Infinite Discs RUIN – Overstable Approach Disc

THE CONCEPT

Infinite Discs is very excited to kick-off the 2020 year with a new disc release to help enhance your disc golf short game. We’ve been working with Innova, the manufacturer of the Infinite Discs line, to create a mold for a small diameter, overstable approach disc. We’ve noticed that a lot of players, including pro players, have turned from standard mid-range discs to approach discs that have dimensions more like putters. We wanted a disc that would fit that trend, with a relatively flat-top and manageable rim size for both forehand and backhand throwers. We also wanted the disc to be overstable enough that it could be thrown with speed and confidence to hold the line for a longer stretch and still finish with a solid fade.

Maybe you’ve watched players like Paul McBeth throw the Discraft Zone for shots approaching the basket from a couple hundred feet away. Or you’ve watched Ricky Wysocki throw some amazing approach shots with the Innova Pig (used to throw the Westside Harp for similar shots). The list could go on, with many players using overstable “putt-and-approach” discs to get through tight fairways or to make runs at the basket from longer distances. That’s what we wanted in our own disc line.

THE PROTOTYPE TEST

Several months passed while the mold was created and prepared for a test run. In late 2019 we received a small box of prototype discs from the Innova factory so we could test our overstable approach disc. It was exactly what we were hoping for. The profile was just right with a flat-top that would feel great for forehand approach shots, plus a rim size that was not too tall so that it could also be thrown backhand with comfort.

Some of us at Infinite Discs took the disc out to throw it around and see how it flew. It felt like a great overstable complement to the already popular Infinite Discs Tomb, which is more of a straight-flying approach disc with minimal fade. We could throw the new test disc even harder without turning it over and it had significantly more fade.

We made the remaining prototype discs available to Team Infinite and VIP Club members as “Infinite Proto Mold #15” and those few discs sold out immediately. Our office team sought feedback from outside players who picked up those prototypes, and that feedback was very positive. So, we decided to order a complete run in durable, long-lasting C-Blend plastic (Infinite Discs equivalent to Innova Champion plastic).

COMING UP WITH THE NAME

You may have noticed that the Infinite Discs lineup has been using names that primarily recall ancient cultures. The brand kicked off with ancient Egyptian references, including the Pharaoh, the RA, the Sphinx, etc. Some discs were named after elements that could move across different ancient cultures, like the Myth, the Tomb, or the Chariot.  In the second year, we moved into some ancient Roman names like the Emperor, the Centurion, the Cohort, etc. Our third year is intended to be themed with ancient American cultural names, like with the early release of the Aztec. But with the new approach disc, we again wanted to pick a name that would cross all of the cultures.

Plus, as an overstable approach disc, we thought it should sound dense, or heavy. Well, all of the ancient cultures we know about have left their mark on the landscape through ruins. The heavy, megalithic ruins tend to last the longest and are often more memorable. Whether the ancient pyramids, the ruins of the Roman Empire, or the impressive temples of central and south America, we can still see and visit the remains of those cultures today.

Thus, the RUIN was named and will feature artwork with any number of ancient cultural references. The name was first revealed with the PDGA approval announcement. We found some of the initial reactions to the name to be quite humorous. “This disc is going to RUIN your game,” or “this disc will RUIN the course.” Luckily, most of us at Infinite Discs think that disc golf should be fun and that making fun of names is pretty harmless. So, why not wreak wreck and ruin with your overstable approach disc?

The RUIN was born.

THE LIMITED EDITION FIRST RELEASE

Infinite Discs has kicked off some of the previous disc releases with limited edition stamps. We thought the RUIN deserved the same treatment, so our initial limited edition will feature an XXL stamp. And what better way to ruin the ancient Egyptian ruins than with an alien invasion? Some of our stamps featuring Aliens taking over ancient cultures have been well received, so this fits right in.

WATCH FOR THE LIMITED EDITION RELEASE ON JANUARY 17th, 2020

Note: Some X-Out / Factory 2nd discs were made available in advance of the release, for those who wanted to try it early.

Also watch for a limited edition Las Vegas Challenge I-Blend RUIN to be featured in the am player packs at the event!

 

Focus Friday – Innova Foxbat

We’re excited to continue our Focus Friday blog where we take a day of the week to look at specific discs. We may not get a focus put together every week, but we’ll try to keep some fresh discs in the spotlight on a somewhat regular basis.

Our New Focus Friday Features the FOXBAT by Innova

The FOXBAT is a classic mid-range disc by Innova which has kind of lost its original place in the spotlight to other straight-flying mids in the Innova lineup like the Stingray or Mako3. However, it held onto a faithful following of players who love it for it’s ability to handle touchy, precision shots. If you have low arm speed and just need an understable disc that will fly straight for a couple hundred feet, then the Foxbat is an excellent choice. Or, if you’re an experienced player who needs an approach disc for easy placement or for anhyzer flights, it can fill that spot in your bag.

But why would we choose to focus on this older disc model? Word on the street is that the classic Star Foxbat is planned for removal from the Innova stock lineup. It has been moved to their Factory Store as an out-of-production mold. So, we grabbed a bunch from the Innova warehouse and had some of our old, humorous “Beware the Foxbat” graphic stamped onto them. Some of the last Foxbats on the market have our fun stamp that looks like your pet dog with wings. Stock up while you can and collect this really fun mid-range disc. You’ll find it a useful tool in your game for years to come.

  • Speed: 5.0
  • Glide: 6.0
  • Turn: -1.0
  • Fade: 0.0

CHECK OUT THIS STRAIGHT FLIGHT…

 

This week (until Saturday the 21st of December) you can get your hands on the STAR FOXBAT with a great discount of 20% OFF! Simply add the FOXBAT to your cart, then before clicking to “Checkout,” look below your shopping cart for the Discount Code box and enter this code:

FOCUS-FOXBAT

CLICK HERE TO SHOP FOR A FOXBAT

Focus Friday – The DGA Rift

We’re going to start taking the opportunity to focus on specific discs in specific plastic types on Fridays and call them “FOCUS FRIDAY” blogs. We may not get every week, but we’ll try to keep some fresh discs in the spotlight on a somewhat regular basis.

Our Second Focus Friday Will Feature the DGA RIFT

Infinite Discs was lucky to have the opportunity to release a special edition of the new DGA Mid-Range, The Rift, in a beautiful plastic blend with a great variety. There were two stamps on this limited run of only 500 discs– one special edition stamp and the other a 2019 World Championships stamp by Thought Space Athletics. But aside from how cool these discs turned out, they are also great flyers.

The RIFT is a stable, primarily straight flyer with only moderate fade. It’s the perfect compliment to two other awesome DGA mid-range discs, the Tremor (great understable mid) and the Quake (overstable). All of those mids, including the Rift, have a mostly flat top and a very comfortable rim feel. The Rift can become a workhorse mid-range for any player and can also get the job done for new disc golfers who need a disc that will follow their angle of release.

 

 

This week (until Saturday the 19th of October) you can get your hands on the RIFT with a great discount of 20% OFF! Simply add the Rifts to your cart that you desire, then before clicking to “Checkout,” look below your shopping cart for the Discount Code box and enter this code:

FOCUS-RIFT

Then click “Checkout” to proceed to the payment screen with the 20% discount applied. The discount will apply to the Special Blend plastic as well as the Pro Line plastic edition.

SEE THE SPECIAL BLEND SWIRLY DISCS HERE – Click on “Select Your Disc” button to browse.

SEE THE PRO-LINE RIFT DISCS HERE – Click on “Select Your Disc” button to browse.

The Buzzz GT – Exclusive Infinite Discs Cryztal Edition

Let’s talk a bit about the Buzzz GT

Nobody can deny that there are a plethora of disc golf discs available. There are discs manufactured for every possible throw in every possible course condition. Some discs vanish into the misty background of history as other, newer molds take their place and dominate the spotlight for a while. Players and disc enthusiasts can’t seem to get enough. Do most of us really need new discs, or do we merely strive to convince ourselves of the necessity?

Some discs hold a strong place in the game for many years, managing to stay in player bags, fortifying their reputation as disc golf staples. They manage not to be replaced or discontinued due to their ongoing popularity. The Buzzz by Discraft has been one of those discs that has held a strong reputation as the best-known and best-selling mid-range disc on the market. It has been produced in many plastic types since it was PDGA approved on September 30th, 2003. It has inspired the more understable version in the Buzzz SS which was PDGA approved on February 21st, 2008, and the more recent overstable Buzzz OS which was PDGA approved on July 19th, 2014.

Another disc manufactured by Discraft is the Banger-GT putter, which is a unique putter which introduced a “groove track” on the top of the disc which gives it an interesting feel and grip. The thumb rests inside the indentation that encircles the disc. The Banger-GT was PDGA approved on October 31st, 2005, only a couple of years after the Buzzz, but has really only enjoyed a cult following among players, rather than the massive fame of the Buzzz.

Somewhere along the line, Discraft decided to combine the Buzzz disc with the unique “groove track” of the Banger-GT to create the Buzzz-GT. The history of the Buzzz-GT is a little bit fuzzy but it didn’t remain in regular production at Discraft. Oddly, old website pages can be found declaring that the disc was discontinued in December of 2007, yet the PDGA shows the Buzzz-GT as being approved on February 21st, 2008, the same day as the Buzzz SS.

Regardless of how long it stayed in production and when it was approved, the number of Buzzz-GT discs in the market diminished quickly and it became a hard disc to find. Fans and collectors found themselves paying high prices on EBay for the rare groove track mid-range. Yet Buzzz-GT discs showed up from time to time as special event discs, pulled out of the archives as a sort of novelty.

DSC06043Now, as part of the 2016 Ledgestone Insurance Open series of special edition discs, Infinite Discs arranged to bring back a limited edition manufacturing run of Buzzz-GT’s in Discraft’s Cryztal Plastic. Now the groove track can be found on a Buzzz once again for those who want to try out the disc’s unique feel.  They are available in blue, yellow, green and pink with that beautiful, translucent look and an exclusive stamp design.

FIND AND BUY YOUR BUZZZ GT HERE!