Latitude 64 Pure vs. Alfa Snoopy — World Series of Putters Round of 16

I can’t believe we are already almost halfway through 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.

Today, it’s the final match of the round of 16 in the P2 region between the 3 seed Latitude 64 Pure and the surprising and persistent 15 seed Alfa Snoopy. To get to this match, the Latitude 64 Pure first had to take down the 14 seed DGA Blowfly 2 (40 to 11), and then in the second round it took down one of the hottest putters from the first round, the Westside Crown (69 to 62). The newly released Alfa Snoopy has been the king slayer of the tournament as it has eliminated two bigger name putters already and has a chance at another one today. In the first round the Snoopy upset the 2 seed Gateway Wizard (49 to 38), and in the second round it took down the 7 seed MVP Ion (71 to 59).

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.

Latitude 64 Pure

This is one of the more unique discs in the tournament that still maintains what we would consider a “traditional” putter shape. Its shallow beadless shape is designed to provide “pure” straight spin putts, and it does just that. I’m not usually a spin putter, so what I think I really liked most about this disc is how easy it was for me to find success with this disc when I changed my form to accommodate for what the Pure does best.

I thought the Pure was in for trouble against the Westside Crown, but once I made sure to change my form to a spin putt on the putts with the Pure, the results were immediate. I never loved the Pure before, but I feel like I now better understand what the hype is about. The Pure is a fantastic option for a true spin putter.

I also really like the feel of the new Eco Zero plastic blend Pure. I think that the really stiff feel of the plastic is especially important to me when putting with a spin putt form.

Alfa Snoopy

The results are starting to speak for itself with this putter. The Alfa Snoopy put up the highest score of any putter for the second round match against the MVP Ion. And for me to have a better putting performance in the first round with the Snoopy over the Gateway Wizard when the Wizard has been my personal putting putter for most of my disc golf career is pretty astounding.

What I like most about the Snoopy is pretty simple–the putts keep going in the basket. I’m also pleasantly surprised at how well the premium Crystal plastic blend has performed on the putting green. I actually just got word from Alfa this week that a base plastic blend Snoopy will be coming soon. But for now, the Crystal Snoopy is holding down the fort just fine.

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.

Pure

Snoopy

Flight Numbers: 3/3/-1/1

Flight Numbers: 2/4/0/2
Max Weight: 176.0gr
Diameter: 21.2cm
Height: 1.8cm
Rim Depth: 1.4cm
Rim Thickness: 1.0cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 19.2cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 6.6%
Rim Configuration: 48.25
Flexibility: 6.69kg
Max Weight: 175.1gr
Diameter: 21.1cm
Height: 2.1cm
Rim Depth: 1.6cm
Rim Thickness: 1.1cm
Inside Rim Diameter: 18.9cm
Rim Depth / Diameter Ratio: 7.6%
Rim Configuration: 55.00
Flexibility: 4.77kg
To state the obvious, these discs were designed differently, but what’s unique about these differences is the purposes behind their design differences.
All I mean by this is that the Pure is designed for a more specific style of putting while the Snoopy is more of a traditional design that can accommodate multiple putting styles.
We see that come into play especially with the height of each disc. The Pure’s 1.8cm height is designed to minimize the float and to be more aero dynamic for a faster spinning putt. The taller 2.1cm height Snoopy can be used on a spin putt if you want, but the taller rim and edge with a deeper profile will generate more glide and accommodate a softer push or “spush” style of putt as well.
And that is the key difference in this match. The Pure is a shallow spin putter and the Snoopy is a tall stable to overstable putter. Both of these discs are beadless, but that’s pretty much the only major quality they have in common. The key question today is which putter style (both the disc “putter” and the person who throws the disc “putter”) will prevail today?

The Match

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 Latitude 64 Pure. Here is how it all played out:

(3) Pure Scorecard

(15) Snoopy Scorecard

20ft: N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y (7/10 putts made)=21 points
20ft: Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y (10/10)=30 points
30ft: Y Y N Y N Y Y N N N (5/10)=20 points
30ft: N N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y (6/10)=24 points
40ft: N N N N Y N N Y Y N (3/10)=15 points
40ft: N Y N N N N N N Y N (2/10)=10 points
Total: 56 points
Total: 64 points

The Winner

The Snoopy isn’t done with this fantastic and unexpected run. The 15 seed Alfa Snoopy wins once again, this time defeating the 3 seed Latitude 64 Pure by a score of 64 to 56.

Notes from the Match

The Snoopy is a really nice disc, and I feel better and better about its victory over the Wizard with every win that has come afterward. What I mean by that is that it validates the Wizard’s loss despite it being a disc I was so familiar with and have such a high opinion of. The Snoopy is still relatively unknown, but I think especially after the base plastic version is released, it is going to be a staple in a lot of disc golfers’ bags.
The Pure is a great disc as well that I’ve grown to really respect in this series, and perhaps a disc golfer with more experience with a spin putt style would have put up a high enough number to change the result today. Unfortunately for the Pure, that’s not the case here, but in my book, the Pure has earned the spot of my top recommendation for a spin putter.
The Pure even made more putts from 40ft, which in almost every match winning the battle from 40ft is enough to win the match, but the Pure gave up too much ground from 20ft–or rather, the Snoopy refused to give up any ground from 20ft, as the Snoopy went a perfect 10 for 10 from close range.
It is also worth noting that I still have not had a true spit out from the premium plastic blend Crystal Snoopy through three rounds. I’ve seen several spit outs with other premium plastic blends, so this is either pretty impressive or just a fortunate coincidence for the Snoopy.
Also, keep in mind that the Pure still put up a solid score. A 56 would have defeated the top seeded Discmania P2 in yesterday’s match as well. The competition is getting tighter and tighter as we get closer and closer to finding our champion.
With the Snoopy’s victory today and the Lone Star Jackrabbit‘s victory yesterday, that means either a 12 seed or a 15 seed will be the champion of the P2 region and will win one of four spots in the World Series of Putters semifinal round.

My Recommendation

I can’t say enough good things about the Pure. If you want a pure straight spin putter, the Latitude 64 is the choice. But for a spush or push putt, The Snoopy is a solid option, and it would have to be my top choice between these two discs.
Tomorrow, we move into the Envy region of the bracket where the last remaining 1 seed, the Axiom Envy, is taking on the 12 seed Discmania Sensei. Be sure to check back tomorrow to get those results!
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