Discraft

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Discraft is a company founded in 1979 by Jim Kenner and located in Wixom, Michigan.[1][2] They are a manufacturer of flying discs for the sports of Ultimate, Disc Golf and Freestyle. The company does not have any retail stores, but rather sells large quantities of discs to resellers and wholesalers around the world. [3] Discraft's 175-gram Ultra-Star disc is the only official disc that is USA Ultimate Championship Series Approved by the Ultimate Players Association. Discs manufactured by Wham-O, Innova, and Daredevil Discs are approved for other uses.[4]

Products[edit]

Types of Discs[edit]

Currently, Discraft produces 48 different molds of discs used for disc golf. Their production discs are divided into four categories. They produce 10 types of putter, 9 types of midrange, 10 types of fairway driver, and 19 types of distance driver. The discs are grouped by relative distance rating, and more information about specific molds can be found on the Discraft website, www.discraft.com.

Every Discraft disc mold has a unique flight pattern and is given a rating based on its flight characteristics. Ratings range from -1 (most understable) to +3.0 (most overstable). These ratings provide a player with a general idea of how a disc will fly relative to other Discraft discs. [5]

Types of Plastic[edit]

Discraft discs are produced in 9 different lines of material: (In order of retail cost)[6]

Ti (Titanium): The newest Discraft material (2012). It has the durability of Z plastic with grippiness of the ESP plastic.

Cryztal FLX Z: Z FLX is a new plastic that Discraft has released only being offered on a few molds. It is speculated that this will replace the ESP FLX material.

ESP FLX Plastic: FLX is used on a limited number of discs. It is as durable as ESP Plastic, but much more flexible, this is achieved by adding a lightening agent to the ESP mixture. This type of plastic is extremely useful in cold weather conditions.

Cryztal Elite Z: Crystal plastic ranges from being more translucent than Elite Z to sometimes transparent. It often has glimmering effect when held in the light. Crystal is sought after by collectors for its beauty.

ESP Plastic: ESP plastic is a highly durable line that was launched in 2006. This type of plastic is made to be very grippy while also being very durable. ESP plastic is non-translucent.

Elite-Z Plastic: Elite-Z plastic is known for its durability. The plastic is semi-translucent, very stiff, and very resistant to wear. This line of plastic is produced in a variety of bright colors. This plastic is slightly more overstable than, for example the ESP Plastic.

Z-Lite: combines Elite-Z's durability and resistance to wear with lighter weights than possible with normal Elite-Z plastic.[7]

Elite-X Plastic: Elite-X is very grippy plastic, but is more prone to wear.

Pro-D Plastic is the cheapest type of plastic, and is also the least durable. However, Pro-D plastic provides extremely great grip.

Soft Pro-D plastic is a variation on regular Pro-D plastic. It is only used for putters, and provides a more flexible, grippy feel.

Other Products[edit]

Discrafts also sells a variety of disc golf accessories. The major accessories Discraft sells are disc golf bags, baskets, towels, and apparel. Discraft also sells products pertinent to Disc Ultimate and Freestyle.

Team Discraft[edit]

Discraft sponsors a disc golf team called Team Discraft.[1] Nate Doss, a member of the team, was the 2005, 2007 and 2011 disc golf world champion.[8][9] Elite professionals such as Elaine King, Cameron Todd and Michael Johansen are also Team Discraft members. Eric McCabe and Paige Pierce are two former Team Discraft members that won world championship titles using Discraft equipment.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Disc Golf Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Ken Westerfield and Jim Kenner early history
  3. ^ http://www.dbusiness.com/December-2008/Jim-Kenner/#.VHqOldjwvIU
  4. ^ "Disc Standards - USA Ultimate". Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.discraft.com/discgolf.html
  6. ^ "Disc Golf: Product Lines". Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.discraft.com/dgzlite.html
  8. ^ "Team Discraft: Nate Doss, 2005 Disc Golf World Champion Bio". Retrieved May 22, 2006. 
  9. ^ "Team Discraft". Retrieved April 18, 2011.