Today we finish up the second 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.
In today’s match we are back in the Aviar region where the 10 seed Birdie Marvel is taking on the 15 seed Latitude 64 Faith. The Birdie Marvel got the victory in its first round matchup against the 7 seed Discraft Banger GT with a final score of 58 to 42. The Latitude 64 Faith pulled off an upset over the 2 seed Kastaplast Berg by a score of 56 to 32
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.
A surprise for me was how much the Birdie Marvel felt like and reminded me of a Gateway putter. The Marvel in Base Blend plastic has a really nice grip with a slight chalky feel that is very similar to the texture and grip found in many of the Gateway putter plastic blends.
The Marvel also has a pretty distinct shape on the bottom of the rim where it breaks from the rounded edge to cut in a straight line down to the bottom of the rim. I wondered how this might impact the feel and grip on the disc, but so far that shape really isn’t a noticeable feature for me when I’m putting with the Marvel.
Latitude 64 Faith
I am not really sure what I expected when I first held the Latitude 64 Faith, so I’m not sure how surprised I was by anything about it! And maybe that is a good thing–The Faith feels and flies like a standard tall beadless putter. The shape and feel reminded me a bit of the Discmania P2.
This wasn’t a surprise since I’d already been introduced to it with the Latitude 64 Hope, but I really like the feel of the Royal Sense plastic that the Faith comes in. The Royal line of discs from Latitude 64 is all about molds of discs that feel really smooth and seamless to provide a consistent grip and release, and so far I’ve really enjoyed my experience with this line of discs.
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: 2/3/0/1
Flight Numbers: 2/3/0/1
Max Weight: 175.1gr
Rim Depth: 1.4cm
Rim Thickness: 1.1cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 18.9cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 6.6%
Rim Configuration: 65.75
Max Weight: 174.3gr
Rim Depth: 1.2cm
Rim Thickness: 1.2cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 18.6cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 5.7%
Rim Configuration: 53.00
(10) Marvel Scorecard
(15) Faith Scorecard
|20ft: Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N (9/10 putts made)=27 points
20ft: Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y (8/10)=24 points
|30ft: Y N N N N Y Y N Y N (4/10)=16 points
30ft: N Y N Y Y N Y N Y N (5/10)=20 points
|40ft: Y N N N Y N N N N N (2/10)=10 points
40ft: Y N N N N N N N N N (1/10)=5 points
|Total: 53 points
Total: 49 points