Introducing Elevation Disc Golf

 

Infinite Discs carries a large selection of brands and we want to introduce you to some of the brands and molds that you might not be as familiar with. Each week we will spotlight a different company and tell you a little more about them. Because of Covid shutdowns, our supply of discs was severely affected. Therefore, we may not have all of the molds from all of the brands we will talk about. But, it might put a few more molds on your radar for the future. This week we are traveling to the west coast to visit one of the newest manufacturers, Elevation Disc Golf.

First Elevation Disc

North of San Diego and southeast of Los Angeles lies the city of Temecula, California. It is home to one of the younger manufacturers that we will cover in this series. It is so new that its first mold was just released a couple of days ago. That first disc, the Interceptor, is the result of a year and a half of preparation, planning, and designing. (Infinite sold out of the Interceptor fast! We’re ordering a ton more.)

The Team

The company was founded by husband and wife team, Austin and Macy. Austin was working as a Biomedical Engineer and despite having a good job, he also had a burning desire to start a business. With some financial support from family, and lots of support from his wife Macy, he started Elevation Disc Golf. The name comes from the couple’s philosophy of life and of disc golf. The logo includes the image of a falcon, which represents peoples ability to conquer whatever mountains and obstacles come before them, and use those obstacles to climb to higher heights in life. They look at disc golf as an expression of individualism and freedom.

 

 

Macy was in the Army Reserve and finishing a doctorate degree when Austin had the idea for the business. Since he supported her while she finished her degree, she was happy to support him and his dream. She fills many roles in the company. Everything from shipping, media, and customer service, to testing the discs. All vital roles in a small business.

Starting With A 3D Printer

 

Austin started by getting a 3D printer and studying aerodynamics while experimenting with designs.

Once he felt like he could create usable discs, he knew he could start a business. After many attempts to find a prototype that would work, he came up with a design for an overstable midrange/approach

disc. That became the company’s first mold, the Interceptor. The mold name is a nod to the Peregrine Falcon. The Interceptor, like the bird of prey diving for its meal, will end its overstable flight by diving toward the basket. While the mold shape is definitely unique, so is the material used to make it.

Durable Rubber

 

Instead of the usual variety of plastics that we see with most manufacturers, Elevation went a different route for their discs. They found a premium rubber material that offers grip, comfort, and impact absorption not found in plastics. The flexibility of the disc helps it stick to the chains when you hit the target, or stick to the ground if you miss. My first throw with the Interceptor was straight into a tree. It didn’t ricochet in another direction. It just dropped. Currently, that material is the only option available from Elevation. In the future they will offer a variety of firmness’s. Right now they are in the process of making another run of Interceptors in three new color combinations.

Elevation doesn’t sponsor any pros at the moment. They want to focus on amateur players who are active on a local level. They also want to focus on underrepresented demographics, so that everyone feels like they can be part of the sport. For now, Austin will be representing Elevation on an amateur level when he plays in tournaments. As the company grows, they will have more opportunities to add more players to their team.

New Disc On Deck

 

Another thing that will change as they grow is the number of molds offered. Next up for Elevation Disc Golf is a putter. They are working on a straight-flying putter for approach shots or putts. Their goal is to have a disc that compliments their current midrange, the Interceptor. They have a couple of other mold ideas, too.

Moving forward, Austin and Macy will continue to grow the company and seek to accomplish some goals they have set. As the sport grows and as technology improves, they want to meet the needs of the market through their unique materials and innovative ergonomic designs. They will focus on staying at the forefront of creativity and engineering. However, creating new products isn’t their only goal.

All Inclusive

 

At Elevation Disc Golf, they want everyone to have an opportunity to enjoy our sport. That includes people who might not have conventional access to disc golf: people with disabilities and people who can’t afford equipment. Macy has worked with people with disabilities and even envisions a disc golf course that allows people in wheelchairs to play. She would also like to see equipment in underprivileged schools so children can play during P.E. or recess.

Another area of focus for Elevation is the environment. Austin and Macy want to use their company to draw attention to environmental and conservation issues. They plan on choosing good causes, then

using the sale of their discs to support those causes. They want to tie the causes to certain molds so disc golfers can support the ideas they are passionate about by purchasing the specific mold associated with the cause.

The Future

 

Elevation Disc Golf is optimistic and excited about the future of our sport. They are happy to be a part of the growth, and will continue to find unconventional designs and materials for the disc golf community. And they want to use their goals and business ideas to promote a positive influence in the world.

 

Check out Infinite Discs’ selection of Elevation discs here:

https://infinitediscs.com/elevation-disc-golf

See Elevation’s website here:

https://www.elevationdiscs.com/

Watch a video of the benefits of floppy discs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ4QRJOECIg

Elevation’s Instagram: @elevationdiscs

 

Comment About Elevation Disc Golf

If you’ve thrown an Elevation disc, let us know what you think.

Last Week: Wild Discs

Last week we looked at Wild Discs. We selected three random people who commented on that blog. Here are the winners:

Mike M

Micah M

Thomas H

Congrats! We’ll get your disc shipped out shortly.

 

52 comments

  • Can’t wait to get one of these! Just got into this sport in September of last year and LOVE IT. My oldest son (Age 10) is a beast if determination I wanting to get better. I’ve played in 3 tourneys so far and have increased my rating each time! This disc seems like a perfect option for me when it comes to having it stop cold instead of skipping (like it usually happens for me) passed the basket for a more challenging putt.
    Awesome story and as a fellow veteran (Army Guard), thank you for your service Macy!
    Good vibes for your venture!

  • I dig the story about the name, very cool! Fun fact, when the email went out about the rubber putter, my dad had to give me a call to tell me all about it! So hope to pick one up for him to taco it up.

  • I didn’t get one (they were gone by the time I went to check them out) but I’m very curious. I’ve got a buddy who bagged a couple old Vibram discs and I’d love to see how they compare!

  • Finally, a disc to replace that spot in my bag that Vibram discs held for so long. Looking forward to getting my hands on the Interceptor.

  • The Vibram Notch is a staple in my bag, so I would love a rubber mid such as the Interceptor to compliment it. Hope I can snag one next time they’re available!

  • I was not able to order an Interceptor before they sold out, but I can’t wait to try out a rubber disc. I’m looking forward to the restock!

  • Dang that looks like a cool disc, I didn’t even know rubber discs existed, and now I need one.

  • Meaghan Lorentson

    I have never thrown a rubber disc, but the combination of 3d printing and rubber as the base is quite intriguing. Can’t wait to try one.

  • I have a couple of soft Vibram discs that I use for upshots, happy to see a new company making rubber discs. I couldn’t grab one on the first drop.

  • I was looking to buy a rubber disc recently! Never thrown one yet though

  • I was not aware of this brand, but am looking for a replacement for a A2 and the Interceptor sounds like a faster approach disc! I have only thrown a very beat up Vibram disc that I found, so I would be interested in trying a rubber disc again! I did enjoy how the material felt in the hand, so if it was durable I think it would be perfect for an approach style disc.

  • WOW this thing is floppy awesomeness. I’m surprised at the stability especially since I ended up with a 170g as they were almost gone when I snagged it. After feeling this disc I am super excited about a putter in this rubber, and hope they have plans for faster discs as well. These are awesome for wooded holes cause they will bend and fold when hitting trees and drop rather than redirecting far off course. So far so good can’t wait to see more molds.