Top Selling Discs–Q1 of 2019

The weather is warming up, Spring has sprung, and the 2019 disc golf season has begun! It’s April, which means it is time to once again take a look at our top selling discs of the first quarter! As we go through the top sellers, we will see a lot of changes from last quarter. Most of those changes can be traced back to one person…yep, Paul McBeth!

Top 10 Overall

  1. Innova Destroyer
  2. Discraft Buzzz
  3. Discmania P2 Psycho
  4. Innova Firebird
  5. Discraft Luna
  6. Discraft Zone
  7. Discraft Force
  8. Innova Wraith
  9. Infinite Discs Pharaoh
  10. Discmania FD Jackal/Dynamic Discs Judge

If you are still of the belief/delusion that Paul McBeth doesn’t influence sales numbers, hopefully looking at this overall top 10 and comparing it to all of the top 10 charts from last year will be enough to change your mind. Paul’s signature has been printed on over half of these discs at some point in time. While it isn’t unheard of for new releases to crack into the top 10, the Luna debuting at number 5 is very impressive. Also the Discraft Force has never been on this or the distance driver top 10 list. For what it’s worth, if March had been one day longer, we’d probably have another McBeth disc on this top 10 list (the Kong). So overall I think it is safe to say that Discraft has taken full advantage of adding Paul to their team so far. Discraft numbers are way up across the board here at Infinite Discs.

 

Top Distance Drivers

  1. Innova Destroyer
  2. Innova Firebird
  3. Discraft Force
  4. Innova Wraith
  5. Infinite Discs Pharaoh
  6. Innova Shryke
  7. Discraft Kong
  8. Innova Valkyrie
  9. Innova Boss
  10. Innova Orc

The previously mentioned new Discraft Kong made it all the way to number 7 on the distance driver chart after selling out in just a few hours on its release date. I think it will be interesting to see how the Force and the Kong perform in sales throughout the rest of the year since McBeth mostly used one distance driver with Innova–the Destroyer. Of course, that might be the key–how much McBeth uses either disc. Beyond the new Discraft additions, it is mostly more of the same for the distance driver category this quarter.

Top Control/Fairway Drivers

  1. Discmania FD Jackal
  2. Discraft Undertaker
  3. Innova Teebird
  4. Innova Thunderbird
  5. Innova Leopard3
  6. Axiom Insanity
  7. Innova Leopard
  8. Innova Roadrunner
  9. Innova TeeBird3
  10. Dynamic Discs Escape

Last quarter I mentioned that the Discraft Undertaker surprised me by cracking into the top 10 at the number 9 spot. Well, it made another big jump this quarter finishing as the number 2 fairway driver. The big surprise this quarter is the Axiom Insanity coming in at number 6. The high sales numbers this quarter are primarily because of the special release Axiom did for their new Prism plastic blend. We also see the Innova TeeBird3 cracked back into the top 10.

Top Midrange Discs

  1. Discraft Buzzz
  2. Innova Roc3
  3. Innova Roc
  4. Innova Mako3
  5. Dynamic Discs EMac Truth
  6. Discraft Comet
  7. Discmania MD3
  8. Discraft Buzzz OS
  9. Infinite Discs Anubis
  10. Kastaplast Gote

The top 7 on this chart is pretty business as usual with only a couple of small shifts from last quarter’s top 10. But the last 3 are all new names to this list, or they at least haven’t been on the list for a while (looking at you Discraft Buzzz OS). One of the biggest surprises of this whole article for me is the newly released Kastaplast Gote finishing as the 10th best selling midrange. New releases have a tendency of making surprise appearances in these top charts, but this might be the first Kastaplast mold to crack into a top 10, which may be an indication that the small Swedish disc manufacturer is continuing to grow into the mainstream.

Top Putt and Approach Discs

  1. Discmania P2 Psycho
  2. Discraft Luna
  3. Discraft Zone
  4. Dynamic Discs Judge
  5. Axiom Envy
  6. Innova Aviar
  7. Dynamic Discs Warden
  8. Gateway Wizard
  9. Westside Harp
  10. Dynamid Discs Deputy

There aren’t too many surprises here besides the two Discraft molds making such a big jump up the charts. The Dynamic Discs Deputy made it back into the top 10 after not making it last quarter. Also the Westside Harp is the lowest it has been ever since making the top 10 if I remember right. It will be interesting to see how the Harp performs throughout the year now that Ricky Wysocki is not throwing it and Paul McBeth is throwing a similar mold in the Discraft Zone.

And that’s all we have for this quarter! What will the next 3 months of sales look like? Was there anything that surprised you this quarter? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Dave Feldberg Blog Post #1

Dave Feldberg Blog

So I have decided to have a blog this season , but I am not sure I can type up everything going on in my life. This has been one of the most eventful years of my life and I can barely come up for air.

Welcome Leomax Feldberg #22626

On a personal level Synthya and I had our first child Leomax Feldberg #22626 on 2/18/19. He is a blessing and very healthy. We are so lucky to have him in our life and are looking forward to watching him grow and sharing many great experiences. Synthya and I bought a house where we have no relatives or close friends near by and so we are doing this ourselves and she has been a rockstar to say the least.

Next Gen Tour 2019

On a business level Next Generation Tour is having a banner year with the expansion of 10 disc manufacturers, 10 other new sponsors, a new NG team, relocating the National Championships, and partnering with Infinite Discs to make it all happen. We are seeing a lot of positivity out there and we are doing all we can to deliver the best amateur tour out there. It will only continue to get better. We have some big announcements coming!!!

Disc Golf an Honest Take Podcast

I have started my own podcast called “Disc Golf an Honest Take”. I will be reviewing existing products and new releases while covering a little NG and history of our game. The first one is in the editing stage and will be out very soon (hopefully Monday).

Tournament Schedule 2019

On a playing level I have decided with all that is going on, that I had to cut back on my schedule of events I compete in. I will still be competing at many of the larger events, but I will not be playing as often. Below is my proposed schedule for this season:

  • Super bowl scramble – 3rd place
  • Full Monty Doubles- Galloway as partner 1st place
  • Jonesboro PT
  • Huk Central A -tier
  • Trailblazer A Tier
  • Great Lakes Open PT
  • Pro Worlds Presented by Infinite Discs
  • Masters Worlds
  • Tim Selinske
  • USDGC
  • Delaware NT
  • Augusta NT Final
  • Linton Park Open – B-Tier
  • Sandy Creek Sling- C-tier

Building the Mixed Bag for 2019

It has been exciting to be able to throw any disc that I want to throw. There are so many choices out there nowadays it is incredible. Back in the day we had very few choices compared to today.

So I had to start somewhere. What I have done to start the season is take the Trilogy and Innova discs I loved for many years and picked out some solid choices. I stuck with the Sinus, BT Bard, XXX, and Ballista Pro. I brought back my Aviars, Rocs, Eagles, and Destroyers. That alone made my game stronger right away. Now I wanted to experiment with the other manufactures that are supporting the tour. So I have started by incorporating one new disc from each brand. Here is what I have so far.

Discraft – I am messing around with the Kong, Comet, Heat, Vulture, and Crank. They all fly well just trying to see where they fit my bag. I have added the Zone as I always wanted to throw that disc.

Prodigy– I have been testing almost all there molds and I have liked the D2 and D3 and found that the M3 is a good over-stable midrange. I have added the 300 A2 to my bag as this plastic feels feat and I love short over-stable flying discs.

MVP– I also tested many of there molds and found that the Resistor and the Octane are very good flying discs and the Resistor, I have having a hard time resisting. I have added a Mayhem to my bag as I like this distance driver. It is not over-stable or under-stable. It flies long and straight and I can make it fly almost any angle I want.

Gateway– I have been testing most of there line and the Apex and Illusions have stuck out as really consistent fliers that I can use between full high speed and fairway drivers. I have added a Diamond Prophecy to my bag as this is a really good Hyzer midrange that I throw fairly often.

Legacy– I just received their box of testers, but will say right out of the gate, that I am liking there new plastic, I will update Legacy more in the next blog.

DiscMania – I have tested a few of their discs in the beginning when I played for Innova. I am awaiting a box of testers, but I am excited to test the new Cloud and Instinct co branded Latitude fairway driver. I will update in my next blog.

Kastaplast– I have been testing most of their line of discs and I will say I was very impressed. The feel was great- shiny discs that were not slippery. I am looking forward to some rain to see if it performs as I think it will. The Kaxe was a unique mold I wanted to test and I found it to be the rare disc between a midrange and a fairway driver. I like the Stahl and it is in a final battle with the Mvp Resistor to see who makes the bag. I have added a Falk to my bag as it is a great late flip under-stable fairway driver that just seems to fit my game.

Infinite – last but not least I have been testing our discs often. I have found that the Myth putter is growing on me and that I like the plastic lines we make. I have added a glow metal Flake Pharaoh to my bag as this thing goes far, only about 5-10 feet less than a Corvette but feels like a Destroyer in my hand. I have also added a RA to my bag as this disc has this unique nova type flight where it doesn’t move to the left it just holds and then drops predictably. I am also starting to test my signature disc which will be a Splatter Emperor. I am excited as it has been described to me as an Eco – Destroyer which I like but don’t want to pay 100 or more dollars for.

So I think that is good for my first blog, now out to the field to test some more plastic!!!

 

Limited Edition Discraft Releases

Mini Buzzz Stamps

Discraft has just released a number of amazing new limited edition discs as fundraisers for the 2019 Ledgestone Insurance Open. These beautiful discs include a variety of special stamps and plastic blends that up until now, have not been available. Infinite Discs is happy to be a supporter of and the official vendor of the Ledgestone Insurance Open. The Ledgestone Insurance Open is one of the biggest disc golf tournaments in the world. You can help grow disc golf and support this event by purchasing these fundraiser discs.

This batch of fundraiser discs includes:

Color Glow Buzzz – Mini Stamps

Mini Buzzz StampsThe popular seven bee theme continues. This year you can add to your Buzzz collection with the limited edition Les White mini bee stamps featuring  each of the following mini stamps:

  • Bumble Bee
  • Digger Bee
  • Honey Bee
  • Franklin’s Bumble Bee
  • Leafcutter Bee
  • Killer Bee
  • Robot Bee

These discs are all available on ESP Colored Glo Buzzz’s.

Colorshift Buzzz

Discraft Colorshift BuzzzThis amazing plastic changes color depending on the angle you look at it. These discs may all look like they are black on our website, but hold it at an angle in the sunlight and they will radiate shades of green, blue, and purple!

This isn’t the first time Discraft has released a colorshift Buzzz, but due to their rarity, you will have a hard time finding this plastic blend. Buy your colorshift Buzzz before they are gone.

Z-Sparkle Comet, Swirl Glo Mantis, Swirl Glo Surge

Ledgestone Fundraiser Comet, Mantis, SurgeThe Discraft Comet is our third most popular selling Discraft mold. We have never had this disc available in Z Sparkle plastic before. This limited edition comet is in Discraft’s most popular Z blend plastic with a unique stamp and glowing sparkles.

The Mantis and Surge appear in Swirl Glo plastic for the first time as part of this limited edition fundraiser disc batch. Quantities of these discs are extremely limited.

Glo Jawbreaker Zone

Discraft Glow Jawbreaker Zone The Zone is our second most popular selling Discraft disc and has been very popular in Jawbreaker plastic.

This Ledgestone edition is a little softer and grippier than traditional Jawbreaker and it glows in the dark!

The stamp used on this Zone features the same Zombie art work as the 10 year edition.

CryZtal Sparkle Machete and CryZtal Vulture

CryZtal Sparkle Machete and VultureCryZtal plastic was one of Discraft’s original fundraiser blends. With bright colors, a translucent look, and more grip than traditional Z, many players have lusted after Discraft discs in CryZtal plastic.

Two of Discraft’s newer discs are now available in the CryZtal blend (at least for this limited fundraiser release).

The Ledgestone edition Machete features sparkles and vibrant colors as well as a translucent clear look.

Full Foil Nuke

Discraft Full Foil NukeLast but not least, this fundraiser release features the Discraft Nuke in full foil. This is the first ever full foil version available on the Discraft Nuke. We have full foil Nuke’s available in three different foil varieties; star, prism, and sparkle. Even if your arm can’t handle a disc as fast as the Nuke, you may want to collect this limited disc just for its visual appeal.

 

 

Infinite Discs RA Release + All Weekend Infinite Discs SALE!

Introducing the Infinite Discs RA

 

We’re pleased to announce the newest midrange disc in our lineup, the Ra. The stock edition Ra is now available in C-Blend and Metal Flake C-Blend plastic, and to celebrate, we’ve created quite the deal for you!

 

But first, let’s talk about the Ra: The Infinite Discs Ra is a moderately overstable midrange with a very flat top and comfortable, beaded rim. It feels and flies perfectly for both backhand and forehand players. It is difficult to find a midrange that is so easy to control and so precise under multiple course conditions.

Now here’s the deal:

This weekend (4/5/19 – 4/8/19) we’re putting the entire Infinite Discs lineup on sale. This includes the new Ra, allowing you to try it for a discounted price. But wait, there’s more! If you use the discount code RARARA you’ll get an additional 10% off of your Ra!

If you need a new mid to try, today is the day!

Out of the hand, even when thrown with power (or torque) the Ra is quick and straight. As the Ra begins to slow, the fade kicks in. It is neither dumpy nor gradual…the “sweet spot” of fade. This disc is also great for forehand shots. – BigCountry83

The feel of the Ra is fantastic. I have always wanted to like the Roc family, but I despise the rim on them. Mixing the VRoc bottom on the Rocx3 top made for the perfect feel in this disc. The Ra is one of the best feeling midranges in my hands. – Jordan Miller

This a very controllable, stable mid-range, that can definitely fill a slot in your bag if you need a mid that can combine distance with dependable fade.  If you like Roc3-esque discs, this is for you. – BobbyGitr

TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – APRIL 2nd 2019

Infinite Discs is happy to present another Top 20 Tuesday chart, looking back at the discs that sold the most during the last week. We break these charts down by plastics as well so you can see which plastic types are most popular for each disc. New discs will often spike in the chart as other top sellers shuffle position. It can be fun to see which discs keep up the pace.

Here we go…

Top Twenty Tuesday for April 2nd, 2019

#1 – Star DESTROYER
#2 – Signature ESP BUZZZ
#3 – Signature C-Line Colored Glow FD2
#4 – Star CORVETTE
#5 – Champion Colored Glow FIREBIRD
#6 – Star WRAITH
#7 – D-Line P2
#8 – ESP BUZZZ
#9 – Prism INSANITY
#10 – C-Blend TOMB
#11 – Elite Z RAPTOR
#12 – DX AVIAR
#13 – Fission PHOTON
#14 – 400 D2 MAX
#15 – VIP GATEKEEPER
#16 – Origio Burst MAIDEN
#17 – Electron Firm ENVY
#18 – Signature Swirly S-Line P2
#19 – GStar DESTROYER
#20 – Champion FIREBIRD

We saw a more “settled” chart during the last week as the Discraft KONG and LUNA vanished completely due to the fact that they completely sold out at Infinite Discs the week before. Now that we’re restocked, you can expect those to be right back in the chart next week.  So, the Star DESTROYER went back to number one, which is a familiar location for that disc. The Signature ESP Buzzz (McBeth edition) held a strong 2nd place with the new Colored Glow FD2 coming in a strong 3rd.

Other popular discs on the chart were the new Star CORVETTE, the Z RAPTOR (still holding on as a new release), the Origion Burst MAIDEN which has been a hot new putter for Westside Discs, and the new GATEKEEPER.  Other regulars came back on the chart, like the Star Wraith, Champion Firebird, etc.

Here is how the brands stacked up this last week in terms of number of times that they appeared on the chart:

–> Each week we’ll invite you to leave a prediction for a certain chart position on next week’s TOP TWENTY TUESDAY report. The person to predict that chart position correctly in the comments will win a $10 gift card for the Infinite Discs website.

WINNER – The #6 spot this week was the Star Wraith, making a strong comeback as a popular seller when it comes to drivers. Nobody picked the Star Wraith to quietly come back to the #6 spot, so nobody takes the gift card this week. But give this coming week a try!

GIFT CARD PREDICTION FOR NEXT WEEK:  Leave your comment below this blog to predict the #4 spot for next week’s chart.

 

State of Disc Golf 2019–Disc Golf as Exercise

In today’s State of Disc Golf article we are taking a look at a new topic that was on our survey for the first time this year. What motivates us to play disc golf–specifically, is exercise part of what motivates us? Do we view disc golf as an exercise activity? This topic is especially interesting when we talk about disc golf transitioning from a casual “game” that friends play in a park to a “sport” played by professional athletes. Do we view disc golf as more of a “game” or a “sport?” While we didn’t ask that last question specifically, I think how we view disc golf as exercise will shed some insight on that as well. So let’s take a look at the data!

How much is exercise a motivating factor in your disc golf play?

  • Biggest Motivating Factor–5.12%
  • Important Motivating Factor–48.53%
  • Slight Motivating Factor–35.66%
  • Not a Motivating Factor–9.63%
  • N/A (didn’t answer question)–1.05%

I don’t think there are too many surprises here, but it is interesting that over half of us view exercise as at least an important factor in why we play. Again, this is the first year we asked this question, so I can only assume, but I’d imagine as disc golf grows as a sport, more and more people will view exercise as an important motivating factor.

But how far would we take that view of disc golf as exercise? There have recently been new exercise equipment hitting the market that are designed to improve your disc golf game. But would we even consider using such equipment? We asked you in our survey, and here were your responses:

Would you consider exercise equipment to improve your disc golf game?

  • Yes–48.58%
  • No–18.13%
  • Maybe–32.85%
  • N/A (didn’t answer)–0.44%

Now in hindsight, maybe a better way to word that question would have been to specifically question our willingness to purchase this type of equipment. Because I know at least for myself, if you ask me if I’d be willing to try something new, I’ll probably say yes. But if you ask me if I will buy that something new…maybe not. But either way, I think it is significant that nearly half of survey takers would consider this type of equipment. We as disc golfers are always looking for ways to improve our game, so why wouldn’t we be willing to give equipment like this a try?

What disc golf exercise equipment is there? Well for a long time Gateway has made Training Wizards, which are simply heavy weighted versions of their Wizard putters. While these are unique discs, their legitimacy as a training/exercise tool for disc golf has been questioned.

But a new piece of equipment that has grown in popularity is the ProPull Disc Golf Trainer. The ProPull is basically a resistance band training set that features an attached disc that allows players to practice their disc golf form while building their strength. The ProPull is a pretty revolutionary item when it comes to disc golf training equipment, and it will be interesting to see if similar products are developed over the next few years. The ProPull Disc Golf Trainer is available at Infinite Discs.

So do you view disc golf as a form of exercise? Do you think that influences how you view disc golf as a “game” or a “sport?” And have you used any exercise equipment like the ProPull? How has it affected the game? We’d love you hear your experiences. Let us know in the comments!

Dave Feldberg Putting Tip: Slow Down and Hit the Mark

In this two minute putting clinic, disc golf legend Dave Feldberg explains the importance of consistency when putting. To be a more consistent putter, you need to hit the mark. Start your motion at the same point where you will release the putter. When you drop the disc back, a slower drop back will provide more consistently to help you hit the mark. When you’re hitting the mark more consistently, you will make more putts.

TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – MARCH 26TH 2019

Infinite Discs is happy to present another Top 20 Tuesday chart, looking back at the discs that sold the most during the last week. We break these charts down by plastics as well so you can see which plastic types are most popular for each disc. New discs will often spike in the chart as other top sellers shuffle position. It can be fun to see which discs keep up the pace.

Here we go…

Top Twenty Tuesday for March 26th, 2019

#1 – ESP KONG
#2 – Prism INSANITY
#3 – Discraft Special Blend LUNA
#4 – Elite Z RAPTOR
#5 – Champion Colored Glow FIREBIRD
#6 – Swirly Star BOSS
#7 – Signature ESP BUZZZ
#8 – Star DESTROYER
#9 – Star CORVETTE
#10 – D-Line P2
#11 – ESP BUZZZ
#12 – I-Blend X-Out EMPEROR
#13 – Fission PHOTON
#14 – Plasma MOTION
#15 – Star ORC
#16 – Metal Flake Glow C-Blend PHARAOH
#17 – Star WRAITH
#18 – Signature Elite Z ZONE
#19 – 400 X-Out D1 MAX
#20 – Elite Z BUZZZ

For anybody who knew in advance that the KONG was being released last Friday (which apparently was a lot of people) it was no surprise that that new disc from Discraft’s Paul McBeth line would take the top spot this week. Coming in 2nd place was the Axiom INSANITY in the new Prism plastic– the first time we’ve seen a durable translucent rim on products from MVP / Axiom. The LUNA first run putter followed up closely in 3rd place. In strong 4th place went to the new RAPTOR from Discraft and 5th place went to the ever-popular Sexton glow FIREBIRD.

The Discraft BUZZZ mid-range took three spots in this week’s top 20 with strong showings in the McBeth Signature ESP edition, the regular ESP edition, and the regular Elite Z edition. Two other strong movers this week were the Fission PHOTON and the Plasma MOTION by MVP.

The brand chart looks quite impressive for Discraft this week, where they took the most places on the chart with seven of the top 20, while Innova follows closely behind with 6 spots:

–> Each week we’ll invite you to leave a prediction for a certain chart position on next week’s TOP TWENTY TUESDAY report. The person to predict that chart position correctly in the comments will win a $10 gift card for the Infinite Discs website.

WINNER – The #5 spot this week was the Sexton Champion Colored Glow FIREBIRD and we had a few people give that disc a guess. We’ll give it to the first three who guessed right, so congratulations to Derek, Christopher, and Clint!

GIFT CARD PREDICTION FOR NEXT WEEK:  Leave your comment below this blog to predict the #6 spot for next week’s chart.

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