Happy New Year! We are so excited here at Infinite Discs to see what 2019 will hold with lots of changes happening in the disc golf world. How will these changes impact the sales charts? Only time will tell! Today we will review the top selling discs of the final quarter of 2018. This report is usually influenced by the holiday sales deals and is a good review of the discs we wanted to stock up on in the offseason. So let’s get to the sales reports!
Like I said, the holiday sales influence the numbers for this quarter, and we can see that influence reaching all the way into the top 10 overall with discs like the Infinite Discs Pharaoh, Axiom Envy, and newly released Westside Maiden. The Discraft Buzzz bumped up to number 3. This may be just because the Buzzz is always popular around Halloween with the traditional Halloween Buzzz, but it is also noteworthy considering the Paul McBeth announcement that came out near the end of the quarter. It will be very interesting to see how that influences the numbers next quarter. If you aren’t sure Paul McBeth influences the sales, it is worth noting that the top 3 discs on this chart have now at one point in time had his signature on it.
All of the discs here have been on this chart before. The Infinite Discs Pharaoh made a pretty big jump up the chart going from number 6 last quarter up to number 2. The Discmania PD Freak and MVP Tesla returned to the top 10 after not making it last quarter. Again, it will be interesting to see how the Destroyer performs over the next year with Ricky Wysocki now featured as the signature on the stock Star Destroyer.
I think one of the biggest surprises of this entire article is the Discraft Undertaker jumping in at the number 9 spot. This disc has not been on the top sales list since it was first released. We can already see the Paul McBeth move influencing these sales numbers, and with his new signature series Undertaker releasing in January, the Undertaker may be a new staple on this chart.
Like the distance drivers, all of these discs have been featured in the top 10 before. The Discmania MD4 hasn’t been on the top 10 at all in 2018, so this one breaking in was a bit of a surprise. The Discraft Comet jumped up to number 6 which is the highest it has been in recent memory. Not to sound like a broken record, but it really looks like that Paul McBeth and Discraft deal was already paying dividends to Discraft before it officially began.
The Westside Maiden premiering at the number 4 spot is pretty impressive considering how crowed the Putt and Approach category is. This could be because of the unique holiday editions we ran in BT Hard Burst Moonshine plastic. I could comment on how the Discraft Zone breaking back into the top 10 might have something to do with Paul McBeth…but I will spare you all :).
And that does it for 2018! What will 2019 have in store for us? It’s going to be another fun year of disc golf, and we at Infinite Discs are excited to be on the ride with you all.
The new year is here and Discraft is ready to roll with the new Paul McBeth Signature Series lineup. They have announced four molds that will carry the “First Run” Paul McBeth Signature stamp. These molds are:
These discs will be available to purchase on January 11th. These discs carry the “First Run” text on the stamp, so future stamps will likely not be the same. We know these quantities are limited from Discraft, and we stocked up on as many as we could. We should have a great selection on January 11th. You can find where these specific discs will be listed by clicking on the disc name above.
This is presumably the Luna putter that was PDGA approved on the 28th of December, however we will list it as it’s own mold for now. This new Paul McBeth prototype putter will be made in a special blend of plastic, combining Jawbreaker plastic and a rubber blend. The flight ratings are 3, 4, 0, 2, making it a stable putter. We don’t know much else about the putter until it arrives, but we will keep you updated!
Discraft has a lot going on right now, and to add to the fun, they’ve added three new molds to their lineup. These molds are presumably for Paul McBeth, the newest and biggest edition to their time. It has not been confirmed that these molds are McBeth related, but one can only guess.
The Raptor’s dimensions place it around speed 9. This disc has been a Test Flight mold out on the market. People have compared it to a Flat Top Firebird, or a Felon. This could be another great mold for McBeth to bag.
The Luna is a new putter, based on it’s dimensions. It’s close to an Aviar, with some subtle differences. Some people are guessing that this will be Paul McBeth’s new putting putter, while others guess that the “Luna” is his replacement for the “Nova“, and that he will use it for upshots.
Time will tell if any of these predictions are correct, but with the timing at hand, we can only guess that McBeth had some say in these molds’ design.
Discraft has been in the spotlight since Paul McBeth made the transition to Team Discraft. This is perfect timing for the first wave of 2019 Ledgestone Edition Discs! These discs are a fundraiser for the 2019 Ledgestone Insurance Open, a massive tournament in Peoria, IL. Let’s take a look at these awesome releases:
New Full Foil Artwork
To start off, we’ll show off these four new incredible art pieces, available on the Full Foil Buzzz. We have the Grateful Buzzz, the Fire Buzzz, the Buzzz Saw, and the Sugar Buzzz. These discs can be found alongside the other Full Foil artwork here. These discs look great on the wall or out on the course, glimmering in the sun.
Swirly ESP Glo Buzzz OS
This the first time we’ve seen the Buzzz OS in Swirly ESP Glo plastic. This is a fairly new plastic that we don’t see a lot of molds produced in. The Buzzz OS is an amazing mid-range disc that we are particularly happy to see made in this awesome plastic blend.
The Zone makes it’s debut in Glo Sparkle plastic in this round of 2019 Ledgstone discs. This is another new plastic for this ever popular mold. The Zone is the perfect overstable approach disc for all of your upshot needs. It’s trustworthy in all weather conditions, and is one of Discraft’s hottest sellers.
Paul McBeth has announced that the Force will be one of his main distance drivers in 2019. Subsequently, our sales for the Force have spiked as people want one in their hands to see what it’s all about.
Every year at Infinite Discs we try to put together a unique, fun list of gift ideas for disc golfers. Let’s take a look at the 2018 holiday ideas that we feel would please any disc golfer…
Of course, no disc golf will turn down more discs for the holidays. But where do you start if you don’t know which specific discs they need in their bag? You might as well get something that is fun to throw and collectible, or that shares a little holiday spirit. That way, whether they throw it, or keep it as a memento, they’ll be happy. Here are a few holiday discs you might consider:
FULL FOIL BUZZZ — The most popular midrange disc is the Discraft Buzzz and this year they’ve unleashed a huge selection of Buzzz discs with beautiful FULL FOIL designs (full color images on foil that covers the entire top of the disc). You can even get Star Wars licensed full foil discs now, along with several bee themed, limited edition discs. What disc golfer wouldn’t want a shiny, colorful disc as a gift?
HOLIDAY EDITION DISCS — Several different brands make holiday edition discs. We have a lot of discs that were released as Halloween discs if your disc golfer prefers more of a spooky edge, no matter what time of year it is. Or, if you want a “Happy Holidays” disc from Legacy, or a “Naughty and Nice” Teebird3 from Innova, we’ve got them.
— One of the most popular gift ideas purchased during the holiday season, without fail, is the Infinite Deals Box. These are 7-disc package sets with a variety of different disc models from different brands, including stock stamps, tournament stamps, misprints, and more. It is a great value and an adventurous way to give a pile of discs to a player so that they can try them out and possibly find some new favorites! We have four different Deals Box sizes to choose from:
MYTH 10-DISC PUTTER PACK — We also have a selection available of 10-Disc MYTH Putter packs. The MYTH is a slick, beaded putter by Infinite Discs, and we’ve had so many customers ask for bulk packs of putters that we made these as a way for people to get a lot of practice putters for a very low price. Why do disc golfers need so many putters? Because putting is one of the most important parts of the game, and it is easier to practice when you’ve got a big pile by your side.
If you want to impress your disc golfer for the holidays, hit them with a big ticket item that they will love but might not have felt ready to purchase on their own. These are our favorite ideas…
ROVIC DISC GOLF CART — One of the newest disc golf carts this year is the ROVIC RV1D which was altered by a golf card company to handle the demands and needs of disc golfers. It puts the disc golfer’s bag on wheels and provides extra storage space for additional accessories. It also folds into a more compact size for storage and transport to the disc golf course. It comes in a few color combinations.
ZUCA CART — One of the most popular disc golf carts for the frequent disc golfer is the Zuca cart which is built to carry a maximum quantity of discs, provides a place to sit during long rounds, and carries a variety of accessories. There are also many other features which can be added to the Zuca cart, like padded seat cushions, more drink holders, putter pouches, and more. There are color combinations available for any taste.
PORTABLE PRACTICE BASKETS — Any disc golf would be utterly impressed by their own, portable disc golf practiced basket. There are a wide variety of baskets available on the market by a lot of different manufacturers, all with the intent to provide an easy way for players to practice in their yard, set up small courses, or take with them on camping trips, etc. Here are some of the newest and most popular options:
Black Hole Pro with Transit Bag — The Black Hole Pro is a very popular practice basket by MVP and this year they’ve added a Transit Bag as an easy way to carry the broken-down basket from place to place.
Discraft Chainstar Lite — This is one of the newer portable baskets that is high quality with a few different color options to choose from. For your $150 range, this is one of the best options.
Mach Shift 3-in-1 Portable Basket — This new basket offering from DGA is unique because it can be changed from a standard size that has double-layered chains, to a narrow putting practice basket, to a macro-basket for an even smaller target. For those who want to spend a little more for a variety of configurations, it is the perfect choice.
DGA Mach Lite— This is our favorite and by far the best-selling collapsible basket. It is easily folded and transported inside a shoulder carry case, yet is very sturdy and well constructed. This year it was released in orange and green as new color options.
Discatcher Sport — This portable basket by Innova has sold a lot at the end of the year because it has been steeply discounted. Quantities are running low, so it is one of those “get it while it is cheap” deals that may not last through the end of the year.
One of the newest items in our inventory at Infinite Discs this year is a nice selection of sturdy, high-quality disc golf shoes by Adidas Terrex brand. These are light weight, but sturdy outdoor shoes that were designed for handling all kinds of terrain, whether mountainous or groomed parks. They are also able to handle a lot of side-to-side torque that is inflicted upon the shoes of disc golfers when throwing discs at high speeds. The soles are high quality and very long-lasting, plus you can get the most popular models with GTX for extra waterproofing against rain or dew-covered grass so your feet don’t get wet. We’ve selected what we believe are the best shoes for disc golfers from the huge Terrex line.
AX2R — one of the most popular and least expensive options
AX2R GTX — the waterproof version of the popular AX2R
SWIFT R2 — a higher-end shoe that pro disc golfers have loved
SWIFT R2 GTX — the waterproof version of the awesome Swift R2
AGRAVIC GTX— the highest quality shoe we carry, with a long-lasting construction, waterproofing, and “boost” technology for extreme comfort when worn for long periods
AGRAVIC SPEED — the most lightweight option for fast movers and travel light but want comfort
One of the most exciting things you can give to any hard-core disc golfer or disc collector is a one-year membership in the Infinite Discs VIP Club. That way, the disc golfer you love will receive a unique, collectible disc every month, automatically, as well as discounts on the Infinite Discs website and access to exclusive releases in the VIP Club Store.
Maybe you don’t have a huge budget, but you want to get your favorite disc golfer something nice that is under $100. Here are a few fun ideas that will fit the bill…
Infinite Disc Slinger Bag — The Infinite Disc Slinger is designed for affordability, ease, and comfort for quick disc golf rounds. It provides a quality bag option for beginners as well as experienced players who simply want to grab a dozen discs and hit the course. This is the perfect crossover between traditional shoulder bags and backpacks. You can throw it over your shoulder (the strap can be adjusted for whichever shoulder you prefer), carried in your hand, or slung across your body like popular sling bags. It is available in black or blue.
Infinite Stealth Bag with Water Bladder — The Infinite Stealth Bag includes both a Stealth Bag and the 2.0 liter water bladder. This is the perfect solution for hot rounds on rugged terrain where you want to carry light but still keep hydrated. Never worry about the extra fluids when you’re in the middle of a long round, and don’t worry about lugging around a lot of weight. This bag is designed to travel light and fast.
GRIP6 Belts — One of the hottest new apparel items for disc golfers this year has been the Grip6 line of belts. These are long-lasting, flexible belts that provide comfort as well as dependability. They are designed to last a lifetime. They come in several colors with different style buckles. You can pick a specific waist size, or you can select the “own size” option where an extra long belt can be cut and prepped for your own, specific size.
DiscDiver Retriever — There is one thing certain, when it comes to the game of disc golf….if there is water present on the course, the discs will find their way into that water. The DiscDiver Golden Retriever is designed to help disc golfers drag the bottom of those pesky ponds and lakes to retrieve their lost discs. These are excellent tools that almost every disc golfer wishes they had at one point or another. These is also the slightly altered Disc Claw which accomplishes the mission nicely.
Trooper Backpack — One of the most popular entry-level backpacks comes from Dynamic Discs. The Trooper has been a top seller for any player who wants an inexpensive yet comfortable backpack to carry their discs around the course. Thought it doesn’t come with a lot of extra features, it covers all of the baskets and is perfect for players who have over a dozen discs and want a way to carry them inexpensively.
Disc Golf Books — While there haven’t traditionally been a lot of books available for disc golfers, we’ve been hunting some down. They always make an interesting, less expected gift. The newest addition to our small book selection is the new DISC GOLF REVOLUTION by Jack Tupp.
This is a book that presents disc golf’s irrefutable case as the ideal sport for the 21st century. If you see yourself as part of the ‘Grow the Sport’ movement, The Disc Golf Revolution is for you. Keep it on hand and give copies as a gifts to those who needs to know the full story.
These small items would be fun for little gifts to any disc golfer. They don’t take a lot of space, they aren’t expensive, and they can add a little fun to your Christmas morning…
Pro Tour Trading Cards — These fun cards are a great surprise for any fan of professional disc golf. There are 9-card booster packs as well as 65-card decks and they carry a mixed variety of cards featuring the top professional players, top courses, and top disc golf awards. Plus they can be traded with other pro disc golf fans to build a complete collection. You can buy several boosters to pass around to all of the disc golfers in your life.
Disc Golf Towels — Towels are frequently needed by disc golfers to keep their discs dry, and we’ve got a variety of different towels, from lightweight to thick and absorbent. They can easily be stuffed into any stocking.
Pyrohyzer Glass Mini Discs — Another fun product that Infinite Discs started carrying this year is the unique glass mini discs by Pyrohyzer. Each mini is handmade and entirely unique. The prices vary depending on the amount of extra features, like “shatter” patterns, swirls, glow-in-the-dark, and etching. Though these glass minis are nice enough to display, they can be used as mini markers during disc golf rounds. They’re definitely a top-notch gift idea that fits into the stocking. Also available in MICRO MINI sizes.
Stress Mini / Knee Pad Mini — These unique mini markers were designed to take away your stress before or after putting by squeezing them to your heart’s content. They squash into your hand but are sized just right for marking your disc’s lie. But they’ve also become quite popular as knee pads during rounds when players need to kneel on the hard ground to put from under a tree or out of shrubs, etc. Thus they have become a multi-purpose mini disc. Plus, they fly nicely too if you want to play a fun indoor or outdoor came of catch.
Whale Sac — These little, hand-sized bags are filled with clay to help players dry their hands during disc golf rounds, particularly when it is hot and fingers can lose a grip on the disc. While there are many similar grip-enhancing bags like this on the market, the Whale Sac has been one of the most popular because they are produced by professional disc golfers, and they feature a cool “tail” to use for tying them onto a bag, backpack, or cart.
Pocket Discs — Every year we see an increase in sales for Pocket Discs because they are such a fun little idea for disc enthusiasts to throw around the house. They fit in the stocking, or in a pocket, and are hand-woven as a floppy, soft, catch-and-throw disc. There is a regular sized indoor pocket disc for $9.99, or a larger, heavier “El Grande” pocket disc for $19.99 if you want more distance and higher performance.
Friction Gloves — While these might appear to be somewhat expensive gloves at first glance, they are actually worth every dollar for disc golfers who want to play when it is cold outside. They take the bite out of the cold air, but more importantly, they provide extra grip on the disc, even when the plastic is wet. That way, disc golfers can play in the gold without taking gloves off to throw and putting them back on again to warm up. If you don’t want to buy a pair of the Friction Gloves, they are also sold separately for single hands, so that the throwing hand can have the enhanced grip.
Of course, if you’re out of ideas, or you simply prefer to let your disc golfer pick their own discs or accessories, you can count on gift cards. Infinite Discs has two options for gift cards:
E-GIFT CARD — Delivers a code to the specified email address which can be used to purchase product on the website.
PHYSICAL GIFT CARD — We ship a plastic gift card to you so that you can wrap it, put it in a stocking, or hand it to the recipient.
WE WANT YOUR INPUT
Please post in the comments below about your ideas as ideal gifts for disc golfers. We’d love to know, and there are other shoppers out there who are looking for great ideas.
We randomly selected a winner for a PyroHyzer trophy disc from the comments. Congratulations, Blain, for the win!
As we look forward to 2019, we are excited to see what new molds are released! Lucky for us, we can take a sneak peak at four new molds from Latitude 64 and Dynamic Discs. These molds were all PDGA approved in November 2018 and are set to release in 2019. Let’s take a look!
The Recoil has also been announced on Latitude 64’s website, giving us a little more information on the disc. The Recoil has flight ratings of 12, 4, 0, 3. Latitude 64’s description says that it will be a comfortable disc to throw with reliable fade at the end of the flight.
The Pioneer is a new fairway/control driver announced by Latitude 64. They give it flight ratings of 9, 3, 0, 4. These are the same flight ratings as the Firebird, one of Innova’s most popular overstable fairway drivers. Latitude says this disc will have a very flat top, making it a perfect choice for sidearm throws. This disc also compares closely to the Felon – Dynamic Disc’s overstable and flat fairway driver. We’re excited to see how it flies!
The Guard was PDGA approved recently, but not a lot of other information has been announced about it yet. The dimensions of the Guard can help tell a story, though. It has very similar dimensions to the popular Judge. The Guard is just a touch smaller in diameter, a tiny bit taller, and has a slightly skinnier rim. This leads us to believe this will be a new putter, but that is all we know at this time!
The Vandal is another disc that has been approved by the PDGA, but not announced by Dynamic Discs. A look at the dimensions tells us at it is likely a new fairway driver around speed 8. This is due to the rim thickness being the same as the Witness and Thief. Again, not much is known at this time, but we’re excited to get this in our hands!
On a more controversial side note: The Vandal is the name of a prototype Legacy Discs mid-range mold. In 2018 some samples of the Legacy Discs Vandal had been floating around, but the disc was never PDGA approved. Unfortunately, to be PDGA approved, two discs can not have the same name, so Dynamic Discs might have beat Legacy to the punch.
Infinite Discs is happy to present the weekly blog post called TOP TWENTY TUESDAY where we let you know about the short-term sales trends for discs. We’ll show the sales figures from the previous Tuesday through the most recent Monday.
New discs will often spike in the chart as other top sellers shuffle spots. It can be fun to see which discs keep up the pace. These will also be broken down by plastic types, so the same model can show up in multiple plastics.
This week had a lot of shaking up, which is likely due to slower sales in general as disc buyers decompress and wait for the big Black Friday sales to hit. The Star Destroyer kept a strong lead, but with the newly released I-Blend Pharaoh chasing for a strong 2nd position. Then, out of the nowhere, the Classic Blend Burst Warden jumped to number three. The Warden is consistently a good seller, but we haven’t seen it in the charts yet, so the jump to number three was impressive. The Proton Atom got a bump in sales due to the limited edition release that came out last week. The Pharaoh Pharaoh Signature edition was strong as it was also on sale (Garrett Gurthie edition). Another interesting seller was the X Soft Glo Roach, which may have got a little bump from rumors that a Roach was found on a course with Paul McBeth’s signature on it. Also, what is the DX Birdie doing at number twenty?
–> Each week we’ll invite you to leave a prediction for a certain chart position on next week’s TOP TWENTY TUESDAY report. The first three people to predict that chart position correctly in the comments will win a $15 gift card for the Infinite Discs website.
We had no winners again this week, since the Warden jumped from nowhere into the #3 spot. We thought the number three spot would be an easier guess, but alas, we were also surprised.
GIFT CARD PREDICTION FOR NEXT WEEK: There will be NO CHART for next Tuesday, since sales will be influenced greatly by Black Friday week-long deals. We’ll rejoin Top 20 Tuesday the next week after that. The guess for two weeks from now is for the #2 spot, and it will cover a two-week period from now through December 3rd. So, places your guesses for that #2 spot in two weeks.
We’ve spent a lot of time preparing some very special Black Friday deals for 2018. But, as usual, the sale will actually go for an entire week with different days focused on different brands. During each brand’s special day, all of their discs will be discounted, but we’ll also have special featured discs while supplies last! We’ll also have some items on sale all week long, including the Infinite Disc brand discs which will remain on sale for the entire event.
Here is the schedule, and the full ad for your enjoyment. Now you can plan your week of disc golf shopping!
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21st – INFINITE DISCS DAY
THURSDAY, Nov. 22nd (Thanksgiving) – MVP / AXIOM DAY
FRIDAY, Nov. 23rd – INNOVA DAY
SATURDAY, Nov. 24th – TRILOGY DAY (Dynamic Discs, Latitude 64, and Westside)
SUNDAY, Nov. 25th – GATEWAY, LEGACY, RPM, RDG, and YIKUN DAY
MONDAY, Nov. 26th – DISCMANIA DAY
TUESDAY, Nov. 27th – DISCRAFT and DGA DAY
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28th – PRODIGY DAY
PLEASE NOTE: Special Edition discs will release on the day when their brand is featured, and they will release at midnight. For example, black Destroyers will be released on Black Friday, but will show up on our website on Thursday night, at midnight (East Coast time zone).