State of Disc Golf Survey: 2015


As disc golfers we like to know how our sport is doing from year to year. This annual survey was created to answer questions and help us all see our sport more clearly. The results will help us track growth, changes, and opinions about discs, manufacturers, and the evolution of the sport.

The results of this survey will be published in 2015, as a series titled “The State of Disc Golf 2015.” Results from the 2014 survey were beneficial

Share for Statistical Accuracy

To maximize statistical accuracy, we need your help spreading the word. Last year this survey had a margin of error of +/- 2.5% with 1,400 respondents. To get a margin of error of +/- .5%, we need 9,000 people to take this survey. After completing the survey, please share it with as many people who have ever thrown a disc that you know. Share it via social media, word of mouth, emails, etc.

This survey takes 10-15 minutes.

Survey Availability

On December 14th at midnight, this survey will close. Once closed, results and analysis will be compiled by an independent party, unaffiliated with disc golf manufacturers or retailers.

Survey Giveaway: $1320 in merchandise

Infinite Discs will be hosting a giveaway with more than $800 worth of prizes. The prizes are donated by companies who will be identified after the survey has completed; to avoid bias, sponsors and prizes are not identified at this time. Simply put, the prizes are worth your 10-15 minutes.

If you have any questions, please e-mail support@infinitediscs.com

If you have any feedback, please e-mail support@infinitediscs.com. Thank you!

Infinite Discs Revised – Welcome to 2.0

You may have noticed the Infinite Discs website has changed. So I’m putting together a quick post to bring you up to speed on what’s new. At Infinite Discs, we’ve been calling our first website 1.0, and the current version 2.0.

This system is for the people that are just as obsessive compulsive about their discs as we are.

1.0 was launched in November 2012, and work on 2.0 began in May of 2013. A year and a half later, it’s live.

Why Did We Launch 2.0?

First of all, we did not do the change because 1.0 version was outdated. It was great, and we received excellent feedback constantly. However, it wasn’t the perfect disc golf website, and that’s our goal with 2.0.

What’s New in 2.0?

Exact pictures of each disc

In the last month, we have cataloged over 14,000 discs. We took each of these discs, photographed it, added all of the other information (color, weight, mold, plastic type), so your shopping can be precise. People ask us daily since the release “Am I really going to receive the exact disc I see?” The answer is yes, you will receive the exact disc that you select.

This cataloging system gives you the benefit of thumbing through every disc, as well as the benefit of our amazing prices.

Advanced sorting system

I have to say, this is my favorite feature of the new site. It’s amazingly slick.

Let’s say you want only blue discs which are manufactured by Innova that are distance drivers and overstable, or glow in the dark discs by Discraft, or pink putters made by MVP that weigh 173-175g; now you can find exactly that! Just select your criteria, our system will sort through every disc as fast as Google searches the entire world wide web, and return results. Simply click “View Individual Discs” and you will see a list of the exact discs you are looking for.

User Profiles

Are you a fan of reviews written by Andrew Belet? Click on his profile and read all the reviews he has written.

Or how about this: Last year you purchased a Westside disc that flew amazingly. This year you flew it in the water, but you can’t remember what the weight of it was. Just view your order history, and all of the information on discs which you have ordered is still there!

This is just the beginning of amazing things you will be able to do with your user profiles. We’ll be announcing other updates on this blog.

What Hasn’t Changed?

Prices

Our prices are still amazing. Yes, taking this much effort to catalogue discs increases cost on our part. The good news is that because of the support you have all shown us, we are able to move enough plastic to keep prices down.

Reviews

We were able to transfer reviews from the old website. However, reviews from the old site need some updating. As you may have noticed, each review has a star rating attached to it. If you have written a review on 1.0, please log in to update your reviews.

You can now also update a review after you have written it.

For Your Information

Finding & Fixing Bugs

There are a few features of this website which are still being improved. Some of them we are aware of, some of them only you are aware of. If you find something that needs to be fixed (such as a typo, or the website crashing), please let us know! E-mail support@infinitediscs.com with anything you find.

Disc Colors

With disc photos, there are a few variables involved. Your screen may show color differently than ours. It is also worth noting that some colors fall outside of the gamma of which our equipment is able to capture. Bright colors may appear more white, and certain shades of green may not appear (blue-green or yellow-green may appear as more blue or yellow).

There’s More

Is there a feature which you have found, but we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments what else you love about the new site! We appreciate your feedback!

Black Friday – Cyber Monday 2014

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Each deal published on this page will start on Black Friday, and end at Midnight on December 1st.

2014 has been, in our opinion, the best year in disc golf. To cap off the year, we are kicking off the Holiday sales with the best Black Friday through Cyber Monday in the disc golf industry.

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Infinite Discs brand products have been very popular this year, thanks to our fans. During this weekend ONLY, we are offering these at no-profit to help spread our brand, and to carry your game through 2015.

Infinite Discs Large Bag Set$78.99 $49.99

  • FREE $10 GIFT CARD w/ Infinite Discs Large Bag

    For EVERY Large Infinite Discs bag you purchase between November 28th and December 1st, you will receive a Gift Card. Gift cards will be e-mailed to you December 2nd, 2014.

  • FREE BAG STRAPS w/ Infinite Discs Large Bag

    That’s right, in addition to the Gift Card, you will receive free Infinite Discs bag straps! Good on every Infinite Discs bag purchased on Black Friday through Cyber Monday.


Infinite Discs Small Bag$14.99 $9.99

Infinite Discs Towels$8.99 $3.99

Infinite Discs 3-Legged Stool$14.88 $7.99

Infinite Discs Beanies$9.99 $5.99

Infinite Discs Iron-On Patch$4.99 $2.50

Free shipping on discs after $150

Disc purchases under $150, shipping peaks at $6.99

Shipping charge for:
1 Disc $2.81
2nd Disc $1.54
3rd Disc $1.33
4th Disc $1.31
Each Additional Disc Added: FREE

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Innova Holiday Releases Are Available Now


MVP

  • LE Skullboy Stamped Theory (50 Available)
  • MVP Dri Fits (Release will be delayed)
  • MVP Performance Polo
  • MVP Orbit Logo Stamp
  • MVP Throwback Ions
  • MVP Electron Plastic

    – Prototype Putter

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Trilogy

Disc Golf Side Arm Driving Technique by Ricky Wysocki

In this disc golf clinic one of the best sidearm throwers in the world, Ricky Wysocki, demonstrates tips he uses to get more distance and accuracy out of forehand/sidearm throws.

Many disc golfers find it easier to get distance out of ‘flick’ throws when they begin playing disc golf, but few disc golfers get a full reach back on their sidearm throws.

In this video, Ricky discusses:

  • Proper grip for sidearm power drives.
  • Recommended grip for consistent accurate approach shots.
  • Alternative grips used by other top pros.
  • Full reach back for maximum driving power and distance
  • Angle your arm should be at for different types of forehand drives.
  • Proper wrist position for hyzer and anhyzer throws
  • Sidearm run up (clock technique)

This clinic was filmed and edited by Cassidy Houdeshel.

Approach Shot Tips by Paul Ulibarri

We recently hosted a pro clinic with Paul Ulibarri, Will Shusterick and Ricky Wysocki. These are three of the top disc golfers in the world, and members of Team Prodigy.

Paul Ulibarri’s clinic focused on tips to help you improve your short game approach shots. According to Paul, the most underrated part of the disc golf game is getting up and down from 100 feet. He has four basic tips to improve your control and accuracy on approach shots.

1. Get in an athletic position with your soldiers square to the target.
2. Keep your eye on the target.
3. Get the nose of the disc up. Having the nose of the disc facing upward will help prevent you from overshooting the basket. To make sure the nose of the disc stays up, Paul recommends keeping your wrist above your elbow.
4. Follow through with your shot.

Watch the full clinic video, produced by Cassidy Houdeshel right here.

PDGA: Is it Fact or Fiction?

In Bounds or Out?

Nearly every PDGA tournament has them, the self-proclaimed PDGA police who know every rule about disc golf. Today we are putting it to the test; are the rules they are citing fact, or are they fiction?

This Q&A is in no way, an official representation from the PDGA. This myth busting is according to our researched interpretation of the PDGA rules. If you have thoughts to add, we’d love to hear them below, unless you are simply an angry troll. If you have a tendency to be a troll, find a different way to present your thoughts, and then present them.

#1 You Must Use A Mini Marker to Mark Your Lie

(To clarify, this question is asking if you must use a mini to mark your lie, prior to your next throw).
Both.
You may leave your previous throw on the ground and treat that as your lie, so long as it meets the following criteria: the disc naturally fell in a definite position, it is not elevated, and no casual relief is needed (Rule 802.03-B). If your disc did fall into any of that criteria, you must mark your lie. You may choose to mark your lie if your lie is in bounds, but within one meter of out of bounds.

Essentially, most throws will likely not require a mini to mark your lie. However, using a mini may be to your advantage, therefore it is a good common practice.

#2 Fact or Fiction: You cannot throw from out of bounds.

Fact.
You must have all supporting points in-bounds (Rule 802.04-B-3).

#3 Fact or Fiction: When you mark your lie, the object used must be a mini marker disc.

Fact.
The wording on this can be a bit confusing, as the the rules state “a mini marker disc may be used” (802.03-B, emphasis added). The word may is in reference to if you need to drop a mini at all, or use the original disc as the lie. All other language in the PDGA rule book states “mini marker disc” for when marking your lie with an object may be necessary.

#4 Fact or Fiction: Your feet cannot come off the pad when you are teeing off.

Fiction.
The rule states “Supporting point contact outside the teeing area is allowed if it comes before or after, and not at, the moment the disc is released” (802.01). The question, however may need additional clarity. Your supporting points must be in bounds during the release. That means that a run-up which takes you off of the tee-pad is OK. It also means that one foot may be off the ground, in front of the tee-pad, so long as the disc is released before that foot comes into contact with the ground.

Disc golf may need instant replay to properly rule this one. Until that is allowed, if a supporting point is outside of the tee-box during release, it will have to be called by somebody other than the thrower (802.04 E and F).

This also means that if you don’t like where the tee-pad is located, you cannot tee of from the side of the pad.

#5 Fact or Fiction: It is impossible to foot fault on a drive.

Fiction.
See answer immediately above.

#6 Fact or Fiction: You may call a foot fault on yourself.

Fiction.
There was a time when this was true. However, because a foot fault may work to your advantage on an errant throw, it is not allowed to call a foot fault on yourself (8020.04 E).

#7 Fact or Fiction: You must allow those further away from the basket to putt first

Fact.
The away player throws first. However, “To facilitate flow of play, a player who is not the away player may throw if the away player consents.” (801.05 D).

If a player throws out of turn, without consent of the away player, it may be called a courtesy violation.

#8 Fact or Fiction: Do you have to tee off by lead score?

Fact.
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#9 Fact or Fiction: A player that does not hole out (finish a hole) gets an automatic 7

Fiction.
A penalty applies, but it depends on the players intention.

Intentionally did not hole out: It is considered withdrawal from the tournament (803.03.G.3)
Unintentionally did not hole out: It is the number of strokes made, plus three penalty strokes. For example, if you forget to place your disc in the basket on a 1 foot putt. One stroke for holing out, and two for the misplayed hole.

#10 Fact or Fiction: If you lazily throw a disc back to your bag, for convenience, that’s a one stroke penalty”

Unclear.
1: The PDGA defines a throw as: “The propulsion of a disc by a player that results in a new lie.” (800.02)
2: In the PDGA Q&A, the PDGA says: “You can throw it with your foot if that works for you. Note: That also means that kicking the disc can be penalized as a practice throw. Applicable Rules: 800 Definitions (Throw).” (Q&A, Q29)
3: The PDGA Q&A also says: “The throw begins when movement of the disc in the intended direction begins. A disc dropped or knocked out before or during a backswing does not count as a throw.”

Our call is that this needs additional clarity. There are a number of arguments that can be made citing these two examples. The argument I’ll be using “But Tournament Director, I intended to throw towards the basket, not the pond.”

#11 Fact or Fiction: If a player lands in casual water he MUST play it from that position.

Fiction
“A player may obtain relief only from the following obstacles that are on or behind the lie: casual water, loose leaves or debris, broken branches no longer connected to a tree, motor vehicles, harmful insects or animals, players’ equipment, people, or any item or area specifically designated by the Director before the round.” (803.01-B)[/learn_more]

#12 Fact or Fiction: If your disc is in a tree and is not retrievable you get penalized a stroke.

Fact & Fiction
If the disc is retrievable or not is not a factor here; whether the two meter rule is in play, and if your disc came to a rest above the two meters is the only factor.

#13 Fact or Fiction: If you tie with somebody on a hole, the order of play is changed, in favor of the player with no penalty throwing first.

Fiction
The only factor in determining order of play is the score. The order of play rules say nothing about factoring penalty strokes into the equation. (801.05)

#14 Fact or Fiction: A player must write his totals and initial on his or hers scorecard before turning it in.

Fact
“At the end of the round, each player shall sign the scorecard to attest to the accuracy of the score on each hole as well as (805.02.F) the total score.”

#15 Fact or Fiction: When within 10 meters of the basket you can fall to the side, but not towards the basket

Fact
This is demonstrated in the PDGA Rules School Video “Rules School – Demonstrating Balance – Putting”. Forward to the 1:40 mark which is example A-1.

#16 Fact or Fiction: Players must watch a fellow group member’s throw.

Unclear
“Players should watch the other members of their group throw in order to aid in locating errant throws and to ensure compliance with the rules” (801.04.B, emphasis added).

The language the PDGA uses is “players should…”, not must. The rules then go onto further explain that a player who refuses to help search for a lost disc would incur a courtesy violation (801.04.D). Therefore, if watching the flight of a disc, or watching the players performance to monitor any breaking of rules is expected of players, then a repeat courtesy violation offender may be justified penalty. While debatable, this rule seems to ultimately encourage players to be actively involved with their groups tournament play. If you are oblivious of others actions, it should incur you a penalty for repeat offenses. Will it? That may be up to the tournament director.

 

#17 Fact or Fiction: You incur a penalty for landing in the wrong basket.

False.
“Wrong Target. The player has holed out on a target that is not the target for the hole being played. If no subsequent throw has been made, play continues from the resulting lie.” (803.03.G.2).

Essentially, the player has been penalized enough by playing to the wrong basket. They then continue their play to the correct target, totaling all strokes taken to hole out at the correct hole.

If a player played to the wrong basket, and has then teed off for the next target, a two stroke penalty is incurred. It would seem most logical that a “Failure To Hole Out” penalty would apply (which adds three strokes of penalty), but the rules explicitly state that it is a two stroke penalty.

#18 Fact or Fiction: Discs which land on top of the target are considered in.

False.
This is one of the most discussed, and should not be debatable at this point; however, new players enter the sport daily, and many-a-player have seen discs come to rest atop the basket, so it is a worthy question.

“The disc and it must come to rest supported by the chains and/or the inner cylinder (bottom and inside wall) of the tray. It may be additionally supported by the pole.” (802.05.A)

#19 Fact or Fiction: A single blade of grass under your disc, qualifies it as in bounds.

False.
An object which is connected from in bounds, towards out of bounds, does not make everything under the object in bounds.

 

Disc Lights

Throwing at night with an LED attached to your discs is a fun and amazing experience. We sometimes joke that during these “night rounds” of disc golf, that the authorities will be called due to sightings of UFO’s in the area. There’s really nothing quite like it. So get your warm clothes out, and keep playing at night!

With an LED light attached to your disc in the dark, we find that it is easier to find your disc during the night than during the day. However, LED’s attached to your disc can have a few drawbacks. So we’ve put together some “best practices” to make your night round as enjoyable as possible.

Need some disc lights? We’ve got a few! Buy Disc Lights Here!

Disc Light Best Practices:

1: Use plenty of quality tape

We actually use the same packaging tape which we send your orders out with to secure lights to the dis.. This is the Scotch packaging tape made by 3M, and it works perfectly. This is transparent tape. We have seen others use duct tape to secure the light to the disc; duct tape works very well, but will sometimes leave a sticky residue afterwards.

2: Apply tape to clean discs

If you have a dirt or oil on your disc, the tape will stick to that instead of the disc plastic. This will cause your light to fall of your disc when it comes in contact with another object. You can clean your disc off by rinsing and rubbing it, or you can actually clean it off with some dish soap like you’re doing the dishes. Do not use anything abrasive, unless you hate the stock stamp that came on your disc and you like scuffs. A gentle wash should clean your disc nicely.

3: Apply tape when it is warm

This is where advanced preparation is incredibly important. We suggest doing this a day in advance. If that is not realistic, at least a few hours in advanced. Take your discs inside and let them come to room temparature. Once warm, apply the tape (which should also be room temperature), and let the tape settle in and adhere for a couple hours.

4: Place Light Correctly, Use Transparent Discs

Some people will place the light on the top of the disc, or they’ll place it on the bottom with the light facing towards the ground. This is not the best way to place your light. The best way is to tape the light to the bottom of your disc, with the light shining through the plastic. This gives the light some additional protection, decreases drag above the disc, and gives you the most visibility.

5: Package the light in clear tape, prior to applying disc light to disc

This serves two purposes:

  1. It may waterproof the disc light.
  2. Prevents damage to the light when removing the light from the disc (you’ll thank us later!)

6: Two is Better than One

Two Disc Lights at NightTwo lights flying look amazing, just like a UFO. We admit, we haven’t seen a UFO, but we’ve heard from others who have that this is what they look like. Also, two lights will decrease your chance of losing the disc, if one light comes lose.

If you do so, understand that these lights are 2.9 grams (roughly 3.1g if you have taped them over), and will affect flight. You will not have the truest flight to what you are use to with that disc. However, to keep flight consistent, place the lights on opposite ends.

7: Attach lights to targets or obstacles

It’s great that your disc is now visible, but unless you light up your target, you may be out of luck.

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8: Buy from Infinite Discs

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9: Not PDGA Approved (Somewhat True)

Every time we say something about playing in the night with disc lights, somebody will point out that lights are not PDGA approved. We use to think this was true, until Dan R. chimed in below:

    Q: Are players allowed to tape LED lights on discs for night or winter play?

    A glow stick or LED light may be attached/taped to any PDGA Approved disc for use in sanctioned events where play occurs after sunset in that time zone. In addition, these lights may be attached to PDGA Approved discs for use during sanctioned play in daylight, specifically when there is sufficient snow cover on the course where the lights might make discs easier to locate. Non-PDGA Approved discs such as those with built-in LED lights cannot be used at any time during sanctioned play.

    So when the self-proclaimed PDGA police come out after sunset, you can grimly point them to PDGA FAQ.

    10: If Playing at Night Public Parks, Inform Local Law Enforcement

    Most public parks have a curfew, or will not allow citizens to be at them after dark. However, if you inform your local law enforcement in advance that you are organizing an event they will more-than-likely be happy to let you hold your event after dark.

    11: Do not use flashlights or phones

    Over time, your eyes will adjust to the dark. If you use a flashlight or whip out your phone to check Facebook, it will make finding your discs more difficult; especially if you have a buddy who is using his glow disc. If you are going to use a bright light, give your fellow players a warning so they can shield their eyes.

    We want to know:

    What is your favorite course to play in the dark (don’t forget to tell us which state!).
    Are there any other “best practices which you would like to add?
    How often do you disc golf at night through the cooler months?

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