Welcome back to the semifinal round of the Disc Golf Reviewer World Series of Putters! In this series, we are searching for the best putter in the world and hoping to provide the disc golf community with a plethora of information along the way to help everyone decide what putter is right for them. This is an NCAA basketball style tournament and project where every day I test two putter molds against each other on the putting green in a head-to-head competition before posting here about my experience and the results.
After starting with 64 putters, we entered this round with just 4 left. Yesterday the 10 seed Birdie Marvel defeated the 2 seed Discraft Luna to earn its spot in the final round. Today, we have the champion of the Envy region, the 1 seed Axiom Envy, taking on the champion of the P2 region, the 12 seed Lone Star Jackrabbit. The winner of today’s matchup will move on to face the Birdie Marvel in the final round for a chance to be crowned the champion of the World Series of Putters.
To reach this round, the Axiom Envy defeated the 16 seed Millennium Omega in the first round (43-40), the 9 seed Latitude 64 Dagger in the second round (64 to 61), the 12 seed Discmania Sensei in the round of 16 (63 to 56), and the 11 seed Yikun Hammer in the regional championship round (61 to 54).
The Lone Star Jackrabbit defeated the 5 seed Kastaplast Reko in the first round (62 to 33), the 13 seed Uplay Zeal in the second round (65 to 52), the 1 seed Discmania P2 in the Round of 16 (58 to 52), and the 15 seed Alfa Snoopy in the regional championship round (80 to 58).
You can find the full results of every match in this series over at our main World Series of Putters post.
In the first round I gave an overview of each disc. In the second round I shared what surprised me about each disc. In the round of 16, I shared what I like best about each disc. Last round, I shared something I got wrong about each putter. For the semifinal, I’ll share one word to describe each disc after my experience of throwing literally hundreds of putts with it.
My word for the Axiom Envy: all-purpose.
The Axiom Envy has always been known as an approach and driving putter, but it has proven in this event that it has the chops to be a true putting putter as well. It really is a true all-purpose putter. You can putt with it, drive with it, approach with it, or throw in from 200ft out to win a world championship with it.
The Envy really can do it all, but most importantly for our purposes in this project, it can drain putts from the putting green and overlooking this disc if you are looking for a putting putter would be a big mistake.
Lone Star Jackrabbit
My Word for the Lone Star Jackrabbit: classic.
How could a disc that was just released this year be a classic? It is a new edition of a classic design–a tall, beaded, stable to overstable high glide putter that can do it all. Lone Star Disc may be new on the block, but their high quality plastic blends feel great, and their putter plastics I’ve said throughout this event remind me of the chalky feel of putters made by another classic putter brand–Gateway.
So for me, the Jackrabbit is an instant classic, and despite being the lowest seed left in the tournament, it has proven to be a worthy competitor and putting putter option for anyone looking for a putter that can help them drop strokes out on the course.
Specifications and Flight Numbers
Like we do in every match, let’s take a look at some of the specs courtesy of the PDGA and break down the major differences between these two putter molds.
|Flight Numbers: 3/3/-1/2
Flight Numbers: 3/3/0/3
Max Weight: 174.3gr
Rim Depth: 1.4cm
Rim Thickness: 1.1cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 18.8cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 6.7%
Rim Configuration: 52.00
Max Weight: 175.1gr
Rim Depth: 1.5cm
Rim Thickness: 1.2cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 18.7cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 7.1%
Rim Configuration: 57.25
The major difference that comes into play between these two discs is disc height. The Axiom Envy is the shortest disc left in the tournament, and while a .2cm difference may not sound like much, it is a very noticeable difference both in how the discs feel in the hand as well as how they fly.
I also think the beaded rim and rim shape of the Lone Star Jackrabbit make it feel even taller than it actually is. The Jackrabbit is a very floaty putter with plenty of glide while the Envy flies with much less glide, despite the two discs having the same glide flight number.
This is a beaded vs. beadless putter matchup as well. Generally beaded putters tend to be a touch more overstable, and while the beaded Jackrabbit is rated to be more overstable than the beadless Envy, I actually didn’t find that to be true. Throughout this project I’ve said how I thought the Jackrabbit flies less overstable than its flight numbers suggest, but also that lower profile on the Axiom Envy that gives it a lower glide also helps to slow down the disc sooner and force it into its fade.
This difference in glide and stability isn’t too big of a deal on the shorter to midrange putts, but on the longer 40ft putts it is definitely something that comes into play.
For more info on the format and scoring system I used to test these putters against each other, be sure to check out our main World Series of Putters post.
We normally just conduct one match of 30 putts from each disc, but we decided for the semifinal and final rounds to make them a best out of 3 series. We made this decision so that we could have a larger sample size for these final rounds in order to hopefully present a more accurate result.
I will present the scores from each match one at a time with each score being followed up by my notes from that match.
All matches in this series were held on a cool windless evening under a conveniently placed streetlight at my local disc golf course on a permanent Innova Discatcher basket.
After warming up, I flipped a coin to see which putter would be thrown first for the first round of putts, and it was the Axiom Envy. Here is how it all played out:
(1) Envy Scorecard
(12) Jackrabbit Scorecard
|20ft: Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y (8/10 putts made)=24 points
20ft: Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N (7/10)=21 points
|30ft: N N Y Y N N Y Y N Y (5/10)=20 points
30ft: N N N Y Y Y N N Y Y (5/10)=20 points
|40ft: Y N N N Y N N Y Y N (4/10)=20 points
40ft: N N N N N N N N N N (0/10)=0 points
|Total: 64 points
Match 1 Winner
The 1 seed Axiom Envy matched its highest score of the tournament while the 12 seed Lone Star Jackrabbit put up its worst. Envy takes a 1-0 series lead with a final score of 64 to 41.
Notes from Match 1
The Lone Star Jackrabbit has been lethal throughout this tournament form deep, so I’m very disappointed with the goose egg I put up from 40ft. I actually fully expected the Jackrabbit to have a big advantage from 40ft, but in the first match the Envy flipped the script with a solid 20 points earned from 40ft.
Despite the lower profile, I was able to really trust my grip on the Electron Envy to sling putts from longer distance. I’ve overall enjoyed the Victor plastic blend from Lone Star, but it is pretty soft. I held this match on an evening that was a bit warmer than other recent evenings, which makes the discs slightly softer feeling. So I do wonder if the softer Victor Jackrabbit was part of why I had such a poor performance with this disc from 40 ft.
After another brief warm up, I flipped a coin to see which putter would be thrown first for the first round of putts, and this time it was the Axiom Envy again. Here is how it all played out:
(1) Envy Scorecard
(12) Jackrabbit Scorecard
|20ft: Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y (10/10 putts made)=30 points
20ft: Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y (7/10)=21 points
|30ft: Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y (6/10)=24 points
30ft: Y N N N N Y Y N N N (3/10)=12 points
|40ft: N Y N N Y N N N N Y (3/10)=15 points
40ft: N Y Y N N N N N N N (2/10)=10 points
|Total: 69 points
Match 2 Winner
The 1 seed Axiom Envy cruised to another pretty easy win over the 12 seed Lone Star Jackrabbit to move on to the final round. Final score, 69 to 43.
Notes from Match 2
It just wasn’t the Lone Star Jackrabbit’s night tonight. After the second match, my concerns about the warmth impacting the softness of the plastic blend on the Jackrabbit felt confirmed. At the beginning of this event, I was concerned about the plastic blend being the downfall of the Jackrabbit. Those concerns went away after some impressive performances, but I definitely think it had an impact today.
That being said, the Axiom Envy put up its highest scores of the tournament this round, so cooler temperatures or a different plastic blend may not have been enough for the Jackrabbit to have a chance anyway.
In the recent preview article I wrote for this round, I mentioned that the Envy had the lowest average score and the Jackrabbit had the highest. While these numbers are intriguing, I think another story they tell is the challenge of putting with different style putters at the same time. The Envy is shorter than average, and in all its matches except for one it went up against a putter that is quite a bit taller. Throughout this event, wider margins in height difference usually triggers a lower score for both discs in the match since it limits my ability to get into a grove.
Perhaps this impacted the Jackrabbit’s performance as well, but losing two rounds by more than 20 points each makes it hard to believe it was ever going to be too close.
I really liked putting with both of these discs throughout the tournament. The Axiom Envy once again showed it is the real deal as a putting putter, and I think I’d recommend this putter to those who haven’t given such a well rounded and true all-purpose disc a chance yet.
It all comes to an end tomorrow as the 1 seed Envy will be taking on the 10 seed Birdie Marvel to see who will take home the crown. Be sure to check back for those results tomorrow!