We’re back from a brief hiatus with more action in 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 are down to the 8 final discs, and today we begin the Regional Championship Round with the Alpaca regional championship between the 2 seed Discraft Luna and the 9 seed Clash Popcorn. To reach this round the Discraft Luna defeated the 15 seed Viking Knife in the first round (63 to 52), the 10 seed Prodigy P Model US in the second round (66 to 49), and the Gateway Voodoo in the round of 16 (73 to 53). The Clash Popcorn defeated the 8 seed Westside Maiden in the first round (34 to 29), the top overall seeded Infinite Discs Alpaca in the second round (52 to 50), and the Divergent Discs Narwhal in the round of 16 (67 to 53).
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 shared what I like best about each disc. This round, I’ll share something I got wrong about each putter–an incorrect assumption I made or something I’ve learned about it after putting with it for four separate rounds.
An assumption I made before throwing the Luna was that it would basically be a replica of an Innova Aviar. Paul McBeth putted with Aviars very successfully in his days at Innova, so I imagined his custom putter with Discraft would just be the same as an Aviar.
The Aviar and the Luna are similar, but they are definitely different as well. The Luna has a rounder rim shape while the Aviar has more of a beveled bottom. The Luna is also a touch more overstable, though I still think it flies less overstable than its flight numbers would suggest.
For this event, I’m using the Paul McBeth special plastic blend Luna. It feels kind of like an orange peel all the way around but still offers a consistent and smooth release.
I didn’t know or have many expectations when I first held the disc. I’ve really loved the feel of the Hardy plastic blend from the beginning, and if anything I’ve only had that reaffirmed with every round so far.
But something I’ll touch on later in this match as well is just how much bigger the diameter of this disc feels compared to others. I’ve mentioned this throughout this series, but I’ve always excused it away as something that you probably wouldn’t notice when putting with it. But it has consistently been something I’ve noticed and had to be aware of while putting with it. It may not have a negative impact on the disc’s performance, but it is something that I got wrong in the sense that it is something that shouldn’t be overlooked.
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: 3/3/0/3 (1.0 Discraft Stability Rating)
Flight Numbers: 3/3/0/1
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: 68.50
Max Weight: 177.6gr
Rim Depth: 1.6cm
Rim Thickness: 1.1cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 19.2cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 7.5%
Rim Configuration: 69.50
(2) Luna Scorecard
(9) Popcorn Scorecard
|20ft: Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y (9/10 putts made)=27 points||
20ft: Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N (7/10)=21 points
|30ft: N Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N (6/10)=24 points||
30ft: Y Y N N Y N N N Y N (4/10)=16 points
|40ft: N N Y N N N N N N Y (2/10)=10 points||
40ft: N N Y N N Y N Y N N (3/10)=15 points
|Total: 61 points||
Total: 52 points