PLASTIC TYPES AND DESCRIPTIONS
PREMIUM DISC GOLF PLASTICS
- High Durability
- Great grip and tack
- Long disc life
Discraft Titanium (“Ti”)
Titanium is Discraft’s newest plastic blend, released in 2012, and an instant hit. Providing top style points while being super-durable and retaining good grip, Discraft continues to release their most popular molds in “Ti”, including some Tournament fundraiser discs. Player’s have said they find the same disc models to be slightly more stable in the Ti plastic.
Innova Star is Innova’s top-of-the-line offering and the choice of many pro players. Star is super-durable but also offers a good texture that isn’t too slick. While firm in the hand, this plastic isn’t so hard that it chips easily or gouges badly. Instead, it tends to absorb some of the damage and maintain its shape well. Star plastic also comes in a wide range of bright, bold colors making your disc easy to find in the shule!
(See Innova Star)
MVP and Axiom Neutron
Neutron plastic has bright, opaque colors made in a super-tough plastic material that can withstand even the toughest courses. The bright, sometimes neon colors make finding your disc a breeze.
Innova Echo Star
Echo star is Innova’s way of reusing the excess waste from producing their Star plastic discs in an effort to be more environmentally friendly. The Echo star has actually become a favorite of top pros, as it is known to add extra stability compared to the regular Star version as well as offering an improved grip. These feature a minimum content level of 50% pre-consumer waste.
Prodigy 750 Series
The 750 Series is Prodigy’s top of the line plastic. A very durable plastic with excellent flight characteristics, it also features a great tacky, grip that is good for all conditions. While Prodigy has released a description for this plastic it isn’t on the market at this point and we have yet to try it out ourselves.
Released in 2006, the highly durable ESP plastic is a very grippy yet still highly-durable high-end plastic. It is grippier than Discraft’s Z plastic, but more durable than their Elite X plastic. Made from an advanced polymer only available from Discraft.
Innova’s new Blizzard technology incorporates thousands of microbubbles into their StarLite plastic…. This results in high speed, premium plastic drivers in weights all the way down to 130 grams! Blizzard-technology discs discs fly with almost the same stability as the equivalent model 20 grams heavier. Models under 140 grams are light enough to float in water! For fans of Innova’s Star plastic who like throwing lighter weights, StarLite now makes this possible!
Latitude 64° Gold
Gold Line is Latitude’s premium plastic offering. At its core it is the same plastic as the Opto line, with different polymers mixed in to produce its incredible grip and feel. This mix also provides a silky, pearlescent look that players love. Latitude Gold plastic has great durability and comes in a range of attractive colors.
Dynamic Discs Fuzion
Fuzion combines the durability of Lucid with an advanced polymer to provide players with additional grip. It is a non-transparent blend of plastic that is slightly more overstable than the Lucid version.
Tournament plastic is Westside’s top-of-the-line plastic, offering great grip in all conditions. Tournament also brings great durability and color options, and a great pearly look for added style points!
Vibram’s X-Link Firm material takes the best of X-Link Medium and adds extra firmness while preserving the durability and grip of the original. This rubber-based compound will hold up like no other material to the stresses and obstacles found on the course.
Vibram X-Link comes in three flexibility options, all of which provide this incredible durability, but each offering a different feel in the hand and different properties when interacting with the course environment:
- X-Link Firm – Stiff, firm feel
- X-Link Medium – The original: Moderately firm, but with some extra grip and flex
- X-Link Soft – Gummy and flexible. Easily bends end-to-end
Innova’s GStar plastic is a player’s dream come true, providing the additional grip and flexibility in a premium disc golf plastic that players have been asking for. GStar has great durability while adding more tackiness than regular Star plastic. Players who really like to dig their fingers in when gripping the disc will love this blend. GStar also has a shimmer-sparkle that gives it style points too! Some have said GStar discs fly similarly to a Star or Champion disc of the same model that has been “seasoned” or broken-in from many rounds of use—something that is highly-desirable for many players. Get your grip on! GStar is less-likely to get “tacoed” after collisions with solid obstacles, too, as it has great plastic memory.
Discraft’s FLX plastic comes in many blends, but the most popular and easy to find version is the ESP FLX. Made for players who want a disc matching the durability of the ESP line, but wanting more play in the hand, the FLX line can be bent edge to edge and still regain shape. It allows for this while still retaining its form and stability, unlike other plastics. FLX is great for wet weather and cold conditions too.
CHOICE DISC GOLF PLASTICS
- Maximum Durability
- Reliable flights
- Variety of colors
Innova Champion plastic has become one of Innova’s most popular plastics due to its exceptional durability, affordable premium pricing and great color variations. Champion comes in nearly-clear colors (as in the “Jolly Launcher” versions) or partially opaque, but all provide exceptional rigidity and wear-resistance. Innova Champion plastic has enough give to allow a solid grip and good texture as well.
(See Innova Champion)
Discraft Elite Z
Elite Z is Discraft’s most durable and highest-perfoming plastic type. Z plastic is probably the most popular blend Discraft offers among tournament level and competitive players due to its resistance to wear and change of flight characteristics, resulting in long disc life and reliable flights. Comes in a wide variety of vibrant colors.
MVP and Axiom Proton
Proton is a high-durability plastic that comes in a variety of transparent candy color options. Proton plastic comes in a variety of stiffnesses in the putter molds to allow for a variety of tastes and styles. Proton’s high-durability is great for rough conditions and courses, and makes for extended disc-life.
SP is the highest-grade plastic DGA offers and is the most durable blend they make. SP includes sparkles in the blend for a classy, bright and visible appearance. As durable as it is, it takes some time to work in to its intended flight characteristics. Great, transparent colors make this a premium plastic offering.
Latitude 64° Opto
Opto plastic offers top-of-the-line durability that not only gives long life to your discs but also comes in a variety of colors. Some are more opaque and others more transparent, allowing for great customization or light penetration when using removable golf lights.
Latitude 64° Opto Air
Latitude’s Opto Air takes the properties of the original Opto Line, but producing the disc with a method that injects tiny air bubbles that help allow for light weights. Lighter weights help players with slower arm-speeds get more distance and use higher-speed models they wouldn’t otherwise be suited for. Some “bubble plastic” discs also float on water!
Innova Blizzard Champion
Innova Blizzard Champion plastic is the same popular Innova Champion material but with tiny bubbles incorporated to reduce the weight of the disc. This allows disc models to be made in lighter weights that weren’t possible previously. Also, the bubbles allow a fast, stable disc model to be made in light weights without sacrificing the disc’s stability. The resulting light weights are beneficial to players with slower arm-speeds, as they can get added distance with less effort.
Prodigy 400 Series
Prodigy’s 400 Series plastic is the type used for their debut release drivers and has been known since for its incredible tackiness and bold colors. The 400 Series plastic is also very durable while maintaining enough give to allow for a solid grip.
Prodigy 400G Series
Prodigy has taken their revolutionary 400 Series plastic and has blended it with another advanced resin to create a highly durable blend which allows them to produce discs in lower weights. 400G brings all the best parts of the 400 Series plastic into weights suitable for the masses!
Westside VIP plastic is a high durability, transparent plastic option that provides a good value for a long-lasting disc.
Westside VIP Air
VIP Air is similar to the VIP plastic in durability and color variation, but offers the benefits of other air-based plastics such as more distance, etc.
Innova XT Pro
Innova XT Pro is a new blend from Innova that maintains that great Pro texture and tackiness while adding some of the stiffness players will recognize from certain blends of Innova DX Plastic. Only available in limited numbers of molds right now, many more options will be released in the coming months. XT for “Extra Traction” and “Extra Tough”!
STANDARD DISC GOLF PLASTICS
- Added durability
- Good feel
- More consistency
Innova Signature Pro Blends
Innova’s Signature Pro plastic blends are a bit deceptive at first, since none of them closely-resemble the texture of Innova’s “Pro” plastic. Instead, these all tend to have more similarity to the DX line while generally adding more grip, firmness and stability to their flights. Some examples of the Signature plastics Innova produces:
- KC Pro (12x World Champion Ken Climo’s pro models)
- McPro (2x World Champion Paul McBeth’s pro models)
- JK Pro (5x Women’s Wold Champion)
- Yeti Pro (4x Disc Golf World Putting Champion pro model)
All pro model discs provide extra income to these players, allowing them to focus on their game and become the best they can be.
Innova Pro plastic is a great choice for players looking for good durability, tacky texture and grip-ability at a bargain price. Innova Pro also features a range of bright, bold colors that make finding your disc a breeze! Discs molded in Pro plastic tend to fly less-overstable than their counterparts and are very popular due to this “broken-in right out of the box” tendency.
(See Innova Pro)
Latitude 64° Zero
Zero is the preferred plastic for putters by many players, as it offers a soft, grippy feel that many players enjoy. Zero grabs the chains effectively on a solid putt and stays close to where it lands on those all-important upshots. Available in soft, medium, and hard variations for maximum customization.
Latitude 64° Grip
Grip plastic is fittingly named, as it was developed to offer the best-possible grip. While some tacky plastics have dulled-down colors, the shine of Grip allows for the great disc colors to show through.
Latitude 64° Eze
Eze was originally released to replace the Grip-line of plastic, but discontinued and is no longer available from the manufacturer.
Discraft Elite X
Elite X plastic has been a favorite of many players for years, and continues to be a preferred option for players looking for great grip and tackiness with improved durability. A great option for those used to Discraft’s Pro D plastic but who are looking for a quaility upgrade at a great price.
DGA Signature Line
Signature line plastic is well-known in the disc world and is one of the most flexible, rubbery-style plastics around. You can curl these discs end over end and they bounce right back to their original shape. Certainly a unique feel, these discs are great for certain shots but feel quite different than every other plastic on the market.
DGA ProLine plastic is a high performance blend with great grip and durability. Similar toughness to the SP Line but with additional grip for variable conditions. ProLine is considered the middle-tier plastic so it makes a great choice for players of all skill levels.
Gateway’s Rubber Material Blends
Gateway’s blends are different than those of many of their competitors, as they use partial or full rubber content in their discs. This gives them a unique feel unlike any other brand out there currently. Within the many options they provide (in order of firmness): Soft, Super Soft, Super “Stupid” Soft and RFF–“Really Freakin’ Flexible”. Players love the variety of feel these many options provide.
In addition to these, Gateway has released some unusual blends to complement their standard offerings:
- The Organic, or “OG“, material is a blend of recycled and sustainable ingredients into it’s rubber blend. The recycled is a mix of their own re-grind as well as post-consumer recycled material. The renewable part is sourced from corn-based polymers. Great for those who like to “walk the walk” and really go as “green” as they can!
- Then there is the Eraser line, which comes in the same popular models but has been mixed with pencil eraser–yes, pencil eraser!–rubber for the same durability but extra grip. The firmness varies between runs, and can vary from Soft to Stupid soft.
Prodigy 300 Series
Prodigy’s 300 Series plastic is a great choice for those who like the Eze plastic from Latitude or the KC Pro from Innova. It has a firm feel and less tackiness than their other plastics to avoid “griplock” on those important touch shots. The 300 Series provides good durability yet allows for some breaking-in, which experienced players know can make a disc all the better.
Prodigy 350Rx Series
Prodigy’s 350RX Series plastic is designed for players with slower arm-speeds, be it someone just learing the game and developing their throws, or someone with declining power. A great tacky feel and a good bit of stiffness, combined with lighter weights, make these great all-around discs for most all players.
Prodigy 350G Series
The 350G plastic is a new blend similar to the 300 Series plastic but featuring a unique, more-tacky feel with more stiffness. A great entry-level plastic and priced-right, but with that premium feel. Has great, slow break-in properties that players love.
BASIC DISC GOLF PLASTICS
Discraft Pro D
Pro D plastic is known for its great value and excellent grip in the hand. Nearly every Discraft model is available in the Pro D line, and it provides a great option for those who like to replace their discs frequently and keep a nearly new version in the bag at all times, or the player who is just starting out and doesn’t want to spend much to get started.
Innova DX plastic is the original workhorse and bargain disc golf plastic. Innova DX provides that chalky-yet-grippy texture players have loved through the years and has a great stiffness throughout its life. DX plastic is bargain-priced, as it generally has a shorter lifespan compared to other disc polymers, which works great for those who like to replace their discs frequently. A great plastic for beginners who are just learning the game, since they can try lots of different models and not spend a fortune as they learn what works for them.
(See Innova DX)
RDGA plastic from DGA is a variation on the D-Line that allows for light weights allowing that have great control and grip. These make great choices for beginners and those who throw with less power.
D-Line is DGA’s base line of plastic. It has a great grip and feel and is economically priced, which allows players who appreciate a crisp, new disc to frequently replace those discs that take a beating.