The knockout stage of the FIFA World Cup gets started today, but the putter knockouts have been rolling for weeks here in 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.
To get to this quarterfinal round in the World Series of Putters, 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), and the 12 seed Discmania Sensei in the round of 16 (63 to 56). The Yikun Hammer escaped the first two rounds thanks to costly spit outs from its competitors. The Hammer defeated the 6 seed Discraft Roach in the first round (42 to 41), the 14 seed Divergent Nuno in the second round (56 to 51), and the 7 seed Prodigy P Model S in the round of 16 (69 to 56).
You can find the full results of every first and second round match 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. This round, I’ll share something I got wrong about each putter–an incorrect assumption I made or something I’ve learned about it after putting with it for four separate rounds.
An assumption I made about the Axiom Envy was that it was “just” an approach putter, and not a true putting putter. I knew that some folks used the Envy for putting, but I figured it wouldn’t perform as well as other MVP/Axiom putting putters in this competition. I also would have picked the Envy to be the first 1 seed eliminated from this competition. I was vastly wrong, as the Axiom Envy is the last MVP/Axiom putter standing and the last 1 seed left in the tournament.
The Axiom Envy has proven over and over in this event that it is a well rounded putter that is a great option for your putting putter as well.
In this event, we are using the Electron Envy, which is the grippy base plastic blend. It is a pretty stiff plastic blend that feels great in the hand and offers a reliable grip and release.
When I first looked at and held this disc, I could tell it was an overstable approach putter that I anticipated wouldn’t last very long in this competition. I’m still struggling to admit I was wrong since the Hammer got lucky to even make it out of the first round, but it has put up solid numbers overall and is proving to be more versatile than I expected or gave it credit for at first.
In this series, we are using the Tiger Line Hammer. Tiger Line is Yikun’s base plastic that is moderately soft with a nice grippy feel that is almost rubbery.
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: 2/2.5/0/3
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: 1.4cm
Rim Thickness: 1.3cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 18.5cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 6.6%
Rim Configuration: 56.25
(1) Envy Scorecard
(11) Hammer Scorecard
|20ft: Y N Y N Y Y Y Y N Y (7/10 putts made)=21 points||
20ft: Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y (8/10)=24 points
|30ft: N Y N Y Y N Y Y N N (5/10)=20 points||
30ft: N Y N Y Y N N N Y Y (5/10)=20 points
|40ft: N N Y N N N Y N Y Y (4/10)=20 points||
40ft: N N N N N N Y Y N N (2/10)=10 points
|Total: 61 points||
Total: 54 points