We have another all Trilogy matchup today in the second round in the Aviar region 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.
Today’s match features the 5 seed Dynamic Discs Warden going up against its Trilogy cousin, the 13 seed Westside Shield. In the first round the Warden took down the 12 seed RPM Ruru 53 to 31, and the Shield defeated the 4 seed Thought Space Athletics Muse 63 to 44.
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.
Dynamic Discs Warden
I had thrown the Warden before this series, but it had been a while. So when I started warming up for the first round match, I was surprised by just how shallow the Warden feels in the hand. I knew it wasn’t the tallest disc in the world, but I didn’t remember it feeling so small in my hand. I’m also not saying it is crazy shallow–it is relatively tall beadless putter with fair amount of glide. It just felt shorter in my hand than I expected.
For this match I used a pair of X-out Classic Soft Wardens. Classic Soft is the softest putter plastic available from Dynamic Discs, and it is pretty soft and flexible in the hand.
One surprise with the Shield is when I realized it actually has a bead. It has a tall beveled rim similar in shape to the Infinite Discs Alpaca or the Discmania P2. But the Shield also has a slight bead shape along the bottom as well that is pretty easy to miss if you aren’t looking for it.
I’m also surprised that the Shield isn’t a more popular option on the putting green. Like I said, it is pretty similar to two of the best selling discs in the world in the Alpaca and the P2. Westside is maybe the least popular of the three Trilogy brands, but their discs are just the same quality. The Shield would probably be near the top of my list for underrated putters.
BT Hard Burst is the plastic blend of Shield that we are using in the World Series of Putters.
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: 2/4/0/0.5
Flight Numbers: 3/3/0/1
Max Weight: 176.0gr
Rim Depth: 1.5cm
Rim Thickness: 1.1cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 19.1cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 7.1%
Rim Configuration: 66.25
Max Weight: 175.1gr
Rim Depth: 1.4cm
Rim Thickness: 1.0cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 19.0cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 6.6%
Rim Configuration: 67.00
(5) Warden Scorecard
(13) Shield Scorecard
|20ft: Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N (8/10 putts made)=24 points
20ft: N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y (8/10)=24 points
|30ft: Y N N Y Y N N Y Y N (5/10)=20 points
30ft: N N N N Y Y Y Y N Y (5/10)=20 points
|40ft: N N N Y Y 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: 59 points
Total: 44 points