November is here! Do you miss the warm weather yet? I know I do! Today we continue the second round of the Disc Golf Reviewer World Series of Putters. 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 them 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.
Today’s match is in the Alpaca Region of our bracket where the number 3 seed Axiom Proxy is going up against the 11 seed Gateway Voodoo. In the first round, the Axiom Proxy defeated the Latitude 64 Hope with a score of 50 to 44. The Gateway Voodoo defeated the EV-7 Penrose 55 to 44.
In the first round matchups I gave an overview of each disc (you can find links to every first round match at our main World Series of Putters post). For the second round, I’m sharing what surprised me the most about each disc the first time I threw it.
The Axiom Proxy is one of two putter molds currently released under the Axiom brand name. I was surprised at first by how not understable the putter is on the putting green. It has a solid fade when it slows down despite its understable flight rating, but I’ve also found that this is consistent when putting with MVP/GYRO technology overmold putters. Despite the initial surprise, this flight characteristic was easy to adjust to.
While I wasn’t surprised by this because of my experience with Axiom, it is worth noting that they make some of the prettiest discs in disc golf. The two tone color schemes that they incorporate with the overmold always turn out beautiful.
For the World Series of Putters, I am putting with a pair of Electron Soft Proxys. Though Electron Soft is the softest putter blend in Axiom’s lineup, it isn’t nearly as soft as other “soft” putter plastics, especially because of the stiffness of the overmold around the rim. Actually, how stiff the Electron Soft Plastic still feels was probably the biggest surprise for me with this disc.
The Gateway Voodoo is one of several popular putter molds from Gateway. I don’t think there were too many surprises the first time I threw a Gateway Voodoo. It’s microbead along the bottom of the rim could be a bit surprising, but what was surprising to me about it is just how comfortable the grip is and how much I like the Voodoo’s small microbead.
If you aren’t familiar with Gateway, you might be surprised by just how many plastic blends the Voodoo is available in the first time you shop for one, but that is one of the things Gateway is known for. They provide high quality putter molds in a large variety of plastic blends to try to make sure you can find the right putter for you.
For today’s testing and match I used the Gateway Firm Voodoo.
Specifications and Flight Numbers
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/-1/0.5
Flight Numbers: 2/3/0/0
Max Weight: 174.3gr
Rim Depth: 1.5cm
Rim Thickness: 1.1cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 18.8cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 7.1%
Rim Configuration: 63.50
Max Weight: 176.0gr
Rim Depth: 1.6cm
Rim Thickness: 1.0cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 19.2cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 7.5%
Rim Configuration: 62.00
(3) Proxy Scorecard
(11) Voodoo Scorecard
|20ft: Y Y Y N N N Y Y N Y (6/10 putts made)=18 points||
20ft: Y N Y N N Y Y Y N Y (6/10)=18 points
|30ft: N N N Y Y N N Y N N (3/10)=12 points||
30ft: N N N Y N N N Y N Y (3/10)=12 points
|40ft: N N N N N N N N N N (0/10)=0 points||
40ft: N Y N N Y Y N N Y N (4/10)=20 points
|Total: 30 points||
Total: 50 points