limited number of configurations allowed, then there must be discs that I would love out there that I haven’t tried to throw yet. It also means, there should be multiple options to replace my favorite lost, out of stock, or out of production disc.

In disc golf, sometimes great results happen due to skill, and sometimes they happen due to sheer luck. I need all the luck I can out on the course, so I will defer to the data in answering this question.

Using data from the Infinite Blog, I wanted to see what brands/discs were popular, and what other discs could be considered.

Let’s first look at what disc types make the Top 20 most often from the past 3 months.

Disc Types in the Top 20

Interesting to note that Control Drivers make the list the fewest number of times. Though I don’t have much arm speed or skill in general, I noticed that I also bag more distance drivers than control drivers.

Now let’s see which brands show up the most in the Top 20 data.

Disc Golf Brands in Top 20

The big brands make up most sales, but we see some other great, smaller brands too. Now let’s see which individual discs appear most on the Top 20 data we are examining.

Individual Discs that made the top 20 most often

So, given today’s out of stock issues and the rise of some great new brands, I wanted to identify which discs are just as worth throwing as the most popular discs using disc dimensions provided by the PDGA, flight numbers provided by manufacturers, and all other data I could find.

It was eye opening to see how many similar options were out there from both big and small brands. The below table shows some of my findings.

Disc Similar Alternative 1 Similar Alternative 2 Similar Alternative 3
Distance Driver Destroyer Discraft Surge Axiom Discs Defy MVP Photon
Control Driver Sphinx Discraft Heat Westside Discs Underworld Legacy Mongoose
Control Driver FD Latitude 64 River Gateway Assassin Kastaplast Falk
Mid Range Buzzz Innova Colt Axiom Theory DGA Squall
Putt & Approach Zone Dynamic Discs Suspect MVP Entropy Infinite Discs Ruin
Putt & Approach Aviar Discmania Link Yikun Discs Claws Infinite Discs Alpaca

If you’re interested in seeing alternatives for other discs, I’ve compiled this research into a web tool. This is a great tool to help you find discs golf discs similar to your favorites when they are sold out. Check it out here: www.TryDiscs.com

The quest to find my perfect disc is still ongoing. I may never get there but the journey of throwing and trying new discs is most of the fun.

This is a guest post submitted by Hasan Iqbal

Author Bio:

Hasan grew up in Georgia and has become obsessed with disc golf since he started playing in 2018. Hasan attended Georgia State University and the University of Delaware and is now working as a data scientist. In his spare time, Hasan has been working on Try Discs to help disc golfers find their next favorite disc. He can regularly be found on the wonderful courses around metro Atlanta with his dog, Scooby.

Disc Brand Sales Comparison During The Summer of Covid-19

We thought it would be interesting to take a look at how the different major disc brands would stack up in terms of sales during the months of April 2020 through October 2020. This year was crazy in terms of the growth of disc golf despite the Covid-19 pandemic and it definitely took a toll on disc supply. Most major brands faced growing pains and struggled to keep up with the demand for discs. Here at Infinite Discs we had to deal with the challenge of keeping popular models in stock, and there were definitely dry spells with brands like Discraft that sold out almost every time we restocked.

NUMBER OF DISCS SOLD

To keep things simple, we tallied the number of discs sold each month from each brand. We combined Dynamic Discs with Latitude 64 and Westside since they are manufactured in the same factory and sold in partnership. We also combined sales of MVP, Axiom, and Streamline since they are technically the same company with three brand names. Keep in mind, this is based entirely on sales through Infinite Discs which only represents a piece of the entire market. Here are those sales charted against one another.

While Innova (blue line) kept a steady increase in number of discs sold through the focus period, you can see that Discraft took some dips as supply ran out, only getting another lift with the new releases in October. This could be an indication that Innova simply had a deeper supply of discs stored in their warehouse to help them meet demand. However, new disc production eventually needs to meet the demand while stored product eventually runs out.

The Trilogy brands (Dynamic, Latitude 64, and Westside) saw a slight decline in sales at Infinite Discs  during the period. A possible reason is that we saw some of the most popular molds, including hot selling putters, run out of stock and vanish from restock order forms. But we fully expect production to catch up and for sales to grow steadily with the surge in disc golf players.

Discmania, Prodigy, and MVP held surprisingly steady through the period, through Discmania has  started to decline more recently with the absence of staples like the P2, PD2, etc. and their move of some signature disc releases away from other retailers to exclusivity on their own website.

Here is a closer look at the five brands that fell beneath the much higher Innova and Discraft numbers:

Note, the line colors changed on this focus chart. Blue is now showing the Trilogy pattern, with the green showing MVP and the orange showing Infinite Discs.  Discmania is he red line and yellow shows Prodigy holding fairly steady.

As the holidays approach it will be interesting to continue watching the battle of supply vs demand. It will also be very interesting heading into the 2021 season to see how manufacturers adapt. Will they get the change to catch up? Or will manufacturing approaches have to change and focus higher quantities on a smaller number of molds in order to at least keep the most popular discs in the hands of players? We will watch and see!

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Best Selling MVP, Axiom, & Streamline Discs – October 2020 Edition

Best Selling MVP, Axiom, & Streamline

It’s time again to look at the best selling disc golf discs from MVP, Axiom, and Streamline! All three of these brands are made at the same location, under the general brand of MVP. On the chart, each disc will be color coded to its brand, and each bar represents the sales of that disc.

Disclaimer: All data is from October 27, 2019 to October 27, 2020 from InfiniteDiscs.com sales figures. Due to rules and regulations, we cannot show exact numbers, but can show the comparison in sales between all molds.



The Top Sellers

For the third year in a row (since doing these charts), the Envy takes the #1 spot! Not only did it take the cake, it sold nearly double the amount of the #2 spot, the Wave. The next couple of spots where close: the Pilot took #3, the Atom took #4, and the Proxy followed up with #5.

It is great to see that each of the top 3 spots where taken by a different sub-brand. Each sub-brand was also spread out throughout the chart, showing that each brand has some strong selling molds.


Discontinued Molds

All of these discontinued molds were announced in August of 2019, but we have been selling the remainders of them for the past year. The MVP Axis and Amp are the highest ranking discontinued molds, taking the #16 and #17 spots respectively. We have had a lot of the Axis and Amp in stock over the past year, but soon they will be gone for good.


Your Bag?

Let us know what you are throwing? Where do your discs fall in on the chart? Do you prefer the lesser-known discs or the ultra-popular ones? We’d love to hear from you!

Disc Golf Sales Data: Zone, Harp, Envy, Pig

Zone vs. Harp vs. Envy vs. Pig

Today we are looking at sales data for the Zone, Harp, Envy, and Pig! We are going to look at data from September 2017 to August 2020. Let’s see how it all panned out:

Axiom ENVY

The Envy (yellow line) started off strong, with a big surge during 2017’s Black Friday sale. MVP / Axiom always get a huge surge on Black Friday, with everybody buying new limited edition stamps and discounted discs. The Envy is a big seller every Black Friday, as seen by bumps in the line just before each “January” marker.

The Envy has always been a consistent seller; it is a go-to disc in most MVP/Axiom bags. It has sold well for years, and when Covid-19 hit, it took a rise in sales (along with every other disc golf disc).

Westside HARP

The Harp (blue line) was a staple in many peoples’ bags for years. Ricky Wysocki threw the Harp until 2019, helping the sales stay high. From the chart, we can see that the Harp started to decline in sales in early 2018, with not much recovery until early 2019. The recovery didn’t last long and Harp sales stayed lower, but consistent, compared to the other approach discs.

Discraft ZONE

The Zone (red line), has been around for years- selling well, but not amazingly well. When Paul McBeth switched to Discraft in January, 2019, sales exploded for nearly every Discraft mold. Zone sales, especially, went through the roof as McBeth added it to his bag. The Zone became a Paul McBeth Signature Disc, which made it very popular, and consequently, harder to purchase.

While the Zone popularity was surging, Covid-19 and Brody Smith came along and added fuel to the fire. Disc Golf sales in general surged, and factory shut downs caused major supply chain issues. The Zone was suddenly a harder commodity to purchase. We would get them in stock and they would sell out the next day. Luckily, we kept a fairly steady trickle of them in stock, making the Zone a steady best-seller on the chart in 2020. There are some dips and rises, as the stock went out and in.

If there was a clear winner on this chart, it would have to be the Zone. While it mingled with the rest of the Approach Discs early on, in 2020 it has separated itself from the pack.

Innova PIG

The Pig stayed silent for years… barely making the sales charts until the summer of 2019. Why 2019? The answer is Ricky Wysocki. The same Pro who may have contributed to the Harp’s demise, was now bringing the Pig to light. Wysocki chose the Pig as his Harp replacement when he switched to Innova, causing Innova fans to take a second look at the disc. It started off slow, but the Pig made it’s way into the mix by mid-2019.

We also released some special Pig Stamps in 2019 and 2020, causing some small spikes in sales. While the Pig may not be the Zone league yet, it has improved vastly from 2017 and 2018.


That’s it! Do you notice any other takeaways from the chart? Let us know in the comments below!

Discraft Top Selling Discs – September 2020 Edition

Top Selling Discraft Discs

It’s time to look at the past year of Discraft Sales and see what the top selling Discraft discs are! We’ve included every mold that sold at least once over the past year (Sept 2019 – Sept 2020). We have also included a few other statistics on the chart. Let’s take a look and then discuss!

graphs showing top selling discraft discs

The Top Sellers

The top five molds are no surprise- the Buzzz takes first place as it usually does, while the Luna comes in at a close second. The Luna had some stock issues throughout the year, leaving us wondering if it could have taken the first place spot, had it been in stock more often. In third place, we find the Zone. In fourth and fifth place we find the Undertaker and Zeus respectively.

The Heat claimed the 6th place spot, as it has become a very popular choice for an understable driver over the past year. Do any of these positions surprise you? Let us know below in the comments!

Buzzz Sales by Plastic

We broke down the Buzzz sales by plastic type, to see which plastic sells the most. As you can see in the chart above, ESP took the cake with Z Line in close pursuit. These have always been the most widely available Discraft plastics, but ESP has been looking better and better every year, which may make it more appealing than Z Line.

Big Z, Z FLX, and Titanium plastic are other staple plastics in the Discraft quiver, and they claimed the next three spots.

 

Sales by Disc Type

The next pie graph down shows us the percentage of sales of each disc type (putter, control driver, distance driver, and midrange). Discraft is a little unique in this aspect, as most brands sell putters and/or distance drivers the best. Midrange discs usually come in last place, but not with Discraft.

Discraft starts off with Putt & Approach discs at 32.2% of sales – the Luna and Zone accounting for most of those sales. Midrange discs come in second place at 26.6%, followed by control and distance drivers.

 

Signature Discs vs Stock Discs

Finally, we compared the sales of the Paul McBeth and Paige Pierce signature molds against the rest of Discraft’s molds. We only included the unique pro molds, not stock discs with a signature on them. This includes the Anax, Hades, Luna, Malta, and Zeus for McBeth, and just the Fierce for Pierce.

It turns out that 22.5% of all of our Discraft sales are attributed to Paul McBeth Molds, and 2.6% are Paige Pierce Fierces. Combining these, we find that just over a quarter of all Discraft sales are from these six Signature Molds.

 

Let us know what else you find interesting in the comments below!

Tracking Distance Driver Sales for Destroyer, Wraith, & Zeus

We recently took a look at putter sales over the past couple of years. Now, it’s time to compare the sales of the top three distance drivers. For this data, we picked the top three selling distance drivers from 2019 and 2020 (so far). These turned out to be the Innova Destroyer, Innova Wraith, and Discraft Zeus.

In the chart below, we’ll look at sales from Jan 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020. We will see the impact that Covid-19 had on sales, as well as some supply chain issues.

Here is the chart showing the sales from Infinite Discs:

Analysis:

The Destroyer (blue line) has a long history of being the top selling distance driver. For the past two years, this is no different. The Destroyer did lose some momentum right at start of 2019 when the Zeus (Kong, at the time) was released. It then had steady sales with some minor ups and downs. With all three discs, we see a sharp uptick when the pandemic started to take hold.

The Wraith (red line) has always had steady sales; it’s a popular staple in a lot of players’ bags. However, towards the middle of 2020, it really started to take off. In August of 2020, the Wraith overtook the Destroyer in sales. The release of the “Solar Wraith” stamp definitely gave the Wraith a large boost in August 2020.

The Zeus (yellow line) had a strong start in March of 2019. There were many times when we ran out of stock of Zeus, due to popular demand, causing the sales to drop in some months. The Big Z Zeus was released in August of 2019, causing another massive spike. The pandemic did cause Zeus sales to rise, along with every other disc, but due to supply issues, it never reached it’s full sales potential. Even now, the Zeus is out of stock. (Hopefully we get more soon!)

Supply Chain Issues

The pandemic has admittedly helped the growth of disc golf. Every mold went up in sales, the popular molds sold out, and starter sets became very hard to find. You can see on the graph, that the start of the pandemic in March/April of 2020 caused the sales of all three molds to begin to climb. However, in mid-2020, the supply chain started to slow down, and discs became hard to get in stock. Now, in August 2020, we have began to restock many needed molds.

Let us know your thoughts, and/or which discs you’d like to see compared next!

Tracking Putter Sales for the Luna, Aviar, and P2

A lot of people in the disc golf market have called 2020 “The Year of the Putter.” The Covid-19 outbreak gave an unexpected boost to putter sales because of the surge in backyard putting. Plus there was additional interest in disc golf as an ideal sport for outdoor, socially distant play.

With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to track three of the top-selling putters from April 2019 (typically when the spring season lures players back onto the courses) through August 12th, 2020.  We don’t only want to see how the sales compare putter against putter, but also how the supply-and-demand issues in the market have caused sales to fluctuate.

Here is a chart showing those sales as tallied by Infinite Discs.

The LUNA by Discraft (blue line) has seen the biggest swings and spikes. As the signature putter by professional player, Paul McBeth, it gets plenty of time in the spotlight. Availability is always an issue– the putter sells well when it is in stock, but then drops sharply whenever the supply diminishes.

The AVIAR by Innova (red line) has the most steady trend as the supply has typically followed the demand without too many dips. It also followed the sharp spike that coincides with the pandemic outbreak.

The P2 by Discmania (yellow line) also saw growth during the pandemic but saw a sharp decline in the summer months as the supply of the putters completely dried up.

We’ll continue to watch the sales on these popular putters and other discs and will continue to report on this blog from time to time. We hope that you find this data interesting. There’s no doubt that the pandemic has made an impact on the sport and on disc sales, possibly more on putters than other discs.

Let us know your thoughts and perceptions in the comments below.

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