We are back for another second round match in the Envy region of the bracket for 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 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 have the 12 seed Discmania Sensei taking on the 13 seed Clash Butter. Both discs are fresh off of upset wins in the first round. The Sensei took down the Lone Star Armadillo 43 to 35, while the Butter narrowly defeated the Streamline Pilot 49 to 48.
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 Sensei is part of Discmania’s Active Line, which are a series of discs made in China by Yikun Discs. This line is meant to target beginner and more casual disc golfers by offering a lower cost option for discs. Knowing that these discs were made by Yikun made my surprise even more surprising–I was surprised by the excess plastic along the bottom of the rim that made the disc feel a little bit sharp in my hand while gripping the disc. I’ve found this on certain runs of other discs as well, and usually after some wear and tear that excess plastic rubs off and it becomes unnoticeable. But none of the other Yikun made putters I’ve tested during the World Series of Putters have had no sign of this issue.
For our testing we used the Active Base Line Sensei, which is a relatively soft base putter plastic blend.
I used the Clash Butter after already using the Clash Popcorn, so I already knew to expect the unique look and grip that the Hardy plastic blend Butter would offer. Hardy might be my favorite plastic blend I’ve found in the entire tournament.
So my biggest surprise then would have to be the feel of the Butter’s thick and rounded rim shape. The bottom of the rim wraps in toward itself, and the thickness of the rim makes that shape feel more prominent in the hand. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it could be an adjustment if you aren’t used to it.
Another thing I noticed about both the Popcorn and the Butter is that they are a little bit larger in diameter than most putters. Again, this isn’t really a bad thing, but something you may notice and feel a need to account for if you are considering using this putter.
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: 3/3/0/1
Flight Numbers: 3/3/0/1
Max Weight: 176.8gr
Rim Depth: 1.4cm
Rim Thickness: 1.0cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 19.2cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 6.6%
Rim Configuration: 71.00
Max Weight: 178.5gr
Rim Depth: 1.5cm
Rim Thickness: 1.2cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 19.1cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 7.0%
Rim Configuration: 67.25
(12) Sensei Scorecard
(13) Butter Scorecard
|20ft: Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y (8/10 putts made)=24 points||
20ft: Y Y Y N N Y N N Y Y (6/10)=18 points
|30ft: N N N Y Y N N N N N (2/10)=8 points||
30ft: N N N N Y Y Y Y N Y (5/10)=20 points
|40ft: N N N N N N Y Y Y N (3/10)=15 points||
40ft: N N N N N N N N N N (0/10)=0 points
|Total: 47 points||
Total: 38 points