We’re back with another juicy matchup in the Round of 16 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.
We have the first of two P2 region round of 16 matches today between the 1 seed Discmania P2 and the 12 seed Lone Star Jackrabbit. To get to this point in the bracket the P2 had to take down the 16 seed Yikun Meteor Hammer in the first round (40 to 27) and the 9 seed Discraft Fierce in the second round (64 to 58). The Lone Star Jackrabbit had to first pull off an upset win over the 5 seed Kastaplast Reko (62 to 33) and then hold off the 13 seed Uplay Zeal that was coming off a big upset of their own (65 to 52). The Jackrabbit has another chance at a huge upset today.
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’ll be sharing what I like best about each disc.
I think what I like best about the Discmania P2 is how tall it is without feeling too big or awkward in the hand. The beadless rim shape helps it to have a nice release point and the height provides some excellent glide both on the putting green as well as on approach shots. The P2 has proven to be an ultra reliable option on the putting green, and there’s good reason it is the most popular putter left in the competition.
In this series we are testing the D-Line Flex 2 P2. This plastic blend is a bit softer than what I’d prefer to putt with, but it actually felt really nice in this round as it was a little colder outside so the plastic blend stiffened up a bit.
Lone Star Jackrabbit
Can the plastic blend be my favorite as well as my least favorite part of this disc? The Victor plastic blend is very soft and flexible (not something I love), but it is also really grippy with a slight chalky texture that feels really nice in my hand. The Victor Jackrabbit is the plastic blend we are testing for this series, but I think I personally might prefer the stiffer V2 plastic blend Jackrabbit.
Either way, Lone Star Disc’s putter plastic blends feel really nice, and if you haven’t tried them yet, they are definitely worth checking out. I’ve compared the feel of their putter plastics to Gateway putter plastic blends, but I think the Lone Star Disc putter plastics are a bit grippier which is nice for inclement weather or colder temperatures.
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: 2/3/0/1
Flight Numbers: 3/3/0/3
Max Weight: 176.0gr
Rim Depth: 1.6cm
Rim Thickness: 1.1cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 19.0cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 7.5%
Rim Configuration: 68.75
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 Lone Star Jackrabbit has the exact same flight numbers as the Discraft Luna
that won yesterday’s exciting match
. In that article, I said that I thought 3 was too high of a fade rating for the Luna, and I’ll say the same thing about the Jackrabbit today. When I first held the Jackrabbit, its feel and flight reminded me of the Gateway Wizard
and other similar putters that usually have a fade rating around 2. This is why it’s important to keep in mind that flight numbers are a very imperfect science that you shouldn’t put too much stock in when you are picking out a putter.
Overall, I thought these discs were very similar across the board. The P2 is a touch taller, but I didn’t find it to have much of a glide advantage for it over the Jackrabbit. This is also a beaded vs. beaded putter match with the Jackrabbit featuring a moderate sized bead around the bottom of the rim and the P2 having no rim, though it does have a beveled bottom that creates a pretty well-defined lip that functions similarly to a bead while gripping the disc.
This match is really juicy to me because it is a direct match between two popular disc mold designs that aim to fill the same stable to overstable flight need. The P2 represents the tall floaty beadless putter while the Jackrabbit represents the tall floaty beaded putter.
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 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 Discmania P2. Here is how it all played out:
(1) P2 Scorecard
(12) Jackrabbit Scorecard
|20ft: Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y (9/10 putts made)=27 points
20ft: Y Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y (8/10)=24 points
|30ft: Y Y Y N Y N Y N N N (5/10)=20 points
30ft: Y N Y N N Y Y Y N Y (6/10)=24 points
|40ft: N N N N N N N N Y N (1/10)=5 points
40ft: N N Y N N N N N N Y (2/10)=10 points
|Total: 52 points
This one was close, though not quite the barn burner I was expecting. But the 12 seed Jackrabbit sends another 1 seed packing with a win over the Discmania P2. Final score: 58 to 52.
Notes from the Match
I was really hoping for a better performance from 40ft from both discs (aka myself), but it was still a relatively high score from both discs when compared to the average scores so far for the entire World Series of Putters. Both discs had a solid performance from 20 and 30ft, but the Jackrabbit, who even suffered a nasty spit out on one of its 20ft putts, managed to come out on top.
This was one of those matches where it really felt like it could go either way at the beginning, but by the end I wasn’t surprised by the result. I can’t believe I am saying this about a soft plastic blend, but I think the Victor Jackrabbit has an edge on the D-Line Flex 2 P2. Though it is softer, it has a really nice grip due to its chalkier feel. The D-Line Flex 2 plastic blend isn’t exactly a stiff plastic either. I’m not saying it is a bad plastic at all, but I just never had a round with it where I felt like I was really able to find my groove with it.
Like I mentioned above, thought these are rated to be a bit different in terms of stability, I thought they flew very similar to each other on the putting green. The Jackrabbit maybe had a slightly stronger fade, which I would attribute to its beaded rim.
Speaking of beaded rims, in some of the recent matches I expressed some concern about certain beaded putters being less beginner friendly for those who haven’t putted with a beaded putter before. The Jackrabbit isn’t one of those putters. I think the bead is a comfortable size and shape that works well with the shape of the rest of the putter. If you’ve considered switching to a beaded putter and have never used one before, the Lone Star Jackrabbit could be a nice option to try out.
These are both really solid options on the putting green. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Discmania P2, but for me personally, I think I’m buying in on the Lone Star Disc Jackrabbit and would recommend it as a putting putter for disc golfers of all skill levels.
The Jackrabbit moves on to the P2 Regional Final to face the winner of tomorrow’s intriguing matchup between the 3 seed Pure and the persistent 15 seed Alfa Snoopy. Come back tomorrow to find out which disc is moving on!