Ledgestone Tournament Support Discs 2021 – Wave One

This is a reference guide for the discs that were released as part of “Wave One” of the Ledgestone Open Tournament support discs. Each disc on this list can be clicked for a direct link to the listing on the Infinite Discs website, for your convenience.

Tour Series ESP BUZZZ

OG Glow Jawbreaker BUZZZ

Z Sparkle ZONE

Tour Series Z AVENGER SS

Tour Series Titanium THRASHER

Tour Series Jawbreaker METEOR

Rubber Blend Glo NUKE

Rubber Blend Glow ROACH

Z Glo RAPTOR

CT Jawbreaker CHALLENGER

Big Z FLASH

Cryztal FLX Sparkle BANGER GT

Glo Sparkle VULTURE

CT Glow Jawbreaker WASP

Rubber Blend Glo DRONE

Big Z AVENGER

Tour Series Titanium GLIDE

Tour Series Jawbreaker RATTLER

Tour Series Z CRUSH

Tour Series ESP APX

Big Z TRACKER

Tour Series Z NEBULA

Cryztal Glo FLX RINGER

Tour Series Z XTREME

Tour Series Z HEAT

As a reminder, these discs are being added to the website in waves or smaller spurts. Each timed release will include a few of each of the discs so that our customers will have a chance to get them at different hours. We hope that this reduces the lag time that happens whenever everybody goes to the website at once and also makes them available to customers who have work schedules, school schedules, and other obligations that keep them from being able to shop at an exact hour.

Thanks for supporting Ledgestone!

 

Get to Know Signature Team Member Joseph Kulp

Meet Joseph Kulp! Joseph is a part of the Signature Team this year. He is from Fort Smith, Arkansas and is the man behind Hye8Dye Originals. Joseph is currently 960 rated and is ready to take his skills on the road and compete at a high level. Thankfully, we got to chat with Joseph and get to know a little bit more about him!

 

How did you get started in disc golf?

A good friend was coming to visit from out of town. I was unable to meet him at our arranged time due to a complication at work keeping me in the office longer than planned. He said “no worries, I’ll just go find a disc golf course”. I had no idea what it was or that it existed, but I went to try it with one of my co-workers the next week and was hooked for life.

Is there anyone in particular you look up to or admire in the game?

Michael Johansen and Nate Sexton have always been my two favorite players. I admire their energy and how they carry themselves. They are carefree and light hearted. They also have a professional balance which is not easy to attain. I feel the game and the world as a whole would be a better place if more people carried themselves in this way.

 

What is your favorite type of shot to throw?

Anything off the cuff of convention. If I have to choose between a standard hyzer or a forced flex anhyzer or a roller, I’m choosing one of the two latter choices if I can… probably the roller 😉

Which of your disc golf achievements are you most proud of?

Oddly enough, it’s not a competition achievement but an artistic one. The time and passion that I’ve put into creating Hye8Dye Originals has been the most satisfying creative expression experience I’ve had, not just in disc golf but in my life.

If you could play a round with only three discs, which would they be?

The Gateway Diamond Mystic, DD Lucid Justice and Infinite C-Blend Pharoah would be my three. Actually, this is how I play many of my casual rounds!

Other than disc golf, what else do you enjoy doing?

Kayaking, hiking, contemplating the cornucopic mystery of the incarnate experience, and possibly most importantly, I enjoy the peaceful and colorful disruption of convention.

What tips do you have for newer players or players looking to improve their game?

Learn the basics like how to X step, keeping the nose of the disc down, a smooth rhythmic release, and be sure not to lose yourself in the mechanics or the competition. Be yourself. Enjoy yourself. Do what feels right to you, and your disc golf experience will be the best version of what you intend.

If people want to follow along on your journey, where can they best follow you?

On Facebook:

Facebook.com/hye8dye

 

As part of the Signature Team, Joseph will have a signature disc and will also be releasing an “In The Bag” video. So there’s plenty to look out for. Best of luck this season! Check out this video to see a Hye8Dye Originals in flight!

 

**UPDATE! Here is Joseph’s In The Bag Video!**

Focus Friday – Divergent Discs Narwhal

Happy Friday, I’m glad it is the weekend as the 2021 Pro Tour has kicked off. Good things are happening. With the Pro Tour starting this weekend, and to celebrate beginnings, we figured it would be good to focus on a beginner disc. The Divergent Discs Narwhal. Use the discount code FOCUSNARWHAL to save 20%.

Divergent Discs is a brand that is aiming to provide easy to throw discs that are affordable and made well. The Narwhal is an understable putter with very little fade. Making it a solid first putter. It has a lot of glide, allowing it to float through the air. The plastic of this is feels firm and tacky. Giving you a little more confidence in the plastic than a baseline plastic. Which also makes the disc an excellent choice for putting or for driving.

You can select your disc by clicking here. Simply add as many Narwhal Molds 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, FOCUSNARWHAL, 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 Narwhal in the cart – it’s just a generic visual to help you find the discount code box:

We hope that you love throwing the Narwhal. If you’ve thrown the disc, feel free to share what you think of this putter. Thanks!

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

How did Covid-19 Affect Disc Golf

2021 State of Disc Golf

How did Covid-19 Affect Disc Golf

 

 

One of the the things we included in this year’s survey was the thing that affected nearly everyone in the world: Covid-19. We wanted to see how the pandemic was affecting disc golf for everyone, since we’ve know how it’s affecting people’s lives in other ways. From a broad perspective, disc golf is one of the many sports and activities that are nearly perfect for the restrictions and guidelines that we witnessed during the past 12 months. Since the pandemic didn’t affect every region the same, and since local governments were allowed to write their own rules, to a degree (at least in the USA), we saw a variety of different restrictions that affected how we play disc golf. Let’s start with how much we played, then we can look at how Covid-19 affected that.

Let’s Play Disc Golf

 

We asked people how many rounds per month they played on average in 2020. Over half of us played between 5-14 rounds per month. That might sound a little low, but that is the average. If winter months bump that number down to 3-5 rounds, that bumps the summer months up to 16-18 round. That’s four or so rounds per week, which seems like a good average. Here are the numbers, broken down by the number of rounds:

 

 

Covid Affecting Disc Golf

 

 

Now let’s throw Covid-19 into the mix and see how that affected how often we played. We asked “How did Covid-19 affect your options to play disc golf?” Since some areas closed down even outdoor facilities, many of us didn’t even have the option to play. In other areas it was business as usual. In fact, nearly a third of us played more casual rounds in 2020 than in recent years. According to survey results, about half of us played as many or more rounds than usual. There were a small number, about 14%, that indicated that they didn’t get to play some casual rounds because of Covid-19.

When it came to leagues, about 15% of us said they missed some leagues because of cancellations or closures. That was a surprising number for me because of all the leagues that were cancelled in our greater area. Even more surprising, even though a larger percentage, is the number of people who said didn’t get to play in some tournaments because of cancellations and closures. A little more than a third of us indicated that they had to miss a tournament. I would have thought that number would have been a lot higher.

Open or Closed

 

One aspect affecting the number of rounds we played last year was whether or not the courses were even open. Nearly half of us weren’t able to play certain courses at times throughout the year due to closures. While others remained open all year. Here are the numbers:

 

 

 

Another option in the question about courses staying open or not was to indicate if you stayed home even though the courses were open. There were 767 people, or about 12% of the total respondents that indicated they chose to stay home. Some also said that courses around them were closed, but that they still stayed home. We should have phrased the question better to give a more accurate picture, but the number is still valid. I was curious about the makeup of the 767 people, so I cross referenced their age groups to see if the demographics were lopsided. The results were surprising. Here is a graph of the age groups who opted to stay home:

 

 

 

I would have thought the age based higher-risk groups would have had more people who would prefer to play alone, and not even on a course. But, the numbers look almost exactly like the graph of age groups from the first blog in this series. Here is the graph of the number of people who took the survey, by age groups:

 

 

That’s all for this week. Check out next week’s blog for more data, graphs, and information about the 2021 Disc Golf Survey. Check out previous posts here

 

Week 1 – Demographics: https://infinitediscs.com/blog/state-of-disc-golf-2021/

Week 2 – When did you start playing: https://infinitediscs.com/blog/when-did-you-start-playing/

 

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.

 

TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 23RD 2021

Welcome to the Top 20 Tuesday chart! Every week we take a look at the twenty top-selling discs on the Infinite Discs website, broken down by plastic type as well. So these are the top sellers for the last seven days in order:

Top Twenty Tuesday for February 23rd 2021

#1 – Signature TSA Glow MANTRA
#2 – Ethereal MANTRA
#3 – Ethos MANTRA
#4 – TSA Glow MANTRA
#5 – Aura MANTRA
#6 – Elevation Rubber INTERCEPTOR
#7 – Prime Burst JUDGE
#8 – Z Line BUZZZ
#9 – Star DESTROYER
#10 – ESP ZONE
#11 – Cheengz Premium I-ONE
#12 – Signature Swirly S-Blend CENTURION
#13 – Extinct DIPLODOCUS
#14 – Moss ANKYLOSAURUS
#15 – BaseGrip P MODEL S
#16 – Champion Colored Glow TEEBIRD
#17 – Star SIDEWINDER
#18 – Star LEOPARD3
#19 – ESP NUKE
#20 – Star WRAITH

The strange charts continue this week with all of the top 5 spots taken by a single disc– the MANTRA by Thought Space Athletics. People went crazy over the restock of the Mantra, shooting it to the top of the chart in nearly every plastic type available. The #6 spot was taken by the new INTERCEPTOR by Elevation Disc Golf who is bringing floppy rubber back to the game of disc golf. That was an introductory release by a brand new brand, and it sold out in a few hours. Another complete newcomer, Cheengz Disc Golf introduced the I-ONE mid-range which also hit the chart in the #11 spot. This is definitely looking like a year where small brands can grab a lot of attention.

Here is a look at how many times the different brands hit the chart this week:

–> 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 number 10 spot was the ESP ZONE. While the Zone usually gets a lot of guesses, it didn’t get any this last week. That’s another week without a winning guess. Give it another try for next week!

NEXT WEEK: Guess the #11 spot for next week. The first person to get it right (include the disc model and plastic type) will win!

THANKS FOR READING AND WATCHING EACH WEEK!

Get to Know Signature Team Member Kesler Martin

Welcome Kesler Martin! Not only is Kesler a member of our Signature Team, but he is also a member of Team Innova as part of the Ambassador Team. He is currently 1011 rated, and the second highest rated player in Utah! Kesler works at Infinite Discs full time as the creative director, or as I like to call him, the Stamp Master. Kesler was gracious enough to take some time to answer some questions. Get to know a bit more about Kesler Martin!

 

How did you get started in disc golf?

When I was about 10 years old, my dad took me out to play a round at our local course. He started playing in the early ‘80s with the classic Wham-O frisbee and let me use it when I first played. I definitely liked the sport, but I was using most of my free time practicing to make my high school golf team (I did eventually). We would play disc golf off and on as I was growing up, but I did not practice with the intent to get better/compete until I was 21 years old. Over the following 5 years, I increased my rating from 948 to 1011. Over the last ~2 years, I have oscillated between being the highest rated in Utah. I have had lots of big local wins along with mediocre results at the few tour events I have played. I finally got my dad to sign up for the PDGA in 2018. He played his first tournament in Logan, Utah where I was the tournament director. Today, he and I complete on a regular basis and often at the same tournaments. Having this relationship with my father has been a huge blessing in my life.

Is there anyone in particular you look up to or admire in the game?

Totally! I admire a few aspects of multiple professionals’ playstyles. Here are a few examples: Any backhand shot from Barry Shultz. Touch shots with the Nova from Paul McBeth. How flipping far Eagle can forehand. Dallin Blanchard’s consistency, Kevin Jones’ athleticism and Philo Brathwaite’s super silky-smooth putt.

 

What is your favorite type of shot to throw?

Hands down, I thoroughly love throwing perfectly straight shots. I feel like straight shots and turnovers are a lost art. I also love throwing shots that shape to tightly wooded fairways. All these shots give such a rewarding feeling that is very difficult to describe.

Which of your disc golf achievements are you most proud of?

This would probably be my back-to-back B-Tier winning streak in 2018. The first win was up in Idaho at the Southeast Idaho Invitational. I was keeping up with three 1000 rated players and finally pushed ahead during the final round. I was so confident, and it felt like I could not miss a putt. My final round was super-hot and pushed me clear of the tough competition by 5 strokes. The second win was the Creekside Open about three weeks later down in Salt Lake City, Utah. Had I not dropped from Ledgestone, I would not have been able to compete at this one. I was able to clutch a hot second round that gave me a comfortable lead. Both these tournaments netted me +$1000, and more importantly they revealed and gave me confidence that I could win big tournaments.

 

If you could play a round with only three discs, which would they be? And why?

I would choose the XT Nova, Champion Coyote, and Star Thunderbird. The Nova is my go-to putting putter and shot shaping throwing putter. The Coyote is a workable straight flying mid-range with tons of glide. The Thunderbird is by far my favorite driver. I will gladly exchange the bit of distance lost from choosing other distance drivers for the consistency and control I get from the Thunderbird.

 

 Other than disc golf, what else do you enjoy doing?

I am passionate about music (playing and listening) and graphic design. I adore spending quality time with my wife, family, and friends. I also enjoy both playing a variety of board games and selection of video games such as, Smash Bros Ultimate, Minecraft and many of the Zelda installments. Furthermore, I enjoy other individual sports like golf, pickle ball and ping pong.

What tips do you have for newer players or players looking to improve their game?

Practice your short game! Putting and approach shots are roughly half the strokes you take out on the course. Throwing far is helpful but its not everything. Consistency and control are paramount.

 

 If people want to follow along on your journey, where can they best follow you?

You can friend me on Facebook, and I can be found on Instagram and Twitter at @km4rt_special.

Be on the look out for Kesler this year! The Kesler Martin Signature Metal Flake C-Blend Meme Sphinx goes live on Thursday, February 25th. Be sure to get one fast before they’re gone and help support Kesler’s season. If you are interested in what the second highest rated player in Utah throws, be on the lookout for his in the bag coming soon. Tear it up this season, Kesler!

Focus Friday

Happy Friday, another week has come and gone. Making summertime all that much closer. Where it is Friday, its time for another discount code: FOCUSPMODELS. As we are focusing on the Prodigy P Model S, so over the weekend use that code to save 20% on all P Model S molds.

The P Model S is a fairly stable putter. Great for straight putts with little fade at the end of the flight. Its stability helps it to be a good driving putter as well. Coming in a variety of plastics it will be easy to use this disc for an approach disc or putting. Where this is a beaded disc, it’ll hold onto its stability for a bit longer than if it didn’t have the bead. Keep your eye on these as later this weekend we’ll add some glow plastic with a fun stamp on it.

Head on over to https://infinitediscs.com/Prodigy-P-Model-S/DuraFlex-Glow to select your P Model S. Once everything you want is in your cart, you can apply the discount code FOCUSPMODELS and get 10% off all P Model S molds in your cart.

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.

 

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