Focus Friday

Another week has come and gone, and this Focus Friday is all about the Yikun Twin Swords.

This is a overmold 12 speed distance driver. The disc’s rim is pretty comparable to other 12 speeds, resulting in a comfortable grip. This is a stable disc, making it fairly easy to throw and get some good distance. It has a pretty straight flight path with a little curve out before it’ll fade out.

Once again, we’re making another stamp available for you to make the Focus Friday all that much more interesting! Check out this stamp, the Chinese Warrior, adding it to our Infinite Discs Warrior collection. Use the promo code FOCUSTWINSWORDS to get 20% off this weekend.

You can select your disc by clicking here. Simply add as may Twin Swords discs to your shopping cart as you want, then BEFORE you click to checkout, look below the shopping cart. Right below the shopping cart is a box for Discount Codes. Click there and paste the code into the box. Then proceed to checkout and you’ll get the discount.

Here is a screenshot to help you out, though it doesn’t necessarily show a Twin Swords in the cart, or the 20% discount– it’s just a generic visual to help you find the discount code box:

We hope that you love throwing the Twin Swords by Yikun. If you’ve thrown the disc, feel free to share what you think of this distance driver. Thanks!

STAY TUNED for our next Focus Friday for another chance to try a featured disc at a nice discounted price!

New Release of the Mint Mustang & Bullet

Mint Discs had a new release earlier this week, on Monday, September 7. A new stable midrange, the Mustang. And a new stable putter, the Bullet.

This midrange is a stable, straight flying. It has a good healthy fade at the end of its flight. The mustang will fly on whatever line you put it on. It makes an excellent compliment to the Bobcat.

The bullet is a straight flying putter. With a micro bead, this disc fits well in the hand, and it will keep its stable flight path for just a little longer. This is a great “point and shoot” putter.

Best Putter of 2020

Pig Putter in Disc Golf Basket

Putters take center stage this week as we post another blog for our series of the best disc golf discs of 2020. With the pandemic forcing many people to stay home for an extended time, many people took the opportunity to use the time to practice putting. Our sales and inventory reflected the surge in purchases, particularly of putters and baskets. We will look at the sales of putters for this year, and compare the top sellers with the top rated putters. We will then turn the voting over to you to help us pick the best putter of 2020. Cast your vote below and be eligible to win a $50 gift card, which will be awarded to a random voter.

The Putter Approach

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

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

Best Selling Putter of 2020

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

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

 

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

Putter Rank and File

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

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

 

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

Old School, New School

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

What is Your Favorite Putter? Tell Us And Win $50

Once again we turn to you for your thoughts on your go-to putter. Let us know your favorite putter mold, and tell us why you like it. We will count the votes and add the results to the sales and review rankings to determine the best putter of 2020. Check back on this blog for an update with the results. Plus, we will select a random voter to win a $50 gift card from Infinite Discs.

Focus Friday – M Model US

Another week has come and gone, and now, it is time for Focus Friday. This week’s focus will be on a fairly new release; Prodigy’s M Model US.

This is quite the versatile midrange. Prodigy designed this disc and plastic to perform well and be beginner friendly all the while providing a disc that an advanced player can throw and enjoy. It is a stable-understable midrange, resulting in a fairly straight flight path. Which makes this disc fairly easy to put on any line that you want: straight, hyzer, or anhyzer. Now is a great time to buy and try out this midrange, as you can apply the promo code, FOCUSMMODELUS, and get the M Model US at 20% off the regular price.

Coming to our inventory will be a few special M Model US. These won’t have the stock stamp that we’ve all seen. But, we are working on putting a Skullboy Marauder stamp on these, just to make this Focus Friday all that better. Keep an eye on them as they’ll be added soon.

You can select your disc by clicking here. Simply add as may M Model US discs to your shopping cart as you want, then BEFORE you click to checkout, look below the shopping cart. Right below the shopping cart is a box for Discount Codes. Click there and paste the code into the box. Then proceed to checkout and you’ll get the discount.

Here is a screenshot to help you out, though it doesn’t necessarily show a M Model US in the cart, or the 20% discount– it’s just a generic visual to help you find the discount code box:

We hope that you love throwing the M Model US by Prodigy. If you’ve thrown the disc, feel free to share what you think of this new midrange. Thanks!

STAY TUNED for our next Focus Friday for another chance to try a featured disc at a nice discounted price!

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!

Best Midrange Disc of 2020

Best Mid range golf discs

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

Best Disc Golf Midrange Discs

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

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

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

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

The Perfect Combination

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

Top Sellers of 2020

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

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

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

The Discraft Domination

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

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

Rating and Reviews

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

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

Best Midrange Discs of 2020

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

This Year Compared to All-Time Sales

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

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

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

Average Yearly Sales

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

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

Fan Voting Results: Best Midrange Disc 2020

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

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

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

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

As promised we chose a random voter to win the $50 gift card. The winner is Janet F! Congrats!

 

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

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

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!

Focus Friday – Scarab

This week’s Focus Friday is for the Infinite Discs Scarab. It is a beaded putter with a shallow rim and a decent amount of glide.

If you have yet to throw this disc, now is a great time to try it out. From now until the end of Monday, you can buy it with 20% off by using the promo code: FOCUSSCARAB.

What I have enjoyed about the scarab is its versatility. Spin, push, and turbo putting with this is easy. Driving with this disc is really consistent as well. I have found that the product description is pretty dead on for this disc:

The Scarab is a beaded putter that has a similar rim configuration to the Infinite Discs Myth, but with a different flight plate that provides a longer glide for longer putts and approaches. If you love throwing putters for distance, or you’re seeking pinpoint accuracy with your putting game, the Scarab will earn a spot in your disc bag.

We initially designed this disc for Joel Freeman who then named it the Scarab. You can get his signature Scarab here . Also, if you want to learn more about him, watch the video below.

Head on over to our site and pick one up this weekend. Use the discount code FOCUSSCARAB and you’ll get 20% off. It’s a great time to buy this disc.

Note: After placing your discs in the shopping cart and before checking out, click on the “Discount Code” box under the shopping cart and enter that code. Then proceed to checkout.

What are your thoughts on the Infinite Discs Scarab?

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