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MVP Disc Golf Putters
Hey there Precisioners!
We are excited to be back in producing content at regular intervals again moving into 2019!
I’ll start this year out with a bit that helps people learn a brand that many players only know at a topical level, MVP & Axiom discs (Streamline is their single mold brand, but as they come out with more molds and I have more experience I’ll cover that).
As my bag is currently all GYRO, I have spent almost a full season with their discs, and can help answer the most common questions people have when trying to explore their curiosity with this GYRO technology. We will start with the discs that are used the most in every round: Putters.
I will be talking about the discs I currently bag, and have thrown, however for the purposes of this article we will be looking at tee shots and approaches, not putting. The reason I don’t want to give opinion on putting putters is that I believe the most important part of choosing a putter is how it feels in the hand. Choosing a stability that suits your putting style is second most important, but for most people, finding a disc they feel comfortable holding and putting with, is the most important factor.
MVP Discs Putter: Axiom Envy
The first disc I want to talk about is the Axiom Envy. The Envy is likely the disc most of the people in my circle know about in the MVP/Axiom lineup. The flight numbers are 3/3/0/2, and in full disclosure I don’t put a lot of stock in flight numbers. I currently bag five of the Envy, and have also found that they have enough distance potential where I no longer bag any midrange discs. The Envy has great stability for strong backhand throws, and I use mine for shots all the way up to 350 feet! I use the Envy for tee shots, approaches, and putting. In the summer, I putt with the Electron firm plastic (very stiff) because I like a stiff baseline plastic feel putter. However, in the winter, I putt with both the Electron, and the Electron soft plastic (today it’s 8 degrees Fahrenheit in Minnesota, so the disc feels markedly harder than in warmer temperatures). My usual summer lineup looks like this:
1x Neturon soft Envy. This is one of the most reliably overstable plastic types for this mold. For hyzer and wind shots.
2x Electron Envy. Usually 1 nearly brand new and still fresh for very straight hyzer flip shots, and 1 pretty beat up for my turnover or understable putter needs.
1x Electron firm Envy. For putting (in the winter this changes to Electron soft).
1x Glow Eclipse Envy. The least glide and most overstable Envy I have is in this plastic. It’s the closest disc in the MVP/Axiom lineup to a Zone.
MVP Discs Putter: Proxy
The only other putter in Axiom’s lineup is the Proxy. The Proxy is rated 3/3/-1/.05, and as you can guess has a subtle understability, and reliable very slight fade. I have thrown a number of Proxys and they are really straight! The function of the Proxy that I’ve thrown is very similar to what I used a very beat up Envy for, so for a player looking to throw a forgiving very straight throwing putter, look no further than the Proxy. If I wasn’t working on being more of a mold minimalist, this disc would be in my bag.
MVP Discs Putter: Ion
Moving onto MVP putters the disc I see most is the Ion. The Ion is rated 2.5/3/0/1.5. The Ion is most often used for putting (I have a buddy who is a lights out putter with them!), but off the tee they have a really nice blend of stability and low speed. Again, as a putter mold minimalist I don’t bag one, however they are really reliable approach discs, and are stable neutral in all the right ways. If you’re looking for a beaded stable putter, this could be your next bread and butter!
MVP Discs Putter: Atom
The next most common MVP putter I see is the Atom. The Atom is rated 3/3/0/1. The Atom is the first MVP disc I ever bought. I prefer baseline plastic for putters and midranges, so I got to know the Electron Atom quite well. It is probably the straightest putter I have ever thrown off the tee. The distance potential is enormous for a putter, the glide number to me should be a 5 not a 3. The Atom can be thrown easily 325 feet for me perfectly straight, with only medium power. If I didn’t prefer the feeling of the Envy in the hand, I would bag at least 4-5 Atoms. Although Electron Atoms are very neutral in flight out of the box, they do beat in to relatively understable over time. This is a common occurrence with baseline plastic - no fault of the mold or plastic! I will say that the Proton Atoms I have thrown are significantly more overstable in flight, and the Neutron plastic Atoms are stable as well. A great mold, and one I would recommend to players of all skill levels.
MVP Discs Putter: Anode
A mold that I’ve noticed a number of the MVP team members putting with is Anode. The Anode is rated 2.5/3/0/.5. The Anode is beadless, and is a very straight flyer off the tee. I find it to be a reliable hyzer flip to flat thrower at medium high power. It feels great in the hand. If you are looking to try a straight flyer and putter give this a try!
MVP Discs Putter: Spin
The Spin is the understable putter in the GYRO line up. The Spin is rated 2.5/4/-2/0. I have thrown the Spin in Proton and Electron plastic. In both plastics, the Spin flies very true to the numbers. It is a great understable utility disc for this spot. I used to love throwing PA4’s when I threw a lot of Prodigy plastic, and the Spin is a perfect replacement.
MVP Discs Putter: Particle
The Particle is the most overstable disc in the MVP/Axiom lineup. The Particle is rated 3/3/0/2.5. Currently, the Particle is only available in Neutron and Neutron soft plastic. As I’ve said above, I generally prefer baseline plastic for my putters and mids, however this mold feels so good in the hand it was easy to overlook. Though the Particle is supposed to be more stable than the Envy, I truthfully found them to be almost identical, though perhaps the Particle has a touch less glide. I think it is an outstanding mold, and if you are looking for the overstable putter between MVP/Axiom, I would try both and see what feels better to you.
All in all, there is a GYRO putter mold for everyone. A common request is for an overstable putter, similar to a Discraft Zone or an Innova Gator. In the next article, I’ll cover the MVP midrange that most closely aligns with that style.
If you haven’t tried anything from MVP/Axiom, they have an outstanding line of molds, and plastic blends. It would be worth your time to give them a toss. I will say, with utmost certainty, that the longest flying putters I have thrown are all GYRO. The molds are very true and straight flying discs for almost any speed arm, and I am thrilled with my putter game off the tee, thanks to the Axiom Envy.
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to a great 2019.
See you on the course,