New Disc Golf Discs for 2020

New Discs for 2020!

 

With the new year and tournament season under way, we thought it would be good to look at some of the new disc golf discs for 2020. There are many discs that have been PDGA approved, release date announced,  and we are just awaiting the release date. With other molds, manufacturers keep details close to the vest until their announcement. Every year manufacturers introduce new discs to the sport. Some molds make a splash and instantly becoming popular, like last year’s Kong/Zeus. Others don’t have as much impact.

The PDGA approved 74 new molds in 2019. Most of them went to production. Some won’t arrive until later this year. Only time will tell how they fare with the DG community.

Let’s take a look at some the the upcoming releases for 2020. We will continue to check out discs throughout the year, as manufacturers approve or announce them.

 


 

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Infinite Disc Ruin

 

We will start with Infinite Discs and the much anticipated Ruin putter. Do you love your Harp? Do you rely on your Zone? Is an overstable putter one of your go-to discs? You should give the Ruin a try! This beadless beauty will fight any headwind you will experience. When you throw the Ruin, you KNOW it gives reliable, hard fades for perfect placements. The Ruin is available in our durable C-Line plastic, our grippy I-Blend and now in amazingly colorful C-Blend dyed! Infinite Discs released the Ruin on January 17th with our awesome Alien stamp.

 


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Discmania Active Line

 

Discmania announced it will be expanding its Active line to include an Active Premium plastic. Three molds will be made in the new plastic, the Sensei, a low-profile putter, the Maestro, a small-diameter midrange, and the Mentor, a control driver. Although the Sensei has been sold in Discmania Mystery Boxes for a while, it hasn’t been released on it’s own. The Sensei, Maestro, and Mentor will also be available in the base Active plastic. The discs’ profiles and flights are not new. They are renamed versions of Discmania’s Tiger Warrior, Spring Ox, and Sea Serpent discs. The new names are retired. Also retiring are the Fox Spirit, which will become the Magician, and the Sun Bird, which is changing to the Genius. The Magician and Genius will only be available in base plastic.

 

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RPM Kotare

 

The New Zealand disc golf company release its new, overstable driver Kotare (Pronounced Ko-Tar-Ray). The high-speed driver has a turn of 0 and fade of 3, making the disc excellent for straight or headwind shots. And that strong fade makes for great turnover shots. The flight rating is 12, 5, 0, 3

 


 

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Discraft Fierce

 

With Paige Pierce’s move to Discraft, it’s no surprise that the company would release a new mold to support the World Champion. Paige’s new prototype disc is a beadless, understable putt and approach disc, and Discraft released the disc on January 17th. Discraft announced the name of the new disc, the Fierce. Pierce is Fierce on the course!

 


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Mint Freetail

 

Mint discs had the first release of 2020 with their popular understable control driver, the Freetail. They released the disc on January 6th.. Mint discs has a very loyal following and we went through the first order rather quickly. Fortunately, the Freetail is now back in stock.

Freetail - Apex Plastic (AP-FT01-19)


Kastaplast Lots

 

Kastaplast, out of Sweden, saw their disc the Lots approved this year. It is a straight flying, utility fairway driver. It boasts a flight rating of 9, 5, -1, 2. They are available in K1 Plastic. Lots means “pilot” in Swedish and refers to one who navigates the harbor or coast. Just like navigating the course with a Lots

 

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Latitude 64 Sapphire

 

Latitude 64 added to its beginner-friendly line of discs with the release of the Sapphire. Initially available in the popular Chameleon plastic, the first run of the speed 10 driver quickly sold out. The mold is now available in Opto and Gold Line plastics. The driver has a flight rating of 10, 6, -2, 1.5. It is a 150-class disc.

 

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Innova Invictus

 

Invictus means “unconquered” in Latin and for long range throws into a headwind, there’s no equal. Some pros refer to the Star Invictus as a “faster Firebird.” Innova Star Team’s Garrett Gurthie says, “If you think you have the power, you need this disc.” Keep an eye out for the Invictus at the end of March. The new mold features a flight rating of 10, 4, 0, 3.

 

 


 

Several other major manufacturers have had discs approved, and we await news about their release dates.

Innova is releasing the Avatar this year. The putter adds another overmold disc to their large library of discs.

Dynamic Discs got two approved at the end of last year: the Sergeant, described as a hybrid driver,

between a fairway and a high-speed driver, and the Bounty, a straight-flying midrange. They Bounty will be part of the Trilogy Challenge players pack. Dynamic Discs will release the Sergeant in April 2020.

Discmania recently got their Tactic approved. They are describing it as a disc that fills the gap between putters and mid-range discs. The the flight numbers are 4, 2, 0, 3.

International Brands

Several smaller brands have had discs approved in the last couple months. Many of these companies are located in countries around the world:

XCOM has several discs approved by the PDGA:

XPT1 (Advanced Putt)

XPT2 (Advanced Mid-Range)

XPT3 (Beginner Mid-Range)

XPTe (Beginner Fairway Driver)

XPT5 (Advanced Distance Driver)

Crosslap Discgolf Park, a German company, got approved for their driver, the Vigil (Called the Pipeline as a prototype). It sports a flight of 8, 6, -2, 1.5, and will be available in Advanced, Maximum, and Platinum Plastic.

Disctroyer, the disc golf manufacturer in Estonia, was approved for their putter, the Sparrow (Varblane in Estonian). Discstroyer’s web site shows the flight numbers as 3, 3, 0, 2. The Sparrow joins the mid range Skylark (5, 4, 0, 2) and the high-speed Starling (13, 5, -2, 2) in the Disctroyer lineup.

TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – MARCH 10TH 2020

It is time once again for our look back at the last week of sales. This weekly chart is generated from the sales figures at Infinite Discs – the purchases made by our customers are the only contributing factor to the statistics. We break the results down by disc model and plastic type so you can see which plastic types are selling the most. Here we go…

Top Twenty Tuesday for March 10TH, 2020

#1 – S-Line Echo DD3
#2 – Discraft Special Blend LUNA
#3 – Discraft Prototype Putter Blend FIERCE
#4 – Signature ESP ZEUS
#5 – Opto SAPPHIRE
#6 – Star DESTROYER
#7 – D-Line P2
#8 –ESP BUZZZ
#9 – Gold Line SAPPHIRE
#10 – Z-Line BUZZZ
#11 – Concrete SLAB
#12 – Z-Line ZONE
#13 – VIP X Fortress
#14 – R-Pro PIG
#15 – 350G PA-3
#16 – P-Line Stiff P2
#17 – Cryztal FLX Sparkle ZONE
#18 – DX AVIAR
#19 – KC Pro KC AVIAR
#20 – Exo Soft LINK

The number one spot was taken in commanding fashion this last week by the S-Line Echo DD3 by Discmania. It sold out during the week. That edition was a special run in what was primarily known as “Echo Star” plastic by Innova, but that has been discontinued in the Innova line for a while now. The LUNA and FIERCE putters from Discraft stayed strong on the chart– we have a hard time keeping enough of those in stock due to their huge popularity.

The new SAPPHIRE easy-throw driver from Latitude 64 made a splash this week in both the Opto and Gold Line plastic releases, taking the #5 and #9 spots. The Nikko Locastro signature edition VIP X Fortress also debuted well with the #13 position, and the Jeremy Koling signature Concrete SLAB also did well at #11.

Here is a look at how many times different brands appeared on the chart, with more variety than we’ve seen the last couple of charts, though Discraft is still grabbing the most 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 #4 spot this week was taken by the Signature ESP ZEUS. It looks like Matthew guessed that one first as the number four spot, so congratulations!

PLEASE NOTE– all comments (including guesses) don’t show up immediately when you make them, since all comments are approved by admin first. So you may not see the guesses that were made before yours until we approve a bunch of comments the next day. Sorry about that, but that’s the way we can avoid spam or inappropriate comments. The time stamp is still valid, based on when the comment was made (not when it was approved).

GIFT CARD PREDICTION FOR NEXT WEEK:  Leave your comment below to guess the #5 spot for next chart.  It will go to the FIRST person to get it right. Good luck!

Infinite Discs Putters – What the Team Wants

Infinite Discs opened up a survey in February 2020 to the members of Team Infinite in order to see which Infinite Discs brand putters they liked the most. We also asked which plastic blends they wished to have with those putters. While Infinite Discs had released four putters in D-Blend plastic, not all of those putters have seen premium plastic releases yet. Since the brand is still new and we’re trying to discover what the players want most, we felt that feedback would be valuable.

THE FIRST FOUR PUTTERS

First of all, let’s introduce you to the putters in the Infinite Discs line-up. At the time of this survey there were four primary putters. The RUIN has just been introduced, and while it has the dimensions of a putter, it is designed primarily as an overstable approach disc, so it is excluded here.

The MYTH

The MYTH was the first putter in the Infinite Discs brand lineup and we wanted to start strong. The Myth is a dependable, beaded putter with a comfortable rim that can be used for precision putting, or as a driving putter and approach disc.  The Myth has a slight end fade and only moderate glide.

These are the flight numbers:

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

 

The TOMB

The TOMB is a flat-topped, low-profile, putt-and-approach disc with a comfortably smooth, beaded rim. The Tomb has just the right amount of stability to cover ground while threading the needle on approach shots, whether thrown forehand or backhand. It can also be used as a crossover mid-range, driving putter, or to hold the line while putting for distance or in moderate headwinds.

These are the flight numbers:

  • Speed: 3.0
  • Glide: 4.0
  • Turn: 0.0
  • Fade: 1.0

The SCARAB

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 gets the job done. It has less fade and more glide than the Myth with a similar feel.

These are the flight numbers:

  • Speed: 2.0
  • Glide: 4.0
  • Turn: 0.0
  • Fade: 1.0

The COHORT

The COHORT is a unique putt-and-approach disc that is a great, beadless option for mid-range and approach shots with a comfortable rim for either backhand or forehand players. The revolution toward smaller-diameter discs for mid-range shots continues and the Cohort is stable enough to hold the line when thrown with confidence. When in a firm plastic blend, it makes a great putting putter for players who prefer a beadless rim.

These are the flight numbers:

  • Speed: 3.5
  • Glide: 4.0
  • Turn: 0.0
  • Fade: 1.0

 

WHICH ARE THE FAVORITES?

As of February 2020, the players surveyed picked their favorites of these four putters. The results were quite interesting, showing that a lot of the players preferred the two putters which double more as approach discs. The Tomb and the Cohort are both very effective approach discs– one with a bead and one without. While the Tomb has been available in several plastics, including premiums like C-Blend and S-Blend, the Cohort was only introduced in D-Blend (base plastic) and R-Blend (a soft, flexible blend). Here is a look at a chart showing the favorites:

 

The popularity of the COHORT is particularly interesting since it was only released in limited editions to the Infinite Discs VIP Club and Team Infinite members in 2019 with remaining R-Blend discs sold to the public with a bottom stamp. Apparently those few people who have the disc ended up loving it!  The TOMB, on the other hand, has a longer history and has been released in multiple plastic blends due to its popularity.

WHICH PLASTICS IN THE FUTURE?

The surveyed Team Infinite members definitely had a lot to say when explaining why certain putters needed to be released in specific plastic types. There were too many requests and comments to share here. As a few examples, these were some thoughts:

  • “I would love to see the Cohort and Tomb in Metal Flake Glow C-Blend!”
  • “Myth in S-Blend (and some more max weight P-Blend), and a Scarab in P-Blend, Swirly S-Blend, and Splatter are always cool too.”
  • “P-blend Scarab and S-blend cohort.”
  • “Stiff P-Blend Tomb. or X-Blend Tomb, please.”
  • “Myths and Scarabs in C-Blend, R-Blend, and any other premium plastic. Also more Myth
    X-Blend runs please.”
  • “I’d like to see more tacky grip, but medium to firm stiffness on a putter. The X-Blend
    works great for that in my opinion, but I haven’t been able to putt comfortably with
    any of these putters yet.”
  • “Cohort in C-Blend or Swirly S-Blend.”
  • “Myth in premium, like S-Blend,C-Blend, Swirly and Splatter.”

There’s usually just as many requests are there are different tastes. But we tallied up those requests and found that the following were the most requested for future releases (top 6 in order of most requested):

  1. C-Blend COHORT
  2. Luster C-Blend TOMB
  3. C-Blend MYTH
  4. Metal Flake Glow C-Blend TOMB
  5. S-Blend COHORT

FAVORITE PUTTER COLORS

We also thought that it would be fun to ask our Team Infinite members which colors they prefer for putters. They were allowed to name any color and vote for more than one if they have several favorites. This is what they picked as their favorite colors for putters:

We will continue to seek feedback from our team members as well as the public when it comes to the types of discs and the types of plastics used, as well as the preferred colors.

If you have any feedback on these putters or would like to request a special plastic type, feel free to comment below. 

TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – MARCH 3RD 2020

It is time once again for our look back at the last week of sales. This weekly chart is generated from the sales figures at Infinite Discs – the purchases made by our customers are the only contributing factor to the statistics. We break the results down by disc model and plastic type so you can see which plastic types are selling the most. Here we go…

Top Twenty Tuesday for March 3rd, 2020

#1 – Discraft Prototype Putter Blend FIERCE
#2 – Discraft Special Blend LUNA
#3 – Champion Colored Glow FIREBIRD
#4 – K1 LOTS
#5 – Signature ESP ZEUS
#6 – Star DESTROYER
#7 – D-Line P2
#8 –ESP BUZZZ
#9 – K3 REKO
#10 – K2 BERG
#11 – Z-Line ZONE
#12 – K1 FALK
#13 – K3 BERG
#14 – Signature C-Line Glow PD
#15 – Signature ESP ANAX
#16 – Cryztal FLX Sparkle ZONE
#17 – Star WRAITH
#18 – ESP ZONE
#19 – DX AVIAR
#20 – R-Pro PIG

The Paige Pierce FIERCE continued to hold strong last week, taking the #1 position though it was chased closely by the Paul McBeth LUNA and the initial 2020 release of the Sexton FIREBIRD. Kastaplast was on sale at Infinite Discs last week and that helped to boost a lot of the brand into the Top 20. The K1 LOTS has been strong since its recent release, but we also saw the Reko and Berg putters hit the chart along with the popular understable driver, the FALK.

Only four brands made up the entire chart this week with Discraft holding onto the lead. Here is a look at how many times the different brands entered the chart for the last 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 #12 spot this week was taken by the K1 FALK. We didn’t get a winner this week, though there were some guesses for Kastaplast discs. There was one vote for a Falk, but it was a third guess in the same week, so remember, you can only guess once per week 🙂

PLEASE NOTE– all comments (including guesses) don’t show up immediately when you make them, since all comments are approved by admin first. So you may not see the guesses that were made before yours until we approve a bunch of comments the next day. Sorry about that, but that’s the way we can avoid spam or inappropriate comments. The time stamp is still valid, based on when the comment was made (not when it was approved).

GIFT CARD PREDICTION FOR NEXT WEEK:  Leave your comment below to guess the #4 spot for next chart.  It will go to the FIRST person to get it right. Good luck!

TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 25TH 2020

It is time once again for our look back at the last week of sales. This weekly chart is generated from the sales figures at Infinite Discs – the purchases made by our customers are the only contributing factor to the statistics. We break the results down by disc model and plastic type so you can see which plastic types are selling the most. Here we go…

Top Twenty Tuesday for February 25th, 2020

#1 – Star DESTROYER
#2 – Opto Chameleon SAPPHIRE
#3 – D-Line P2
#4 – Signature ESP ZEUS
#5 – Discraft Prototype Putter Blend FIERCE
#6 – Cosmic Neutron ENVY
#7 – Discraft Special Blend LUNA
#8 – Z-Line ZONE
#9 – Cryztal FLX Sparkle ZONE
#10 – ESP BUZZZ
#11 – Star WRAITH
#12 – VIP-X Chameleon DESTINY
#13 – DX AVIAR CLASSIC
#14 – K1 LOTS
#15 – Titanium Swirl STALKER
#16 – ESP ZONE
#17 – ESP ANAX
#18 – Tour ESP METEOR
#19 – Jawbreaker ZONE
#20 – ESP AVENGER SS

The Star DESTROYER took back the #1 spot this last week, thanks to the new Ricky Wysocki editions that were released. The first run Chameleon SAPPHIRE by Latitude 64 took the #2 spot as it quickly sold out. Other popular sellers continue strong, like the D-Line P2, ESP ZEUS, Zone, Fierce, etc.

It appears to be a Discraft dominant chart once again, though not quite as overpowering as the week before. Here is a look at how many times each brand appeared in the Top 20 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 #11 spot this week was taken by the Star WRAITH and that was the very first guess made, according to the time stamp. Joshua is the winner this week. Congrats!

PLEASE NOTE– all comments (including guesses) don’t show up immediately when you make them, since all comments are approved by admin first. So you may not see the guesses made before yours until we approve a bunch of comments the next day. Sorry about that, but that’s the way we can avoid spam or inappropriate comments. The time stamp is still valid, based on when the comment was made (not when it was approved).

GIFT CARD PREDICTION FOR NEXT WEEK:  Leave your comment below to guess the #12 spot for next chart.  It will go to the FIRST person to get it right. Good luck!

Garrett Gurthie Par 4 Albatross ACE with an Infinite Discs Emperor!

Garrett Gurthie Emperor Ace

At last years Las Vegas Challenge we introduced the Emperor as a player pack disc for amateur participants.

Exactly one year later, the Emperor reigns on the pro stage with this incredible ace by Garrett Gurthie — on a par 4 hole making this shot both an Ace and an Albatross!

After a shot like this, you better believe that there will be a Garrett Gurthie G-batross Emperor available soon.

All Emperor’s On Sale

To celebrate this incredible shot, all Emperor’s are on sale through the end of the month, and you can save an additional 10% by using the discount code EmperorAce at checkout.

If you aren’t familiar with the Emperor, it is a stable/overstable distance driver similar to the Innova Destroyer. Each Infinite Discs run features a unique stamp with the run number, flight ratings, and quantity manufactured in that run. Because each run varies slightly, this system allows you to easily find the feel and flight characteristics that you like best.

Right now is the perfect time to try out the Infinite Discs Emperor.

Shop Emperor Here

Who Took the State of Disc Golf 2020 Survey

Infinite Discs and the State of Disc Golf 2020 sponsors would like to thank all of those disc golfers who took the survey this year. Your input really helps us to get a great overview of how the sport is evolving and growing. We look forward to sharing the information that we’ve gathered with the public and with the brand sponsors who are providing prizes for randomly selected survey participants.

Some of the 2020 Survey Sponsors:

  • Infinite Discs
  • ZUCA
  • Prodigy
  • MVP / Axiom
  • Dynamic Discs
  • Innova
  • Discraft
  • Discmania

WHO TOOK THE SURVEY THIS YEAR?

We had 6,541 disc golfers who took the survey this year. As usual, most of the survey participants are based in the USA, though the numbers are growing in other countries as well. Of course, we launched the survey primarily to the market in the USA and it is in English, which may limit the number of people in other countries who are able to participate. Here is a look at the breakdown by state. The map displays a darker shade of green in the states that had the most participants. The color is more faint in the states with fewer participants.

Map of Survey Participants in the USA

If we remove all of the survey participants from the United States of America, then this chart shows the percentage of remaining survey participants from other countries.

Survey Participants Outside of the USA

Originally, we had under 4% of survey participants who were female, so we put out a last call request for more ladies to participate. They heard the call and we received a good number of last-minute female participants to give us a better, more rounded collection of opinions and feedback. We finished with 7.4% of participants being female. Thanks ladies!

Gender of Survey Participants

How Old are Disc Golfers?

Disc golf is known as a sport that is playable by people of all ages. You don’t have to be in your prime to enjoy a round of disc golf. Nor do you need to be particularly athletic. The learning curve is fast and there are discs designed for players at any skill level. With all of that said, let’s take a look at the average ages of the people who took the time to answer the 2020 survey questions.

Age of Survey Participants

What Skill Level Do You Consider Yourself?

When a player needs to definite their own skill level, the results can be pretty mixed. Some of us have been playing for several years, yet always consider ourselves as recreational or intermediate at best. Some of us are involved with the sport for a very short time, yet our competitive nature drives us to claim advanced skill levels. When looking at how we rate ourselves, one person’s “beginner” can be another person’s “advanced” depending on the severity of levity of our self evaluation. But it’s still a fun question to ask.  We’re always surprised at how many participants call themselves “Professional.” Do they actually make money playing disc golf? We hope so!

How Do Participants Rate their Skill Level

 

Thanks again for participating and we look forward to parsing the data and sharing what we’ve learned! Feel free to leave any comments below.

 

 

TOP TWENTY TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 18TH 2020

It is time once again for our look back at the last week of sales. This weekly chart is generated from the sales figures at Infinite Discs – the purchases made by our customers are the only contributing factor to the statistics. We break the results down by disc model and plastic type so you can see which plastic types are selling the most. Here we go…

Top Twenty Tuesday for February 18th, 2020

#1 – Cryztal FLX Sparkle ZONE
#2 – Discraft Special Blend LUNA
#3 – Discraft Prototype Putter Blend FIERCE
#4 – Titanium Swirl STALKER
#5 – Star DESTROYER
#6 – ESP ZONE
#7 – Titanium Swirl BANGER GT
#8 – Tour ESP METEOR
#9 – C-Blend Hye8Dye RUIN
#10 – D-Line P2
#11 – Z-Line ZONE
#12 – ESP BUZZZ
#13 – Big Z WASP
#14 – Z Glo Sparkle RAPTOR
#15 – ESP AVENGER SS
#16 – Tour ESP TRACKER
#17 – ESP ZEUS
#18 – Star WRAITH
#19 – Z Line BANGER GT
#20 – Jawbreaker ZONE

Wow! The chart for this week tells a story about the growth of Discraft lately. 16 of the top 20 spots are taken by Discraft, thanks to the arrival of the first wave of Ledgestone Open discs! The top spot was taken by the limited edition Cryztal FLX Sparkle ZONE, and three other spots were also taken by the ZONE in other plastic types! Only four other discs by non-Discraft brands hit the chart this last week with the long-standing Star DESTROYER and STAR WRAITH still in the mix from Innova and the D-Line P2 which is also a long-standing part of the Top 20, and then the C-Blend Hye8Dye special edition, custom dyed RUIN discs.

Here is an impressive look at the number of times different brands appeared:

–> 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 #10 spot this week was taken by the D-Line P2 as it got pushed around by the slew of Discraft entries. Daniel picked the D-Line P2 for the #10 spot, so he’s the winner this week!

GIFT CARD PREDICTION FOR NEXT WEEK:  Leave your comment below to guess the #11 spot for next chart.  It will go to the FIRST person to get it right. Good luck!

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