Discmania has been introducing their Active Line discs, initially in base plastic runs, but the time has now come for new disc names and premium plastic. There are five “new” (renamed) discs that are available in both Active Baseline plastic and some in Active Premium. Head on over to Infinite Discs to check out these discs to see if they are a good fit for your disc golf bag: the Mentor, the Genius, the Magician, the, Maestro, and the Sensei.
Note: The original names have been retired.
Discmania went with an excellent choice of vivid colors for these new disc golf discs. This new Active Premium Line plastic looks wonderful and has good grip. You can read more about the release here. And of course, if you’ve been waiting for this new release and already know what disc you want, head on over to Infinite Discs to make your purchase.
Leave a comment below: which of these five Discmania discs is your favorite? What are your thoughts on Discmania’s new Active Premium Line plastic?
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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 Discsgot 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.
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.
It is fun to watch new brands enter the boutique disc market year after year. One of the newcomers to the disc market is Storm Disc Golf.
Storm recently released their second putter, called the RADAR, plus introduced their first offering in Category 3 plastic with a premium edition of their EYE mid-range. With those new releases, we thought we’d take a quick look at their disc line-up so far and give a quick run-down of the plastic types.
The Storm Jet Stream is an overstable, high speed distance driver with a fairly thick rim width. When thrown by experienced disc golfers, the Jet Stream will experience some high-speed turn before finishing the flight with a strong, low-speed fade. Disc golfers with less power will find the Jet Stream to be consistently overstable.
The Abyss is an impressive disc from Storm Disc Golf. This is a workhorse on the fairways with a manageable speed and dependable fade for consistent performance under all conditions. It can handle the power of experienced players who need precision s-flights to the basket. For less experienced players, it will have an overstable fade.
The Eye is a straight-flying mid-range which will hold the line for players of all skill levels. This wide diameter disc has excellent glide and can come in weights up to 181 grams for a solid, manageable feel and flight.
The Crater is a unique putter where the center portion of the flight plate is lower than the outer rim, creating a unique feel and thumb track design. It is an overstable putt and approach disc designed to handle wind and find its way to the ground without a lot of glide.
The Radar is a stable putter with impressive glide. It has a very different feel and flight from the Crater. It is very dependable with a straight flight path and is great for not only putting but also for approaches and finesse driving off the tee.
The 3 Plastic Types So Far
Storm Disc Golf currently has three plastic types which are as follows. Category 1 is their softer, grippy plastic blend designed as a favorite for putters or for playing in cold or wet conditions. Category 2 is a premium plastic that is more opaque and durable, more popular in mids and drivers. And Category 3 is another durable, premium blend with a slight more translucent look that should last a long time even with rougher handling on the course.
We’re excited to watch as Storm Disc Golf continues to bring more discs to the market. If you have thrown Storm discs and want to give your opinions and comments below, we welcome your feedback!
Discraft has just released a number of amazing new limited edition discs as fundraisers for the 2019 Ledgestone Insurance Open. These beautiful discs include a variety of special stamps and plastic blends that up until now, have not been available. Infinite Discs is happy to be a supporter of and the official vendor of the Ledgestone Insurance Open. The Ledgestone Insurance Open is one of the biggest disc golf tournaments in the world. You can help grow disc golf and support this event by purchasing these fundraiser discs.
This batch of fundraiser discs includes:
Color Glow Buzzz – Mini Stamps
The popular seven bee theme continues. This year you can add to your Buzzz collection with the limited edition Les White mini bee stamps featuring each of the following mini stamps:
Franklin’s Bumble Bee
These discs are all available on ESP Colored Glo Buzzz’s.
This amazing plastic changes color depending on the angle you look at it. These discs may all look like they are black on our website, but hold it at an angle in the sunlight and they will radiate shades of green, blue, and purple!
This isn’t the first time Discraft has released a colorshift Buzzz, but due to their rarity, you will have a hard time finding this plastic blend. Buy your colorshift Buzzz before they are gone.
The Discraft Comet is our third most popular selling Discraft mold. We have never had this disc available in Z Sparkle plastic before. This limited edition comet is in Discraft’s most popular Z blend plastic with a unique stamp and glowing sparkles.
The Mantis and Surge appear in Swirl Glo plastic for the first time as part of this limited edition fundraiser disc batch. Quantities of these discs are extremely limited.
CryZtal plastic was one of Discraft’s original fundraiser blends. With bright colors, a translucent look, and more grip than traditional Z, many players have lusted after Discraft discs in CryZtal plastic.
Two of Discraft’s newer discs are now available in the CryZtal blend (at least for this limited fundraiser release).
The Ledgestone edition Machete features sparkles and vibrant colors as well as a translucent clear look.
Last but not least, this fundraiser release features the Discraft Nuke in full foil. This is the first ever full foil version available on the Discraft Nuke. We have full foil Nuke’s available in three different foil varieties; star, prism, and sparkle. Even if your arm can’t handle a disc as fast as the Nuke, you may want to collect this limited disc just for its visual appeal.
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.
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.
While the SLAB boast a “speed 12” rim for higher speed release and would regularly fall into the “distance driver” category, we felt like the massive overstability of the SLAB merited a categorization of Utility Driver. Such an overstable driver also deserves a notoriously overstable plastic blend, so we launched the disc in Metal Flake C-Blend.
This is a driver that you’ll love whenever you want a hard, dramatic end fade. It will work wonders when thrown into headwinds and is a must-have for high, spike-hyzer throws.
We tried to make sure that this first run of Slab discs would come out with a very flat top so that it would feel comfortable when used to slice through the air either with a powerful backhand or forehand release.
On the opposite side of the spectrum from the Slab, the ANUBIS was designed to be a user-friendly mid-range disc that is flexible and easy to control for players at any level. You can direct the Anubis with the angle of release and throwing speed to follow about any path you put it on. We felt that the perfect introduction to this great disc would be in affordable yet long-lasting I-Blend plastic.
Try out the Anubis in lighter weights for beginners or for young players, or in the heavier, max weight for experience players who want an obedient mid-range for precision approaches.
INFINITE DISCS is proud to introduce a unique and trustworthy putt-and-approach disc, THE TOMB. We wanted to add a disc to the line-up that can be used for putting with precision, long-distance accuracy, but that also works as a great upshot and driving putter.
The Tomb features a flat top and a comfortable, smooth, beaded rim that feels great for driving or putting. Feel confident outside the circle with the Tomb. Or unleash it for your longer approaches, knowing that it will hold the line and fly straight with only a gentle end fade.
Speed: 3.0 / Glide: 4.0 / Turn: 0.0 / Fade: 1.0
The Tomb has been introduced in durable, smooth S-Blend plastic for the first run. The upcoming 2nd run will be presented in D-Blend for a softer, more grippy putter feel. We are confident the Tomb is going to be one of the best disc golf putt and approach discs.