I agree with Mike. I drive and putt with softs. They drive very well. Personally, I love it when they are puddle-topped. It seems to give me a little bit better grip. The softs, when new, have pretty good grip out of the box. When they season, they tend to get more grippy. While the flight plate might be really soft, the overmold doesn't flex out of shape on a power throw. I get the same releases with softs, normal proton and neutron. The softs seem to absorb impacts better for me and that is one of the reasons I use the softs.
As for retaining there flight characteristics, they haven't changed much for me in the last year and a half of throwing them.
Last edited by Fraser; 11-02-2013 at 12:08 AM.