Axiom Proxy vs. Latitude 64 Hope–World Series of Putters Round 1

We are back with more action from the Disc Golf Reviewer World Series of Putters! Today’s matchup comes from the Alpaca Region of the bracket and features the 3 seeded Axiom Proxy going head-to-head with the newly released 14 seed Latitude 64 Hope. Let’s start by taking a closer look at each of the discs.

Axiom Proxy

The Axiom Proxy is a straight putter designed to feature some high-speed turn and a reliable fade when thrown from the tee. It is one of just two putters currently in the Axiom discs lineup. Like all discs in the MVP/Axiom lineup, the Proxy uses MVP’s GYRO overmold technology. Axiom’s overmolds are designed to be more aesthetic, meaning the discs often feature bright and beautiful color combinations.

These overmolds also shift the weight of the discs to the edge, which in theory should assist with the momentum of the disc’s flight. MVP claims that their GYRO overmold technology improves all elements of the disc’s flight. It seems that many disc golfers agree, since Axiom’s Envy and Proxy have earned 1 and 3 seeds in our World Series of Putters bracket respectively due to their high sales numbers.

For today’s test, I used the grippy and tacky Electron Soft Axiom Proxy.

Latitude 64 Hope

The Latitude 64 Hope is the latest release in Latitude 64’s new Royal line of disc golf discs. These Royal discs are manufactured using a new technology that is designed to minimize the flashing on the rims of these discs in order to generate a more comfortable and reliable grip on the discs.

The Hope is a tall beadless putter that is comparable in size and shape to the Discmania P2 or the Infinite Discs Alpaca. The Hope should fly very straight with a soft fade at the end of the flight. It should also feature plenty of glide because of its height.

The Latitude 64 Hope is currently exclusively available in the grippy Royal Sense plastic blend, and the pair we used for our testing feature first run stamps as well.

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.

Proxy

Hope

Flight Numbers: 3/3/-1/0.5

Flight Numbers: 2/3/0/1
Max Weight: 174.3gr
Diameter: 21.0cm
Height: 1.8cm
Rim Depth: 1.5cm
Rim Thickness: 1.1cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 18.8cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 7.1%
Rim Configuration: 63.50
Flexibility: 6.58kg
Max Weight: 176.0gr
Diameter: 21.2cm
Height: 2.0cm
Rim Depth: 1.5cm
Rim Thickness: 1.1cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 19.0cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 7.1%
Rim Configuration: 62.75
Flexibility: 7.61kg
Similar to the match between the Alpaca and the Ringer, the primary difference we see between these two discs is their height. Usually, that height differential translates to a slight difference in glide on the putting green, and I definitely felt that difference when putting with these discs together.
Another difference between these discs is a slight difference in disc size/diameter, with the Hope coming in a touch larger than the Envy. So far in my testing, I haven’t seen a small difference in diameter like this translate to a specific outcome in how the discs perform compared to one another, though I suppose some disc golfers might notice it in how they grip the disc when lining up the putt.
And then an obvious difference that isn’t highlighted in the PDGA specs is the Proxy’s overmold. It is interesting to consider the two technologies that are at play with these discs. The Proxy’s overmold is designed to draw attention to the separate plastic molding along the rim that is designed to improve the flight of the disc, while Latitude 64’s Royal line of discs are designed to minimize flashing and in theory improve the grip/throwing process of the disc.

The Match

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.
I conducted this match later in the evening at a 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, and it was the Axiom Proxy. Here is how it all played out:

(3) Proxy Scorecard

(14) Hope Scorecard

20ft: Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y (9/10 putts made)=27 points
20ft: N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y (8/10)=24 points
30ft: N N N N N N Y N Y N (2/10)=8 points
30ft: Y N N Y N N N Y Y Y (5/10)=20 points
40ft: N Y N Y N N Y N N N (3/10)=15 points
40ft: N N N N N N N N N N (0/10)=0 points
Total: 50 points
Total: 44 points

The Winner

In a battle between flight technology and grip technology, today the flight technology won as the Axiom Proxy narrowly defeated the Latitude 64 Hope by a score of 50 to 44.

Notes from the Match

Going into this match, I was really quite impressed with the feel and flight of the Latitude 64 Hope. I think the shape and feel is more what I’m used to putting with, and I anticipated a solid performance from this disc.
The Axiom Proxy took some getting used to during my warm up. Because of its slightly understable flight number ratings, I anticipated much less fade on the putting green. But it seems those flight numbers are more intended to indicate how the Proxy should fly at a higher speed. So on the putting green, I found the Axiom Proxy flew straight but had a reliable fade as it slowed down or if it got too much air under it on a nose up putt. I’d honestly give it more of a 0/2 turn/fade rating for the putting green.
Once the match started, it didn’t take long for me to notice how I felt more comfortable with the Hope at 30ft and the Proxy at 40ft. Who knows how accurate my thinking on this is, but here is my personal assessment in hindsight. At 30ft, I think relying on the glide of the taller Hope felt more natural to me than trying to get the spin/speed right with the Proxy. But then when I stepped back 10 more feet, I struggled to get the required increase in power with the Hope right, but I felt more comfortable relying on the spin and reliable fade of the Proxy. I only made 3 putts from 40ft with the Proxy, but I was on line and hit the front rim on almost all of my misses, while I missed all over with the Hope.
Another noteworthy mention is the two misses with the Hope from 2oft both glided up on me and barely bounced off the top rim of the basket. Had both gone in, we would have had a tie on our hands.

My Recommendation

The confidence I developed with the Proxy from longer distance was eye opening, and I’m curious to see if that carries over into the next round. But this match was close, and I feel like I’d still lean toward recommending the comfortable and confident grip of the Latitude 64 Hope for the putting green. I don’t think my struggles with it from distance were a fluke, but I do think if I committed to practicing with the disc, it is definitely capable of performing well from distance as well.
But today, it was the Proxy that performed the best and earned itself a place in the second round against the 11 seed Gateway Voodoo. We will be back in the Alpaca region tomorrow for the 7-10 matchup between the Doomsday Landmine and the Prodigy P Model US. Check back tomorrow to learn about that intriguing matchup!
5/5 - (4 votes)
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