We are constantly asked which disc golf basket we would suggest for personal use. This article focuses on the four main types of disc golf baskets that are manufactured by Innova Disc Golf in Rock Hill, SC. Innova has a wide range of disc golf baskets from the DISCatcher Pro for professionally designed courses to the DISCatcher Mini that is commonly used for mini marker courses or to help young children become accustomed to the sport at an early age. We won’t spend a lot of time on the DISCatcher Mini in this article, as our focus will be the DISCatcher Pro, DISCatcher Sport, DISCatcher Traveler and Skillshot.
The DISCatcher Pro is the absolute best option on the market for permanent courses. Previous DISCatcher Pros only had 24 chains, while the new models released this past summer now have 28; bringing enhanced catch-ability with 14 outer chains, 7 intermediate chains and 7 inner chains. The Pro comes with both a stand and a sleeve, leaving owners with the option of permanently securing the basket at a course or keeping it portable enough to move around a facility, field or residence. The thick yellow band atop the basket helps players with depth perception, in addition to the increased visibility in provides for the course and sport of disc golf. The Pro weighs in at 85 pounds and will run you $425. Price breaks are available at 9 or more baskets, but if you’re looking at buying a Pro for recreational use, you most likely won’t fall in that category. All told, the Pro is the best basket money can buy in terms of providing your disc golf course with a top notch, securable disc golf basket!
The DISCatcher Sport, in our opinion, is the best basket for personal use. If you’re looking to have a basket with a professional appearance similar to the Pro, but lightweight enough to move around your yard or to bring to the park, the DISCatcher Sport is for you! Weighing only 40 pounds, the Sport is a scaled down version of the Pro with only 18 outer chains and smaller yellow band that rests atop the basket for visibility. Sports are easily setup with a handful of small screws, and can be broken down and stacked within the tray for easy transit. These baskets only come with a base and no sleeve, but with some intuition can be securable to prevent theft during temporary installations that span multiple days or weeks. The DISCatcher Sport is best used as a personal practice basket in the backyard or temporary courses at schools, churches and campgrounds. The scaled down weight and upheld professional presentation of a “real” disc golf basket are both terrific factors in deciding if the Sport is the right purchase for you. If you are on a road trip where space is limited, the Traveler or Skillshot are better choices, but if you’re looking for a solid basket to setup in your backyard or trek around in the woods creating your own course with friends, the DISCatcher Sport is available online for $199 and worth every penny.
The DISCatcher Traveler is a great basket for disc golfers that are constantly in transit. Innova’s lightest basket — weighing in at only 16 pounds — the Traveler is setup and broken down in a matter of moments and can be stowed away in your vehicle without taking up much space at all. We would suggest this basket to disc golfers that are on a camping trip or concert tour, but for those looking for a sturdy yet mobile basket for putting in the backyard; we’d point you back to the DISCatcher Sport. Although the Traveler has 12 chains and the famous yellow band for visibility, it lacks the professional appearance of “real” disc golf basket, yet the dimensions of the mesh tray and height from the ground are all regulation. This basket retails for $149 and is a great purchase for disc golfers on the go, but if you’re looking for a bit more, the $50 upgrade to a Sport will set you up with a basket that will gets years of good use.
The Skillshot is your best bet if you’re consistenly traveling and you want your disc golf basket wherever you go, as it folds down to the size of an umbrella and fits nicely in its own carrying tote. Its tripod leg system enables the basket to be situated on hillsides as well as flat terrain, yet its 26 pound frame is both light enough to be convenient, yet heavy enough to be sturdy. The Skillshot has 16 chains — in comparison the Traveler’s 12 — yet is approved by the Professional Disc Golf Association and is a staple is physical education programs. This basket, however, like the Traveler, lacks the professional appearance of a typical disc golf basket seen at park systems like the DISCatcher Pro or Sport. We, personally, would suggest this basket over the Traveler, but the $129 value is a steal and is a perfect practice basket both in your backyard or quickly unfolding wherever your travels may take you.