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EMSCO Discs (some new manufacturer in PA made some discs)

Postby Frank Delicious » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:34 am

So I see there are three new discs from some company called the EMSCO. The PDGA news on it is super useful

A new disc manufacturer located in Pennsylvania called the EMSCO Group has introduced three new discs just approved for PDGA play: ESP Driver, EMS Mid-Range and ESP Putter.


From what I can tell from googling, it looks like EMSCO makes sleds and other snow toys mostly so I don't think these are gonna be ground breaking or anything. Anyone throw them or know anything about them?

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Re: EMSCO Discs (some new manufacturer in PA made some discs

Postby JR » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:40 am

WHAM-O was a toy manufacturer and they made these things called Frisbees and one of the guys started manufacturing baskets for a game called disc golf. I hear it's turned to a sport for some of the players these days :-) Don't judge a dog just based on the heritage alone. It's good for the sport to gain interest from businesses outside the sport like Vibram. I'll go back to my sand box now :-)
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Re: EMSCO Discs (some new manufacturer in PA made some discs

Postby swel304 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:27 pm

Looks like they found somethng to make in the sled off-season and likely sell them in the same stores.
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Re: EMSCO Discs (some new manufacturer in PA made some discs

Postby money 21 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:01 am

if it gets more people exposed to the sport cool.
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Re: EMSCO Discs (some new manufacturer in PA made some discs

Postby juju » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:28 am

Sweet stamps!
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Re: EMSCO Discs (some new manufacturer in PA made some discs

Postby bcr123psu » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:34 am

Weird. That company is 20 minutes from where I grew up (outside of Erie). But that's not what's weird. What's weird is that there isn't any quality disc golf anywhere near by. There's a super shitty nine holer that is probably 5-10 minutes away (Duck Run), and then you have to drive to Lakeshore Park in OH to get the the next course (which isn't bad) or drive an hour south to get to the courses around Slippery Rock, Grove City, Pymatuning, Moraine, or Deer Lakes.

I'll have to ask around to see if I know anybody that knows anything. Next time I visit my family, I might swing out to Girard and see if they have anything at the plant.
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Re: EMSCO Discs (some new manufacturer in PA made some discs

Postby Jesse B 707 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:56 am

If it comes from PA it's bound to be garbage *trollface
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Re: EMSCO Discs (some new manufacturer in PA made some discs

Postby Dbuntu » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:57 am

JR wrote:WHAM-O was a toy manufacturer and they made these things called Frisbees and one of the guys started manufacturing baskets for a game called disc golf. I hear it's turned to a sport for some of the players these days :-) Don't judge a dog just based on the heritage alone. It's good for the sport to gain interest from businesses outside the sport like Vibram. I'll go back to my sand box now :-)

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Re: EMSCO Discs (some new manufacturer in PA made some discs

Postby JR » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:11 pm

That's missing the point a bit. I have thrown an 86 softie back in the day regularly as my approach disc for downhill shots because it stops well. And putted with it too.
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Re: EMSCO Discs (some new manufacturer in PA made some discs

Postby swel304 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:30 pm

I doubt they will be anything special. I looked around their web site a little more and that company injection molds everything from disc sleds to snow shovels. They have like 15 different product catalogs for just about untying you can think of made with plastic. Pure speculation on my part but i would say it's one more thing they could easily make and distribute in the same stores they already deal with. I would look for them to turn up in the toy section of your local big box stores, but who knows? If they were really trying to break into the industry I think they would have some kind of marketing going and us disc nerds would have heard of them by now. The stamps alone lead me to believe these will be pushed to people who know nothing about disc golf and need the disc to keep reminding them what it does.
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Re: EMSCO Discs (some new manufacturer in PA made some discs

Postby bcr123psu » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:43 am

swel304 wrote:I doubt they will be anything special. I looked around their web site a little more and that company injection molds everything from disc sleds to snow shovels. They have like 15 different product catalogs for just about untying you can think of made with plastic. Pure speculation on my part but i would say it's one more thing they could easily make and distribute in the same stores they already deal with. I would look for them to turn up in the toy section of your local big box stores, but who knows? If they were really trying to break into the industry I think they would have some kind of marketing going and us disc nerds would have heard of them by now. The stamps alone lead me to believe these will be pushed to people who know nothing about disc golf and need the disc to keep reminding them what it does.


My thoughts exactly. I expect these to be along the same lines as the Halex discs or the set that is included with an InStep basket.
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Re: EMSCO Discs (some new manufacturer in PA made some discs

Postby Spinthrift » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:29 am

I wonder what Discraft thinks of an upstart calling their plastic "ESP"?
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Re: EMSCO Discs (some new manufacturer in PA made some discs

Postby Dbuntu » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:39 am

JR wrote:That's missing the point a bit. I have thrown an 86 softie back in the day regularly as my approach disc for downhill shots because it stops well. And putted with it too.

That's almost the exact point. Wham-O may have started the game, but made a choice to produce Frisbees as toys opposed to sports equipment. As a result they have been almost completely replaced in the more serious disc sport communities. Swel really hit the nail on the head.
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Re: EMSCO Discs (some new manufacturer in PA made some discs

Postby bcr123psu » Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:17 am

Spinthrift wrote:I wonder what Discraft thinks of an upstart calling their plastic "ESP"?


ESP is the company name, not the plastic type:

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Re: EMSCO Discs (some new manufacturer in PA made some discs

Postby swel304 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:38 am

@bcr
the discs that came with my instep are the first thing I thought of when I saw them. lol

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The EMSCO Sports Products (ESP) branding is already in use on all their other sport gear (snowboards ect..). Pretty smart from a marketing standpoint though. They should have found a way to put the word Nova on there somewhere too. lol! I can see kids loving these because they will look "just like dad's" and probably really cheap to buy.

@the whammo discussion
I think it's fair to say that disc golf may not be as far as it is now had whammo not made the toy frisbee a common item that almost everyone has, but they were doing that when it was all a new thing. These emsco discs look like cheaper copies of cheap discs that already exist. Again, all speculation on my part and I would love to see them prove me wrong, but I won't hold my breath on that.

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