Previously, we wrote an article about in our opinion, the best disc golf app out there, specifically for the year 2021.
And that app was UDisc.
At the time of writing that article, a yearly subscription for the pro version of UDisc was incredibly low at just $4.99 PER YEAR.
You can check out that article HERE, but you may have seen in recent news that the yearly price of $4.99 is going to be soon raised to a new price of $14.99 per year.
There was a lot of chatter from players on both sides of the fence about the raise in price which led to many thoughts that could be boiled down to just one question:
Is UDisc still worth it?
It's important to note that the Disc Golf Guys have no affiliation with UDisc, are not paid sponsors, or are in any way receiving any incentive to give our opinion on the matter.
With that being said, in our humble opinion, the answer to the question posed above is:
Yes, it is definitely worth it!
There are many things that lead us to this conclusion, but truthfully there wasn't ever really a decision to make because we find UDisc to be that valuable. I mean, for less than the price of a disc, you can have access to all of it's great features for a full year!
Not day, not month, not 3 months, but a full 12 months of meaningful use.
Sure you could make the argument that you don't need to find courses near you, or there are other ways to find courses, that you don't need it to keep score, you don't need to measure throws, etc. etc.
And most players who have made the arguments against the price raise all have one common theme in their argument:
"I don't need the app to do the things the app does for me"
Things such as keeping score, finding places to play, and the litany of other features you could name.
While they have a valid point, you could probably make a similar argument for ANY app out there, paid or unpaid. However, sometimes you can't put a price on convenience, and in this situation the UDisc app is extremely convenient and simply makes life easier out on the disc golf course.
When used properly, it also has the capabilities of making you a better player because you can use its stat keeping features to figure out what you do well, what is improving, and what you need to continue working on.
And you could do this all in one, easy to use place.
You could keep track of all these things yourself, but who wants to go home after a round or two of disc golf and then enter you circle 1 putt stats, your circle 2 stats, your drive distances, and anything else for every single hole you played into a giant spreadsheet to figure out your stats?
I know I wouldn't.
So for $14.99 a year, or $1.25 a month, or just $0.29 cents per week, it is still very affordable and offers incredible value that no other current offering seems to do.
Several players commented that they do think the $14.99 price is still very much worth it, but they wondered why the price increased so drastically, as it tripled in price out of nowhere and suggesting that the price should have went up in steps rather than all at one time.
I can agree with them some on this, but at the same time, the creators of the app are offering current members the opportunity to extend their membership through next year at the current price which creates somewhat of a grace period before ultimately paying full price, which I think is fair.
Why did the UDisc price go up?
The owners/creators did not seem to directly indicate why they decided to increase their prices, but the price increase is likely tied into the fact that disc golf has exploded in popularity in recent years and the amount of people, leagues, and tournaments using their app has exploded with it.
In addition to the increase in players, we have also seen a sharp rise in the amount of courses available to play, which requires the app to constantly be changing with the times and ensuring that the user experience is near perfect regardless of where they are playing.
With more players likely comes a need for a larger hosting service, more technical support for potential problems, and possibly even more employees to handle everything associated with more use.
This is all speculation of course, but it does make the most sense.
We can't neglect the possibility that the owners/creators do not need any more resources to handle all of their customer's current needs and are simply raising prices to capitalize on the growing market.
This may stink if it is the case, but at the same time, they came up with a great idea and created a very useful app that very few players have an issue with.
So kudos to them and they have the right to make the most of it.
Ultimately, $15 is a cheap price to pay for something we as disc golfers use all the time.
Lastly, you may also be wondering,
Does UDisc have any new features?
From my understanding, UDisc does indeed have many changes in store and features to add to make the app even more useful.
Most notably is the option to have one player not only do the scoring for the whole group like you can now, but you will soon be able to access those scores in live time on your own app while playing.
Before, only the person keeping score would be able to see and access the scores live until the round was complete.
There are also changes coming involving courses that have multiple tees and baskets and giving the player the option to select which tee they're playing from and which basket they're throwing to on a hole to hole basis rather than choosing a set layout prior to the round.
Not that any of these changes are needed to make the app worth the $14.99, but it is great to see that the creators are investing in their product and making it regularly better to suit the ever changing needs of their customers.
Should I pay for UDisc pro?
In the end, it's up to you to decide if you want to buck up and pay the annual $15 subscription fee as only you know if you need it badly enough to warrant the price.
If you don't play very often, never plan on keeping track of stats, or keeping a convenient record of your scores then I wouldn't sweat this decision and would just keep on enjoying the sport how ever you choose.
If, on the other hand, you do regularly use UDisc to the fullest and couldn't imagine playing a round of disc golf without it, then its a no brainer! Pay the $15 as it is certainly still worth it!
There may come a point in time when the price of the app could go up even more and make the decision to keep it even harder, but at this time, rest assured that it is currently providing enough value to continue using for the immediate future.
Not that a price of $4.99 isn't what I'd prefer to pay, because I would definitely opt for the cheaper price, but I also understand that change is sometimes necessary.
And if it results in making a product I already like even better, then count me in!
As mentioned, we already did a full review of UDisc and all it's features in an article titled:
So if you're new to the disc golf world or just discovered this app and want to check it out before pulling the trigger, be sure to click on the link above to read about why it is so great to help you with your decision.
You could also download the app and simply use the free version, or do the one week trial to get a feel for its use and if it's something you think you'll like without paying the annual subscription.
Regardless if you use the app or not, just remember to keep on practicing, always getting better, have fun, and as always,
Happy Disc Golfing!
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