Submitted by ferretdance03 email@example.com
I am constantly looking for a 'better' putter. By better, I mean something that I can throw consistently and confidently time and time again. And I also like getting new disc so that fuels my purchases as well… I putt fairly straight with a slight hyzer, using a pitch/short-arm hybrid stroke, fairly compact swing with a slight spin and a little float. The softie is a fairly straight flying disc, holding its line for 90% of the flight, with the slightest tail left at the end. It is definitely easy to put where you want once you get used to the flight, as it is much straighter than most other putters I've thrown (Aviar, Magnet, Putt'r, XD, Aero, Wizard, Thmbtrac Birdie, Arrow). I also liked the 86 as a short approach and lay-up disc as it is so straight flying and I can put it right under the basket when a fly-by is too much to risk. A roll away is also not much of an issue as this disc pretty much lands flat and stays put. It isn't a 'heavy' disc, (mine is a 174) like a Putt'r or a Magnet, but the domed shape, slightly more than an Aviar, helps it stay where it lands. However, this dome shape also is a little hard to get used to in the hand. I don't really like the feel of it, but it would probably only take a little time. All in all, I'd say the 86 Softie is a good disc if you want something that will fly straight and slow, or a good disc for the close range putts and short-range approaches and lay-ups. And if nothing else, it's great for a game of catch to warm up.
Submitted by Jon Turner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The 86 Softie is a vintage putter which you don't get to hear much about in the modern DG world! In my quest to find the ultimate putter, I thought I'd try one - I'd read a review of their flight characteristic and it sounded interesting....... The reviewer wasn't wrong! The 86 Softie is about as soft as a Discraft Soft Magnet or Innova Avair putter i.e. fairly soft but not Omega Supersoft level! It has a deep rim and is very domed (about half as deep again as a Magnet), reminding me of a small Ultrastar. Thrown straight and hard, it will fly quite slowly and dead straight......... then fades dead straight! This is its special characteristic - no other disc I've found does this to such a degree. It is straight, straight, straight! If you are not accurate, this may cause you a problem! If you cannot weight putts well, it may also be a pain as the disc sails past and onwards! But if you are accurate, the 86 Softie is excellent as it will go exactly where it is thrown, holding whatever line you put on it with no lateral fade. Upon hitting a target, the 86 drops onto the floor and stays put - these things do not roll at all well! So why isn't everyone using it? I don't know but the deep rim feel can take a lot of getting used to and the lack of lateral fade seems wrong when almost every other disc has a least a small one! Durability? I don't yet know - so far, so good! My 86s are fairly new but they look like they'll age reasonably well. As a primary putter, I think it might be a little limited but for a second more specialised one, it's quite a tool!
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