Infinite Discs RUIN – Overstable Approach Disc

THE CONCEPT

Infinite Discs is very excited to kick-off the 2020 year with a new disc release to help enhance your disc golf short game. We’ve been working with Innova, the manufacturer of the Infinite Discs line, to create a mold for a small diameter, overstable approach disc. We’ve noticed that a lot of players, including pro players, have turned from standard mid-range discs to approach discs that have dimensions more like putters. We wanted a disc that would fit that trend, with a relatively flat-top and manageable rim size for both forehand and backhand throwers. We also wanted the disc to be overstable enough that it could be thrown with speed and confidence to hold the line for a longer stretch and still finish with a solid fade.

Maybe you’ve watched players like Paul McBeth throw the Discraft Zone for shots approaching the basket from a couple hundred feet away. Or you’ve watched Ricky Wysocki throw some amazing approach shots with the Innova Pig (used to throw the Westside Harp for similar shots). The list could go on, with many players using overstable “putt-and-approach” discs to get through tight fairways or to make runs at the basket from longer distances. That’s what we wanted in our own disc line.

THE PROTOTYPE TEST

Several months passed while the mold was created and prepared for a test run. In late 2019 we received a small box of prototype discs from the Innova factory so we could test our overstable approach disc. It was exactly what we were hoping for. The profile was just right with a flat-top that would feel great for forehand approach shots, plus a rim size that was not too tall so that it could also be thrown backhand with comfort.

Some of us at Infinite Discs took the disc out to throw it around and see how it flew. It felt like a great overstable complement to the already popular Infinite Discs Tomb, which is more of a straight-flying approach disc with minimal fade. We could throw the new test disc even harder without turning it over and it had significantly more fade.

We made the remaining prototype discs available to Team Infinite and VIP Club members as “Infinite Proto Mold #15” and those few discs sold out immediately. Our office team sought feedback from outside players who picked up those prototypes, and that feedback was very positive. So, we decided to order a complete run in durable, long-lasting C-Blend plastic (Infinite Discs equivalent to Innova Champion plastic).

COMING UP WITH THE NAME

You may have noticed that the Infinite Discs lineup has been using names that primarily recall ancient cultures. The brand kicked off with ancient Egyptian references, including the Pharaoh, the RA, the Sphinx, etc. Some discs were named after elements that could move across different ancient cultures, like the Myth, the Tomb, or the Chariot.  In the second year, we moved into some ancient Roman names like the Emperor, the Centurion, the Cohort, etc. Our third year is intended to be themed with ancient American cultural names, like with the early release of the Aztec. But with the new approach disc, we again wanted to pick a name that would cross all of the cultures.

Plus, as an overstable approach disc, we thought it should sound dense, or heavy. Well, all of the ancient cultures we know about have left their mark on the landscape through ruins. The heavy, megalithic ruins tend to last the longest and are often more memorable. Whether the ancient pyramids, the ruins of the Roman Empire, or the impressive temples of central and south America, we can still see and visit the remains of those cultures today.

Thus, the RUIN was named and will feature artwork with any number of ancient cultural references. The name was first revealed with the PDGA approval announcement. We found some of the initial reactions to the name to be quite humorous. “This disc is going to RUIN your game,” or “this disc will RUIN the course.” Luckily, most of us at Infinite Discs think that disc golf should be fun and that making fun of names is pretty harmless. So, why not wreak wreck and ruin with your overstable approach disc?

The RUIN was born.

THE LIMITED EDITION FIRST RELEASE

Infinite Discs has kicked off some of the previous disc releases with limited edition stamps. We thought the RUIN deserved the same treatment, so our initial limited edition will feature an XXL stamp. And what better way to ruin the ancient Egyptian ruins than with an alien invasion? Some of our stamps featuring Aliens taking over ancient cultures have been well received, so this fits right in.

WATCH FOR THE LIMITED EDITION RELEASE ON JANUARY 17th, 2020

Note: Some X-Out / Factory 2nd discs were made available in advance of the release, for those who wanted to try it early.

Also watch for a limited edition Las Vegas Challenge I-Blend RUIN to be featured in the am player packs at the event!

 

Prodigy Ace Line Discs Now Available!

Prodigy Disc Ace Line Discs

Four new Prodigy discs are now available. These are still great discs designed by the pros at Prodigy, but there’s something slightly different about the newest Prodigy discs.

Introducing the Prodigy Ace Line

Up until now, all Prodigy discs were manufactured in the USA. Over the past several years Prodigy has invested in a new disc golf manufacturing facility overseas. The discs produced in the China factory are now known as Ace Line discs. Similar to the way that Discmania has their Yikun manufactured Active Line discs, Prodigy has now released four available Ace Line discs.

Overall, it appears that the Ace Line will allow you to purchase great Prodigy discs at an even lower price point.

What’s Different with Ace Line Discs

New Molds: The four released Prodigy Ace Line discs all feature new and different molds that vary from the existing Prodigy discs.

New Names: These discs feature a new naming system making it easy to know exactly how each disc will fly by simply reading the name.

The first letter in the Ace Line naming system signifies which kind of disc it is. There are four potential disc types:

  • D- Distance Driver
  • F- Fairway Driver
  • M- Midrange
  • P- Putter

After “Model” in each disc name the disc stability is stated. There are five different possible stabilities for each disc type:

  • US+ – Very Understable
  • US – Understable
  • S – Stable
  • OS – Overstable
  • OS+ – Very Overstable

New Plastics: The Ace Line will feature two different plastics. A base plastic, that doesn’t feel like base plastic, and a premium blend called Dura Flex. The four discs introduced with this initial release are currently only available in the Base Grip plastic. You can get this quality plastic for just $7.99 each right here at Infinite Discs.

The Ace Line Discs

Ace Line Three Disc SetThe initial release includes a distance driver, fairway driver, midrange, and putter. The fairway driver, mid, and putter are also available through a three disc starter set.

We took the discs out for a few test throws, check out our quick Ace Line disc reviews here.

D Model S

The D Model S is a high speed stable distance driver. This is disc is comparable with the Prodigy D3.

F Model S

The F Model S is is a stable flying thick rimmed fairway driver. This disc goes really far for a fairway driver.

M Model OS

The M Model OS is an overstable midrange. This is the only overstable model in the initial Ace Line release. We didn’t find the flight of this mid to be overly overstable and it is still a solid mid for players of all skill levels.

P Model S

The P Model S is a stable flyind midrange with a flat top and a small micro-bead around the bottom rim.

Final Days of Black Friday Deals – Prodigy Discs on Sale

As Black Friday deals week comes to a close, we will end with a sale on Prodigy discs. Every mold will be on sale. And we have a few limited stamped discs. It’s a perfect time to try out those discs you had your eye on.

All Prodigy Discs on Sale

All Prodigy Discs

 

The last Black Friday day is Prodigy day and you will find all of your favorite Prodigy Discs on sale! From their popular putters to their wide range of drivers to their hybrid discs, all in a variety of sweet plastics, and all on sale!

In addition to sale prices on all Prodigy discs, there will be a limited numbers of these hot discs:

Prodigy Black 350G PA-3 w/Star Stamp $11.99

Check out the popular straight-flying putter by Prodigy, the PA-3. Get this beaded putter in black with the Prodigy Star stamp.

Prodigy Black 350G MX-3 w/Star Stamp $11.99

Get the new overstable midrange in 350G plastic. Only a limited number of this mold are available in black and features the Prodigy Star stamp.

Prodigy 400 Spectrum D2 w/Star Stamp $14.99

The second driver in the Prodigy lineup, the D2, has a little more turn than the D1, but still has a solid fade. Get one of a limited number with the Prodigy star stamp.

 

 

Prodigy Discs on Sale - PA-3, MX-3, D2

 

 

 

 

Black Friday Deals – Innova Day

Innova Black friday ad banner

We celebrate the biggest shopping day of the year by placing all discs from the biggest brand in disc golf on sale.

What’s on Sale for Black Friday

All Innova Champion Discs will feature a sale price for Black Friday including stock stamps, custom stamps, limited edition discs, tournament support discs, signature discs, factory seconds and misprints.

If low price discs is your main goal for Black Friday shopping, we have more than 2,000 Innova Misprints and Factory Seconds in stock. These discs low prices are even better with our black Friday sale.

Black Friday New Releases and Feature Discs

Black and White Novas

At Infinite Discs, it isn’t Black Friday without black and white Nova’s. This years batch includes solid black, solid white, white on black, and black on white all with a completely blank tops and geometric Infinity bottom stamps on the underside.

Innova Black Friday Release

 

“Destroy!” Stamped White and Pink Star Destroyers

We have a new Black Friday edition “Destroy” stamp for the number one selling disc golf disc. 200 of these limited edition stamps are found on pink and white Star Destroyers.

The “Bread” Series – Firebread, Thunderbread, and TeaBread

The bread series is back for Black Friday! Did you miss out on a Firebread, Thunderbread or TeaBread stamp last time? Now is your chance to these unique discs, and while they are on sale.

Innova Day Custom Stamps

The Infinite Pigs Stamp Trilogy

Do you like the three little pigs? Have you seen pigs fly? Are you a fan of genuine pork products? Get one of these hysterical stamps ON Sale for Black Friday.

Infinite Discs Roman Bomber Stamp

Our last Black Friday special edition is what we call the Roman Bomber. Going along with the Egyptian Bomber theme we released on Black Friday last year, this is your chance to get a really cool stamp at a discount price on many of the most popular Innova molds.

$20 Gift Card With Purchase of Innova Backpacks

Innova Super Hero Pack on SaleLooking for an excuse to purchase one of the top selling disc golf backpacks?

Purchase an Innova Heropack, Super HeroPack or any other disc golf backpack priced more than $70 today and receive a $20 Infinite Discs gift card!

The gift card will be automatically emailed to you. All you need to do is make the purchase.

 

Trilogy New Releases

In addition to the Black Friday Innova focus, Dynamic Discs will release lots of hot gems that release at 11AM Central time including the Chameleon Judge, Moonshine Keystone, and Opto Air Jade.

They also have a number of Black Friday release stamps including the Lucid Patrol Geometric Stamp, War Horse Geometric Stamp, Defender Sword Stamp, Ballista Pro Bow Stamp, and a number of new Hand Eye stamps.

 

 

What else do we have on sale for the rest of Cyber Week? See our full add here!

Storm Disc Golf Continues to Build Their Disc Line-Up

It is fun to watch new brands enter the boutique disc market year after year. One of the newcomers to the disc market is Storm Disc Golf.

Storm recently released their second putter, called the RADAR, plus introduced their first offering in Category 3 plastic with a premium edition of their EYE mid-range. With those new releases, we thought we’d take a quick look at their disc line-up so far and give a quick run-down of the plastic types.

So far, Storm discs has the following:

2 Putters, 1 Mid-Range, 1 Fairway Driver, and 1 Distance Driver

 

The Jet Stream – Distance Driver

The Storm Jet Stream is an overstable, high speed distance driver with a fairly thick rim width. When thrown by experienced disc golfers, the Jet Stream will experience some high-speed turn before finishing the flight with a strong, low-speed fade. Disc golfers with less power will find the Jet Stream to be consistently overstable.

  • Speed: 12.0
  • Glide: 5.0
  • Turn: -1.0
  • Fade: 3.0

The Abyss – Fairway Driver

The Abyss is an impressive disc from Storm Disc Golf. This is a workhorse on the fairways with a manageable speed and dependable fade for consistent performance under all conditions. It can handle the power of experienced players who need precision s-flights to the basket. For less experienced players, it will have an overstable fade.

  • Speed: 8.0
  • Glide: 4.0
  • Turn: 0.0
  • Fade: 3.0

The Eye – Mid-Range

The Eye is a straight-flying mid-range which will hold the line for players of all skill levels. This wide diameter disc has excellent glide and can come in weights up to 181 grams for a solid, manageable feel and flight.

  • Speed: 5.0
  • Glide: 5.0
  • Turn: -1.0
  • Fade: 1.0

The Crater – Putt and Approach

The Crater is a unique putter where the center portion of the flight plate is lower than the outer rim, creating a unique feel and thumb track design. It is an overstable putt and approach disc designed to handle wind and find its way to the ground without a lot of glide.

  • Speed: 3.0
  • Glide: 2.0
  • Turn: 0.0
  • Fade: 3.0

The Radar – Putt and Approach

The Radar is a stable putter with impressive glide. It has a very different feel and flight from the Crater. It is very dependable with a straight flight path and is great for not only putting but also for approaches and finesse driving off the tee.

  • Speed: 2.0
  • Glide: 5.0
  • Turn: 0.0
  • Fade: 0.5

The 3 Plastic Types So Far

Storm Disc Golf currently has three plastic types which are as follows. Category 1 is their softer, grippy plastic blend designed as a favorite for putters or for playing in cold or wet conditions.  Category 2 is a premium plastic that is more opaque and durable, more popular in mids and drivers. And Category 3 is another durable, premium blend with a slight more translucent look that should last a long time even with rougher handling on the course.

We’re excited to watch as Storm Disc Golf continues to bring more discs to the market. If you have thrown Storm discs and want to give your opinions and comments below, we welcome your feedback!

 

Introducing FlighTowel

Infinite Discs Welcomes FlighTowel!



We’re here to introduce you to the newest towel on our site, FlighTowel! This towel comes in three different forms: FlighTowel, FlighTowel JR, and FlighTowel Mini.



The FlighTowel

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.

This, and the other FlighTowels, are truly towels like no other. See our selection of FlighTowel Mini here!

Distance Driver Sales Race – Animated Graphs

Here at Infinite Discs, we love looking at statistics. The numbers always help tell a story of how the disc golf market is moving, at least when it comes to measuring how our own customers are responding to new discs or different brands. This week we thought it would be a lot of fun to make a video chart which shows actual movement of those trends through time.

Hot Distance Drivers

We know that distance drivers are considered the sports car of the disc golfer’s bag. It is one of the discs that almost every player feels defines them, their abilities, or their play style. It is one of those discs that players often swap when they feel like they need to revolutionize their game, so new distance drivers tend to get a lot of sales movement when they are first released.

That is why we thought it would be fun to track the movement of some popular, established distance drivers side-by-side with new distance drivers as they entered the market during the past 11 months. The ten distance drivers that we decided to track include some new ones that only came out in 2020, but we wanted to see how much attention they might have pulled away from the more established discs. These are the distance drivers we chose to track:

Destroyer (always a hot seller)
Wraith (another popular Innova seller)
Shryke (a somewhat newer driver by Innova)
Photon (a top-selling MVP driver)
DD3 (the new 2020 driver by Discmania)
Raider (the new 2020 driver by Dynamic Discs)
Trespass (a popular driver by Dynamic Discs before the Raider)
Pharaoh (a relatively new driver by Infinite Discs)
Force (an old driver by Discraft which became a McBeth signature disc in 2020)
Zeus (the first distance driver in McBeth’s own disc line)

This particular selection of discs lets us measure how Paul McBeth affected the market when moving from Innova to Discraft as his brand sponsor in 2020, how new discs affected other brands, how they compared to discs of their own brand (like the Raider vs the Trespass), how market hype can play into sales, and how availability may stifle the momentum of a new release.

The Percentage Animated Graph

This first animated graph is designed to show which disc was grabbing the larger percentage of the market through the movement of time from October 2018 through August 2019. That means that we take the total sales of these 10 distance drivers, add those sales together, and compare the percentages of that total that each one grabbed.

For example, the Destroyer may have been holding 40% of the total sum of sales for those 10 discs for a couple of months, but then a new driver comes out and grabs 40% of the total sales that particular week. That would make the Destroyer percentage drop, even though it may still be selling the same quantity as the previous months, simply because there is only 100% available for those 10 discs to share. This chart helps us to see which discs were grabbing attention at any given moment. The time line will appear at the bottom of the chart.

For your viewing pleasure, here is that October 2018 – August 2019 animated chart (click the play button to activate the graph):

You’ll notice that as the new 2020 discs entered the market, they grabbed a percentage of the sales for a moment, but sometimes didn’t keep that momentum, either because of limited availability or the hype didn’t last. For example, availability of both the DD3 and the Raider was fairly limited when they were first released and it took a little time for regular stock releases to give them a boost.

The Zeus went through huge spikes depending upon availability and the releases of the prototype (originally called the Kong), the first run, and ending with the August release of the limited edition Big Z Zeus– thus the spike at the end of the video when it grabbed a huge percentage of total sales.

You’ll also noticed that the Destroyer sales moved up as Paul McBeth announced his change of sponsors, while players and collectors grabbed his old signature edition before the end of 2019. It got another boost with the new Wysocki edition.

The Force sales at Discraft started to rise based on speculation about what he would throw, and then the announcement came of the Force as a McBeth signature disc. But then the Force died down as the attention turned to the Zeus, which as a disc in Paul’s own line, was grabbing more attention than the Force.

The Race – Total Sales Animated Graph

Now for a look at a chart that takes less explanation. This is very straight-forward. We totaled the sales through time, adding to the total with new sales from October 2018 through August 2019. This allows us to watch the total sales for that period like a race where the disc that sells the most by the end is the winner.

So, rather than comparing percentage of sales, we’re just adding sales for each separate disc. Will the slow-but-steady disc end up selling most in the end? Or will the spikes on new releases help boost the newcomers to the winning position?

For your viewing pleasure, here is that October 2018 – August 2019 animated race (click the play button to activate the graph):

It’s pretty obvious that the steady sales of the Destroyer kept it far enough ahead that even the spikes on new releases, including the Zeus, could not boost those newcomers to the lead. The Zeus finished in 2nd place, getting enough large spikes to push its totals up, but not high enough to take the win. The Wraith, even with it’s slow and steady sales, gave it the 3rd place title, with the Infinite Discs Pharaoh following closely behind.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed these animated charts. Watch them over and over and see what kind of analysis you can offer in the comments below.

Introducing the Big Jerm Concrete Slab

Are you looking for an ultra beefy utility driver that helps support one of your favorite disc golf pros/commentators?

Check out the all new Jeremy Koling Concrete Slab.

The Concrete Slab is a very slim driver with a low profile, flat top, and extremely overstable flight. It is the kind of utility driver that comes in very handy for very specific needs on the course. When you need a flat-top, overstable disc to slice through the wind and still fade hard, then this is the crazy OS disc that you’re looking for. If you want to throw a huge hyzer and have the disc fall out of the sky and tombstone into the ground, then this is your disc. If you’re looking for monster skips on low high power throws or like to chuck overhand across the fairway with precision accuracy, this is the disc for you.

So why is it called the Concrete Slab? The Jomez coverage of the 2019 Waco Open should answer that question for you.

The artwork for this limited edition signature stamp was created by Jeremy Koling himself. Proceeds from the sales of the Concrete Slab go to help Jeremy on tour.

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