Bringing Back Old Molds: Drivers

Bringing Back Old Molds: Drivers

Discraft has released over 100 unique disc golf molds over its 4-decade history.

Certain molds caught on immediately and still have a cult following today. Some molds were popular for a short time before something newer came along. And some molds never really caught on with players.

Ledgestone began producing limited runs of specialty Discraft molds in 2015 to raise money for the Ledgestone Open. The special-edition runs feature unique plastic types, rare discs, and the return of numerous old, out-of-production molds. Most of these OOP molds haven’t been seen in years and Ledgestone has brought them back to reinspire the masses.

We’ve taken the time to put together a comprehensive list of all of the OOP molds Ledgestone has produced over the years. Learn about their history, what they fly like, and what molds from Discraft’s current lineup can serve as a replacement. We’ll continue with fairway and distance drivers:


Tracker - This thin-rimmed fairway driver provides long, controlled flights with a consistent overstable finish. The Tracker was originally described as a longer-flying Buzzz with the ability to maintain its flight characteristics even in strong headwinds. The Ledgestone Edition Tracker was first run in 2015, but was also run again in 2020 and 2021.

Discraft first released the Tracker in 2005, but the mold never gained traction and was discontinued in 2013. The overstability wasn’t enough to compete with molds like the Predator and it wasn’t neutral enough to incentivise slower arm speeds. When Paul McBeth signed with Discraft at the end of 2018, he entertained the idea of the Tracker briefly. Ultimately, similar characteristics can now be found in the Paul McBeth Athena, though the Athena tends to generate less high speed turn than the Tracker. The other modern-day comparison would be an Undertaker, which is a touch faster with a wider rim. 

Cyclone - This narrow-rimmed fairway driver is controllable for all skill levels. Its long, straight flights with a small high-speed turn and a gentle, but predictable, fade makes this disc a favorite across generations. The Ledgestone Edition Cyclone was run in both 2019 and 2021.

The Cyclone hit shelves for the first time in 1993 and put Discraft on the disc golf map. This was the first thin-rimmed “driver” and was faster than any of the discs competitors were making in its class. The popularity of the Cyclone helped Discraft to sponsor several bigger names for the first time and it became the signature disc of Ron Russell. The Cyclone remains a highly collectable disc and is still thrown by many older players. Though the mold is now obsolete, similar feel and flight characteristics can still be found in Discraft’s Stalker.

XL - This neutral fairway driver is still a niche favorite for many older players because of its straight flights and minimal fade. The Ledgestone Edition XL has been run since 2020.

In 1998, the XL hit the market and quickly became the most popular driver at Discraft following Scott Stokely’s 693-foot distance world record. The first “modern-edged driver” brought a sleek, premium plastic design, without a narrow or beaded rim, to the sport. Though competitors quickly came out with their own versions of the XL, Discraft’s pioneer mold maintained popularity for over a decade until technology finally caught up and production was stopped. Though a touch less stable and lacking the finish of the XL, the Sting is a modern-day comparison, while the Mantis provides a slightly faster alternative.

Crush - Overstability is a staple for this distance driver. This mold is primarily used by forehand players looking for predictable fade even in windy conditions. Slower than a Force or Nuke, the smaller rim on the Crush makes it a more comfortable choice for intermediate and advanced players. The Ledgestone Edition Crush has been run since 2020.

Upon its release in 2003, the Crush gained the title of “fastest disc” in the sport. Discraft had once again pushed the industry standard in aerodynamics and high-speed discs. Power throwers immediately fell in love with the Crush, with forehand specialists specifically loving the disc. It wasn’t until the production of the Force in 2008 that the Crush lost popularity. Though it lacks the same glide numbers, the Machete is the modern-day equivalent of the Crush.

Avenger - This overstable driver is controllable and predictable. It is a go-to for high-level players for controlled distance, but can be used as an overstable utility disc for slower arm speeds. The Ledgestone Edition Avenger has been run since 2021.

Discraft unveiled the Avenger in 2005 and it quickly became a staple for Nate Doss and a major part of his 2005 World Championship title. From there, the disc’s popularity skyrocketed as everyone wanted a world championship disc. As faster discs came to market in the later 2000s, the Avenger fell out of favor until it was removed from production in 2015. The Paul McBeth Anax features very similar characteristics to the Avenger.

Flash - The Flash is a versatile, forehand and backhand workhorse driver with the ability to fly multiple flight paths. It can provide hyzer-flips, turnovers, hyzers and flex shots. The constant for the Flash is its ability to provide big distance. The Ledgestone Edition Flash has been run in both 2021 and 2023.

Released in 2004, the Flash surpassed the Crush as Discraft’s fastest and farthest-flying disc. Old-school Discraft professionals such as Mark Ellis were (and still are) believers in the Flash. Just like the Crush though, the release of even higher speed drivers like the Force and Nuke ultimately spelled its demise and the Flash ceased production in 2015. The Thrasher was released in 2016 as a “retooled Flash”, but with more high-speed turn. Though nothing directly compares to the Flash, the Surge SS is similar, with less fade. The Crank, though a much faster disc, has the most comparable flight path.

Xtreme - This low-speed, overstable fairway driver is designed for advanced players and is useful for its heavy fade and ability to fight any wind conditions when distance isn’t needed. The Ledgestone Edition Xtreme has been run since 2021.

The Xtreme stormed onto the scene in 2000 as Discraft’s overstable fairway driver. A few sponsored pros found it useful, but the general public was not able to handle the extreme overstability. By 2004 the mold was shut down. Fifteen years later, Drew Gibson fell in love with the mold. Once again, it only found a niche audience and is no longer in standard production. The Captain’s Raptor requires more speed, but has the same meathook of a flight path as the Xtreme.

Glide - The Glide is an understable, low-speed fairway driver with a small rim. This disc is unique in the fact that it will turn over and fly right for right hand backhand throwers, making it a useful tool and a go-to for beginners. The Ledgestone Edition Glide first appeared in 2021.

The Glide was Discraft’s Ace Race disc in 2004. It was a disc designed for beginners to build off of the Breeze from the 2003 Ace Race. It caught on more than the Breeze with newer players, but never found its way into the bags of any Discraft pros, slowly moving toward its disappearance from production in 2014. Newer molds like the Meteor and Archer were able to replace it on the market. Though they are classified as midranges, the flights of the Meteor and Archer are quite comparable to the Glide.

Pulse - The Pulse is a fast, overstable driver with a thinner rim than most distance drivers in its class. It has a slight groove top on the flight plate for increased spin generation and is a favorite for forehand throwers. The Ledgestone Edition Pulse has been run since 2021.

Upon its release in 2006, the Pulse became the forehand distance disc of choice for Team Discraft. Forehand specialists like Geoff Bennett leaned on the Pulse as their workhorse driver. However, in 2007, Discraft released the Force which was essentially a faster version of the Pulse. So although it was popular out of the gate, the Pulse quickly faded into obscurity and out of production. 

Talon - The Talon is a very overstable fairway driver designed for higher armspeeds and a popular choice for forehand specialists. The Ledgestone Edition Talon was first run in 2021.

The Talon entered Discraft’s lineup for the first time in 2002 as an even more overstable driver than the popular Predator which was released just four months prior. It became a tool in the forehand arsenals of Discraft pros like Geoff Bennett and a popular overhand choice for many players. The Talon was discontinued in 2007 in favor of the Flick. Though a much faster distance driver, the Flick maintains the same wickedly-overstable flight path. Another similar disc still in production, that is slightly closer in speed to the Talon, is the Machete

Reaper - The Reaper is a fairway driver with extreme overstability. Though not used for big distances, the Reaper’s predictable fade makes it perfect for accurate hyzer shots and flex lines through the woods. The Ledgestone Edition Reaper has been run each year since 2021.

The Reaper hit the market in 2001 as another attempt by Discraft to successfully enter the overstable driver race. This attempt was a success. The Reaper became one of the faster discs available at the time and was used as a distance driver for several years. Like many of the early 2000s drivers, it eventually fell out of popularity due to newer, faster, flashier molds and was ultimately discontinued in 2012. Paul McBeth found interest in the Reaper with the 2021 Ledgestone Edition and very similar characteristics can now be found in the Paul McBeth Athena.

Wildcat - The Wildcat is a shallow-rimmed driver with versatility to be used by all skill levels. It is overstable, but slow enough to be manipulated by stronger arms to fly anhyzer lines. The Ledgestone Edition Wildcat was first run in 2021.

The Wildcat entered Discraft’s lineup in between the XS and the Predator in 2002. It was released on the exact same day as the Predator, which overshadowed the Wildcat for the entirety of its time in production, though professionals like Jim Davidson found a home for it in their bags. It was discontinued in 2015, but similar discs still exist in stock runs from Discraft. The Scorch (though domier) is the closest thing to a Wildcat, but a Mantis or a seasoned Undertaker will also produce a similar flight.

XS - The XS is a stable fairway driver that can be controlled by all skill levels. Beginners love it for its predictable fade while more advanced players trust it to provide a slight high speed turn and push for extra distance. The Ledgestone Edition XS was run in 2021.

The XS entered the scene in 2000 as a faster and more understable compliment to the XL. In 2001, Chris “Max” Voigt used it to break Stokely’s distance world record with a massive heave of 712 feet. This sparked a frenzy for players of all skill levels to get their hands on the farthest-flying disc on the market. Like others in its era, faster discs eventually came along and displaced it, but it still hung around in production until 2019, making it the longest-lasting disc in Discraft’s X Series. Though there was no direct replacement inserted into Discraft’s lineup to replace the XS, the Vulture has plenty of similarities in flight and feel while the Paul McBeth Anax, though faster, provides a close option as well with a bit less turn.

XPress - This fairway driver is perfect for beginners because of its limited fade, understability, and extreme glide. For more seasoned players it can be a great roller option. The Ledgestone Edition XPress debuted in 2021.

Another member of the X Series released in 2000, the XPress was an understable compliment to the XS. Lacking the fade of the others in its class, the XPress became a hit for slower arms speeds because of the extended distances able to to be achieved with minimal effort. Discraft pros even found uses for the XPress as a roller disc. Like the rest of the X Series, faster options with similar flight paths came along in future years and the XPress was retired in 2014. Though a touch faster, the modern-day equivalent of an XPress is the Heat. The Heat provides the same effortless distance with supreme glide, roller abilities, and controllability for newer players.


Blog by Jacob Arvidson

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