Discraft Lite: Lightweight discs redefine flight norms and accessibility

Discraft Lite: Lightweight discs redefine flight norms and accessibility

More distance with less effort.

Isn’t that the ideal scenario for all disc golfers? 

That ideal scenario is now a tangible reality in the form of specialized, lightweight disc runs. At Discraft, the game-changing technology can be found in the Lite variations of both Z and ESP, which can all be obtained at Shop Ledgestone.

The definition of stereotypical disc flight norms has been redefined.

Lightweight discs are specifically molded to weigh in below the 165-gram threshold. No one disc is identical, and some lightweight discs can drop as low as 140 grams, though the vast majority hover within a few units of 160 grams.

Discraft has also produced exclusive runs of Ultra Lightweight plastic. Though very rare, the most recent Jawbreaker Light Weight set features a Challenger, Buzzz, and Scorch in Jawbreaker plastic weighing between 120 and 130 grams apiece.

Neither Z Lite nor ESP Lite sacrifice the consistency, durability, or performance that has become an expectation for Discraft’s two best-selling, premium plastic blends. The biggest upside to the lightweight class is its accessibility to the same signature flights of Discraft’s molds for slower-armed and newer players.

The heavier a disc gets, the more power it then takes to get that disc up to speed. This is important because, in order to get a disc to fly its intended flight path, it needs to be released at the proper speed. This is why touring pros can manipulate heavy, high speed discs to fly in ways a local amateur cannot. 

For example, someone like Ezra Aderhold can get his tour series Nuke to fly massive distances with high-speed turn and a long, S-shaped flight. Normal players will never even be able to flip a Nuke to flat and the driver will turn into a beefy meathook of a disc. 

Shaving off 10-20 grams changes that outcome.

In the example of the Nuke, now players with slower arms can come much closer to replicating Aderhold’s flight through the use of the Z Lite Nuke

Lightweight discs generally aren’t any less stable than their max-weight counterparts, they’re just easier to get up to speed. For power arms throwing Lite discs, this brings in the potential for more understable flights from stereotypically overstable molds.

Since the first lightweight release entered the disc golf market in 2012, Discraft has gone to work perfecting the production of this industry-altering disc class. 

In 2014, the first Z Lite molds were produced. The first six molds to hit the market for the World Leader in Disc Sports were the Avenger SS, Crank, Mantis, Nuke, Nuke SS, and Surge SS. Most of the drivers from the early Z Lite release weighed in much closer to the 150-gram threshold. As the technology has evolved over the last decade, the average weight of the Lite runs has increased slightly.

In 2023, ESP Lite burst onto the scene. It can be found in several limited-edition Ledgestone runs as well as the Paul McBeth line. Like modern-day Z Lite, the ESP Lite category weighs in below the 165-gram threshold, with most discs hovering within a few grams of 160, though a handful have dropped as low as the 140s.

Shop Ledgestone has your lightweight needs covered. Watch your Z Lite Nuke OS fly like the pros, or experience what it’s like to bomb a full-flight with the ESP Lite Force. Other popular molds include the ESP Lite Crank, ESP Lite Raptor, and ESP Lite Nuke OS.


Blog by: Jacob Arvidson

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