Axiom Discs’ first putter is the Envy. The MVP Disc Sports companion brand is meant to provide more aesthetic product with the same signature overmold technology. A shiny paint job, custom colored rims, smooth and modern feel, and that wonderful new smell – like a fancy new car this disc is ready to make your friends green with Envy.
Axiom Discs’ Notes on the Envy
“The Envy has a smooth modern feel that fits in the hand perfectly, lending confidence for both putt and approach duties. The Envy exhibits reliable high-speed stability and a minimal fade. With a slightly lower profile and cruising speed than the Ion and Anode class, the Envy is a uniquely “lid-like” stable putter.”
Available plastics: Electron, Neutron, Neutron Soft, Proton, Plasma
Flight Rating: 3 speed, 3 glide, 0 turn, 2 fade (estimated)
Axiom Discs Envy Initial Reactions
The Neutron plastic is smooth and shiny. With a shallow rim and a flat top, the Envy feels similar to a chop top Innova McPro Aviar.
Axiom Discs Envy By the Numbers
Flight chart courtesy of inbounds Disc Golf
Axiom Discs Putting Notes
I played several rounds trying to figure out the Envy. I struggled at first understanding its distinct flight inside the circle. It has enough glide to push putt but I found it to be a little more overstable than I’d like. Longer putts tended to tip to the hyzer side and fall just short. That said, it releases easily and holds its own against the wind.
The Neutron plastic gets a little slippery in the morning dew and is difficult to dry off in the rain, much like any other premium plastic. I played a few early morning rounds and a round right after a rain storm with the Envy as my only putter. Many of my putts hit center chains and the slippery disc would spin its way out of the basket. This could be related to our recent drop in temperature but I’d like to see Axiom’s putter overmold have a little more tackiness and grip.
Axiom Discs Upshots and Approach
The Axiom Envy really shines when used as an approach disc. The Neutron plastic, gyro technology, and wonderful mold makes this disc easy to release and very reliable inside 200 feet. It flexes out of an anhyzer very beautifully for a long control shot. On a short hyzer, the disc stays right where you release it. Give it some more power and it will flip up a little and fade back. Obviously you may be able to overpower the Envy into a turnover shot, but I didn’t find a lot of conisistency with that approach.
One of my favorite approach shots is the putter forehand – a shot that requires a good amount of touch and intimate knowledge of the disc. The Axiom putter performed rather well in this scenario. It handles more forehand torque than many other putters we’ve tested.
Axiom Discs Envy Electron Plastic Update
As of November 2017, the Envy now comes in Electron plastic. This is the brand’s base plastic that gives a lot more grip and seasons a little faster. As you can see in the picture, these look quite amazing too. Out of the box, the Electron version performs just like the Neutron plastic. After using it for a few weeks it does break in a little but maintains its flight characteristics. If anything, it seems to gain a little bit of glide. Overall, this is an excellent option for wet weather play.
Axiom Discs Envy Final Verdict
The Axiom Envy is contending for a spot in my bag. I’ve been searching for a reliable approach disc and this may just fit the bill. I’m able to control it better than a Dynamic Discs Judge. It flies similar to a Discraft Challenger, an Innova McPro Aviar, and the Gateway Wizard but the low-profile design just feels better in my hand.
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