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 says... "Our Star Line is created with a special blend of grippy, resilient polymers. Star Plastic offers the same outstanding durability of our regular Champion Plastic, plus improved grip like our Pro Plastic. Star discs have the same flight rating characteristics of Champion discs, although some Star Lite discs may be slightly more high-speed stable. High performance, longevity, and superior grip make Innova Star Line discs the ideal choice for your game. Many Star Line discs are available for custom hot stamping."
(See Innova 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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
Get your grip on! innova's new GStar plastic provides the additional grip and flexibility in a premium disc golf plastic that players have been asking for. Maintaining durability similar to that of Innova's Champion plastic but with a gummy feel that players love. GStar is less-likely to get "tacoed" after collisions with solid obstacles, too, as it has great plastic memory.
Innova says, "Our Champion Line is produced with a hi-tech plastic that provides outstanding performance and durability. Champion discs are distinguished by a clear or pearlescent plastic. Our Champion Line discs retain original flight characteristics for an extended period of time. Whether used in heavily wooded situations, or on extremely rugged courses, our Champion Line plastic will continue to perform predictably and avoid damage better than any other plastic. Originally designed for professional players, Champion Line discs are usually more stable than the same model in Pro, R-Pro or DX. Most Champion Line discs are available for custom hot stamping."
(See Innova Champion)
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.
Innova says, "Our new Blizzard technology incorporates thousands of microbubbles into our durable Champion plastic. This results in high speed, premium plastic drivers in weights all the way down to 130 grams! Blizzard 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! The Blizzard Champion Line has been adding distance for both pros and ams. The Blizard Champion Boss currently holds the Distance World Record at 255 meters."
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 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!
Innova says, "Our Pro Line is manufactured using a special blend of plastics designed to provide unique qualities for each model. These quality discs offer increased durability over our DX plastic and provide an enhanced grip when compared to the Champion plastic. Our Pro Line Discs provide additional glide when compared to all our other disc lines and are more affordable than our premium Champion or Star Line discs. The different blends of our Pro Line plastic can produce discs in a wide range of rigidity, from extremely soft and flexible to stiff, firm plastic. Regardless of the firmness of the disc, all Pro Line models offer unique gripablity. Many Pro Line discs are also available in colorful I-Dye designs. Most models are available for custom hot stamping."
(See Innova Pro)
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.
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:
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'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 make these great all-around discs for most all players.
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 says, "Our DX Line is produced with our Deluxe plastic. The DX Line offers the widest selection of models and weights. These discs are affordably priced and provide an excellent grip in a variety of weather situations. DX discs wear in with usage and over time will eventually take on new and varied flight characteristics. Many top pros carry several DX discs of their favorite models to provide different flight patterns for different situations. Some DX discs are available in glow-in-the-dark. Most models are available for custom hot stamping."
(See Innova DX)